Masters and Houston - Entanglement - knots
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience – Dr Robert Masters and Dr Jean Houston
S11, a business woman in her forties, had for many years experienced her body and her 'mind and brain' as being literally “tied up in knots”. She could plainly feel this knotting, which she felt to be related to her “tenseness”. For more than 5 years she had been familiarising herself with the literature concerning psychedelic drugs and believed that a psychedelic session was the 'only means' by which she could free herself from tensions and the feeling of 'knottedness'. Hers was an extremely unusual experience.
About one hour into her session, when ordinarily, the various distressing physical symptoms would be experienced, S began speaking of a “great but wonderful pain …. my body is becoming unknotted”. One by one, as she described it, the knots in her body “untangled”. Later, in a second LSD session, the knots in her “mind and brain” also became untangled”. This second “unknotting” like the first, was experienced as “excruciatingly painful …. also quite glorious”. This relief appears to be permanent. Six months later, S had developed no new knots