or: The frequency neuromodulator
or: The real meaning of astonishment
or: The inter-dimensional neurotransmitter
or: The greatest discovery of Western civilization
N,N-dimethyltryptamine is a human neurotransmitter that modulates the vibrational frequency of one's consciousness. Administered exogenously at higher doses, DMT is a state-of-consciousness-altering tool (psychedelic drug) that shifts one's consciousness to higher densities of existence.
During daily activity, DMT concentration in the human CNS is in the low-microgram scale, but after entering sleep, the pineal gland — after secreting the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) — secretes larger amounts of DMT, in an amount probably proportional to the vividness/intensity of the dream experience. DMT is the principal natural (al)chemical gateway to the template-level reality (4th density, lower astral realm) and the Higher Mind (5th density, the 5th-dimensional self).
Many plants contain DMT, but when ingested orally, it never reaches the CNS because it is metabolized in the gut by the enzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) — unless taken in conjunction with a MAO inhibitor (MAOI), as happens with ayahuasca, the shamanic medicinal-hallucinogenic brew somehow discovered by South American indigenous peoples. When ingested this way, or (even moreso) when vaporized and inhaled, one is guaranteed — given a sufficient dose — to have the most incredible (yet perfectly harmless) experience in one's life.
Literally shifting into a completely different dimension of reality has that effect. One's jaw inevitably drops in utter astonishment (in a manner reminiscent of children's cartoons) as the reality that was believed to be solid is now an overly surrealistic circus of rapidly-shifting patterns. And no ordinary patterns: unfathomably intricate fractal structures, "impossible" higher-dimensional shapes of extremely brightly colored objects, endlessly complex psychedelic landscapes, etc, are descriptions of some of the most "ordinary" visions in the DMT trance:
Terence McKenna - The strangest things happen on DMT
Terence McKenna audio clip- 'The World and it's Double'
DMT is the greatest discovery "Western civilization" has ever made, but it is not aware of this. The ontology-shattering (excessively modest people might say 'challenging') conundrums it instantaneously and pervasively presents to the initiate are — in the words of entheogenically-naive Dr. Michio Kaku — "weirder than we can suppose". But not just a little weirder! Several orders of magnitude weirder; yet very, very real — in fact hyperreal.
DMT is to perception what astronomy is to size, in the sense that they both put reality into perspective in relation to scale. Just as the Milky Way is 14 orders of magnitude larger than our planet (and an electron is 15 orders of magnitude smaller than a grain of salt, etc), DMT pervasively proves that the inside world of the mind is of a similar scale.
The DMT experience
The feeling of doing DMT is as though one had been struck by noetic lightning. The ordinary world is almost instantaneously replaced, not only with a hallucination, but a hallucination whose alien character is its utter alienness. Nothing in this world can prepare one for the impressions that fill your mind when you enter the DMT sensorium.
DMT-Nexus, the forum for DMT enthusiasts, says of DMT:
DMT is a bottomless well of never ending confoundment, an unsolvable riddle of epic proportions spoken in alien tongues. It will call into question all that you know, all you’ve learned to accept as reality, and introduce you to a state of being which defies all comprehension.
This experience is not for everyone, and not all who choose to open the door deal well with the questions it raises. It should never be undertaken lightly or treated in a casual manner. Those who approach it with little respect often pay a psychic price.
Should you choose to proceed, be aware that integration issues may follow. What you find inside may change your life. It will almost certainly alter your deepest, most fundamental assumptions.
And that is precisely the kind of ontological shock that dogmatic scientists who believe they are open-minded need — though it may be less daunting to begin with other methods. DMT's ontoseismic shock is not "beginner friendly":
When entering hyperspace for the first time, or entering deeper levels of hyperspace for the first time, there can be a "psychedelic shock". The paradigms and worldimage of the individual is shattered, obviously no longer 'works' in these realms, and the individual traveler is left with empty hands staring at the fragments of what he formerly knew as 'truth'. This experience can, in the first moments, be seemingly traumatic because of the inabiltity of the traveler to process his experience, leading to the feeling of being absolutely overwhelmed. Yet, when the traveler can reach a certain inner concentration, a firmness, while being and experiencing these newer and deeper levels of truth, the psychedelic shock turns out to be utterly freeing. The paradox is that the experience has the disturbing effect of a trauma, yet the cause of the trauma is a Platonic experience of total truth, beauty and love. The experience is intenser and deeper than 'mindblowing'; 'disturbing' lacks the insight & beauty that accompanies the experience. Ontoseismic is composed of a merging of 'ontos' (greek for 'being') and 'seismos' (earthquake, from 'seiein' (greek for 'to shake')).
The pharmacologically-savvy mystery-seeking skeptical psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna relates how he discovered DMT and that "there is a doorway into another dimension" — "magic is real, in the most real sense":
Terence McKenna - Everything you need to know about DMT (rapdancing into the 3rd millenium)
Mckenna takes you on a fun exposition into his views on DMT. Q&A @ 52:00. Please note that when Mckenna talks about DMT he is talking about his personal experience and opinions only. In this amazingly engaging and well explained lecture Mckenna covers everything you will likely need to know about DMT. From the actual molecule, to recounting word for word some of his trips, some pharmacology, some philosophy about the nature of reality, where to find DMT, how easy it it to extract, its unique role of being naturally inside all our bodies endogenously as a metabolized compound, why it is here, why it has the effects it does, different realities .... everything.
