Since arriving in Alto Paraiso three weeks ago I have been reading, among other things, a book including chapters from different authors, called Inner Paths to Outer Space. The authors are two psychiatrists, one oncologist and the director of a Research Centre for he Study of Psychointegrator Plants. The most famous of them is Rick Strassman, a psychiatrist who was the first one to conduct DEA-approved experiments with psychedelic substances on human volunteers in California in the 1990s. His chapters are also the best written although I am not sure if I agree with all of his conclusions. The chapter on Ayahuasca by Luis Eduardo Luna was a very good overview on this fascinating medicine. The chapters by Slawek Wojtowicz included a lot of novel (for me information) on subjects such as future-life regression and it was interesting to find out that there was some overlapping with another book I read this week and which will be the subject of my next post. However, I wasn’t very happy with the quality of Ede Frecska’s chapters. It is possible that some of is related to English not being his native tongue but also conceptually they didn’t convince me as much as the others.
I have included full notes for the following chapters : Chapter 2, DMT. The Brain’s own Psychedelic by Rick Strassman; Chapter 3, The Varieties of the DMT experience, by Rick Strassman; Chapter 5 The Varieties of the Ayahuasca Experience by Luis Eduardo Luna;
Chapter 8, How Can Shamans Talk with Plants and Animals? By Ede Frecska; Chapter 9 Close Encounters of the Ancient Kind and Spontaneous DMT release by Ede Frecska; Chapter 10 Hypnosis: Past Life Regression, Medidation and More by Slawek Wojtowicz; Chapter 12, The Sacred Voyage. Beyond Science Fiction? By Slawek Wojtowicz as well as some quotes from the following chapters: Chapter 1, The Psychedelics by Rick Strassman and Chapter 4 Ayahuasca. The Sacred Vine of the Amazon by Luis Eduardo Luna.
Chapter 1, The Psychedelics by Rick Strassman [incomplete transcript]
„One of the challenges wrought by the psychedelics is just this concatenation of consciousness-altering properties. Because so many functions change under their influence, they force us to examine more closely the very nature of consciousness – its basic properties and normal operation.“ 25
„The process of thinking may speed up, slow down, or qualitatively change. It may seem to those individuals as if they experience a different perspective or filter on both thought processes and thought content itself. Those undergoing psychedelics’ effects might experience new personal or philosophical insights, or find themselves devoid of thought and unable to process any cognitive information. (…) Information arises from movel sources – a flower or cloud may impart new insights and reveal hidden meanings in nature. The beings or entities in their visions may communicate – about themselves, the person in the drug state, or the nature of reality.“ 26
„We should note that much of the conflicting data from the first generation of studies with psychedelics resulted from the lack of attention to and reporting of set and setting – particularly the latter.“ 28
„despite real risks to menal health that psychedelics pose for the user and the continued great popularity of these drugs over the last thirty to forty years, psychedelic casualities have remained quite low for everal decades.“ 31
Chapter 2, DMT. The Brain’s own Psychedelic by Rick Strassman
„DMT emerged from its relative scientific obscurity, especially relative to LSD, when scientists discovered that both it and the necessary enzymes for its synthesis were present in laboratory animals. In 1965, German scientists demonstrated that DMT is present in human blood and urine. Soon thereafter, brain and cerebrospinal fluid (which bathes both the brain and the spinal cord) were also found to contain DMT.“ 35
„A unique pharmacological property of DMT – different from the nonendogenous psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline – is the lack of tolerance that develops after repeated dosing of the drug.“ 37
„Another unique feature of DMT is its active transport into the brain across the blood-brain barrier. (…) Examples of such molecules are glucose, the brain’s fuel source, and certain amino acids that the brain is unable to synthesize on its own. DMT is one of these select compounds, though why the brain expends energy to bring DMT into its confines remains a mystery. It is tempting to postulate, however, that just as glucose is necessary for the brain’s function, so in some mysterious way is DMT.“ 37
„DMT exists in our bodies and in the bodies of all mammals in which scientists have searched for its presence. In addition, an enormous number of plants from both temperate and tropical climes contain DMT.“ 38
„Early on, my attention was drawn to the pineal gland as a sort of spirit gland, a physical organ whose function might be associated with spiritual or other highly altered states of conciousness. There are several lines of circumstantial evidence linking the pineal gland and endogenous psychedelic states. (…) The pineal gland’s long history of association with consciousness and spirit intrigued me.“ 39
„The pineal gland functions as a third eye in amphibians and certain reptiles from its position on the surface of the top of the skull, complete with lens, cornea, and retina. It receives light information, which is used to regulate skin color and body temperature. (…) In mammals, the most studied pineal product has been melatonin, which appears to have a role in reproduction, altertness, and temperature regulation. When melatonin did not prove especially psychoactive in our study of its physiology in normal humans, I looked more carefully into the possibility that the pineal gland might synthesize DMT. While this has never been established, the necessary precursors and enzymes for DMT synthesis exist in high concentration in the pineal gland.“ 40
„Why do we possess DMT in our bodies?“ 41
„Even the most experienced psychedelic veteran knows that it is impossible to predict how any particular trip will turn out. As Terence McKenna was fond of saying regarding smoking DMT, ‘One’s hands alaways shake lighting the pipe.’ Thus, the issue of whom we chose as volunteer was crucial. I thought we must study only experienced psychedelic users, and they needed to be psychologically and physically healthy.“ 44
„our two seasoned DMT volunteers reported that the rush (….) did not occur with the IM route. Neither was the intensity of the peak effects comparable to that of smoked DMT. (…) therefore we switched to the IV route, which proved to be a little more rapid and intense than even the smoked route. … We settled on a range of IV DMT doses from very low (0.05 mg/kg) to very high (0.4 mg/kg), with two intermediate doses (0.1 and 0.2 mg/kg), encompassing the full range of DMT effects.“ 45
„In drafting the Hallucinogen Rating Scale, or HRS, I chose the Buddhist psychological system, the Abhidharma, as a model for the psychology of the psychedelic experience. I appreciated the Abhidharma’s relatively objective, phenomenological, and value-free approach to mental contents and processes. [basically:] five categories, those related to: emotions, thought and thought processes; perceptions (visual, auditory, taste and smell); bodily sensations; and volition. To these five I added a sixth, a general measure of intensity.“ 47
Chapter 3, The Varieties of the DMT experience, by Rick Strassman
„We parsed the volunteers’ DMT experience into three general categories:
Personal. These were psychologically oriented sessions in which volunteers dealt primarily with their own lives, histories, circumstances, and feelings, whether these were conscious or unconscious. Often these sessions would yield deeper awareness and acceptance of difficult personal issues.
