The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological Philosophical and Spiritual Dimensions – Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. (updated May 12, 2012)


Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D. is one of the world’s foremost researchers of the further reaches of the human mind. A psychiatrist who has researched non-ordinary states of consciousness for over 50 years, he is one of the founders of transpersonal psychology. Dr. Grof is the bestselling author of numerous books, and his latest, When the Impossible Happens, presents a mesmerizing firsthand account of inquiry into such topics as survival of consciousness after death, synchronicities, reincarnation, and remembering birth and prenatal life. Dr. Grof lives in Mill Valley and is a professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Stanislav Grof, MD, PhD, described his own work over the decades exploring death and dying from psychological, philosophical, and spiritual dimensions. He explained the parallels between and among psychedelic therapy, holotropic breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy, thanatology (the scientific study of death), anthropological fieldwork, and therapy with individuals in psychospiritual crises.

In this slide-illustrated lecture, we will explore the observations from the research of various types of non-ordinary states of consciousness, which have important implications for the understanding of death and dying – experiences in psychedelic therapy, Holotropic Breathwork and other forms of deep experiential psychotherapy, thanatology, anthropological field work, and the therapy with individuals in psychospiritual crises (“spiritual emergencies”).

We will focus on such topics as near-death experiences (NDE), the process of psychospiritual death and rebirth, psychedelic therapy with terminal cancer patients, karma and reincarnation, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, aboriginal rites of passage, eschatological mythologies, and the ancient books of the dead.
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