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LSD Psychotherapy

The Healing Potential of Psychedelic Medicine
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
MAPS
 | 
July, 2008
ISBN:
9780979862205
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$26.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The sensationalism surrounding the widespread use of LSD in the late ’60s and the subsequent legislative overkill virtually ended psychotherapeutic LSD research. Much of what had been learned over thirty years of scientific medical study was so distorted or suppressed that no objective overview was available to the general reader—except for this book.

LSD Psychotherapy is a complete account of a remarkable chapter in the ever-continuing inquiry into our transpersonal nature and origins. The controlled studies described in this book reveal exciting and challenging data about the nature of human consciousness, perception, and reality itself. Drawing on this work Dr. Stanislav Grof outlines a new cartography of the human mind, one which accounts for experiences such as shamanic trance, near-death experiences and altered states of consciousness. This vision is also the foundation for Dr. Grof's revolutionary Holotropic Breathwork techniques (for more info, see www.holotropic.com).

This book is also a visual feast, with numerous colour drawings and paintings created by research participants. Many of these depict archetypal images from the collective human consciousness, which form a powerful addition to the text. LSD Psychotherapy is a valuable source of information for those who are involved with LSD in any way, as parents, teachers, researchers, legislators, or students of the human psyche. The approach to healing described in this book is inspired by the eternal desire of humankind for wholeness and an enduring grasp of reality.

Stanislav Grof, M.D., began his research into the psychotherapeutic uses of LSD in 1960 at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia. More than 30 years of work in this field make him eminently qualified to write this book. He is the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association, and has taught and lectured in academic and workshop settings worldwide. Dr. Grof is the author of numerous other books, the latest of which is The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death.

“If I am the father of LSD, Stan Grof is the godfather. Nobody has contributed as much as Stan for the development of my problem child.” —Albert Hofmann, research chemist and author of LSD: My Problem Child

 

 

Hofmann concludes his introduction, written on his 102nd birthday, this way:

 

 

It is my wish that a modern Eleusis and a modern psychiatry will emerge, in which seeking humans can learn to have transcendent experiences with sacred substances in a safe setting, and in which LSD and other psychedelics become once again tools for psychotherapeutic healing and for discovery of the breadth and depth of the mind. When that day comes, Stan will have laid the cornerstone and his classic work, LSD Psychotherapy, will be the jumping off point for further developments and refinements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Publisher’s Description: 

The sensationalism surrounding LSD use in the 1960s and the subsequent legislative overkill virtually ended psychotherapeutic LSD research. Much of what science had learned over 30 years of study was so distorted or suppressed that no objective overview was available - except for this book. The controlled studies described here reveal exciting data about human consciousness, perception, and reality itself. Drawing on this data, Dr. Grof maps a new psychology which accounts for experiences such as shamanic trance, near-death experiences and altered states of consciousness. 375 pp.

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