Posted: 30 May 2012 10:37 AM PDT
N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), endogenous molecule present in the cerebrospinal fluid of humans, was first synthesized in 1957 by Stephen Szara and is considered one of the most powerful psychedelic substances, if not the most powerful ever.
DMT is present in some varieties of mimosa and acacia, and many other plants. The extraction is possible with some solvents such as alcohol, gas oil, hexane, or by distillation. In the Amazon Basin some tribal peoples have a tradition of using plants containing DMT for magical rituals.
DMT is produced spontaneously by the human brain. It could be established that it is one of the most ”fleeting” substances that have ever been observed in the human body, since it remains in the circulation only for 5 minutes. It has been scientifically demonstrated that the pineal gland (a small endocrine gland in the human brain, also called "third eye") is able to produce some amounts of DMT, especially at 3-4 o'clock in the morning, during the REM sleep phase.
In ancient cultures and oriental philosophy it has always been considered that the awakening of the “third eye” (i.e. the pineal gland) is capable of causing very high states of consciousness with very important psychic experiences.
There have been experiments and studies on DMT by Terence McKenna, a prominent member of the psychedelic revolution. In many interviews he speaks of a short trip of 20-30 minutes, which brings the mind into a dimension of almost total transcendence, and it seems that it comes from other worlds which pop into our reality, talking and interacting with us.
Few seconds after taking the vapors you are having a distinct feeling of “being suddenly gone” to a particular place, completely different from that in which you just were. Then you experience the first effects: vivid visual hallucinations, bright colors, altering perceptions of everything you see, a hum/whistle at high frequencies.
After this first state of “semi-consciousness” it takes you to a higher level, in which the body “sleeps” and you have visions (even if you have your eyes closed) of perfect geometric figures moving like brightly colored phosphorescent fractals.
This phase is characterized by the feeling of being in at least three-dimensional area where objects and non-terrestrial entities may occur and interact with us. This experience may appear very energetic, fast and confusing. Within ten minutes the hallucinations lose vividness, it passes back to the “semi-conscious” state and within other 10-20 minutes you return to the normal state.
Many of people who have voluntarily submitted to testing DMT reported that they found themselves in “flying disks” where they spent “about three minutes of our time” among strange ”elf machines”, operated by “little people” with gray skin, big eyes and huge skull.
Considering all the above, could it mean that through the effects of DMT a person every night travels to other dimensions that pertain to another actual reality, which is different from the reality of waking state of mind and which leaves us only vague ancestral memories?
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Posted: 30 May 2012 07:25 AM PDT
If you are one of those people who are looking to increase their creativity and productivity, then this list of activities and ideas is for you. Probably, you might have already tried some of these things before, but perhaps some other ideas from this list will surprise you.
1. Learn a foreign language
Mastering a foreign language is a fairly complex process, which we often encounter in childhood, when our brains are still developing. To re-create a similar development of your brain you can try to learn a new language. This will put a challenge before you, which will train your brain to work differently and will strengthen the understanding of your native language. It greatly sharpens the mind and helps us confront memory problems when we get older.
2. Create a reading list
Reading lists identify the ultimate goal of your training, helping you focus on consumed information. You can create reading lists by subject areas, by region or culture, by historical periods. Any purposeful reading helps your brain better understand the subject and focus your attention on complex tasks.
3. Appreciate the culture
Another way to enhance your brain power is to increase the understanding of your culture. See good movies, visit art galleries, listen to classical music. You can learn your native culture and the culture of other countries. Such a manifestation of attention to the culture will help you develop your mind in a way that is unlikely to be achieved under different circumstances. Exploring the art will help you understand how the society works. In addition, it will increase your erudition.
4. Get enough sleep
Have you ever tried to drive a car after a bad sleep? Now think on how a lack of sleep can affect the activity of your brain. Night sleep allows our brain cells to recharge and clears our heads. Studies have shown that sleep enhances the brain's functioning that makes you smarter and more open minded.
5. Eat healthy food
By eating healthy food you give your body the necessary support to keep your brain in shape. In addition, certain nutrients make neurons work faster and more efficiently. For example, foods rich in magnesium can prevent migraine, and those rich in vitamin B12 can prevent brain dysfunction in old age.
6. Play educational games
Recent scientific studies have shown that certain types of video games can help you become smarter, because some video games train your visual coordination, as well as involve your decision-making skills. Researchers from the UK found that children who played video games with arithmetic problems for 10 weeks significantly improved their math grades.
7. Participate in social interaction
When you are working on the creation of social relations, both online and in real life, you train your brain’s ability to understand the structure of relations between different people. In addition, it will help you develop your ability to keep in mind many faces and names of people. In fact, studies conducted on prisoners held in solitary confinement showed a clear decrease in their brain activity comparable to that of people who have suffered severe head injuries.
8. Look for educational content on the Internet
The Internet can be a major source of distraction, but at the same time it contains many excellent educational resources. Many universities upload video lectures of their courses or of guest speakers. Such kind of resources will help you enhance your knowledge on certain topics, whether they relate to your career or are your personal hobbies.
9. Watch educational TV programs
Watch educational channels like Discovery Channel, as they often show in-depth documentaries and broadcasts on a variety of interesting and useful things. Also you could watch some intense and complex drama, as complex plot lines and relationships between the characters will involve your brain in the process of tracking the progress of action.
10. Solve puzzles
Finally, do not underestimate the importance of puzzles and crosswords. They can really help you, especially if you are looking for a way to pass time in a long journey in transport. It is better to arrange a workout for the brain than just sitting in a chair and watching the latest hit comedy. Puzzles can be particularly useful in preserving your brain function in old age.
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