This is the doorway; it's the umbilicus of this world. These [tryptamine hallucinogens] are things which are called drugs, because that's the category we have for things which make the world unrecognizable, but these are not drugs; these are magical doorways into staggeringly titanic dimensions of gnosis, power, information, understanding — and dimensions filled with affection for humanity.
DMT trip illustrated with the art an explanation requires
The Infinite Within - DMT Hyperspace
This video provides a visualization of how a medium-dose (10-20 mg) DMT trip might look like (not nearly as weird as DMT hyperspace).
DMT Experience (HD)
In this visual journey by Martin Stebbing, the voice of Terence McKenna is remixed with content from DMT: The Spirit Molecule. Since its 2010 premiere,the film has inspired countless individuals, from all corners of the globe
Terence McKenna, operating within (i.e. believing) the objective reality metaparadigm ("I'm a rationalist who just had a very weird set of experiences, but I am a rationalist"), looked at the DMT elves (or 'Self-Transforming Machine Elves' from hyperspace) from an objective perspective. That same reason (along with the observation of "non-rigorous thinkers") is also why he "had no patience" for channeling.
The "breakthrough" into Hyperspace
In DMT terms, a "breakthrough" or "breakthru" refers to the lifting of the veil. It means breaking through into a reality that feels hyperreal yet is utterly "impossible" — a "place" known as hyperspace, wherein one invariably experiences an overwhelming and pervasive feeling of astonishment, because what one is witnessing is totally and completely impossible according to what one currently believes is possible. This is true even without communication with intelligent entities. A breakthrough trip requires inhaling around 30-50 mg of vaporized DMT within about 60-90 seconds.
Bashar on DMT
Bashar has spilled the beans on the endogenous role of dimethyltryptamine in the human central nervous system. In Bashar's 2008-10-11 transmission, entitled Download, Bashar described the role of the tryptamine neurotransmitters — i.e. DMT, serotonin, and melatonin (N,N-dimethyltryptamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, N-acetyl-5-methyloxytryptamine) — in the brain. They are the electrochemical translators of the higher-frequency energy of the Higher Mind (the 5th-dimensional aspect of the Human self) into the perception that the Physical Mind (the 4th-dimensional "personality construct") experiences.
Bashar – DMT is a primary neurotransmitter and frequency neuromodulator
Bashar explains the purpose and function of the mysterious endogenous trace neurotransmitter, and most powerful hallucinogen, dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
From Bashar's transmission: Download (2008-10-11).
So the first level of reception, is that this substance, dimethyltryptamine, receives the vibration of the higher information, then also, where and when necessary, translates that vibrational energy into other neurochemical transmitters, such as serotonin [and] melatonin — and, along with dimethyltryptamine, in a sense, "dumps" these neurotransmitters into your cerebrospinal fluid, into your bloodstream, into the cells of your brain, into the cells of your body, in such a manner as to then set up the template, neurochemically, and then neuroelectrically, to represent the idea of that information, in neurochemical, neuroelectric form. Once it has been translated by these neurotransmitting chemicals in a neuroelectric, neurochemical form, then the Physical Mind has access to that information. Thus then the Physical Mind receives that experience as the experience of inspiration, imagination, thought patterns, so on and so forth. But also, it then takes that information and applies it in whatever way, shape, or form, it has already applied such information before, with respect to crystalizing or solidifying patterns of that information. These crystalizations, these solidifications of patterns of information that the Physical Mind has received before, that it has decided are appropriate, or pertinent, or relevant to it, are called belief systems and definitions. [...]
After it has been translated from higher-frequency energy into neurochemical, neuroelectric patterns, you will always pass that information through the crystallized belief systems within the artificial personality construct, that have been set up, and those belief systems will then regulate to what degree you actually have the ability to access that higher-frequency information — more, or less, depending upon the nature of the belief that has been crystallized within the personality construct, within the Physical Mind.
DMT and densities
Bashar - DMT and Densities
Bashar at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, 2012
Could the breakthru threshold be between 5th (Higher Mind) and 6th density (soul)? McKenna's idea that the hyperspace elves could be "an ecology of souls" fits with this idea, and most shamans in ayahuasca-drinking cultures appear to agree.
And, if the breakthru is entry into 6th density, could entry into 7th density (which Bashar says is very rare) be what some people have described as a breakthru while already in hyperspace (aka 'End of the Line')?
McKenna described that if one has had a DMT trip even just once, one could have a dream, and in the middle of whatever is going on in the dream, someone might pull out a glass pipe, and one may then experience a DMT trip in the dream — as if one's pineal gland is "activated" by a single large exogenous dose of DMT:
Terence McKenna - On DMT
In this segment, the great noetic archaeologist Terence McKenna discusses his views on the use of NN-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
Bashar explains that the same can be done while in the waking dream, using the imagination to recall the vibration of the DMT trip state:
Bashar - DMT Pineal Gland Activation
RFRKTHRM and their black hole event horizon technology
Just when you thought it couldn't get weirder...
Bashar on RFRKTHRM
"They are completely non-humanoid; they appear to be much like "metallic elastic bands in complex configurations", in a world you would find almost unimaginable."
