AN INTRODUCTION TO METAtonin, THE PINEAL GLAND
SECRETION THAT HELPS US ACCESS HIGHER UNDERSTANDING
AN investigation into the nature
OF THE OBE/ENLIGHTENMENT EXPERIENCE
AND CONSCIOUSNESS ITSELF
Introduction: Consciousness and the Pineal Gland
To the western way of being/thinking, each of us exists as an independent island of consciousness. There is a very distinct border around each of our own individual “islands” of mental being and very rarely does one cross beyond or above the border of ego/body self consciousness. In many ways METAtonin, a DMT-based pineal secretion, helps dissolve this border, allowing self consciousness to travel beyond the confines of body consciousness. Verification of the presence of DNA capable of producing DMT, the main active ingredient in METAtonin, in the pineal gland has recently been verified at University of Wisconsin School of Public Health, Madison by Dr. Nicholas Cozzi, and on May 23, 2013 the Cottonwood Research Foundation of New Mexico announced the acceptance for publication of a paper documenting the actual presence of DMT in the pineal glands of live rodents. The paper will appear in the journal Biomedical Chromatography: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/dmt-pineal-2013zi/. This is a significant step forward for pineal gland research, for prior to this there was no definitive proof that the pineal gland could produce DMT. In this research microdialysis probes were inserted into the brains of live mice at the location of the pineal gland. Analysis of the resulting pineal gland fluid was performed at Louisiana State University and the presence of DMT was verified. Rodents are commonly used in human pineal research due to the similarity of the cellular structure of the pineal gland in both species, therefore this is not an absolute verification that the human pineal gland secretes DMT but a highly significant one.
Endogenous DMT is produced by the human body in more than 30 different glands and body tissues including the lungs and retina; DMT occurs naturally in many plant species as well. METAtonin, a generic name for the DMT secretion of the pineal gland which, at certain times, can be quickly delivered to the central brain. DMT-based METAtonin is a natural internal secretion of the human body; all other forms of synthetic and naturally derived DMT (from plant and animal sources) which are externally consumed in a variety of ways are presently classified as an illegal class I drug. Remember, METAtonin is a generic name for DMT, specifically, DMT secreted by the pineal gland.Pineal secreted METAtonin allows us to experience an enhanced dimension of human consciousness. The first dimension, pure unfettered self consciousness, was experienced in the womb from about the 49th day of gestation until birth. Upon birth our self-consciousness is suddenly thrown into the physical world of the additional dimensions of space and time. In this new dimension of consciousness one is assaulted with 5 physical senses, the flow of time and the awareness of being a separate body. As we grow we become accustomed to the parameters of this body and also develop an instinctive bodyguard awareness of the ego. By the time we are 7 years old our self-ego-body identity consciousness is well formed and it becomes our basic mode of existence and binding force of our human physical existence until we die and again return to the unfettered bodyless state of consciousness or Consciousness Beyond Life, that is, beyond human life.
However there is an additional dimension of human consciousness that can be experienced during a lifetime, when, under the influence of a certain neuro-hormone, the brain circuitry is so modified that self consciousness is able to separate from ego/body consciousness,and travel in the many levels of consciousness that exist in parallel to the physical world including the world of dreams, archetypes, psychological imagery, spiritual realities and parallel planes of consciousness. The pathway to this enhanced level of consciousness is available to all humans; it is hard-wired into our brain architecture, like a homing circuit, although it is rarely activated. Those of us who pursue creative/spiritual lifestyles usually learn to temporarily access or at least get a glimpse of these alternate perspectives; this being one of the main sources of inner inspiration, creation and illumination. This dimension of illumination is accessed by special stimulation of the pineal gland in the center of our brain which is able to manufacture the secretion, METAtonin, whose main active ingredient, DMT allows one to enter this additional dimension of human consciousness or OBC, Out-of-Body Consciousness. An event of this nature rarely occurs in the course of a lifetime -maybe only once, but when it does, it is not forgotten and in many cases it results in the development of a whole new perspective on life.
Several researchers have also suggested that the pineal gland may prove to be more than just a hormone production gland, it may also contribute visual imagery to our visual cortex, a second visual platform. The pineal gland may be a third eye, but it is not a third eyeball. It has no lens, pupil or iris, but it does have a retina. The primary cell found within the structure of the pineal gland, the pinealocyte, is an evolutionary derivative of the photoreceptor cells found in the retina of the eye, so it is possible that the pineal gland is a receptive to some wave spectrum via crystalline particles found throughout the gland whose signal can then be converted into visual imagery via the pinealocytes. This will be discussed later on.
The contents of this article are based on observed scientific phenomena, and we will begin with a technical discussion of the main active portal chemical itself: DMT. As mentioned earlier, synthetically produced DMT when it is sold on the street is categorized as a class-one controlled illegal substance. The neurohormone METAtonin contains this same chemical, but, as such, it is internally produced and is an essential component of our neurological, psychological and spiritual makeup. METAtonin performs an essential function at our birth and death and sometimes in the midst of our lives....a function that we can all benefit from understanding.
Origin of the word METAtonin
The unfolding of a hypnogogic event is not always accompanied by sleep paralysis, the transition can sometimes be more gradual: one slowly moves into a state of suspended conscious/subconsciousness. Recently, two Austrian scientists psychologist Dr. Engelbert Winkler and Dr. Dirk Proeckl have developed a device known as the Lucia Light Simulator that uses specially timed flashing lights to activate the hypnogogic state of mind via the optic nerve. This device is described by the two inventors in an interview with Anthony Peake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ia-cCOl-fU. This device is now being produced and marketed in Europe: http://www.gesund-im-licht.at/en/die-hypnagoge-lichterfahrung/einfuehrung.html and the US and is claimed to create a “hypnogogic light experience” that may be used to encourage physical and psychological healing.The grip of the Ego
Both of the above discussions touch on the subject of intracellular communication via coherent light. Recently Project ENCODE http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/09/junk_no_more_en_1064001.html has determined that" junk" DNA actually contains the genome's hidden control circuitry. DNA is capable of performing thousands of different tasks, yet in the matrix of the body the DNA in each specific cell performs a discrete task. What informs the DNA as to it's specific function? How do the the 70 trillion DNA molecules communicate with each other? It seems that biophotonic light is the medium and if that is so, how is it transferred throughout the body? The answer to that question may be the Bonghan duct network, a threadlike tissue that permeates the body, envelopes every organ and even enters the lymphatic and blood vessels. These ducts can transfer DNA granules and may conduct coherent light signals. The distribution of these ducts seems to mirror the classic acupuncture meridians. See: http://howthebodyreallyworks.com/?p=167 and: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15898080.
Terrance and Dennis McKenna in The Invisible Landscape published in 1975 postulate that the pineal secreted tryptamine/harmine presence in the consciousness circuit of the brain generates an electron spin resonance that creates a holographic standing wave field that draws its information from DNA neural/genetic code and extends its range via a superconducting phenomenon to the quantum level that also resonates with human thought perception and memory retention. The McKenna brothers also surmise that memory itself is a holographic phenomenon, a conclusion that recent brain research has since verified.In chapters 11 through 14 in his book Consciousness Beyond Life, cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel makes a thorough study of quantum physics; endless, timeless, nonlocal all-pervasive consciousness and the human brain which he sees as a transceiver that resonates with a discrete portion of the full spectrum of consciousness available. Universal consciousness functions much like the internet “cloud” of information that now permeates our biosphere; an individual human brain is much like a personal computer that accesses certain limited fields within the cloud and stores personal memories that are used to define one’s individuality. He makes the point that when experiencing OBC or Near Death Consciousness, one is not actually transcending personal consciousness; that is because we are completely immersed in endless universal consciousness all the time, we just can’t sense it. However the blinders can be dissolved when the brain is retuned to a broader spectrum. Dr. van Lommel suspects that junk DNA in conjunction with endogenous DMT secreted by the pineal gland may be one of the agents that can configure this retuning of the brain.
According to "quantum activist" Dr. Amit Goswami, a recalled OBE or NDE only becomes real when one returns to physical body consciousness after the event; at that moment of waking the potential for the memory of the event "collapses" into a real memory. The actual "seeing" of the event is a non-local quantum phenomenon and the seeing is witnessed by all personal consciousness present at the time; being non-local, it is all pervasive and unfocused, but it is a potential - to be actualized when the experiencer returns to self consciousness. He explains this at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZgMYYSr5Lo . This may seem somewhat confusing for those of us who have experienced OBConsciousness: the experience feels very real and in the now when it is happening, at least that is how seemed during the experience. Dreams are remembered, Out-of-Body Consciousness is unmistakably experienced.