Transpersonal. These sessions went beyond the individual’s historical life experience, but continued to manifest within their own personal field of particulars: Though the state was novel in intensity and quality, it still consisted of the familiar building blocks from the subject’s previous experience. Mystical and near-death experiences fall into this category.
Invisible worlds. These comprised encounters with what seemed to be freestanding, autonomous realities that coexisted with our reality. Sometimes such realms appeared inhabited by alien beings that were more or less aware of the volunteers and were able to interact with them to varying degrees.
Usually, sessions were not solely one type or another, but rather combined elements of different categories.“ 55 f.
„Near-death experiences (NDEs) include a sense of rapid movement, often through a tunnel, together with music, singing or voices. There may be a feeling of being accompanied by others – living or dead relatives or friends – and a dawning awareness of ‘being dead’. Also taking place is a life review, the rapid sequential display of more or less highly charged events in an individual’s life. … Sometimes an NDE climaxes with a mystical experience. In all cases, those who have had an NDE describe it as ‘more real than real’“ 57 f.
„Mystical experiences are sometimes the culmination of NDEs. (…) The mystical state relates to extreme alterations in the fundamental components of our experience – namely, time, space, and self. (…) Time no longer passes in its normal manner, but instead seems suspended or subsumed in an eternity containing past, present and future. Space is no longer limited, but at the same time, all existence rests in the smallest possible unit of space. The self can now hold and feel at utter peace with life, good and evil are seen in their deepest reality, and the nature of free will is clearly perceived. In a mystical experience, individuals are certain of the soul’s existence without a body and are thus sure of its existence after the body’s death. It is known as a certainty that there exists an unimaginably powerful creator and sustainer of reality, and of you in particular. The creator is unborn, uncreated, undying, and unchanging. The ecstasy and searing bliss accompanying such experiences, though previously unequaled in intensity, is nevertheless less striking than the peace and equanimity that supports and underlies this bliss.
I was particularly interested in transpersonal experiences being induced by DMT because I believed that endogenous NDEs and mystical states were accompanied by or associated with high levels of naturally produced DMT. … Indeed, several volunteers had these types of experiences, but generally not as many as we all had thought likely.“ 58 f.
„’I was looking for God outside. They said, ‘God is in every cell of your body.’ And I was feeling it, totally open to it, and I kept opening to it more’“ 60
„’The great power sought to fill all possibilities. It was amoral but it was love, and it just was. There was no benevolent God, only this primordial power.’“ 61
„The where of this type of DMT session is not as easy to identify as it is in the personal, more psychologically oriented sessions. In this category of DMT, the subject receives intimations of not only internal awareness, but also the existence of different levels of external reality. These appear to be entirely different worlds or universes, planes of existence that the subject is now capable of perceiving with the aid of DMT. At least half of our volunteers had these types of experiences in one or the other of their high-dose sessions.“ 63
„’There were numbers, like numerology and language. The numbers became words. Where do words come from? I looked around and there were numbers all around. They were separate in their little boxes, and then the boxes would melt and the numbers would all merge together to make long numbers.’“ 63
„’when i looked around, it seemd like the meaning or symbols were there, some kind of core of reality where all meaning, the raw bits of reality, are stored. I burst into its main chamber. It is a lot more than only ones and zeroes. It’s a higher level, very potent bits.’“ 63
„While it is perhaps a relatively small transition between the strange and unfamiliar where of the high-dose DMT session to the who of the following descriptions, this small transition represents a huge conceptual leap. Whereas the invisible images of the previous examples do not belong to the material of this everyday world, they nevertheless seem to be minding their own business, existing on their own, and they can be observed passively. Even when they are moving, swirling, and glowing, their movement appears to take place within things that are inanimate or at least not animate according to our normal conception.
In the following descriptions, however, subjects meet with beings, entities or creatures that possess awareness, willfulness, and intelligence – sometimes much greater than our own. Most startling is their awareness of us, and other times we seem to have surprised them by appearing in their world. In both cases they know we now are in their space. At times their reception is welcoming, but sometimes they greet us with anger and hostility. In some instances, subjects arrive in their ‘world’ by traversing great distances through the vacuum of deep space – or they may be with these beings in the proverbial blink of an eye, instantly, with no sense of having traveled at all. … In time spent with them, the beings may impart knowledge or healing or pain and suffering. They may give portents or predictions. Either they want to help or they request help.“ 64 f.
