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LSD Psychotherapy: An Exploration of Psychedelic and Psycholytic Therapy Paperback – June, 1968
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The phenomenal effects of LSD in medically supervised psychotherapy were apparent soon after its discovery in 1948. Since then, other new, equally effective psychedelics have been developed, and in sound therapeutic situations, their usefulness is now almost beyond dispute. The psychedelics free the mind to fantasize, and the vivid reliving of strong emotion, rather than the mere recall of it, is the hallmark of this 'furious therapy.'
The first part of Caldwell's book, based on the author's interviews and research, is a survey of modern drug treatment both in the country and abroad. The second part is devoted to the description and classification of basic, universal images and fantasies as they manifest themselves under the hallucinogens.
Caldwell points out that the psychedelic drugs are too strong to be safe for do-it-yourself experiments. But their ability to reach quickly to the deepest strata of the unconscious has become a challenge to all those interested in new ways of exploring and healing the human mind.
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I come back to this book again and again because Caldwell has given such a wide map of the worlds of experience one meets during any prolonged inward exploration or therpay. What he says does not simply apply to LSD, but to any real personal growth. However, this is the real stuff, not just the fantasy hopes of achievement. Therefore it includes not only the experience of samahdi/enlightenment or oneness, but also the inner traumatised child, the meeting with the betrayal we may have felt as an infant, and the murder we would like to commit on those who hurt us.