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

Ancient eschatological texts are actually maps of the inner territories of the psyche that seem to transcend race and culture and originate in the collective unconscious.


The elimination of the fear of death transforms the individual's way of being in the world.


If consciousness can function independently of the body during one's lifetime, it could be able to do the same after death.


Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.


According to materialistic science, any memory requires a material substrate, such as the neuronal network in the brain or the DNA molecules of the genes.


Many instances exist of small children who seem to remember and describe their previous life in another body, another place, and with other people. These memories emerge usually shortly after these children begin to talk.


Patients reported that their psychedelic sessions were an invaluable experiential training for dying.


Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.


The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence.


I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very, very involved and interested in art, and particularly in animated movies.


Unlike scientism, science in the true sense of the word is open to unbiased investigation of any existing phenomena.


At a time when unbridled greed, malignant aggression, and existence of weapons of mass destruction threatens the survival of humanity, we should seriously consider any avenue that offers some hope.


A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.


In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail.


Many cultures have independently developed a belief system in reincarnation that includes return of the unit of consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth.


Individuals approaching death often experience encounters with their dead relatives, who seem to welcome them to the next world. These deathbed visions are authentic and convincing; they are often followed by a state of euphoria and seem to ease the transition.


An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type.


There is a similarity between the LSD effects and the experiences associated with the process of dying.


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


Walt Disney was my great hero.


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