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Stanislav Grof - The Holotropic Mind



Interview with Stanislav Grof

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Stanislav Grof - LSD Psychotherapy


LSD Psychotherapy
by Stanislav Grof, MD.

352 pages - $13.00
This new edition provides a complete account of a remarkable chapter in the ever-continuing inquiry into our transpersonal nature and origins. The controlled studies described in this book reveal exciting and challenging data about the nature of human consciousness, perception, and reality itself. Dr. Grof outlines a new cartography of the human mind, one which accounts for experiences such as shamanic trance, near-death experiences and altered states of consciousness.

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As an interesting correlate, Emanuel Swedenborg, the subject of Rudolph Tafel’s scholarship, is featured as a reincarnation case in my book, Return of the Revolutionaries. Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist and one of the founders of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Grof is a former Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center. Like Swedenborg, Dr. Grof became interested in altered states of consciousness. Dr. Grof invented Holotropic Breath Work as a way for people to access altered, spiritual states in a safe manner. Because of our common interest in consciousness and spirituality, I was curious about Grof’s past incarnations. A few years ago, I asked Ahtun Re who Stanislav Grof was in a past lifetime. Ahtun Re responded, “Swedenborg.” Swedenborg was a scientist, philosopher and clairvoyant who lived from 1688 to 1772. Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., in his book, Roots of Consciousness, described Swedenborg as “the single individual who combined within himself the most intense spiritualistic exploration with the most sophisticated scientific expertise.” Swedenborg was firmly grounded in science and made important contributions in mathematics, physics and biology. Swedenborg spent many years studying human anatomy and physiology and as a result of his work, he was the first to discover the function of the cerebellum. In addition to his scientific pursuits, Swedenborg developed clairvoyant abilities and was able to extensively explore the realms of spirit. Swedenborg’s description of the spiritual world was compatible with the perceptions of Austrian clairvoyant, Rudolf Steiner. Swedenborg and Steiner both described the spiritual world as being made up of various spheres of light and said that souls are attracted to particular realms based on their level of evolution. Steiner, interestingly, has also recently been identified in a reincarnation case. More recently, Michael Newton, Ph.D, also advances this general picture or landscape of the spiritual world in his classic book, Journey of Souls. Newton’s work is based on hypnotic regression sessions, where the client is taken back to a point in-between lifetimes and observations of the spirit world are described from a regression state. In his daily life, Swedenborg would communicate with spirits, sometimes talking aloud to invisible beings. Though some might have questioned his sanity, Swedenborg showed no signs of mental illness and continued to function in high strata of society. Grof, in exploring consciousness, was an early LSD experimenter. I have heard Dr. Grof in lectures describe spiritual realms accessed through LSD in a manner that would be consistent with Swedenborg’s personal spiritual experiences. Later, Grof invented a technique called Holotropic Breath Work, which allows practitioners to achieve altered states through natural means. Stanislav Grof has written a number of books on psychology and consciousness, including The Holotropic Mind. In conclusion, I submit that Richard Hoagland is the reincarnation of Rudolph Tafel. In addition, as indicated by Ahtun Re, Mr. Hoagland’s passion for uncovering evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars may stem from a past lifetime in which he participated in that Martian civilization. As such, we may view the Tafel/Hoagland case as a type of “affinity case,” much like the cases of Abigail Adams/Marianne Williamson, William James/Jeffrey Mishlove, and physicists C.S Peirce/H.D. Brown. In all these cases, the contemporary individual is intuitively attracted to their own past life persona, just as Mr. Hoagland appears to have been intuitively drawn to a past lifetime on Mars. And finally, even Rudolph Tafel’s biographical subject, Emanuel Swedenborg, is with us today in the persona of Stanislav Grof, MD.[...]

15 best paid jobs in America, 2006


15 best paid jobs in America, 2006

(image) The medical profession dominates the top end of 2006 Forbe's list of the 25 best- and worst-paying jobs in America, again. (and may be for another 50 years).
If you just look at top 15 jobs (see list below), Surgeons are No. 1, with the next seven spots taken by various sorts of specialist medical practitioners. Chief executives, at No. 9, and airline pilots, at No. 13, are the only two non-medical occupations in the top 15. Since US needs far, far more medical practitioners than Chief executives and airline pilots, no wonder financially pushy parents want their children to become or marry doctors.
The top 15 jobs and their mean annual salary:
1) Surgeons - $181,850
2) Anesthesiologists - $174,610
3) Obstetricians and Gynecologists - $174,490
4) Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons - $169,600
5) Internists, General - $156,790
6) Prosthodontists - $156,710
7) Orthodontists - $153,240
8) Psychiatrists - $151,380
9) Chief Executives - $140,880
10) Pediatricians, General - $140,000
11)Family and General Practitioners - $137,980
12) Physicians and Surgeons, all other- $137,100
13) Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers - $134,090
14) Dentists, General - $132,660
15) Podiatrists - $111,130
(No. 16 profession is Lawyers, with mean annual salary of $110,590).

Grof Transpersonal Training



Grof Transpersonal Training

What is Grof Transpersonal Training?

GTT is a program for experiencing and studying Holotropic Breathwork and the transpersonal perspective. It is a two-track program that can be used either to become a certified practitioner or simply to experience this practice in a more in-depth format. It is the best way to spend time with HB co-developer and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, Stanislav Grof. Although semi-retired, Stan still teaches at some of the modules. The rest are led by GTT director Tav Sparks and a carefully selected teaching and facilitating staff. Modules may also have guest faculty who are leaders in the transpersonal and related fields. Past guest teachers have included Jack Kornfield, Angeles Arrien, Andrew Harvey, Richard Tarnas, and others.

Besides the practice and theory of HB, modules topics have included Shamanism; The Books of the Dead; Astrology; Spirituality and Addiction; Death and Dying; Gender; Modern Popular Culture; and others. A special annual event is "Ecstatic Remembrance," the Kirtan (chanting) module led by Jai Uttal (nominated for a 2002 Grammy for his album Mondo Rama).

You will participate when you choose, in a residential setting, in groups of moderate size, for one or two six-day modules at a time. You will be with people from around the world who are excited about Holotropic Breathwork and its possibilities, and join them in going deeper into the work and your personal journey than you may have been able to in shorter workshops. And you will become connected with the larger community of HB practitioners and experiencers.