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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press; 4th Edition, New Edition of Realms of the Human Unconscious edition (February 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594772827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594772825
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1955, psychiatrist Grof (The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death), then a Czech medical student, began studying the effects of LSD on human subjects (including himself) in pioneering experiments focused on schizophrenia symptoms. Over time, Grof's interest shifted to diagnostic and therapeutic use of psychedelics, in part because of his first visit to the U.S. (where he now lives) in 1965, when "the American psychedelic movement was profoundly influencing contemporary culture." First published in 1975, this book foresees the psychedelic experience causing a "radical revision of the current scientific worldview" comparable to the 20th century "conceptual cataclysm" in Newtonian physics-a view Grof appears to hold still. Though the LSD experience can encompass virtually "any perceptual, emotional or psychosomatic manifestations," and varies wildly among individuals and individual trips, Grof finds subjects' reported experience entirely credible, and indicative of complex mental processes at work: some subjects relive childhood and "perinatal" experiences, some "regress" to previous lives and non-human life forms. Whether or not one accepts his case studies at face value, Grof's engrossing state-of-the-science overview argues convincingly that continued LSD research will help patients, parents, policymakers and even spiritual seekers.
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" . . . Grof's engrossing state-of-the-science overview argues convincingly that continued LSD reserach will help patients, parents, policymakers, and even spiritual seekers." (Publishers Weekly, Feb 2009)

"Dr. Grof's efforts should be lauded and highly commended in the scientific and medical community. His clinical research is courageous and luminous to anyone who is conscious of the body's metaphysiology and higher energy dynamics. This field of research is as important to the human animal as molecular scientific inquiry into the etiology of neoplasias." (Dr. Ron Shane, reviewer, April 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)

"For any serious student of psychedelics or psychology, this is an important read that should not be ignored. In terms of building a foundation for the future of the psychedelic movement and finding a place for psychedelics in society, LSD:Doorway to the Numinous is without question the text. Authoritative, insightful, and self-aware." (Psychedelic Press, UK, Feb 2010)

“The most significant development in the recent history of depth psychology, and the most important advance in the field since Freud and Jung themselves, has been the work of Stanislav Grof.” (Richard Tarnas, Ph.D., author of The Passion of the Western Mind)

“A breakthrough work.” (Jean Houston, Ph.D., coauthor of The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience)

“Dr. Stanislav Grof's LSD: Doorway to the Numinous is an extraordinary alchemical text that overturns many commonly held beliefs about the nature of individual identity and consciousness. Based on his 2,500 clinical sessions using LSD as a therapeutic tool before the substance was interdicted, Grof's book explores the vast dimensions of inner experience that have been ignored and marginalized by the mainstream. He also provides a theoretical framework for understanding these amazing experiences that synthesizes Freudian and Jungian insights into the dark matter of the unconscious and the primal drives that secretly impel us to act. A must-read for all serious students of consciousness.” (Daniel Pinchbeck, author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and Breaking Open the Head)

“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)

“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)

“Stanislav Grof ’s research is the most important contribution to personality theory in several decades.” (Abraham Maslow, Ph.D., psychologist, cofounder of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, and autho)

“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)

“Dr. 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.” (Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Tibetan lama and author of Born in Tibet, Spiritual Materialism, and Medit)

“Grof has had far and away more experience in psychedelic research than anyone else and has come up with the most comprehensive and helpful framework for interpreting the data in this bewildering area.” (Huston Smith, Ph.D., author of The World’s Religions and Beyond the Post-Modern Mind)

“Grof marshals an impressive array of data and speculation in support of the timely demand that Western science acknowledge consciousness and its many nonordinary states.” (Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Ph.D., psychologist, spiritual teacher, and author of Be Here Now, Grist)

“A fascinating journey through previously uncharted realms of the psyche guided by one of the world’s foremost consciousness researchers. A remarkable account of the extraordinary depths of the human psyche.” (Frances Vaughan, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Awakening Intuition and The Inward Arc)

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Gave this as a gift and it went over well!
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If you're a psychology major or just someone interested in psychology, the mind, and consciousness - most definitely read this book.
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I also got the DMT book, which was AMAZING.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Henry R. Cox on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
caveat emptor !!! ; this is a republished version of "Realms of the Human Unconscious" By Stan Grof (Viking Press 1975).

