Welcome to the Pineal Awareness Project Page
We are going to investigate a neurochemical gateway within us that is part of the architecture of our brain – a special dimension of consciousness that we are all endowed with. Under certain circumstances we do have within us the capacity to experience higher octaves of consciousness. This is a gift that we have all been endowed with. This neural passage way is activated by the pineal gland when it secretes a hormone similar to melatonin. We call this secretion EDMT, a similar but slightly more complex form of Melatonin. EDMT is an acronym for EndogenousDMT.
We have attempted to compile all the relevant information on this subject complete with internet references so that you can learn about this wondrous gift that each of us has been endowed with. Please take your time and let this description of our collective human neurochemical legacy sink in slowly. This is a gift well worth discovering.
Welcome to the Pineal awareness project website. Let us first begin with a description of EDMT, the psycho-active secretion that opens a door to elevated consciousness; it is a close cousin of melatonin. Melatonin, as you probably already know, is a secretion of the pineal gland that encourages our self consciousness to rest while we sleep and our body repairs itself.
Serotonin (a tryptamine) is manufactured in the pineal gland and from that melatonin (a methyltryptamine) is produced; pushing this chemical modification process one step further, EDMT (a dimethyltryptamine) can also be produced. EDMT also has an sleep-inducing effect like melatonin but it goes one step further. EDMT does not suppress waking self-consciousness the same way melatonin does during sleep; instead it modifies the borders of consciousness by temporarily reprogramming our brain circuitry in a unique way allowing self consciousness to separate from the sleeping body while at the same time remaining aware. The main psychoactive ingredient in EDMT is chemically known as DiMethyl Tryptamine or DMT. EDMT is a form of DMT that is naturally produced by the human body.
Be aware that DMT in a synthetic form is considered an illegal psychoactive drug. It is one of many illegal recreational drugs that are classified as a Class I illegal drug. However unlike all other psychoactive drugs: 1) EDMT is not recreational and 2) it is the only psychoactive chemical that occurs naturally in the human body – produced in over 3o different human tissues – it is part of our human biological heritage, and it plays a very significant, though rarely understood, role in our lives.
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 this border or allow others to enter in through it. In many ways EDMT helps dissolve this border, allowing self consciousness to travel beyond the confines of body consciousness.
The pineal gland has long been suspected of producing EDMT and recent scientific discoveries are confirming it. Verification of this the presence of DMT producing DNA in the pineal gland has recently been verified at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health: http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/~cozzi/Indolethylamine%20N-methyltransferase%20expression%20in%20primate%20nervous%20tissue.pdf and on May 23, 2013 the Cottonwood Research Foundation of New Mexico announced the acceptance for publication of a paper documenting the 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-2013/. This is the first verification of DMT production in the pineal gland of a living mammal. Rodents were used for this research because human and rodent endocrine systems are very similar.
EDMT allows us to experience an additional dimension of human consciousness. The first dimension, pure self consciousness, was experienced in the womb from about the 49th day of gestation until birth. Upon birth our self-consciousness was suddenly thrown into the physical world of the additional dimensions of space and time. As a separated physical being our consciousness was assaulted with five physical senses, the flow of time and the awareness of being a separate body. As we grew, we became accustomed to the parameters of our body and also developed the instinctive bodyguard awareness of the ego. By the time we reach the age of seven years old our self-ego-body identity consciousness is well established and it becomes our basic mode of existence until we die and again return to the unfettered bodyless state of conscious awareness. These are the basic dimensions of consciousness of the human experience.
However there is an optional additional dimension to the experience of human consciousness and that happens when, under certain conditions, self consciousness is able to neutralize the ego, stabilize the body, and travel in the many levels of consciousness that exist beyond the physical body including the world of dreams, archetypes, psychological imagery, spiritual realities and other planes of consciousness. The pathway to this elevated level of consciousness is available to all humans; it is hard-wired into our brain architecture, like a homing device, although it is rarely activated. Those of us who pursue creative/spiritual lifestyles usually do learn to access this elevated dimension to some degree and at varying intensities, for it is the source of inner inspiration and illumination; it is also the source of life transforming revelations. This elevated dimension is accessed by stimulation of the pineal gland in the center of our brain which is able to secret EDMT and deliver it to the surrounding brain tissues.
The Pineal Gland in history
The potential for pineal-secreted EDMT to influence the circuitry of the brain has been an ever-present component of human existence and throughout history the influence of its effect may have played a part in many of our greatest discoveries and epiphanies. In fact, the Greek word for the pineal gland is “epiphysis” . The pineal gland is also referred to as the “third eye” in many eastern religions, www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_eye. The pineal gland is also referred to in the King James Bible. Though misspelled as "peniel", many scholars believe that the place "Peniel" where Jacob encountered the face of God after wrestling with an angel is actually a reference to the pineal gland. Quote, Genesis 32:30 "And Jacob called the name of the place Peneil: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved". The importance of the pineal gland is also recognized by most of the advanced ancient cultures: Egyptian, Druidic, Judaic, Hindu, Taoist, Mayan, Tibetan and Aborigine cultures to mention a few. EDMT is the active pineal gland secretion that dissolves the borders of consciousness and can act as a portal to the universe of the subconscious and hyper physical phenomena; one of these phenomena is commonly known as an out-of-body or OBE experience
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out-of-body_experience. The pineal gland is so named due to its similarity in shape to the pine cone.
The Pineal Gland and states of Consciousness
Science has yet to confirm whether consciousness itself has a physical component, and though several experiments in this area have been made, none are conclusive for there is no way to measure or detect it. It is generally assumed that consciousness could not exist without the framework of the brain, but again, this has yet to be proven. Consciousness appears to be a form of software with a unique self-renewing feedback loop in it, and there has been much speculation on this subject. The pineal gland appears to be pivotal in determining our state of consciousness for it produces the three major neurochemicals that affect the status of consciousness.
Serotonin is most active during waking hours; it regulates the equilibrium of waking consciousness, and many present day anti-depressant drugs are designed to regulate the concentration of this chemical in the brain.
