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Published Books


The Way of the Psychonaut Volume One and Two: Encyclopedia for Inner Journeys
Stanislav Grof

The Way of the Psychonaut is one of the most important books ever written about the human psyche and the spiritual quest. The new understandings were made possible thanks to Albert Hofmann’s discovery of LSD—the “microscope and telescope of the human psyche”—and other psychedelic substances. This comprehensive work is a tour de force through the worlds of psychology, psychotherapy, Holotropic Breathwork, maps of the psyche, birth, sex, and death, transpersonal experiences, psychospiritual death and rebirth, reincarnation, karma, mystical states, archetypes, spiritual emergency, art, artists, and higher creativity. Although written in his late eighties, Psychonaut is possibly Grof’s greatest contribution. The commanding breadth and depth of knowledge is astounding, the tone of his writing easy and accessible, and the narratives brightened with intriguing personal accounts, amusing anecdotes, and brilliant case studies. Grof reviews the history of depth psychotherapy, the important revisions that are needed to make it more effective, and why the inner quest is such an essential activity. Arguably one of the fathers of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, its most experienced practitioner, and deeply deserving of a Nobel Prize in medicine, he has successfully unveiled a new and sweeping paradigm in self-exploration and healing. The vast and useful knowledge in this book is sure to be an invaluable and treasured resource for all serious seekers.

Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis
Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof (eds)`

A compendium of articles by prominent spiritual teachers and consciousness researchers supporting the revolutionary proposition of Stanislav and Christina Grof suggesting that a large group of spontaneous episodes on non-ordinary states of consciousness currently diagnosed as manifestations of serious mental diseases and treated by suppressive psychopharmacological medication are actually difficult stages of a process of psychospiritual transformation. If they are properly understood and supported, they can positive therapeutic, transformative heuristic, and even revolutionary potential.
Contributions by Roberto Assagioli, Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, John Perry, r.D.Laing, Lee Sannella, and others.

The Stormy Search for the Self: A Guide to Personal Growth through Transformational Crisis
Written by Christina Grof and Stanislav Grof

In this revolutionary, paradigm-breaking book the Grofs argue that many conditions which are currently diagnosed as psychoses and other forms or mental disease are actually “spiritual emergencie”s or difficult stages of a positive personality transformation and spiritual opening. These psychospiritual crises are routinely labeled as psychiatric disorders and indiscriminately treated by suppressive medication and hospitalization. However, if they are correctly understood and supported, these deeply transformative states can result in emotional and psychosomatic healing and meaningful psychological and spiritual growth.

Spiritual emergency,” from Latin “emergere” = to emerge,” a term coined by Stanislav and Christina Grof, is a play on words, reflecting the ambiguous nature of this process; it suggests the element of crisis but also an opportunity to emerge, to rise to a higher level of psychological functioning and spiritual awareness.

Psychology of the Future: Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

By Stanislav Grof, M.D. 345 pages - $30

This is the most comprehensive book on discoveries Grof made in many decades of his consciousness research. It introduces the readers to his seminal contributions to the fields of psychiatry and psychology, especially his central concepts of holotropic states of consciousness (holotropic meaning “moving toward wholeness" from the Greek holos=whole trepo/trepein=moving toward), systems of condensed experience (COEX systems), and Basic Perinatal Matrices (BPMs). Many chapters of this book summarize the content of Grof’s books on the same subjects.

The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousnes

By Stanislav Grof Paperback, 285 pages. First published 1997 by State University of New York Press (SUNY Press), Albany, NY.             

The Cosmic Game discusses the broadest philosophical, metaphysical and spiritual insights from Grof's research concerning human nature and the nature of reality. It addresses the most fundamental questions human beings have asked about the nature of their existence since time immemorial. Insights from research into non-ordinary states of consciousness portray existence as an astonishing play of the cosmic creative principle that transcends time, space, linear causality, and polarities of every kind and suggest that the individual psyche of each individual in his or her farthest reaches is identical with the Divine. This identity of the human being with the Divine is the ultimate secret that lies at the core of all great spiritual traditions.

Human Survival and Consciousness Evolution.

Stanislav Grof (ed.) First published 1988 by State University of New York Press (SUNY Press), Albany, NY.

A unique collection of articles by psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers, spiritual teachers, and an American astronaut addressing the nature of the current global crisis and the possibility of its alleviation from a transpersonal perspective. The many symptoms of this crisis seem to have one common denominator - the stage of consciousness evolution of the human species. Resolution of this crisis and survival of homo sapiens and of life on this planet might not be possible without a deep inner transformation of humanity on a large scale.

