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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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William Brant
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Overview of Stan Grof's pioneering work in LSD research, and puts forth his theories of COEX's or Condensed Experiences, the Perinatal Matrix, and Transpersonal Experiences.
Carlton Brown
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Tiago Faleiro
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stan is arguably the biggest authority in the LSD world. He has performed more clinical research with LSD than anyone else on the planet, so at least reading what he has to say is the minimum you can do.

I liked the book. Grof is obviously a smart guy, and his input on LSD and psychedelics is obviously very valuable. However, I have a hard time believing some of his claims. And everyone should. I think he takes the experiences of his patients too literally, which is odd considering he's a Jungian
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
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Oct 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it liked it
The rational science behind LSD. An extremely potent substance, capable of altering ones life.
James Jesso
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book on developmental psychology.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Supplementary reading for a 15 pg psych paper I'm writing. Fascinating shit, yo.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
come for the psychedelic therapy research, leave in a big goddamn hurry once dude starts blaming rape victim for being victimized, including being raped *as a child*
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read, somewhat ''not for beginners''
May 16, 2009 rated it liked it
The myth of re-birth was visited many times with these clinical LSD sessions.
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Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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