Melatonin production is instigated by the pineal gland employing a methylation process in periods of darkness, and this neurotransmitter modulates our sleeping state. Melatonin allows waking self-consciousness to rest, so that our body consciousness can focus on its work of repairing itself without the meddling distractions of the waking mind and the various physical activities of the body associated with the waking state. Melatonin silences self-consciousness, EDMT goes one step further.
Further methylation of melatonin results in EDMT which allows self-consciousness to remain active and simultaneously separate from the resting, repairing sleeping body. Unlike the previous two neurochemicals, EDMT is very rarely produced in concentrations significant enough to fully alter our normal state of consciousness; it is only called upon at certain crucial times, though, to produce a surge of EDMT. EDMT is also produced by other organs such as the lungs, the retina, the thyroid gland the liver and many other body tissues in varying amounts.
EDMT in the blood, even in small amounts can have a subtle debilitating effect on one’s normal state of consciousness, for this reason a common blood-borne enzyme known as monoamine oxidase, MAO, continually scours the blood and destroys any trace amounts of endogenous DMT. When activated, the pineal gland produces a surge of EDMT and MAO inhibitors called beta carbolines that quickly passes through the blood brain barrier; this surge is quick and intense enough for self consciousness to make the quantum leap from an integrated state of combined self/body consciousness to separate states of self consciousness and body consciousness. This quantum leap can sometimes induce a great deal of psychological turmoil, particularly if the subject is not forewarned and naturally tries to resist it – a not uncommon response.
Several researchers have also suggested that the pineal gland may prove to be more than just a hormonal production gland, it may also contribute visual imagery to our visual cortex. 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: EDMT. As mentioned earlier, synthetically produced DMT when it is sold on the street is categorized as a class-one controlled illegal substance. EDMT is internally produced and is an essential component of our neurological, psychological and spiritual makeup. EDMT 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.
EDMT and the creation of neural pathways
Like its neurotransmitter sisters, EDMT molecules lock into the receptors of a discrete family of neurons in the brain. When the neuron receptors of the EDMT-sensitive family are stimulated, these activated neurons temporarily create a new circuit, a unique pathway in the brain architecture, a new consciousness feedback loop, much like a hyperlink in a computer program. This temporary subprogram develops a hyper conscious awareness that is temporarily separated from its usual partner, body consciousness and its chief caretaker, the ego.
When it receives the appropriate signal from another area of the brain, the pineal gland can produce a surge of EDMT that will saturate the surrounding brain area for a short while. By no strange coincidence, the pineal gland is located in the very center of the brain at the junction of the main ventricles that carry cerebral-spinal fluid throughout the brain and nervous system . When EDMT is secreted at this location, it immediately passes directly through the blood brain barrier and into the central brain tissue. Suddenly the body enters an autonomous state much like auto-pilot, and self consciousness is allowed to exit the confines of the brain circuitry via the EDMT pathway. Thus, one is entering an out-of-body experience. Usually those who experience a sudden separation of self consciousness from host body consciousness when they are unprepared for it find the sensation to be extremely frightening and disorienting. In many cases unprepared people who experience such a sudden separation may think that they have temporarily gone insane, and, when the experience has passed, do their best to erase it from their memory and usually succeed. Memories related to unconscious events, such as dreams, are easily reabsorbed into the unconscious unless a concerted effort is made to record them. Events that are stranger than dreams or that take place when one is fully conscious are even harder to retain, for up until now there hasn't even been a vocabulary to describe the experience.
Sleep Paralysis and the ego
When an unprepared person first encounters this state of unfettered consciousness, the initial effect may seem like total body paralysis, since self consciousness has been relieved of its’ association with the body. Clinically, if one experiences sleep paralysis upon waking, this is known as hypnopompic sleep paralysis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis). In this state the body framework and body over control have been placed in autopilot, similar to the sleeping state, i.e. self consciousness is fully aware, but it has been relieved of its’ responsibility for the host body. This can be a very frightening until the subject realizes that he/she has been freed of the restraints of the body and is now able to travel anywhere consciousness determines, just by using the vector of thought. Personally, I experienced six sleep paralysis episodes before I overcame panic and fear and allowed myself to fly free.
Our body creates a very strong bond with our self consciousness through the development of the ego, which is absolutely essential for physical survival. As we mature, particularly in egocentric Western society, the ego and consciousness become inseparable; to attempt the separation of the two is not an easily accomplished task. Our ego does not want to encourage such a separation, and the ego will usually musters up its full arsenal of fearful emotions at the onset of such a separation in order to retain the bond between self consciousness and the physical host. The main function of the ego is, after all, is to protect and encourage the integrity of body centered consciousness and body survival. The ego doesn't want consciousness to wander off from its appointed task. In a sense, the ego guards the gates to the entrance of the portal, and it can do a very effective job.
However, there are certain circumstances that can instigate a pineal EDMT cascade in the brain. At the onset of a natural EDMT event one may have to pass through a curtain of ego-induced fear that may be accompanied by the additional sensation of body paralysis. Preceding the sensation of this paralysis, there may be a pulsing "whuffing" sound/pressure wave that seems to come from all sides. The immediate sensation is that one is being trapped, trapped inside a paralyzed body, however this is an emotional misinterpretation - actually, one is being released. The body is being suspended and protected so that consciousness is free to roam. This can amount to an altogether frightening yet enlightening experience. Once past the gamut of the ego fear grip, consciousness is suddenly free to roam beyond the body. Those who take the synthetic path and partake of an appropriate dosage of synthetic DMT usually experience an accelerated transition without any ego grip and are literally popped out of their body instantly.
Pineal secretion as a gateway to transcendent reality
EDMT is found at high concentrations in the blood of children during gestation, very high concentrations at birth and elevated concentrations up to the age of three or more. The theory is that EDMT plays a very important role in the introduction of self consciousness to the physical body during early childhood and, also plays a very similar, yet reverse role as we approach the separation of self consciousness from the body at death. In a Federally sponsored study conducted by Dr. Rick Strassman, author of The Spirit Molecule, at the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, subjects were intravenously fed synthetic DMT at elevated levels (www.rickstrassman.com). Many of these subjects described experiences very similar to the near death experiences as reported by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying, (www.near-death.com/experiences/experts02.html) Thus EDMT may play the very important dual role of ushering self consciousness into our body during gestation, birth, and infantile stages, and the reverse role of delivering self consciousness out of our body at death.
