You caused me to smile (thank You) with Your experiences with the knot making. i don't remember a single knot i was taught and probably why i joined the US Air Force later.
i have had 2 - one when i experienced shortly before my near-body-experience and one while learning how to Lucid dream (which i still don't think i've mastered(
Have You ever experienced sleep paralysis?
You are most welcome, but dear poet, i am sorry about your loss.
Yes, when i was younger, it happened a few times. i could feel it coming on, like a paralysis, but if i managed to move my little finger slightly, or toe, it would go away, try to creep back in, go away, etc. A couple of times i went all the way, it was like sinking into the mattress. No other hallucinations though, i was fully aware.
i suspect that one key to lucid dreaming is a decision not to be a victim, to take charge of the dreams.
BTW i lived in the Bay Area as a teen, aeons ago, in Martinez.
Have you ever visited Alcatraz?