There are many pieces to the puzzle, this one will simply be a review of some of the known Mechanisms modulating our daily reality.
These partial transcriptions of the documentary 'DMT: The Spiritual Molecule' and two lectures by Michael Persinger, will be inter-spliced with a few scholarly quotes in order to further our current understanding of Endogenous Chemical Release via Space Weather's effects on the Human Condition.
(1:40) One of the things, besides what it does, one of the things about DMT that always fascinated me was the fact that: it's such a simple molecule.
[Dave Nichols, PhD - Medicinal Chemist]:
(1:51) DMT stands for Dimethyltryptamine, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine. If you actually look at the ring structure of DMT itself, you only have really four positions that you can attach things to. So, you can make Diethyl, or dipropyl; there are some other types of carbon chains you can attach to that end that do give you compounds that do have activity, but very different from DMT.
[Dennis McKenna, PhD - Ethnopharmacologist]:
(2:20) Biosynthetically it's two steps from tryptophan, right, two trivial enzymatic steps from tryptophan. Well, tryptophan is an amino acid, of course, and it's everywhere. So, all organisms have tryptophan. And all organisms have the two key enzymes that lead to the synthesis of DMT. And these enzymes are very ancient enzymes, they're all over the place, they're again part of basic metabolism; so theoretically anything could synthesize DMT.
[Graham Hancock, Writer]:
(3:02) DMT is astonishingly, widely available in plants and animals all around the world, but so far nobody really knows why it's there or what it's function is.
“It is well known that the most sensitive sections of the human brain, influenced by negative factors of an environment, are hypothalamus (a region in the upper part of the brainstem that acts as a relay to the pituitary gland; it controls body temperature, circadian cycles, sleep, moods, hormonal body processes, hunger, and thirst) and cerebral cortex of the big hemispheres of the human brain (Kopanev and Shakula, 1985).” - Allahverdiyeva, Aysel A. & Babayev, Elchin S.
(3:28) The conventional wisdom 30-40 years ago was that these things had no real function, they were just sort of physiological noise but that's a very naive understanding. And what we now understand is that these secondary compounds are, in a sense, the language of the plants; these are messenger molecules. This is what plants use to mediate their relationships with other organisms in the environment.
[Charles Grob, MD - Psychiatrist]:
(3:57) Why is it that human beings' Central Nervous Systems are wired to receive this experience? Must be that there is important information to be learned.
[Graham Hancock, Writer]:
(4:11) So I don't think it's universally present in nature by accident, it has a real function; we have co-evolved with these plants…there's a purpose and a meaning to it.
[Leanna Standish, ND, PhD - Naturopathic Physician]:
(4:25) So it really fits in with the notion that DMT may be the common molecular language, resonant language among all living beings on this planet and maybe others as well. I can't think of a more powerful tool to explore the whole questions of: 'what is consciousness?'
“Studies show (see, for example, the following papers and references therein: Breus and Rapoport, 2003; Palmer et al., 2006) that during periods of severe geomagnetic disturbances, number of hospitalized patients with nervous diseases significantly increases; cerebral insults, different paroxysmal conditions, nervous disturbance disorders and suicidal attempts are more frequent, and psycho-neurological diseases become aggravated.”
“Gurfinkel’ et al. (1998) showed that during geomagnetic storms, number of cases of myocardial infarction increases 2.5 times, number of acute cerebral insults – 2 times, angina pectoris and cardiac arrhythmia – 1.5 times, and deaths – 1.2 times, with respect to periods without geomagnetic storms.” - Allahverdiyeva, Aysel A. & Babayev, Elchin S.
"In the 1950’s the German scientist W. Schumann described the existence of a Global Electromagnetic Resonance, an extremely low frequency (ELF), which is part of the Earth’s electromagnetic fields.
RE: 'DMT: The Spirit Molecule'
[Rick Strassman, MD - Psychiatrist]:
Excerpts from the lecture 'No More Secrets':
(00:34) Those flashing patterns you see there are the actual activity of a real brain. We've taken an EEG, quantified it, and we can actually see the activity taking place over the left and right hemispheres; the yellow and red that you see is effectively what's going on as a person is sitting quietly.
(00:50) There's micro states going on here being recreated every 20 milliseconds 50 times a second. There are about four basic micro-static patterns which are the building blocks to consciousness...
