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The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (S U N Y Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology) Paperback – March 19, 1998

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"What moves this book into the status of a classic is that it is in substantial agreement with the world's great wisdom and spiritual traditions. This modern corroboration of the perennial philosophy is a stunning achievement and deserves publication to the widest audiences." -- Ken Wilber, author of Up from Eden: A Transpersonal View of Human Evoution and The Atman Project: A Transpersonal View of Human Development

"The Cosmic Game is the latest and best of Stanislav Grof's extraordinary contributions to our understanding of human consciousness. This book provides a coherent picture of how individual experience fits into universal patterns of consciousness" -- Frances Vaughan, author of Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through Spiritual Illusions

"Perhaps the most important of all his works, representing as it does an integration of the most profound of his clients' experiences and demonstrating a remarkable convergence with the deepest spiritual experiences reported across centuries and cultures. This convergence is a finding of the greatest significance." -- Roger Walsh, author of The Spirit of Shamanism

"Grof is the world's leading authority on the deep exploration of the mind and soul... This is a wonderful gift!" -- Charles Tart, author of States of Consciousness and Psi: Scientific Studies of the Psychic Realm

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; F First Paperback Edition Used edition (March 19, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791438767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791438763
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #830,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grof has written a super book that describes the many aspects of spiritual development. He aligns his core thoughts along the thoughts of Ken Wilber. This how ever is not Wilberian book and has many original insights, not mere theory. Grof is a gifted psychiatrist with no axe to grind. He, unlike Wilber who believes his theories hold and explain everyone else's theories, is much more open and unthreatened. He brings different viewpoints to his writing, without claiming to be the end all or have the last word. Get this book, you will not be let down.
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The book amazed me up to a certain level. It was very thorough and I found the topics pretty interesting. While searching for some answers about who we are, this book has convinced me that maybe the questions were and are wrong. I recommend everyone interested in parapsychology, reincarnation and issues like that read this book. Especially the chapter about good and evil was full of ideas that had never crossed my mind. Very fulfilling.
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'The Cosmic Game' is perhaps Grof’s best book. It is written in fluent style, summarizes the most important of his LSD research and his research with holotropic states, and is not grappling with conceptual issues.

It is a book that every intelligent person can read, written in normal and descriptive language; it is clearly the book of an expert, a man who also has a clear literary talent and an incredible knowledge of mythology, besides his sharp scientific perception and reasoning that is always empirical first and conceptual second.

The book is clearly structured and an overview of the contents shows that it’s not a ‘research report’ of experiments but a sublimation of any such research, a retrospective that is contemplative and basically spiritual. I would even use the word ‘religious’ in the sense that the book talks about our true ‘religio’, the link with our source, our inner divinity.

1. Introduction
2. Cosmos, Consciousness, and Spirit
3. The Cosmic Creative Principle
4. The Process of Creation
5. The Ways to Reunion with the Cosmic Source
6. The Problem of Good and Evil
7. Birth, Sex and Death: The Cosmic Connection
8. The Mystery of Karma and Reincarnation
9. The Taboo against Knowing Who You Are
10. Playing the Cosmic Game
11. The Sacred and the Profane

Space allows me to only review parts of the book and sprinkle in some quotations. In the Introduction, Grof explains that holotropic states are not ‘delirant conditions’ (which are those in which perception is grossly impaired), but an interference with a realm that is outside of ordinary consciousness, a parallel reality.
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Stanislav Grof is a person of great depth and wisdom. He presents an overview of his work and experiences that is wonderful to read. He covers mysticism, mythology from Jung to Campbell, shamanism and the realm of the transpersonal in a very thoughtful manner. He is a master explorer and brilliant investigator of the frontiers of consciousness. He stirs the imagination.
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About the best I have ever read on transpersonal psychology and spirituality An inspiring work
Very precise and clear
Very well written
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Great book. Just trust me and read it.
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