Friday, 30 October 2009

Is 'Ordinary' Reality a 'Controlled' Psychedelic Experience?

I put this post up at The Icarus Project, and also want to share it here:

Lately I have been very interested exploring about the phenomena of UFOs, and their 'occupants', and also trying to understand psychedelics relation to this subject.
Apparently, as far as I know, very few researchers
--like Terrence McKenna-- have done this and the guy that has turned me on to my current phase of looking more into this is Ananda Bosman (checkout his video series at Youtube. His talk shown in a video -in 22 parts- has deeply inspired me. It is MINDBLOWINGLY interesting, and he has the most beautiful expressive voice, and way about him:

As Ananda points in in part 3 of his talk, it is very amusing how when you try and mention the subject of entheogens to many UFOlogists they think it is too far out, but also when you mention the subject of UFOs to many psychedelic researchers they too think that they are so far out already adding that 'high strangeness' is too much ;)... YET, I wholeheartedly agree with Ananda that is is VITAL to bring these two subjects together!

Funnily enough, I recently joined 'supposedly' radical forums about UFOs and the Paranormal, (and I even saw a thread featuring a McKenna video talk) the Paracast forums, started a thread about this--got a disinterested, then hostile response, and when I reacted (in a polite way) in disappointment, had the thread taken down! I have been on some fucked up forums but have never had a thread deleted before! But it just shows you the irony of this, amusingly illustrating Ananda's point.

Any way, in my research it takes you into looking into DMT. Apparently DMT is a chemical that some plants and fungi have, including sacred plants like Ayahuasca. In humans and animals DMT is said to be produced from the Pineal Gland, (though this is as yet still speculation) and in humans ( I am not sure about animals etc) DMT is activated in sleep, and NDEs, and most likely before actual physical death, and....

I found this really interesting article that is hypthesizing that 'reality' we take to be 'normal' and 'objective' may in fact be rather a controlled psychedelic experience!

"Medical Hypotheses
“Wallach's research on the effect of DMT on other endocrine compounds in the human body seemed to suggest that "...DMT and other endogenous hallucinogens mediate their neurological abilities by acting as neurotransmitters at a sub class of the trace amine receptors; a group of receptors found in the CNS where DMT and other hallucinogens have been shown to have activity."
Wallach proposes that in this way waking consciousness can be thought of as a controlled psychedelic experience. When the control of these normal systems of perception becomes loosened and their behavior no longer correlates with the external world, then altered states arise.
Translated, what this suggests is that consciousness, the waking state we take as a 'given' and that feeds us information about the physical world, is itself a kind of hallucination that is fed to us in a controlled way by the pineal gland. Changing the dosage and timing results in a completely different experience (the aliens, the tunnel of light), raising the question of, which experience is real?
Are either of these perceived realities really real? Are neither of them real? Is there more than one dimension of reality and if so, can we, like lamprey eels, perceive another dimension when the chemical lens is made available to us?
Are either of these perceived realities really real? Are neither of them real? Is there more than one dimension of reality and if so, can we, like lamprey eels, perceive another dimension when the chemical lens is made available to us?
I don't have any easy answers, and I do have a distaste for blind alleys when it comes to UFO stuff, since that's about all anything ever turns out to be--yet another blind alley. But I have to admit this line of research looks like it could come together in a very interesting way indeed, and that it definitely pushes us to the edge of some kind of envelope in terms of material reality versus psychological reality and arguments about consciousness and aliens. “

This is a very interesting hypothesis from a 'Madness' (as in Mad Pride, which is meaning that so-called 'mental illness' usually thought of as 'mad' may really be quite sane in an insane world) perspective especially, because it would explain how some people can be seen to have 'psychedelic experience' not acceptable to the 'controlled' psychedelic 'experiencees'/'normal' people. You know, the ones who believe war and people homless on the streets is the 'real world' one needs to errr ...trip with?


  1. Hrm, yes, DMT and many other chemicals are present in the brain but so are many other chemicals. I would have to agree that reality is not one thing though and shouldn't be something that is enforced by the drug pushers. For example there is nothing broken about hearing voices, synaesthesia, mood swings, depression, et cetera.

  2. There are innumerable sources of saucers, from (now) well understood physical devices of terrestrial origin (though uncertain original provenance)to activated thought forms, ie Tulpas and the energic forms of dream masters, impinging on the perceptions of others.
    The crown chakra is the the infinitely petalled crown, and different levels of an undivided 'individual' often interact in unforeseen ways, providing glimpses of altered and alternative realities.

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