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Listening to the heart of Things: The awakening of Love; On MDMA and LSD: The Undesired Psychotherapy Hardcover

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Basic
  • ISBN-10: 3952125024
  • ISBN-13: 978-3952125021
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Format: Hardcover
Listening Into the Heart of Things: on MDMA and LSD by Samuel Widmer
Basic Editions Switzerland 1997 (Translation of German Edition of 1989) 302 pages
The most interesting and readable parts are the case histories of drug therapy, especially his own-- eg, on pages 114, 166 and 178. Though a very advanced therapist compared to many, he is far from finished with his intellectual growing up and clings to his psychoanalytic background even though he often mentions its extreme shortcomings. The often painfully awkward text is full of insights from his own therapeutic voyages and those of his patients interspersed with psychoanalytic nonsense. Part of the awkwardness may be due to bad translation from the German but the lack of a rational spiritual framework is a major problem (as with most therapy-- or most life for that matter) that he only occasionally seems to recognize. He also sometimes veers off into the ozone--e.g., after many pages of sensible dialog he can opine that varicose veins and cancer are a result of the splitting of a psychosis (p99)!
He quotes Zen and Sufi stories, Krishnamurti and Al Ghazali and even Castenada (seemingly unaware of his exposure as a fraud 20 years ago!), yet he seems oblivious to the fact that meditation is the most powerful therapy there is and to the presence around him in his own country and all over the globe of the most diverse and effective therapeutic community that has ever existed--that of the students of the great Indian mystic (ie, psychotherapist) Osho. What a great pity! He could have learned so much and advanced his therapy so far. But like most people he deliberately or unconsciously avoids anything which might wake him up too much.
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