Another reason why there is so much interest in quantum phenomena is because memory is a basic factor of self consciousness, and the brain with its 100 trillion synapses plus the additional storage potential of glial cells does not even come close to containing enough storage capacity to hold the memories of an entire lifetime. According to Prof. Simon Berkovich of George Washington University (http://www.nderf.org/NDERF/Research/Berkovich.htm), the storage capacity of our brain would have to be 100,000 times denser than it is presently measured to be. In other words our brain would have to be that much larger (100 thousand times larger) to store all the sensory, emotional and mental history of a lifetime. So where is it stored? The answer may lie in a quantum connection to parallel holographic reality or to what is classically known as the akashik record, and this may be the same venue that is exercised by our consciousness when stimulated by METAtonin. For a thorough introduction into the latest quantum possibilities and theories visit: http://www.near-death.com/experien ces/research08.html
The pineal gland at the seat of consciousness
A good understanding of the pineal gland’s placement in the brain will reveal its central location at the crossroads of consciousness. The drawing below is a view of the pineal gland from the side (from Gray’s Anatomy plate 715):
The pineal gland can be seen resting on top of the midbrain tucked
in the fold between the two lobes at the rear of the thalamus. The thalamus and
the pineal gland are surrounded by cerebral spinal fluid. The next view is the
pineal gland as seen looking upwards from below (from Gray’s Anatomy plate 716):
The pineal gland is the round circle in the center nesting between the two lobes of the thalamus. All the cavities in this area of the brain are filled with cerebral spinal fluid and are known collectively as the third ventricle.
In his previously mentioned book Dr. Pim Van Lommel states that several areas of the brain must be functioning in order for waking consciousness to occur: the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the cortex, the hippocampus, the brain stem and the thalamus. The thalamus which consists of two brazil nut-sized lobes is of essential importance because it is the messenger hub of the brain. All incoming stimuli from the body, the eyes and the ears are processed and distributed to the cortex while, simultaneously, all messages sent from the cortex destined to be distributed throughout the body are also being processed. The thalamus is the command center of the brain. It is also known to regulate the level of awareness, and is suspected to be the seat of consciousness working in conjunction with the cortex. If the thalamus is compromised to any degree, the patient becomes comatose and if the thalamus remains inoperable, the patient will never return to a wakened state. The Science News 2013 special article on consciousness details conditions in the brain that result in the disruption of consciousness, quote: “Not only is the thalamus itself compromised, but also its connections — white-matter tracts that carry nerve signals — which seem to be dysfunctional in people who aren’t fully conscious, researchers reported last year in NeuroImage. “I can’t help but think there’s something fundamental about the functional circuitry,” says neuroscientist David Edelman of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. “There’s a fundamental loop between … the thalamus and the cortex. If those connections are cut or if you’ve damaged them, that individual will not be aware by any measure, forever.” It is quite possible that consciousness resides in this loop between the cortex and the thalamus and may somehow resonate with NPR (non-measurable physical reality, aka dark matter/energy) via DNA (Van Lommel, Narby, Garjajev) or microtubular (Hammerhoff & Penrose) resonance. Recent research also points to the claustrum nerve complex in the brain to be the "orchestra conductor" of consciousness - a theory proposed by Francis Crick shortly before his death.
Van Lommel's Paradox
By comparing the descriptions and statistics of several hundred near death experiences in Dr. Pim Van Lommel’s book with the reports from subjects in Dr. Rick Strassman’s book and other sources, it becomes quite evident that the entheogen responsible for the Near Death Experience is DMT. Research has also begun to verify that the pineal gland is the most likely source of endogenous DMT or METAtonin, in the brain, and, not surprisingly, the pineal gland neighbors the thalamus which is most likely the orchestrator of consciousness. Now that we’ve isolated the principal players it is time to investigate the method of hormone delivery. The pineal gland secretes both melatonin and METAtonin, both modify the state of consciousness and the two most likely mediums for delivery of these hormones to the thalamus are blood flow and the cerebral spinal fluid. It is quite possible that the melatonin is transferred by blood flow. The pineal gland exhibits profuse blood flow characteristics; these two organs neighbor each other and the melatonin transfer occurs at a gradual pace, furthermore, there is no melatonin scavenger in the blood as there is in the case of METAtonin (monoamine oxidase -MAO). The blood may be an excellent carrier for melatonin, but for certain reasons, the blood may not be the most likely candidate for delivering METAtonin to the thalamus.
When it comes to near death out-of-body consciousness, the situation is different. Dr. Van Lommel noted that all of the surgery patients who experienced vivid and accurate near-death experiences reported these incidents beginning at a point in time during surgery when the patient was undergoing a cardiac arrest. That is, the out-of-body events were experienced when blood flow in the brain had ceased. When an NDE occurs at this time, the only possible medium of exchange between the pineal gland (the source of endogenous DMT) and the thalamus, the seat of consciousness, could only be the cerebral spinal fluid. These two glands are adjacent and possibly touch each other; the endogenous DMT must permeate from one gland to the other almost instantaneously, for there is a narrow window of time. According to Van Lommel, the brain doesn’t react to the interruption of blood flow until the first 6.5 seconds has elapsed and most cardiac arrest patients are usually resuscitated within 20 to 37 seconds of the initial arrest . If the patients are revived within 37 seconds, the EEG returns to normal although the patient remains unconscious. If there is an NDE incident, it is reported much later upon waking and verified with the surgery room record. In most cases it has been verified that the NDE initially occurs when the brain is flat-lined and blood flow is non-existent. Thus we have Van Lommel’s paradox: how can the brain be considered the vehicle for out-of-body consciousness during an NDE when the brain appears to be completely shut down during the incident? Is the memory of the incident witnessed then stored somewhere else and then downloaded into the brain when functionality returns as Goswami suggests or is METAtonin delivered to the thalamus via the third ventricle all the way to the Foramen of Monro thus immediately saturating the thalamus and modifying the state of consciousness in preparation for transition? Though the brain may be flatlined the pineal and thalamus glands may be designed to function for an extended period after blood flow ceases and it is during this period that the Out of Body Consciousness is initiated. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avyUsPgIuQ0
It will take many years of research before any of these questions can be answered, but the first step has been achieved with the Cottonwood Research Foundation May 23, 2013 announcement of the verification of METAtonin production in pineal gland of laboratory rodents. When will it be possible to verify that the human pineal gland also secretes endogenous DMT? Is it delivered to the surrounding area via the cerebral spinal fluid or the blood? How does METAtonin modify the activity of the thalamus to create out-of-body consciousness? Finally, what is the bio-physical nature of consciousness, how is it embedded in the circuitry of the brain and does consciousness span both baryonic (physical space/time) and non-baryonic realities?
“Junk” DNA and “junk” Neurons, the Glial network.
As mentioned earlier, the pineal gland may prove to have a visual function also. The pineal glands of lower vertebrates do indeed have photoreceptor cells similar to those found in the retina. In the human pineal gland, the photoreceptor cells have evolved into “cone-like modified photoreceptor cells” known as pinealocytes. For information on this research visit:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0014483586900424 and www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0306452286902885. These pineal receptors may be sensitive to a specific spectrum of light or electromagnetic stimulus and if this is so, what is the source of stimulation? It could be coherent biophotonic light produced by our own cells as discovered by Dr. Fritz Alfred Popp: http://www.worldscibooks.com/physics/1559.html, or it could be that coherent light-stimulated-DNA is resonating with the dark energy that permeates 72% of the universe (http://www.dapla.org/) as suggested by Dr, Garjajev or it could be light emanating from microtubules as suggested by Hammerhoff and Penrose, or it could be luminous piezoelectric calcite crystals, or octonia, that are found to be present in pineal gland, see: http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/the-pineal-gland-crystal-transducer/and http://fedgeno.com/documents/crystal-in-the-pineal-gland.pdf , or light may not be involved at all. As far as anatomy reveals, there is an indirect neural pathway between the pineal gland and the optic nerve via the hypothalamus and the superior cervical ganglion which is classically considered the pathway by which the pineal is informed as to when it should step up melatonin production. In a reverse manner this may be a pathway for the pineal to send imagery to the visual cortex via the optic nerve.
Robert Monroe is one of the best documented out-of-body, or ecsomatic explorers. The term ecsomatic derived from the Latin: ec, outside, and soma, body, was coined by Anthony Peake in his book Out-of-Body Experience. Monroe’s gift came to him unbidden and he developed his theories gradually over the years after having hundreds of experiences. He wrote the book: Journeys out of the Body followed by two more and founded Monroe Mind Research Institute of Faber, Virginia where he developed the Gateway Voyage program using Hemi-Sync sound technology. He also developed a classification system to describe the destination environments of ecsomatic experience using the term “locales”. His YouTube series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBii06UyWwY is extremely interesting. Earlier in this article we discussed the various conditions that could instigate a METAtonin episode now we are discussing the various categories of destinations that these episodes can encounter, be they METAtonin or DMT instigated.
Monroe described the locales as follows:
Locale I – are local ecsomatic experiences where one travels about the physical plane not too far from the body which can be seen below (bi-location) and observes the environment usually from above; most mild NDE (Near Death) experiences and most ecsomatic experiences launched from a waking state, such as a METAtonin episode, tend to hover near the body and the general surroundings. Most likely, the secondary visual platform is being used to translate visual information scanned from the physical plane. The secondary visual platform is a mental phenomenon and is sensitive to the mental plane imagery as well. This can result in a meshing of imagery from both planes.