(01:38) Are we all connected? The answer is: yes. We are all immersed in the Earth's Magnetic Field, the human species is about 7 billion conductive brains all sharing this field. Think of 7 billion wires all immersed in the Earth's Magnetic Field; this field contains enough energy to store the experience of every human being who has ever lived.
(02:17) In fact, the strength of the Magnetic Field induced in every brain, right now you're being induced…put it this way: you're immersed in the Earth's Magnetic Field, it's penetrating through your brain, through your body and in fact the strength of the Magnetic Field induced in every brain by the Earth's Magnetic Field when all brains are considered is almost identical to the strength that each brain generates.
(02:41) Your brain generates in order of about a pico Tesla, which is about a trillionth of a Tesla, much weaker than the Earth's Magnetic Field, but that's the operational intensity. But what does it mean?
(02:53) It means simply this: such convergence produces the conditions that allow Global Resonance and the possibility of a Human Hologram. That is 7 billion brains basically immersed in the Earth's Magnetic Field all with similar intensities, the whole equal to the sum, and the sum equal to the individual; the individual equal to sum and that sets up the conditions for a hologram.
(03:19) Calculations suggest that the time required for an event in one human brain to diffuse into all other human brains on this planet would be about ten minutes; and it would occur primarily during dreams or during altered states.
(3:34) In other words you can actually calculate it; 7 billion brains is an easy calculation. One brain, something you're thinking about right now, how long would it take if we're all connected to diffuse to every other human brain on this planet? About 10 minutes and optimally during dreaming, when the right hemisphere is dominant.
(3:52) So here's how it would look in terms of an animation, effectively, there's a representation of the 7 billion brains, almost 7 billion. And ultimately this connection would take place over time in roughly about 10 to 15 minutes particularly if you were dreaming because there is something very different about the right side of the brain, the right hemisphere.
(6:29) I thought, you know, it wasn't totally crazy to presume a Pineal site of origin of DMT, which will fit in nicely with my theory that the Pineal was somehow involved in naturally occurring mystical states.
[Joel Bakst - Rabbi]:
(6:48) This hypothesis proposes that the Pineal Gland at certain times when it's under specific stress or stimulation it releases a significant amount of this hormone DMT and it's that hormone that facilitates the entering and exiting of the soul in the body; this is what the Jewish Sage mystics have been describing in a coded language for literally thousands of years.
[Rick Strassman, MD - Psychiatrist]:
(7:23) Through meditation, through fasting, chanting, any number of techniques there might be a burst of endogenous DMT that was correlated with mystical and near death experiences.
(7:36) I had this theory that there is a big similarity between psychedelics and experiences that were possible with a lot of meditation. And that was one of the original findings that lead me to start looking for a spirit molecule, a compound in the brain that elicited mystical experiences.
“Observed prevalence of changes in the right cerebral hemisphere proves the importance (‘‘interest’’) of the right hemisphere. According to Pereverzeva (1980), activation of the right hemisphere is accompanied by negative tinge of emotional reactions. Based on this fact, one can assume that during significant disturbances of geomagnetic conditions the negative emotional background of a person is amplified. This assumption is also proven by the results of the correlation analysis focused on strengthening cortical connections in the right cortical hemisphere and their short circuit on temporal sections, while, on geomagnetically quiet days, a profile of correlation interrelations has reflected weak internal and inter-hemispheric connections.” - Allahverdiyeva, Aysel A. & Babayev, Elchin S.
[Steven Barker, PHD - Pharmacologist]:
(8:08) I think there may be a role for DMT in explaining any number of hallucinatory phenomena that man has experienced throughout his history.
(8:21) Creativity, imagination, dream-states, changes that occur due to isolation, trauma, starvation…all of which produce hallucinatory phenomena.
(8:32) These hallucinatory phenomena are explainable by the presence of compounds known to produce hallucinations. And the only compounds that we know of that are capable of doing this are the class of compounds known as hallucinogens.
“Negative influence of the geomagnetic field disturbances on human health is well displayed by the nervous system. Geomagnetic storms, as any stress factor, influence the functional state of humans and as such, impact the central nervous (the brain and spinal cord) system. This system behaves as a sensitive screen, perceiving even weak disturbance fluctuations (oscillations) in the environment. Both the central and the vegetative nervous systems of a human being are sensitive and responsive to geomagnetic disturbances. (Baevsky, 1979; Mikhailova, 2001).”
