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Dying before dying has two important consequences:
by Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

There is an urgent need for a radical revision of our
current concepts of the nature of consciousness and
its relationship to matter and the brain.
- Stanislav Grof

Research challenges the materialistic understanding of death,
according to which biological death represents the
final end of existence and of all conscious activity.
- Stanislav Grof

I have taken part in ceremonies with North American and Mexican shamans,
as well as Brazilian ceremonies.
- Stanislav Grof

 

It is possible to see the intermediate state between
lives as being in a way more important than incarnate existence.
- Stanislav Grof

The motif of death plays an important role the human
psyche in connection with archetypal and karmic material.
- Stanislav Grof

I have to say I regretted giving up animated movies.
- Stanislav Grof

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Consciousness after death demonstrates the possibility
of consciousness operating independently of the body.
- Stanislav Grof

I read Freud's Introductory Lectures in Psychoanalysis
in basically one sitting.
I decided to enroll in medical school.
It was almost like a conversion experience.
- Stanislav Grof

Unlike scientism, science in the true sense of the
word is open to unbiased investigation of any existing phenomena.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories
can be objectively verified,
sometimes with remarkable detail.
- Stanislav Grof

It became much more complicated politically to work
with psychedelics because of the unsupervised experimentation with psychedelics,
particularly among young people.
- Stanislav Grof

The human psyche shows that each individual is an extension of all of existence.
- Stanislav Grof

An important consequence of freeing oneself from the
fear of death is a radical opening to spirituality
of a universal and non-denominational type.
- Stanislav Grof

Dying people in pre-industrial cultures typically died
in the context of an extended family,
clan, or tribe.
- Stanislav Grof

It is possible to spend one's entire lifetime without
ever experiencing the mystical realms or even without
being aware of their existence.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

Walt Disney was my great hero.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

When you read the psychedelic literature,
there is a distinction between the so-called natural
psychedelics and synthetic psychedelics that are artificially produced.
- Stanislav Grof

There is no fundamental difference between the preparation
for death and the practice of dying,
and spiritual practice leading to enlightenment.
- Stanislav Grof

In the kind of world we have today, transformation
of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival.
- Stanislav Grof

There are people who can start having very powerful
experiences without taking psychedelics.
It can happen against their will.
This is a universal phenomenon.
- Stanislav Grof

The psyche of the individual is commensurate with the
totality of creative energy.
This requires a most radical revision of Western psychology.
- Stanislav Grof

Many cultures have independently developed a belief
system in reincarnation that includes return of the
unit of consciousness to another physical lifetime on Earth.
- Stanislav Grof

I spent much of my later childhood and adolescence very,
very involved and interested in art,
and particularly in animated movies.
- Stanislav Grof

Many of us who have experienced psychedelics feel very
much that they are sacred tools.
They open spiritual awareness.
- Stanislav Grof

The elimination of the fear of death transforms the
individual's way of being in the world.
- Stanislav Grof

Freud said that we are born as a tabula rasa.
This is a model that simply is too superficial and inadequate.
- Stanislav Grof

Each of us can manifest the properties of a field of
consciousness that transcends space,
time, and linear causality.
- Stanislav Grof

The beliefs concerning reincarnation have great ethical
impact on human life and our relationship to the world.
- Stanislav Grof

The materialistic paradigm of Western science has been
a major obstacle for any objective evaluation of the
data describing the events occurring at the time of death.
- Stanislav Grof

Patients reported that their psychedelic sessions were
an invaluable experiential training for dying.
- Stanislav Grof

The knowledge of the realm of death makes it possible
for the shaman to move freely back and forth and mediate
these journeys for other people.
- Stanislav Grof

Coming to terms with the fear of death is conducive to healing,
positive personality transformation,
and consciousness evolution.
- Stanislav Grof

As long as I had easy access to psychedelics at the
government-sponsored research project,
most of my energy went into psychedelic sessions.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

If consciousness can function independently of the
body during one's lifetime,
it could be able to do the same after death.
- Stanislav Grof

The experiences associated with death were seen as
visits to important dimensions of reality that deserved to be experienced,
studied, and carefully mapped.
- Stanislav Grof

Whether or not we believe in survival of consciousness after death,
reincarnation, and karma, it has very serious implications for our behavior.
- Stanislav Grof

Individuals approaching death often experience encounters
with their dead relatives,
who seem to welcome them to the next world.
These deathbed visions are authentic and convincing;
they are often followed by a state of euphoria and
seem to ease the transition.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

The study of consciousness that can extend beyond the
body is extremely important for the issue of survival,
since it is this part of human personality that would
be likely to survive death.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

Traditional academic science describes human beings
as highly developed animals and biological thinking machines.
We appear to be Newtonian objects made of atoms,
molecules, cells, tissues, and organs.
- Stanislav Grof

The new formula in physics describes humans as paradoxical
beings who have two complementary aspects:
They can show properties of Newtonian objects and also
infinite fields of consciousness.
- Stanislav Grof

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.
- Stanislav Grof

Many instances exist of small children who seem to
remember and describe their previous life in another body,
another place, and with other people.
These memories emerge usually shortly after these children begin to talk.
- Stanislav Grof

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
love leaves a memory no one can steal.
- From a headstone in Ireland

Get busy living or get busy dying.
- Stephen King

If you realize that all things change,
there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
If you are not afraid of dying,
there is nothing you cannot achieve.
- Lao Tzu

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

There are only four questions of value in life...
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for,
and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same: only love.
- Johnny Depp as Don Juan in the movie Don Juan De Marco

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

A man's dying is more his survivor's affair than his own.
- Thomas Mann

We are all so much together,
but we are all dying of loneliness.
- Albert Schweitzer

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness
in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn
sunsets exquisitely dying.
- Langston Hughes

Dying is a wild night and a new road.
- Emily Dickinson

Dying is easy, it's living that scares me to death.
- Annie Lennox

Patriots always talk of dying for their country and
never of killing for their country.
- Bertrand Russell

A dying man needs to die, as a sleepy man needs to sleep,
and there comes a time when it is wrong,
as well as useless, to resist.
- Stewart Alsop

It is up to you to decide that this has lasted long enough,
that our boys are dying to serve no British interest
but for the interests of a small clique of utterly unscrupulous men.
- John Amery

And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.
- Christina Rossetti

The difficulty is not that great to die for a friend,
the hard part is finding a friend worth dying for.
- Henry Home

It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint,
it is because we ourselves are dying.
- Marcel Proust

If you die you're completely happy and your soul somewhere lives on.
I'm not afraid of dying.
Total peace after death, becoming someone else is the best hope I've got.
- Kurt Cobain


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