Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Expanding the Conscious...? Pt.1

...what has been discovered within the past 60 years is that progress is as much about consciousness as anything else.:IE the important tech can be constructed but unless the user can mentally become compatible with it ...nothing clever happens......like the stuff in that video i sent you......arrived on my desk today so i sent it to you.......nothing clever in that shit...pointless in fact......what`s needed is conscious interaction...then potential is unlocked......it you get my meaning.......

DMT is a tryptromine, basicly Serotonin and also Psychocybin.
It is a natural neurotransmitter.
It is manufactured by your Pineal Gland.
The King of Psychidelics
Is it the cause of NDE and Alien Abduction and Religion?
Is it the cause of Consciouness?
Your body manufactures this molecule during REM sleep.
It is the cause of your dreams.
Our body also creates MAO blockers to its ingestion.
Its quite interesting.
It may explain what I see.
My Pineal Gland may be heightened.
But why is it Illegal and yet my brain makes it every day????
Thats really messed up.
I guess they are trying to make us no-brainers.


DMT: The Spirit Molecule

In 1990, I began the first new human research with psychedelic, or hallucinogenic, drugs in the United States in over 20 years. These studies investigated the effects of N,N-dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, an extremely short-acting and powerful psychedelic. During the project's five years, I administered approximately 400 doses of DMT to 60 human volunteers. This research took place at the University of New Mexico's School of Medicine in Albuquerque, where I was tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry.

I was drawn to DMT because of its presence in all of our bodies. Perhaps excessive DMT production, coming from the mysterious pineal gland, was involved in naturally occurring "psychedelic" states. These might include birth, death and near-death, psychosis, and mystical experiences. Only later, while the study was well under way, did I also begin considering DMT's role in the "alien abduction" experience.

The DMT project was founded on cutting edge brain science, especially the psychopharmacology of serotonin. However, my own background powerfully affected how we prepared people for, and supervised, their drug sessions. One of these was a decades-long relationship with a Zen Buddhist training monastery.

The Spirit Molecule reviews what we know about psychedelic drugs in general, and DMT in particular. It then traces the DMT research project from its earliest intimations through the maze of committees and review boards to its actual performance.

Our research subjects were healthy volunteers. The studies were not intended to be therapeutic, although all of us believed in the potentially beneficial properties of psychedelic drugs. The project generated a wealth of biological and psychological data, much of which I have already published in the scientific literature. On the other hand, I have written nearly nothing about volunteers' stories. I hope these many excerpts from over 1000 pages of my bedside notes provide a sense of the remarkable emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects of this chemical.

Problems inside and outside of the research environment led to the end of these studies in 1995. Despite the difficulties we encountered, I am optimistic about the possible benefits of the controlled use of these drugs. Based upon what we learned in the New Mexico research, I offer a wide-ranging vision for DMT's role in our lives, and conclude by proposing a research agenda and optimal setting for future work with DMT and related drugs.

The late Willis Harman possessed one of the most discerning minds to apply himself to the field of psychedelic research. Willis, earlier in his career, had published the first and only scientific study using psychedelics to enhance the creative process. When I met him 30 years later in 1994, he was president of Institute of Noetic Sciences, an organization founded by the sixth man to walk on the moon, Edgar Mitchell. Mitchell's mystical experience, stimulated by viewing the Earth on his return home, inspired him to study phenomenon outside the range of traditional science, which nevertheless might yield to a broader application of the scientific method.