Locale II – would be viewed as the
“dream world” environment, a fantasy world peopled with archetypal characters
as well as persons known to the traveler. It is possible to interact with these
astral beings and to be guided or misled by them. All the while, one is in a
lucid, seemingly fully conscious, self-knowing and self-directed state, that
is, the lucid dream state. In this state one can become aware of their second
(astral) body also known as the subtle body or etheric double. Some of the more
powerful NDE and DMT induced episodes lead to this locale. One can manipulate
the environmental parameters with the power of thought since the environment in
Local II is a product of one’s own personal psyche.
Locale III – while Locale II is
primarily generated by the subject’s personal memory, Locale III environments
are actual parallel dimensions that have their own discrete unchangeable
definition. One is a visitor here; one can travel about at will, but cannot
change the definition of the environment and in many cases must make many
return visits to learn how to navigate themselves to preferred
destinations. Peruvian shamans must receive extensive life-long training
and guidance to learn how to navigate the realm of natural primal archetypal
levels in order to obtain information on specific herbal healing combinations.
Entheonauts who smoke synthetic DMT sometimes end up in parallel intelligent
realms – extensive futuristic geometric cities peopled by alien beings who have
highly advanced technology and who are eager to communicate with us. (This is
one interpretation of Locale III)
Those of us who have had Locale II and III experiences have some great stories to tell, but unless we can somehow verify these experiences, they remain resident in the realm of extremely significant personal experience, the certainty of which cannot be verified. People who have accompanied an ayahuasca guide into the herbal realm can verify their shared Locale III experience with their guide. Proof of the “reality” of this type of experience is also evident in the shaman-revealed herbal combinations that are either divulged or sold to pharmaceutical manufacturers who then synthesize, refine, test and manufacture the product. As stated earlier 74% of today’s pharmacopeia originates from this source.
For the majority of us who have had an ecsomatic experience in Locale I, the real time “real” world, the question has always remains: “was it real?” It certainly felt real, unmistakably real, even though we were floating about separated from our body. As mentioned earlier, author Anthony Peake after exhaustive investigation has, to his surprise and disappointment, concluded that the ecsomatic Locale I experience is not actually a perception of true physical reality. Peake finds anomalies in every proof indicating that what is “seen” is an internally generated hologram that closely, but not completely, parallels the real world. Thus he concludes that the “mind’s eye” is always tuned inward, which is not surprising, for despite hundreds of research studies undertaken in university and hospital environments by dedicated scientists, no conclusive scientific evidence has yet to emerge. This could be a disappointment to those of us who have had very meaningful life-changing ecsomatic experiences. Disappointment because we have experienced a change, and this personal transformation would be seemingly more “certified” if what we had witnessed from above was verifiably, absolutely real.
Let’s take a technical look at some of the assumptions that led Mr. Peake to this conclusion. For example, we’ll observe the famous remote viewer Mr. Ingo Swann who worked with Professor Harold Putoff and Russel Targ of the Sanford Research Institute. Suppose Mr. Swann is remote-viewing an object 100 feet from his body that he is trying to verbally describe. One could assume that Swann’s consciousness has detached itself from the host body and has located itself 100 ft. away, above the object. What is the exact nature of the connection by which consciousness transfers visual information to the secondary visual platform of the physical brain through space, be it feet or light years away? This cord could be a multi -stranded mini-wormhole phantom DNA field that folds space via quantum entanglement as detected by Dr Garjajev of the Russian Academy of Science, and as also suggested by Stephen Hawking. This could be the "silver thread" that is often referred to by many psychics, or could it be some other space-traversing phenomenon such as Penrose/Hammerhoff microtubular coherent light proposition? Whatever the connection is, the question remains: can this non-physical, non-electromagnetic connection transmit (or “stream”) as much visual data to the viewer’s brain as the human optic nerve is able to? most probably not. This is simply a matter of bandwidth, most likely the image definition sent to the second visual platform of the brain is of poorer resolution. Furthermore, since the temporary remote viewing DMT-defined neural pathways are not as resilient as established mainstream pathways, they may be more vulnerable and subject to peripheral neural interference.
Next we have to consider just what exactly is the makeup of this "mind’s eye" that gathers and encodes the visual image? This is even more of a challenge. This viewing-at-a-distance-consciousness has to convert the scene being witnessed into some type of signal. Based on what we know about optic transmission, this remote viewing individualized self-consciousness (which has no detectable physical presence) should also feature some kind of focusing apparatus consisting of a NonMaterialPhysicalReality lens and a NMPR cornea or similar data receiver that converts a focused image into a signal. Of course there may be some alternative image processing phenomenon at work here as well. One explanation given is that the remote viewer is viewing the distant object using their “subtle” or astral body complete with subtle optical apparatus. However, information still has to be transferred back to the host’s physical brain or is everything being processed in the subtle brain? If so, how does the subtle brain download to the physical brain? most likely this is accomplished via the secondary visual platform which may already have its own mental imagery agenda. A remote viewer has to be very discerning in eliminating unwelcome mental imagery that may have been added the physical plane image information.
These visual image pathways may exist, and if they do, it would be most likely that once one had opened their ecsomatic visual channel, it could require a considerable learning process to become familiar with the operation of it. This could require a great deal of practice, concentration and trial and error; just as it does with newborns when they first learn to navigate their new primary visual apparatus; just as it took Robert Monroe several years to become familiar with his gift. As previously mentioned, it may also be that the intensity, direction and clarity of a DMT or METAtonin ecosomatic experience is determined by the particular formula of the DMT mixture that enters the brain environment. Just recently Dr. Charles Tart has published an article in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research documenting the progress in training a subject to enter out-of-body consciousness to the point where she is able to read a 5 digit number during and "OOB" session and report it after waking. This is one of the first examples of a scientifically verified veridical experience. In addition Dr. Tart recorded brain wave activity during the session.
Thus the Locale I visual experience could almost be considered a handicapped or easily misconstrued form of vision, and it should not be surprising to find anomalies and aberrations in reported images in test cases. Furthermore, the brain is quite “plastic” and it has been shown that receptor site arrangements are subject to change. It is possible that there are several types of DMT-activated neural pathways that may result in both intrasomatic (within the realm of the body) and extrasomatic (beyond the confines of the body) visual phenomena or a combination of the two.
There is one OBE incident I heard of that did involve remote-viewing the real-time physical world as a means of survival. It happened several years ago to a friend of mine, Laura C., and it saved her life. At the time she was putting up with her "second, to soon be ex" husband, but it wasn't easy. He had a habit of beating her. In the middle of a bad session she was laying on her side with her head covered as he was raining blows down on her. She thought she was about to die. All of a sudden she found herself up in the corner of the ceiling looking down on the situation. She looked about desperately and suddenly she saw what it was that she was looking for. It was something solid, something nearby she could grab on to that she could do damage with, like a hammer or a flashlight. She immediately returned to her body, reached out for the object defended herself and made it to safety. To this day she doesn't remember what it was that she grabbed, but it saved her life. This is an example of how setting and mindset can determine the nature and goal of a transcendent out-of-body experience. The DMT-based neurohormone that her pineal secreted had a specific directive: this was to be a Locale I experience with no interference. There is no doubt that many a battle-hardened soldier and many a victim of torture has had such an experience as well. It could be said that the pineal/obe mechanism is, among many things, one of our tools for survival.
A further variable to consider that may determine locale is the particular modes of the DMT brain penetration process, including: the topographical DMT delivery pattern, the class of DMT and the speed of the DMT cascade. Rick Strassman’s volunteers experienced a rush of chemically pure DMT delivered directly to the bloodstream with MOXI present, ayahuasca gradually delivers an organic DMT/MAO inhibitor infusion that enters the bloodstream gradually via the digestive system. There is also smoked and snorted forms ayahuasca that have their own distinct characteristics. Last, but not least, there is the METAtonin/pineal gland pathway - which is responsible for the great majority of the spontaneous ecsomatic experiences experienced by the general public, artists and spiritual practitioners. METAtonin may be just pure unadulterated DMT, but additional enzymes and co-hormones that are byproducts of the DMT methylation process may be present also. These modifiers may be generated according to specific instructions received by the pineal gland to enhance or direct the ecsomatic experience in a specific direction or at a selective sensitivity. In addition, glutamate production can further modify the outcome. It may also be discovered that out-of-body consciousness is not just limited to a modification of the brain circuitry; it may involve several centers in the body. Another possibility is the shifting of consciousness from the left hemisphere of the brain to the right.