In the perception of two YouTube commenters:
[Samwas] It sounds an awfully lot like Terence McKenna's "self-dribbling basketballs" and "self-transforming machine elves." If this is legit, could this civilization be the entities people are encountering on DMT and in other high mystical states? Another idea worth noting... If you buy at all into Nassim Haramein's Unified Field Theory, whereas each of us has within us a black hole which connects us to every other (infinite) parallel universe, this would make total sense.
[Willow Star] As far as McKenna, I believe so. Bashar has mentioned that DMT especially as well as marijuana allow people to reach different vibrational states/realities. Physicist Tom Campbell (who helped Robert Monroe in the early days) claims to have been to hundreds if not thousands of them, all without the use of any drug, only intent & focus. He talks about it in his lectures, some very in depth such as his My Big T.O.E. Calgary workshop. All are free on his YT channel.
Bashar seems to confirm (or at least support the idea of) the black hole singularity of gravitational infinity and "no time" that mainstream theoretical physicists like Michio Kaku dismiss as "impossible, therefore our general relativity equations must be wrong".
The illegalization of the cosmic human neurotransmitter / frequency neuromodulator
DMT was made "illegal" internationally in 1971 (by the UN's 1971 "Convention on Psychotropic Substances") along with LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, all lumped together in the vague category "hallucinogens" (later sub-classified as "psychedelics") because the control system realized that LSD (and by extension other hallucinogens) was a danger to the illusory world of statism and its progress toward the normalization of their war against the peoples of Southeast Asia. LSD is a powerful psychedelic like psilocybin/psilocin, but has an additional high agonistic affinity for the dopamine D2 receptor, which (along with serotonin2A and others) induces a powerful experience of euphoria, bliss, and (higher-frequency) introspection — a state of consciousness in which killing another human being is unthinkable and war is seen for exactly what it is, and warmongers for exactly what they are.
Only one clinical study has ever been conducted dealing with the effects of DMT in humans (except for a minor one in the 1950's in Hungary): a study conducted by Dr. Rick Strassman that administered high doses of pure DMT intravenously to 60 volunteers with some prior experience with psychedelics. Strassman had to file requests for years to get approval for the study by the U.S. bureaucracy. The "objective" results of the study were useful to further understand DMT scientifically, but the effects the trials had on Dr. Strassman were perhaps even more interesting. Strassman suspected that not only is DMT closely related to the chemistry of dreaming, but that it can help explain such reported phenomena as near-death experiences (NDEs), UFO abductions and other close encounters with alien beings, states of enlightenment/nirvana/samadhi, naturally-occuring hallucinations of various kinds, etc.
While the correlation is there, that does not imply causation. Does pineal DMT secretion cause these experiences? Or is the brain merely a receiver — an antenna — of higher-frequency information from the Higher Mind, which electrochemically translates (decodes) that information into the perception that the Physical Mind experiences?
What is Strassman's understanding some 15 years later?
After completing his groundbreaking research chronicled in DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman was left with one fundamental question: What does it mean that DMT, a simple chemical naturally found in all of our bodies, instantaneously opens us to an interactive spirit world that feels more real than our own world?
About his latest (3rd) book, DMT and The Soul of Prophecy, Strassman writes:
At long last, I’m delighted to announce the publication of my latest book: DMT and The Soul of Prophecy. In this book, I tackle the major unresolved issues with which I was left after finishing my DMT project nearly 20 years ago. This was to find a model that fit the data from our volunteers’ reports of the drug state. This ultimately led me to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) where the notion of a “prophetic state of consciousness“ began taking shape. At the same time, in order to make sense of the Hebrew Bible, I turned to the classic medieval Jewish philosophers like Maimonides, who proposed rather sophisticated metaphysical/spiritual mechanisms for the prophetic experience. Thus, to the extent that the prophetic and DMT states resembled each other, I could propose metaphysical and spiritual mechanisms in common in addition to shared biological mechanisms.
While the phenomenological properties of the two states overlap convincingly, the information content of the prophetic state appears to be much more highly articulated, enduring, and pervasive as evidenced by the Hebrew Bible’s influence throughout the world over the last 2500 years. The striking differences in the prophetic message versus the DMT one then led me to propose fundamental differences in how the two states come about. This finally led to a novel model of spiritual experience—either prophetic or psychedelic— that works from a top-down rather than bottom-up perspective. The bottom-up perspective is represented by neurotheology wherein changes in brain chemistry give the impression of communicating with the divine, whereas my new model, theoneurology, posits that God communicates with us via the agency of the brain.
The "prophetic state of consciousness" is called 4th density awareness.
Strassman's "novel model of spiritual experience—either prophetic or psychedelic— that works from a top-down rather than bottom-up perspective" is just one tiny logical step away from the subjective reality metaparadigm.
"Neurotheology" is physicalism (fundamentalist-materialism) — which is a subset of the objective reality metaparadigm.
With the confirmation of the presence of DMT in the pineal gland of rats, there is no (scientific) reason to believe that it isn't produced naturally by the human pineal gland. The question is how exactly. DMT is only a few enzymatic reactions away from serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) and only two from tryptamine.
When DMT binds (attaches) to the 5-HT2A receptors (in place of serotonin) in quantities a few orders of magnitude larger than normal levels, the world literally transforms into something completely different yet (seemingly) entirely unimaginable. It's relevant to note here the effect on consciousness of serotonin itself when increasing synaptic concentrations at the 5-HT2A receptors, such as when using a balanced triple monoamine releasing agent like MDMA (or a more selective serotonin releasing agent): it has an unmistakably profound effect on consciousness while still remaining in the "normal" world; one simply becomes closer to a state of unconditional love, living much more in the moment.
