My dear feminist friend and mentor, Elizabeth Debold, recently sent me this amazing video of a 1950s housewife taking LSD for the first time. The video was recorded as part of an experiment that was done just before the wave of LSD mania took hold in the 1960s. Elizabeth remarked how powerful the LSD trip must have been for this woman because her experience was so unmediated by any ideas of what to expect. Indeed, what this woman experienced looks nothing short of a satori.
While watching this video, I felt that I saw this woman go from being a passive, quiet feminine housewife to a much more autonomous, individuated expression of the Divine in her own right. I kept wondering what happened to this woman after she did the experiment. I imagine that a state experience like this would be quite destabilizing for a woman of her time, and it would likely be hard to go back to her complacent identity as a housewife after tasting the Oneness of all things. I kept wondering if she might have left her husband and become a wondering nun... or a wondering LSD junkie :).