“...the threshold of convulsive (spasmodic) readiness of the human brain is reduced; this is particularly dangerous for a person at high risk (vulnerable to physiological disorders) and, as a result, this fact should be taken into account for preventive measures and therapy of paroxysmal conditions.” - Allahverdiyeva, Aysel A. & Babayev, Elchin S.
(8:51) When thinking about spiritual states I think endogenous, hallucinogenic compounds and molecules that the brain can potentially release are probably very relevant to this topic because on the one hand they may really help us to elucidate what is the neurochemical mechanism of these experiences...
(9:30) Because it really can allow us to match up these experiences that people have with hallucinogens, as well as understanding where they are related in the context of the brains receptors and different parts of the brain that may or may not become active.
(9:49) One of the other interesting things about the pharmacology of DMT is that it's actively transported into the brain. And, so you have to wonder about the role of DMT in just everyday, normal perceptual-you know-inactivity. Too much DMT and things become very psychedelic or not enough DMT in the brain can make things dull and flat and grey.
[Neal Goldsmith, PhD - Psychologist]:
(10:15) There's something that for me that makes sense, about DMT, you called it the 'spirit molecule' it might almost be called the 'Reality Molecule.' Philosophically it makes sense that something that would be so fundamental to the way that we perceive reality would be imbued out there in reality.
[Steven Barker, PHD - Pharmacologist]:
(11:47) N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) when it's administered has a very rapid onset and a very short duration of action; this is because it's very rapidly broken down by the body so that it can be cleared.
[Dave Nichols, PhD - Medicinal Chemist]:
(12:01) DMT is rapidly degraded by an enzyme in the liver called Monoamine oxidases (MAO), that's the reason it's not active when you take it by mouth. Where as psyliociben, when you take it by mouth it's not broken down by Monoamine oxidases very quickly at all, so it gets through the liver and passes on into the blood stream and then into the brain.
[Patricio Dominguez - DMT Volunteer, Shaman]:
(32:01) Set and setting is so important, it's even more important than the substance; more important than the substance. Set and setting is everything. Now, what is the set and setting when you're blindfolded? The set and setting is not what you're seeing-you're not seeing anything-the set and setting is your internal self. The things that you have learned, the capacities that you have achieved, the conditions of your own psyche and psychology, these are you set and setting.
(32:45) It's the medicine combined with, or interacting with, the set and setting that creates an effect of safety, of trust, of comfort and of resourcefulness that makes it possible for you take some big leaps and receive some big gifts. And if that's not there you just get terrified.
[Antonopoulos Spiros - DMT Volunteer, Yoga Student]:
(33:52) The countdown was like, you know, counting down for/preparing for your death; waiting to surrender. And you'd feel the coldness and the coldness just going through your veins and it's really indescribable, it's hard to…it's like ice going through your veins.
(34:12) And the next thing that would happen, besides my racing heart, is this burning sensation would happen on the back of my neck-I mean this was reliable, this was like clockwork, this happened every time that you shot me up with DMT-and then there'd be a hum and the hum would get louder and louder and to the point where it broke apart everything that I was or knew. It was just this wrrrrrrrr, and it just got louder and louder until you just had to surrender to the sound. And then you were there.
[Christian Meuli, MD - DMT Volunteer, Family Physician]:
(35:00) I would get a warm, full feeling-a golden feeling-in my chest before it went to my head. I'd feel this warm rod, about a inch and a half in diameter start growing up inside my central channel.
(35:16) It would come up and sort of slow, warm up my chest, go up through my head and slow down and put tremendous pressure in my sinuses behind my eyes, slow down, start to grow and extend the skin behind my forehead about one inch, behind my hairline and I was afraid it was going to pop my skin a few times, because it was a very physical feeling. About an inch and a half, two inches above my skull when it popped through there the psychedelic trip had started.
[Andrew Newberg, MD - Radiologist]:
(56:51) Are these experiences, spiritual experiences or otherwise, are they created by physiological processes or is the brain itself responding to something that's going on? And the fact that somebody may actually find a way of turning on their brain to spiritual experiences, again, I'm not sure that that necessarily diminishes the reality or the realness of what those experiences are about.
