Books & Media

Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art

By Stanislav Grof, M.D.


Consciousness Research and Art

“Stan Grof, one of the consciousness pioneers of the 20th and 21st centuries, has been on the forefront of understanding the importance of art in our human evolution toward a more enlightened species. In this unparalleled work, he has created techniques transforming the shadows into the light, and pointed to one of the greatest expressions of these alchemical processes [in the work of HR Giger]. This book honors the profound contributions of the artist, and illuminates Stan Grof’s tremendous contribution to consciousness research.” – Martina Hoffmann, visionary painter and sculptress

200 pages, full color pictures, large format, English.

Detailed book review with pull quotes available on

Available for order from MAPS Publications.

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

By Christina Grof

Eggshell front cover onlyChristina Grof left us recently, 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.

Available for order from Grof Transpersonal Training.

HR GIGER and the Zeitgeist of the Twentieth Century


Stan Grof’s new 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 now available. It is an analysis of Giger’s work based on Stan’s consciousness research with psychedelics, holotropic breathwork, and “spiritual emergencies”.

Book Review in Octopus Magazine.

Healing Our Deepest Wounds:
The Holotropic Paradigm Shift

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This book by Dr. 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. (2012, 276 Pages, 80 black and white pictures.)

Kindle Edition – Healing Our Deepest Wounds: The Holotropic Paradigm Shift

Lillibit’s Dream
by Melody Sullivan, illustrated by Stanislav Grof

Lillibit.Cover.smCertain to appeal to children and adults alike, Lillibit’s Dream takes readers on a heartfelt journey of big dreams, profound changes, and the gifts of acceptance, patience and faith. 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.

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Melody Sullivan is a published writer, animal lover, and personal development enthusiast trained in healing techniques. Melody is passionate about her personal growth and embraces its every stage, whether she’s crawling, munching, molting, pupating or flying. She also enjoys her life as a wife, auntie, writer and companion to her two dogs. For more information visit

Stanislav Grof is a renowned psychiatrist, author, professor and pioneering leader in consciousness research and personal development. In his youth, dazzled by Disney, Stan was a gifted illustrator who dreamed of becoming a cartoonist and film animator. He is delighted to revisit his early love for illustrating and in depicting the miracle of metamorphosis in Lillibit’s Dream.

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

This bo4100SLvKd-L._SL160_ok by Stanislav and Christina Grof provides the most comprehensive look yet at this profoundly healing technique – the “definitive overview of this transformative breathwork.” Available in hardcoverand softcover.

Kindle Edition – Holotropic Breathwork (Suny Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) 

Read the Foreward by Jack Kornfield.

Read a review by Renn Butler.

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 BodyResurrecting the Soul: How to Create a New You

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science

Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science

This book compiles articles from many presenters at the 1982 Bombay, India conference of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, including 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 (Art & Imagination)

Beyond Death

By Christina and Stanislav Grof
This is one in the Thames and Hudson series and includes 158 images, many in color, of ancient and modern art on the theme of death and rebirth. The text makes meaning of these images in light of the Grof’s; research with non-ordinary states of consciousness and experiences of death and rebirth.

Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death, and Transcendence in Psychotherapy (Suny Series, Transpersonal & Humanistic Psychology)

BeyondBrainGrof’s book expands the traditional psychological paradigm to include perinatal and transpersonal theory and phenomena. This book includes drawings, case studies, and theories on the roots of some psychopathologies.

Books of the Dead: Manuals for Living and Dying
(Art and Imagination)


This is one in the Thames and Hudson series and includes 148 images, 16 in color, and text elucidating the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Nahuatl Book of the Dead, the Ars Moriendi (Christian Book of the Dead), and the Mayan Book of the Dead, the Popul Vuh.

“Holotropic Breathwork and the Hyperventilation Syndrome” in The Inner Door. Exploring Holotropic Breathwork: Selected Articles from a Decade of the Inner Door, edited by Kylea Taylor.

hmeadThis book collects 144 field reports from a widespread practice of contemporary, non-drug, altered-state work. These articles were first published from 1991-2002 by 85 authors, trained in Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof, M.D. The book includes a 21-page previously unpublished article by Stan Grof entitled, “Physical Manifestations of Emotional Disorders: Observations from the Study of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness.

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious

LSD.DoorwaytotheNuminous2First published in 1975, this book foresees the psychedelic experience 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….Grof’s engrossing state-of-the-science overview argues convincingly that continued LSD research will help patients, parents, policymakers and even spiritual seekers. (Publishers Weekly)

LSD Psychotherapy
(The Healing Potential Potential of Psychedelic Medicine)

LSD_PsychotherapyThis new edition provides a complete account of a remarkable chapter in the ever-continuing inquiry into our transpersonal nature and origins. 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. New Introduction by Albert Hofmann, Ph.D.

The Adventure of Self-Discovery: Dimensions of Consciousness and New Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Inner Exploration (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology)

An experiential journey through Grof’s theories, illustrated with many of his own and his patients’ experiences in non-ordinary states.

The Holotropic Mind: The Three Levels of Human Consciousness and How They Shape Our Lives by 41eogJ7UIYL__SL500_BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_Stanislav Grof with Hal Zina Bennett. A primer of transpersonal theory. 

The Human Encounter with Death
by Stanislav Grof, M.D. and Joan Halifax

Human Encounter with Death

Grof describes the experiences of his patients in his research project using LSD therapeutically with terminal cancer patients.

The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death with a Foreword by Huston Smith, Ph.D.

iconUltJourney Dr. Grof offers a wealth of perspectives on how we can enrich and transform the experience of dying in our culture. In this book he discusses his own patients’ experiences of death and rebirth in psychedelic therapy, investigates cross-cultural beliefs, paranormal and near-death research, and argues that, contrary to the predominant Western perspective, death is not necessarily the end of consciousness.

When the Impossible Happens: Adventures in Non-ordinary Reality

512LLi1dgoL._SL160_ Dr. Grof’s mesmerizing firsthand account of over 50 years of inquiry into waters uncharted by classical psychology will leave readers questioning the very fabric of our existence. Read a review by Renn Butler. Kindle Edition – When the Impossible Happens

Stanislav Grof:
Researcher, Author, Teacher, and Visionary [DVD]

From Elgin Production – 77 minutes ~ $20

This documentary traces Stan’s phenomenal fifty-year career as consciousness researcher 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, and archival photographs with friends, colleagues, and prominent teachers and visionaries.

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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.

Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary
States of Consciousness


The DVD contains an armchair conversation regarding the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.

The Adventure of Self-Discovery
– Thinking Allowed Video Collection

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 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.

Toward a New Paradigm of the Unconscious
– Thinking Allowed Video Collection

In extraordinary circumstances, the human mind is capable of accessing information from anywhere in time or space, according to evidence provided by Stanislav Grof, M.D.. Author of Realms of the Human Unconscious, Dr. Grof is an innovative psychotherapist who has attempted to integrate the divergent schools of Freud, Jung and Reich with insights from the leading edge of contemporary physics and biology.




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.

A complete list of Dr. Grof’s books available in the French language, including the ability to order them, is at this link.

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

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