“Within the belly of self-scientific and spiritual analysis the discipline of investigation begins with self-enquiry.” iamman
This is an essential part of the reconditioning process, and one of which you reading this know all too well.
I hope at this point it is clear in your mind that the writings published herein are based primarily on experience and inspiration. When these two conduits become concurrent I feel the waters of creativity flow with a stream-like fluency. This allows me to access a deep-seated ideological state of being; one where the obstacle between inward visions and outward artistic expression is temporarily removed. In other words, the threshold of conscious and creative integration is expanded.
Strangely enough is what acts as an external catalyst towards this enigmatic period of enlightenment – and that is being surrounded in darkness!
I personally find the deeper the darkness the more eloquent the visions can supplant themselves into my subconscious. They become unobstructed revealing particular angles of previous experiences with more clarity. Through using a symbolic language presented in pieces and fragments, and dependent on duration and setting, these insights become increasingly prominent as the practice improves.
This pathway into selfhood is not one I consider abnormal or left-field in any respect. Quite the contrary in fact. Anthropology and core religious doctrine of ancient ceremonial practices describe it as an opening of energetic culmination – an inward access point to the Godhead. Most notably is a well documented experience from the Qur’an that took place in 610 AD when Muhammad, the renowned Islamic prophet, was visited by archangel Gabriel in a cave called Hira during contemplation.
In Hinduism (the celebration of Diwali) and particular Sufism rituals, the seclusion of light is embodied in both religious traditions respectively, and involves unordinary periods in dark confinement as a temporal bridge to divinity and reverence. A seldom number of initiates within these communities would be chosen, having met certain conditions, removed from the community and confined to quarters in complete darkness to experience what could be described as a psychospiritual maturing process.
An interesting article called “Dark Retreat (14 days of darkness)”, found on High Existence states;
a totally dark environment, according to Mantak Chia, is a distraction free reset of the mind from its preoccupation of the senses, making it an ideal environment for self enquiry and meditation. On top of that, he claims, the body is stimulated in darkness to produce dimethyltrypthamine (DMT) from the amino acid tryptophan. This “Spirit Molecule” is responsible for heightened transcendental states of love and compassion.
This process of heightened transpersonal sensitivity is commonly referred to as pineal gland activation. Across the earth within indigenous communities, particularly in the Americas, this activation is ceremonially practiced to enter a Shamanic State of Consciousness – (SSC) – usually with the intent to remedy a myriad of ailments, to gain knowledge and wisdom or a calling to closely connect to source. The traditional name for this is shamanic journeying. (More coverage to come.)
Branches within the scientific community have outlined this phenomena to be a verifiable constant following experiments. In other words, it repeatedly occurs providing certain conditions are met. Ethnobotanists, anthropologists and scientists such as Terrance McKenna (Food of the Gods), Michael Harner (The Way of the Shaman) and Rick Strassman (DMT: The Spirit Molecule) amongst others have testified to these accounts and experiences on numerous occasions.
The two methodical processes (indigenous customs or controlled research studies) are not mutually exclusive when you compare them objectively. Prana or pure energy is predominantly received through this energy center in the head. Whether looked upon from a perspective of consciousness or as a scientist, the unchangeable fact remains. To investigate this phenomenon through direct experience or outward examination also presents the same conclusions. Whether you identify the syntax (languaging construct) to be connected in relation to pineal gland activation or the production of DMT, it really doesn’t make any difference; over time, psychological and neurological transformation occurs in darkness!
To be afraid of the dark has been a programmed condition subjugated into our minds since we were children. Do you remember “Are you afraid of the dark?“ for one. During the most formative years it is implanted through mainstream media that bad things can happen in the dark. Films, television shows, cartoons, peers and parents ensure that this is known to the child. And a fair percentage of adults cannot contain or control their borderline scepticism for dark places either. We live in a society, which has conditioned the average layperson to be unable to sit still in confined spaces, meditate or question the nature of their own existence let alone doing the like in darkness.
It is quite clear that elitists, fear-mongers and global politicians have profited from this tool of transcendence. Through rites and initiations into magical orders and occult societies, they are well aware of the empowering, physiological benefits this natural extreme has proven to provide. Should this same knowledge become authenticated and available for general public use, I suspect for them it will stir an immovable fear of unwanted or unwelcomed mass conscious development, which would in turn destabilise the model of social order as it stands.
I will admit that the changes which can manifest in dark settings however are not always positive experiences, like many to most things in life. My honourable proofreader Jade pointed out to me that it rests on a confluence of motive, setting and the intention behind being in dark confinement. For instance, there is a considerable number of solitary confinement cases which have led to frightening, macabre conclusions for one ill-equipped to be in a dark, confined space – a ceremonial setting however, invokes quite the opposite reaction as the intention, motive and setting differ.
I leave you with this; where there is day, there is night. Where there is darkness, there is light. Allow both sides of yourself to be evenly on. Your conscious self and subconscious self, your feminine qualities and your masculine qualities. Only then will you truly be. If this is not the case now gaze upon the moon and know you too can shine in the darkest of places.