Stan is a psychiatrist with more than forty years of experience in research of non-ordinary states of consciousness. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association. Currently, he teaches psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and Pacifica Graduate School, conducts professional training programs in holotropic breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide.
He has authored Realms of the Human Unconscious; The Human Encounter with Death (with Joan Halifax); LSD Psychotherapy; Beyond the Brain; The Adventure of Self-Discovery; Beyond Death; The Stormy Search for the Self (the last two with Christina Grof); The Holotropic Mind; Books of the Dead: The Manuals for Dying and Living; The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness; The Transpersonal Vision; The Consciousness Revolution (with E. Laszlo and P. Russell), Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research.
Tueday, April 26 -- 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Roots of Violence and Greed: Transpersonal Perspective on the Current Global Crisis
- Stanislav Grof -
Since time immemorial, violence and greed have been among the most important forces driving human history. Due to the technological progress and exponential population growth in the twentieth century, they have become a threat for survival of life on our planet. It has become imperative to gain a deeper understanding of the roots of these forces in the human psyche and to find ways of reducing their impact in the world.
We will explore the observations from modern consciousness research and transpersonal psychology that offer new insights into extreme forms of human violence and social pathology, such as wars, bloody revolutions, terrorism, suicide bombing, concentration camps, and genocide In a series of slides, we will demonstrate the astonishing similarities between the symbolism of posters and cartoons from the time of wars and the visions accompanying the reliving of birth and the experience of psychospiritual death and rebirth.
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Stan Grof Interview (QuickTime)
Stan Grof Interview (Windows Media Player)