EDMT may also be released at other times during a lifetime to create an epiphany, either spontaneously or by design. The experience sparked by a EDMT release contains two essential qualities: First, one is very calmly and truly fully conscious, fully awake and sober; and, second, one also finds oneself in a place that is totally unnatural and, yet, it may strangely feel very much like being at home again. For example: one is fully awake and finds oneself floating above their own body and is able to fly wherever their thoughts take them, or they may be transported to a unique otherworldly culture; some experience a tunnel of light leading to the center of the galaxy or to an angelic realm. An extremely emotional or painful experience can trigger a EDMT cascade: suddenly one is swept above their immediate locality to see themselves and their situation at a great distance and with a great understanding and awe. EDMT induced experiences are generally short lived, but they can have a very lasting, life-altering effect. Furthermore, if the EDMT release takes place while one is sleeping, one will find themselves fully awake and in conscious control of their dream state commonly known as "lucid dreaming".
Higher intelligence and consciousness exists at the quantum-entangled time transcendent infinitely intelligent universal macro-micro all-pervasive level. Humans exist on a limited mental/physical single-track time-space level. EDMT can act as a consciousness quantum booster if properly ingested and prepared for. This is a huge jump for our limited consciousness to take, so be warned. Of course, EDMT is not ingested, it is naturally secreted by our body when such an event is internally called for; DMT, on the other hand, can be purchased on the street. Extreme care are should be taken if this artificial short cut approach is experimented with. DMT is not like any other mind-altering substance. It won't get you "high". In fact, "you" won't even be there. According to the accounts of those who have partaken of a full fledged synthetic DMT dosage, the traveler immediately passes out and revives about 10 minutes later. During that 10 minutes one is booted to a parallel plane of existence that can be exhilarating, nightmarish, extra-terrestrial, inspirational or all of the above. This is not a drug to be experimented with lightly... it is a federally classified class one illegal substance for good reason. Those who do use carefully prepared DMT based brews in a religious context, such as the shamans of Peru, go through years of extensive training.
The natural approach may be the best; start meditating and concentrate on the pineal, if you can extend the periods of mind-silence, things will begin to happen. It worked for me, although I had no particular goal in mind at the time. I was a serious practitioner of meditation in the early 70's and, after a series of minor events, I had a major Shakti-EDMT breakthrough in 1973 that was totally unexpected and completely life-transforming. At first I just accepted my experience, but after a while the scientist in me began to inquire. It wasn't until the year 2000 that things came into focus and the result of my inquiries led to the development of this article.
Shaping the EDMT experience
In most cases the intensity of a EDMT/DMT experience is influenced by the original intent of the traveler, the traveler’s state of mind and the surrounding physical environment. If the traveler has no intent or direction in mind, the event may end up being euphoric or catastrophic. On the other hand, if the traveler is well-informed, mentally prepared and has calmed and focused the mind with some form of meditation, the results will be greatly enhanced.
One who is interested in this phenomenon may want to experience a service at the church of Santo Daime that has several branches in the US and many more worldwide. This syncretic (or reconciliatory) church originated in Brazil; as part of the church ritual, the congregation partakes of a mild natural daime (or ayahuasca, www.ayahuasca.com ) DMT- based tea, then the group is led through an inspirational group meditation. The church setting provides a very supportive, caring atmosphere. For info visit: http://www.santodaime.org Several court cases objecting to the use of daime have been brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, to date all these cases have been decided in favor of the church.
There are also many forms of meditation that are oriented towards attaining a natural EDMT experience, this is a slower, steadier path, but, then again, the results usually prove be more lasting.
In many indigenous cultures specially trained shamans use herbaceous compounds to activate the EDMT neural pathways, such as the Peruvian shamans, www.deoxy.org/shaman.htm , who focus on the plant world to obtain information on herbaceous healing compounds. Over 74% of today's pharmacopoeia's plant-based formulas come from indigenous societies. The rights to the formulation of these herbal mixtures are usually sold to major pharmaceutical companies who then synthesize them. Other travelers, such as ancient Mayan astronomers used their chemically induced trance states to glean accurate information on the size, age and major cycles of our solar system, our galaxy and nearby stars without telescopes. Australian archeologists have found cave paintings made by aboriginal shamans that graphically illustrate gene duplication; this is usually only observable through a high power microscope (see Jeremy Nearby’s book, below). All of these visionaries are raised in a culture that respects and culturally accepts such travels. Shamans who engage in such explorations are trained from childhood in the art of navigating the subconscious realm, which is no place for the amateur. To do well in the uncharted realm of the unconscious, one must be psychologically balanced, true of heart and possess a clean conscience; no hidden agendas here, thoughts themselves take shape and have great power, www.erowid.org/experiences/subs/exp_DMT.shtml.
Pineal events and early childhood
The things that young children sometime say contain gems of wisdom that show that they have a profound awareness and connection with Higher Intelligence. That is because our EDMT levels are very high at this very early and wondrous age. Then the veil is slowly lowered and eventually all that remains is a shady memory and a lost sense of wonder. Many child psychologists, philosophers, poets and artists refer to these enchanting memories in their works such as the Magical Child series by Joseph Chilton Pearce or William Blake.