Human pineal glands also release pinoline, a MAO-A inhibitor (a beta-carboline like those in ayahuasca). Inhibiting (disabling) MAO (monoamine oxidase) enzymes results in higher synaptic concentrations of monoamine neurotransmitters. DMT's half-life of about 2-4 minutes means that decreased DMT breakdown due to MAO inhibition would increase synaptic DMT concentrations rather rapidly, which means that the impact of pineal pinoline on DMT is much greater than on the more well-known monoamine neurotransmitters. Do endogenous DMT trips happen? The brain chemistry is clearly there. The genius "inventor of the 20th Century", Nikola Tesla, who rarely sketched anything but used mental imaging, apparently had daily DMT flashes.
He had the capacity to actually literally visualize in physical terms—you would call them "hallucinations", but that's not exactly what they were. He could actually visualize every single invention he created before he created it, to the point where he could actually make it run in his head, see it running, take it apart, see where the wear and tear is, put it back together, correct the problems, and that's why everything he built worked the first time he built it, cuz he'd already done it in the hallucination.
The other psychedelics (serotonin receptor agonists, all with different subreceptor selectivity and functional selectivity, and all with varying perhaps-not-insignificant affinities for other receptor types) are thus also frequency neuromodulators in their own exogenous way, but are not specifically designed for it (don't have the precise pharmacological action), and thus cannot bring the psychonaut much beyond the template-level reality (4th density), and not beyond the Higher Mind level (5th density) into the "breakthru" soul realm (6th density) — if indeed that is the threshold of hyperspace.
It is also worth noting that DMT has no oxygen atoms, while the other major tryptamine neurotransmitters do, which suggests that DMT is more fundamental than the others, given that the evolutionary order of elements in living organisms is "CHNOPS" (carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulfur).
DMT and the pineal gland
The pineal gland regulates this molecule, and its vibration, to determine exactly how, and to what degree, you are or are not focused in physical or non-physical reality. It is the gatekeeper; it is the regulator; it is the tuning dial, for how much you are focused in physical or how much you are focused in non-physical reality.
Descartes was thus on the right track when thinking of the pineal gland as the "principal seat of the soul". Indian ontology also nailed it, the pineal gland corresponding to the idea of the Ajna chakra energy vortex. As Wikipedia summarizes:
Numerous spiritual philosophies contain the notion of an inner third eye that is related to the Ajna chakra and also to the pineal gland. These are attributed significance in mystical awakening or enlightenment, clairvoyant perception, and higher states of consciousness. This idea occurs historically in ancient central and eastern Asia, as well as in contemporary theories relating to yoga, theosophy, Hinduism and pagan religions, and New Age spiritual philosophies.
In the form of ayahuasca, DMT becomes a completely different experience. The peak intensity is lower — in part because with inhaled DMT one shifts from normal (baseline) to hyperspace in about 40-60 seconds — but the overall experience is much more personal (and less utterly alien), thus leaving a stronger (longer-lasting) impression.
As part of some ayahuasca ceremonies, the participants become wildly sick from the brew, and begin vomiting ferociously, feeling horrible until the moment the DMT begins to kick in. Hence, they go from "much lower than baseline" to potentially all the way up to hyperspace. That can make the polarity experienced even greater and thus in some sense even more intense than 50 mg of inhaled DMT.
The 5% mystery
McKenna said that, in his experience, about 5% of people get no effects from exogenous DMT. Rick Strassman (who conducted the first and only scientific clinical trials to "empirically determine" the objective effects of DMT on humans — or at least that's the reasoning he had to use to get government permission) wrote the following in chapter 22 of his book DMT: The Spirit Molecule:
Another series of experiments would give DMT to those who have undergone spontaneous psychedelic experiences, and then ask them to compare the two experiences. Substantial similarity would support a role for endogenous DMT in the original, naturally occurring event. Outside- administered DMT might then provide more controlled access to those states for us to study and utilize more effectively.
The simplest of these projects would be to investigate the relationship between DMT and rapid eye movement, or dream, sleep. If giving DMT during sleep caused the immediate onset of typical dreams, this would support a role for naturally produced DMT in this common altered state.
If administering DMT reproduced part or all of a particular person's previous spontaneous near-death, enlightenment, or abduction experience, we'd be on firmer ground proposing a role for natural DMT in these experiences.
We began approaching the issue of natural and drug-induced enlightenment with one of our volunteers, Sophie, a forty-two-year-old former nun. She had had a mystical experience during a retreat at her nunnery that the abbess confirmed as genuine. She demonstrated a minimal response to her high doses of DMT, an exciting initial confirmation of my hypothesis. That is, if DMT were involved in her mystical experience, perhaps her brain had learned to deal with naturally occurring elevated levels by reducing its sensitivity to the spirit molecule. This would be something like tolerance.
However, the next volunteer who demonstrated even less of a response to 0.4 mg/kg DMT seriously challenged this theory. Charles, a thirty-four-year-old bartender, had never meditated a day in his life. In his case, we proposed a hard-wiring, genetic predisposition to his mild DMT response. He was born that way.