During a long walk together along the central California coastal range one day, he said firmly, "At the very least, we must enlarge the discussion about psychedelics." It is in response to his request that I include highly speculative ideas and my own personal motivations for performing this research. This approach will satisfy no-one in every respect. There is intense friction between what we know intellectually or even intuitively, and what we experience with the aid of DMT. As one of our volunteers exclaimed after his first high dose session, "Wow! I never expected that!" Or, as Dogen, a thirteenth century Japanese Buddhist teacher said, "We must always be disturbed by the truth." Enthusiasts of the psychedelic drug culture may dislike the conclusion that DMT has no beneficial effects in and of itself; rather, the context in which people take them is at least as important. Proponents of drug control may condemn what they read as encouragement to take psychedelic drugs and a glorification of the DMT experience. Practitioners and spokespersons of traditional religions may reject the suggestion that spiritual states can be accessed, and mystical information gained, through drugs. Those who have undergone "alien abduction," and their advocates, may interpret as a challenge to the "reality" of their experiences my suggestion that DMT is intimately involved in these events. Opponents and supporters of abortion rights may find fault with my proposal that pineal DMT release at 49 days after conception marks the entrance of the spirit into the fetus.

Brain researchers may object to the suggestion that DMT affects the brain's ability to receive information, rather than generating those perceptions themselves. They also may dismiss the proposal that DMT can allow our brains to perceive dark matter or parallel universes, realms of existence inhabited by conscious entities.

However, if I did not describe all the ideas behind the DMT studies, and the entire range of our volunteers' experiences, I would not be telling the entire tale. At best, The Spirit Molecule would have little effect on the scope of discussion about psychedelics; at worst, the book would reduce the field. Nor would I be honest if I did not share my own speculations and theories based upon decades of study, and listening to hundreds of DMT sessions. This is why I did it. This is what happened. This is what I think about it.

It is so important for us to understand consciousness. It is just as important to place psychedelic drugs in general, and DMT in particular, into a personal and cultural matrix where we do the most good, and the least harm. In such a wide open area of inquiry, it is best that we reject no ideas until we actually disprove them. It is in the interest of enlarging the discussion about psychedelic drugs that I've written The Spirit Molecule.

Machine elf

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Machine elves (also known as fractal elves, self-transforming machine elves) is a term coined by the ethnobotanist, writer and philosopher Terence McKenna to describe the entities that he claims one becomes aware of after having taken tryptamine based psychedelic drugs, especially DMT.

There are numerous references of such encounters that could be found in many cultures ranging from shamanic traditions of Native Americans to indigenous Australians, to African tribes, to the modern day "Urban Shamanism" like Santeria and Vodou and the "new breed"- a term that Timothy Leary used to describe the rising generation of urban shamans, who would, he claimed, augment the spiritual awareness of the modern world.

At about minute two of a DMT trip, according to McKenna, you burst through a chrysanthemum-like mandala, and find that

There's a whole bunch of entities waiting on the other side, saying "How wonderful that you're here! You come so rarely! We're so delighted to see you!"

They're like jewelled self-dribbling basketballs and there are many of them and they come pounding toward you and they will stop in front of you and vibrate, but then they do a very disconcerting thing, which is they jump into your body and then they jump back out again and the whole thing is going on in a high-speed mode where you're being presented with thousands of details per second and you can't get a hold on [them ...] and these things are saying "Don't give in to astonishment", which is exactly what you want to do. You want to go nuts with how crazy this is, and they say "Don't do that. Pay attention to what we're doing".

What they're doing is making objects with their voices, singing structures into existence. They offer things to you, saying "Look at this! Look at this!" and as your attention goes towards these objects you realise that what you're being shown is impossible. It's not simply intricate, beautiful and hard to manufacture, it's impossible to make these things. The nearest analogy would be the Fabergé eggs, but these things are like the toys that are scattered around the nursery inside a U.F.O., celestial toys, and the toys themselves appear to be somehow alive and can sing other objects into existence, so what's happening is this proliferation of elf gifts, which are moving around singing, and they are saying "Do what we are doing" and they are very insistent, and they say "Do it! Do it! Do it!" and you feel like a bubble inside your body beginning to move up toward your mouth, and when it comes out it isn't sound, it's vision. You discover that you can pump "stuff" out of your mouth by singing, and they're urging you to do this. They say "That's it! That's it! Keep doing it!".

