•LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process, based on the groundbreaking research of Oscar Janiger, M.D., written by Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D.
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (April 28, 2003)
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
Based on the results of one of the longest clinical studies of LSD (taking place from 1954-1962, before LSD was illegal), this groundbreaking work explores how LSD influences imagination and creativity. The book includes personal reports, artwork, and poetry from the original sessions as testimony of the impact of LSD on the creative process.
In 1954, Los Angeles psychiatrist Oscar Janiger, M.D., began experimenting with a newly-discovered chemical known as LSD-25. Over an eight-year period, Janiger administered LSD to more than 950 men and women from ranging in age from 18 to 81. The data collected during those trials and from follow-up studies done 40 years later is now available here for the first time, along with a thorough examination of LSD's impact on creativity, imagination, and spirituality.
Author Marlene Dobkin de Rios, a medical anthropologist who has studied the use of hallucinogens in tribal and third-world societies, considers Janiger's findings in relation to indigenous groups that employ psychoactive substances in their own religious ceremonies. LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process also examines how psychedelics influence the creative process and includes artwork and poetry from Janiger's original experimental sessions. Because of what they reveal about the function of the human psyche, the studies recounted in LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process represent a crucial moment in the history of scientific investigations of consciousness.
Praise for the book:
"There is no doubt about LSD's enormous impact on creativity. Unfortunately most artists cannot talk openly about LSD use for their artistic creativity and personal spiritual growth because of the overshadowing 'War on Drugs.' This pioneering book shows the value of the psychedelic experience for creativity." Christian Ratsch, Ph.D., author of Marijuana Medicine and coauthor of Plants of the Gods
"This title is recommended for larger collections in psychology, anthropology, and New Age shamanism." Mimi Davis, Library Journal, August 2003
"With LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process Marlene Dobkin de Rios provides a compelling account of the unique research program conducted by Oscar Janiger studying the effects of psychedelics on creativity. This important contribution should stimulate further investigations into this fascinating yet neglected field." Charles S. Grob, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, and author of Hallucinogens: A Reader
"[Grof's] research into these unmapped areas makes for a fine choice for any new age collection strong in modern consciousness." The Midwest Book Review, June 2009
"Dr. Grof has helped to give us new ways of seeing the world . . . He has opened a link between the psyche and the spirit." Nexus New Times Magazine, Sept-Oct 2009
About the author:
Oscar Janiger, M.D. (1918-2001), was one of the first American researchers to study the psychedelic drugs DMT and LSD and was the author of A Different Kind of Healing. Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork in the Amazon on the plant hallucinogen ayahuasca. She has written several books, including Visionary Vine and Hallucinogens: A Cross Cultural Perspective. She lives in southern California.
Visit Marlene Dobkin de Rios's website to learn more about her psychotherapy practice, fieldwork, publications and to view her biography.