Perfect Madness: From Awakening to Enlightenment by Donna Lee Gorrell


The term “spiritual journey” is now almost a cliche, so it is a shock when one encounters the real thing. It was in 1972 that Donna Lee Gorrell made this astonishing and often harrowing nine-month passage that shattered all her concepts of mind and reality. It took her twenty years of contemplation and writing to gain the perspective she needed to describe it.

Driven by the flow of a primary energy force, she experienced bizarre physical symptoms, disorientation, trances and visions. She feared the disintegration that had befallen her schizophrenic mother, whom she remembered being taken from her home in a straightjacket. Donna Lee Gorrell’s passage was marked by a series of shattering insights and classic choices on the road to spiritual integration, which she amplifies and illuminates with crystalline confirmations by the masters of many mystical traditions.

Exquisitely observed and written, Perfect Madness is destined to be a spiritual classic in the tradition of best sellers such as Robert Monroe’s Journeys Out of the Body, and Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Donna Lee Gorrell, daughter of a famous jazz musician, grew up in Chicago. A spiritual explorer from an early age, she has practiced Zen meditation for many years and has read widely on the subject of Zen Buddhism. She lives with her husband and two sons in Chicago, Illinois

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