In his book The 99th Monkey: A Spiritual Journalists Misadventures with Gurus, Messiahs, Sex, Psychedelics, and Other Consciousness-Raising Experiments (Santa Monica Press), Eliezer Sobel recounts 30 years searching for enlightenment, experimenting with mind-altering drugs and meditation,
He says, I spent 40 days in a cabin on a mountain alone, and I nearly went out of my mind. My experiences with psychedelic drugs were not always successful either. I once woke up on my kitchen table after taking mushrooms, and I was scratching my last words onto the wood, which were a goodbye to my wife. I thought I was going to die.
But its his experiences with overweight people that really took the author out of his head.
Sobel explains, I was in therapy with a very overweight therapist who decided I had been smothered by my mother, so she made me lay on the floor and sat on my head for 30 minutes.
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