The original book itself is without doubt remarkable and groundbreaking; everything suggested by the professional reviewers 35 years ago and cited in the Amazon spruiking is true. It is just a pity that the Park Street Press (a division of Inner Traditions - from whom I would have expected more) and Amazon, failed to disclose that this text is in fact not new material(other than its brief epilogue [a short research review] from Grof's 2008 "LSD Psychtherapy" ), but "mutton dressed as lamb" almost 35 years on. The failure of disclosure in this instance is frankly appalling and disappointing. As a long-time customer of both companies I expect more. In this era of international book purchases via the web, truthful representation of an item is critical to ensure trust in the marketplace.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Macrends on April 8, 2009
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Dr. Grof's work is essential reading for medical clinicians, artists, psychologists and the lay public. Currently, in the U.S. psychiatric practitioners cannot employ psychotropic agents to efficaciously treat their compromised patients. Dr. Grof's breakthrough research work in the 1970's provides veracity to this kind of prophylaxis as a quintessential strategy for enhancing the perturbed modern human psyche. Furthermore, the majority of psychiatrists in the U.S. are no longer therapeutically treating personality disorders with comprehensive medicinal strategies. Patients are given SSRIs, SSNRIs or anti-psychotics in most cases for Axis II morbidities.
Dr. Grof's efforts should be lauded and highly commended in the scientific and medical community. His clinical research is courageous and luminous to anyone who is conscious of the body's meta-physiology and higher energy dynamics. This field of research is as important to the human animal as molecular scientific inquiry into the etiology of neoplasias. Furthermore, this text would be inspiring to anyone who has not yet felt the body's numinous essence. Pathogenic materialism is certainly not the way to unleash the etheric impassionment of the human psyche. Dr. Grof's book "LSD: Doorway to the Numinous" and Dr. Rick Strassmans' Books "The DMT Molecule" and "The Inner Paths to Outerspace" all published by Inner Tradition, would certainly benefit the harrowing consciousness of all homosapiens.
Mescaline, psilocybin, ayahuasca and LSD are exquisite protocols in the words of Dr. Grof to ameliorate perturbations of personality and psyche. However, the U.S. government has mandated that board certified psychiatrists cannot utilize these agents in a clinical medical setting. Dr.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 16, 2009
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Stanislav Grov's first 17 years of research into nonordinary states of consciousness induced by LSD led to a revolutionary understanding of the human psyche. His research prompted new discussions of the unconscious and revealed two new realms still unacknowledged by academic circles: the perinatal domin which holds birth memories, and the transpersonal, which mediates experiences with other species and mythic figures, access to past life memories, and more. His research into these unmapped areas makes for a fine choice for any new age collection strong in modern consciousness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dario gerussi on January 20, 2013
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When I first got this book, I thought I was going to read a pretty cool book about LSD and learn a few things. BUT WOW this blew my mind. It was written so well, perfectly explaining how "LSD is to psychology as a microscope is to biology". Sure you'll learn a good amount of information about the drug itself, independent of the interaction that's produced with humans; but the content that will really open your eyes is how it reacts with the human mind-body complex. What makes it more fascinating is that there are no medicinal aspects of LSD - as in it's completely reactionary. What that means is that any similar effects experienced between X individuals is nothing more than a coincidence; whereas the effects of consumable alcohol are absolute - enough of a certain quantity in your blood and you will experience specific physiological effects such as thinner blood, loss of fear, impaired memory formation, impaired judgement, loss of coordination and balance, dehydration, death, etc. So for example, one of the most common effects experienced from consuming LSD is dilated pupils; however not everyone experiences this and some even experience constricted pupils. There is no medicinal mechanism of LSD that triggers specific reactions with the size of the pupil. It's as if this substance is nothing more than a psychedelic mirror of your mind.

If you want to learn more about LSD - read this book.

If you're a psychology major or just someone interested in psychology, the mind, and consciousness - most definitely read this book.

If you want a mind-blowing, eye-opening experience - read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paigii on April 16, 2013
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REALLY interesting read! I also got the DMT book, which was AMAZING. i recommend this if youre thinking about it!
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This is an exceptional work. Dr Grof proves to be a pioneer in the human psyche. The book gives a new dimension to psychiatry and psychiatric care. We had Freud, Jung and now we have Grof adding a new dimention to the human psyche with his decades of LSD and holotropic breath research. This book is a must read for everybody who wants to learn about the correlation of prenatal experiences and psychiatric or psychological pathology and expanded consciousness by controlled use of psychedelics like LSD.
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