I therefore needed to be more modest in attributing Sophie's minimal reaction to her prior mystical experience. Of course, it's possible that each hypothesis was true for the particular individual, but there would be a certain intellectual dishonesty in using the data in such a self-serving manner.2
[fn 2] Terence McKenna introduced hundreds of people to DMT, and during a visit on his botanical preserve in Hawaii several years ago, we talked about this. He estimated that perhaps 5 percent of people to whom he had given DMT showed nearly no effect. Terence's 5 percent estimate is exactly what we saw in our own research: three out of sixty volunteers.
What does this mean? It appears that DMT will always retain mystique to it, even after its function has been explained to us by our intragalactic neighbors, whose baseline DMT levels are higher (i.e. their consciousness is operating at a higher frequency). In a sense, DMT will never be completely demystified, because from the human perspective, DMT represents the mystery of Creation itself.
As a theoretical musing, could some of the 5% be artificial spirits of some kind? Some researchers speak of "organic portals", which is contrasted to a "souled human". Researcher David Icke says that an iris scan researcher concluded that, of 2,300 eyes scanned, around 4-5% appeared to be "of reptilian type and appearance". If that is not the answer, following are some possible reasons that can be imagined:
- Spirit guides preventing the experience, perhaps because the person wouldn't be able to handle it at that moment.
- Lack of knowledge about psychedelics/drugs and pharmacological mechanisms/concepts, combined with the belief system of the ego of the person being so strong that he/she chooses on the unconscious level to not experience the DMT trip.
These higher-dimensionally-causal reasons may then be manifested 4th-dimensionally, were it to be observed by the 4th-dimensional Physical Mind, as something like:
- Serotonin2A receptors shaped so as to have serotonin-type (rather than DMT-type) second messenger cascades.
- Baseline DMT levels being higher than normal and therefore metabolic breakdown much faster (i.e. DMT's half-life greatly reduced).
The site Erowid.org has over 350 trip reports for DMT. Following are only three in-depth trip reports out of those:
- "One Beautiful Hit" by WaterBongs [easy integration]
- "The Shuttle to Oblivion" by Mango-Z [difficult integration]
- "Beyond the Void" by Vipassana Meditator [Eastern understanding]
Dosage is key to the DMT experience; a low dose has relatively little impact while a high dose is invariably mind-blowingly ego-shattering. Researcher Peter Meyer has compiled a list of 340 DMT trip reports "attesting to contact with apparently independently-existing intelligent entities within what seems to be an alternate reality".
DMT explained for the non-initiate rationalist
Excerpt from Tryptamine Hallucinogens and Consciousness by Terence McKenna (1982), followed by video:
There is a very circumscribed place in organic nature that has, I think, important implications for students of human nature. I refer to the tryptophan-derived hallucinogens dimethyltryptamine (DMT), psilocybin, and a hybrid drug that is in aboriginal use in the rain forests of South America, ayahuasca. This latter is a combination of dimethyltryptamine and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor that is taken orally. It seems appropriate to talk about these drugs when we discuss the nature of consciousness; it is also appropriate when we discuss quantum physics.
It is my interpretation that the major quantum mechanical phenomena that we all experience, aside from waking consciousness itself, are dreams and hallucinations. These states, at least in the restricted sense that I am concerned with, occur when the large amounts of various sorts of radiation conveyed into the body by the senses are restricted. Then we see interior images and interior processes that are psychophysical. These processes definitely arise at the quantum mechanical level. It's been shown by John Smythies, Alexander Shulgin, and others that there are quantum mechanical correlates to hallucinogenesis. In other words, if one atom on the molecular ring of an inactive compound is moved, the compound becomes highly active. To me this is a perfect proof of the dynamic linkage at the formative level between quantum mechanically described matter and mind.
Hallucinatory states can be induced by a variety of hallucinogens and dissociative anesthetics, and by experiences like fasting and other ordeals. But what makes the tryptamine family of compounds especially interesting is the intensity of the hallucinations and the concentration of activity in the visual cortex. There is an immense vividness to these interior landscapes, as if information were being presented three-dimensionally and deployed fourth-dimensionally, coded as light and as evolving surfaces. When one confronts these dimensions one becomes part of a dynamic relationship relating to the experience while trying to decode what it is saying. This phenomenon is not new - people have been talking to gods and demons for far more of human history than they have not.
It is only the conceit of the scientific and post-industrial societies that allows us to even propound some of the questions that we take to be so important. For instance, the question of contact with extraterrestrials is a kind of red herring premised upon a number of assumptions that a moment's reflection will show are completely false. To search expectantly for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture bound a presumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant. And yet, this has been chosen as the avenue by which it is assumed contact is likely to occur. Meanwhile, there are people all over the world - psychics, shamans, mystics, schizophrenics - whose heads are filled with information, but it has been ruled a priori irrelevant, incoherent, or mad. Only that which is validated through consensus via certain sanctioned instrumentalities will be accepted as a signal. The problem is that we are so inundated by these signals - these other dimensions - that there is a great deal of noise in the circuit.
It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure it is telling the truth, because the demons are of many kinds: "Some are made of ions, some of mind; the ones of ketamine, you'll find, stutter often and are blind." The reaction to these voices is not to kneel in genuflection before a god, because then one will be like Dorothy in her first encounter with Oz. There is no dignity in the universe unless we meet these things on our feet, and that means having an I/Thou relationship. One say to the Other: "You say you are omniscient, omnipresent, or you say you are from Zeta Reticuli. You're long on talk, but what can you show me?" Magicians, people who invoke these things, have always understood that one must go into such encounters with one's wits about oneself.
