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Stan Grof, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist with more than fifty years experience researching the healing and transformative potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness. His groundbreaking theories influenced the integration of Western science with his brilliant mapping of the transpersonal dimension. On October 5, 2007 Dr. Grof received the prestigious VISION 97 award granted by the Foundation of Dagmar and Vaclav Havel in Prague. On November 13, 2010, he received the Thomas R. Verny Award from the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) for his pivotal contributions to this field.

He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of Transpersonal Psychology and received an Honorary Award for major contributions to and development of the field of Transpersonal Psychology from the Association for Transpersonal Psychology in 1993.

Dr. Grof is also the founder of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA) and its past and current president. He has organized large international conferences throughout the world and continues to lecture and teach professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology.

Currently, Dr. Grof teaches at Wisdom University in Oakland, and is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness.

Dr. Grof was born in 1931 in Prague where he received an MD from Charles University and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine) from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. Between 1960 and 1967, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

In the United States, Dr. Grof served as Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. He was also Scholar-in-Residence at Esalen Institute.

Dr. Grof’s extensive research includes experiential psychotherapy using psychedelics and non-drug techniques, especially the holotropic breathwork (a method he developed with his wife Christina), alternative approaches to psychoses, understanding and treatment of psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”), the implications of recent developments in quantum-relativistic physics, biology, brain research, and other avenues of the emerging scientific paradigm, for psychiatric theory and consciousness studies.

Among his publications are over 150 papers in professional journals and many books including Beyond the Brain, LSD Psychotherapy, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Game, When the Impossible Happens, and The Ultimate Journey, Holotropic Breathwork (with Christina Grof), as well as many more.

 

Western science is approaching a paradigm shift of unprecedented proportions, one that will change our concepts of reality and of human nature, bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science, and reconcile the differences between Eastern spirituality and Western pragmatism.

- Stan Grof from Beyond the Brain

Audio

  • "Psychology of the Future" with Stanislav Grof

    In the last five decades, psychedelic therapy and other avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous” phenomena that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these ...

    • Teleseminars
    • 2011-06-15
  • "Birthing a New World" with Stanislav Grof (sample)

    Dr. Grof reflects on the insights that have emerged from over 40 years of non-ordinary state research into the human psyche with psychedelics and Holotropic Breathwork™. He then relates this material to dynamics we are now experiencing on the world stage, showing how unconscious perinatal material is influential in war, violence, and oppression, and is often used by political leaders.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2007-06-06
    • 00:05:35
  • Essential Shifts Interview: Stanislav Grof

    What if our propensity to war and aggression had deep roots in the trauma of birth? That’s one of the provocative theories of Dr. Stanislav Grof, drawing from fifty years at the frontiers of consciousness research. There is, he believes, reason for cautious optimism that we can transcend our destructive impulses if large numbers of people engage the healing work that becomes possible in non-ordinary or "holotropic" states such as those used by shamans.

    • Interviews
    • 2006-05-15
    • 00:34:15
  • "Death and Dying" with Stanislav Grof (part 1 of 2)

    Philosophical, Psychological, and Spiritual Aspects

    In this presentation, Dr. Grof gives a brief presentation of the connections between spirituality, death, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Through insight and cross-cultural comparisons, he proposes ways in which Western science can transform its definitions of spirituality and death experiences in order to better understand and honor individuals' experiences.

    • Lectures
    • 1994-07-15
    • 00:37:09
  • "Death and Dying" with Stanislav Grof (part 2 of 2)

    Philosophical, Psychological, and Spiritual Aspects

    In this presentation, Dr. Grof gives a brief presentation of the connections between spirituality, death, and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Through insight and cross-cultural comparisons, he proposes ways in which Western science can transform its definitions of spirituality and death experiences in order to better understand and honor individuals' experiences.

    • Lectures
    • 1994-07-15
    • 00:15:43

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