The pineal gland first appears in the developing human fetus at the 49th day after conception; at first it is located in the back of the throat and then gradually moves upward and inward during gestation to be finally located in the center of the brain. This progression results in the creation a small duct known as the crainalpharyngeal canal connecting the back of the throat to the pituitary/hypothalmus/pineal complex. This duct is usually sealed by bone tissue in early childhood, though in some cases it may persist into adulthood. This may explain the acrid slightly metallic taste in the back of the throat that is sometimes associated with a hormone release from the central brain. This "nectar" most likely originates from the pituitary gland but may also involve a collaboration with the pineal gland. Certain oriental texts refer to this secretion as the "nectar of sublime awareness" that is produced by deep meditation focused on the highest chakra: the pineal gland, or third eye, visit:http://biologyofkundalini.com/article.php?story=TheCrystalPalace. This secretion is also referred to in the Druid culture of British Isles as the "grail" itself. Isn't it ironic and really not so surprising that the Holy Grail - an invaluable treasure sought after by thousands of deeply dedicated souls throughout history - is actually a gift available to each and every one of us from the very center of our brain?
Five types of Pineal gland EDMT events
The pineal gland EDMT-induced experiences can be categorized in several ways, basically differentiating intentional from spontaneous events. These have been separated into 5 basic groups:
1) The first group (type 1) is based on mental focus and a desire for transformation: a state of transcendent bliss or ecstasy that is consciously sought after though focus of the mind or dedication to a spiritual discipline:
A) Nirvana, Satori, Shakti Kundalini or God awareness: a state of inner peace and God connectedness attained through Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian and other forms of meditation. Elizabeth Gilbert in her book, Eat, Pray, Love, described her shakti kundalini experience quite well. Yoga practitioners use the method of Kechari Mudra. Certain forms of TibetanPhowa meditation that result in an OBE state: http://www.ithou.org/node/1958, In this context the pineal gland is functioning as the bardo bridge.
B) Vision Quest: A Native American ritual involving fasting and prayer that results in a profound life-altering vision. www.crystalinks.com/visionquest.html
C) Dreamtime: A cultivated state of mind that allows Australian Aborigines to raise themselves above the landscape and perceive the location of pathways and sources of water and food in what appears to be nothing more than an endless desert wilderness. Aborigines are true minimalists and pride themselves for using as few tools as possible in order to survive, instead they rely on their carefully cultivated ability to read the landscape with hyperconscious Dreamtime awareness in order to unveil the locations of food, water, shelter and other necessities.
D) Sufi enlightenment: An ecstatic transcendent spiritual discipline based on a special form of dancing, also Trancedance.
E) Rapture and other states of transcendent experience that are the result of dedicated worship, prayer, devotion and/or abstinence.
F) Creative ecstasy: as experienced by many artists, as described in the books by Rollo May.
G) Extreme sports and athletic ecstasy as described in the upcoming book Alchemy of Action by Doug Robinson and Norman Schaefer
H) Specialized brain stimulation. One device that uses light stimulation is the previously mentioned Lucia Light Simulator invented by Austrian researchers Dr. Engelbert Winkler and Dr. Dirk Proecke creates a "hypnagogic light experience" by using carefully timed flashing lights. You can visit one of the US distributors at: http://vermontlucidlight.com/#lucia-no-03-neurostimulator .
Another device is the Shakti Helmet that, when used in conjunction with meditation, may help activate certain brain areas to initiate a METAtonin episode. Website: www.shaktitechnology.com . There are several other mind-enhancing aids available; many use subliminal sound frequencies to induce a theta state of mental resonance such as the "Hemi=sync" programs developed by the Monroe Institute that may also help trigger a METAtonin or OBE release.
I) Remote viewing, a mental discipline ultimately used by the CIA and the US Military to remotely view strategic targets. Russell Targ and others developed this talent at under contract of the US Government at the Sanford Institute. Remote viewers discovered the ring around Jupiter before it was verified by the NASA Pioneer 10 satellite and were involved with locating the hiding place of Saddam Hussein, website: http://www.espresearch.com/. Remote viewing has also been verified by research conducted at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Institute, www.princeton.edu/~pear/.
2) The second group (type 2) of phenomena that occur as a result of experiencing or enduring physical, mental or emotional extremes that result in OBC, Out-of-Body Consciousness.
A) Rebirthing is a transcendent experience that can be brought on by controlled hyperventilating with the help of an experienced guide. This process may result in activating rarely used METAtonin-synthetic pathways in the pineal gland or may in some way encourage the lungs to increase DMT production beyond normal levels.
B) An ecstatic transcendent collective OBExperience can be experienced by members of an emotionally charged group, gathering, celebration, or revolutionary movement.
C) An extremely intense personal emotional or intellectual challenge can sometimes result in emotionally uplifting pivotal OBE, or epiphany. In his autobiography, R. Buckminster Fuller describes such an uplifting experience at a point of deep depression in his life; this experience completely changed his life; it gave him a new perception of himself and revealed to him a vision of how he could make his unique contribution to humanity. . Joseph Chilton Pearce in his Spiritual Initiation and the Breakthrough of Consciousness, discusses these phenomena in the beginning chapters of this book.
D) Out-of-body Consciousness can be induced as an escape mechanism by someone subjected to extreme pain, torture or dangerous emergency situation. In this case METAtonin is secreted to allow an individual to escape from an excruciating physical pain or trauma, as reported by many child abuse victims and victims of combat trauma, torture or extreme pain during an emergency. Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms and Jack London in The Star Rover describe such a situation. In his autobiography Charles Lindbergh states that he experienced OBC during his trans Atlantic flight due to the effects of extreme exhaustion. This is also discussed in chapter 3 of the book The Secrets of the Soul: Using Out-of-Body Experiences to Understand Our True Nature, by William Buhlman, titled ”Combat and Trauma induced out of body experiences”. Later on in this paper I mention an incident where a friend of mine relied on and out-of-body experience to deliver her from a life threatening situation. In this mode, the out-of –body phenomenon is functioning as a survival mechanism. Soldiers being debriefed after serving in combat situations are routinely warned not to discuss their combat OBExperiences after release.
The military may have kept records on battle induced Out-of-Body incidents, but they have not been released to the public. This topic has a tremendous potential for research. Out of Body Consciousness can occur both in the heat of battle and resurface much later as a common dissociative symptom of PTSD, see http://dps.missouri.edu/resources/Handbook/ptsd.pdf.
E) An out-of-body experience sought by those who use self-inflicted pain as a vehicle for transcendence, such as in the American Indian Sundance ceremony or self-flagellation, as practiced by certain devout Christian sects.
