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The Way of the Psychonaut: Stanislav Grof's Journey of Consciousness (2020)

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The Way of the Psychonaut explores the life and work of Stanislav Grof, Czech-born psychiatrist and psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer. Stan’s quest for knowledge and insights into the healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness, influenced the discipline of psychology and profoundly changed many individual lives. One of those transformed by Stan is filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais. The documentary utilizes Susan’s personal existential crisis as a gateway to Grof’s impact, from the micro to the macro.

Susan and Stan begin with a series of interviews that reveal his journey from material scientist to a spiritually aware explorer of the deep psyche. Interviews combined with re-enactments of Stan’s most remarkable therapeutic sessions bring to life the development of his theories. Additionally, a multi-layered visual story provides a framework of meaning to Susan’s personal exploration of Stan’s techniques and discoveries. The result is a powerful glimpse of what is possible for all of us.

​Through his experiences, Stan gained a profound trust in the wisdom of the higher self, and discovered the lasting impact of unconscious memories from the birth process to influence a person’s life. In the process, Stan unlocked a way for renegotiating these experiences and liberating people from their traumas.

As the story expands, interviews with luminaries create a conversation between Stan and those most pivotal in his life; Michael Murphy, who invited him to Esalen as Scholar in Residence; Fritjof Capra, who introduced Stan to Quantum Mechanics and recognizes him as the only one to offer an experiential approach to understanding those concepts; Richard Tarnas who co-founded archetypal astrology with Stan during his ten years at Esalen; And Rupert Sheldrake, who remembers how Stan introduced him to a world where he could freely explore ideas without fear of retribution.

But when the focus turns to the present moment, Stan laments society’s desire to shun the shadow and embrace the positive. Only when we learn to work out our conflicts within, will we co-exist peacefully with each other and the planet. The film ends with Stan’s rebirth after the death of his wife Christina. After her death, Stan wonders if his time has come as well. But instead, he reconnects with Brigitte – a former student - revealing their deep love and the joy they have experienced together since.

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czech stuff here, Grof is excellent thank you !

I certainly wish Dr. Grof was my personal psychiatrist. I just finished watching this. It's really well done. If you want to support the producer/director and want subtitles (there are 9 available) this film can be purchased for $7 to rent or $13 to own on Vimeo.

Have yet to finish the much longer version of this, so looking forward to this slimmed down version.

What's the name of the longer version?

I am only aware of this recent documentary but did not know there was a series of shows about Grof made by the same producers, or are you referring to a Gaia show with him?

send me a message, and maybe we can figure out if you have access to it or not.

Through this 6-month journey, you’ll:

   Open to a truly multidimensional understanding of yourself and others
   Have a grounded sense for how to harness the power of non-ordinary states
   Expand your sense of identity and connection to the cosmos
   Explore how to harness the power of non-ordinary states to move you beyond talk therapy into life-changing experiences
   Receive a detailed, expanded map of psyche and cosmos, including the nature and role of transpersonal experiences
   Integrate these advanced experiences in consciousness to build a more solid foundation for your growth and development
   Come away with key principles for safely navigating these new realms
   Understand the signs for spiritual crisis and how to navigate through it
   Explore the nature of the cosmos, including the nature of good and evil
   Receive a powerful map for COEX (Systems of Condensed Experience) experiences that include multiple levels of trauma in need of clearing
   Come to trust your “inner healer” to guide you to the experiences you need most
   Understand how to go deeper into the emotional and energetic roots of trauma to find true freedom
   Open to feeling truly at home in the universe
   Develop a more sophisticated understanding of psychopathology
   Integrate a deep sense of spirituality into your vision and practice of psychology
   Merge the best of science and spirituality into a higher-order synthesis

𝓘 𝓵𝓸𝓸𝓴 𝓯𝓸𝓻𝔀𝓪𝓻𝓭 𝓽𝓸 𝔀𝓪𝓽𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓼, 𝓽𝓱𝓪𝓷𝓴 𝔂𝓸𝓾 𝓯𝓸𝓻 𝓹𝓸𝓼𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓲𝓽 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝔂𝓸𝓾𝓻 𝓬𝓸𝓷𝓽𝓲𝓷𝓾𝓮𝓭 𝓬𝓸𝓷𝓽𝓻𝓲𝓫𝓾𝓽𝓲𝓸𝓷𝓼 𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓮.

𝖄𝖔𝖚'𝖗𝖊 𝖜𝖊𝖑𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊. 𝕹𝖔𝖜 𝕴 𝖆𝖒 𝖏𝖚𝖘𝖙 𝖆𝖜𝖆𝖎𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝖒𝖞 𝖍𝖚𝖌𝖊 𝖘𝖍𝖎𝖕𝖒𝖊𝖓𝖙 𝖔𝖋 𝕷𝕾𝕯 𝖙𝖔 𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖑𝖑𝖞 𝖒𝖆𝖐𝖊 𝖆 𝖉𝖎𝖋𝖋𝖊𝖗𝖊𝖓𝖈𝖊!

The psychotropic breathing as alternative to LSD to produce the same altered states? Maybe not as profound, gentler but apparently produces the same end net-gain. So now I guess its worth looking into Stan's 6 month course now.

Yes, taking a course of his would be money well spent. But the course would be free, just a DIY approach with no teacher. If I had access to transpersonal psychologists or psychedelic therapists in my area, I would be on that. Thankfully we are getting closer to those days. Oregon state just legalized medical magic mushrooms, which is a huge win for the shamanic side.

What is Spiritual Emergence/Emergency? (international group)
http://www.spiritualemergencenetwork.org/what-is-spiritual-emergency/
American Spiritual Emergency Network:
http://www.spiritualemergence.org