„’The DMT state shows you something real. It’s totally unexpected, quite constant and objective. (… fights off the interpretation that his phenomenological percpetions are a metaphor for the experiment in which he participates) There is the real possibility of adjacent dimensions. It may not be so simple as that there are alien planets with their own societies. This is too proximal. It’s not like some kind of drug. It’s more like the experience of a new technology. You can choose to attend to this or not. It will continue to progress without you paying attention. You return not to where you left off, but to where things have gone since you left. It’s not a hallucination, but an observation.’“ 67
„’insect-creatures all around me, trying to break through. I was fighting letting go of who I am or was. The more I fought, the more demonic they became, probing into my psyche and my being. I finally starting [sic!] letting go, because I was certain I was dying. As I accepted my death and dissolution into God’s love, the insectoids began feeding on my heart, devouring the feelings of love and surrender. They were interested in emotion. (…) The thought came to me that they were manipulating my DNA, changing its structure.“ 68 f.
„’suddenly, beings appeared, cloaked, like silhouettes. They were glad to see me. They indicated they had contact with me as an individual before, and were pleased we had discovered this [DMT] technology. They wanted to learn more about physical bodies, telling me that humans exist at many levels. It seemed as if they, not the nurse, were collecting blood and heart data, and appreciated my doing it for them. We had something in common. They told me to ’embrace peace’.’ (…) [other session, same person] They were ready for me. They told me there were many things they could share with us when we learn how to make extended contact. Their interest in emotions and feelings prompted me to say, ‘We have something we can give you: spirituality and love.’ I felt a tremendous energy, a brilliant pink light with whit edges, building on my left side. They were on my right, so I reached out my hands across the universe and prepared to be a bridge. I let this energy pass through me to them.’“ 71
„These ‘beyond the veil’ experiences share much with alien-abduction literaure as it has been summarized by the late Harvard psychiatrist John Mack in his book Abduction. (…) They may feel their psyche has been transformed. The beings appear to be greatly interested in our physicality and emotionality. They seem to need something only human love can provide. (…) Perhaps elevations in endogenous DMT levels occured in those individuals who claim that they experienced an alien abduction. Supporting this theory is the fact that many of Mack’s volunteers were under tremendous stress before their abduction experiences, and we know that in nonhumans, DMT levels in the brain rise in response to stress.“ 73 f.
„The vast range of DMT effects seen in our volunteers makes it difficult to formulate any single explanatory model.“ 74
„My primary reaction to such reports [the otherworldly experienes] … was ‘This is your brain on DMT.’ In other words, I assumed we were dealing only with brain chemistry changes. It is difficult, however, to conceive of one chemical’s effects on so many different psychological functions over an extended period of time – especially because it elicits a seemingly seamless synthesis of such complex and novel content [novel? Maybe just buried in the unconcsious?] (…) Similarly, psychological explanations alone did not seem likely to account for these experiences, although devotees of Freudiand and Jungian deconstruction of symbols, images, feelings, and thoughts could most likely build coherent explanations. Nevertheless, volunteers (and, ultimately, I) rejected an insistence on the symbolic, dreamlike foundation of the subject’s experiences. Clearly and unequivocally, the volunteers were able to distinguish between experiences on DMT and those of a dream. (…) The only explanatory model that held itself out as the most intuitively satisfying, yet the most theoretically treacherous, involved assigning a parallel level of reality to these experiences. In other words, I engaged in a thought experiment forced upon me by the insistence of the volunteers and the consistency of their reports: I had to accept thair reports as descriptions of things that were ‘real’. I allowed myself, at least theoretically, to accept that under the influence of DMT, these things do happen – in reality, although not in a reality we usually inhabit. [maybe dreams can be like this as well?]“ 75 f.
„These data are harder to validate because, at this point, they are very difficult to share in the same way as traditional data. Within our model of science, however, it appears that the nascent fields of parallel universes, dark matter, and other highly abstract scientific pursuits are those in which we might find ways to explain some of what our DMT volunteers described. These fields are highly theoretical and, for the most part, exist only within the minds of the scientists working on their explication [!!]“ 76 f.
„We must also consider its [DMT’s] active transport into the brain across the normally impenetrable blood-brain-barrier. DMT may be a necessary constitutent of the brain’s nutritional requirements. What does this suggest about this substance’s role in the normal waking state? One possible answer is that DMT mediates everyday waking consciousness.“ 78 f.
„in relation to the particular theme of this book, the presence of DMT may suggest a previously unappreciated fluidity, permeability, or plasticity of the membrane separating us and other worlds. This barrier, then, may exist more inside of us than outside of us – in inner rather than outer space.“ 79
„Establishing – with a sober, altruistic intent – reliable and generally available means of contact with these different levels of existence may help us alleviate some of the pressing issues we are facing on this planet in this time-space continuum. It even may be that the information and resources we gather in these noncorporeal realms are more important to our survival – und ultimately our evolution – than that which we obtain via strictly physical means.“ 80
Chapter 4 Ayahuasca. The Sacred Vine of the Amazon by Luis Eduardo Luna [incomplete transcript]
„All these years of studying ayahuasca have been very rewarding for me … My current work … has garnered me contact with extraordinary individuals from many parts of the world. No doubt, ayahuasca has great potential for the study of consciousness as well as for therapeutic use. As Penrose has stated, ‘[A] scientific world-view which does not profoundly come to terms with the problem of conscious minds can have no serious pretensions of completeness. Consciousness is part of our universe’“ 111
„There is no contradiction between the scientific and the shamanic understanding of human existence and the nature of reality. Instead, these approaches are complementary, and may allow a greater understanding of the multidimensional world we in which we live.“ 113
Chapter 5 The Varieties of the Ayahuasca Experience by Luis Eduardo Luna
„Astrological variables may be taken into consideration. Based on substantial data related in public lectures, Stan Grof and Richard Tarnas came to the conclusion that an analysis of natal charts, personal transits, and world transits yields the best explanation we have so far to account for the great variety of psychedelic experiences described by the same person at different times.“ 117
„it is important to recognize that every person is different physiologically, psychologically, and culturally. Some people are quick to metabolize the active compounds in the brew; some metabolize them more slowly. Some people are more sensitive to the brew. For some – probably most – it is best to have an empty stomach before taking the brew. For others, though, it is best to eat a little before or even after taking the brew to aid in the absorption of the active alkaloids.“ 117 f.
