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Albert Hofmann

Geburtstag: 11. Januar 1906
Todesdatum: 29. April 2008
Andere Namen:Альберт Хофманн

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Albert Hofmann war ein Schweizer Chemiker, Autor und der Entdecker des LSD.

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Zitate Albert Hofmann

„Himmel und Hölle ist im Menschen. Und es ist so, dass man mit diesem Stoff nun Einblick bekommt in die eigene Hölle oder den eigenen Himmel.“

— Albert Hofmann
Podiumsdiskussion "Was ist Bewußtseinserweiterung?", Heidelberg, Februar 1996; track 12 auf der audio-CD "Erinnerungen eines Psychonauten: Von der Entdeckung entheogener Drogen" supposé Köln, 2003, ISBN 3-932513-38-X; mit "Stoff" ist LSD gemeint

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„Beim Studium der mit meiner Arbeit in Zusammenhang stehenden Literatur lernte ich die große, allgemeine Bedeutung der visionären Schau kennen.“

— Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Vorwort, S. 7; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Es gibt Erlebnisse, über die zu sprechen die meisten Menschen sich scheuen, weil sie nicht in die Alltagswirklichkeit passen und sich einer verstandesmäßigen Erklärung entziehen.“

— Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Vorwort, S. 7; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

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„Dieser Bewußtseinszustand, der unter günstigen Bedingungen durch LSD oder durch ein anderes Halluzinogen aus der Gruppe der mexikanischen sakralen Drogen hervorgerufen werden kann, ist verwandt mit der spontanen religiösen Erleuchtung, mit der unio mystica.“

— Albert Hofmann
"LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Kap. 15 "LSD-Erfahrung und Wirklichkeit", S. 198; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Das könnte in Abwandlung der bekannten Goethe-Worte so ausgedrückt werden: / Wär nicht das Auge sonnenhaft, / Die Sonne könnt' es nie erblicken; / Wär' nicht im Stoff des Geistes Kraft, / Wie könnte Stoff den Geist verrücken.“

— Albert Hofmann
Brief an Ernst Jünger, Bottmingen, 16. Dezember 1961 in "LSD - mein Sorgenkind -- Die Entdeckung einer »Wunderdroge«", Kap. 11, S. 163; (c) 1979 J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung, Stuttgart; ungekürzte Ausgabe, dtv München 1994; ISBN 3-423-30357-3

„Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time.“

— Albert Hofmann
Context: As a path to the perception of a deeper, comprehensive reality, in which the experiencing individual is also sheltered, meditation, in its different forms, occupies a prominent place today. The essential difference between meditation and prayer in the usual sense, which is based upon the duality of creator-creation, is that meditation aspires to the abolishment of the I-you-barrier by a fusing of object and subject, of sender and receiver, of objective reality and self. Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time. It has replaced the ecclesiastical-Christian and mythical-Apollonian world view. But this ever broadening factual knowledge, which constitutes objective reality, need not be a desecration. On the contrary, if it only advances deep enough, it inevitably leads to the inexplicable, primal ground of the universe: the wonder, the mystery of the divine — in the microcosm of the atom, in the macrocosm of the spiral nebula; in the seeds of plants, in the body and soul of people. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality

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„And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen?“

— Albert Hofmann
Context: There are experiences that most of us are hesitant to speak about, because they do not conform to everyday reality and defy rational explanation. These are not particular external occurrences, but rather events of our inner lives, which are generally dismissed as figments of the imagination and barred from our memory. Suddenly, the familiar view of our surroundings is transformed in a strange, delightful, or alarming way: it appears to us in a new light, takes on a special meaning. Such an experience can be as light and fleeting as a breath of air, or it can imprint itself deeply upon our minds. One enchantment of that kind, which I experienced in childhood, has remained remarkably vivid in my memory ever since. It happened on a May morning — I have forgotten the year — but I can still point to the exact spot where it occurred, on a forest path on Martinsberg above Baden, Switzerland. As I strolled through the freshly greened woods filled with bird song and lit up by the morning sun, all at once everything appeared in an uncommonly clear light. Was this something I had simply failed to notice before? Was I suddenly discovering the spring forest as it actually looked? It shone with the most beautiful radiance, speaking to the heart, as though it wanted to encompass me in its majesty. I was filled with an indescribable sensation of joy, oneness, and blissful security. I have no idea how long I stood there spellbound. But I recall the anxious concern I felt as the radiance slowly dissolved and I hiked on: how could a vision that was so real and convincing, so directly and deeply felt — how could it end so soon? And how could I tell anyone about it, as my overflowing joy compelled me to do, since I knew there were no words to describe what I had seen? It seemed strange that I, as a child, had seen something so marvelous, something that adults obviously did not perceive — for I had never heard them mention it. While still a child, I experienced several more of these deeply euphoric moments on my rambles through forest and meadow. It was these experiences that shaped the main outlines of my world view and convinced me of the existence of a miraculous, powerful, unfathomable reality that was hidden from everyday sight. Foreword http://www.psychedelic-library.org/childf.htm