Peake’s Quantum Peak
Anthony Peake, author of The Infinite Mindfield, has long pursued the concept of micro wormholes created by the brain while under the influence of DMT, basically it is his theory that the mind can access certain locales such as parallel realities via the holographic memory field that exists as a dark matter phenomena which is accessed by quantum level micro wormholes, a concept supported by Stephen Hawking and scientifically known as Einstein-Rosen wormholes. These wormholes create a segue to the Zero Point Field. The Zero Point Field is just that: it exists at close to absolute 0 degrees (-273.15 degree Centigrade) and it exists as a single point that contains no space, since all atoms collapse at zero degrees and even light slows down to a stop. Since there is no space, there is no distance and since distance is required to measure velocity and acceleration, there is no time. Since it is a point with no other object to compare it to, it has no size and within it there resides a spaceless field, a holographic field that when accessed gives access to everything at once, the akashic record, the realm of the Bose-Einstein Condensates where all the physical laws of our realm are turned upside down and inside out.
The one problem in this theory that needs to be overcome is that of “thermal decoherence” as described by Stuart Hammerhoff. How can a phenomenon that requires absolute zero conditions take place in the warm moist environment of the brain? The answer is that it takes place at a quantum level in the microtrabecular lattice of microtubules. This lattice is made up of dipoles that are 7 to 9 nanometers in diameter. In 1968 Dr. Herbert Frolich discovered that these nanoscopic dipoles could achieve a Zero Point coherence at temperatures way above absolute zero known as Frohlic coherence. A full explanation of this theory is in Mr Peake’s aforementioned publication. Further information is available at the website of Dr. Bernard Haisch www.calphysics.org.
When Dr. Rick Strassman set up his DMT testing procedure it was necessary for him to follow the rigorous guidelines of standard National Institute of Health in all his procedures due to the controversial nature of his experiment and in doing so he had to ignore the classic entheogenic launch guidelines of “set (mindset) and setting” first described by Timothy Leary and endorsed by most experienced entheonauts, the same guidelines Strassman described in his own book, Inner Paths to Outer Space. Strassmen had little latitude when it came to providing a supportive setting, but, as one of the participants in the movie DMT, The Spirit Molecule, Susan Blumental, stated: the DMT rush was so incredibly sudden that set and setting were unnecessary considerations. The “setting” of a typical hospital room and the presence of two or three onlookers with clipboards in their hands was hardly the relaxed, loving, supportive, protective, restive environment that is usually desired. Perhaps someday the same experiment can be launched from a proper supportive setting, it would be interesting to see if the tone and texture of the DMT experience becomes more stabilized and focused. Dr. Strassman did have some control over the mindset of his participants, though, in that he specifically chose participants who exhibited consciousness flexibility, that is, they had previously experienced altered states of consciousness and were more accustomed to the sometimes unnerving sensation of consciousness transition. It should be noted that the complete concept of mindset involves more than just consciousness flexibility; it also includes the factors of mindvector and mindoversight.
This is not an endorsement for people to experiment with consciousness altering substances, but it is a fact that psychoactive drugs can help open the mind to new levels of awareness and mental function. When used wisely and respectfully, one can experience heightened levels of visual, auditory, intuitive, creative, mental and empathetic sensitivity. In the wrong hands or with the wrong intention in mind drugs can be viciously destructive – and in a great majority of situations, they are. Like any other very powerful tool, psychoactive drugs need to be handled and used very carefully preferably in the company of a guide or loving protector in a secure, stable environment. There is no doubt that the spiritual expansion of the 1970’s was mainly a result of the doors of perception that were opened to many an experimenter. Having experienced heightened mental states bought on by external chemical stimuli many sought natural, traditional methods of mental and physical discipline that resulted in the same or similar state of heightened awareness. Thus came many sages west.
What is also gained from being experienced with psychoactive drugs is a familiarity with the transition experience, that is, the ability to sense the onslaught of a consciousness shift without developing mental panic. This is especially acute for individuals who like to be in control, for one has to be open and trusting and willing to give up some control when the doors of perception begin to open. If the transition is not embraced, it can quickly degrade into panic and paranoia. Those who wish to experiment might take some advice from Dr. Albert Hoffman who on page 338 of The Spirit Molecule explains his fondness of enjoying the subtle effects of very small doses.
If one is going to psycho-launch their mind into an uncharted territory with DMT, ayahuasca or some DMT derivative, it would behoove them to create in their mind an actual destination: the mindvector. The more destination-focused one is, the greater the chance of success. It’s quite probable that even a DMT launch, as explosive as it is, would benefit from some guidance. The question is how can one determine a destination when entering a realm that one has never been to? One of the most obvious destinations could be Heaven. Why not? That’s our basic concept of where we go to when we die. Unfortunately, Heaven or Hyperphysical Reality.. etc. is a very, very big place.
This is like saying “Oh, just drop me off on Earth” – you could end up in Borneo, Siberia, the Sahara or downtown Missoula. Heaven, too, is a vast place peopled with tens of thousands of tribes and localities – many of which have been described by artists, mystics and fantasy and science fiction writers throughout the ages. The question remains, where does one choose to go? The answer may lie in the concept of the Extraphysical Hometown, as developed by Dr. Waldo Vieira who is mentioned later in this article
The concept is quite simple: each of us has arrived here at boot camp Earth from a specific hyperphysical home base that is peopled by a specific hyperphysical root race and it is this hyperphysical homeplace that we will return to when we have finished our tour here. Basically its hOMe, it’s where we come from. Many individuals who have returned from OBE’s and NDE’s describe how they had felt” at home” in an extremely profound level never experienced before. Perhaps you have seen an illustration of a place that you felt extremely familiar with, such as a painting by Maxfield Parrish or have met someone that you immediately resonated with effortlessly at a very deep level, keep these impressions of place and personality in mind and cultivate them for they will help you construct the concept of your very own Extraphysical Homeground, Campo Spiritual, or Place of Eternal Origin. It may be a destination that has been experienced in a lucid dream.
Concentrate on this locale; maybe even give it a name, Avalon for example. For visual inspiration there hundreds of heavenly and fantasy landscape images and meditation videos available. If you need inspiration on a mental/logical level you can read the descriptions of the Superuniverse, Havona, The Sea of Glass, or Paradise in the Urantia Book. If you seek inspirational thought imagery, you can read The Final Frontiers section (p.189+) of Multidimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe, or visit: http://www.multidimensionalman.com. Any and all of these will help you build your very own concept of your Heavenly Homeplace.
Thousands of people have written about their hyperphysical adventures and in doing so many have also commented on how difficult it was to maintain the delicate balance of being conscious of events while not becoming too conscious – whereupon the excursion would end with a sudden return to the physical body. Just as an athlete must repeatedly practice to perfect physical performance, the entheonaut must develop a mental over-coach who observes the play of mental activity and moderates the intensity of the thought process. For when one moves above the physical plane they enter the mental plane where conscious thoughts have the power to mold reality. As Ziewe says “one is moving from the level of matter-over-mind to the level of mind-over-matter.”
Just like taming a wild horse, taming the mind/thought process takes patience and persistence, there are no short cuts and no one other than you can do the work it requires. We are not born with the overseer, we have to consciously make the effort to claim it – and it may be one of the most important challenges of a lifetime. The mental muscle that needs to be developed doesn’t even exist when one first starts trying, but it develops with effort. The exercise is not complicated – yet it lasts a lifetime. The exercise is deceptively simple: stop thinking. That’s it. How long can you stop a new thought from entering your mind? ten seconds? The problem is… that the harder you try, the worse it gets! Welcome to the seemingly ridiculous practice of meditation.
Why would anyone want to stop their mind? Don’t we spend our waking lives travelling down an endless river of thoughts and sensations? Why would anyone want to control the flow? And how is it done? One has to mentally think the words “stop thinking” in order to begin the process of stopping thinking, if that makes any sense. However, it can be done and has been practiced for thousands of years and is actually the keystone of the Buddhist practice of meditation. There is a way to do it and many methods available. One can read about meditation, even conceptualize it but this is worthless, basically it just has to be done and then it begins to work. The result is that one slowly develops control of the thought process – of thought speed and thought progression…. and, more importantly, one also gains control of the non-thought process. The process of meditation encourages the development of a "quiet zone" neural environment in the brain structure and the cultivation of unstructured time. Once suitably developed, the consciousness feedback loop can be encouraged to circulate within this neural zone. In this calmed neural state the ego is quieted and consciousness is able to access background information here to fore inaccessible.
Mantras are a useful mindoversight tool as well. Just as the mindvector destination image enhances the direction of the hyperphysical launch, mantras can also prove to be an effective stabilizing tool once one has arrived at a higher level of consciousness. Mantras are also one of the basic tools of meditation as well. Take care in choosing a mantra, in fact it is best to be given one by a sage and experienced practitioner. There are hundreds of musical and theta vibrational sound meditation CDs available also, but they should not be played too loud. It is important to silence the mind, this silence does not need to be filled with external sound, it needs to manifest on its own. It is out of this silence that the first whispers will be heard.