F) Shakti Kndalini transformative experience as a result of overstimulating the retina (sunblindness) , causing it to increase DMT production resulting in a kundalini spinal rush ending in a blinding white light. The retina is also being investigated by NASA for its supposed ability to use sunlight as a source of nutrition, based on the Hindu practice of sungazing.
G) G-LOC or Gravity Induced Loss Of Conscious. Out-of-body events have been experienced by pilots in high-G situations both during maneuvers and in high-G simulators.
H) There are many out-of-body epiphanies reported in the lives of many of our greatest leaders, writers, artists and researchers, as well as every day people. Sometimes these episodes are simply reported as being touched by the hand of God. Usually the epiphany is usually the culmination of a long mental or emotional struggle.
3) The third group, (type 3) is the out-of-body experiences as described by those who have undergone a near death experience, or NDE, as reported in the research of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Dutch cardiologist Dr. Pim Van Lommel, Dr. Rick Strassman and many others. Dr. Van Lommels' book, Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near Death Experience, is an examination of real and accurate conscious memories of brain dead patients who witnessed operating room procedures that took place while their brains EEGs were flat lined. That is, their brain was clinically dead, their eyes were taped shut and their ears plugged and yet, repeatedly, after resuscitation the patients accurately recalled surgery room events that they had observed from above the surgery theater in detail. A skeptic at first, the intrigued cardiologist proceeded on a very scientific examination of the NDE phenomena and came to the same conclusion the Dr. Strassman did: that most likely candidate for such a phenomenon is DMT and its most likely source is none other than the pineal gland. This book follows a methodical scientific and medical approach to a subject that has been long rejected by the scientific community and comes to the scientific conclusion that consciousness can exist beyond the parameters of the physical brain. Of all the categories discussed in this paper, NDE evidence is the most convincing because the OBE subject is being carefully monitored during their experience and the subject can then verify their observations with members of the surgical team after the event.
Van Lommels' book was published in 2007 ( www.pimvanlommel.nl. )and youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOeLJCdHojU) states that recent studies in the U.S, and Germany suggest that 4.2% of the population has experienced a NDE. Recently, Dr. Eban Alexander, Harvard neurologist, has written several magazine articles and a book Proof of Heaven that is based on profound NDE he experienced when all of his higher brain functions were immobilized by a severe case of meningitis,http://www.lifebeyonddeath.net/. Be sure to visit the extensive website of the International Association of Near-Death Studies: http://www.iands.org.
4) The fourth group (type 4) of EDMT-induced episodes is defined as those experiences that take place when one is asleep in a dream state. This is commonly known as “night flight”, in which one becomes fully awake, conscious and in control while one is still in a dream state. This may be a situation where both melatonin and EDMT are working together. This connection has not been verified scientifically, although many experienced subjects in DMT injection sessions have noted that the DMT induced environment is very similar to the lucid dream environment.
The Monroe Institute of Virginia and other groups have conducted a great deal of research in this area. Website: www.monroeinstitute.org . The challenge of maintaining consciousness while in a dream state involves very a delicate mental balancing act. If one becomes fully, actively conscious in the dream, they will quickly wake up, but if one can remain in a passive state of consciousness as a quiescent observer without making any assertive thoughts or personal mental comments, the dream experience will continue on. Meditation practice is a most beneficial way to quiet the ego and the everyday chatterbox mind so that one can maintain a state of quiet, observant, unobtrusive consciousness while witnessing and quietly directing the dream environment.
5) The fifth group (type 5) of phenomena is related to mental illness, which may result when EDMT is continually produced in higher than normal amounts, or when MAO production is for some reason inhibited and trace amounts of the EDMT continually hamper thought and perception patterns in the brain. Schizophrenia is a likely candidate for this classification. It is a remarkably complex syndrome that has many symptoms that are similar to weak and strong elevated DMT states. EDMT is found at higher than normal states in the urine of schizophrenic patients. The National Institute of Mental Health made some preliminary investigations into this issue in the 1970’s but the research was curtailed for political reasons and no definite conclusions were reached.
Some are born with this form of mental imbalance but others may suddenly develop it much later in life after living very normal lives. Those who have experienced the sudden adult onset of this mental disorder report the sensation of feeling out of focus with their mental placement in the body and the sudden ability to pick the thoughts of people who are passing by. It is a very disconcerting experience, especially when this sensation cannot be turned off and if there is no explanation for it. These symptoms are very similar to a mild EDMT release that doesn’t result in a quantum jump of consciousness. This could be a result of an inhibition of the secretion of monoamine oxidase, whose job is to neutralize any trace amounts of EDMT in the bloodstream, as previously mentioned.
Incidence of EDMT Out of Body events
If any of you readers have had an experience similar to those mentioned above, you are not alone. According to the Australian Institute of Para psychological Research, www.aiprinc.org and the Journal for the Society of Psychical Research, www.aspr.com, between 10% and 18% of the population have experienced an Out Of Body experience at least once in their lifetime. Another website, the OBE Research Foundation, www.oberf.org has collected data from thousands of recorded incidents and has cataloged information on OBE research. Another organization dedicated to Learning Remote Viewing, www.learnremoteviewing.com offers a systematic course on how to attain a disciplined OBE state of mind. This organization prefers to describe this skill as “remote viewing” and claims that, in the past, the US Military recognized the strategic importance of this skill and tried to develop it. (Spies don’t usually do well in a realm of absolute transparency). To my knowledge, none of the aforementioned organizations recognize the role of the pineal gland as the instigator of an OBE state of mind, they are more interested in the development and results of the phenomenon than in its’ origin.