What does extraterrestrial communication have to do with this family of hallucinogenic compounds I wish to discuss? Simply this: that the unique presentational phenomenology of this family of compounds has been overlooked. Psilocybin, though rare, is the best known of these neglected substances. Psilocybin, in the minds of the uninformed public and in the eyes of the law, is lumped together with LSD and mescaline, when in fact each of these compounds is a phenomenologically defined universe unto itself. Psilocybin and DMT invoke the Logos, although DMT is more intense and more brief in its action. This means that they work directly on the language centers, so that an important aspect of the experience is the interior dialogue. As soon as one discovers this about psilocybin and about tryptamines in general, one must decide whether or not to enter into this dialogue and to try and make sense of the incoming signal. This is what I have attempted.
I call myself an explorer rather than a scientist, because the area that I'm looking at contains insufficient data to support even the dream of being a science. We are in a position comparable to that of explorers who map one river and only indicate other rivers flowing into it; we must leave many rivers unascended and thus can say nothing about them. This Baconian collecting of data, with no assumptions about what it might eventually yield, has pushed me to a number of conclusions that I did not anticipate. Perhaps through reminiscence I can explain what I mean, for in this case describing past experiences raises all of the issues.
I first experimented with DMT in 1965; it was even then a compound rarely met with. It is surprising how few people are familiar with it, for we live in a society that is absolutely obsessed with every kind of sensation imaginable and that adores every therapy, every intoxication, every sexual configuration, and all forms of media overload. Yet, however much we may be hedonists or pursuers of the bizarre, we find DMT to be too much. It is, as they say in Spanish, bastante, it's enough - so much enough that it's too much. Once smoked, the onset of the experience begins in about fifteen seconds. One falls immediately into a trance. One's eyes are closed and one hears a sound like ripping cellophane, like someone crumpling up plastic film and throwing it away. A friend of mine suggests this is our radio entelechy ripping out of the organic matrix. An ascending tone is heard. Also present is the normal hallucinogenic modality, a shifting geometric surface of migrating and changing colored forms. At the synaptic site of activity, all available bond sites are being occupied, and one experiences the mode shift occurring over a period of about thirty seconds. At that point one arrives in a place that defies description, a space that has a feeling of being underground, or somehow insulated and domed. In "Finnegans Wake" such a place is called the "merry go raum," from the German word raum, for "space." The room is actually going around, and in that space one feels like a child, though one has come out somewhere in eternity.
The experience always reminds me of the twenty-fourth fragment of Heraclitus: "The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls." One not only becomes the Aeon at play with colored balls but meets entities as well. In the book by my brother and myself, "The Invisible Landscape", I describe them as self-transforming machine elves, for that is how they appear. These entities are dynamically contorting topological modules that are somehow distinct from the surrounding background, which is itself undergoing a continuous transformation. These entities remind me of the scene in the film version of "The Wizard of Oz" after the Munchkins come with a death certificate for the Witch of the East. They all have very squeaky voices and they sing a little song about being "absolutely and completely dead." The tryptamine Munchkins come, these hyperdimensional machine-elf entities, and they bathe one in love. It's not erotic but it is open-hearted. It certainly feels good. These beings are like fractal reflections of some previously hidden and suddenly autonomous part of one's own psyche.
And they are speaking, saying, "Don't be alarmed. Remember, and do what we are doing." One of the interesting characteristics of DMT is that it sometimes inspires fear - this marks the experience as existentially authentic. One of the interesting approaches to evaluating such a compound is to see how eager people are to do it a second time. A touch of terror gives the stamp of validity to the experience because it means, "This is real." We are in the balance. We read the literature, we know the maximum doses, the LD-50, and so on. But nevertheless, so great is one's faith in the mind that when one is out in it one comes to feel that the rules of pharmacology do not really apply and that control of existence on that plane is really a matter of focus of will and good luck.
I'm not saying that there's something intrinsically good about terror. I'm saying that, granted the situation, if one is not terrified then one must be somewhat out of contact with the full dynamics of what is happening. To not be terrified means either that one is a fool or that one has taken a compound that paralyzes the ability to be terrified. I have nothing against hedonism, and I certainly bring something out of it. But the experience must move one's heart, and it will not move the heart unless it deals with the issues of life and death. If it deals with life and death it will move one to fear, it will move one to tears, it will move one to laughter. These places are profoundly strange and alien.
The fractal elves seem to be reassuring, saying, "Don't worry, don't worry; do this, look at this." Meanwhile, one is completely "over there." One's ego is intact. One's fear reflexes are intact. One is not "fuzzed out" at all. Consequently, the natural reaction is amazement; profound astonishment that persists and persists. One breathes and it persists. The elves are saying, "Don't get a loop of wonder going that quenches your ability to understand. Try not to be so amazed. Try to focus and look at what we're doing." What they're doing is emitting sounds like music, like language. These sounds pass without any quantized moment of distinction - as Philo Judaeus said that the Logos would when it became perfect - from things heard to things beheld. One hears and beholds a language of alien meaning that is conveying alien information that cannot be Englished.
Being monkeys, when we encounter a translinguistic object, a kind of cognitive dissonance is set up in our hindbrain. We try to pour language over it and it sheds it like water off a duck's back. We try again and fail again, and this cognitive dissonance, this "wow" or "flutter" that is building off this object causes wonder, astonishment, and awe at the brink of terror. One must control that. And the way to control it is to do what the entities are telling one to do, to do what they are doing.
