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Stanislav Grof
July 1, 1931 -
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
Category: Psychologist

A text of Tibetan Buddhism describes the time of death as a unique opportunity for spiritual liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth and a period that determines our next incarnation.


The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical beings who have two complementary aspects: They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also infinite fields of consciousness.


Traditional academic science describes human beings as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines. We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, and organs.


The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.


The experiences associated with death were seen as visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced, studied, and carefully mapped.


The knowledge of the realm of death makes it possible for the shaman to move freely back and forth and mediate these journeys for other people.


Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.


Many of us who have experienced psychedelics feel very much that they are sacred tools. They open spiritual awareness.


The function of the brain is to reduce all the available information and lock us into a limited experience of the world. LSD frees us from this restriction and opens us to a much larger experience.


Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body.


Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.


I believe it is essential for our planetary future to develop tools that can change the consciousness which has created the crisis that we are in.


The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the body is extremely important for the issue of survival, since it is this part of human personality that would be likely to survive death.


A number of cases have been reported in which a dying individual has a vision of a person about whose death he or she did not know.


It became much more complicated politically to work with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics, particularly among young people.


The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical impact on human life and our relationship to the world.


I read Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis in basically one sitting. I decided to enroll in medical school. It was almost like a conversion experience.


I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies.


It is possible to see the intermediate state between lives as being in a way more important than incarnate existence.


The motif of death plays an important role the human psyche in connection with archetypal and karmic material.


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