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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

Transpersonal Psychotherapy.

Boorstein, Seymour. (Editor). (1980).
Palo Alto, CA: Science and Behavior Books.

ISBN: 0-8314-0060-9

Description: First edition, first printing, vi + 409 pages.

Contents: Acknowledgments, introduction, 26 chapters divided into 5 parts: I. The Dimensions of Transpersonal Psychotherapy, II. Transpersonal Currents in Some Major Western Therapies, III. Western Psychotherapy and Eastern Traditions, IV. Innovative Techniques in Transpersonal Psychotherapy, V. Transpersonal Implications of the Birth and Death Experiences, bibliography, contributors, index.

Contributors: Kenneth J. Appel, Harold H. Bloomfield, Seymour Boorstein, Patricia Carrington, Olaf Gary Deatherage, Norman S. Don, John B. Enright, Lester G. Fehmi, Charles A. Garfield, Stanislav Grof, Jock McKeen, Stephen Schoen, Justin Simon, Montague Ullman, James G. Frances E. Vaughan, Roger N. Bennet R. Wong, Richard Yensen.

Excerpt(s): This book is a beginning attempt to breach the wall between the psychotherapeutic and the sacred. In its pages some of the most respected pioneers meet to give their vision of the synergistic potential of these two powerful traditions. (dust jacket)

If we accept the basic premise that psychedelic drugs make it possible to study the content and dynamics of the unconscious in areas and levels of the human personality that are difficult to reach with less powerful techniques, the heuristic value of these substances becomes immediately obvious. This capacity of psychedelic drugs to exteriorize otherwise invisible phenomena and processes and make them the subject of scientific investigation gives these substances an unusual potential as research tools for exploration of the human mind. It does not seem inappropriate to compare their potential significance for psychiatry and psychology to that of the microscope for medicine or of the telescope for astronomy. This concept also can explain the unprecedented controversy about the value of psychedelics and their beneficial or destructive potential. Since they are unspecific amplifiers and catalysts of all potentialities intrinsic to human nature, their value and the outcome of experimentation depend on the human use of these compounds.

After this introduction we can try to explore what the work with LSD and other psychedelics teaches us about the human mind. The content of LSD sessions usually represents a multidimensional and multilevel dynamic continuum of mutually overlapping phenomena. Although they involve a certain degree of artificiality and oversimplification, the following four major types, or levels, of LSD experiences can be delineated for the purpose of our discussion: abstract and aesthetic experiences; psychodynamic experiences; perinatal experiences; and transpersonal experiences. (Chapter 24, Theoretical and Empirical Basis of Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Stanislav Grof, page 343)

This compilation by Thomas B. Roberts & Paula Jo Hruby, © 1995-2003 CSP

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