The Consciousness Revolution: A Transatlantic Dialogue.

Written by Ervin Laszlo, Stanislav Grof and Peter Russell.

The Consciousness Revolution, three pioneers at the cutting-edge of Western thought reflect on the chances of peace in the world, on how society is changing, and on the changes we can make in ourselves. They consider the roles of art, science, education, goals and values, worldviews, religion, and spirituality in this process. The key issue underlying all the major symptoms of the global crisis we are facing appears to be the state of consciousness of our species. Its resolution would require nothing less than profound inner transformation of humanity.

The book discuses the methods that make such radical inner change possible on an individual level. It remains an open question whether this transformation could be realized on a large enough scale and whether we have enough time for it to be accomplished.

"The Consciousness Revolution is an extraordinary discussion among three of the very finest minds of our time, spirited in its exchange, compassionate in its embrace, brilliant in its clarion call to awaken our conscience and consciousness."

Ken Wilber

Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art.
By Stanislav Grof, 200 pages, full color pictures, large format.

Stanislav Grof, one of the pioneers of consciousness research of the 20th and 21st centuries, has been on the forefront of understanding the importance of art in our human evolution toward a more mature and enlightened species. In his book, he demonstrates how his expanded cartography of the human psyche, including the perinatal and transpersonal domains, provides a much deeper insights into the psychology of art and of the artists than the Freudian approach. He demonstrates this using an unparalleled selection from the art of the Swiss genius of fantastic art, Hansruedi Giger. Detailed book review with pull quotes available on

HR GIGER and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth CenturypastedGraphic
Written by Stanislav Grof

Stanislav Grof’s bilingual (English/German) book on the Swiss fantastic realist H.R. Giger (Academy Award for the set and creature designs for the movie “Alien”) is is an analysis of Giger’s life and work based on many decades of Grof’s consciousness research with psychedelics, Holotropic Breathwork, and “spiritual emergencies.” This book demonstrates, among others, the existence and paramount importance of the prenatal and transpersonal domains in the human psyche.

Book Review in Octopus Magazine.

Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm ShiftpastedGraphic.
Written by Stanislav Grof. 276 Pages, 80 black and white pictures

This book by Dr. Stanislav Grof is an unprecedented consolidation and focusing of his lifetime work in consciousness research and the application of that work to the individual and collective healing we so desperately need. This representative selection of his papers was comprised on the occasion of the ceremony during which Dr. Grof received the prestigious >Vision 97< Award from the Vaclav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague.

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Holotropic Breathwork: A New Approach to Self-Exploration and TherapypastedGraphic

Written by Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof. Available in hardcover and softcover.

This book by Stanislav and Christina Grof provides the most comprehensive description of the theory and practice of this powerful innovative method of self-exploration and therapy.

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“Stanislav Grof is one of the most important pioneers in the scientific understanding of consciousness. He and his wife, Christina, have contributed both to its intellectual and experiential understanding through their work with Holotropic Breathwork. Their book on this new approach to self-exploration and therapy is a must read.”

Deepak Chopra
Author of Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul and
How to Create a New You

Ancient Wisdom and Modern SciencepastedGraphic
Stanislav Grof (Editor)

This book compiles articles from many presenters at the 1982 conference of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA), held in Bombay, India, It contains the presentations by Swami Muktananda, Mother Teresa, Father Bede Griffiths, Jack Kornfield, Ajit mookerjee, Fritjof Capra, Rupert Sheldrake, Karl Pribram, Joseph Chilton Pearce, June Singer, Cecil E. Burney, Alyce M. and Elmer E. Green, and Claudio Naranjo.

Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness 

Written by Christina and Stanislav Grof

This is a high quality paperpack in the Thames and Hudson Art and Imagination series.It includes 158 images, many in color, of ancient and modern art on the theme of death and rebirth and the posthumous journey of the soul. The text makes meaning of these images in light of the Grofs’ research of non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances and various non-drug means.

Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy
Written by Stanislav Grof

This paradigm-breaking book based on decades of research of non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelic substances, various non-drug means, and occurring spontaneously questions many basic assumptions of contemporary psychiatry and psychology and calls for a radical revision of thinking in these disciplines.

Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying
Written by Stanislav GrofpastedGraphicpastedGraphic

The art of dying and the posthumous journey of the soul have been described and depicted in many cultures. 'Dying before dying', or practice in dying, has been sought throughout history, not just to overcome fear and give help at the moment of death, but to transfigure the quality of life. Stanislav Grof considers some of the most striking and important of the so-called 'books of the dead': ancient Egyptian funerary texts; the Tibetan Bardo Thodol; Maya and Aztec myths of the death and rebirth of the Hero Twins and the Plumed Serpent, Quetzalcoatl. From Europe come Christian visions of the soul's journey, the danses macabres, and imagery of mortal decay that recalls Tibetan practices. The 'books of the dead' are universally relevant as maps of a terrain that each of us will one day traverse.

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Ground-breaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious

Written by Stanislav Grof

First published in 1975. This book foresees psychedelic research causing a “radical revision of the current scientific worldview” comparable to the 20th century “conceptual cataclysm” in Newtonian physics - a view Grof appears to hold still.

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LSD Psychotherapy (The Healing Potential Potential of Psychedelic Medicine)pastedGraphic
Written by Stanislav Grof Introduction by Albert Hofmann

This new richly illustrated edition represents the most comprehensive treatise on the theory and practice of LSD psychotherapy. It brings convincing evidence that effective use of psychedelics requires a radical revision of some basic assumptions of mainstream psychiatry and psychology, including a vast expansion of the cartography of the human psyche, understanding the deep roots of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, recognition of the self-healing potential of the psyche, and acceptance of spirituality as a vital dimension of the universal scheme of things.

"If I am the father of LSD, Stan Grof is the godfather. Nobody has contributed as much as Stan for the development of my problem child."

Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD-25

The Adventure of Self-Discovery

Written by Stanislav Grof

A book offering a new revolutionary approach to self-exploration and psychotherapy. An experiential journey through Grof’s theories drawn from decades of consciousness research, illustrated with many of his own and his patients’ experiences in non-ordinary states.

The Holotropic Mind

Written by Stanislav Grof with Hal Zina Bennett

A comprehensive summary of Dr. Grofs observations and experiences from decades of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by psychedelics, various non-drug methods, and those occurring spontaneously. Written in a clear, easily understandable style.

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The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness Research and the Mystery of Death

Written by Stanislav Grof

In this book, Dr. Grof summarizes his observations and experiences from half century of consciousness research concerning death and dying. He offers revolutionary new insights into shamanism, rites of passage, ancient mysteries of death and rebirth, the world’s great religions, and mystical traditions of all times. About one third of the book is dedicated to the discussion of pioneering research of psychedelic therapy of terminal cancer patients that Dr. Grof conducted with his colleagues at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center.
The appendix to this book features a passage from Laura Huxley’s book This Timeless moment describing the death of her husband Huxley’s death eased by ingestion of LSD-25.

When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Reality

Written by Stanislav GrofpastedGraphic

Dr. Grof’s mesmerizing autobiographical account of over 50 years of inquiry into waters uncharted by classical psychiatry and psychology. A special selection of his experiences and observations that should not be possible if the worldview of materialistic science were correct. It will leave readers questioning the very fabric of our existence.
 Read a review by Renn Butler.

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True King: A Spiritual Fairy Tale
Written and painted by Brigitte Grof
Translated by Stanislav Grof

The True King is a spiritual fairy tale and love story for people on the inner path. It is describing the adventures of a king who is struggling with problems and gets taken on a hero’s journey that transforms him into a wise, enlightened person who is finally finding love. It is written in a clear, easily understandable style, which makes this book interesting reading also for children who may not yet understand its deeper psychospiritual meaning.The story, accompanied by the author’s own dreamlike illustrations, takes the readers into inner realms of their hearts and souls.

Brigitte Grof, is a psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, and artist with over 30 years of experience in Holotropic Breathwork and non-ordinary states of consciousness Her artwork is inspired by her own psychedelic and holotropic experiences and by shamanic art of native cultures. Currently she works in her private practice in Wiesbaden, Germany, and offers Holotropic Breathwork workshops and retreats. Since April 2016, Brigitte and Stanislav Grof, the translator of her book, have been happily married; they live together in Germany and California and travel in the inner and outer worlds in tandem.

Her website is:

Lillibit’s Dream

Written by Melody Sullivan and illustrated by Stanislav Grof. Published by Hanford Mead in Santa Cruz, CA,

This little book, describes the hero’s journey of a little caterpillar whose big dream comes true when she experiences death and rebirth through metamorphosis into a butterfly. Her story is an analogy for life’s challenges and personal transformation.