We are presently at the early stages of recognizing this phenomenon. EDMT-induced OBE events have been experienced by many of us in different degrees of intensity, and they have undoubtedly contributed to the inspiration of countless artists, researchers and writers of the past. Also, one must also question the validity of OBE experiences; does the brain fabricate the sensation of being out of the body by simply accessing past recollections? Or, indeed, is the OBE subject actually observing present real-time reality? Perhaps there are several types of OBEs, some being veridical (verifiably real) and some being hallucinatory. Anthony Peake in his new book, The Out-of-Body Experience, takes a very serious look at the validity of OBE experiences and comes to the conclusion that most OBE experiences are actually not out of the body but most likely take place within the realm of the brain itself or in a parallel reality which he describes as an "intrasomatic" experience (experienced from within). He furthermore suggests that the body, particularly every cell in the body, is a repository for information that OBE consciousness can access. His theory is that individual cells intercommunicate to create a holographic cloud of information and that within this cloud can be found micro wormholes that allow OBE consciousness to access distant parts of the universe and parallel realities. Furthermore, this cloud can also resonate with the planetary morphogenetic field as described by Rupert Sheldrake in his book, A New Science of Life. Additional research on this “field of life” that permeates the universe can be found in the studies of Dr. Ignacio Pachecco.
This speculation may seem a bit over the top, but recent discoveries at the Russian Academy of Sciences may actually verify the above and furthermore expand our comprehension of how DNA shapes our reality in more ways than just providing a genetic code. It all has to do with what our scientists call "junk" DNA; that 95% of DNA that seems to be useless repetitive information, The Russians under the leadership of biophysicist and molecular biologist Pjtor Garjajev have pursued a much more wholistic approach and have come up with some surprising results: (http://www.scribd.cometwww.rexresearch.com/gajarev/gajarev.htm).
The Russian Academy of Sciences research
The human genome project was a massive undertaking, it was essentially an examination and tabulation of molecular makeup of the human gene, no small feat in itself. However, it was basically a biological identification process and a very important first step. Dr. Garjajev, on the hand, assembled a team of biologists, physicists and linguistic experts and pursued a more "wide angle" approach to understanding DNA from a biophotonic (coherent light intercommunication) and linguistic perspective. Garjajev's linguistic experts detected the basic elements of a language structure in the sequences of "junk" DNA that mirrors and probably is the origin of basic human speech patterns. In a reverse manner, it was discovered and verified, human speech, under certain conditions, can actually modify the sequence pattern of DNA! Furthermore, DNA is actually a crystalline structure capable of supporting and producing coherent light which in turn provides a mode of synchronous communication for all the cells of the body as suggested by Dr. Jeremy Narby. The collective crystalline structure of the body can also resonate and respond to the larger human morphogenetic field of evolving collective human consciousness. In addition, light stimulated DNA creates a magnetic disturbance in the space it occupies. If the DNA is removed, the magnetic disturbance remains in the vacuum space that the DNA molecule once occupied. This is known as the "DNA phantom effect". It is possible that this lingering magnetic field is actually a micro magnetic wormhole, indicating the the vibratory energy of DNA may also intermingle with small amounts of "dark energy" and provide a segue to parallel realities. Visit:
http:// www.emergentmind.org/gariaev06.htm ,
Another theory of consciousness and consciousness travel based on intracellular biophotonic coherent light transmission has been developed by American anesthesiologist Professor Stuart Hammerhoff and British theoretical physicist Professor Roger Penrose. Known as the Orch OR theory, it is based on the microscopic tubular structures that support communication within the cellular structure. Microtubules are made from tubulin molecules that arrange themselves into a helical tube with 13 molecules in the circumference. These microscopic tubes can be of varying length, up to a meter long in some instances. Microtubules define and create the structure of the cytoplasm of cells; they are crystalline molecule and can support coherent light pulses as small a single light proton. It has also been detected that in this microscopic environment that light as a wave form has been quantum reduced to a become a particle – which is exactly what happens in the macro world when light as a wave form is “observed” (by a conscious being) and thus reduced to a particle form. When microtubules perform quantum reduction in a collective or orchestrated manner, a state of quantum coherence is established, this, they conclude is the fundamental building block of consciousness and may constitute the field from which OBEs are launched. The main reason why these scientists focused on microtubules is because interference with microtubule function can reduce a human into a sleeping unconscious state and is the basis for many anesthetic procedures. Visit: http://www.quantumconsciousness.org/
Both of the above discussions touch on the subject of light communication, specifically coherent light, and DNA. Recently Project ENCODE X > 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 seems to be 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 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.
Just as indecipherable DNA sequences that constituted 95% of the DNA molecule were relegated to the status of “junk” DNA by early researchers, so, too, there are “junk “ neurons, known as glial cells (in Greek: glue cells) that constitute 90% of the brain cellular structure. This neural conglomerate has been been considered to be an insignificant structure by the neurological community since brain cellular makeup was first researched in the 1890's.
Thirty years ago, most brain scientists believed that only neurons intercommunicated and were solely responsible for our thought patterns, and that glial cells were a passive network of connective tissue that anchored and insulated neurons. There are several types of glial cells, but recently scientists have begun to focus on a the most complex type of glial cell called the "astrocyte". These cells are abundant in the cortex, more abundant than neurons themselves.
As one ascends the evolutionary ladder, astrocytes in the cortex increase in size and number, with humans having the greatest number astrocytes and also the most complex (dolphin astrocytes may not have been investigated yet). Scientists have also discovered that astrocytes communicate with each other and with neurons in the cortex and are capable of sending information through both networks, neural and glial. Finally, astrocytes are also the adult stem cell in the brain and control blood flow to regions of brain activity. Because of all these important properties, and since the cortex is believed responsible for higher thought, scientists have started to realize that astrocytes must contribute to the thought process and perhaps even consciousness.
Early researchers were so focused on neurons that they concluded that glial cells were worthless, in fact, glial experiments didn't begin until the 1960s. Dr. Stephen W. Kuffler at Harvard discovered that frog and the leech that astrocytes were influenced by neuronal ion exchange, a process long held to be the chemical counterpart to thought. Since then many researchers have completed experiments on the communicatory ability of glial cells with neurons. In the late 80s and early 90s it was discovered glial cells respond to and release neurotransmitters, though their chemical means of communication differs from neurons.
