From the Publisher:
A pioneering book that explores the unknown landscape of human consciousness induced by LSD and other psychedelics, 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.
Praise for the Book:
"I know of no work that so well incorporates the findings of Freud, Jung, and Rank, adding fresh insights that the methods of these psychotherapists could never have achieved. It certainly goes beyond Freud. It brings new clarification to Jung. It throws new light on the topic of death and resurrection symbolism, as well as on religious imagery. I do not doubt that others working in this field will find Dr. Grof's discoveries a basis for a whole new strategy of research." -- Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Masks of God, and Myths to Live By
"An exceptionally clear and readable introduction to the evolving psychology of the spirit--transpersonal psychology--that is one of the most exciting developments of our times. Grof is far and away one of the leading scientists exploring this field." -- Charles Tart, Ph.D., psychologist and author of States of Consciousness, PSI: Scientific Studies of the Psychic Realm, and Living the Mindful Life
"Stanislav Grof is the undisputed world authority on LSD and the human psyche, and this book provides the best cartography of consciousness for understanding the profound impact of entheogens on the mind." -- Alex Grey, artist and author of Sacred Mirrors and Transfigurations
About the Author:
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 The Ultimate Journey, LSD Psychotherapy, Beyond the Brain, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Genius, and Mondern Consciousness Research.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press; 4 edition (February 12, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 lb 8 oz.