Meditation sessions usually last 35 to 55 minutes while sitting with a straight back. Within 15 minutes the experienced practitioner begins to experience a vertical energy field that is centered in the third eye area and extends upward and downward. In time the field expands and a sensation of inner space begins to prevail. This is not a visual or auditory sense; it is an entirely new and different sense: space is felt as having its own beingness. In a way space becomes visceral and one becomes part of that solidity that is bonded in stillness. The breath slows and takes on greater significance as well; the cool air reaching into the upper passages of the nasal cavity energize the base of the brain much in the way a gentle puff of air on an ember causes it to glow. This in many ways describes the beginning phases of Tibetan maitri meditation that focuses on space consciousness and universal compassion, http://www.shambhala.org/maitri.php. Meditation is the palace of silence and space.
Contrary to conventional thought, space is not empty. The FedEx motto is: “The World on Time”, well, the motto for meditation is:" The World on Space". From the quantum perspective, space is absolutely full. Space is like the ocean and physical reality is a wave that travels on it. When a wave is moving across the ocean surface, nothing is really moving, the water molecules are not moving forward or backward, they just momentarily rise and fall back to their original state – the wave is a temporary perturbation and then it is gone. Space is the background and physical reality is the foreground that ripples on it. This concept is extremely hard to grasp and yet it is one of the fundamental cornerstones of quantum theory that is being brought to forefront by writers such as Ervin Laszlo, Bernard Haisch and many others, for further information visit http://www.mindmattermapping.org/, a project sponsored by Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Institute.
The grounding in space that meditation promotes is what provides grounding for our consciousness - a consciousness of consciousness.
In light of this perspective, one might consider the next question: what creates the ripples on the surface of space? The animating principle seems to be consciousness itself; the breath of life that gives form to the physical plane. This universal animating field of life consciousness fully potentialized space and then reverberated through it in the great selective subtraction that we call the big bang. Before the big bang, every potential future was present, after the big bang, which was actually a big subtraction, only primal matter and energy remained. This raw material is destined to evolve through time into the many futures that were fully present before the big subtraction. These futures are being molded by the unfolding of the ever pervasive field of universal life intelligence rippling through space – which some might call God. The concept of the universal field of life consciousness intelligence is being promoted by Robert Lanza his book, Biocentrism (http://www.robertlanza.com/), and by David Wilcox and his Source Field Investigations (http://divinecosmos.com/), Rupert Sheldrake and many others. The big subtraction is a concept promoted by Dr. Bernard Haisch in his book The God Theory (http://www.thegodtheory.com/). The inspiration for his conception may have evolved from a passage in the second book of the Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch (http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/) series in which God explains why it created the physical universe: a platform for existential reflectivity evolving through time.
Further evidence or the benefits of meditation has been verified by British Scientist, Maxwell Cade (http://www.mindmirroreeg.com/w/MaxwellCade.htm) who developed of mindmirror biofeedback technology and the resulting brainwave therapy (http://www.brainwavetraining.com/brainwave.htm). Dr. Cade discovered that in addition to the four standard brainwave patterns there was what he called the "5th state" or awakened state of mind that synchronizees both sides of the brain. This state of consciousness synchronicity can be attained through meditation.
Since consciousness itself is proving to be a fundamental building block of the universe and meditation is an exercise in focused clear consciousness, it may be that combined or synchronized meditation may prove to be a formative power in the development and evolution of our reality. Several groups are attempting to research the phenomenon of group, even global, synchronized meditation including: www.1giantmind.org, http://globalmeditation.chopra.com/, and http://gabbyb.tv/.
There may be other methods of developing mindoversight besides meditation, but they all involve mental discipline of some sort. If you plan to engage in a DMT based voyage, it would serve you well to make one of these preparations, but do not become enamored with your accomplishment. Please don't think that by being a long time meditator that you have accomplished anything - only the ego keeps these kind of scores. If the METAtonin is going to do all that it can, the ego must begone.
“Ember” meditation for the pineal gland
As mentioned earlier, one method of meditation enhancement is to focus on the upper nasal cavity while meditating. As cool fresh air enters the innermost cavity of the upper nasal cavity, there is a cooling sensation. Though the effect is cooling; it can also be felt as energizing – as in a gentle puff of air on an ember. As the air blows the ember glows. Keeping this image/sensation in mind, one can direct this energy in a way that can energize the pineal gland, but first the pineal gland needs to be located so that there is a directive for the ember energy.
It is very difficult to “feel” the pineal or feel where it is, in fact there may be no sensation nerves in the central brain at all. However the pineal gland is located just below and central to the paired lobes of the thalamus; and something centered there can possibly be “felt”. We’re talking about “feeling” consciousness, for it is quite likely that the thalamus is the main resting place for consciousness. So how does one go about feeling consciousness? It is a slow process but not so difficult once one begins to try it. While meditating just concentrate on the body and search for the thinking process. Where exactly are thoughts coming from in the body? In the head, of course, but go one step further – try to pinpoint the exact location in the brain as to where each next next thought is emerging from. It can be done. Trace each thought as it emerges and create a location in the matrix space of the brain. “Feeling” thoughts seems, indeed, a strange concept, but it can be practiced until one can “feel” the origination point of thoughts in the geography of the brain space. With practice it will become easier to locate this exact point. Just below this locus of consciousness rests the pineal gland. This is pineal space point where the “ember” energy needs to be projected.
There are further aids as well. The ”baragan” stick can be used to support the arms while the fingertips point to each temple The yoga posture of Khecari Mudra can be practiced: http://www.aypsite.org/108.html. A drop of niacin or other enhancer on the third eye location will also help with stimulation. There are also many multimedia pineal stimulation presentations on YouTube as well as sound presentations using the Solfreggio scale: http://www.somaenergetics.com/forgotten_in_time.php
Can the phenomenon of the Out-of Body Consciousness be a contributing factor to the evolution of the human race? According to Brazilian researcher and writer Dr. Waldo Vieira, the experience of lucid consciousness projection is absolutely essential, and he speaks with some authority for he has experienced and documented several thousand OBE’s since the age of nine and has made a thorough study of consciousness in and beyond the body. He calls the study of consciousness in all its manifestations conscientology, and the study of of lucid consciousness projection projectiology. In his massive book, Projectiology, he draws on over 2000 references and creates his own vocabulary to describe the many aspects of his knowledge. In 1981 he founded the Center for Continuing Consciousness which later evolved into the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology (IIPC) in 1988. There are now 58 offices of IIPC throughout the world with their Center for Higher Studies of the Consciousness at Iguassu Falls, Brazil and the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) in Portugal. The IIPC has over 74 research projects, over 100,000 members, several education centers and it has printed over 43 books and periodicals. Visit: http://www.iacworld.org
Conscientiology is not a dogma, in fact, Dr.Vieira exhorts: “ Don’t believe in anyone or anything, including the information you receive here at the Institute. Experience. Have your own experiences”
Among the many topics Dr.Vieira covers, he talks about thanatology which is the study of psychological, social, cultural and religious impact of the inevitability of death. Most certainly our attitude towards death plays a major role in how we view the meaning of life. However, when one has experienced the continuity of consciousness and its indestructibility….when one has consciously traveled beyond the confines of the physical body and returns to their extraphysical hometown which is the original hyper physical residence of fundamental personal consciousness, their understanding of the significance of our conduct here in this physical lifetime and how it affects our future lifetimes will enrich our experience of every moment here and now in this physical lifetime. As more individuals become familiar with this knowledge and experience, it is Dr. Vieira’s firm belief that human society and the human race will evolve to a higher level.
Dr. Vieira does not believe that there is any kind of physical mechanism related to consciousness projection, that it is a purely energetic phenomenon. He does not recognize the role of the pineal gland as part of the support mechanism of OBC.
As Captain Picard in one of the Star Trek series said when commenting on human existence: “Our very life is defined by our mortality”. It looks like Dr. Vieira is trying to change that definition.
The Pineal Gland and Reincarnation
The pineal gland's higher function indirectly supports the existence of reincarnation in several ways. The METAtonin secretion at time of death escorts our individual/eternal consciousness as it separates from our transient ego/body consciousness on its return higher consciousness and in reverse manner during gestation and early childhood it eases the introduction of our eternal being to the material world and human society at a gentle pace all the way up to age 8. Why would such an endogenous neurochemical segue exist if there was not a higher consciousness to revert to? One must also consider the similar life after death insights reported in Near-Death-Experience studies. Reincarnation pioneer Dr. Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry, Division of Personality Studies interviewed over 2000 individuals who had accurate verifiable memories of past lives. Not surprisingly, the subjects who had the clearest memories were those between the ages of 3 and 8; see: http://reluctant-messenger.com/reincarnation-proof.htm or read Life Before Life by Jim Tucker M.D. who worked with Dr.Stevenson. Author Deepak Chopra in his Life After Death: The Burden of Proof is an inspiring book about the afterworld and David Wilcock in his latest book The Synchronicity Key provides several arguments for reincarnation. The Judeo-Christian culture does not generally accept reincarnation although Jesus was never known to directly denounce it, in fact some of his references supporting reincarnation can still be found in the New Testament. It is believed that biblical scholars deliberately obliterated any reference to reincarnation, and especially ignored the writings of Greek philosopher Origen, due to political pressure from the church for obvious reasons.