„It is essential, then, that the person facilitating the session have the ability to function effectively under the effects of ayahuasca, and that he or she be able to tackle whatever situation comes up during a session. It is is important to note that when leading a ritual, experiencing the effects of the brew is not equal to impairment; under the influence of the brew, an experienced person seems to be in touch with some higher source of knowledge, a higher self, or a transpersonal power and may perceive, think, speak, and act differently and more effectively, as if an inner voice was speaking through him or her.“ 119
„It is usually beneficial to have as clear an intention as possible to pose a specific question or questions before the session. Thoughts and wishes during an ayahuasca ritual seem to be highly operative in a mysterious way. The Shuar, of the Ecuadorian Amazon, believe that we take ayahuasca not ‘to see the future’, but ‘to create the future’.“ 120
„A common theme is contact with alien entities that may take many shapes or the visitation to alien and, at times, highly technological worlds.“ 121
„If the set and setting are appropriate, it is best to take a strong dose – between 80 and 100 ml – of a well-prepared brew. … In general, it is best not to be too conservative. An under-dose may bring all the undesirable effects of nausea and diarrhea and none of the transcendental ones.“ 127
„Stillness is essential, especially during the hours in which the brew is most potent. Any movement … and any word pronounced in the ritual space may sidetrack participants from their journey. Focus on the forehead, between the eyebrows, helps greatly in the navigation. Geometrical patterns often appear in front of the inner eye. By using intention, it is possible to enter these patterns and see a three-dimensional or even four-dimensional space of unfathomable beauty. A participant should breathe deeply and slowly and find a state of inner peace, especially when encountering difficult situations during the journey.“ 128
„Through music it is possible to travel in time as well as in space.“ 130
„All these symptoms that may appear dreaful are in fact a blessing; they add depth to the experience. The emetic and cathartic properties of ayahuasca may be associated with an inner cleansing process by which participants can rid themselves of bad habits, negative emotions, traumas, and so on. Ayahausca may indeed be a detoxifying agent.“ 131 f.
„Ayahuasca produces a profound modification of consciousness. Sessions may be dramatic for beginners and at times even for people with a degree of experience, as we can never be sure what will arise. An individual may undergo changes in body perception – such as transformation into an animal – or may have an out-of-body experience. Similarly, the visions participants experience may have terrifying content – individuals may even relive traumatic experiences – which are augmented by the physical reactions produced by ayahuasca. Some participants speak in seemingly strange languages; others are convinced that they are going to die and may undergo some kind of symbolic death or encounter apparently malevolent entitites or monsters that threaten to devour them or experience being dismembered or disintegrated into countless pieces. … Others see extraordinary landscapes, strange cities that are simultaneously ancient and futuristic, or realms of beauty beyond description. They may meet benevolent entities of many kinds or experience great adventures in strange realms or see themselves at past stages in their lives. Some even claim to experience their past lives.“ 132
„the deeper a person enters into the experience, the richer are its benefits.“ 133
„Interestingly, participants often experience reverse tolerance: Effects tend to be stronger when several sessions take place within a few days.“ 134
„With some practice, conscious navigation in the ayahuasca state is perfectly possible. As in normal life, under the influence of ayahuasca, a variety of objects are presented to consciousness, and we may choose which ones to pay attention to. Some people are more visual than others. For some, the greatest effects are in auditory perception. For others, the most powerful responses occur in the realm of realizations and insights.“ 135 f.
„Integration is a crucial part of the ayahuasca ritual. In the morning following a session, it is important to feel free to write, draw or meditate. The time following a session is particularly creative for many. Participants almost unfailingly feel well physically; they are liberated, creative and optimistic“ 136
„In general, it is advisable to write down a session’s experience as soon as possible“ 137
„Organized sharing the morning after often reveals common themes that emerged during a particular session.“ 137
„it is common to hear participants claim ‘the experience went beyond my expectations’ or ‘it went beyond my wildest dreams’. This is perhaps one of the greatest rewards of the ayahuasca experience:
recovering – if it was lost – the sense of the mysterious. Where does all this information come from? Is it inside us? Is it coming from outside sources? How is it possible that we have access to such novelty and such beauty, to such splendor as well as horror?“ 138
„The feeling of being healed at some level is one of the most common themes raised in the integrative session.“ 138
„Another remarkable effect of ayahuasca in a proper setting is its capacity to awaken some kind of strong ethical imperative.“ 139
„Another common result of ayahuasca sessions is enhanced creativity.“ 139
„Ayahuasca also may be particularly effective in the resolution of addictions.“ 139
„Here we have, then, phenomena of which modern science has no good models or theories.“ 140
Chapter 8, How Can Shamans Talk with Plants and Animals? By Ede Frecska
„The concept of plant consciousness – in the form of plant spirits – can be traced back to the Middle Ages, and from there to a much earlier time. Even nowadays, aboriginal peoples on five continents believe that plants have spirits or that certain trees are inhabited by their ancestors, and … they claim that knowledge can be acquired from plant teachers.“ 208
„For the skeptic, these beliefs are ridiculous superstitions and expressions of primitive, magical thinking. (…) Is there any way to prove that animistic thinking is more than just pure fiction, that it might contain some truth? Definitely not yet.“ 208
„Because of the widespread assumption that neural networks are necessary for consciousness, common sense does not allow for even the possibility that plants are conscious.“ 209
„Charles Darwin did not overlook this possibility. In studying botany, he noticed that root formations and the network of rootlets show organization similar to that of human brain tissue.“ 209
„Clive Baxter … conducted pioneering studies in the field of plant consciousness. … Once, he decided to burn one of his plant’s leaves. When Baxter even thought about setting fire to a leaf, he faced the following reaction: ‘Then at thirteen minutes, fifty-five seconds chart time, the imagery entered my mind of burning the leaf I was testing. I didn’t verbalized, I didn’t touch the plant, and I didn’t touch the equipment. The only new thing that could have been a stimulus for the plant was the mental image. Yet the plant went wild’.“ 210
„Pretending did not work … his intentions had to be serious.“ 210
„Baxster’s plant also seemed to be empathetic with regard to the suffering of others.“ 210
„Clive Baxter concluded that plants have primary perception ability (…) Nevertheless, the scientific community as large has not accepted the work of Baxter and his followers.“ 210
„Experiments with ambrosia roots have indicated that these plants are capable of self-recognition through differentiation between self and non-self, an ability that has been considered by some as basic for self-aware beings: the root system of the Ambrosia plant detects and avoids other Ambrosia plants and plants of different species.“ 212
„Plants can orient themselves in space“ 212
„tomato plants exposed to gently spoken words on a daily basis produced 23 percent more tomatoes than control plants, which had identical treatment but were not spoken to. Perhaps it is not the „words but the positive inten that plants perceive“ 212 f.
