CITE: Grof S. The cosmic game: Explorations of the frontiers of human consciousness. State University of New York Press. 1998.

Also: Grof, S. The cosmic game: Explorations of the frontiers of human consciousness. SUNY Press. 1998.


“The Cosmic Game” is a collection of essays by Stanislav Grof that explore the frontiers of human consciousness. In this book, Grof presents his research and insights into various aspects of the human psyche and the nature of reality. He draws on his extensive experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness, including psychedelic therapy, to provide a new understanding of the mind and its potential.


  • Grof introduces the concept of the “Basic Paradox,” which refers to the tension between our experience of being separate individuals and our sense of connection to the universe as a whole.
  • Grof argues that transpersonal experiences, such as experiences of unity with the universe, provide evidence for the idea that consciousness is not limited to the brain but is a fundamental aspect of the universe.
  • Grof explores the potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness for healing and personal growth.
  • Grof also discusses the role of spiritual practices, such as meditation and yoga, in the exploration of consciousness.
  • He also explores the frontiers of human consciousness and the nature of reality
  • The book draws on the author’s extensive experience with non-ordinary states of consciousness
  • It provides a new understanding of the mind and its potential


  • “The ultimate reality of existence is the Cosmic Game, which encompasses all dimensions and realms of being and is the basis of all phenomena in the material and spiritual worlds.” (p. 4)
  • “The Cosmic Game is an ongoing process that is open-ended and inherently creative.” (p. 4)
  • “The Cosmic Game involves the continuous exploration and expansion of consciousness, and the realization of the full potential of the human psyche.” (p. 5)
  • “We are not isolated individuals living in a meaningless universe; we are part of a much larger process that has meaning and purpose.” (p. 5)
  • “In the expanded states of consciousness, we can encounter other beings or entities that are not just figments of our imagination, but objective elements of the universe” (p. 63).
  • “The ultimate solution of the basic paradox is the transcendence of the individual self and its merger with the universe as a whole” (p. 72).
  • “The experience of unity and interconnectedness is the key to the spiritual dimension of the Cosmic Game.” (p. 91)
  • “If we were to learn how to use these states of mind wisely and responsibly, they could open up new dimensions of experience and potential for personal and collective transformation” (p. 193).


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