LSD: Doorway to the Numinous by Stanislav Grof – A pioneering book that explores the unknown landscape of human consciousness induced by LSD and other. A pioneering book that explores the unknown landscape of human consciousness induced by LSD and other psychedelics • Shows the. ratingstars. LSD: Doorway to the Numinous. by Stanislav Grof. Publisher: Park Street Press. Year: ISBN: Categories.

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In their extreme form, they can encompass the consciousness of entire racial groups or the totality of the human race. Additionally, because of the experimental nature of LSD psychotherapy, it was at first sanctioned only in cases that were considered otherwise hopeless.

LSD: Doorway to the Numinous

He is now professor of psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Their hope was that by understanding how substances like acid warped or deformed normal cognition, they could learn about the chemical basis of your standard-issue unhinged mind.

Grof’s studies of the mystical experience in LSD therapy represent an extremely valuable scientific approach to consciousness research from which many people can benefit. It provides a framework that synthesizes the unconscious and primal drives that secretly impel us to act. Towards a Psychedelic Canon. Doorway to the Numinous probably reflects a move to appeal to a readership less interested in Western psychiatric practice and more enamored of the modern neo-shamanistic psychedelic renaissance i.

Otto Rank had already caused a minor schism in the early days of psychoanalysis by insisting on the centrality of birth trauma in dooorway dynamics.

An extremely potent substance, capable of doorway ones life. Books by Stanislav Grof. Doorsay Bushman trance dance and other African tribal rituals, Middle Eastern belly dancing, and whirling like the dervishes of the Sufi tradition to Indonesian art forms as practiced in Java or Bali and the symbolic dancing of the Indian Kathakali or Manipuri school. Numinnous additional examples involving other cultures could be cited in this context.


Grof received his M. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! Building on his observations while conducting LSD research and on Otto Rank’s theory of birth trauma, Grof constructed a theoretical framework for tge and perinatal psychology and transpersonal psychology thhe which LSD trips and other powerfully emotional experiences were mapped onto on Grof is known for his early studies of LSD and its effects on the psyche—the field of psychedelic psychotherapy.

Stanislav Grof is the Elvis of psychedelic psychotherapy. Dec 22, nicole rated it did not like lad. I would place LSD treatment of the mentally ill right next to other failed and misguided past techniques such as lobotomy and electroshock treatment. 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.

Josh Alexander rated it it was amazing Oct 06, lsv Permission required before publicly reproducing Erowid info. Lists with This Book. Return to Book Page. Instead, Grof would seem to represent that all-too-rare case of a scientist who actually allowed evidence to change his mind his own personal exposure to LSD a few months after graduating medical school perhaps played no small role in this.

Open Preview See a Problem? His theoretical model of the psyche has had a huge impact on both psychedelic circles and the wider scientific arena of consciousness.

LSD – Doorway to the Numinous By Stanislav Grof – Psychedelic Press UK

It also provides a new threshold to eoorway and entering the numinous realm of spirit. On the whole, the transpersonal section is the most contentious for the wider scientific community but, certainly, the most interesting to think about. Grof’s efforts should be lauded and highly commended in the scientific and medical community.


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.

Cathy Bell rated it really liked it Jan 11, Andrew Martinson rated it it was amazing Feb 05, He continues this work today under the title “Holotropic Breathwork”. The research presented in this book provides a map of the fo that is essential for eoorway such phenomena as shamanism and near death experiences as well as other nonordinary states of consciousness. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Jun 22, Josh Livingroom rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Dec 31, William Brant rated it it was amazing. Grof’s discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy of research. The common denominator of this otherwise rich and ramified group of phenomena is the feeling of the individual that his consciousness expanded beyond the usual ego boundaries and limitations of time and space. Authoritative, insightful, and self-aware.

Doorway to the Numinous. 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. Supplementary lsx for a 15 pg psych paper I’m writing. Grof’s engrossing state-of-the-science overview argues convincingly that continued LSD reserach will help patients, parents, policymakers, and even spiritual seekers.