"The kinds of things that happen in shamanic trance, rites of passage or healing rituals of various native cultures; the kinds of experiences that the initiates experienced in the mysteries of death and rebirth, that the yogi's are experiencing, or through Taoist meditation... I call these states holotropic states, moving toward wholeness. Your true identity is with the divine principle itself, with the totality of the creative absolute consciousness.”
Stanislav Grof, M.D., born and educated in Prague, is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and a psychiatrist with nearly 40 years of experience researching non-ordinary states of consciousness. His work has attracted worldwide attention and taken psychology into realms so radically new and far-reaching they challenge our understanding of the laws of nature and physics.