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In this, his culminating work, the leading international figure in consciousness research masterfully synthesizes his vast findings, drawing not only upon psychedelic therapy and Holotropic Breathwork, but also from literature, cross-cultural studies, ancient mystical sources, and psychological data, resulting in a profound consolidation and articulation of what is now known about unordinary states of consciousness.

The Cosmic Game discusses the broadest philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual insights gleaned in Grof's research concerning human nature and reality, addressing the most fundamental questions human beings have asked about the nature of existence since time immemorial.

Insights from research into unordinary states of consciousness portray existence as an astonishing play of the cosmic creative principle that transcends time, space, linear causality, and polarities of every kind and suggest an identity of the individual psyche in its furthest reaches with the universal creative principle and the totality of existence. This identity of the human being with the Divine is the ultimate secret that lies at the core of all great spiritual traditions.

©1998 State University of New York (P)2021 Tantor

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Must read !!!

One of the most important books I’ve read, giving me a solid overview and understanding of universal consciousness, as well as humanity’s relationship to and intricate co-creative part within ‘the cosmic game’.

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Warning: Narrator cannot pronounce ANYTHING

This is a fascinating book by one of my favorite scholars, but this narrator is FIRED. He not only has trouble with the specialist vocabulary, but he pronounces many common words oddly. It's making it very hard to listen to.

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  • 04-17-22

Excellent Book - Worst Narrator EVER!

I love the topic, the writing is stellar, and the deep exploration of the work of this pioneer in consciousness research is fascinating. However, the narrator awful, and I'm returning it. Such a bummer.

I've managed to make it into Chapter 6, but only in spurts, because the narrator drives me nuts. He can't be bothered to learn how to pronounce many common words, or words relevant in this field like "Sat Chit Ananda" or "Esalen Institute." His odd reading style is very distracting. He plods along in monotone for a while, then inexplicably lilts his voice as if asking a question where no question is posed, as if to break up his own monotony. He reads without meaningful engagement in the topic, and is not willing to learn it's lingo. How this guy got a job as an audible reader is beyond my comprehension.

For that reason I cannot recommend this Audible title.

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Too Much Woo Woo

Saturated with quasi-supernatural anecdotes. Not suitable for those interested in practical reality or coming closer to understanding the nature of consciousness.

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  • Sandel
  • 07-28-21

Great book.

If you're interested in the subject of altered states of being, you should definitely try this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

a unique slice of space

Grof is kind of unique because he was a psychedelic research guy before it got taken over by the crowds and the police. Grof was also there during the 1960's spiritual Indian phenomenon and he takes India seriously (Leary was more into technology and the singularity). So rather than the bleak tapestry painted by St Dawkins and his worshipers, there is a more colourful and even empirical grounded tapestry which this is what the book is all about. Indeed Goethe called this world the Loom of God.

There are some problem that didn't gel, like some of the Freudian ideas young Grof seems to have carried into old age. He mixes some Freud orgasm ideas with Indian ideas and I found myself switching off when he talks about women having spiritual experiences during child birth.

But overall you won't find a more honest and vintage expert like this.

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  • Fergus
  • 12-17-21

Awesome book

This is a great listen and really fascinating. Well recommend it to others to listen to.