„The transformation of the objective world view into a deepened and thereby religious reality consciousness can be accomplished gradually, by continuing practice of meditation.“

— Albert Hofmann
Context: It could become of fundamental importance, and be not merely a transient fashion of the present, if more and more people today would make a daily habit of devoting an hour, or at least a few minutes, to meditation. As a result of the meditative penetration and broadening of the natural-scientific world view, a new, deepened reality consciousness would have to evolve, which would increasingly become the property of all humankind. This could become the basis of a new religiosity, which would not be based on belief in the dogmas of various religions, but rather on perception through the "spirit of truth." What is meant here is a perception, a reading and understanding of the text at first hand, "out of the book that God's finger has written" (Paracelsus), out of the creation. The transformation of the objective world view into a deepened and thereby religious reality consciousness can be accomplished gradually, by continuing practice of meditation. It can also come about, however, as a sudden enlightenment; a visionary experience. It is then particularly profound, blessed, and meaningful. Such a mystical experience may nevertheless "not be induced even by decade-long meditation," as Balthasar Staehelin writes. Also, it does not happen to everyone, although the capacity for mystical experience belongs to the essence of human spirituality. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality

„As a path to the perception of a deeper, comprehensive reality, in which the experiencing individual is also sheltered, meditation, in its different forms, occupies a prominent place today.“

— Albert Hofmann
Context: As a path to the perception of a deeper, comprehensive reality, in which the experiencing individual is also sheltered, meditation, in its different forms, occupies a prominent place today. The essential difference between meditation and prayer in the usual sense, which is based upon the duality of creator-creation, is that meditation aspires to the abolishment of the I-you-barrier by a fusing of object and subject, of sender and receiver, of objective reality and self. Objective reality, the world view produced by the spirit of scientific inquiry, is the myth of our time. It has replaced the ecclesiastical-Christian and mythical-Apollonian world view. But this ever broadening factual knowledge, which constitutes objective reality, need not be a desecration. On the contrary, if it only advances deep enough, it inevitably leads to the inexplicable, primal ground of the universe: the wonder, the mystery of the divine — in the microcosm of the atom, in the macrocosm of the spiral nebula; in the seeds of plants, in the body and soul of people. Ch. 11 : LSD Experience and Reality

„In spite of my delirious, bewildered condition, I had brief periods of clear and effective thinking — and chose milk as a nonspecific antidote for poisoning.“

— Albert Hofmann
Context: 4/19/43 16:20: 0.5 cc of 1/2 promil aqueous solution of diethylamide tartrate orally = 0.25 mg tartrate. Taken diluted with about 10 cc water. Tasteless. 17:00: Beginning dizziness, feeling of anxiety, visual distortions, symptoms of paralysis, desire to laugh. Supplement of 4/21: Home by bicycle. From 18:00- ca.20:00 most severe crisis. (See special report.) Here the notes in my laboratory journal cease. I was able to write the last words only with great effort. By now it was already clear to me that LSD had been the cause of the remarkable experience of the previous Friday, for the altered perceptions were of the same type as before, only much more intense. I had to struggle to speak intelligibly. I asked my laboratory assistant, who was informed of the self-experiment, to escort me home. We went by bicycle, no automobile being available because of wartime restrictions on their use. On the way home, my condition began to assume threatening forms. Everything in my field of vision wavered and was distorted as if seen in a curved mirror. I also had the sensation of being unable to move from the spot. Nevertheless, my assistant later told me that we had traveled very rapidly. Finally, we arrived at home safe and sound, and I was just barely capable of asking my companion to summon our family doctor and request milk from the neighbors. In spite of my delirious, bewildered condition, I had brief periods of clear and effective thinking — and chose milk as a nonspecific antidote for poisoning. Describing his first deliberate ingestion of LSD on the 19th of April 1943, in Ch. 1 : How LSD Originated http://www.psychedelic-library.org/child1.htm

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