The Heffter Research Institute is honored to present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Stanislav Grof. The award was presented to Dr. Grof at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center in Joshua Tree, California on September 23, 2011 by Heffter Board Member, Dr. Charles Grob. Dr. Grof is one of the worlds leading experts in psychedelics and hallucinogens in relation to psychiatry and psychology. 

 As he states,  “… the potential significance of LSD and other psychedelics for psychiatry and psychology was comparable to the value the microscope has for biology or the telescope has for astronomy. My later experience with psychedelics only confirmed this initial impression. These substances function as unspecific amplifiers that increase the cathexis (energetic charge) associated with the deep unconscious contents of the psyche and make them available for conscious processing. This unique property of psychedelics makes it possible to study psychological undercurrents that govern our experiences and behaviours to a depth that cannot be matched by any other method and tool available in modern mainstream psychiatry and psychology. In addition, it offers unique opportunities for healing of emotional and psychosomatic disorders, for positive personality transformation, and consciousness evolution.”

Dr. Grof is an inspiration to generations of scientists, who, because of him,  have not let this field of inquiry vanish.

The following are images of Dr. Charles Grob presenting the award and a close-up. Dr. Grof  is on the left.

All of us at Heffter send Stan and Christina Grof our very best wishes!