(57:14) If the pharmacology or the psycho-pharmacology of psychedelic experiences turned out to be essentially the same as religious or spiritual experiences it would help us to understand where these experiences are occurring within the human brain.
And now, it's time for Dr. Michael Persinger's 'Final Thought'
(21:58) The photon emission energy from the brain, while a person is sitting in the dark, is about 10,000 times less than the stars on a cloudy night. But we can measure it with photo-multipler tubes.
(22:12) However, it's a hundred times more intense than the energy from the cosmic rays that pervade the Universe. Now, I know you're thinking that this is really really weak, but let me do an experiment real quick…okay.
(22:53) Right now, above you, there's over a 100 killapascals of pressure; a billion times more pressure on your body right now, than the pressure associated with me talking with you and you listening. Can you hear the atmosphere?
(23:11) It's a billion times more, of course you can't. It's not the intensity, it's the pattern. The pattern's the critical thing. So never underestimate the importance of the pattern, it's not the intensity.
(23:28) And Furthermore, if we take something like this-like one of these nice little cinnamints-and I drop it, just like that, I dropped it this way; that's about a microjoule of energy.
(23:42) Now for you to see a light in the dark that only takes about 10^-17 joules, that's a decimal point followed by 16 zeros and a 1, which means this is a microjoule, which means that energy-from dropping that right now-would be enough to light-up every eye of every human being on this planet.
(24:04) The critical thing is the energy and the pattern that detects it. Never think bigness is important. So, here's what happens…
"Here we will show that the most remarkable and statistically significant effects have been observed during days of geomagnetic perturbations defined by the days of the declining phase of Forbush decreases in CR intensity. Here we will consider also the possible influence of the long term CR intensity variation (controlled by solar activity cycle) on the different types of human diseases and traffic accidents…
There are two types of space phenomena for which monitoring and forecasting are very important: 1) big space radiation storms caused by solar CR accelerated to energy up to 15-20 GeV during great solar flares and diffusion propagated through the solar corona and interplanetary space (1a), by energetic particles up to energy 10-30 MeV accelerated and propagated by coronal mass ejection and interplanetary shock waves (1b), and 2) great space magnetic storms produced by geomagnetic storms accompanied as a rule by CR-Forbush-decreases. The continuous on-line CR ground observations by NM and MT on the world network my be useful for monitoring and forecasting of great space radiation storms (caused by solar CR) and great space magnetic storms." - Dorman, Lev.
Michael Persinger's 'Psychotropic Drugs' Lecture
(11:53) Lets take a look at Strassman's work on Ayahuasca. He calls it the 'Spiritual Molecule' and indeed this particular molecule, which is Dimethyltryptamine, right, DMT started in the Amazon Basin.
(12:11) And it's interesting, when people have these experiences: it's all a function of your culture, the local natives say it's the 'Jungle Mother' appearing to them, the Catholics say 'Mother Mary' is appearing to them, and the Protestants say something else, that is 'Christ' appeared to them.
(12:42) The typical experiences are: kaleidoscopic display of visual hallucinations, separation of consciousness from the physical body (very much like the diagram sequence I showed you of the near-death experience), feelings of another, the feeling of a presence.
(12:55) Almost always there's a feeling of a presence and cultures can identify it as a spirit guide, or a dead person, or an iconic individual such as a local religious figure; they're all basically the feeling of another.
(13:10) Now, some people have the capacity to make DMT within the Pineal Organ. Because Melatonin is effectively that compound; effectively N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine.
(13:23) So some of you can be naturally high, I've been accused of that; I've been accused of being naturally high because, well it's not just unique to me, the creative people: the musicians, the writers, the poets, the sculptors…All of those individuals often have a altered brain chemistry that gives them insight into other relationships and to other patterns.
(13:49) So some people may take drugs and have it, other people do it spontaneously and some people may be due to an actual modification of their experiences: did you know that Luther, Martin Luther, who started Lutheranism, was a basically low-rate, second-rate Monk until he was struck by lightning.
(14:08) The changes in his temporal lobe organization and the chemistry that he obviously experienced subsequent of that resulted in a massive change in human history.
(14:18) So, the point is that these particular compounds can be made in the brain, it's just that drugs enhance what's already there...
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