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Stanislav Grof quotations

  • "Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of consciousness that transcends space, time, and linear causality."
  • "Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died in the context of an extended family, clan, or tribe."
  • "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."
  • "For any culture which is primarily concerned with meaning, the study of death - the only certainty that life holds for us - must be central, for an understanding of death is the key to liberation in life."
  • "Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa. This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate."
  • "I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies."
  • "I have taken part in ceremonies with North American and Mexican shamans, as well as Brazilian ceremonies."
  • "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."
  • "Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility of consciousness operating independently of the body."
  • "Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing, positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "Aldous Huxley actually used LSD to ease his transition at the time of his death."
  • "An important consequence of freeing oneself from the fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality of a universal and non-denominational type."
  • "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."
  • "As long as I had easy access to psychedelics at the government-sponsored research project, most of my energy went into psychedelic sessions."
  • "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."
  • "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."

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