We're now at minute 4.5 [of the trip] and you speak in a kind of glossolalia. There is a spontaneous outpouring of syntax unaccompanied by what is normally called "meaning". After a minute or so of this the whole thing begins to collapse in on itself and they begin to physically move away from you. Usually their final shot is that they wave goodbye and say "Deja vu! Deja vu!".

This concept may be related to a tendency for the brain to imagine living entities during certain altered states. The best example of this is the extremely common feeling of a living presence during sleep paralysis (which has been theorized as the origin of the succubus, as well as a common theme in many alien abduction stories). However, Terence McKenna and Dr. Rick Strassman have both asserted the sense of reality of the experience is distinct from ordinary hallucinatory experiences, leading both researchers to speculate that perhaps the physics of many worlds is involved.[1] Jacques Vallee proposed that the entities met may be of an interdimensional nature in his interdimensional hypothesis.

James Kent has put forth a scientific and more "down-to-Earth" explanation for machine elves. It can be found here: [2] Kent postulates that the DMT landscape is simply the disrupting or "editing" our processing of visual information and causing a chaotic interpretation of it inspired by hyperactive phosphene activity. The brain may fill in the blanks and since we all have an affinity for anthropomorphic things, a humanoid entity may appear out of all this chaos. Our "imaginal workplace" will take the center stage in brain activity, allowing internal data to be interpreted as external stimuli.[1]

When reflecting upon his mescaline experiences Aldous Huxley suggested that there was something, which he called Mind at Large, which was filtered by the ordinary functioning of the human brain to produce ordinary experience. One may view the human body and the human nervous system as a cybernetic system for constructing a stable representation of a world of enduring objects which are able to interact in ways that we are familiar with from our ordinary experience. This is analogous to a computer's production of a stable video display -- for even a simple blinking cursor requires complicated coordination of underlying physical processes to make it happen. In a sense we are (or at least may be thought of as) biological computers whose typical output is the world of everyday reality (as we experience it). When our biocomputational processes are modified by strange chemicals we have the opportunity to view the reality underlying ordinary experience in an entirely new way.

These "entities" are a common theme of psychedelic musicians like Shpongle. Space Tribe created a track (TIP Records, 1995) entitled "Machine Elf" containing a voice sample of Leonard Nimoy saying "Visual contact established. Requesting permission to land." Mark Poysden and Stefan Osadzinski released the album Bitone in 1995, under the name of "Self Transforming Machine Elves". The sleeve features an image of what a Machine Elf supposedly looks like, but this is a colored reproduction of a cave painting from the North African site of Tassili n'Ajjer.[3]. In the late 90's the band gül recorded and released a song called "DMT" based on the band's collective group experience with DMT.

The webcomic Overcompensating has referenced Machine Elves as being the secret to mastering all of reality.[4] The Goats webcomic mentions that Machine Elves were created by God and are responsible for implementing the work of the Infinite Monkeys, because He was very drunk at the time.

The Machine Elves are mentioned in issue #2 of the comic book series The Invincible Iron Man by the character Sal, when talking about DMT and other psychedelic drugs: "You know something like sixty percent of people have the same hallucinations on DMT? Terence McKenne, rest his soul, called them 'self-transforming machine elves.' Little bouncing technological artifacts that spoke a basic machine code that, no matter what language, you could understand. He thought he'd accessed the afterlife. I think it's the operating system of the human body...perhaps we're supposed to hack them. Perhaps we're supposed to change our own bodies."


Dr. Rick Strassman, a psychiatrist and researcher of clinical psychopharmacology supports a variant of this theory. During his research with DMT (dimethyltryptamine), more than 50% of his subjects had coherent, realistic encounters with sentient beings who interacted intelligently. Further, many of these beings looked and behaved very much like those creatures described by so-called UFO abductees.[1] In his book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Strassman writes:

When reviewing my bedside notes, I continually feel surprise in seeing how many of our volunteers “made contact” with “them,” or other beings. At least half did so in one form or another. Research subjects used expressions like “entities,” “beings,” “aliens,” “guides,” and “helpers” to describe them. The “life-forms” looked like clowns, reptiles, mantises, bees, spiders, cacti, and stick figures. It still is startling to see my written records of comments like, “There were these beings,” “I was being led,” “They were on me fast.”
—Strassman, http://www.rickstrassman.com/dmt/contact.pdf

Strassman hypothesizes that DMT may allow us to access other dimensions by tuning our brain to a different reality, thus allowing us to see the Interdimensional entities that Vallee hypothesizes.

