Mystical experiences, too, "are typically altered states of consciousness," Leon Wurmser, M.D., a Towson, Md., psychoanalyst reported. "Such trancelike states," he explained, "necessarily entail large-scale denial. . . . Although one hears and sees, the content of what is seen and heard is being treated so as if one had not heard or seen it. . . . It is thus a matter of making its emotional, affective meaning invalid. . . . "