Third Eye

Many different cultures, through out the ages, reference the third eye and pine cone. Modern theories suggest that this is most likely a reference to the pineal gland. Symbology of the pineal gland can be traced to many civilizations such as the Romans, Meso-Americans, Egyptians, Babylonians and the Greeks. Even the Catholic Church displays imagery of the pineal gland, Vatican Square houses the largest pineal like statue in the world. The ancient cult of Dionysus and the Masons of modern times, both have third eye symbolism in their imagery.

Is there ancient knowledge of this gland that previous cultures had access to, somehow becoming lost through the ages? What role does the pineal gland play in our spiritual experiences? If the sole function of the pineal gland is to secrete the hormone melatonin, which regulates the sleep/wake cycle, (modern scientists are still debating over the complete function of this gland) then why did the ancients seem to place so much importance on Third Eye representation?

Our pine(al) gland is shaped like and named after the pinecone. It is located in the hypothalamus, near the center of the brain and is about the size of a grain of rice. Nearly all vertebrate species have a pineal gland, with a few exceptions. The main function of the pineal gland is to regulate the sleep/wake cycle (secretes the hormone melatonin and amino acid tryptophan) and influence sexual development.

The pineal gland has been called “the seat to the soul” and “epicenter of enlightenment” and is a sacred symbol to many different cultures, throughout history. In addition to spiritual consciousness and enlightenment, pinecones have also been used as symbols depicting everlasting or eternal life.

Plato from Republic:

"..en every man there is an Eye of the soul which..it is far more precious than ten thousand bodily eyes, for by it alone truth is seen.."

Even the Bible seems to hint that our third eye is important.

!The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy your whole body will be full of light.! - Matthew 6:22

The following are a few of the depictions of pinecone and third eye references:

The Eye of Horus, also known as The Eye of Ra, is one of the most familiar symbols from ancient Egypt. The similarities between a cross section of the pineal gland and the Eye of Horus/Ra are very clear.

 


The Egyptian Staff of Osiris(1224 BC) depicts two intertwined serpents rising up and meeting with pine cone.


In King Tut's burial mask a kundalini like serpent is emerging from the area of the pineal gland.

The Meso-American god, Quetsacoatl is often depicted wearing a necklace made out of pine cones.

The ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia are filled with pinecone imagery and symbolism.

Another Cambodian reference, a Shiva head with third eye symboism.

The Sumerian god, Marduk with a pine cone in hand

As previously mentioned, the largest sculpture of a pinecone is in Vatican Square, along with other pinecone imagery seen on the popes staff.

The Greek god, Dionysus also carries a staff with a pine cone. A statue from the cult of Dionysus (late Roman Empire) has a pinecone on the thumb.


There are many other cultures not mentioned here that have pine cone and third eye imagery in their artwork. I believe there is so much we have yet to uncover about our pineal glands and that is the seat of the soul. It would seem the ancients placed some importance on the third eye. What did they know they we don't?

 

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The Pineal Gland and the Chemistry of Consciousness

We All Have a secret passage within us that is part of the architecture of our brain. We do have within us the capacity to consciously connect with Higher Intelligence. This passage way is activated by the pineal gland when it secretes a hormone similar to melatonin. We call this secretion METAtonin, a similar but Higher Octave of melatonin. The chemically active ingredient in METAtonin is known as DMT.

The potential for internally produced DMT-based METAtonin 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” from which the word epiphany is derived. 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, Hindu, Hasidic, Islamic, Taoist, Mayan, Tibetan and Aboriginal cultures to mention a few. METAtonin 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; another is the NDE or Near Death Experience. The pineal gland is so named due to its similarity in shape to the pine cone, a symbol that is used in many religious themes including the giant pine cone statue at the Vatican, stolen from Egypt, and the pine cone at the top of the pope's staff.

One of the most wondrous parts of our physical body is the Pineal Gland. It is also called the epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis, conarium or the “Third Eye.” It is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces serotonin and melatonin, hormones that affect mood and modulate our wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pinecone (hence its name in Latin, pinea, which means “pinecone”), and it is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.

Even though this gland is hidden deep inside the brain and is only the size of a pea, it has been an almost fanatical obsession of masters, mystery schools and religions throughout the ages. Rene Descartes, the famous philosopher dedicated much of his life to studying the pineal gland, stating it is the “principal seat of the soul”. He believed it is the connection between the physical body and the mind/soul. We also see it playing prominent in the writings of Pythagoras, Plato, and Iamblichus, as well as in Egyptian, Tibetan and Roman Catholic Church.

One of the central figures in Egyptian mystery school myths is the Eye of Horus. Many feel the eye of Horus is really the third eye, or the pineal gland. There does seem to be a lot of similarities, at least from an anatomical point of view.

Many of the mystery schools often coded the information in the form of a pine cone. We can see this prominently in the Vatican as one of the largest statues to nature. It also retains a dominant role on the staff of the Pope. The entwined snakes on Osiris’ staff are reminiscent of the kundalini forces entwining up the spinal cord to end in the pineal gland.

There's an Organ in Your Brain Which Seats Your Soul: Meet Your Pineal Gland

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Matthew 6:22-23

Situated at the anatomical center of our brain lies a mysterious gland that may be the intermediary gate that bridges our physical and spiritual experiences here on Earth. Seventeenth-Century French philosopher René Descartes coined this organ, called the pineal gland, as the “seat of the soul,” as he believed it provided people with a medium from which our soul could be expressed through our physicality. The pineal gland has been a topic of great debate over the past couple of decades as the science community is still trying to discover its complete biological function. Dr. Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule, has dedicated years of research to the pineal gland as he suggests that this gland is the factory for a powerful brain chemical called DMT (Di-Methyl Tryptamine) which when produced induces a person into a psychedelic and mystical experience. Many different cultures talk about our “third eye,” and modern theories suggest that this may be a reference to the pineal. Even more peculiar is the fact that pineal gland symbology can be traced to many civilizations such as the Romans, Mexicans, Egyptians, Babylonians and the Greeks. It is interesting to note that even the Catholic Church displays pineal gland imagery, as the Vatican Square contains the largest pineal-like statue in the world. So what could all of this mean? Is there ancient knowledge of this gland that previous cultures had access to? Furthermore, what role does the pineal gland play in our spiritual experiences and how can we explain this in physiological terms?

See full article on the collective-evolution.com website.

Drugs and Mysticism An Experimental Examination of the Claim that Psychedelic Drug Experience May Resemble Mystical Experience

The results of our experiment would indicate that psilocybin (and LSD and mescaline, by analogy) are important tools for the study of the mystical state of consciousness. Experiences previously possible for only a small minority of people, and difficult to study because of their unpredictability and rarity, are now reproducible under suitable conditions. The mystical experience has been called by many names suggestive of areas that are paranormal and not usually considered easily available for investigation (e.g., an experience of transcendence, ecstasy, conversion, or cosmic consciousness); but this is a realm of human experience that should not be rejected as outside the realm of serious scientific study, especially if it can be shown that a practical benefit can result. Our data would suggest that such an overwhelming experience, in which a person existentially encounters basic values such as the meaning of his life (past, present, and future), deep and meaningful interpersonal relationships, and insight into the possibility of personal behavior change, can possibly be therapeutic if approached and worked with in a sensitive and adequate way.

See full article from The International Journal of Parapsychology on the psychedeliclibrary.org website.

“What seems to happen in the psychedelic state is that when something is positive, it has the potential to be incredibly positive, to the extent of being euphoric, or ecstatic,” Carhart-Harris says. “But similarly if something is negative, it has the potential to be quite hellish and dysphoric and frightening.”

"One of the interesting implications of this kind of work is that we’re biologically hard-wired for having these kinds of experiences,” says Griffiths. “It’s not just unique to mystics spending years of meditation in a cave. This is part of the human biology to have these kinds of integrative experiences that can really set the stage and the platform for remarkable personal change."

"The Magic Effect of Psilocyben Mushrooms" by Aaron Kase

“It is thought that stored DMT is released from the pineal gland just prior to death, causing the out-of-body experience and mystical visions reported by NDE survivors. While there has been no empirical evidence linking the pineal gland to the production of DMT, its association with melatonin (from which it is made) seems to strongly suggest this possibility."

“The pineal gland sits on the roof of the 3rd ventricle of the brain, directly behind the root of the nose and floats in a small lake of cerebrospinal fluid. It doesn't have a blood-brain barrier like other brain structures, where certain molecules in the circulating blood are blocked. Instead it relies on a constant supply of blood delivered through a particularly rich vascular network. Activities such as rhythmic breathing and chanting create an oxygen rich supply to the pineal gland. Many yogis describe the object of their breathing technique is to increase the heart rate while reducing the blood pressure. Ironically, this is what happens just before we die. It may be that the goal of this procedure is to release DMT, which many believe is stored in the pineal."

“Many experiments were conducted on so-called Psi (paranormal) phenomena in the 1970s. Dixon found that the pineal gland was a prime focus of this activity. He noted that psi activity was most successful in a relaxed, drowsy state — similar to those induced by melatonin. Other studies found correlations with melatonin and the practice of yogic meditation, thought to be a prerequisite for "enlightenment."

“Yogic practices for 3 months resulted in an improvement in cardiorespiratory performance and psychologic profile. The plasma melatonin also showed an increase after three months of yogic practices. The systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and orthostatic tolerance did not show any significant correlation with plasma melatonin. However, the maximum night time melatonin levels in yoga group showed a significant correlation (r = 0.71, p < 0.05) with well-being score.

These observations suggest that yogic practices can be used as psychophysiologic stimuli to increase endogenous secretion of melatonin, which, in turn, might be responsible for improved sense of well-being."

"The Pineal Gland — The "Seat of the Soul" by Gary Vey

"Another effect of changes in cell secretion is a reduction of melatonin being produced by the brain’s pineal gland. This triggers a series of disorders including mood disorders, behavioral disturbances, sleep disorders, disturbed circadian rhythm, and a feeling of permanent jet lag."

The effects of EMFs on the body.


Pineal Gland

The following is an exceptional article on the pineal gland by Dr. Terry Willard, world renown leader and pioneer in the field of herbal medicine.

by Dr. Terry Willard

One of the most wondrous parts of our physical body is the Pineal Gland.  It is also called the epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis, conarium or the “Third Eye.” It is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces serotonin and melatonin, hormones that affect mood and modulate our wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pinecone (hence its name in Latin, pinea, which means “pinecone”), and it is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres, tucked in a groove where the two rounded thalamic bodies join.

Even though this gland is hidden deep inside the brain and is only the size of a pea, it has been an almost fanatical obsession of masters, mystery schools and religions throughout the ages. Rene Descartes, the famous philosopher dedicated much of his life to studying the pineal gland, stating it is the “principal seat of the soul”. He believed it is the connection between the physical body and the mind/soul. We also see it playing prominent in the writings of Pythagoras, Plato, and Iamblichus, as well as in Egyptian, Tibetan and Roman Catholic Church. It is even mentioned by the Founding Fathers of the USA.

One of the central figures in Egyptian mystery school myths is the Eye of Horus. Many feel the eye of Horus is really the third eye, or the pineal gland. There does seem to be a lot of similarities, at least from an anatomical point of view.

One of the central figures in Egyptian mystery school myths is the Eye of Horus. Many feel the eye of Horus is really the third eye, or the pineal gland. There does seem to be a lot of similarities, at least from an anatomical point of view.

The Egyptian connection does not stop there, by any means — in fact some feel the great pyramid of Giza was not only built to stimulate Pineal activity, it was built with the initiation chamber in the shape/ location of the pineal gland.

Many of the mystery schools often coded the information in the form of a pine cone. We can see this prominently in the Vatican as one of the largest statues to nature. It also retains a dominant role on the staff of the Pope. The entwined snakes on Osiris’ staff are reminiscent of the kundalini forces entwining up the spinal cord to end in the pineal gland.

Related: Pine Cone Symbolism

The Pineal Gland develops in the human fetus around 21 days, responding to light and darkness. Even though it is hidden deep inside the brain, it has photoreceptor cells that bear a strong resemblance to the retinal cells of the eyes. In some species, like lamprey (jawless, blood sucking eel-like fish) and tuatara (reptile), the pineal gland has access to the surface of the skin (a foramen opening) and acts as a third eye with photoreception, having cornea, lens and retina. In Humans, the pineal gland helps set up the circadian rhythms. Melatonin is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light. Why would we have an organ buried deep inside our brain that responds to light?

Recent scientific research has shown there are substantial, biological similarities between the retina and the pineal gland. Piezoelectric microcrystals may be transmitting photons that can be picked up by the retina-like tissue in the pineal gland—where they are then sent to the brain and descrambled into visual images. This may be responsible for what we call the “mind’s eye”—such as when we suddenly see a mental image of our friend right before he or she calls us. DNA itself seems to accumulate light and in the process transmit light to other cells as a form of communication. Can we watch this process in our mind’s eye? Clearly, more research is necessary to fully understand how the Pineal Gland actually works, but we already have some intriguing research available.

Even though the pineal gland is geographically in the center of the brain, it does not separate itself from the rest of the body with the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB), which the rest of the brain maintains. The internal portion of the pineal gland contains extremely coherent water, with small crystals that respond to piezoelectric frequencies. In fact, this water is so pure and coherent, it is hard to find this purity anywhere else in nature accept the microtubules in the cell. Rudolf Steiner, a well-known scholar of the esoteric mystery schools, argued that the legend of the Holy Grail—a chalice filled with the “waters of life” or “elixir of immortality”—is yet another symbolic reference to the pineal gland. A recent Steiner compilation entitled The Mysteries of the Holy Grail establishes detailed connections between the Grail legends and the pineal gland. The [Holy] Grail is also located within each of us, in the castle of the skull, and can nourish our subtlest perceptions in a way that dispels all but the most refined material influence.

This response to light has not gone unnoticed by researchers of psychedelic hallucinations. Dr. Rick Strassman, while conducting research on the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT) at the University of New Mexico, advanced the controversial hypothesis that a massive release of DMT from the pineal gland prior to death or near death was the cause of the near death experience (NDE) phenomenon. Several of his test subjects reported NDE-like audio or visual hallucinations. His explanation for this was the possible lack of panic involved in the clinical setting and possible dosage differences between those administered and those encountered in actual NDE cases. Several subjects also reported contact with ‘other beings’, alien-like, insectoid or reptilian in nature, in highly advanced technological environments where the subjects were ‘carried,’ ‘probed,’ ‘tested,’ ‘manipulated,’ ‘dismembered,’ ‘taught,’ ‘loved,’ and even ‘raped’ by these ‘beings’. Basing his reasoning on his belief that all the enzymatic material needed to produce DMT is found in the pineal gland, and moreover in substantially greater concentrations than in any other part of the body, Strassman has speculated that DMT is made in the pineal gland. Currently there is no published reliable scientific evidence supporting this hypothesis and as such, it is merely a hypothesis. DMT and chemically similar substances have been found in many of the botanicals that are used by Shamans around the world to induce euphoric states for them to communicate with the spirit world.