Lillibit's Dream is a heartfelt journey of big dreams and profound changes, certain to appeal to children and adults alike. With easy, engaging language and charming, vibrant illustrations, author Melody Sullivan and illustrator Stanislav Grof deliver a beautiful analogy for life's transitions and the miracles of personal transformation.
Illustrator, Stanislav Grof, reads "Lillibit's Dream", a children's picture book of a heartfelt journey through big dreams and profound changes. Engaging language and vibrant illustrations portray the gifts of acceptance, patience and faith.

The Eggshell Landing: Love, Death, and Forgiveness in Hawaii

By Christina Grof

Christina Grof left us on june 15, 2014, and it was far too soon. But we do have this memoir, completed and published right before she died. The Eggshell Landing takes us to the warm breezes and flower lined lanais of Hawaii, where Christina \was raised by her mother and stepfather. There was much joy in her childhood, but also dark secrets and enduring pain. Now her abusive stepfather is dying of melanoma. Christina’s experiences with her dying stepfather will surprise you and perhaps even change your attitude toward forgiveness.

The Thirst for Wholeness: Attachment, Addiction, and the Spiritual Path
Written by Christina Grof, paperback, 300 pages, published 1994 by Harper.

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung described the addict's craving as a "thirst for wholeness" and emphasized the importance of spiritual experience in the treatment of alcoholism; he expressed succinctly in his famous formula: Spiritus contra Spiritum.” Christina Grof, a pioneer in the transpersonal psychology movement, draws on her own spiritual journey and addictive experience to explore the issues at the very heart of that craving - the longing for spiritual identity and the yearning to know the true self.

Christina Grof provided the inspiration for an Esalen monthlong seminar and two International Transpersonal Conferences (in Eugene, OR, and Atlanta, GHA) with the title Mystical Quest, Attachment, and Addiction; this was an attempt to create a comprehensive treatment program combining the practical efficacy of the Welve Step Programs and the theory of transpersonal psychology legitimizing spirituality.

Stanislav Grof: Researcher, Author, Teacher, and Visionary
From Elgin Production 77 minutes  ~  $20

This documentary traces Stan’s phenomenal fifty-year career as consciousness researcher.  Learn about Stan’s remarkable journey from his early research on psychedelics, to the birth of the transpersonal movement, to Holotropic Breathwork.  Highlights include Grof’s first psychedelic experience and its impact on his life and career, his days at Esalen Institute as a Scholar-in-Residence, and his insights into non-ordinary states and their potential for healing and transformation.  Included are interviews with Stan, his wife and partner Christina Grof, and UCI researcher Charles Grob, MD, as well as archival photographs from throughout his life with friends, colleagues, and prominent teachers and visionaries.  

The Transpersonal Vision
By Stanislav Grof, M.D.
9.5 hours (a 8 CD set) Special savings! $63

In every mystical wisdom tradition, non-ordinary states of consciousness have served as essential tools for discovering why we are here and how we can live richer, more meaningful lives. For over 40 years, Stanislav Grof has tested and brought these methods into the field of modern psychology. On The Transpersonal Vision, Grof gives a stunning summation of his groundbreaking life’s work.

Realms of the Human Unconscious: Observations from LSD Research
by Stanislav Grof

A pioneering and revolutionary book that lays the foundation for a radical new psychology, based on an expanded cartography of the human unconsciousness. Famous for his lifelong research into psychedelic drugs, Dr. Grof constructs a comprehensive and helpful framework out of the bewildering welter of experiences triggered by LSD in patients and research subjects. Current research into the brain and ways of expanding consciousness give this seminal book, first published in 1979, new importance for the light it throws on many fundamental, but hitherto mysterious, human potentialities. Grof's theory of the human psyche transcends the personal and opens ways to a greater understanding of our inner selves.

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The dimensions of dying and rebirth: Lectures from the 1976 Easter conference at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, inc
by Stanislav Grof, Hugh Lynn Cayce and Raynor C. Johnson

The Cosmic Game – Thinking Allowed Video Collection

Dr. Stan Grof makes the case that the experience of those in altered “holotropic” states—through psychedelic drugs or through certain breathing exercises—are virtually indistinguishable from classic mystical experiences. He maintains that the worldview cultivated in such states of consciousness says much about both the depths of the human psyche and about reality itself.