I mention these "effects" to invite the attention of experimentalists, whether they be shamans or scientists. There is something going on with these compounds that is not part of the normal presentational spectrum of hallucinogenic drug experience. When one begins to experiment with one's voice, unanticipated phenomena become possible. One experiences glossolalia, although unlike classical glossolalia, which has been studied. Students of classical glossolalia have measured pools of saliva eighteen inches across on the floors of South American churches where people have been kneeling. After classical glossolalia has occurred, the glossolaliasts often turn to ask the people nearby, "Did I do it? Did I speak in tongues?" This hallucinogen induced phenomenon isn't like that; it's simply a brain state that allows the expression of the assembly language that lies behind language, or a primal language of the sort that Robert Graves discussed in "The White Goddess", or a Kabbalistic language of the sort that is described in the "Zohar", a primal "Ursprache" that comes out of oneself. One discovers one can make the extradimensional objects - the feeling-toned, meaning-toned, three-dimensional rotating complexes of transforming light and color. To know this is to feel like a child. One is playing with colored balls; one has become the Aeon.
This happened to me twenty seconds after I smoked DMT on a particular day in 1966. I was appalled. Until then I had thought that I had my ontological categories intact. I had taken LSD before, yet this thing came upon me like a bolt from the blue. I came down and said (and I said it many time), "I cannot believe this; this is impossible, this is completely impossible." There was a declension of gnosis that proved to me in a moment that right here and now, one quanta away, there is raging a universe of active intelligence that is transhuman, hyperdimensional, and extremely alien. I call it the Logos, and I make no judgements about it. I constantly engage it in dialogue, saying, "Well, what are you? Are you some kind of diffuse consciousness that is in the ecosystem of the Earth? Are you a god or an extraterrestrial? Show me what you know."
The psilocybin mushrooms also convey one into the world of the tryptamine hypercontinuum. Indeed, psilocybin is a psychoactive tryptamine. The mushroom is full of answers to the questions raised by its own presence. The true history of the galaxy over the last four and a half billion years is trivial to it. One can access images of cosmological history. Such experiences naturally raise the question of independent validation - at least for a time this was my question. But as I became more familiar with the epistemological assumptions of modern science, I slowly realized that the structure of the Western intellectual enterprise is so flimsy at the center that apparently no one knows anything with certitude. It was then that I became less reluctant to talk about these experiences. They are experiences, and as such they are primary data for being. This dimension is not remote, and yet it is so unspeakably bizarre that it casts into doubt all of humanity's historical assumptions.
The psilocybin mushrooms do the same things that DMT does, although the experience builds up over an hour and is sustained for a couple of hours. There is the same confrontation with an alien intelligence and extremely bizarre translinguistic information complexes. These experiences strongly suggest that there is some latent ability of the human brain/body that has yet to be discovered; yet, once discovered, it will be so obvious that it will fall right into the mainstream of cultural evolution. It seems to me that either language is the shadow of this ability or that this ability will be a further extension of language. Perhaps a human language is possible in which the intent of meaning is actually beheld in three-dimensional space. If this can happen on DMT, it means it is at least, under some circumstances, accessible to human beings. Given ten thousand years and high cultural involvement in such a talent, does anyone doubt that it could become a cultural convenience in the same way that mathematics or language has become a cultural convenience?
Naturally, as a result of the confrontation of alien intelligence with organized intellect on the other side, many theories have been elaborated. The theory that I put forth in Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide, held the Stropharia cubensis mushroom was a species that did not evolve on earth. Within the mushroom trance, I was informed that once a culture has complete understanding of its genetic information, it re-engineers itself for survival. The Stropharia cubensis mushroom's version of re-engineering is a mycelial network strategy when in contact with planetary surfaces and a spore-dispersion strategy as a means of radiating throughout the galaxy. And, though I am troubled by how freely Bell's non-locality theorem is tossed around, nevertheless the alien intellecton on the other side does seem to be in possession of a huge body of information drawn from the history of the galaxy. It/they say that there is nothing unusual about this, that humanity's conceptions of organized intelligence and the dispersion of life in the galaxy are hopelessly culture-bound, that the galaxy has been an organized society for billions of years. Life evolves under so many different regimens of chemistry, temperature, and pressure, that searching for an extraterrestrial who will sit down and have a conversation with you is doomed to failure. The main problem with searching for extraterrestrials is to recognize them. Time is so vast and evolutionary strategies and environments so varied that the trick is to know that contact is being made at all. The Stropharia cubensis mushroom, if one can believe what it says in one of its moods, is a symbiote, and it desires ever deeper symbiosis with the human species. It achieved symbiosis with human society early by associating itself with domesticated cattle and through them human nomads. Like the plants men and women grew and the animals they husbanded, the mushroom was able to inculcate itself into the human family, so that where human genes went these other genes would be carried.
But the classic mushroom cults of Mexico were destroyed by the coming of the Spanish conquest. The Franciscans assumed they had an absolute monopoly on theophagy, the eating of God; yet in the New World they came upon people calling a mushroom teonanacatl, the flesh of the gods. They set to work, and the Inquisition was able to push the old religion into the mountains of Oaxaca so that it only survived in a few villages when Valentina and Gordon Wasson found it there in the 1950s.