Astrocytes have hundreds of 'endfeet' spreading out from their body. They look like mini octopi, and they link these endfeet with blood vessels, other astrocytes and neuronal synapses. Calcium is released from internal stores in astrocytes as they are stimulated, then calcium travels through their endfeet to other astrocytes. The term 'calcium waves' describes the calcium release and exchange between astrocytes and between astrocytes and neurons. Scientists at Yale, most notably Ann H. Cornell-Bell and Steven Finkbeiner, have shown that calcium waves can spread from the point of stimulation of one astrocyte to all other astrocytes in an area hundreds of times the size of the original astrocyte. Furthermore, calcium waves can also cause neurons to fire. Furthermore, it was recently shown that a molecule that stimulates the same receptors as THC can ignite astrocyte calcium release. There are no reports yet as to how other entheogens affect the status of the glial network of if they exhibit anything similar to Sigma-1 receptors.
According to the recent theory, neurons are tied to our muscular action and external senses. We know astrocytes monitor neurons for this information. Similarly, they can induce neurons to fire. Therefore, astrocytes modulate neuron behavior. Neuronal activity without astrocyte processing is a simple reflex; anything more complicated such as abstract thought might require astrocyte processing. The fact that humans have the most abundant and largest astrocytes of any animal and we are capable of creativity and imagination also lends credence to this speculation. Basically, it is obvious that astrocytes are involved in brain processing in the cortex, but the main questions are, do our thoughts and imagination stem from astrocytes working together with neurons, or are our thoughts and imagination solely the domain of astrocytes? It may be that the role of neurons is to support astrocyte activity. From: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-root-of-thought-what
A study, published in Cell Stem Cell, not only introduces a new tool to study the mechanisms of the human brain, it supports the hypothesis that glial cells — and not just neurons — play an important role in learning. "Glia are in a position to regulate the flow of information through the brain," says R. Douglas Fields, PhD., a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health. "This concept is missing from all our models." In addition, astrocytes, have evolved as humans have evolved, while neurons have exhibited very little change. A mouse neuron and a human neuron look so much alike, even experienced neuroscientists can't tell them apart.
There is some conjecture that the more complex human glial cells have played a role in making humans smarter. Steve Goldman, M.D., PhD., a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester teamed up with this wife, Maiken Nedergaard, M.D. to test this idea. They injected some human glial cells into the brains of newborn mice. As the mice grew, the human glial cells thrived. These cells spread through the mouse brain, integrating perfectly with mouse neurons and, in some areas, outnumbering their mouse counterparts. All the while, Goldman observed, the glial cells maintained their human characteristics.
Next came the intelligence tests. In terms of social behavior, the humanized mice displayed no noticeable difference, however, these mice are measurably smarter. In classic maze tests, they learn faster. "They make many fewer errors, and it takes them less time to come to the appropriate answer," Goldman says. It might take a normal mouse four or five attempts to learn the correct route in a maze, but a mouse with human glial brain cells usually learned the correct route by the second try. It appears that Glial cells somehow enhance learning. From: http://wabe.org/post/make-mice-smarter-add-few-human-brain-cells
Asok Kumar Mukhopadhyay, MD believes that there are several reasons brain research merits a change of focus. He points out that the brain is the organ with the highest information density per unit volume and mass. In the brain, information is channeled through four cellular networks; neuron-neuron, neuron-astrocyte, astrocyte-neuron and astrocyte-astrocyte network.
Astrocytic intervention in flow of information through neuronal channels is primarily meant to prevent informational chaos which the extremely non-linear neuro-neuronal, glia-neuronal and neuron-glial channeling is prone to exhibit. Like information, the mind and often the ‘self’ behave in both local and nonlocal ways. The brain is the play-ground of such both local and nonlocal players. Local players means energy and matter confined within defined space and time. Nonlocal players are those which are not consistently confined to a specific space and/or adhered to a definitive time. Therefore, with knowledge pertaining to only local players, explaining brain function with the help of local theories of science and adhering to use of local investigative tool, we are far from understanding the brain as a whole. There are preliminary data available in science on nonlocal behavior in the brain activities and we are hoping to find out how we can outreach this domain.
Two titans, local science and nonlocal science meet within the science of the brain. This issue has not been adequately addressed so far. Like any cell, an organ which works locally and has the ability to communicate nonlocally can be responsive to evolutionary forces. Unlike kidneys and liver or lungs or spleen, the brain with its constituents, neuron and glia belong to such group.
How consciousness, mind and self of individual neuron and glia make a unitary experience of consciousness, mind and ‘self’ as a whole within the brain is the issue. The binding element involved in this process of unification is suggested to be information. The closest approximation of the ‘abstract’ consciousness at the concrete plane, therefore, in most likelihood is the conformational geometry of information involving various group of neuron-glia at different hierarchical levels operating in different contexts. It may be that the two different networks – the neuronal network and the glial network are separate phases of the brain that, like the tide, ebb and flow as the dominant paradigm depending on the activity and focus of the self. From: http//akmukhopadhyayconsciousness.com/pdf/LINK11.pdf
Asheville lecture and discussion: 7:00 pm Sept. 5, 2013 at 101 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Donations accepted. Part of donations will finance pineal research conducted by the Cottonwood Research Foundation.
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 andwww.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 http://fedgeno.com/documents/crystal-in-the-pineal-gland.pdf , or light may not be involved at all. As far as anatomy reveals, there doesn't appear to be any direct neural pathway between the pineal gland and the occipital lobe although there is an indirect route via the hippocampus and optic nerve.
Several researchers, including David Wilcock in his book: The Source Field Investigations, have suggested that there is a second visual platform in the brain in addition to the eyes, an inner view screen, so to speak, that can augment and at times even replace our optical visual circuitry. Many psychic travelers have reported seeing infinite grid works and checkerboards. Subjects using the Lucia Light Simulator and the Shakti Helmet have both reported this grid like imagery. In a sense one is turning on the television receiver but there is no incoming signal, so all that is seen is the background baseline pattern. Those of us who can learn to access this pattern consistently via external stimulation or meditation techniques and learn to be comfortable with this phenomenon will be pioneers in the acceptance of this theory. In addition to widely available “hemi-synch” sound tracks, YouTube visuals there are several image, sound and light pulse programs available from Dr Persinger’s website: http://www.shaktitechnology.com. Please be careful.
