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Masters and Houston - The dive

Identifier

004930

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Deep deep into the subconscious

A description of the experience

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience – Dr Robert Masters and Dr Jean Houston

  Subject “I am in a silent subterranean place.  I have the sense of some kind of machine and of operating the machine.  But yet this machine is inside of me.  I think that only from within this protective bathysphere like thing do I feel safe to look around.  Down here all of the things that have been so much a part of my drug images on the more conscious level are present.  Dragons and snakes, especially are at home here and are not fighting.  This is where I come from.  It is as if always inside of my head I somehow knew that this is my own world – the place I came out of and up from where I was born.  A world so different  from the face of the earth”

Guide 'Go ahead and describe this world'

 Subject “I feel that I am speaking from a deep, quiet place.  There are, in this world, no straight lines ever.  Everything is sinuous and serpentine, often undulating, very graceful and rhythmic.  Things appear to be very hard and brilliant on the surface, yet I know they are soft and that I could crush them if I squeezed them in my hand.  Everything looks hard but could be crushed if it were felt.  I've always seen this world before, in my images when I am lying in bed, in my dreams, and again with this drug.  I find this world to be beautiful and if I can retain the insights I am  getting, there will be some fundamental change in my whole being “

….....Guide 'Keep trying to find out more about this world.  Find out just where it is and what it means'

 Subject  “One seems to rise up out of it into birth in this world in which my body is now”

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Cave
Underworld

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

LSD

Commonsteps

References