Related: Cannabis & The Pineal Gland : Turn On The Third Eye

The mood altering substance serotonin, which is in the same chemical family of indols as melatonin and DMT, is manufactured in many parts of the body, especially the brain. Nicholas Giarmin, a professor of pharmacology, and Daniel Freedman, a professor of psychiatry, confirmed that the human brain manufactures serotonin at various sites in the brain. For example, in the Thalamus, they discovered 61 nanograms of serotonin per gram of tissue; in the Hippocampus, 56 ng.; in the Central Gray Section of the Midbrain, they found 482 ng. But in the Pineal Gland, they found 3140 ng. of serotonin per gram of tissue. The Pineal Gland was unmistakably the richest site of serotonin in the brain. This discovery implicates the Pineal Gland as an important site of serotonergic [serotonin-forming] activity. This strongly suggests pineal gland function can affect mood. On the other hand, there may be some correlation between pineal gland health and autoimmune issues such as MS.

Clearly, MS is associated with pineal calcification. For example, one study showed 100 percent of individuals with MS who were consecutively admitted to a hospital had pineal calcification compared to only 43 percent for similar-aged controls with other neurological disorders. In addition, groups who have a low MS incidence (e.g., African Americans, Japanese) also have less pineal calcification. Fluoride may affect the enzymatic conversion of tryptophan to melatonin. Fluoride may also affect the synthesis of melatonin precursors (e.g., serotonin), or other pineal products (e.g., 5-methoxytryptamine). The human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Whether or not fluoride interferes with pineal function in humans requires further investigation.

Related: A Fluoride-Free Pineal Gland is More Important than Ever

When you start adding all of this up, where mystery schools, philosophers, major religions, and shamans all point toward the pineal gland being important for spiritual awaking, we can easily see a pattern. When you realize that modern health issues like mood disorders, depression and anxiety, as well as autoimmune issues like MS also point toward the small pineal gland, it triggers ones curiosity.

Pineal Gland – Connection to Spirit and Activation

As mentioned in earlier Blogs, the pineal gland has many interesting and curious connections to spirit. Often called the Third Eye this small endocrine gland, buried deep in the center of the brain, has become the focus of many masters and shamans of the past. It has been claimed to be the ‘principle seat of the soul’, playing a prominent role in the mythology of the Egyptians, Tibet Buddhists, Roman Catholic Church, philosophers, scientists and even the founding fathers of the U.S.A. Some say it is the Holy Grail. The pineal gland has light receptors (similar to our eyes) creating insight into our ‘mind’s eye.’ It appears to have a connection to dreams, hallucinations, near death experiences, abductions and even visions. But what is its connection to spirit or other dimensions?

Related: Sammy Hagar says he’s been abducted by aliens: ‘They were plugged into me’

Being similar to a pinecone in shape (thus its name), the pineal gland is constructed in a three dimensional Fibonaccian spiral (that is close to a Golden Mean spiral). This shape in sacred geometry is considered a portal system onto itself, helping a person transcend dimensions in many mystery schools. A prime example of this is the mystical group called the Sufi. They do a spiral dance to get close to God and the heavens. Inside the pineal gland not only do we find the manufacturing of several ‘mind altering’ hormones such as melatonin, serotonin and possibly the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine (DMT), we find extremely coherent water with piezoelectric crystals. This extremely coherent water, encased in a sacred geometry chamber, has deep interest to us. The piezoelectric quality of this chamber is a great candidate for an event horizon to project us into other dimensions. This could be a connection to many things including: dreams, astral projection, remote viewing, visions and even the connection to higher self, the soul/spirit worlds. Some authorities have gone as far as calling it a Star Gate.

It certainly has the mythos of several religions, but now it appears the science and anatomy confirmation of this is being teased out of the literature. As we have mentioned in other blogs, coherence is a very significant transfer system of information. Coherence is a great storage system, like computer chips, hard drives or even the Mayan Crystal skulls. Psychics, seers and visionaries in many cultures throughout time have used it.

This coherent water in the pineal gland might be the master event horizon, but there are other places in the body that have coherent water. Dr. Stuart Hameroff, Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Arizona, has put forward a theory. He believes the microtubules which are part of the cytoskeleton of cells, can — at least in brain neurons — be the connection between the body and consciousness. Many feel microtubules throughout the body also have this connection. It appears this coherence of water ‘communicates’ at the quantum level to the quantum field. In other blogs we have looked at this quantum field, (or Divine matrix, Noosphere, Source Field and many other names). At the core of these microtubules in the cellar matrix are centrioles, which control mitotic cell division.

Many researchers have contemplated these microtubules as part of a portal system. Most specifically Dr. Carl Calleman in The Purposeful Universe, put forward a thesis that not only are centrioles an important part of this fractal relationship and portal system, they are contemplated heavily in ancient Mayan Myths. He points out that the centrioles are one of the few places in the body that both circles (non-linear) and straight lines (linear) come together. The two centrioles are a 90o to each other, this being significant from both sacred geometry and esoteric lore. This figure shows up as a “T”, a very important symbol to the Maya, as it is how man came into the earth plane. This connection can also be seen in at least one Renaissance painting of the Christ Child. The end of a microtubule has 13 amino acids, which Dr. Calleman says represent the sacred 7 days and 6 nights of the important Mayan week. He goes on further to state that, the number of different amino acids being 20, which completes the calculation of the sacred Tzolkin Calendar of (13 x 20 =) 260 days. Embedded inside the arrangement of the amino acids can also be found the Flower of Life and the Seed of Life, so important to sacred geometry and the teachings of Drunvalo Melchizedek. Dr. Calleman goes on to show how the spiral shape of DNA has a fractal and Halographic relationship with atoms, all the way up to the Universe. A Halo is the organization of the Universe, with this showing up as a spin, creating a Tree of Life relationship. Of course there has to be coherence for all of these parts (Halos) to communicate. The Pineal Gland spiral pine cone shape makes it the master event horizon.

Some have gone on to suggest that this might be the core of teleportation technology in the future. Beam me up, Scotty.

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The sum of underlying evidence points to a strong reason for why people who are interested in spiritual development, lucid dreams, or deeper understanding of the connection to higher self/spirit, may want to activate the pineal gland. This is not a new phenomenon. Mystery schools from the Free Masons to the Egyptians, Shamans and Tibetans and various esoteric groups, such as the Druids, have found rituals and techniques to stimulate the Third Eye, or pineal gland.

Just as the pineal gland appears 21 days after conception, many feel the process of awaking the pineal gland should take a minimum of 21 days. One of the techniques I have found very useful is Alexandra Luppold’s Dolphin Sun Activation Workshop, which takes a little over 21 days. This process goes through a personal clearing, followed by 21 days of guided meditations.

There are many other techniques that have been used, including Tom Keyon’s Pineal Dimensional

Attunement, given to him from the Hathors. There is an interesting and very economical downloadable book, Pineal Gland and Third Eye: How to Develop “Conscious Self” Psychic Abilities [Kindle Edition], by Dr. Jill Ammon-Wexler. It goes through 15 ways to activate the pineal gland. I still feel the 21-day guided meditation technique is the best, but there are many ways to enhance this process.

In some cultures, it has traditionally been considered that a person is not even ready for marriage until their third eye is open. This is to say, they are going into this new relationship with their eyes wide open. An artifact of this practice can be seen in modern day India culture, where a woman will often wear a bindi (a dot or sticker) on her forehead to cover the third eye area. You will also see both males and females in several cultures painting over their third eye as part of sacred ceremonies.

Pineal Gland – What’s going Wrong and How to Fix It

We looked at some of the many connections for this small gland and spiritual development. From being called the ‘principle seat of the soul’ to the ‘Third Eye’, we saw how many mystery schools, religions, cults, philosopher and even politicians have viewed this hidden gland with reverence and even ah. Some have gone as far as calling it a star gate to other dimensions.

It appears that coherence of the crystals and water inside the pineal gland, as well as other places in the body, plays a large role in it function as a portal system to lucid dreaming, psychic events, vision and possible spiritual evolution.

This bring up a few questions

  1. What, if anything is holding us back from this coherence?
  2. How can we activate this coherence?

Holding us Back

There are many things that might keep us from Pineal Gland coherence. Here are three.

  1. General over all poor health.
  2. Lack of (or too much) focus in ones life.
  3. Calcification of the pineal Gland.

General Health

The Pineal Gland is almost like the bubble in a level. If life (physical, emotional, mental or spiritual) is out of level, the bubble is not in the middle and therefore coherence cannot happen. To have the Pineal Gland balanced and coherent, one has to have their life in order. This is not to say that sometimes a person will not have a vision when in poor health, as this sometimes happens. These incidences are not sustained coherence.

Focus

Interestingly, lack of and too much focus seem to cause the same problem with the Pineal Gland. Again, it is all about balance. As suggested in earlier blogs, too much focus can cause health issues like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), also most often having calcification of the Pineal Gland. Coherence cannot happen unless a direction of focus is maintained, but not too fanatically focused on. So the lesson here is almost a soft fuzzy focus in the direction of the intended coherence. It is similar to why a person has a hard time seeing an aura if they look too hard at a person; only perceiving them when they kind of get a fuzzy focus (out of the ‘side of their eyes’) look at a person. Coherence comes with just the right amount of focus, not too much, nor too direct, but just right. It is a feeling, a state of mind, or field, more than pure hard work. It is something that comes with practice — a Zone. Meditation is one of the best things to aid in obtaining that zone of feeling. Two other ways to lighten up ‘too much focus’ are laughter and hugging. Laughter is still one of the best medicines of all, as it creates that soft fuzzy feeling around everything. Hugging can give us strong surges of oxytocin, which bonds us and make us feel good all over. It relaxes the stiffness in a person, breaking down strong boundaries or even barriers. Of course this is another area ripe for Flower Essence.

Calcification of the Pineal Gland

This one of the biggest areas to affects pineal gland function. Let look at some of the causes of calcification of the Pineal Gland. There are several so we will just look at some of the most common ones:

  1. Aging
  2. Fluoride
  3. Aluminum oxide
  4. Inflammation

Aging

Even though, it appears that calcification of the pineal Gland is a natural process of aging. Many are starting to question this. There are many younger people that have more calcification then older people in recent years. Again meditation, yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong, will aid in keeping this area flexible. Visualization, vision seeking, lucid dreams, guided meditation all will help this area. Remember in the last Blog we showed how guided meditation could help activate the Pineal Gland.

Fluoride

There has been lots of research released since Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England in 1997 found that fluoride could cause calcification of the Pineal gland. Animals treated with fluoride not only had lower levels of melatonin as expected, but female animals experienced an early onset of puberty. Due to the interference of melatonin production in the animals in response to the fluoride treatment, the hormonal triggers that are responsible for puberty were disturbed. This is something we are seeing quite commonly in North America young girls these days.

Dr. Luke summarized the findings:

“In conclusion, 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 an 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.”

It is amazing that the medical (and dental) communities are so resistant to connecting the increase of cognitive decline in adults (Alzheimer’s and various dementia’s), and behavioral issues in children (ADD, ADHD, depression and learning disabilities of all kinds) with calcification of the Pineal Gland and fluoridation. There have been over 23 human studies and 100 animal studies linking fluoride to brain damage. It is not new information, as some ofthe first papers were written in the Journal of the American Medical Association in September of 1943.

Still a very high percentage of North American drink fluoridated water and get fluoride treatment to strengthen their teeth. Many feel that the whole fluoridation process was a con, to get rid of large amounts of waste products from both the Aluminum and radiation industries. Be it as it may, taking in Sodium Fluoride seems not only to be detrimental to your health, it may keep you from experiences your higher self.

Interestingly even though Sodium Fluoride seems to be a problem, taking Calcium Fluoride in the form of a tissue salt (Homeopathically 12x) can decrease calcification of soft tissues, including the Pineal Gland. It is also used to make a person more flexible.

The fluoride question goes even deeper though. One of the most common drugs used for depression in the past has been Prozac (Fluoxetine). It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), which has fluoride as a major component of it. Prozac is approved for the treatment of major depression (including pediatric depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder (in both adult and pediatric populations), bulimia nervosa, panic disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

Over the last several years I have had many patients tell me the same thing about Prozac. Yes they were less depressed, but they felt cut off from their spirit, their deeper self. When you hear the same thing said by many unconnected people over several years, it is easy to see a pattern. Looking at the molecule of Prozac, you can see the three green atoms of fluoride. These seem to aid in at least blocking this portal system and most likely calcifying the Pineal Gland. These patients were coming in for something that would help reduce their depression, but still help them maintain the deeper connection with themselves. Fortunately with medicinal mushrooms and Flower Essences we could almost always assist them in going off the SSRI, without having rebound depression and help them feel more connected again.

This of course points firmly again to the fluoride blocking the flow of energy through the Pineal Gland, as well as causing calcification.

Aluminum oxide

There is some evidence that Aluminum oxide can increase calcification of the Pineal Gland. There are many sources of aluminum exposure including aluminum cookware, anti-perspiration cosmetics, and some people even contend Chemtrails. It seems prudent to reduce this exposure as much as possible.

Inflammation

Inflammation in the body, especially inflammatory autoimmune issues such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus appears to increase the rate of calcification of soft tissues in the body. So one possible way to decrease calcification would be by trying to decrease inflammation using supplements. A C-reactive protein blood test can measure your level of inflammation. High levels are considered to be markers for heart disease as well as chronic autoimmune disorders.

Supplements that are considered to be effective against inflammation include Devil’s Claw, Turmeric, Stinging Nettle, Fish Oil, Medicinal Mushroom, Protolithic enzymes, homeopathics and others.

Again it is important to realize that some of these autoimmune diseases are the direct result of living life out of balance. When ever possible, we should try to balance out life, maybe by spending a bit more time in nature or a holiday and meditation. Diet, and D-toxing can be a big equalizer here, by eliminating acid forming foods, dairy, flour and sweets out one life for a while.

Activating the Coherence

We have already looked at things to avoid and a few supplements above that might aid in this process, but what else can be done? In earlier blogs we discussed Guided Meditation like Alexandra Luppold’s Dolphin Sun Activation 21 day Workshop , and Tom Keyon’s Pineal Dimensional Attunement, given to him from the Hathors. But there are other things that seem to aid.

One of the vitamin supplements that seems to aid in this process are the Folates, as in the form of Folic Acid. It is interesting that a fetus has a high need for folates during the period of developing the neural tube and the Pineal Gland after the 21st day. It seems that the minimum is 1 mg daily, but 5 – 40 mg seems even better. This is in the same dosage range we use to reduce restless leg syndrome (often considered a lack of being grounded). The best form to take the folates though is in the form of Metafolin (L-5-MTHF). Metafolin is the natural form of folic acid used at the cellular level for DNA reproduction, the cysteine cycle and the regulation of hom0cysteine among others. The body can directly uses it; instead of the 5 — 8 chemical steps that folic acid has to go through to be useful.

Contrary to some popular opinion, taking Melatonin does not help this process; in fact it appears to reduce it, creating a dependency. I am not talking about the occasional use of melatonin; I am talking about its use on a regular basis. Only use it when having jet lag, or to help readjust circadian rhythms. It still appears that regulating sleep patterns to be closer to natural cycles (not staying up late under synthetic lights and raising with the sun) is the best way to work with circadian rhythm and to aid in your own production of melatonin. Spend time outside in natural sunlight when possible. In the winter we have employed light therapy in the morning (20 – 30 minutes) for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), along with Flower Essences, Saint John’s Wort and medicinal mushrooms.