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/view_play_list?annotation_id=annotation_851293&feature=iv&p=093DB3AF7D4C788E&src_vid=n5OgyF2dyok is extremely interesting. Earlier in this article we discussed the various conditions that could instigate an episode now we are discussing the various categories of destinations that these episodes can encounter, be they naturally or artificially 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 mild ecsomatic experiences launched from a waking state, such as an EDMT episode, tend to hover near the body and the general surroundings.
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 EDMT 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 todays 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?
Some of these things 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.
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.
A further variable to consider 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 MAO present, ayahuasca gradually delivers an organic DMT/MAO inhibitor infusion that enters the bloodstream 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 EDMT/pineal gland pathway - which is responsible for the great majority of the spontaneous ecsomatic experiences experienced by the general public, artists and spiritual practitioners. EDMT 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 experience is not just limited to a modification of the brain circuitry; it may involve several centers in the body.
An additional consideration is the possibility of time aberrations. If the Zero Point Field is considered be one of the mediums of transfer, as is suggested by Anthony Peake, time anomalies could manifest as well.
Who knows, there could be as many as 50 different categories of out-of-body destinations, particularly when one considers the wide range of Locale III destinations that have been reported: from unpleasant alien abductions to super-futuristic techno worlds on to heavenly worlds of wise angelic beings, the throne itself and everything in between.
When Dr. Rick Strassman set up his DMT testing procedure it was necessary for him to rigorously follow the guidelines of standard National Institute of Health in all his procedures due to the controversial nature of his experiment and in doing so had to ignore the classic entheogenic launch guidelines of “set 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 no choice, of course, and in fact one of the participants in the movie DMT The Spirit Molecule, Susan Blumental, stated that 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 had previously experienced altered states of consciousness and were thus better equipped to handle the onslaught of a DMT experience. Total 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 drugs, 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 the many sages came 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.
If one is going to psycho-launch their mind into an unchartered 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 universe in itself. 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.
Concentrate on this locale once a day; 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 and Paradise in the Urantia Book. If you seek inspirational thought imagery, you can read The Final Frontiers section (p.189+) ofMultidimensional 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 Origin.
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 takes patience, persistence and strategy, 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 the most important jobs of our life. 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? You have 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. 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 thought stream is usually controlled by the self-important ever-demanding center stage ego, but during an OBE one is a visitor, really an intruder from the physical plane, whose fragile presence is usually tolerated and easily obliterated. Thoughts are as powerful as grenades on this level and no one wants to be around a loose cannon.
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. Many practitioners monitor their breath and focus on the pineal when meditating. Meditation is also one of the most effective means of initializing a spontaneous Out-of-Body experience. It happened to me.
There may be other methods of developing mindoversight besides meditation, but they all involve mental concentration of some sort. If you plan to engage in a DMT based voyage, it would serve you well to make these preparations.
Can the phenomenon of the Out-of Body Experience be a contributing factor to the evolution of the human race? According to one writer Brazilian Dr. Waldo Riviera, 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.
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 hyperphysical residence of our 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. Visit: http://www.iacworld.org.
Dr. Vieira does not believe that there is any kind of physical mechanism related to consciousness projection, that it is a purely energetic phenomenon. It is not obvious that he recognizes the role of the pineal gland as part of the support mechanism of the OBE, though he may mention it in one of his other publications. 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.
EDMT 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, which is inherent in the human body - in every body 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 present research is in the process of verifying, 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.
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 titled 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 experience and how it parallels the recently discovered Spirit Molecule experience.
A concerted effort is being made by researchers in the U.S. to verify that the pineal gland can 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 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 –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 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.
Detection equipment with greater sensitivity: Dr. Barker’s ultra-sensitive detection system utilizes state-of-the-art liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS) equipment that improves detection of 26 compounds of interest, some by at least one thousand-fold over previous methods. These compounds can all be measured simultaneously in a single miniscule blood sample and the process can all be done in a time span of less than 20 minutes.
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.
Validation of the presence of DMT in the pineal gland of the living mammal brain. On 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. The paper will appear in the journal of BiomedicalChromatography: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/dmt-pineal-2013/. Thus a new chapter begins on the extent and scope of the human experience. Congratulations Cottonwood!
These are significant 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: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/donate/
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/) and furthermore it may have an effect on sleep patterns:(www.unboundmedicine.com/.../Degree_of_pineal_calcification). How this affects endogenous DMT (METAtonin) production is not known, but there is probably a correlation.
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. Some reports imply that fluoride itself stimulates the calcification process.
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) reduced the level of melatonin. She found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin. This also encouraged the premature 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 ..." (http://www.wunk.com/system/files/.../theeffectofflourideonthepinealgland.pdf)
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.
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. "...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 (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.
Physiology of the pineal gland : Visit: http://www.neuroradiology.ws/pinealomasphysiology.htm
I hope I 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 Anthony Peake and David Wilcock. A simple search on the Internet using terms such as: OBE, DMT, Pineal gland, 8th brain circuit, remote viewing, Shakti Kundalini 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 or scientists who are interested in pursuing this phenomenon have my full support.
This paper is written as a result of a life-changing EDMT event that I experienced in 1973 in Bennington, Vermont. It wasn't until the year 2000 that I was encouraged to inquire into the origin of my experience, brought on by a series of seemingly spontaneous events.
Thank you, dear reader, and thank you, too, all who have knowingly and unknowingly helped me gather this information; may it be of use to you.
Internet Resources for further information
Pineal Awareness Project Interview , MP3 download.
INFO ON THE PINEAL GLAND 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)
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.
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.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 Now magazine 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.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
http://www.iacworld.org: Waldo Vieira's International Academy of Consciousness.
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Asheville lecture and discussion: 7:00 pm Sept. 5, 2013 at 101 Patton Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Donations accepted. Part of donations will finance pineal research conducted by the Cottonwood Research Foundation.
This information has been compiled for your enrichment by D. B. Barrett of Asheville, NC,