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Holotropic Breathwork: A conversation with Christina and Stanislav Grof, MD

An armchair discussion with the Grofs about this technique and the effectiveness of using non-ordinary states for healing and spiritual practice. Run time is approximately 45 minutes.

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Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness

This DVD contains an armchair conversation with Dr. Stanislav Grof about his observations and experiences from several decades of research ointo non=ordinary states induced by psychedelics, various non-drug methods, and occurring spontaneously.

The Adventure of Self-Discovery Thinking Allowed Video Collection

Interviewer Jeffrey Mishlove
What is the origin of individual behavior and personality? Stanislav Grof proposes that individuals have systems of condensed experience (COEX systems) which become anchored to aspects of the birth trauma. In Part I of this program, he describes four different basic stages of the birth process and shows how they relate to attitudes developed later in life. In Part II he discusses the development of his “holotropic” approach to therapy as an outgrowth of his early work with psychedelic drugs.


The above books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Latvian, Estonian; Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Note: “Psychologie budoucnosti”, the Czech version of my book “Psychology of the Future”, published by Argo in Prague, can be bought from the website:

Stan Grof's personal recommendations

The Passion of the Western Mind:
Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View

By Richard Tarnas

Richard Tarnas’ Passion of the Western Mind is a stunning intellectual achievement, a tour de force through European philosophy from pre-Socratics to the present time. Written with brilliance and elegant style, it is a treasure trove of information about the main philosophical and cultural trends in Western history and their main representatives. However, it is more than an encyclopedia of masterful and lucid descriptions of all the movements and protagonists. Tarnas has been able to discern important evolutionary logic behind the plethora of historical data. He demonstrates the process of progressive alienation and recognizes depth psychology as being a critical turning point on the way to psychospiritual renewal.

“The most lucid and concise presentation I have read, of the grand lines of what every student should know about the history of Western thought. The writing is elegant and carries the reader with the momentum of a novel… It is really a noble performance.”

Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces

“The best intellectual history of the West in one volume I have ever seen.”

Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions

Richard Tarnas, Ph.D
., is the founding director of the graduate program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He has also frequently lectured at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, as well as at many Jungian associations throughout the U.S. and at Eranos in Switzerland. Formerly the director of programs and education at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, he is a graduate of Harvard University and Saybrook Institute. He is a past president of the International Transpersonal Association and served on the Board of Governors for the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. His website is

Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of A New World View.
By Richard Tarnas

From a philosopher whose magisterial history of Western thought was praised by Joseph Campbell and Huston Smith comes a brilliant new book that traces the connection between cosmic cycles and archetypal patterns of human experience. Drawing on decades of research and on thinkers from Plato to Jung, Richard Tarnas explores the planetary correlations of epochal events like the French Revolution, the two world wars, and September 11. Whether read as astrology updated for the quantum age or as a contemporary classic of spirituality, Cosmos and Psyche is a work of immense sophistication, deep learning, and lasting importance.

It received the Book of the Year Prize from the Scientific and Medical Network and is the basis for the upcoming documentary film Changing of the Gods. 

“It is hard to think of many books written in the past century that will still be read two hundred years from now. Cosmos and Psyche will top that short list. It is majestic, sweeping, and profound. This will be a book for the ages. It will stand over time with the seminal expressions of the human spirit.”

William Van Dusen Wishard, author of Between Two Ages: The 21st Century and the Crisis of Meaning

"Cosmos and Psyche is an epoch-making work. It combines impeccably meticulous scholarship and extraordinary clarity of thinking and writing with deep creative vision. The evidence contained here represents the most significant challenge I have seen to the materialistic paradigm of modern science."

Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Psychology of the Future and The Cosmic Game


Prometheus the Awakener 
By Richard Tarnas

Prometheus the Awakener is considered by many to be one of the finest astrological essays ever written. It has also been much praised by depth psychologists for its precise linking of an archetypal perspective in biography and history to the macrocosm of planetary movements, providing an invaluable new bridge between astrology and psychology.

"Prometheus the Awakener is absolutely brilliant. . . . It is by far the best thing I have read in this area of the archetypes. It opens that dimension we have all known is there but have hesitated to disturb. Astrology has kept the archetypes alive, we have all worked with them, but how flat, abstract, remote, dry this all now seems. . . Like breaking through into the world of real living ideas after watching the shadow show. . . . A living astrology is being born again."

Charles Harvey, President of the British Astrological Association

"A classic. . . . It should be in the library of every person with an interest in astrology—and in everyone else's as well."

Barbara Morgan, ISIS Institute