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LSD: Doorway to the Numinous: The Groundbreaking Psychedelic Research into Realms of the Human Unconscious

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Stanislav Grof's first 17 years of research into non-ordinary states of consciousness induced by LSD and other psychedelics led to a revolutionary understanding of the human psyche. His research was the impetus behind a vastly expanded cartography of the unconscious, including two new realms still unacknowledged by official academic circles--the perinatal domain, which hol ...more
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Published February 12th 2009 by Park Street Press (first published February 11th 2009)
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Carlton Brown
A very interesting read for anyone wishing to understand LSD (psychedelics) and the transpersonal/transcendental realm. Whilst the book is tilted toward Stans extensive experience in the therapeutic benefits for psychotherapy, it offers huge insight and classification of the phenomenal experiences encountered with LSD in the transcendental realm. Few authors can compare with this experience and as such i have found this extremely helpful for organizing/rationalizing my own transcendental experie ...more
Psychedelic psychiatry doesn't sound like a bad thing at all once you've a) read this book and b) tripped to the point of ego death and understand the entire process.

Either way, this is a fascinating read.
James Jesso
A brilliant book on developmental psychology.
Very interesting descriptive account of psychedelics-assisted psychotherapy conducted by the author in Czechoslovakia and the USA in the mid-20th century. Lots about gestation / birth trauma and its speculative effects on the psyche, about which I'd previously read nothing, and the positive effects of integration and reconciliation through transpersonal and spiritual experiences from such therapies. Interesting epilogue about the resurgence of such research at the present time, to accompany the ...more
Though the book provided some insight to LSD research, and some interesting accounts of supervised patient experience, I thought the book a bit of a bore about halfway through it. I would place LSD treatment of the mentally ill right next to other failed and misguided past techniques such as lobotomy and electroshock treatment. After all Grof's research, it is surprising that he would still sell this treatment as a viable cure for the mentally ill.
I really liked this book. It discusses a number of different applications and the variations in experience of LSD psychotherapy. While some of the terminology is difficult to pick up at first for someone who isn't that familiar with it, it does a good job of not overly complicating concepts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in psychedelic research and its therapeutic applications.
Read only chapters 1-3 and the epilogue. Grof is extremely educated and gives some excellent insight into the use of lsd, however (not that i knew what to expect) this book was not what i expected. The only saving grace for me was certain quotes in the first three chapters that dealt with issues in therapies.
The rational science behind LSD. An extremely potent substance, capable of altering ones life.
Supplementary reading for a 15 pg psych paper I'm writing. Fascinating shit, yo.
The myth of re-birth was visited many times with these clinical LSD sessions.
Josh Livingroom
This book is amazing!
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Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche—the field of psychedelic psychotherapy. Building on his observations while conducting LSD research and on Otto Rank's theory of birth trauma, Grof constructed a theoretical framework for pre- and perinatal psychology and transpersonal psychology in which LSD trips and other powerfully emotional experiences were mapped onto on ...more
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