plant „consciousness must be very different from or own in that only very special humans are able to recognize it. Thus, it can be easily missed by insensitive analytical approaches.“ 214
Amelia Kinkade, professional interspecies communicator, http://www.ameliakinkade.com
„To begin communicating effectively, we must tap into our clairsentience (sensing or feeling of a being’s energy) and believe that an animal’s feelings matter. The next step involves using clairaudience – that is, learning how to seep pictues in an animal’s mind and then exchange images with the animal. … All of these involve intuition.“ 214
„’The climate is really changing’, says Rupert Sheldrake … ‘In the last ten years, there is a growing recognition in the academic world that animals could be thought of as having minds and emotions.’“ 215
„Sheldrake has collected more than three thousand case studies attesting to what at first glance appear to be strange coincidences. He has recorded nearly two hundred instances of dogs, cats, horses, and even parrots predicting earthquakes.“ 215
„The basic flaw of current theories of quantum computation in biological systems is that they are based on attempts to use concepts of conventional quantum theory. The classical quantum measurement approach postulating the ‘collapse of the wave function’ is unsatisfactory for consciousness studies.The demonstrated quantum weaving model represents a newer physical approach known as topological geometrodynamics, which provides a greater perspective.“ 220
P.W. Anderson, A Career in Theoretical Physics, 2005
M. Pitkanen, Topological Geometrodynamics
„Dennis [McKenna] told of a report that described a giant mushroom, Armillara ostoyae, commonly known as honey mushroom and sometimes called shoestring rot and found in the Pacific Northwest. … It is one of the biggest single organisms (or a colony having the same DNA) on Earth – an immense network of interwoven fungal fibers (mycelia) spanning twenty-two hundred acres three feet underground and containing one square mile in volume. … Recently, an even larger Armillaria ostoyae covering more than eleven thousand acres was found in Washington state. Genetic tests indicated that fungi are more closely related to animals and human beings than to other plants.“ 221
„As the Inca discovered and used in their quipu recordings, information can be encoded in knots and threads. A quipu consists of plied, colored threads of cords that store data in knots and threads. It is a coded system that has yet to be deciphered. Computation based on weaving is called topological, and a vast loop network may enable an organism or super-organism to resonate with the world, resulting in a phenomenon we could describe as topological consciousness.“ 221
Chapter 9 Close Encounters of the Ancient Kind and Spontaneous DMT release by Ede Frecska
„For millenia, encounters with divine, otherworldly entities have been among the most profound human experiences, expressed in visions and prophecies, omens and oracles, dreams and revelations.“ 224
„Divine encounters can be considered the primary source of spiritual wisdom.“ 224
„Moses Ben Nachman (1194-1270), also known as Ramban or Nachmanides, was a medieval scholar, Catalan rabbi, influential kabbalist, biblical commentator, and great thinker of his time. (…) Though Ramban was the first kabbalist to openly discuss the esoteric doctrines of kabbalah, he had always considered that the deep kabbalah teachings were only for the chosen ones, and many times he evadd open explanations of his ideas, noting that there was a secret behind the text and its interpretation. One of Ramban’s enigmas was the ‘Nephilim secret’. The English translation of the Masoretic text of Genesis 6:4 says: ‘The Nephilim were in the Earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.’“ 226
Nephilim according to Ramban: „Messengers fallen from the sky“ 227
„The advocates of these notions propose that advanced extraterrestials have played an influential role in human history. The originator of this idea is Matest Agrest, a Russian-born ethnologist and mathematician who was the first to advance a theory that intelligent beings from outer space visited Earth in ancient times“ 227 February 9 1960
another perspective: it is possible that the devine beings fallen from the sky who are mentioned in Chapter 6 of Genesis really descended from the mountain of Hermon in the time of Jahed.“ 229
„Another element of the paleocontact view is the suggestion that much of human wisdom or religion was given by space invaders in ancient times. This possibility has been considered by some scientists, including Carl Sagan and the Russian astronomer Iosif Shklovsky.“ 229
„Our purpose here is to discover what might be relevant in the sometimes remarkable and sometimes outlandish theories of von Däniken and Sitchin and to clarify the pros and cons of the ancient-astronaut theory.“ 230
„Many have accepted the ideas that the word Nephilim is simply the masculine plural participle of the Hebre naphal „fall“. According to Michael Heiser, a well-read linguist of Near Eastern languages and a stern critic of Sitchin, practically all of these interpreters – even many scholars of the Hebrew scriptures, Ramban included – are wrong, because the typical explanation that Nephilim comes from the Hebrew naphal does not fit with Hebrew morphological patterns for a masculine plural participle in any stem.“ 231
Hebrew till 6 century BC without vowels.