Beginning with Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD any references to reincarnation were thoroughly expunged during the finalizing of the New Testament. Furthermore at the Second Council of Constantinople in 533 AD the Roman government officially outlawed the concept of reincarnation on pain of excommunication, even death; this was reaffirmed twice again at Councils in Lyons and Florence in 1274 and 1439. There is no doubt that the Christian church chose to thoroughly expunge the concept of reincarnation from Western consciousness to keep firm control over the gates that lead to Heaven or Hell - the supposedly only possible destination for the afterlife. Due to this bias, it is quite possible that acceptance of the implications of the higher functions of the pineal gland may meet with some resistance. Coming to terms with reincarnation is coming to terms with the ecology of spirit; nothing is wasted.
Endogenous DMT and the establishment of Religion
Dr. Steve Barker of Louisiana State University and member of the Cottonwood Research Foundation (http://www.lsureveille.com/legacy/article_4a851c42-036d-11e2-b3fb-0019bb30f31a.html) has been investigating the neurotheological paradigm. He recognizes, as most of us do, that the tendency to be religious is an innate human trait, but he takes this supposition one step further, he sees a reason behind it – a neurochemical reason. Most religions are founded upon and are continually supported by founders and members who have witnessed a religious experience. Religious ecstasy, rapture and religious revelation are part of the common vernacular, and sometimes the stated goal of many religious sects. Once a member has had such an experience, they graduate from being a “believer” to becoming a living endorsement. Dr. Barker suspects that the source of this experience is not due to some outside religious avatar as most religious belief systems would ascribe it to; instead he points to endogenous DMT, METAtonin, which is found everywhere in the human body - in every bodily fluid: blood, spinal fluid, urine etc.
This ubiquitous psychedelic or enthoegen is created in many organs and glands including the lungs, kidneys, the retina and, as is suggested in this paper and is being verified by recent research, the pineal gland. A likely societal consequence of this phenomenon is the emergence of religion in society and the study of this phenomenon is known as neurotheology, a term that first appeared in the novel Island by Aldous Huxley.
According to Johnathan Parajasingham (http://nirmukta.com/2011/10/26/the-god-of-mind-exploring-the-implications-of-neurotheological-research/), psychopharmacological research has investigated the effect of DMT and other serotonin-based neurochemicals that act on one specific type of neuroreceptor called serotonin 2A (or 5-HT2A) receptors, which are found all over the cortical surface of the brain. 5-HT2A receptors are stimulatory, which means when these drugs act on them they increase production of serotonin in the brain, and this gross overstimulation of the 5-HT2A receptors leads to what are interpreted as religious, i.e. neurotheologic, experiences.
In terms of neurotheologic activity, religions that perceive God-as-without tend to encourage their members to converse or appeal to God as an outside being, such as in the act of praying, are mildly neurotheologic institutions. Religions that perceive God-as-within such as Buddhism or Sufism pursue active mental (meditation) or physical (dancing) exercises to awaken the God-within are more neurotheologically active for they intentionally shape their mental/physical state in such a way as to stimulate neurotheologic perceptions. Then there are societies that live each moment in a constant religious state, waking each day to a wholly uncertain future but faithful that if they read the signs of God with the sensitivity of their mind in each moment, they will be lead to safety each night. Many aboriginal tribes lived in this manner - embracing a fully neurotheologic reality. These societies were easy prey to their less neurotheologic brethren and were usually completely misunderstood and decimated in a short time. One such group are the Australian Aborigines and there are many others long gone. (see page 4)
Several other authors including Laurence O. McKinney, Dr. Andrew B. Newberg and Eugen Drewermann have published books on neurotheology.
There is also the theoneurological approach, which the subject of Dr. Rick Strassman's latest book entitled The Soul of Prophesy to be published by Inner Traditions. Theoneurology is a theological perspective that investigates the various pathways that God has endowed humans with so that they may mentally (neurologically) experience their creator. One of the most profound forms of God communication in the human experience is the phenomenon of prophecy and one of the most detailed historical records prophesy and prophets is the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Dr. Strassman makes a modern day exploration of the historical prophecy and how it parallels the recently discovered Spirit Molecule experience.
Pineal Gland Research
A concerted effort is being made by researchers in the U.S. to verify that the pineal gland can and does produce DMT. The Cottonwood Research Foundation is playing a key role in this research. The foundation came into existence in 2007 and is presided over by Dr. Rick Strassman, MD with the help of Steve Barker PhD. and Andrew C. Stone. Dr. Barker’s lab at Louisiana State University has developed a new super-sensitive and super–specific means of measuring endogenous psychedelics, critical to the pineal research effort:
Verificaton of DMT production in DNA pineal tissue: Nicholas Cozzi PhD’s research group at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has been investigating the gene that codes for the enzyme critical to the synthesis of endogenous DMT, and has discovered high levels of activity in rhesus macaque retina, spinal cord, and pineal gland. There appears a close association between the DMT synthesizing machinery and the sigma-1 receptor. The sigma-1 receptor may be involved in pain mechanisms as well as the psychedelic effects of ketamine and PCP.
At first INMT RNA was not detectable in the rhesus pineal using standard Northern Blot Analysis (this protocol is used to detect the presence of RNA) so it was suspected that the INMT RNA in the pineal gland is inducible. This means that it is a dormant gene whose expression is either responsive to environmental changes or a specific signal. Shifting subsequent immunohistochemistry work in their lab revealed a pronounced but erratic presence of presence of INMT RNA in these tissues. Thus the potential for pineal DMT production was verified. Visit: http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/~cozzi/Indolethylamine%20N-methyltransferase%20expression%20in%20primate%20nervous%20tissue.pdf
Advances in analysis of DMT metabolism have taken place as a result of collaboration between Jordi Riba, PhD at the Drug Research Center, Hospital de Sant Pau, in Barcelona Spain and Dr. Barker. While not directly related to DMT pineal synthesis, such research advances our ability to assess DMT dynamics in the body overall, and will make the determination of pineal DMT synthesizing potential more effective. For example, it turns out that a major metabolite of DMT, the psychologically inert DMT-N-oxide is excreted in the urine at levels 10-20 times greater than DMT itself after ayahuasca administration. Similarly, N-oxide levels in blood were four times greater than DMT. This is the first time this metabolite has been reported in humans following DMT administration by any route. Detection of DMT-N-oxide as an indicator has greatly increased our ability to understand how the body deals with DMT.
Sampling pineal gland secretions in living subjects: Jimo Borjigin’s laboratory at the University of Michigan Medical School is sampling the pineal environment in the brain of living rats using brain microdialysis probes. The samples they gather will be sent to Dr. Barker’s lab at LSU to be analyzed for endogenous psychoactive materials. As previously mentioned, Dr. Barker is member of the Cottonwood Research team.
Verification of the presence of DMT in pineal gland of the living mammal brain: May 23, 2013 the Cottonwood Foundation of New Mexico announced the acceptance for publication of a paper documenting the presence of DMT in the pineal glands of live rodents based on the efforts of Dr. Borjigin and Dr Barker. The paper will appear in the journal Biomedical Chromatography: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/dmt-pineal-2013/. Congratulations Cottonwood! a new chapter in the science of consciousness and the human experience begins.
Future Research: As stated on the Cottonwood Website: "The next step is to determine the presence of DMT in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that bathes the brain and pineal. CSF is a possible route for pineal-synthesized DMT to effect changes in brain function. Successfully establishing DMT’s presence in this gland adds another link in the chain between the pineal and consciousness and opens new avenues for research." Perhaps advanced imaging technology combined with selective dyes will help reveal the presence of endogenous DMT, thus eliminating the need for using probes. When this is accomplished it will be possible to monitor the environs of the pineal gland in real time. We will then be able to monitor the pineal gland when transcendent states are being experienced; during the death process, as well as during gestation.
These are important developments and your help is needed to continue this groundbreaking work to fruition. Please consider supporting Dr. Barker’s and Dr. Borjigin’s research by donating to their cause. You can donate directly to the Cottonwood Research Foundation by going to:
Calcification: The pineal gland typically shows increased calcification with ageing which can manifest as early as age 5 and slowly build up. Calcification occurs with the proliferation of hydroxyapatite crystals also known as “brain sand". If the calcification level reaches a high saturation level, this can diminish melatonin production. Calcification may have an effect on ones “sense of direction” as related in the report: “Pineal gland calcification and defective sense of direction.”(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1419179/); this may be a result of magnetite crystals becoming locked into the calcification lattice (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1419179/)
Furthermore, calcification may affect on sleep patterns: (www.unboundmedicine.com/.../Degree_of_pineal_calcification). Pineal calcification definitely immobilizes pinealocyte function, thus decreasing overall melatonin (and, most likely, metatonin) production, see: http://www.nature.com/npp/journal/v21/n6/full/1395393a.html which also describes a method for determining the degree of pineal calcification. Pineal gland calcification has also been linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer, see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/81365
Melatonin production is important because recent discoveries have shown that melatonin is vital for the immune system, with lower levels associated with prostate and breast cancer (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8320637) two major causes of premature death. It also regulates blood sugar metabolism. Studies show that night-shift workers seem more likely to develop Type II diabetes than their day-shift counterparts. Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) is also linked to deficient levels of melatonin and serotonin, although the mechanism is not fully understood. Melatonin production has been implicated in a variety of health functions: (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2008/aug2008_Beyond-Sleep-New-Medical-Applications-for-Melatonin_01.htm). If melatonin production is diminished at adolescence, premature puberty can result.