This is not to say that melatonin is not important. Many people feel it is one of the more important hormones to have activated in the 2012 – 2013 cusp time. In fact some point to the crop circle found almost a year ago on July 23, 2011, at Roundhill, Willshire, England. It appears to have the shape of the same chemical structure as melatonin. Does this mean that there is someone out there, wanting us to focus on melatonin, or its place of manufacture the Pineal Gland?

Related: Top 8 Supplements to Boost Your Pineal Gland Function

Green foods, especially supplements like Chlorella can also be useful here. I suggest 1 – 4 grams daily.

Related: Pineal Gland Activation! Man Opens 3rd Eye With A Magnet

In Conclusion

The following items are things to implement, or take to aid in increasing coherence and activation of the Pineal Gland.

  1. General over all poor health. Keeping in a good general state of health. Eating and living in balance with nature as much as possible.
  2. Lack of (or too much) focus in ones life.
    • Laughter: one of human’s strongest medicines
    • Hugging: to release our own Oxytocin
    • Flower essence, Medicinal Mushroom; to balance out focus and used in many of the other area of activation.
  3. Calcification of the pineal Gland. Reduce with implementing the following protocols when appropriate.
  4. Aging
    • Meditation, yoga, Tai chi, Qi Gong, will aid in keeping this area flexible
  5. Fluoride
    • Calcium Fluoride in the form of a tissue salt (Homeopathically 12x)
    • Reduce use of fluorinated water, or drugs that contain fluoride.
  6. Aluminum oxide: reduce exposure.
  7. Inflammation: reduce when possible.
    • Devil’s Claw, Turmeric, Stinging Nettle, Fish Oil, Medicinal Mushroom, Protolithic enzymes and others
    • Balancing out ones life by spending more time in nature, Detoxing and eating better.
  8. Directed Meditation or other forms of Pineal Activation
  9. Folates: Metafolin (L-5-MTHF) or folic acid 1 – 40 mg daily
  10. Reduce melatonin and replace with the following when appropriate.
    • Spending time in Sunlight. Readjust ones life closer to the sun cycles.
    • Saint John’s wort
    • Light therapy
    • Chlorella

 

Third Eye - Pineal Gland


METAtonin Research

The Pineal Gland and the Chemistry of Consciousness

One of the Greatest Treasures of Humanity lies deftly hidden in the heart of the Human Brain. The Treasure is not Material. It is a Gateway - a gateway leading to our deepest origins that is activated when the pineal gland secretes a hormone similar to melatonin. We call this secretion METAtonin, a similar but Higher Octave of melatonin. The chemically active ingredient in METAtonin is known as DMT.

METAtonin is a close cousin of melatonin.  Melatonin is a secretion of the pineal gland that  encourages our consciousness to enter the sleeping state. METAtonin is from the same chemical family as melatonin; it is produced by the same gland and it also affects consciousness, but in a more pronounced way. The METAtonin messenger 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 body consciousness while remaining aware. The main psychoactive ingredient in METAtonin is chemically known as DiMethylTryptamine or DMT.

Consciousness and the Pineal Gland

The pineal gland has always held an elevated status in the records of most ancient cultures. Today it is credited with its ability to secrete melatonin and regulate our circadian cycles, but where is there mention of it being “the third eye” or “the window of the soul”? Recent scientific discoveries have begun to reveal just how significant the pineal gland really is. Each family of glands in the endocrine system secrete hormones that stimulate certain aspects of bodily function: reproduction, metabolism, growth, etc. The pineal gland secretes hormones that modulate the state of consciousness. The hormone that stabilizes waking consciousness is serotonin – which is produced by several organs and glands in the body, including the pineal gland. The pineal gland also stores a high concentration of serotonin and converts it to melatonin, the hormone that stabilizes our sleeping state, during the night. Using a similar conversion process, the pineal gland can also produce a more complex form of melatonin which we call METAtonin, a higher octave of melatonin. Melatonin puts waking self-consciousness to sleep while the body continues to function, rest and repair; METAtonin goes one step further by allowing waking self-consciousness to remain awake but free from its connection to the resting physical body. Melatonin functions on a daily basis, METAtonin is rarely, if ever, produced. Melatonin is easy to detect in the blood; METAtonin is not, for there is a scavenger in the blood that readily destroys it. METAtonin is elusive, yet very powerful and it plays a role in activating one of our many hidden human potentials.

It has long been suspected that the pineal gland secretes some type of neurochemical messenger and several noted authors have suspected that it is  DMT based. Recently several scientific discoveries have verified this suspicion. It has been proven that the human pineal gland has a cellular structure and the essential DNA sequence required for the production of  DMT. Furthermore it has been proven by the Cottonwood Research Foundation of New Mexico that the pineal gland of rodents does indeed produce endogenous DMT: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pineal-DMT.pdf, or visit section 3. Rodents and humans have a very similar cellular structure and that is why they are used for endocrine research. It may be a while before it is verified that elusive METAtonin, endogenous DMT, is produced by the human pineal gland, for it is difficult to obtain samples of hormones produced in the center of the brain, and furthermore, in the course of our normal daily lives there is rarely a need for the pineal gland to produce this extraordinary consciousness enhancer. The challenge that researchers face is that they  must obtain samples of cerebral spinal fluid from the center of the brain during an extraordinary moment.

Pineal secreted METAtonin allows us to experience a dimension of human consciousness above the normal or default level of awareness.  The first dimension of consciousness, pure unfettered self-consciousness, was experienced in the womb from about the 49th day of gestation until  birth. Upon birth, our self-consciousness is suddenly thrown  into the physical world of the additional dimensions of space and time.  In this new dimension of consciousness, one is gifted with a toolbox of the 5 physical senses, the flow of time and the awareness of being a separate body. As we grow, we become accustomed to the parameters of this body and also develop the instinctive bodyguard awareness of the ego. By the time we are 7 years old our self-ego-body default consciousness is well formed and it becomes our basic mode of existence and binding force of our human physical existence until we die and again return to the unfettered state of consciousness or Consciousness Beyond Life, that is, beyond human life.

However there is the option of an additional dimension of human consciousness that can be experienced during a lifetime, when, under the influence of METAtonin, the brain circuitry is so modified that self-consciousness is able to separate from ego/body consciousness, and travel in the many levels of consciousness that exist in parallel to the physical world including the world of dreams, archetypes, psychological imagery, spiritual realities and parallel planes of consciousness.  The pathway to this enhanced level of consciousness is available to all humans; it is hard-wired into our brain architecture, like a homing circuit, although it is rarely activated. Those of us who pursue creative/spiritual lifestyles may sometimes experience or temporarily access this enhanced perspective: it being a main source of inner inspiration, creation and illumination.  This dimension of illumination is accessed by special stimulation of the pineal gland which then formulates the secretion, METAtonin, whose main active ingredient, DMT allows one to enter this additional dimension of human consciousness or OBC, Out-of-Body Consciousness.  An event of this nature rarely occurs in the course of a lifetime - maybe only once, but when it does, it is not forgotten and in many cases it results in the development of a whole new perspective and direction in life.

The potential for internally produced DMT-based METAtonin 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” from which the word epiphany is derived . The pineal gland is also referred to as the “third eye” in many religions and cultures including the Egyptian, Buddhist, Druidic, Hindu, Hasidic, Ancient Greek, Islamic, Taoist, Zoroastrian,  Sufi, Mayan, Tibetan and Aboriginal cultures to mention a few: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_eye.  METAtonin 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; another is the NDE or Near Death Experience. The pineal gland is so named due to its similarity in shape to the pinecone, a symbol that is used in many religious themes including the giant pine cone statue at the Vatican, originally from Egypt, and the pine cone at the top of the pope's staff and the cone atop Buddha's head.

DMT - the consciousness escape hatch

The actual process of METAtonin production takes place when the pineal gland internally secrets an enzyme called methyltransferase (INMT) that catalyzes two methyl groups to combine with a serotonin molecule, thus resulting in  endogenous DMT or METAtonin. Recent research is verifying the presence of this enzyme in the human pineal as well as the presence of the gene associated with its production. When needed, the pineal gland can produce a surge of METAtonin that is immediately delivered to the central brain via the cerebral spinal fluid and possibly the blood if the heart is functioning at that time .  Endogenous or internally secreted DMT is also produced by other organs such as the lungs, the largest producer, the retina, the thyroid gland and many other body tissues in varying amounts. In normal situations, endogenous DMT produced by these organs enters the blood stream where it is quickly destroyed by MAO (MonoAmineOxidase) a  blood-borne tryptamine scavenger. Therefore, due to the presence MAO, METAtonin produced near the center of the brain cannot be accurately detected by sampling  the blood stream.

Endogenous DMT in the blood, even in small amounts can have a subtle debilitating effect on one’s normal state of consciousness and mental equilibrium, for this reason MAO continually scours the blood and destroys any trace amounts of endogenous DMT. When activated, the pineal gland produces a surge of METAtonin that is quickly absorbed by the central brain before MAO can destroy it; 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 distinctly separated states of free-floating self-consciousness and auto pilot body maintenance consciousness. This leap can sometimes induce a great deal of psychological turmoil, particularly if the subject is not prepared for the experience and naturally tries to resist it - which happens quite often. 

Inhibitory function of MAO may be exercised at diminished levels (thus raising the default level of METAtonin) during adolescence and even to a more diminished degree during gestation when METAtonin may play an important role in the introduction of consciousness to the evolving embryonic brain.

METAtonin and the creation of neural pathways

The three-pound human brain consumes 1/5th of the total electrical power produced by the body or about 25 watts/hour. There is no doubt that the brain is obviously a computer-like bioelectrical organ, but a closer look at the 85 billion neutrons that comprise the circuitry of the brain will reveal that the surface skin of each neuron is made up of thousands of "taste buds" or receptors. When these receptors are stimulated, they alter the actual circuitry of the neuron. In a sense, the neurons provide the electrical framework of the brain, but it is neurohormones that establish and modify the actual operating systems, that is, neurons and glial cells comprise the hardware of the brain and neurochemicals are the software.


Receptors on Neurons

Like its sisters, METAtonin molecules lock into the receptors of a discrete family of neurons in the brain (5-HT2A receptors). When these Sigma-1 neuron receptors of the METAtonin-sensitive family are stimulated, they temporarily create a new neuron pathway in the brain architecture, a new consciousness feedback loop, much like an alternative operating system in a computer.

In addition, DMT  stimulates TAARs (trace amine associated receptors) that are also known to accelerate synaptic activity. This temporary alteration results in a highly clarified and heightened self-directed consciousness that is temporarily separated from its usual assignment: that of being the ego caretaker of the body.

When it receives the appropriate signal from another area of the brain, the pineal gland can produce a surge of METAtonin that will saturate the cerebral spinal fluid in 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 ventricle through which cerebral spinal fluid flows throughout the brain and, in particular, which surrounds its nearest neighbor, the thalamus, which is the central juncture for all incoming and outgoing cranial signals.  Suddenly the body enters an autonomous state much like auto-pilot, and self-consciousness is allowed to exit the confines of the brain/body circuitry via the METAtonin pathway. Thus, one is entering Out-of-Body Consciousness. 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. This erasure is easily accomplished because experiences that have no cultural memory tag or linguistic anchor are easily erased. METAtonin may function on a subtler level also, at a diminished and steady level, a basal level, during gestation.

Sleep Paralysis and the hypnagogic state

When an unprepared person first encounters the state of free-floating consciousness brought on by a METAtonin release, the initial effect may seem like total body paralysis, since self-consciousness has been relieved of its association with, and control of, the body. One of the most common forms of this paralysis is sleep paralysis which is encountered at the borders of sleep.  Clinically, if one experiences sleep paralysis upon waking, this is known as "hypnopompic" sleep paralysis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_paralysis). If the sensation is felt when entering a sleep state, then it is called a "hypnagogic" event. 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, and responsibility for, the body and is now able to travel anywhere consciousness determines, just by using the vector of thought. Sleep paralysis is not the only precursor to a pineal-activated METAtonin OBE epiphany. Sometimes the slightest gesture or touch can trigger it, that is, when one is at a trigger point. This is usually the case when one is experiencing  a great deal of emotional stress or anticipation in which case it takes a very slight signal to trigger the event. Many a devotee has been tapped on the forehead by a guru to be sent on a kundalini ascension.  The devotee assumes that the guru created the experience when actually the event came through the devotee's own pineal gland  and the guru saw that it was the right time to deliver the catalyst. Don't let Sleep Paralysis scare you - it may be a blessing misunderstood.

Nor is the unfolding of an Out-of-Body experience always instantaneous, this transition can s be more gradual, even controlled: one can slowly make the transition with precisely-tuned visual or auditory stimulation. Since the 1980’s experimenters have been developing “brainwave entrainment”  audio, visual, trans-crainial voltage, magnetic  and virtual reality technologies to elicit a hypnogogic state of mind and great progress has been made. http://www.brainwavecollege.com/. YouTube has hundreds of audio and audio/visual websites. In many major metropolitan areas  Ajna light www.ajnalight.com or Lucialight http://www.lucialightexperience.com/  services are now available. These devices use specifically calibrated light flashes to enhance consciousness and create visual imagery. The history of this technology is discussed by the originator of  Ajna light technology, Guy Harriman on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sKH8kN9gXA&t=1252s  There are several virtual reality devices in development now as well.

The inventor Thomas Edison was known to access the hypnogogic state when seeking answers to technical problems. He would sit in a chair with two large steel balls in his hands; after posing a question he would close his eyes and enter a sleeping state. As he reached the edge of sleep, he would drop the balls, suddenly awaken, and, in many cases, his answer would be in mind. Also, there is the practice of yoga nidra which is focused on a deep relaxation exercise that develops in a into a conscious hypnogogic state: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/5-benefits-of-yoga-nidra

The Grip of the Ego

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 a separation of the two is not an easily accomplished task. Our ego does its best to discourage any such separation, and it will usually muster 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 vanity fair 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. Martin Ball Ph.D. does a very good job of describing this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfyGc9-jkaM.

However, there are certain circumstances that can instigate a METAtonin cascade. At the onset of a natural METAtonin event, one may have to pass through a curtain of ego-induced fear that may be accompanied by the additional sensation of body paralysis or sometimes dread. Preceding the sensation 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, this is an understandable emotional misinterpretation - but actually, one is being released. The body is being suspended and protected in an auto-pilot mode 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 and, as a projectile, can end up landing almost anywhere. Pineal-based eogndenous DMT experiences may tend to be less chaotic, more gentle, personal and more memorable.

It is important to make a distinction here: when one uses an outside source of chemical stimulation to change the state of consciousness, one is entering a state of altered consciousness; when one is experiencing a higher state of consciousness that is stimulated by a natural, internal, endogenous hormone, one has entered  state of enhanced consciousness; a state of consciousness that is an integral facet of human experience, one that quite possibly be experienced during a lifetime and one that we most certainly will experience at the time of death.

