Drawing it Out: Befriending the Unconscious


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by Sherana Harriette Frances, introduction by Stanislav Grof, M.D.

From the Publisher: This unique text shows us that the path of self-understanding and higher consciousness may not be revealed through words but through images. The author has presented us with the images coming from the depths of the unconscious and has eloquently described their eventually integration into her conscious life through careful attention to their details. It is not only an important contribution to the psychology of the unconscious, but a fascinating personal chronicle.

Praise for the Book: “Quite an extraordinary book! ” — Albert Hofmann, Ph.D., research chemist and author of LSD: My Problem Child

“I do not know of any single document illustrating the extraordinary healing and transformative potential of psychedelics in a way that matches in its importance this book by Harriette Frances and the unique illustrations that accompany it. Her ability to find artistic expression for the images from the depth of her psyche is truly extraordinary! ” — Stanislav Grof, M.D., former president, International Transpersonal Association; scholar-in-residence, Esalen Institute, Big Sur; author of LSD Psychotherapy

“We live in a culture largely preoccupied with material gain and self-interest, creating the inability to understand the true potential of psychedelic substances and our inherent spiritual nature. Harriette Frances, through her initial psychedelic experience, recognized and was able to express in drawings much self-knowledge which arose from a deep source of understanding within her. Discovery of this source permitted a continual practice of self-revelation, confirming the awesome wisdom and vitality at the core of the human being. Her revelations should give great hope to all those seeking understanding and fulfillment. ” — Myron Stolaroff, author of Thanatos to Eros: Thirty-five Years of Psychedelic Exploration and The Secret Chief: Conversations with a Pioneer of the Underground Psychedelic Therapy Movement

“Harriette Frances’ series of drawings is far and away the most illuminating, as well as exceptionally skillfully rendered, representation of inner states that I know. The progression of images and the accompanying descriptions make it possible to appreciate the depth of her personal experience as well as its universality. ” — James Fadiman, Ph.D., professor and cofounder of The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; former director of the Institute of Noetic Sciences;author of The Other Side of Haight

“”There is sufficient material here for study by psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, mythographers and art historians as well as all those concerned with the creative process. “— Elinor Gadon, Ph.D., art historian and author of The Once and Future Goddess

“…Changing scenes, visions of body deformity, altering surroundings, archetypical hieroglyphs, pressing forces of her personal life along with imagery of assistance and triumph all flow through these remarkable works of art. They are truly the highlight of this book… “–dogbreth

ISBN-10: 0966001958    –    ISBN-13: 978-0966001952

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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 10.8 × 0.4 × 8.3 in