The actual cause of calcification has not been determined, however once it is present, it becomes a repository for fluoride. Several research papers report a correlation between the presence of flouride and calcification. There are also several websites devoted to pineal gland decalcification such as: http://decalcifypinealgland.com/ and http://www.mypinealgland.com/ and there are many more. While there is no doubt that the advice in these and similar articles may possibly inhibit further calcification, there appears to be no set protocol for measuring the level of calcification and there is no research available in pub med or google scholar that verifies that the pineal calcification can be reversed.
Fluoride effects: Until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland. Fluoride is a routinely (and sometimes mandatory) additive to almost all municipal drinking water, allegedly to prevent tooth decay. Its use has always been highly controversial and research on the side effects is often discouraged. Increase fluoride presence does not necessarily result in calcification.
Melatonin, created in the pineal gland and other body tissues as well, not only helps regulate the onset of puberty but also helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. It is now known -- thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England -- that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within the human body.
The soft tissue of the adult pineal gland contains more fluoride than any other soft tissue in the body -- a level of fluoride (~300 ppm) which is more than capable of inhibiting enzymes. The pineal gland also contains varying amounts hard tissue (hyroxyapatite crystals), and this hard tissue accumulates more fluoride (up to 21,000 ppm) than any other hard tissue in the body (even the teeth, which it is supposed to protect).
Realizing that the pineal gland was the target of so much fluoride, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could negatively impact the regulation of melatonin, reference: (http://www.icnr.com/articles/fluoride-deposition.html). She found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin. This reduced level of melatonin was accompanied by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride treated female animals.
Luke summarized her human and animal findings as follows:
"...the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Fluoride is associated with depressed pineal melatonin synthesis by prepubertal gerbils and accelerated onset of sexual maturation in the female gerbil. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in the timing of the onset of puberty ....
The levels of pineal gland fluoride examined in the study were high enough to inhibit enzyme production. When enzymes are damaged, it can lead to collagen breakdown, eczema, tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression. One enzyme mentioned earlier, methyltransferase, is necessary for the pineal gland to produce METAtonin. If this enzyme is inhibited, then DMT production is inhibited as well.
For a complete bibliography of articles on flouride research visit: http://www.slweb.org/bibliography.html
Electromagnetic Wave Deterioration: Studies with hamsters showed that exposure to GSM-900 (cell phone microwave) signal significantly reduced the pineal glands ability to generate melatonin during night cycles, reference: (http:// www.irpa11.irpa.net/pdfs/8e6.pdf). "...the acute magnetic field exposure was again found to blunt the increase and suppress the duration of the nighttime melatonin rise.”
Studies with human subjects who were exposed to 60Hz magnetic fields also showed this anomaly, reference: (http:/www.aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/150/1/27). This is distressing to learn, since we are all literally surrounded by 60Hz electrical fields in our homes, at work and outside where power lines tower over almost every street. There is no escape from this type of radiation except to flee to remote, unpopulated areas.
Autism and Pineal Gland Malfunction
Abstract Title: Autism Viewed as a Consequence of Pineal Gland Malfunction - An Apothesis
The aforementioned environmental factors may have had an increased effect on the general population due to the heightened use of wireless communications during this decade and accumulated effect of fluoridation in public water supplies over several generations. Flouridation was introduced into U.S. Public Health policy in 1951 and had reached 50 million people by 1960. The author of this abstract recognizes the deteriorating effect of electromagnetic fields and trauma on the pineal gland, but does not mention fluoridation as a possible agent of infant pineal gland malfunction since calcification occurs later in life.
Author: Andrea Axt, PhD, RPP, FQM
Craniosacral/Polarity Associates of Montreal
First published (in English) in the Polish scientific journal
"Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii," Number 98, 1, pages 112-134
A synopsis of the abstract:
In the annals of pineal research there is some speculation that the occurrence of schizophrenia is due to low, but still debilitating, levels of endogenous DMT in the body. However this is one of the first investigations to theorize that the cause of autism is due to a similar condition: the presence of unwelcome neurotransmitters possibly contributed by a malfunctioning pineal gland.
Dr. Andrea Axt has studied the connection between autism and the pineal gland for 20 years and concludes: “autistic individuals manifest all of the characteristics that are associated with a malfunctioning pineal gland”. Autism is defined as a lifelong inability to properly process sensory input and the resulting inability to learn, communicate or to understand human emotional signals. Her research indicates that this condition is a result of: erratic melatonin secretion, the secretion of improperly modified melatonin derivatives, the destruction of melatonin-producing pinealocytes which do not regenerate after birth and/or the influence of environmental factors including electromagnetic fields and chemical pollutants. Pineal gland malfunction can also result from the destruction or improper fetal development of the gland itself or of the neuronal pathway that connects the optic nerve with the pineal gland via the spinal cord and the superior cervical ganglion. Proper pineal gland function is also essential for the health of the cerebral spinal fluid which must maintain a delicate balance of several essential neurotransmitters.
The pineal gland is the first gland to be formed in the emerging embryo; if for some reason it begins to malfunction at the fetal stage, it could have a profound effect on all the endocrine glands that develop later on since they tend to influence each other, possibly creating a major systemic imbalance. Melatonin is found throughout the natural world and in living organisms as far back as 3 billion years and is one of the fundamental hormones essential for establishing and maintaining homeostasis. In conjunction with the optic nerve, the pineal gland synchronizes melatonin production with the daily cycle of sunlight to establish the circadian rhythm which is the default operating cycle for the human body. If this essential time link to the outside world is not established it can result into a form of psychological vertigo where the victim can find no anchor and thus lack a basic framework for a healthy ego to form in. Without a stable ego, one has no reference from which to make decisions, to form a personality or to recognize other personalities. The pineal gland helps the individual transduce the physical world.
There is a further area of malfunction, and that is the possibility for abnormally generated melatonin to chemically evolve into consciousness-enhancing indoleamines at a stage in life when such enhancements prevent the individual from experiencing normal development. Melatonin can undergo cyclic dehydration to form 10-methoxyharmalan, a powerful hallucinogenic substance and, as stated earlier on this webpage, melatonin can also be modified to form METAtonin, endogenous DMT, also a very powerful enhancer.
Dr. Axt fully develops the above concepts in her abstract; she then presents a summary table that itemizes the possible links between the common symptoms of autism and a malfunctioning of the pineal gland. Dr. Axt has had extensive therapeutic experience with five hundred autistic children for over 20 years; she then describes 7 case histories where the patient’s condition was markedly improved with melatonin supplementation and bodywork. Dr. Axt recognizes that a great deal more research is needed to validate her hypothesis and provides suggestions as to how this research could proceed.
It could be pointed out that several of Dr. Axt’s arguments for autism could be used to describe the onset of schizophrenia with the difference being that one disorder evolves at a prenatal stage and the other after puberty; since the brain is at a different stage of development, the symptoms of the disorder will also differ. In fact Dr. Axt mentioned that in the early days autism was called "infantile schizophrenia".
Physiology of the pineal gland: Visit: http://www.neuroradiology.ws/pinealomasphysiology.
Internet Resources for further information
PINEAL GLAND/METAtonin, EDMT CONNECTION
www.rickstrassman.com Author of the groundbreaking book The Spirit Molecule which now been made into a movie
www.thespiritmolecule.com The official website of the movie version of The Spirit Molecule
http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org, Dr. Strassmans foundation that is sponsoring research in the Pineal/EDMT, Metatonin connection
http://www.anthonypeake.com Anthony Peake is one of today’s foremost writers on the subject of hyperphysical phenomenon, consciousness and the out-of-body phenomenon.
http://www.dmtsite.com/ James Oroc's Tryptamine Palace highly informative website on DMT and 5-MeO-DMT,
http://neurotheology.50megs.com/whats_new.html An excellent article on DMT.
http://www.realitysandwich.com/meditations_pineal_gland An article about verification of link between meditation and pineal gland activity as determined by real time MRI brain scans.
https://www.dmt-nexus.me/forum An excellent forum on all aspects of DMT including speculation on the pineal gland connection
www.lysergia.com/LamaWorkshop/lamaEndohuasca.htm A website devoted to Endohuasca, another term to describe endogenous DMT and experiences related to it.
http://rashidaanurse.blogspot.com/2011/01/pineal-gland-third-eye.html An Islamic perspective of the pineal gland, considered to be a "meta" organ.
http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/print/articles/students/pineal_gland The Mysterious Pineal Gland (by Michael Anderson C.A.S.), a very readable history of the pineal gland.
