Stanislav Grof

Year of birth : 1931
Teacher/Guru : George Roubicek
Education : M.D., Charles University School of Medicine and Ph.D., Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences
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“ The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world. ”

“ In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.

Books by the Master

" Realms Of The Human Unconscious: Observations From LSD Research " ... " The Human Encounter With Death " ... " LSD Psychotherapy " ... " Beyond Death: The Gates Of Consciousness " ... " Ancient Wisdom And Modern Science " ... " Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death And Transcendence In Psychotherapy " ... " Human Survival And Consciousness Evolution " ... " The Adventure Of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness And New Perspectives In Psychotherapy " ... " Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes A Crisis " ... " The Stormy Search For The Self: A Guide To Personal Growth Through Transformative Crisis " ... " The Holotropic Mind: The Three levels Of Human Consciousness And How They Shape Our Lives " ... " Books Of The Dead: Manuals For Living And Dying " ... " The Thirst For Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction And The Spiritual Path " ... " The Transpersonal Vision " ... " The Cosmic Game: Explorations Of The Frontiers Of Human Consciousness " ... " The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue " ... " Psychology Of The Future: Lessons From Modern Consciousness Research " ... " Caterpillar Dreams " ... " When The Impossible Happens: Adventures In Non-Ordinary Reality " ... " The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness And The Mystery Of Death " ... "New Perspectives in Understanding and Treatment of Emotional Disorders," ... " LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious " ... " Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and Therapy " ... " Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift "


Stanislav Grof  is a psychiatrist, one of the founders of the field of transpersonal psychology and a pioneering researcher into the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness for purposes of exploring, healing, and obtaining growth and insights into the human psyche. Grof received the VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Václav Havel in Prague on October 5, 2007.

Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche—the field of psychedelic therapy. Grof received his M.D. from Charles University in Prague in 1957 and then completed his Ph.D. in medicine at the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences in 1965, training as a Freudian psychoanalyst at this time. In 1967, he was invited as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, United States, and went on to become Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center where he worked with Walter Pahnke and Bill Richards among others. In 1973, he was invited to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, and lived there until 1987 as a scholar-in-residence, developing his ideas.

As founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (founded in 1977), he went on to become distinguished adjunct faculty member of the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a position he remains in today. Grof was featured in the film Entheogen: Awakening the Divine Within, a 2006 documentary about rediscovering an enchanted cosmos in the modern world. He was also featured in five other documentaries. Grofdistinguishes between two modes of consciousness: the hylotropic and the holotropic. He connects modern man's inability to fully and honestly grapple with his psychic conflicts to the contemporary ecological crisis.

It has become increasingly clear that humanity is facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions. Modern science has developed effective measures that could solve most of the urgent problems in today's world--combat the majority of diseases, eliminate hunger and poverty, reduce the amount of industrial waste, and replace destructive fossil fuels by renewable sources of clean energy. The problems that stand in the way are not of economical or technological nature. The deepest sources of the global crisis lie inside the human personality and reflect the level of consciousness evolution of our species. Grof conceives of the use of hallucinogenic drugs to be one method to overcome the West's peculiar aversion to holotropic consciousness.