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  • Writer's pictureKarey Pohn

What was “I” thinking?

And just what was in the mind of God, aka the Cosmic Creative Principle, or Absolute Consciousness. What did Absolute Mind have in mind in creating the universe?

In his book, The Cosmic Game, Dr. Stanislav Grof (1998a) gives us a clue. From Grof's pioneering research into consciousness, reflecting almost five decades of inquiry, Grof suggests that our universe

is a playful and somewhat arbitrary product of the cosmic creative principle, an infinitely sophisticated “virtual reality,” a divine play created by Absolute Consciousness and the Cosmic Void. Our universe that appears to contain countless myriads of separate entities and elements, is in its deepest nature, just one being of immense proportions and unimaginable complexity. (p. 39)

Grof came to this conclusion after accumulating vast experiential research into nonordinary states of consciousness. He personally conducted over four thousand psychedelic sessions and had access to the work of over two thousand sessions conducted by his colleagues. In addition, along with his wife Christina, Grof has supervised over thirty thousand holotropic breathwork sessions. Holotropic breathwork is a process created by the Grofs to enable people to experience these states using a combination of breathing and evocative music (K. Taylor, 1994). [link to GTT]

Grof’s (1998a) findings essentially confirm the position of various ancient philosophical, spiritual and mystical traditions, along with esoteric teachings from around the world, that “consciousness is a primary principle of existence and plays a critical role in the creation of the world” (p. 3). Grof’s research in concert with that of other contemporary consciousness researchers “radically changes our conception of the human psyche. In its farthest reaches, the psyche of each of us is essentially commensurate with all of existence and ultimately identical with the cosmic creative principle” (p. 3). While all of this is big news to the modern Western world view, this view is very much in keeping with what Aldus Huxley termed the “perennial philosophy” of these great ancient traditions. It is interesting that cutting edge science is now coming to realize what ancient wisdom has known all along.


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