http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.com/2010/05/pineal-gland-third-eye-capt-ajit.html A beautifully illustrated website dedicated to the pineal/dmt/pinoline connection
OUT-OF-BODY CONSCIOUSNESS/LUCID DREAMING RESOURCES
http://www.multidimensionalman.com, Jurgen Ziewe’s website describes the many dimensions of consciousness as discovered in his may OBE explorations as well as a gallery of his art which depicts many of the realms he has experienced. He is the author of The Multidimensional Man
www.astralinfo.org/, William Buhlman’s website. He is the author of Adventures Beyond the Body and The Secret of the Soul and is a veteran of many OBE travels.
www.oberf.org/: Website of the Out of Body Experience Research Foundation (OBERF)
http://www.gesund-im-licht.at/en/the-hypnagogic-light-experience/introduction.html, The Lucia Light Simulator webpage that describes a specialized light generator that stimulates a shift in consciousness similar to a mild METAtonin event.
http://www.dreamyoga.com/a website devoted to a specialized form of yoga exercise and lifestyle that promotes lucid dreaming.
www.spiritualtravel.org An extensive resource for information on both OBEs and NDEs.
www.obe4u.com/ An extensive resource for information on both OBEs including instructions on how to direct OBE travel to different destinations as well as the free download book: School of Out-Of- Body Travel – A Practical Guide.
www.robertpeterson.org/obebook.html Robert Peterson is the author of Out of Body Experiences, How to have them and What to Expect. This book can be read in its entirety on this website.
http://www.baytallaah.com/bookspdf/132.pdf : is an online book by William Buhlman, Adventures Beyond the Body - HOW TO EXPERIENCE OUT-OF-BODY TRAVEL
http://www.lucidity.com/ Stephen LeBerge’s website for the Lucidity Institute that offers training workshops for OBEs
www.drbrucegoldberg.com/newlart3.htm Website of Dr. Bruce Goldberg, author of Exploring The Fifth Dimension: Parallel Universes, Teleportation and Out-of-Body Travel
www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com Rebecca Turner’s extensive NDE website. Ms. Turner has beed lucid dreaming since she was 14 years old.
NEAR DEATH CONSCIOUSNESS RESOURCES
http://www.near-death.com/ An extensive website devoted to Near Death Experiences and the Afterlife that is fully documented and approaches the NDE from almost every possible perspective.
http://www.nderf.org/ Website of the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, the worlds largest NDE website now published in 23 languages.Underline
www.pimvanlommel.nl Cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel's NDE website, a very scientific approach.
http://pmhatwater.com/ PMH Atwater, Phd. has written six books on NDEs including those experienced by children.
http://iands.org/home.html Neurosurgeon Dr. Alexander Eban’s well-documented website devoted to NDEs, based on his own personal life-changing NDE experiences.
http://aleroy.com/ Ken Katin’s educational website dedicated to explaining NDEs.
http://www.ithou.org/node/1958 Shows a video of the Dalai Lama and his comments on phowa meditation which is a means of separating consciousness from the body and entering a state of bardo consciousness.
http://www.iacworld.org Waldo Vieira's International Academy of Consciousness based in Brasil.
http://icrl.org/basic-research/ ICRL is an international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational consortium of some 75 members, most of whom have been associated with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR). Presently about 5 consciousness related research projects are underway.
http://www.freemeditations.com/benefits-of-meditation-increased-telomerase.html. A study done by the Shamatha Project has shown that intensive meditation can lead to increases in telomerase, an enzyme important for the long-term health of cells in the body and longevity.
http://journals.lww.com/neurologynow/Fulltext/2012/08040/Meditation_as_Medicine.9.aspx Neurology Nowmagazine article by Amy Paturel describes how meditation stabilizes the brains default mode network, DMN, or default waking consciousness, also noted is a thickening of gray and white brain matter.
http://www.noetic.org/library/book-reviews/irreducible-mind/ a review of the book The Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century a scholarly investigation into the the significance of unexplainable consciousness experiences such as NDEs, paranormal abilities observed in meditators and yogis and mystical experiences.
http://www.amrityoga.org/more-teachings/thirdeye-meditation.html An article by Yogi Amrit Desai about the significance of Pineal Gland focused meditation.
http://www.livingwordsofwisdom.com/third-eye-meditation.html A webpage devoted to Pineal awareness meditation
We hope we have inspired you, dear reader, to do further research yourself. Probably the first place to start is by reading Dr. Rick Strassman’s book, The Spirit Molecule. This book is fully documented with an extensive bibliography. Dr. Jeremy Narby's book, The Cosmic Serpent, DNA, and the Origins of Knowledge, may prove interesting also as well as the work of Dr. Pim van Lommel, Anthony Peake, and Dr. Eban Alexander. A simple search on the Internet using terms such as: OBE, DMT, Pineal gland, DNA morphogenetic consciousness, remote viewing, Shakti Kundalini, nonlocal quantum communication, the eight circuits of the brain theory etc. will provide further information. Each of us has been endowed with this gift and each of us will discover it in our own way.
Any serious scholars, writers or scientists who are interested in pursuing this phenomenon have our full support. If you are engaged in a project that involves the pineal gland and have a question about any of the concepts presented in this paper or need any further information, please contact us and we will do our best to support you in any way we can. If we can't provide the answer, we can probably put you in touch with someone who can.
This internet-based pineal gland research resource was created as a result of a life-changing METAtonin event that one of our authors experienced in 1973 in Bennington, Vermont. It wasn't until the year 2000 that this writer was encouraged to inquire into the origin of the experience, brought on by a series of seemingly spontaneous events. Please excuse any errors that you may have encountered and inform us so that we may correct them.
Thank you, dear reader, and thank you, too, all who have knowingly and unknowingly helped us gather
this information; may it be of use to you. Very few of these words are originally ours, most have been gleaned and polished from the writings of others. So, too, for the images,which, except for the drawings by MBS , came from Google images.
*Melatonin is actually a misnomer. It is based on the Greek term "mela" meaning black and "tonin" which may have been borrowed from the word serotonin or perhaps may mean "to shrink" as Strassman suggests . When melatonin was first discovered as a secretion of the pineal gland in 1958, it was observed that it could lighten dark discolorations of the skin. Later on the neurological function of melatonin was discovered, but the name remained. The term "serotonin" is something of a misnomer as well and is based on the English terms "ser" as in serum and "tone" as in "to firm". The name reflects the circumstances of the compound's discovery: serotonin was first identified as a substance in blood serum that constricted or toned blood vessels; its neurological significance was identified later on.
The term METAtonin originated as a typographical error on my word processor, however at that very time I was searching for a generic term that would describe the endogenous DMT-based secretion of the pineal gland, a secretion very similar to melatonin that functions at a higher octave, and the name seemed to fit perfectly. Ten years later I found this term in the book The Invisible Landscape, pg. 65, by Terrance and Dennis McKenna - apparently a typo as well. The first four letters are capitalized so as to differentiate its similarity to melatonin with which it is easily confused. Other appropriate terms for this endogenous pineal secretion could be the acronym EDMT (EndogenousDMT), Spiritonin, Anavatonin (from the Greek: ascension), Peratonin (from the Greek: beyond) or perhaps the term Endohuasca that was suggested by Jonathan Ott, enthobotanist and author of Ayahuasca Analogues Pangean Entheogens, which is probably the first book that ever exposed me to the concept of the spirit molecule.
There are three more pages following Metatonin Research that are germane to the pineal gland, METAtonin and the study of consciousness:
Page 2: Consciousness to the Fourth Power. An investigation into four levels of universe reality: all bound together and perhaps preceded by consciousness itself. GO TO PAGE 2
PAGE 3: The Entheological Paradigm: Is a discussion of the work of Dr. Martin Ball who maintains that the proper use of entheogens can bring about a positive development in our society and culture by expanding the borders of our consciousness and our relationship with Higher Intelligence. GO TO PAGE 3
Page 4: Dreamtime in the Past and Future, is a discussion of societies past and present that utilize out-of-body intelligence as an everyday guide to daily decisions. Australian Aboriginies consciously chose a minimal lifestyle that eschewed technology and elevated what we call paranormal skills to help them navigate their daily lives and organize their society in full cooperation with the natural world. Their segue to the higher world of the Dreamtime Ancestors was effected by persons of "high degree" who experience a ceremony that symbolically opens access to the pineal gland. The Aborigines evolved into an extremely complex society of 12 million peacefully cohabitating inhabitants who peacefully occupied the entire continent of Australia without a single blemish to the natural ecology. This article is also an investigation in the present day philosophy of Dr. Waldo Vieira and the 100,000 members of the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology who affirm that the next stage of the evolution of the human race will be the universal acceptance of out-of-body communication as the primary guide for cultural and spiritual growth. Dr. Vieira, however. does not seem to recognize the pineal gland as instrumental in effecting the out-of-body experience. GO TO PAGE 4
Drawings "Vitae" and "Pineal Power" compliments of Martha Barrett Schwerdtle, Roxbury, CT, copyright 2012
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