Phyllis Krystal was born in London, England in 1914. She graduated from Bishop Otter College in Chichester and taught high school for three years before moving to the United States. Phyllis met Sidney Krystal, a prominent Los Angeles attorney, shortly after moving to the states. They got married and had two daughters, one of whom gave Sidney and Phyllis grandchildren before she died in an automobile accident. Phyllis was widowed in 1993. 

In 2004, at the age of 91, she moved to Munich, Germany. Phyllis Krystal then moved again to Zurich, Switzerland at the age of 95. Two years ago she moved back to London, England where she died at the ripe old age of 102 years and 8 months. 

Sidney David Krystal was born in Los Angeles in 1907, attended USC and Harvard graduate school in Literature before entering Harvard Law School where he sat on the Law Review. He practiced entertainment law for a few years, counting Fred Astaire and Victor Mature as his clients, before turning to tax and corporate law. He tried a case in the US Supreme Court at the peak of his career. 

Sidney married Phyllis in the early 1940s and had two daughters. He and Phyllis lived in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades.  He returned from his first India trip doing Hatha yoga and the whole family followed suit traveling the world to be with various yoga teachers.

In 1973 he became a devotee of Sai Baba as did the entire family and Sai Baba appointed him Treasurer of the International Sai Baba Organization. He traveled to India many dozens of times on business practicing international law and with Phyllis to stay in Sai Baba's ashram. Sai Baba said he was one of the very few totally honest attorneys. He tired of retirement and became Of Counsel to a prominent Century City law firm. 

Along with Phyllis, Sidney was interested in parapsychology and knew Aldous Huxley, Anais Nin, Andrija Puharich, Uri Geller and Philippine faith healers. He was active in UCLA's Plato Society, collected oriental art and antiques and was an avid reader of anthropology, archaeology and philosophy and world religions. He loved cats, watching sports and travel and the game of poker. He died at 85 leaving his wife Phyllis, daughter Sheila and grandchildren Crystal and Brian.

The Method 

In the late 1950's, Phyllis, along with her close friend Virginia Lenney, embarked on an experiment to make perpetual contact with an inner source of wisdom which they eventually called the Hi C for Higher Consciousness. They, and others over the years, developed  a visualization method involving the use of symbols which has been named Cutting The Ties That Bind (CTTTB). The symbols can be used to help those who wish to detach from any outer sources of security which control their behavior. This detachment can free the individual from unproductive habits and can release them to seek guidance from their Hi C rather than from those unsatisfying outer security objects, people and desires. 


For over 25 years, Phyllis Krystal has lead seminars in numerous countries, primarily in Europe, to share the method. In addition, Phyllis offered individual sessions to help people achieve more personal freedom.