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The founder of Holotropic Breathwork and the human psyche new cartography


Stanislav Grof - short CV:

Dr. Stanislav Grof (1931 -) is a psychiatrist with over fifty years of experience in the field of altered states of consciousness. He was born in Prague, where he also completed his studies and began his scientific career. He first researched and actively participated in the validation of the therapeutic potential, then a fairly new and promising substance of LSD and some other psychedelic substances.

In 1967, he was invited to do research at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and since then has lived and worked in the United States. He continued his work as research director at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. He co-taught at the Henry Phipps Clinic and at Johns Hopkins University. In 1973, he became a Resident Researcher at the Esalen Institute in California, where he and his wife, Christina, developed a simple method to achieve holotropic states of consciousness: Holotropic BreathworkTM.

He also founded the International Association of Transpersonal Psychologists (ITA) and organized and conducted many of its conferences around the world. He is currently a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and wries books.

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  • Realms Of The Human Unconscious: Observations From LSD Research (1975)

  • The Human Encounter With Death (1977) with Joan Halifax

  • LSD Psychotherapy (1980)

  • Beyond Death: The Gates Of Consciousness (1981) with Christina Grof

  • Ancient Wisdom And Modern Science (1984) Edited by Stanislav Grof

  • Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death And Transcendence In Psychotherapy (1985)

  • Human Survival And Consciousness Evolution (1988) Edited with Marjorie L. Valier

  • The Adventure Of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness And New Perspectives In Psychotherapy (1988)

  • Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes A Crisis (1989) Edited with Christina Grof

  • The Stormy Search For The Self: A Guide To Personal Growth Through Transformative Crisis (1990) with Christina Grof

  • The Holotropic Mind: The Three levels Of Human Consciousness And How They Shape Our Lives (1992) with Hal Zina Bennet

  • Books Of The Dead: Manuals For Living And Dying (1993)

  • The Thirst For Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction And The Spiritual Path (1994) by Christina Grof

  • The Transpersonal Vision (1998) book and audio

  • The Cosmic Game: Explorations Of The Frontiers Of Human Consciousness (1998)

  • The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue (1999) with Peter Russell and Ervin Laszlo. Foreword by Ken Wilber

  • Psychology Of The Future: Lessons From Modern Consciousness Research (2000)

  • Caterpillar Dreams (2004) with Melody Sullivan

  • When The Impossible Happens: Adventures In Non-Ordinary Reality (2006)

  • The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness And The Mystery Of Death (2006)

  • "New Perspectives in Understanding and Treatment of Emotional Disorders," Chapter 13 in Psychedelic Medicine: New Evidence for Hallucinogens as Treatments, Michael J. Winkelman and Thomas B. Roberts (editors) (2007). Westport, CT: Praeger/Greenwood.

  • LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious (2009)


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