Heiser’s „conclusion is that the Word Nephilim is better interpreted from the Aramaic noun naphil as ‘giants’ or ‘titans’, as the name was interpreted in conventional translations of the Bible. Even more, according to Heiser, the word Nephilim does not describe a human race. (…) Yet the Nephilim have never been described as being descended from anybody. Because the Bible describes them both before and after the Deluge, if the Nephilim were human, then it would contradict the rest of the scripture, which, as 1 Peter 3:20 shows, indicates clearly that there were only eight survivors of the Flood: ‘in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.’“ 231 f.
„it is very likely that our ancestors witnessed humanlike beings arriving from the skies. Yet it was not the Nephilim who descended from heaven. Instead, it was the Sons of God, and the Nephillim were their offspring.
In addition to the puzzling origin of the Nephilim, the identity of the Sons of God is a mystery of Genesis 6 – and the two riddles are related.“ 232
for today interpretators: Son of God = exceptionally tall, good-looking men
for ancient rabbis: Sons of God = angels
„The offspring of these unions [of Sons of God with human women] are denoted by the word Nephillim.“ 232
„In the book of Enoch, the Sons of God are called Watchers, angels dispatched to Earth simply to watch over human affairs. Samyaza, Azazel, and the others failed in their duty, became corrupt, and taught their human hosts to make metals, weapons, cosmetics, and other accoutrements of civilization that had been kept secret in heaven. According to the Book of Enoch, the Watchers numbered two hundred“ 233
„In a biblical scene, God is pictured as the chief deity enthroned among the members of his council standing before him (….) according to scripture, there has been a heavenly council of spiritual beings that has influence over our world (…) a singular God (Elohim) leads a divine council consisting of other, less powerful Gods (plural elohim), and the Garden of Eden was their meeting place. (…) According to some scholars, Genesis 1:26 indicated that the Sons of God were present during the week of Creation: Genesis 1:26 states, ‘[A]nd God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…’“ 233 f.
this points toward a Sumerian influence
„As far as we know today, Sumer (the biblical Shinar) is where civilization began, appearing suddenly about six thousand years ago in the delta of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, though there is some disagreement about its primacy, because Jericho in Israel is eleven thousand years old and is thought to be the oldest city in the world. In any case, the Sumerian civilization left the oldest written record we have“ 234
„Many authors have also noticed that the Bible might have been influenced by ancient Sumerian stories, because many verses in the Book of Genesis, for example are found much earlier in Sumerian and Babylonian tablets – but in more expanded and detailed form. (…) all these ancient depictions augment the biblical narrative, and paint a detailed picture of a course of events with identifiable principal participants (though their names differ in different versions) who come together in the saga of divine encounters. Academic scholars by and large persist in calling all such evidence fiction or mythology.
The merit of Sitchin lies in the fact that he was one of the first who noticed that certain texts have an older origin than the Hebrew Bible, and he gave credit to these stories by considering them as records of real, historical events.“ 235 f.
„let us turn to the most enigmatic Sumerian deities: the Annunaki. There is much confusion among researchers, scholars and laypeople about the identity of the Annunaki. What most agree on is that the Annunaki were worshipped, admired, feared as gods by the Sumerians. It was the Annunaki who taught the people a wide array of ‘civilized behaviors’ [art, mathematics, metallurgy etc.] (…) according to Sitchin’s interpretation of the ancient Sumerian texts, the name Annunaki literally means ‘those who from heaven to Earth came.’ According to Heiser, however, this is not correct. His translation is ‘princely offspring’. (…) As Sitchin tells it, the Annunaki arrived on our planet from outer space with the order of Anu (The Heavenly One) under the leadership of Ea (He Whose House Is Water), later called Enki (Lord of Earth), and here they established a colony named Eridu (House in the Faraway Built).“ 236 f. mission: obtaining Gold for their home planet Nibiru. More and more Annunaki came to earth, in the end 600.
„Enki, who also served as chief scientist of the Annunaki, had a solution for speeding up the mission. He said: ‘let us create a primitive worker, which will take over the backbreaking toil.’ Enki created the first intelligent worker from a hominid (proto-Homo sapiens) he found in southeast Africa. (…)
Heiser’s interpretation of Sumerian texts is at odds with Sitchin’s: Acting as judges in their high estate, the Annunaki contributed nothing but approval to the idea of killing one of the gods and making humans from the remains. According to Heider, Sumerian tablets do mention hybridized human beings created by a god with the approval of the Annunaki. Directly or indirectly, Enki was also involved in the business of creating a royal race – the Nephilim in the Hebrew bible – for the purpose of keeping the upgraded hominids in slavery and ensuring that they remained ‘civilized’.“ 237
„Enki and Annunaki were the Sons of God, the fallen angels of the biblical texts. Actually, there were different classes of celestial beings who functioned in a divine hierarchy and eventually were caught up in spiritual warfare. (…) The Elohim of Hebrew mythology corresponds to Anu, and Enki – the keeper of knowledge – is undoubtedly the source of the biblical serpent in the Garden of Eden.“ 238
S. Mithen, After the Ice: A Global Human History 20,000 – 5000 BC, 2006
„Controversial and contradictory as it may sound, we [= Frecska] conceptualize them differently: they were ‘real’ extraterrestials – though not necessarily from outer space. Instead, these ancient gods – possibly the teachers of agriculture – were DMT entities that emerged from inner space.“ 239 f.
Michael Harner’s ayahuasca vision: „I was ‘told’ that this new material was being presented to me because I was dying and therefore ‘safe’ to receive these revelations. These were the secrets reserved for the dying and the dead, I was informed. I could only very dimly perceive the givers of these thoughts: giant reptilian creatures reposing sluggishly at the lowermost depths of the back of my brain, where it met the top of the spinal column. [oldest part of the brain which mammals share with reptiles] I could only vaguely see them in what seemd to be gloomy, dark depths.
Then they projected a visual scene in front of me. First they showed me the planet Earth as it was eons ago, before there was any life on it. I saw an ocean, barren land, and a bright blue sky. Then black specks dropped from the sky by the hundreds and landed in front of me on the barren landscape. I could see that the ‘specks’ were actually large, shiny, black creatures with stubby pterodactyl-like wings and huge whale-like bodies. Their heads were not visible to me. They flopped down, utterly exhausted from their trip, resting for eons. They explained to me in a kind of thought language that they were fleeing from something out in space. They had come to planet Earth to escape their enemy.
The creatures then showed me how they had created life on the planet in order to hide within the multitudinous forms and thus disguise their presence. Before me, the magnificence of plant and animal creation and speciation – hundreds of millions of years of activity – took place on a scale and with vividness impossible to describe. I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside of all forms of life, including man. (Footnote from Harner: In retrospect one could say they were almost like DNA, although at that time, 1961, I knew nothing of DNA.) They were the true masters of humanity and the entire planet, they told me. We humans were but the receptacles and servants of these creatures. For this reason they could speak to me from within myself.“ 242 f.
„Hank Wesselman, a prominent follower of Michael Harner’s neoshamanic movement, (…) in the 1980s, he had a series of spontaneous and then deliberate shamanistic experiences that revealed to him a dramatic future for humanity. (…) He published his fascinating ‘intrapsychic’ adventures and exciting discovries in three consecutive books [Spiritwalker, Medicinemaker, Visionseeker]“ 246
„Ancient gods such as the Annunaki and the ghosts of ‘Ain Ghazal’ probably did not descend from the skies, but instead ascended from inner depths, through the receptive capacity of the human soul, which is anchored to a source in common with that of outer space. … The gods were likely real beings, but were based on the duality of reality detailed throughout this book – they were, and are, entities of the spiritual-nonlocal realm instead of being sheer products of imagination. … Istvan Dienes, an unorthodox physicist and a follower of the topological theory of consciousness, recently said of such beings: ‘They are autonomous structures existing in the topological field!’“ 252 f.
„Perhaps we can unite UFO observations and a serious assessment of ancient and biblical studies. Interestingly, there is a striking coherence between what some people (in fact, a very significant portion of the population) have experienced and what has been recorded as divine encounters in ancient texts. In this chapter, nonordinary reality has been attached to both of these types of experience without fully disregarding their physical reality. (…) Using different terminology, Rabbi Joel David Bakst arrives at a similar conclusion: ‘Fundamentally bney elohim (sons of God) are not angels and bnot adam (daughters of man) are not earthly women. They are forces and processes that are part of the divine ‘physiology’ of creation dealing specifically with primordial realities and their interface with the current reality.’“ 253
„Perhaps our knowledge of reality must be altered to reflect a rational explanation of spiritual revelations. Divine encounters, while real to those who experience them, probably reflect a much more sophisticated model of reality than scientific empiricism currently allows. In other worlds, divine encounters are likely not real in the traditional sense of flesh-and-blood or silicon extraterrestial visitors interfering with human affairs. Here we may conclude that humans had indeed come into contact with a spiritual intelligence that appears to antedate space-time as we know it – and gods are less extraterrestial than nonlocal. They emerge intrapsychically in the form of spiritual experience through nonlocal, extradimensional connections within the multiverse.“ 254
Chapter 10 Hypnosis: Past Life Regression, Medidation and More by Slawek Wojtowicz
„A few years ago … a respected psychiatrist from Harvard claimed that under hypnosis, some of his patients recalled being abducted by alien beings. John Mack almost lost his job after publication of his book, Abduction, which tackled this topic.“ 255
„In March 2007, France became the first country to open its files on UFOs, unveiling a website (http://www.cnes-geipan-fr) that documented more than sixteen hundred sightings spanning five decades. Of these, nearly 25 percent are classified as Type D, meaning that despite good or very good data and credible witnesses, these cases cannot be explained.“ 255 f.