There is another metaphor. One must balance these explanations. Now I shall sound as if I didn't think the mushroom is an extraterrestrial. It may instead be what I've recently come to suspect - that the human soul is so alienated from us in our present culture that we treat it as an extraterrestrial. To us the most alien thing in the cosmos is the human soul. Aliens Hollywood-style could arrive on earth tomorrow and the DMT trance would remain more weird and continue to hold more promise for useful information for the human future. It is that intense. Ignorance forced the mushroom cult into hiding. Ignorance burned the libraries of the Hellenistic world at an earlier period and dispersed the ancient knowledge, shattering the stellar and astronomical machinery that had been the work of centuries. By ignorance I mean the Hellenistic-Christian-Judaic tradition. The inheritors of this tradition built a triumph of mechanism. It was they who later realized the alchemical dreams of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries - and the twentieth century - with the transformation of elements and the discovery of gene transplants. But then, having conquered the New World and driven its people into cultural fragmentation and diaspora, they came unexpectedly upon the body of Osiris - the condensed body of Eros - in the mountains of Mexico where Eros has retreated at the coming of the Christos. And by finding the mushroom, they unleashed it.
Tryptamine Hallucinogens & Consciousness (Terence McKenna) [FULL]
Presented: Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA. December 1982
"The search for a radio signal from an extraterrestrial source is probably as culture-bound an assumption as to search the galaxy for a good Italian restaurant."
"It is no great accomplishment to hear a voice in the head. The accomplishment is to make sure it is telling you the truth."
"The demons are of many kinds. Some are made of ions, some of mind. The ones of ketamine, you'll find, stutter often and are blind."
"There is no dignity in the universe unless you meet these things [psychedelics] on your feet. And that means that you have an I/thou relationship, and you say ... 'you're long on talk, but what can you show me?"
"The testimony that I want to give today is that magic is alive in hyperspace, and you don't have to believe me or follow me or do anything to validate that except form a relationship with these plant drugs."
"There is some surety that you are dealing with a creature of integrity if you deal with a plant, but the creatures born in the demonic artifice of laboratories have to be dealt with very, very carefully."
"DMT is like an intellectual black hole in that once you know about it, it's very hard for anyone to understand you when you're talking about it."
"The future is bound to be psychedelic because the future belongs to the mind."
"The tragedy of our cultural situation is that we have no shamanic tradition. Shamanism is primarily technique, not ritual."
"The only intellectual, or noetic, or spiritual path worth following seems to me to be the one that builds on your own experience."
Probably the best introduction to DMT for consumers of the cultural illusion ("authority" believers), or "straight people", as McKenna would call them, is this documentary presented by Joe Rogan:
DMT - The Spirit Molecule (HD)
Dr. Rick Strassmans groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of plants. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain their thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective fields, and discussions with Strassman's research volunteers brings to life the awesome effects of this compound, and far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness.
Several themes explored include possible roles for endogenous DMT; its theoretical role in near-death and birth experiences, alien-abduction experiences; and the uncanny similarities in Biblical prophetic texts describing DMT-like experiences. Our expert contributors offer a comprehensive collection of information, opinions, and speculation about indigenous use of DMT, the history and future of psychedelic research, and current DMT research. All this, to help us understand the nature of the DMT experience, and its role in human society and evolution.
The subtle combination of science, spirituality, and philosophy within the film's approach sheds light on an array of ideas that could considerably alter the way humans understand the universe and their relationship to it.
Strassman’s research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the sixth chakra and by Rene Descartes to be the seat of the soul. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul’s movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence. Strassman also believes that alien abduction experiences are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.
By ignoring the fact of the existence of DMT, physicalist scientists, such as theoretical physicists Michio Kaku and Brian Greene, who speak of "hyperspace", are completely missing the big picture:
Strassman's important research contributes to a growing awareness that we inhabit a multidimensional universe that is far more complex and interesting than the one our scientific theories have shown us. It is of the utmost importance that we face the implications of this discovery, for it has so much to tell us about who we are and why we are here.
They simply have no leg to stand on. Their "straight" pseudo-intellectual "position" is instantaneously shattered in the real (non-theoretical) hyperspace — the one that is directly accessible to everyone with their very own frequency neuromodulator, if exogenously administering a much higher than normal dose.
Metaphorically, DMT is like an intellectual black hole in that once one knows about it, it is very hard for others to understand what one is talking about. One cannot be heard. The more one is able to articulate what it is, the less others are able to understand. This is why I think people who attain enlightenment, if we may for a moment comap these two, are silent. They are silent because we cannot understand them. Why the phenomenon of tryptamine ecstasy has not been looked at by scientists, thrill seekers, or anyone else, I am not sure, but I recommend it to your attention.
It takes a little while for people that have been trained to only look at the physical, to break away from that and include the non-physical energy as well, because a high degree of focus on the physical reality creates an ego structure, that, if it is removed from the physical reality, panics, because it thinks that physical reality is the only place that exists, and if all of a sudden you start forcing the ego structure that has been physically focused to look at non-physical reality, it thinks it's dying, because it doesn't understand that non-physical reality is just as "real" as physical reality. That is the reluctance that you are experiencing in your society.
As we read your collective energy now, your mainstream science will require 150 years to finally make the realization that hyperspace is not a place; hyperspace is a state of being. [...] You will, with tonight's experience, be capable of reducing this realization from 150 years down to 50.