Words matter. These are the best Stanislav Grof Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the totality of creative energy. This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.
Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body.
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.
Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death, according to which biological death represents the final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
Unlike scientism, science in the true sense of the word is open to unbiased investigation of any existing phenomena.
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.
Dying before dying has two important consequences: It liberates the individual from the fear of death and influences the actual experience of dying at the time of biological demise.
There is no fundamental difference between the preparation for death and the practice of dying, and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
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.
The experiences associated with death were seen as visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced, studied, and carefully mapped.
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.
In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.
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.
I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very, very involved and interested in art, and particularly in animated movies.
Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality.
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.
Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe.
The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence.
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.
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.
Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death, reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.
As long as I had easy access to psychedelics at the government-sponsored research project, most of my energy went into psychedelic sessions.
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.
An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type.
When you read the psychedelic literature, there is a distinction between the so-called natural psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
It is possible to spend one’s entire lifetime without ever experiencing the mystical realms or even without being aware of their existence.
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.
The motif of death plays an important role the human psyche in connection with archetypal and karmic material.
The elimination of the fear of death transforms the individual’s way of being in the world.