„Mack suggests in his book that aliens have come here to do more or less what shamans do: to try to open our minds and to awaken us. (…) His research suggests that several alien species are experimenting on us independently. It appears that we are dragging down the whole universe by being selfish, self-centred, unloving, close-minded, and dense. In this sense, we are very important – the awakening of humanity will make the universe a much nicer place in which to live for all sentient beings.“ 256
„Brian Weiss is a well-known and respected psychiatrist and a gradute of Columbia University and Yale University (…) he has been using hypnosis as a therapeutic tool to accelerate progress in the psychotherapy of patients with a variety of problems. He became an expert hypnotherapist, and was very successful in taking patients back to early childhood, where many of their current problems originated. (… working with a patient who) was able to regress to very early childhood, but did not appear to remember anything disturbing that could have caused her present neuroses. Dr. Weiss … told her to go to the point in time when her problems started. To his shock and amazement, she reported that she was now a seventeen-year-old boy, drowning in the ocean. She was experiencing that death in terrifying detail, and he had to bring her out of the hypnosis quickly. He did not believe in reincarnation and did not know what to make of her experience, yet some of her symptoms improved so he decided to continue therapy. (…) something even more unusual happened: during one of the sessions, she reported being in a time period between incarnations. Her voice changed, and she told him about events from his personal life that she couldn’t have possibly known. (…) this information convinced him finally that what he heard from his patient was real, that her stories were not just products of her imagination. He described the work he was doing as past life regression.“ 260
„One patient reported travelling back in time sixty thousand years: he was an alien being who recently migrated to Earth because his home planet was dying. … His job was to store artifacts and written knowledge of his civilization in natural caverns deep under Earth’s surface. ‘By the time humans have reached a level where they can understand what was hidden, they will be able to find it’“ 261
„More recently, Dr. Weiss has tried to take patients into both the near and the distant future. He is careful to acknowledge that the future seems to be a ‘flexible’ destination (…) In his recent book Same Soul, Many Bodies, Dr. Weiss desribes what he has learned so far.“ 261
„In his book The Disappearance of the Universe, Gary Renard describes how, after several years of dilligently practicing meditation, he finally reached a stage when he could completely empty his mind. When he opened his eyes after one of his meditation sessions, he saw two strangers on the couch in his room. To his amazement, they claimed to have arrived from the future … These guests continued to visit Renard’s house periodically, teaching him about spirituality, relationships and God. … In his second book, Your Immortal Reality, Renard learns that humans did not evolve on Earth, but instead migrated from a distant planet in another solar system – first to Mars and then to Earth. … The strangers confirmed for Renard that an alien spaceship indeed crashed in Roswell, and in addition, they told him that there are several humanoid alien species in the universe that have DNA very similar to ours. … They told him that the average life span would reach one hundred years by the end of this century and that the world is going to undergo the biggest economic expansion in human history, with the Dow Jones Industrial average reaching 100,000 by the middle of the century (though growth will be even bigger in Europe).“ 264 ff.
„In his recent book Communion with God, Neale Donald Walsch tells us that all of the wondrous abilities of future humans can be realized today by individuals who are determined enough to do the work necessary to awaken. … We are limited only by our imagination.“ 267
Chapter 12, The Sacred Voyage. Beyond Science Fiction? By Slawek Wojtowicz
„Everything is information. … information is the new superparadigm for theorists.“ 299
„John Wheeler, perhaps the most distinguished proponent of information theory, claimed that, fundamentally, atoms are made up of bits of information.“ 300
„’Every it – ever particle, every field of force, even the space-time continuum itself – derives its function, its meaning, its very existence entirely from binary choices, bits. What we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes/no questions.’“ 300
both mystical religions and modern quantum physics seem to agree concerning the true nature of reality: time and space are just constructs of human consciousness created by our minds. The reality we perceive as solid and independent doesn’t really exist on its own; it is simply a projection emanating from our minds.“ 301
„Is is possible that we live in a dream world or, to use more modern terminology, in a very sophisticated virtual-reality simulation?“ 301
„The bigges illusion of all is that we appear to be separate, individual beings. Mystics across all religions … agree that there is only one actor playing all the parts in this virtual-reality movie. That actor is God“ 302
„the hard work begins: we must shed all our deeply ingrained preconceptions about the world and about ourselves and change the way we think. We must live the knowledge, instead of experiencing it on an intellectual level.“ 303
„To awaken, we must transcend ourselves – to become more than our sense of a separate self. In other words, we must learn to be selfless and think about others first, to serve others before we take care of our own needs.“ 304
„The Matrix was likely inspired by the gnostic gospels“ 305
„Mystics also tell us that there is no personal God as described by mainstream religions such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but instead there is a field of potentiality or energy that can be experienced as pure love. Gnostics called this field pleroma … and in Hinduism and Buddhism it is known as Brahma or Brahman. We might envision ourselves on a holodeck that creates everything that we imagine. … The trouble begins when we forget who we are and that we are totally alone and when we begin fighting with figments of our imagination. When we are lost in fear and lash out in anger at the ‘outside’ world, the aggression bounces right back. We only hurt ourselves when we try to injure ‘others’. … Fortunately the same rule applies to love and compassion.“ 306
„Polish writer Stanislaw Lem was among the first to toy with the idea of virtual reality.“ 307
„Similarly, many of Philip K. Dick’s novels explore spiritual themes.“ 307
„If nothing is real, can we choose the dream in which we would like to live, or can we at least make sure that our dream is a good one and not a nightmare? A modern gnostic gospel entitled A course of Miracles and books based on it, such as Disappearance of the Universe by Gary Renard, claim that it is possible to change the nightmare into a happy dream without pain, suffering and death.“ 309
„Yet it looks like there is a way out of this quagmire. The good news, according to the mystics, is that we will eventually succeed in our efforts to escape from hell. Just as in some of the movies mentioned here, however, there is only one way out – and to find it, we must first awaken from the dream. We must realize that salvation lies inside, not outside, of ourselves.“ 311 f.
„The Buddhist tradition teaches of the tripod of the illusory world – greed, hatred, and delusion – and their antidotes – compassion, love, and wisdom. In this tradition, wisdom is the road that ultimately leads to enlightenment.“ 312
„What if our life is really a very realistic game … with an unlimited number of levels? And what if there is really only one player? Is our life just a game that God plays to entertain himself? What if our goal here is to gather all clues and complete whatever moves us to the next level?
„It seems that the law of karma is an operational principle on the level we are exploring right now“ 315
„The sacred scriptures of all religions hint at the possibility of a next level – a place with much more freedom and unlimited happiness. Moreover, these holy books can be used as ‘cheat sheets’ of of sorts to give us clues and hints that suggest how to get to the next level. The level we are on right now has some built-in incentives to push us forward – we’ve already dawdled here too long. … How much longer will we wait before we change our mind and move to the next level? The next can’t be much worse than the one we’re on right now. Indeed, it should be much better.“ 315 f.