METAtonin as a gateway to transcendent reality

It is believed that METAtonin is found at high concentrations in the blood of children during gestation, at birth and up to the age of three or more. The theory is that METAtonin plays role in the gradual introduction consciousness to the embryonic brain, this is supported by the fact that the human placenta is found to have high concentrations of the INMT, the enzyme required to convert the amino acid tryptamine into METAtonin.  After being born the METAtonin levels gradually decrease as the infant ego/body consciousness evolves. In reverse role, as the body deteriorates when approaching death, and particularly at the moment of death, METAtonin eases the return of consciousness to its original source. 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 METAtonin (DMT) at elevated levels (www.rickstrassman.com). Dr. Strassman noted that many of these subjects described experiences similar to the descriptions of  the near death experiences that have been reported by both Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying: www.near-death.com/experiences/experts02.html) and Dutch cardiologist Dr. Pim Van Lommel in his book: Consciousness Beyond Life, and concluded that NDEs were most likely a result of endogenous DMT.

Dr. Van Lommel also suspects that pineal-secreted DMT, METAtonin, is responsible for facilitating this dual transition. It has been verified that the level of endogenous DMT is elevated in newborns but elevated levels have not yet been verified for gestation and early adolescence; nor has it been established to be present in the central brain at the moment of death.   However research  at the University of Michigan Health Department by Dr. Jimo Borjigin and Dr. George Mashour has revealed that 30 seconds past the cessation of blood flow to the brain of a rodent there occurs "a widespread, transient surge of highly synchronized brain activity that features electrical signatures of consciousness exceeding levels found in the normal waking state, suggesting that the mammalian brain is capable of well-organized electrical activity during the early stage of clinical death". Visit: : http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201308/electrical-signatures-consciousness-dying-brain. It may be that a component of this final surge may be the stimulation of the pineal to produce endogenous DMT, thus escorting consciousness from the body.  DMT is  also a necessary neuro hormone for proper brain function and is welcome to pass into the brain via the blood-brain barrier. Hungarian researcher Dr. Ede Frecska, further posits that endogenous DMT also has a physiological role in that it helps extend the life of the brain during periods of oxygen deprivation. He notes that both the brain and lungs store reserve DMT in small vesicles, and that the lungs with their prodigious production of DMT, METAtonin, are more capable of flooding the brain with DMT than the pineal gland. Visit: https://grahamhancock.com/frecksae4/. In fact, it may be discovered that endogenous surges of DMT may be the result of an orchestrated conjunction of lung, brain and pineal functions.

METAtonin may also be released at other times during a lifetime to create an epiphany, either spontaneously or by design. The experience sparked by a METAtonin 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, thus, OBC, Out-of-Body Consciousness. 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 METAtonin 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. METAtonin induced experiences are generally short-lived, but they can have a very lasting, life-altering effect. Furthermore, if the METAtonin 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".

Epiphanies can be life changing

DMT or METAtonin 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, METAtonin 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 unlike 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. Terrance Mckenna gives a good description: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9WPoRB0-uM.

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. For those who seek information on proper preparation and consumption of DMT-based entheogens, consult:
https://www.dmt-nexus.me/forum/, The Entheogenic University. Enthogen: from the Greek: "becoming divine within", a chemical substance, typically of plant origin, that is ingested to produce a nonordinary state of consciousness for religious or spiritual purpose.

Shaping the METAtonin experience

In most cases, the intensity of a METAtonin/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 frame of mind experienced with some form of meditation, the traveler may be rewarded with a more meaningful destination; see the "Setting and Mindset" section.

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 METAtonin experience or Shakti kundalini, 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 METAtonin 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.  According to Dr. Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, 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 electron microscope (see Jeremy Nearby’s book).  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.

Indeed, many cultures have developed rituals of ascendent vision using DMT-based brews and snuffs derived from plant and animal tissues, but where did they get the inspiration for using these recipes?  Most likely the original source was pineal gland inspired epiphany.  Few  members of any culture experience METAtonin, endogenous DMT, experiences; even fewer now that flouridation has become so prevalent, but the few that have were able to have this experience have been led to the proper sources of spirit molecule in the natural world around them.

METAtonin and early childhood

The things that young children sometimes say contain gems of wisdom that show that they have a profound awareness and connection with Higher Intelligence. That is because our METAtonin levels are very high at this very early and wondrous age. So, too, is the size of the pineal gland which is enlarged and steadily decreases until puberty. 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 of lost childhood  in their works such as the Magical Child series by Joseph Chilton Pearce and the works of William Blake to mention a few.

The pineal gland begins to function in the developing human fetus around the 49th day after conception, and, 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 crainal pharyngeal canal connecting the back of the throat to the pituitary/hypothalamus/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" or amrita 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?

It is quite likely that most of us have had endogenous DMT experiences before the age of 3, though this period of life grows more and more difficult to remember as we mature.  Subjective experiences that stem from the unconscious, like dreams, are quickly reabsorbed into the unconscious unless a determined effort is made to remember them. It could be the same with pineal gland METAtonin activated events, these are usually unexpected and are difficult to describe, we have no common vernacular to describe these events which makes it difficult for us to anchor them into our memory. This could be even  more difficult when we are very young and are still in are process of developing our language skills. One of the main purposes of this article is to familiarize us with one of our hidden gifts by giving it a name and a logical framework, with this in place it makes it easier for us to recognize hyper-consciousness experiences of our personal past and the experiences of others that we may have heard of.

However, one distinction that should be made, as pointed out by Eban Alexander in his book, The Map of Heaven, is that when one experiences an NDE or OBE, the experience is not a dream-like phenomenon, it is a fully conscious. fully aware grippingly real  experience. True NDEs or OBEs are usually hard to forget, because they are consciously realer than real  as has  been reported many an OBE testimony. This may be because  we humans may live in an unrecognized state of constant but subtle home-sickness, but don't recognize this  until we've experienced our true home.

Incidence of METAtonin events

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, these numbers may be decreasing, though, due to the widespread use of fluoride in public water systems. 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 "remote viewing", www.learnremoteviewing.com offers a systematic course on how most any serious student can attain a disciplined Out of Body 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). None of the aforementioned organizations recognize the role of the pineal gland as the instigator of an OBConsciousness, they are more  interested in the development, reportage, statistics and results of this phenomenon  than in its possible origin.

The Science of Out-of-Body Consciousness

Presently, the scientific community is in the early stages of recognizing the OBC phenomenon.  Pineal METAtonin-induced Out-of-Body-Consciousness 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. However, are these events real? and how is  "real" defined? 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 at a distance from the body?  Perhaps there are several types of OBConsciousness, some being veridical (verifiably real) and some being hallucinatory. British author Anthony Peake has written several books on this subject and in his recent book, The Out of Body Experience he takes a very serious look at the validity of OBExperiences and comes to the conclusion that OBConsciousness does not actually take place out of the body but most likely take place within the realm of the brain itself or in a holographic personal parallel reality which he describes as an "intrasomatic" experience (experienced from within). This is the same conclusion that researchers Andra Smith and Claude Messier of the University of Ottowa department of neuroscience arrived at using fMRI imaging technology, see: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00070/full. They scanned the brain of a subject who claimed to be able to effect an OBE at will and observed the brain activity changes after the subject had entered an OBE state. They conclude that the OBE is alteration of the brain's somatosensory (body placement) circuitry that creates the illusion of being displaced from the body.  Another possibility is that consciousness is actually displaced (for example 8 feet above the body) and it uses its access to memory information to create a virtual image of the reality that it should be seeing (it creates an accurate image of the room and body below). This is not a hallucination but a virtual orientation platform that enables consciousness to gauge its placement in space – and it may not be 100% accurate.    However, since consciousness cannot be measured or detected in any way, all of these theories may be premature.

Peake suggests that the body, particularly every cell in the body, is a repository for information that OBConsciousness can access. His theory is that DNA molecules within cells intercommuicate to create a holographic cloud of information that is accessed via micro Einstein-Rosen wormholes in cellular tubulin that allows OBConsciousness to access distant parts of the universe and parallel realities.  Furthermore,  this cloud may also resonate with the planetary morphogenetic field via "morphic resonance" as described by Rupert Sheldrake in his books, A New Science of Life and, recently Science Set Free. The morphogenetic field is a repository of the DNA templates that resonate with each species and that evolve as each species evolves.  Another force field or matrix that is thought to pervade space is the elemental DNA template that encourages microscopic particles in a vacuum in zero gravity to automatically align themselves into a double helix formation. First discovered by Dr. Ignacio Pachecco  (see: http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread600818/pg1)  and further investigated by Professor Greg Morfill of the Max Planck Institute. In his experiment nonorganic dust, when held in the form of a plasma in zero gravity, automatically formed into helical structures similar to DNA, see: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/login.jsp?tp=&arnumber=1308529&url=http%3A%2F%2Fieeexplore.ieee.org%2Fxpls%2Fabs_all.jsp%3Farnumber=1308529. In another way this an indication of the "implicate" order which was detected  in the collective interaction of electrons in a plasma state by David Bohm which led him to propose his holographic theory. It appears that space may be programmed to encourage the formation of the DNA double helix template of  life. Robert Lanza in his book Biocentrism comes to the same conclusion, but by a different process. This  biocentric universal life template pervades the universe and is a prime example of counterentropic forces at work.  The universe maintains an existential balance between entropic and counterentropic forces, and while a great deal of effort has been expended the in understanding entropy, research into counterentropy has just begun. Section 5 of this paper discusses this matter further.

This connection between collective DNA and consciousness 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 holistic approach and have come up with some surprising results:
(http://www.scribd.cometwww.rexresearch.com/gajarev/gajarev.htm).

The human genome project was a massive undertaking, it was essentially an examination and tabulation of the 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 other 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 may prove to be the origin of basic human speech patterns (which was theorized by Noam Chomsky as early as the late 1950s). 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 (documented by Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp) 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, coherent light stimulated DNA creates a magnetic disturbance in the space it occupies. If the DNA is removed from a specific location, the magnetic disturbance field that it had previously defined 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  vibratory energy of DNA may also intermingle with small amounts of "dark energy" and provide a segue to parallel realities. Adherents of Out-of-Body Consciousness claim that the METAtonin-activated neural consciousness circuit is able to access parallel realities via the biophotonic cloud of information created by the cumulative presence and intercommunication of the 70 trillion DNA molecules in our body. Visit: http:// www.emergentmind.org/gariaev06.htm ,
http://www.fractal.org/Life-Science-Technology/Peter-Gariaev.htm
http://www.scribd.com/doc/47283165/DNA-Decipher-Journal-Inaugural-Issue-Is-Published,  and http://www.scribd.com/doc/31618631/DNA-Monthly-Vol-5-No-7

2014 and update of this 20 year old controversial theory of consciousness was recently published in the  Physics of Life Reviews. It claims that consciousness derives from  a deeper level, a finer scale of  activities within the brain neurons (and perhaps the astrocytes) Read more at:http://www.kurzweilai.net/discovery-of-quantum-vibrations-in-microtubules-inside-brain-neurons-corroborates-controversial-20-year-old-theory-of-consciousness . It may also prove that tubulin is not the repository of consciousness but that it provides the link  between the field of consciousness and waking perception. What happens to consciousness when we are sleeping or are under anesthesia? Does consciousness cease or is the connection to it temporarily disabled? Quite possibly once the flame of consciousness is ignited during gestation, it continues to resonate until we die and thence the flame returns to it's original source. Tubulin may prove to be necessary for waking consciousness to function, acting as a segue, not the source.  Further investigations are discussed by Anthony Peake in his sixth and latest book , The Infinite Mindfield ,  http://www.amazon.com/Infinite-Mindfield-Gateway-Higher-Consciousness/dp/178028571X/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1365591111&amp;sr=1-7&amp;keywords=Anthony+Peak which includes discoveries regarding entheogens, neurobiophotonic networks, and the Zero Point Field.


Microtubules in Cells  

Both of the above discussions touch on the subject of intracellular communication via DNA-radiated biophotonic coherent light. Recently Project ENCODE http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/09/junk_no_more_en_1064001.html has determined that" junk" DNA actually contains the genome's hidden control circuitry. DNA is capable of performing thousands of different tasks, yet in the matrix of the body the DNA in each specific cell performs a discrete task. What informs the DNA as to it's specific function? How do 70 trillion DNA molecules communicate with each other? It seems that biophotonic light is the medium and if that is so, how is it transferred throughout the body? The answer to that question may be the  Bonghan duct network, a threadlike tissue  that permeates the body, envelopes every organ and even enters the lymphatic and blood vessels. These ducts can transfer DNA granules and may conduct coherent light signals. The distribution  of these ducts seems to mirror the classic acupuncture meridians. See: http://howthebodyreallyworks.com/p=167 and: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15898080.

The Pineal Gland and the Emergence of Consciousness

Drs. Anne Moir and David Jessel  in their book Brain Sex suggest that the evolution of a human male from a female human embryo is a carefully orchestrated program of testosterone exposure during critical periods of embryonic development. If this program is interrupted due to irregularities in the embryo or the mother or exposure to endocrine inhibitors such a bisphenol, the resulting child may end up being sexually conflicted. In the same way the pineal gland may usher consciousness into the embryo in a series of discrete stages during gestation.  It is theorized that a property of consciousness  is that it may be linked to the dark energy/holographic reality. The pineal gland with its brain sand/METAtonin connection to this realm and its arrival in the brain on the 49th day of gestation (it being the first endocrine  gland to appear) seems to make it a prime candidate for being the usher of consciousness.  Consciousness references itself to sensory input and at first there is very little sensation, but as the embryo develops and sensory portals develop, consciousness gains new territory in which to expand with the aid of the pineal gland basal DMT/brain sand phenomenon as mentioned earlier.

An excellent novel that describes the evolutionary stages of consciousness from its simplest to its most profound level is The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Covino. In this gradual process the pineal gland provides the pathway and template for consciousness expansion. Consciousness itself does not reside in the pineal, it most likely reverberates in the cellular tubulin of various regions in the brain, particularly the thalamus, the claustrum and the prefrontal  lobe as Hammerhoff suggests. Furthermore, just as irregular exposure to  testosterone can result in a child of confused sexuality, so can an interruption of the pineal process during gestation create a person of irregular consciousness, usually resulting in a form hyper or hypo sensitivity such a schizophrenia or autism, as Andrea Axt suggests further on in this work. This process of consciousness growth may occur in all sentient beings to different degrees with the highest level being self awareness. Self awareness is determined by the "mirror test" developed by Dr. Gordon Gallup Jr. and animals that have passed it are elephants, cetaceans, apes. and magpies, see: http://www.animalcognition.org/2015/04/15/list-of-animals-that-have-passed-the-mirror-test/, as well as humans.

The pineal gland at the seat of consciousness

A good understanding of the pineal gland’s placement in the brain will reveal its central location at the crossroads of consciousness. The drawing below is a view of the pineal gland from the side (from Gray’s Anatomy plate 715):

The pineal gland can be seen resting on top of the midbrain tucked in the fold between the two lobes at the rear of the thalamus. The thalamus and the pineal gland are surrounded by cerebral spinal fluid. The next view is the pineal gland as seen looking upwards from below (from Gray’s Anatomy plate 716):

The pineal gland is the round circle in the center nesting between the two lobes of the thalamus. All the cavities in this area of the brain are filled with cerebral spinal fluid and are known collectively as the third ventricle.

In his previously mentioned book, Dr. Pim Van Lommel states that several areas of the brain must be functioning in order for waking consciousness to occur: the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the cortex, the hippocampus, the brain stem and the thalamus. The thalamus which consists of two brazil nut-sized lobes is of essential importance because it is the messenger hub of the brain. All incoming stimuli from the body, the eyes, and the ears are processed and distributed to the cortex while, simultaneously, all messages sent from the cortex destined to be distributed throughout the body are also being processed. The thalamus is the command center of the brain. It is also known to regulate the level of awareness and is suspected to be the seat of consciousness working in conjunction with the cortex. If the thalamus is compromised to any degree, the patient becomes comatose and if the thalamus remains inoperable, the patient will never return to a wakened state. The Science News 2013 special article on consciousness details conditions in the brain that result in the disruption of consciousness, quote:  “Not only is the thalamus itself compromised, but also its connections — white-matter tracts that carry nerve signals — which seem to be dysfunctional in people who aren’t fully conscious, researchers reported last year in NeuroImage. “I can’t help but think there’s something fundamental about the functional circuitry,” says neuroscientist David Edelman of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. “There’s a fundamental loop between … the thalamus and the cortex. If those connections are cut or if you’ve damaged them, that individual will not be aware by any measure, forever.” It is quite possible that consciousness resides in this loop between the cortex and the thalamus and may somehow resonate with NPR (non-measurable physical reality, aka dark matter/energy) via DNA (Van Lommel, Narby, Garjajev) or microtubular (Hammerhoff & Penrose) resonance. Recent research also points to the claustrum nerve complex in the brain to be the "orchestra conductor" of consciousness - a theory proposed by Francis Crick shortly before his death as well as the insula cortex, see: http://yaledailynews.com/blog/2014/09/09/research-suggests-new-consciousness-hub/ and www.scientificamerican.com/article/neuronal-superhub-might-generate-consciousness/. Another factor that may contribute to consciousness is the presence of spindle neurons - which are only found in humans, large apes, elephants and cetaceans, see: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brain-cells-for-socializing-133855450/?no-ist For an excellent series of interviews with experts in this field visit:http://www.closertotruth.com/topics/consciousness/consciousness

Claustrum: The Interneuron Tree of Consciousness Connectivity rooted in the Thalamus
Since consciousness has no local signature, it may resonate in the collective heart-brain field. This concept is gaining ground due to recent research conducted by the Heart-Math Institute: https://www.heartmath.org/research/science-of-the-heart/
and the Resonance Academy; http://holofractal.net/2013/05/30/the-singularity-of-the-heart/.

Van Lommel's Paradox

By comparing the descriptions and statistics of several hundred near death experiences in Dr. Pim Van Lommel’s book with the reports from subjects in Dr. Rick Strassman’s book and other sources, it becomes quite evident that the entheogen responsible for the Near Death Experience is DMT. Research has also begun to verify that the pineal gland is the most likely source of endogenous DMT or METAtonin, in the brain, and, not surprisingly, the pineal gland neighbors the thalamus which is most likely the orchestrator of consciousness. Now that we’ve isolated the principal players it is time to investigate the method of hormone delivery. The pineal gland secretes both melatonin and METAtonin, both modify the state of consciousness and the two most likely mediums for delivery of these hormones to the thalamus are blood flow and the cerebral spinal fluid. It is quite possible that the melatonin is transferred by blood flow. The pineal gland exhibits profuse blood flow characteristics; these two organs neighbor each other and the melatonin transfer occurs at a gradual pace, furthermore, there is no melatonin scavenger in the blood as there is in the case of METAtonin (monoamine oxidase -MAO).  The blood may be an excellent carrier for melatonin,  but for certain reasons, the blood may not be the most likely candidate for delivering METAtonin to the thalamus.

Dr. Pim Van Lommel,  NDE Research                                                                                

When it comes to near-death out-of-body consciousness, the situation is different. Dr. Van Lommel noted that all of the surgery patients who experienced vivid and accurate near-death experiences reported these incidents beginning at a point in time during surgery when the patient was undergoing a cardiac arrest.  That is, the out-of-body events were experienced when blood flow in the brain had ceased. When an NDE occurs at this time, the only possible medium of exchange between the pineal gland (the source of endogenous DMT) and the thalamus, the seat of consciousness, could only be the cerebral spinal fluid. These two glands are adjacent and possibly touch each other; the endogenous DMT must permeate from one gland to the other almost instantaneously, for there is a narrow window of time. According to Van Lommel, the brain doesn’t react to the interruption of blood flow until the first 6.5 seconds has elapsed and most cardiac arrest patients are usually resuscitated within 20 to 37 seconds of the initial arrest. If the patients are revived within 37 seconds, the EEG returns to normal although the patient remains unconscious. If there is an NDE incident, it is reported much later upon waking and verified with the surgery room record.  In most cases, it has been verified that the NDE initially occurs when the brain is flat-lined and blood flow is non-existent. Thus we have Van Lommel’s paradox: how can the brain be considered the vehicle for out-of-body consciousness during an NDE when the brain appears to be completely shut down during the incident? Is the memory of the incident witnessed then stored somewhere else and then downloaded into the brain when functionality returns as Goswami suggests or is METAtonin delivered to the thalamus via the third ventricle cerebral spinal fluid all the way to the Foramen of Monro thus immediately saturating the thalamus and modifying the state of consciousness in preparation for transition? Though the brain may be flatlined, the pineal and thalamus glands may be designed to function for an extended period after blood flow ceases and it is during this period that the Out of Body Consciousness is initiated. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avyUsPgIuQ0

Robert A. Monroe founder of the Monroe Institute

Monroe described the locales of the OBE as follows:

Locale I – are local ecsomatic experiences where one travels about the physical plane not too far from the body which can be seen below (bi-location) and observes the environment usually from above. Most mild NDE (Near Death) experiences and most ecsomatic experiences launched from a waking state, such as a METAtonin episode, tend to hover near the body and the general surroundings.  Most likely, the secondary visual platform is being used to translate visual information scanned from the physical plane memories and used to create a virtual image of the surroundings, if one actually tries to touch an object during an OBE, they may be surprised. The image of the body has been placed where the body is in relation to disembodied consciousness, but disembodied consciousness may not be able to interact with  physical reality.

Locale II – would be viewed as the “dream world” environment, a fantasy world peopled with archetypal characters as well as persons known to the traveler. It is possible to interact with these astral beings and to be guided or misled by them. All the while, one is in a lucid, seemingly fully conscious, self-knowing and self-directed state, that is, the lucid dream state. In this state, one can become aware of their second (astral) body also known as the subtle body or etheric double. Some of the more powerful NDE and DMT induced episodes lead to this locale. One can manipulate the environmental parameters with the power of thought since the environment in Local II is a product of one’s own personal psyche.

Locale III – while Locale II is primarily generated by the subject’s personal memory, Locale III environments are actual parallel dimensions that have their own discrete unchangeable definition. One is a visitor here; one can travel about at will, but cannot change the definition of the environment and in many cases must make many return visits to learn how to navigate themselves to preferred destinations.  South American shamans, ayahuasceros and tabaqueros (who use highly concentrated amazonian tobacco) must receive extensive life-long training and guidance to learn how to navigate the realm of natural primal archetypal levels in order to obtain information on specific herbal healing combinations. Entheonauts who smoke synthetic DMT sometimes end up in parallel intelligent realms – extensive futuristic geometric cities peopled by alien beings who have highly advanced technology and who are eager to communicate with us. (This is one interpretation of Locale III)

Those of us who have had Locale II and III experiences have some great stories to tell, but unless we can somehow verify these experiences, they remain resident in the realm of extremely significant personal experience, the certainty of which cannot be verified. People who have accompanied an ayahuasca guide into the herbal realm can verify their shared Locale III experience with their guide. Proof of the “reality” of this type of experience is also evident in the shaman-revealed herbal combinations that are either divulged or sold to pharmaceutical manufacturers who then synthesize, refine, test and manufacture the product.  As stated earlier 74% of today’s pharmacopeia originates from this source.

For the majority of us who have had an ecsomatic experience in Locale I, the real time “real” world, the  one question 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 an 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 scientifically verifiable.

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.

Mindvector

If one is going to psycho-launch their mind into an uncharted territory with DMT, ayahuasca or some DMT derivative, it would behoove them to create in their mind an actual destination: the mindvector. The more destination-focused one is, the greater the chance of success. It’s quite probable that even a DMT launch, as explosive as it is, would benefit from some guidance. The question is how can one determine a destination when entering a realm that one has never been to? One of the most obvious destinations could be Heaven. Why not? That’s our basic concept of where we go to when we die. Unfortunately, Heaven or Hyperphysical Reality.. etc. is a rather extensive reality.

This is like saying “Oh, just drop me off on Earth” – you could end up in Borneo, Siberia, the Sahara or downtown Missoula. Heaven, the Beyond, too, is a vast reality 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. This can happen to eternal beings in a temporary landscape. Perhaps you have seen an illustration of a place that you felt extremely familiar with, such as a painting by Maxfield Parrish or have met someone that you immediately resonated with effortlessly at a very deep level, keep these impressions of place and personality in mind and cultivate them for they will help you construct the concept of your very own Extraphysical Homeground, Campo Spiritual, or Place of Eternal Origin. It may be a destination that has been experienced in a lucid dream.

Concentrate on this locale; maybe even give it a name,  Avalon for example. For visual inspiration there hundreds of heavenly and fantasy landscape images and meditation videos available. If you need inspiration on a mental/logical level you can read the descriptions of the Mansion Worlds, Havona, The Sea of Glass, Life on a neighboring Planet or Paradise in the Urantia Book. If you seek inspirational thought imagery, you can read The Final Frontiers section (p.189+) of Multidimensional Man by Jurgen Ziewe, visit: http://www.multidimensionalman.com or the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors:  http://cosm.org/  Any and all of these will help you build your very own concept of your Heavenly Homeplace. Perhaps someday someone will publish a book portraying various spiritual homegrounds or perhaps Waldo Vieira's academy (IAC) already has.

Waking in Heaven

Mindoversight - Meditation

Thousands of people have written about their hyperphysical experiences and many have commented on how difficult it is during an experience to maintain the delicate balance of being conscious of events while not becoming too conscious – whereupon the excursion ends 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 while remaining anchored in hyperphysical awareness.  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.” In one way, it involves the development of an additional sense: the sense of space.

Just like taming a wild horse, taming the mind/thought process takes patience and persistence, there are no short cuts and no one other than one's self can do the work it requires. We are not born with the overseer, we have to consciously make the effort to claim it – and it may be one of the most important challenges of a lifetime. The mental muscle that needs to be developed doesn’t even exist when one first starts trying, but it develops with effort. The exercise is not complicated – yet it lasts a lifetime. The exercise is deceptively simple: stop thinking, better yet, learn how to distance the thought process - to diminish its distracting poweer. How long can you stop a new thought from entering your mind? ten seconds? The problem is… that the harder one tries, the worse it gets! Welcome to the seemingly ridiculous practice of meditation.

Why would anyone want to step outside their thought process? Don’t we spend our waking lives traveling down an endless river of thoughts and sensations? Why would anyone want to control the flow? And how is it done?  One has to mentally think the words “stop thinking” in order to begin the process of stopping thinking, if that makes any sense. However, it can be done and it has been practiced for thousands of years and is actually the keystone of the Buddhist practice of meditation. There is a way to do it and many methods available. One can read about meditation, even conceptualize it, but this is worthless; basically, it just has to be done and then it begins to work. The result is that one gently removes the thought process from center stage. Thinking is a natural brain process; it really can't be stopped, but central focus can be realigned by developing visceral space awareness: actually, its not that thoughts are set aside but more that awareness develops a new anchor. One is shifting awareness from the realm of the march of time to an awareness of centralized space. In this calm state of spatial centeredness the ego is quieted, thoughts are muted and consciousness is able to access background information here-to-fore inaccessible.

Meditation sessions usually last 35 to 55 minutes while sitting with a straight back, hips rolled forward.  Within 15 minutes the experienced practitioner begins to experience a vertical energy field that is centered in the third eye area and extends upward and downward. In time the field begins to coalesce and a sensation of inner space begins to prevail. This is not a visual or auditory sense; it is an entirely new and different sense: space is felt as having its own beingness. In a way space becomes visceral and one becomes part of that solidity that is bonded in stillness. Just as a potter forms a shapeless mass of clay into a tall slender pillar, directed awareness creates a vertical spinal column anchored in space and centered around the spine - being so well defined that one can feel resistance to it when the body moves: visceral space awareness, a central core of silent being. Thoughts are still present but have moved to the periphery like the wind in the trees in the corner of the eye.  Cool air reaching into the upper passages of the nasal cavity energizes the base of the brain much in the way a gentle puff of air on an ember causes it to glow and as it travels down the windpipe it empowers and solidifies the central core. This in many ways describes the beginning phases of Tibetan  maitri meditation with a focus on space consciousness and universal compassion,  http://www.shambhala.org/maitri.php. Meditation is the palace of manifest silence and space. As Jack Kerouac describes it: "The silence is so intense that you can hear your own blood  roar in your ears but louder than that by far is the mysterious roar which I always identify with the roaring of the diamond wisdom, the mysterious roar of silence itself, which is the great Shhhh reminding you of something you've seemed to have forgotten in the stress of your days since birth."

Visceral Space Consciousness

Space Awareness is slowly formed by the focused and quiet mind in the environment of the stilled body. Breathing encourages its stability and growth. Visceral space is tactile. The organ that actually perceives it is consciousness itself. Visceral space starts as a pillar that occupies the spinal cord and can be sensed within the body core during meditation. The pillar resists movement. The presence of visceral space cannot be detected on the physical level, only consciousness can experience it. From the core visceral space expands outward to envelop the surrounding environment and space becomes manifest to infinity. Unlike the original 5 senses, we are not born with this sensitivity – it must be cultivated. And yet when the other 5 senses fade, it remains. It is our anchor, it is the canvas that the other five senses fill. It is the core of meditation. It is the space consciousness and timeless transcendent presence that Hospice workers refer to when dealing with the destiny of death: https://yorkspace.library.yorku.ca/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10315/10011/CJS0005.pdf?sequence=1 It is the timeless core of space that our other senses fulfill during our life according to Eckhart Tolle: http://communicate.eckharttolle.com/news/2014/09/12/inner-space-consciousness/.  It is consciousness finding itself.

Visceral spacetime meditation

Gen Kelsang Nyema in her Youtube presentation: Happiness is all in your mind (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnLoToJVQH4), says that there are 2 types of meditation: the one that monks do in monasteries and meditation done by regular active people. The goal is to bring the profound centered stillness developed in monastery discipline into daily motion through a series of steps. Starting with Yoga > Posture > Chanting > Breathing > Thought Displacement > Visceral Space Perception > Embodied movement > and finally: Entering the world of time while embracing space. Following is a suggested program:

5+ minutes of yoga to stimulate the chakras including the plank for 2 minutes.

Assume a straight-backed sitting posture so the spine can assume a rested, balanced state.

Perform 21 Om Chants slowly rising from the stomach starting at as low a pitch as possible then gently rising.

10 minutes: pranayama breathing through the nose. The in-breath stimulates the back of the upper nasal cavity and energizes the brain, the pineal gland and the spinal cord. The out-breath, expelled through nose is an uplifting thrust that raises the body gently upward. While breathing, exercise the thought displacement process.

Thought displacement: do not try to stop the thinking process but try to displace thoughts to the sidelines; thoughts are still perceived as part of the consciousness process but no longer at the center of consciousness focus. Of course, one can’t think this; consciousness has to gently move the thought nexus to a side space.

35+  minutes: Visceral space awareness: as prana energy enters the head direct it down the backbone and remaining still as possible, begin to quiet the breathing process, slow it to a minimum and let stillness enter from above, like a gentle drizzling mist of falling droplets so small that that they can barely be detected. The stilling effect of the mist  induces space tacticity, a sense of firming up and gentle solidification along the core of the backbone column which will begin to feel slightly immovable, slightly frozen in place, rigid and at the same time sensitive to the slightest movement. Eyes still closed.

Strengthen the column and slowly let the spatial core expand – it can fill the whole room and more….breathing will keep the sense of space strong, yet it is delicate.

Then: maintaining the breath, open the eyes slowly, keep the centered space core strong.

With the breath steady, raise the hands and arms to horizontal, then vertical then in all directions. Slowly embrace movement; space is centered and movement has begun.

Breathe steady, slowly rise to standing, as in Zen walking meditation, and slowly walk around the room three times with small steps in cadence with the breath.

Then walk out of the room...

Contrary to conventional thought, space is not empty.  The FedEx motto is: “The World on Time”, well, the motto for meditation is:" The World on Space".  From the quantum perspective, space is absolutely full (zero point field or ZPF). Space is like the ocean and physical reality is a wave that travels on it. When a wave is moving across the ocean surface, nothing is really moving, the water molecules are not moving forward or backward, they just momentarily rise and fall back to their original state – the wave is a temporary perturbation and then it is gone. Space is the background (ocean) and physical reality is the foreground that ripples on it. This concept is extremely hard to grasp and yet it is one of the fundamental cornerstones of quantum theory that is being brought to the forefront by writers such as Ervin Laszlo, Bernard Haisch, and many others, for further information visit http://www.mindmattermapping.org/, a project sponsored by Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Institute.
The grounding in space that meditation promotes is what provides grounding for our consciousness - a consciousness of consciousness.

In light of this perspective, one might consider the  question: what creates the ripples on the surface of space? The animating principle seems to be consciousness itself; the breath of life that gives form to the physical plane. This universal animating field of life consciousness was fully potentialized before the "big bang" and then reverberated through space in the great selective subtraction that was actually an implosion of organization, a disassembly. Before the big bang, or big deconstruction, every potential future was present; after the big bang, only primal matter and energy remained to recombine again down the tube of time. This raw material is destined to evolve through time into the many futures that were fully present before the big subtraction. These futures are being molded by the unfolding of the ever-pervasive field of universal life intelligence rippling through space – which some might call God or universal consciousness restricted to linear time. The concept of the universal field of life consciousness intelligence is being promoted by Robert Lanza his book, Biocentrism (http://www.robertlanza.com/), and by David Wilcox and his Source Field Investigations (http://divinecosmos.com/), Rupert Sheldrake and many others. The big subtraction is a concept promoted by Dr. Bernard Haisch in his book The God Theory (http://www.thegodtheory.com/). The inspiration for his conception may have evolved from a passage in the second book of the Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch (http://www.nealedonaldwalsch.com/) series in which God explains why it created the physical universe: a platform for existential reflectivity evolving through time.

Further evidence or the benefits of meditation has been verified by British Scientist, Maxwell Cade (http://www.mindmirroreeg.com/w/MaxwellCade.htm) who developed of mindmirror biofeedback technology and the resulting brainwave therapy (http://www.brainwavetraining.com/brainwave.htm). Dr. Cade discovered that in addition to the four standard brainwave patterns there was what he called the "5th state" or awakened state of mind that synchronizes both sides of the brain.  This state of consciousness synchronicity can be attained through meditation.Recently it was reported in the Scientific American Nov. 2014 issue that experienced meditators sustain  an EEG pattern of 25-42 hertz, which may be this 5th state. The article also mentions that meditation increases the volume of gray matter in particular parts of the prefrontal cortices and decreases the volume of the amygdala, an area of the brain involved in fear processing. A further benefit appears to be increased longevity; at the cellular level meditation tends to lengthen the telomere segment at the end of a DNA strand, thus increasing its ability to further replicate.

The concept of the 5th state refers to the classic designation of 4 brainwave states encountered during the normal waking state, in ascending order: Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta; going from 0 to 32 cycles per second. Gamma brain waves  (the fifth level) takes off from where Beta ends from 32 to 100 cycles per sec. Contemporary researchers have since  added more discrete levels of activity (Mu, Epsilon, Lambda, etc.) so that the full spectrum now includes up to 12 levels. Gamma still defines the state of 32 – 100 hertz and is generally described as an elevated level of consciousness that is attained in meditation, hypnosis, moments of insight and epiphanies and also in sessions  involving entheogenic awareness, as in ayahuasca ceremonies where DMT is the active agent of illumination. Gamma level spikes have also been detected in the brains of dying rodents: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23940340, as well as larger mammals and humans. It has been suggested that pineal secreted endogenous DMT,  METAtonin, may also elevate dominant brainwave frequency to the gamma level as well during Out-of-Body and lucid dreaming experiences. It is also important to note that brainwave activity may be detected in just one or several regions of the brain. In the study involving two volunteers on ayahuasca, the gamma brainwave presence was global. See: http://q4lt.com/the-mystery-of-gamma-waves  for further discussion.

Since consciousness itself is proving to be a fundamental building block of the universe and meditation is an exercise in focused clear consciousness, it may be that combined or synchronized meditation may prove to be a formative power in the development and evolution of our reality. Several groups are attempting to research the phenomenon of group, even global, synchronized meditation, including www.1giantmind.org, http://globalmeditation.chopra.com/, http://gabbyb.tv/   and http://theintentionexperiment.com/the-experiments.

Left Brain Dominance

During meditation one is focusing on increasing awareness of consciousness and shifting that consciousness from the domain of the past/future logical self-centered left brain hemisphere to the cosmic all-enveloping here-and-now intuitive right brain non-local spatial environment. This is beautifully described not by a Zen monk, but by brain anatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor who was forced to retreat to her right brain as her left brain died, slowly losing its blood supply due to a stroke. Luckily, she was able to survive and recover her language skills. Her testimony is most moving:  http://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight?language=en. Her book is My Stroke of Insight. Additional insight into the the result of left brain dominance is discussed by Tony Wright and Graham Gynn authors of Return of the Brain of Eden. Perhaps there was a time when men did not need to fight, at least that is their presumption Simply put, our fruitarian arboreal ancestors who lived approx 200,000 years ago were non-confrontational peace -loving beings with brains 10% larger than ours today (this much has been verified). Presumably that additional 10% was the crowning touch that bought out the best that humanity has to offer although modern day antropoligists claim just the opposite. Climates and ecosystems change and as they do, so does the diet of those who must survive. As the human race "evolved" from an arboreal fruitarian diet to a savannah grain-based meat eating diet, it lost the endocrine support of flavonoids and beta carbolines provided by fruits. According to Graham and Gynn the new diet accentuated the increase of testosterone and steroids that shortened the development time of the brain and altered the presence of melatonin and the performance of the pineal gland. The ultimate result of this shift was the emergence of the dominant left brain. According to Wright and Gynn, there was a time when our logical and intuitive/creative sides were in balance, but we have since lost this balance due to this subtle nutritional shift - almost impossible to recognize. Their book provides a number of anthropological, biological and historical references to support their thesis as well as an in depth investigation into the function of the two sides of our bicameral brain. Visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnEom7OjXvo. Perhaps researchers will be able to focus tCDS (trans cranial direct current stimulation) to temporarily nullify the left half of the brain so that individuals can experience the normally recessive right brain consciousness.

The concept of the bicameral lateral shift of consciousness is also the subject of Anthony Peake's Opening the Doors of Perception in which he compares the effects of several brain disorders: migraine aura, temporal lobe epilepsy, schizophrenia and Alzheimers which he categorizes as a Huxleyan Spectrum of symptoms that are related to various degrees of temporary and sometimes permanent bicameral brain consciousness shift.

“Ember” meditation for the pineal gland

As mentioned earlier, one method of meditation enhancement is to focus on the upper nasal cavity while meditating. As cool fresh air enters the innermost cavity of the upper nasal cavity, there is a cooling sensation. Though the effect is cooling; it can also be felt as energizing – as in a gentle puff of air on an ember. As the air blows the ember glows. Keeping this image/sensation in mind, one can direct this energy to energize visceral space awareness and it can also be directed to energize the pineal gland, but first the pineal gland needs to be located so that there is a directive for the ember energy.

It is very difficult to “feel” the pineal or feel where it is, in fact, there may be no sensation nerves in the central brain at all. However the pineal gland is located just below and central to the paired lobes of the thalamus, and something centered there can possibly be “felt”. We’re talking about “feeling” consciousness, for it is quite likely that the thalamus is the main resting place for the core of consciousness. So how does one go about feeling consciousness? It is a slow process but not so difficult once one begins to try it. While meditating just concentrate on the body and search for the thinking process. Where exactly are thoughts coming from in the body?  In the head, of course, but go one step further – try to pinpoint the exact location in the brain as to where each next thought is emerging from.  It can be done. Trace each thought as it emerges and sense  a location in the matrix space of the brain. “Feeling” thoughts seems, indeed, a strange concept, but it can be practiced until one can “feel” the origination point of thoughts in the geography of the brain space. With practice, it will become easier to locate this exact point. Just below this locus of consciousness rests the pineal gland.  This is pineal space point where the “ember” energy needs to be projected.

There are further aids as well. The ”baragan” stick can be used to support the arms while the fingertips point to each temple  The yoga posture of Khecari Mudra can be practiced: http://www.aypsite.org/108.html. A drop of niacin or other enhancer placed on the third eye location will also help with stimulation. There are also many multimedia pineal stimulation presentations on YouTube Virtual reality as well as sound presentations using the Solfeggio scale: http://www.somaenergetics.com/forgotten_in_time.ph

Virtual reality technology is also being explored as a venue as well, Dr. Deepak Chopra has begun with his first production, see:
https://melmagazine.com/is-virtual-reality-the-medium-that-buddhism-has-been-waiting-for-7a0f9c2a5169#.uo2mn3wxm

Om to Ong

By simply modifying the ancient chant of "Om" it is possible to send sound vibrations more directly into the base of the brain. The chant is the asame except that closing off the mouth chamber with the back of the tongue as in saying "Ong" the sound becomes concentrated at the top of the nasal cavity.  Starting with the lowest sound possible in the lungs as the chant moves up the throat the note rises in pitch until it peaks at the end, reverberating at the very top of the nasal cavity just below the pituitary/thalamus/pineal complex.

Remember who you are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjItnZ-NSlk&feature=related

Out-of-Body Consciousness and the Evolution of the Human Race

Can the phenomenon of the Out-of-Body Consciousness be a contributing factor to the evolution of the human race? According to Brazilian researcher and writer Dr. Waldo Vieira, the experience of lucid consciousness projection is absolutely essential, and he speaks with some authority for he has experienced and documented several thousand OBE’s since the age of nine and has made a thorough study of consciousness in and beyond the body. He calls the study of consciousness in all its manifestations conscientiology, and the study of  lucid consciousness projection projectiology. In his massive book, Projectiology,  he draws on over 2000 references and creates his own vocabulary to describe the many aspects of his knowledge. In 1981 he founded the Center for Continuing Consciousness which later evolved into the International Institute of Projectiology and Conscientiology (IIPC) in 1988. There are now 58 offices of IIPC throughout the world with their Center for Higher Studies of the Consciousness at Iguassu Falls, Brazil and the International Academy of Consciousness (IAC) in Portugal. The IIPC has over 74 research projects, over 100,000 members, several education centers and it has printed over 43 books and periodicals. Visit: http://www.iacworld.org

Conscientiology is not a dogma, in fact, Dr.Vieira exhorts: “ Don’t believe in anyone or anything, including the information you receive here at the Institute. Experience. Have your own experiences”

Among the many topics Dr.Vieira covers, he talks about thanatology which is the study of the psychological, social, cultural and religious impact of the inevitability of death. Most certainly our attitude towards death plays a major role in how we view the meaning of life.  However, when one has experienced the continuity of consciousness and its indestructibility….when one has consciously traveled beyond the confines of the physical body and returns to their extraphysical hometown which is the original hyper-physical residence of fundamental personal consciousness, their understanding of the significance of our conduct here in this physical lifetime and how it affects our future lifetimes will enrich our experience of every moment here and now in this physical lifetime. As more individuals become familiar with this knowledge and experience, it is Dr. Vieira’s firm belief that human society and the human race can evolve collectively to a higher level. Consolidation of the Human Race may result from the challenge of facing a common enemy or, better yet, it may evolve collectively pursuing a common goal - such as the one suggested by this organization.

Dr. Vieira does not concern himself with the existence of any kind of physical mechanism related to consciousness projection, that it is a purely energetic phenomenon. He does not recognize the role of the pineal gland as part of the support mechanism of  OBC.

As Captain Picard in one of the Star Trek series  said when commenting on human existence: “Our very life is defined by our mortality”. It looks like Dr. Vieira is trying to change that definition and galvanize the direction of the Human Race,rt

The Pineal Gland and Reincarnation

The pineal gland's higher function indirectly supports the existence of reincarnation in several ways.  The METAtonin secretion at time of death escorts our individual/eternal consciousness as it separates from our transient ego/body consciousness on its return higher consciousness and in a reverse manner  during gestation and early childhood it eases the introduction  of our eternal being to the material world and human society at a gentle pace all the way up to age 8. Why would such an endogenous neurochemical segue exist if there was not a higher consciousness to revert to? One must also consider the similar life after death insights reported in Near-Death-Experience studies. Reincarnation pioneer Dr. Ian Stevenson of the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry, Division of Personality Studies interviewed over 2000 individuals who had accurate verifiable memories of  past lives. Not surprisingly, the subjects who had the clearest memories were those between the ages of 3 and 8; see:  http://reluctant-messenger.com/reincarnation-proof.htm or read Life Before Life by Jim Tucker M.D. who worked with Dr.Stevenson. Author Deepak Chopra  in his Life After Death: The Burden of Proof is an inspiring book about the afterworld and David Wilcock in his latest book The Synchronicity Key provides several arguments for reincarnation. The Judeo-Christian culture does not generally accept reincarnation although Jesus was never known to directly denounce it, in fact, some of his references supporting reincarnation can still  be found in the New Testament.  It is believed that biblical scholars deliberately obliterated any reference to reincarnation, and especially ignored the writings of Greek philosopher Origen, due to political pressure from the church for obvious reasons. A good explanation of reincarnation begins on page 28 of The Ultimate Frontier by Eklal Kueshana

Beginning with Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD any references to reincarnation were thoroughly expunged during the finalizing of the New Testament. Furthermore at the Second Council of Constantinople  in 533 AD the Roman government officially outlawed the concept of reincarnation on pain of excommunication, even death; this was reaffirmed twice again at Councils in Lyons and Florence in 1274 and 1439. There is no doubt that the Christian church chose to thoroughly expunge the concept of reincarnation from Western consciousness to keep firm control over the gates that lead to  Heaven or Hell - the supposedly only possible destination for the afterlife. Due to this bias, it is quite possible that acceptance of the implications of the higher functions of the pineal gland may meet with some resistance. Coming to terms with reincarnation is coming to terms with the ecology of spirit; nothing is wasted.

Quite probably there are many future and past lifetimes awaiting us as well as parallel universes and the holographic space-time reality, but let us not forget how privileged we are to live here and now on this uniquely beautiful planet. Each one of us is extremely precious as is all life; hopefully each of us will someday learn to appreciate the special gift bestowed us each and learn how to express respect and gratitude for this planet and all the beauty we have been blessed with as well as the beauty of every passing moment. We are precious beings in a precious reality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjItnZ-NSlk&feature=related

When a student of Tibetan teacher Chogyam Trungpa was discussing reincarnation and asked his teacher what is it we bring with us when reincarnate into the next life, Trungpa answered: “our neuroses”.

DMT and the Transition of Death

Since the fifteenth Century when the Catholic Church published the book Ars Morendi Western culture has been concerned with the easing and enhancing of the inevitible death process.  There is extensive Oriental literature on the subject as well including the Egyptian and Tibetan Book of the Dead (8th century) that describe the death process and ascension into the afterlife in great detail. With the emergence of entheogens in the 1960s researchers such as Aldous Huxley and Dr. Richard Alpert considered the use of properly administered entheogens at the moment of death to ease and clarify the transition process. Henry Luce, the founder of TIME Inc, was known to use LSD to transition his death and there are many others. At the same time, researchers such as Dr. James Fadiman began to investigate the practice of (previously mentioned) microdosing, that is, using fractional amounts of a full dose of an entheogen to enhance subconscious perspective especially in creative pursuits, see: http//www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/psychedelic-microdosing-research_us .  Perhaps the combination of these two practices using DMT (with a MAO inhibitor) to support the natural  transition process would prove to be an effective therapy.  Theoretically, the pineal gland secrets a dose of METAtonin, endogenous DMT, at the moment of death to aid in the separation  of conscious awareness from the body.  DMT is the only entheogen known to facilitate this separation process, though there may be others. But DMT is unique in that it is a natural byproduct of human biochemistry and found throughout the natural world. Microdosing DMT would support and encourage the end-of-life  pineal process, especially if the pineal gland has been compromised in some way.
Several institutions such as Hospice, The Living/Dying Project, Upaya Zen Center and Mettainstitute  have developed protocols for establishing a supportive atmosphere and a progressive treatment procedure for those who are dying.  Since a full dose DMT works rapidly and the experience usually lasts less than 15 minutes it would prove problematic to try to administer a full dose of DMT at the moment of death, however  it could be administered continually at a fraction of full dosage so that it would be in effect at the moment of death. With microdosing administration, the DMT would be working a below perceptual levels but would still enhance the transition process especially if the pineal gland is compromised due to calcification from heavy exposure to public water supply flouride or other pollutants. The goal in mind is to remain conscious throughout the death process so that the experience becomes a graduation instead of a termination. Microdosing a neurological enhancer such as DMT (or 5-MeO-DMT, preferred by James Oroc and Dr. Martin Ball) might be an option to consider in attaining this goal.. Visit: http://www.livingdying.org/, https://www.upaya.org/being-with-dying, www.mettainstitute.org/, and www.hospicefoundation.org.

It's interesting to note that one of the most widely recognized stages of the death process is the life review. If you ever think that you are being watched, you probably are - you are being watched by your future self in the process of returning to your eternal self. See: http://www.near-death.com/science/research/life-review.html#a01. Not only will you experience every act and emotion of your earthly existence; the life review is "panoramic" meaning that it includes all Akashic information: not only will you experience all your emotions, but also the ramifications of all your actions and the emotions on all of those who you have interacted with, i. e, your emotional wake. Surprisingly, seemingly small acts of unconditional spontaneous love and gererosity that may not even be remembered will sometimes be noted as some of the most significant acts of a persons life as well actions and decisions that contribute to spiritual evolution; embodying truth, beauty and goodness. 

The Concept of Lifetime Partners: several religions and philosophies suggest that we have a lifetime etheric partner with whom we are entangled. A partner who we journey with in this lifetime and with whom we are destined fuse with at a later date. This is discussed as the "sense presence" of an accompanying guide as suggested by Anthony Peake in his Opening the Doors of Perception, the concept of the fravashis in Zoroastrianism and the concept of the Mystery Monitor or Thought Adjuster in the Urantia Book.

Endogenous DMT and the establishment of Religion

Dr. Steve Barker of Louisiana State University and a member of the Cottonwood Research  Foundation (http://www.lsureveille.com/legacy/article_4a851c42-036d-11e2-b3fb-0019bb30f31a.html) has been investigating the neurotheological paradigm.  He recognizes, as most of us do, that the tendency to be religious is an innate human trait, but he takes this supposition one step further, he sees a reason behind it – a neurochemical reason. Most religions  are founded upon and are continually supported by founders and members who have witnessed a religious experience.  Religious ecstasy, rapture, and religious revelation are part of the common vernacular, and sometimes the stated goal of many religious sects.  Once a member has had such an experience, they graduate from being a “believer” to becoming a living endorsement.  Dr. Barker suspects that the source of this experience is not due to some outside religious avatar as most religious belief systems would ascribe it to, instead, he points to endogenous DMT,  METAtonin, small amounts of which can be detected every bodily fluid: blood, spinal fluid, lymph etc.

This ubiquitous psychedelic or enthoegen is created in many organs and glands including the lungs, kidneys, the retina and, as is suggested in this paper and is being verified by recent research, the pineal gland. A likely societal consequence of  this phenomenon is the emergence of the religious experience 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; that activated receptors  increase production of serotonin in the brain, and that this gross overstimulation can lead to what is interpreted as a neurotheologic religious experience.

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 known as 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 modify 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 their creator with focused sensitivity in each moment, they will be led 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 disdainfully misunderstood and decimated in a short time. One such group are the Australian Aborigines and there are many more long gone and forgotten. The book Of Water and the Spirit, by Malidoma Patrice Some, is an excellent attempt of an indigenous African tribesman to describe just what is lost when modern Western mankind imposes its concept of reality on an innately spiritual indigenous culture.

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 is the subject of Dr. Rick Strassman's latest book The Soul of Prophesy. The theoneurological perspective assumes that higher intelligence exists and may manifest in human experience in many ways, usually through enhanced neurologically induced states of consciousness, the DMT-activated state being one of the most probable ones since it is found in many organs throughout the body including the pineal gland, and is one of the few compounds that are welcome to transverse the blood brain barrier.  In the DMT survey he performed at the University of New Mexico, Strassman observed that at the peak of the short-lived DMT experience, most of his subjects encountered interactive intelligent beings who attempted to communicated or reveal information.

This interactive encounter is one of many possible scenarios, but a predominant one, since DMT is one of the major endogenous entheogens produce by the human body, though there are others, such as ketamine. If DMT predominates, then there must be evidence of these inspired encounters, and there is plenty – in the writings and prophesies of religious mystics and savants. Dr. Strassman chose the Old Testament as a focus of his investigation and found a great dea l of evidence. A thorough discussion of his exploration can be found in Episode 40 of The Human Experience Podcast. A further investigation into the Jewish wisdom of the Talmud and the Kabbala by Rabbi Joel Bakst in his book The Jerusalem Stone of Consciousness reveals a pineal gland connection as well.

Now that we've delved into the innate tendency for humans, particularly our less scientifically informed forebearers, to found and participate in religious organizations, it may be time for us to recognize some of the drawbacks of organized religion. For all that religions have contributed to the formation of present society and culture, mankind may soon need to embrace the fact that religions have served their purpose and are now inhibiting the peaceful  progression of human society due to the inability of the moderates to control their extreme factions (http://www.samharris.org/the-end-of-faith).  Religion has been essential for the evolution of human society for the past five thousand plus years. However,  organized religions are just that: an organization. In reality, religions are also political entities and are structured much like a corporation that market and sell a product- hopefully to an expanding captive audience.  Posing as a necessary intermediary between man and God, religions have found a firm footing.   More simply put: most religions, posing as an intermediary with God, prosper by their ability to keep man separate from God and intolerant of other religions.  Now in the 21st century, we have two sides, each side devoted to serving the same God and  simultaneously dedicated to the destruction of  each other.  It may have come time for individuals to become less dependent on an organization and learn to develop a personal connection with God; perhaps understanding the segue of the pineal gland may help in this way. It is also hoped that the existing religions now in conflict can calm their extremes and find common ground in healing our planet and people.

Many ancient cultures/religions used DMT-rich plants in their initiations, Acacia Nilotica (tree of life) is found in Egyptian, Sumerian, Jewish, Islamic, Greek and  Masonic traditions ( see: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/05/31/the-tree-of-life-acacia-nilotica).  Much the same can be said for previously mentioned Syrian Rue. Perhaps a greater understanding of the endogenous DMT potential of the pineal gland will help us realize that we are all entitled to experience a personal religious epiphany. This is a gift that our maker has endowed us with.

We are Makers in the Making

In a sense, we live in an ocean beneath the surface of the atmosphere - which contains the cloud of knowing. Occasionally one of us will rise so high as to break the surface and behold the brilliance and clarity of the realm of air and light and the cloud of knowing – but only momentarily. Most humans remain submerged in the ocean all their lives, but every once in awhile, sometimes due to intention, sometimes not, one will break through to the surface. If this breakthrough occurs in the context of a religion then the breakthrough experience becomes a verification of that religion, whichever religion it is.

It is inevitable that a certain number of people will experience this breakthrough at random – an inevitable condition of the human experience. There’s no telling who it could be - and that person will be burdened with trying to explain what they have experienced to others. But experiences, especially ones that are out of the ordinary scope of normal existence, are very difficult, almost impossible, to transfer. In some cases, the breakthrough experience will be slowly dismissed other times it may serve as an inspiration and in some cases, if the experience was powerful enough, it may result in the birth of a new religion.

Is it possible to attain a permanent state of connection with higher intelligence? Enlightenment, Satori? There are those among us who have had a momentary breakthrough experience, maybe one or two, but is it possible to attain a continuous permanent state of heightened awareness as in the many realized gurus who came west in the 1960’s and 70’s mainly from India? Many of these beings were truly gifted with remarkable levels of continuously heightened awareness. Perhaps, it may be that if one can maintain a pineal gland elevated state for a long enough period or for enough repetitions,  the elevated brain circuitry becomes fused, resulting in a permanent state of cosmic consciousness.

Pineal Gland Research

A concerted effort is being made by researchers in the U.S. to verify that the pineal gland can and does produce DMT. The Cottonwood Research Foundation is playing a key role in this research. The foundation came into existence in 2007 and is presided over by Dr. Rick Strassman, MD with the help of Steve Barker Ph.D and Andrew C. Stone.  Dr. Barker’s lab at Louisiana State University has developed a new super-sensitive and super–specific means of measuring  endogenous psychedelics, critical to the pineal research effort:

Dr. Rick Strassman, author of The Spirit Molecule

Verificaton of DMT production in DNA pineal  tissue: Nicholas Cozzi PhD’s research group at the University of Wisconsin in Madison has been investigating the gene that codes for the enzyme critical to the synthesis of endogenous DMT, and has discovered high levels of activity in rhesus macaque retina, spinal cord, and pineal gland.  There appears a close association between the DMT synthesizing machinery and the sigma-1 receptor.  The sigma-1 receptor may be involved in pain mechanisms as well as the psychedelic effects of ketamine and PCP.

At first, INMT RNA was not detectable in the rhesus pineal using standard Northern Blot Analysis (this protocol is used to detect the presence of RNA) so it was suspected that the INMT RNA in the pineal gland is inducible.  This means that it is a dormant gene whose expression is either responsive to environmental changes or a specific signal.  Shifting subsequent immunohistochemistry work in their lab revealed a pronounced but erratic presence of presence of INMT RNA in these tissues. Thus the potential for pineal DMT production was verified. Visit: http://www.neurophys.wisc.edu/~cozzi/Indolethylamine%20N-methyltransferase%20expression%20in%20primate%20nervous%20tissue.pdf    

Advances in analysis of DMT metabolism have taken place as a result of collaboration between Jordi Riba, PhD at the Drug Research Center, Hospital de Sant Pau, in Barcelona Spain and Dr. Barker.  While not directly related to DMT pineal synthesis, such research advances our ability to assess DMT dynamics in the body overall, and will make the determination of pineal DMT synthesizing potential more effective.  For example, it turns out that a major metabolite of DMT, the psychologically inert DMT-N-oxide is excreted in the urine at levels 10-20 times greater than DMT itself after ayahuasca administration. Similarly, N-oxide levels in blood were four times greater than DMT. This is the first time this metabolite has been reported in humans following DMT administration by any route. Detection of DMT-N-oxide as an indicator has greatly increased our ability to understand  how the body deals with DMT.

Sampling pineal gland secretions in living subjects: Jimo Borjigin’s laboratory at the University of Michigan School of Medicine 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 a member of the Cottonwood Research team.

Dr. Jimo Borjigin, Endogenous DMT Research

Verification of the presence of DMT in the pineal gland of the living mammal brain:  May 23, 2013 the Cottonwood Foundation of New Mexico  announced the acceptance for publication of a paper documenting the presence of DMT in the pineal glands of live rodents based on the efforts of Dr. Borjigin and Dr Barker. The paper appears in the journal Biomedical Chromatography, see: http://www.cottonwoodresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Pineal-DMT.pdf. See section 4. Congratulations Cottonwood! a new chapter in the science of consciousness and the human experience begins.

Future Research: As stated on the Cottonwood Website: "The next step is to determine the presence of DMT in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), the fluid that bathes the brain and pineal. CSF is a possible route for pineal-synthesized DMT to effect changes in brain function. Successfully establishing DMT’s presence in this gland adds another link in the chain between the pineal and consciousness and opens new avenues for research."  Perhaps advanced imaging technology combined with selective dyes will help reveal the presence of endogenous DMT, thus eliminating the need for using probes. When this is accomplished it will be possible to monitor the environs of the pineal gland in real time.  We will then be able to monitor the pineal gland when transcendent states are being experienced and possibly during the death process, as well as during gestation. In his podcast of February 1,2017 (Optimal Performance series) Dr. Strassman mentions that the results of the latest research will soon be published.

Environmental assaults on the pineal gland

Calcification: The pineal gland typically shows increased calcification with aging 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, it is theorized that  this can diminish melatonin production. Calcification may have an effect on one's “sense of direction” as related in the report: “Pineal gland calcification and defective sense of direction.”(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1419179/); this may be a result of magnetite crystals becoming locked into the calcification lattice (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1419179/)

Furthermore, calcification may affect on sleep patterns: (www.unboundmedicine.com/.../Degree_of_pineal_calcification). However, recent research indicates that calcification does not permeate pinealocyte cells themselves,  instead it appears to calcify the tissue surrounding and supporting these cells, but may not interfere with cell function. Pineal gland calcification has also been linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer, see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/81365. For research on the physical and chemical properties of pineal calcification: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF02008213

Melatonin production is important because recent discoveries have shown that melatonin is vital for the immune system, decreased levels of melatonin are 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. Melatonin has another unique  property, it enhances the regeneration of damaged nerve tissue, especially in the case of severed peripheral nerves, see: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19682645

The actual cause of calcification has not been determined, however once it is present, it becomes a repository for fluoride. Several research papers report a correlation between the presence of fluoride and calcification.  There are also several websites devoted to pineal gland decalcification such as: http://decalcifypinealgland.com/  and http://www.mypinealgland.com/ and there are many more. While there is no doubt that the advice in these and similar articles may possibly inhibit further calcification, there appears to be no set protocol for measuring the level of calcification and there is no research available in pub med or google scholar that verifies that the pineal calcification can be reversed.

Fluoride effects: Until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland. Fluoride is a routinely (and sometimes mandatory) additive to almost all municipal drinking water, allegedly to prevent tooth decay. Its use has always been highly controversial and research on the side effects is often discouraged. Increase fluoride presence does not necessarily result in calcification.

Melatonin, created in the pineal gland and other body tissues as well, not only helps regulate the onset of puberty but also helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals. It is now known -- thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England -- that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within the human body.

The soft tissue of the adult pineal gland contains more fluoride than any other soft tissue in the body -- a level of fluoride (~300 ppm) which is more than capable of inhibiting enzymes. The pineal gland also contains varying amounts hard tissue (hydroxyapatite crystals), and this hard tissue accumulates more fluoride (up to 21,000 ppm) than any other hard tissue in the body (even the teeth, which it is supposed to protect).

Realizing that the pineal gland was the target of so much fluoride, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could negatively impact the regulation of melatonin, reference: (http://www.icnr.com/articles/fluoride-deposition.html). She found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin. This reduced level of melatonin was accompanied by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.

Luke summarized her human and animal findings as follows:

"...the human pineal gland contains the highest concentration of fluoride in the body. Fluoride is associated with depressed pineal melatonin synthesis by prepubertal gerbils and the accelerated onset of sexual maturation in the female gerbil. The results strengthen the hypothesis that the pineal has a role in the timing of the onset of puberty ....                                                                                                                                                

The levels of pineal gland fluoride examined in the study were high enough to inhibit enzyme production. When enzymes are damaged, it can lead to collagen breakdown, eczema, tissue damage, skin wrinkling, genetic damage, and immune suppression.  One enzyme mentioned earlier, methyltransferase, is necessary for the pineal gland to produce METAtonin. If this enzyme is inhibited, then DMT production is inhibited as well.      For a complete bibliography of articles on fluoride research visit: http://www.slweb.org/bibliography.html

The Terrible Two of the Twenty-First Century: Bisphenol and Glyphosate.  

One of the major contributors to the fall of the Roman civilization was environmental lead, particularly concentrated in the environs of the Roman aristocracy. In our case the toxins are more subtle but just as pervasive; they may change the very norm of what it means to be human in terms of sexual and social identity in a few generations. Bisphenol (BPA), used in plastics and thermal print paper (as in receipts at a grocery store), is an estrogen mimic that disrupts the normal sexual maturity of the human embryo and glyphosate, the agricultural toxin (Roundup) that clears fields of weeds so GMO crops can freely grow, disturbs our gut bacteria balance by interfering with the shikimate pathway of the digestive process resulting in decreased production of serotonin, melatonin and dopamines. This directly affects the pineal gland resulting in sleep disorders linked to autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder and Parkinson's disease. Despite Monsanto's claim that Roundup deteriorates in 24 hours, glyphosate has been detected in drinking water, rain, soil and air samples up to 100 days after application, We are all exposed to this chemical, even if we avoid GMO foods,  see: http://www.scirp.org/Journal/PaperInformation.aspx?

Glyphosate information:  http://naturalsociety.com/dr-stephanie-seneff-mit-scientist-explains-synergistic-effect-aluminum-glyphosate-poisoning-cause-skyrocketing-autism/
Bisphenol information: http://www.nrdc.org/living/chemicalindex/bisphenol-a.asp?gclid=CjwKEAjw8oSoBRCss4qDrP3Y7yUSJACKumZ9nwyaqVxBu9U4FB7_o-FBQIiExExkf82--NgQ61TWGxoCldrw_wcB
and  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endocrine_disruptor

Electromagnetic Wave Deterioration: Studies with hamsters showed that exposure to GSM-900 (cell phone microwave) signal significantly reduced the pineal glands ability to generate melatonin during night cycles, reference:  (http:// www.irpa11.irpa.net/pdfs/8e6.pdf). "...the acute magnetic field exposure was again found to blunt the increase and suppress the duration of the nighttime melatonin rise.”

Studies with human subjects who were exposed to 60Hz magnetic fields also showed this anomaly, reference:  (http:/www.aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/150/1/27)

This is distressing to learn, since we are all literally surrounded by 60Hz electrical fields in our homes, at work and outside where power lines tower over almost every street. There is no escape from this type of radiation except to flee to remote, unpopulated areas.

However, research done by Italian scientists comparing serum melatonin concentration of kestrel embryos nurtured in strong magnetic fields (kestrels whose habitat included high voltage lines) compared with embryos raised in natural surrounding revealed  no significant variation, see: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1532045609001306

Blue light and impaired melatonin production.  Since 2001 it has been discovered that cool blue light between the wavelength of 415 to 445 nanometers interferes with melatonin production, this kind of light is prevalent in flat screen monitors and compact fluorescent bulbs, see: http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side. To be more exact, the research of Dr. Ignacio Provencio of the University of Virginia has revealed that there is a third photoreceptor in the human retina called the ipRGCell that utilizes a newly discovered photopigment called melanopsin to detect blue light. Daylight subtly shifts from 2000Kelvin at sunset to 3500K an hour later and to 5500K+ and noon and then reverses. The ipRGCell senses this cycle and sends a message to the pineal at sunset so that melatonin production can begin. Unfortuantely, most monitors and flat screens operate at 6500K and some interior lighting is as high as 10,000K, thus inhibiting the normal process when experienced at night. New variable temperature lighting technology is being developed to take this into account.  Visit: http://www.talkaboutsleep.com/the-circadian-pathway/ . For further information on the ocular-endocrine system do a search on the ocular-endocrine system in google books and it will take you to The Tao of Detox by Daniel Reid.

The Pineal Gland and Its Relationship to Light

In terms of activities that encourage the pineal gland to grow in size, there is one study of note. NASA has been studying the potential of human photosynthesis for space travel. They have been studying the HRM sungazing method (http://solarhealing.com/)  and included in the results it has been observed that the pineal glands of volunteers have grown in size. These practitioners observe the sun when it first rises for up to 44 minutes and have fasted for over 200 days with no noticeable effect on body weight. There are only a few volunteers, so at this point, pineal gland growth is an observation, not a clinical conclusion.  Pineal gland measurement has been part of the NASA procedure because it is indirectly linked to the optic nerve - necessary for melatonin production. See the above link for further information. Hopefully, NASA will release more information in the near future. Recently, a young German filmmaker, Peter Scorcher, has released a full-length movie Eat The Sun on this topic as well as the documentary In The Beginning There Was Light at: http://www.lightdocumentary.com/ also visit:
https://charbelmaklouf.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/nasa-confirms-super-human-abilities-gained-through-sungazing/ Sungazing manual: http://sunlightenment.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/livingonsunlight2ndeditionnew.pdf. In addition, the blog:   http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/04/27/eat-the-sun-sun-worshiping-fantasy-versu/ questions the validity of such claims. It is interesting to note that in the case of overwhelming amounts of light, as above, and in complete deprivation of light, as in the Taoist Light Deprivation Pineal Activation Experience (http://www.universal-tao.com/dark_room/enlightenment.html) that both have an effect on the pineal gland.

Verification

Pineal calcification levels can easily be determined by present-day imaging techniques, so it would be very easy to verify if a particular pineal "cleansing" technique was actually effective in reducing calcification. Detection of pineal METAtonin activation is a much more demanding challenge. Presently the only way to detect the presence of endogenous DMT or METAtonin in the proximity of the pineal gland is by using invasive brain probes - which could prove to be very problematic.  Hopefully, advanced imaging technology combined with special dyes will enable scientists to verify that the pineal gland secretes METAtonin into the cerebral spinal fluid surrounding the thalamus at a point in time when a volunteer has naturally achieved a state of enhanced consciousness - an event that may happen only once in a lifetime.

Skeptics view of Pineal Gland DMT Production:

Leading psychopharmacologist, Dr. David E Nicols, has published an article in Psychopharmacology Journal and posted a YouTube presentation, : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeeqHUiC8Io refuting the pineal gland DMT production theory. In his presentation he points out that the extremely small 175 milligram pineal gland could not possibly produce the minimum amount of DMT required to elicit an effective DMT experience, which is at least 55 milligrams. Such a feat would be physically impossible for a ductless gland of this size. In fact, when the pineal gland does produce the recognized hormone, melatonin, it does so at rate of 5 micro grams per hour, that is, at a rate of 1/10/000th the rate of production required for a DMT experience. However, this comparison needs a closer look, particularly with the parameters of location and proximity in mind.

The minimum dosage of 55 milligrams is for intravenous or inhalation absorption in which case the DMT must first be diluted into the full volume of bodily blood and tissue, furthermore, human blood includes monoamine oxidaise, the quick-acting DMT scavenger which further diminishes the DMT concentration. The pineal gland is at the brain zero point with no need to deliver the DMT more than a few millimeters, approximately 1000 times closer to the target and at a much higher concentration.. Furthermore, the pineal gland is tucked into the cleavage between the two lobes of the thalamus, which is the central switchboard of the brain; it couldn’t be more proximate to where it needs to be.

One way to test this argument would be to determine the minimum dosage actually required to elicit a DMT experience when this entheogen is delivered directly to the third ventricle of the brain instead of at the 60 cm distance from the forearm.

Physiology of the pineal gland: Visit: http://www.neuroradiology.ws/pinealomasphysiology.

Internet Resources for further information 

PINEAL GLAND/METAtonin, Endogenous DMT 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
http://www.aton432hz.info/Blog/Entries/2013/10/28_Ananda_Bosman_Pineal_Power_Science.html. Ananda Bosman discusses her work with
Dark Room Retreats which encourage the production of pinoline, an essential adjunct to DMT function.
http://www.dmtsite.com/dmt/experience/descriptions_of_experience.html. The DMT experience described

OUT-OF-BODY CONSCIOUSNESS/LUCID DREAMING RESOURCES

http://www.multidimensionalman.com, Jurgen Ziewe’s website describes the many dimensions of consciousness as discovered in his may OBE explorations as well as a gallery of his art which depicts many of the realms he has experienced. He is the author of The Multidimensional Man
www.astralinfo.org/, William Buhlman’s website. He is the author of Adventures Beyond the Body and The Secret of the Soul  and is a veteran of many OBE travels.
www.oberf.org/: Website of the Out of Body Experience Research Foundation (OBERF)
http://www.gesund-im-licht.at/en/the-hypnagogic-light-experience/introduction.html, The Lucia Light Simulator webpage that describes a specialized light generator that stimulates a shift in consciousness similar to a mild METAtonin event.
http://howtolucid.com/lucid-dreaming-blog a very informative and inspiring website about lucid dreaming.
http://www.dreamyoga.com/a website devoted to a specialized form of yoga exercise and lifestyle that promotes lucid dreaming.
www.spiritualtravel.org An extensive resource for information on both OBEs and NDEs.
www.obe4u.com/ An extensive resource for information on both OBEs including instructions on how to direct OBE travel to different destinations as well as the free download book: School of Out-Of- Body Travel – A Practical Guide.
www.robertpeterson.org/obebook.html Robert Peterson is the author of Out of Body Experiences, How to have them and What to Expect. This book can be read in its entirety on this website.
http://www.baytallaah.com/bookspdf/132.pdf : is an online book by William Buhlman, Adventures Beyond the Body - HOW TO EXPERIENCE OUT-OF-BODY TRAVEL
http://www.lucidity.com/ Stephen LeBerge’s website for the Lucidity Institute that offers training workshops for OBEs
www.drbrucegoldberg.com/newlart3.htm Website of  Dr. Bruce Goldberg, author of Exploring The Fifth Dimension: Parallel Universes, Teleportation and Out-of-Body Travel
www.world-of-lucid-dreaming.com Rebecca Turner’s extensive NDE website. Ms. Turner has been 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 world's largest NDE website now published in 23 languages.Underline
www.pimvanlommel.nl Cardiologist Dr. Pim van Lommel's NDE website, a very scientific approach.
http://pmhatwater.com/ PMH Atwater, Ph.D  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.     

MEDITATION/CONSCIOUSNESS RESOURCES

http://holofractal.net/, a blog for all consciousnauts
http://www.ithou.org/node/1958 Shows a video of the Dalai Lama and his comments on phowa meditation which is a means of separating consciousness from the body and entering a state of bardo consciousness.
http://www.iacworld.org  Waldo Vieira's International Academy of Consciousness based in Brasil.
http://icrl.org/basic-research/ ICRL is an international, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational consortium of some 75 members, most of whom have been associated with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR). Presently about 5 consciousness related research projects are underway.\
http://www.closertotruth.com/topics/consciousness/consciousness Is an excellent series of interviews with today's leading pioneers of consciousness research.
http://academy.resonance.is/exploring-unified-physics-delegate-level-1-v3/. Welcome to the Resonance Academy and explore the world of consciousness
https://www.actualized.org. Ego vs. Eco: will our planet survive the human race? Leo has some answers.
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 brain's default mode network, DMN, or default waking consciousness, also noted is a thickening of gray and white brain matter.
http://www.noetic.org/library/book-reviews/irreducible-mind/ a review of the book The Irreducible Mind: Toward a Psychology for the 21st Century a scholarly investigation into the significance of unexplainable consciousness experiences such as NDEs, paranormal abilities observed in meditators and yogis and mystical experiences.
http://www.amrityoga.org/more-teachings/thirdeye-meditation.html An article by Yogi Amrit Desai about the significance of Pineal Gland focused meditation.
http://www.livingwordsofwisdom.com/third-eye-meditation.html A webpage devoted to Pineal awareness meditation
http://www.mythaphi.com/#/ a website devoted to an anticipated evolutionary shift in consciousness in its many manifestations
http://www.eman8.net/human-evolution-who-are-we-becoming/ describes the 8 stage consciousness evolution process as developed by Professor Clare Graves of Union College, Go Dutchmen!

See full article on the metatoninresearch.org website.

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