So even though I'm no expert on quantum physics or any of the more far-out psychedelic views of cosmology, I did learn a little bit of this phenomena that is known as dark matter, which is non-visible matter that neither generates light nor reflects light, but still makes up 95% or more of the mass of the universe. It seemed to me that if it makes up that much mass of the universe, it could very well be inhabited, and it would just be a question of changing the receiving characteristics of consciousness through chemical changes that occurred with DMT to be able to perceive things that were normally not perceivable. And there are plenty of examples of that in everyday reality - I mean, with a microscope we can see tiny things we couldn't see normally - with a telescope we can see things very far away we can't see normally, with ultraviolet sensors we can see things that we can't normally see - so the only difference, maybe from a philosophical point of view, is that the change in our receiving powers are not tied in with a machine - they're more in our subjective/receptive consciousness rather than with a piece of metal and electricity and glass and things that can magnify or somehow change the things that we're capable of seeing.

So it's a bit of a stretch, but I don't think it's completely that crazy. The main thing that prevents further movement along the model that I'm talking about is just the verifiability between two people - like can two people see the same thing at the same time - like if you have two people looking through the same microscope at the same time, they can pretty much see and describe the same thing - but is it possible for two people to take DMT at the same time, or not even at the same time, and be able to see the exact same thing?
See: Rick Strassman See: Dimethyltryptamine#Speculations

Research and writer Sundar Ganapathy also builds on the interdimensional hypothesis and its relation to DMT. Ganapathy suggests that the greater driver is actually a Kundalini or prana energy phenomenon. He writes:

Many alien abductees report energy phenomenon, as if the “aliens” are making adjustments and tuning receptors - located in the very same chakras/nadis of hindu and buddhist spiritual traditions. And it should once more come as no surprise that many of these same experiences are reported by users of smoked DMT. Dr. Rick Straussman has an entire book devoted to the DMT experience and the role it could play in our spirituality, as it is an endogenously produced chemical. Now the pieces of the puzzle begin to fit together.

I believe that what is happening is some type of kundalini related energy phenomenon, initiated, at least superficially, by the DMT (regardless of whether it is endogenous substance naturally released or synthetic and artificially released into the bloodstream). What is interesting is that the avid occult seeker of the Out of body experience trains him or herself to induce these altered states of consciousness using energy exercises to access other realms. If you have ever experienced the OBE, you will notice the characteristic activation of certain energy centers. With that in mind it becomes clear that the kundalini energy plays a huge role in producing altered states of consciousness, through the release of DMT and perhaps other substances, to allow us to access other realms.
— Ganapathy, http://hardcoredynamic.com/blog/2008/07 ... y-contact/

Ganapathy takes his analysis further by suggesting that regardless of whether the alien intelligence is real or not, it is not to be trusted. He writes:

Because if in fact these spirits are real, we do not know their true intentions and they may be far craftier than we can imagine. We should continue to explore and attempt to communicate in the altered state. However, we must approach such realms with caution and reserve. Data should be collected, hypotheses should be formed and tested, and the scientific method should be applied as much as possible. At the end of the day, we should remain skeptical. We can only entrust the future of humanity to humanity itself. Lets unleash the true human within us! Forget the “plans” of “Gods” and their books, and forget the messiahs and their divine visions. Instead, lets forge our own human driven path to creating a future of exploring and designing our own universe. Unless these “gods” have something practical to say, forget about them, and elevate your imagination and your psyche to the level of the godhead.
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