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

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, Feb 12, 2009 - Medical - 304 pages
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A pioneering book that explores the unknown landscape of human consciousness induced by LSD and other psychedelics

• Shows the relationship between shamanism, near death experiences, and other mystical and altered states with those induced by psychedelics

• Lays the conceptual foundation for the creation of important new therapies in psychiatry and psychology

Stanislav Grof’s first 17 years of research into nonordinary 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 holds memories of the various stages of birth, and the transpersonal domain, which mediates experiential identification with other species and mythic figures, visits to archetypal realms, access to past life memories, and union with the cosmic creative principle.

The research presented in this book provides a map of the psyche that is essential for understanding such phenomena as shamanism and near death experiences as well as other nonordinary states of consciousness. This map has led to the development of important new therapies in psychiatry and psychology for treating mental conditions often seen as disease and therefore suppressed by medication. It also provides a new threshold to understanding and entering the numinous realm of spirit.
  

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

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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. Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

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. Read full review

Contents

1 General Introduction
1
2 Abstract and Aesthetic Experiences in LSD Sessions
34
3 Psychodynamic Experiences in LSD Sessions
44
4 Perinatal Experiences in LSD Sessions
97
5 Transpersonal Experiences in LSD Sessions
157
6 Multidimensional and Multilevel Nature of the LSD Experience
218
The Psychedelic Research Renaissance
243
Notes
260
Index
262
About the Author
272
Books of Related Interest
274
Back Cover
276
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About the author (2009)

Stanislav Grof, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been principal investigator at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Chief of Psychedelic Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. He is now professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His 20 books include Beyond the Brain, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Genius, and Spiritual Emergency. He lives in California.

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