Stanislav Grof is a renowned psychiatrist, author, professor and pioneering leader in consciousness research and personal development.
As a child, Stan was a gifted illustrator who dreamed of becoming a cartoonist and film animator. He discovered his inspiration to draw while growing up in 1930s Prague, Czechoslovakia where animated movies were his main source of entertainment.
He was also fascinated with the animal kingdom – especially butterflies – and mostly drew and painted scenes of personified insects.
At the age of ten he wrote and illustrated a story featuring two young beetles on a “hero’s journey” that was published in a children’s journal.
Stan went on to devote himself to helping people transform their lives by cultivating a deeper understanding of their innermost visions and emotions. Today, he is delighted to revisit his early love for illustrating and to depict a beautiful metaphor for personal transformation in Lillibit’s Dream.
A few examples of Stanislav’s childhood drawings: