ANCIENT ART MORE THAN 40 000 YEARS AGO WAS INSPIRED BY ALTERED STATES OF MIND

April 28, 2018


SHAMANS AND AYAHUASCA

There are 80,000 different plant species in the Amazon and the indian shamans living there know which exact plant has dymethiltryptamin. DMT is a molecule produced by the pineal gland inside the brain. This gland also gives us the capability of seeing images within our mind when using our imagination or recalling memories.

The basis of DMT is "serotonin" (the hormone of happiness), thus they are very similar in structure. Dymethiltryptamin is massively produced near natural death, which makes people see things, such as different geometrical patterns and, in some cases, already dead loved ones. DMT is also known as "the spirit molecule" for it is related to out-of-body experiences and "hallucinations" associated with the "spirit world".

The oral consumption of DMT however, would be effectless, because our stomach contains an enzyme called "monoamine oxidase" which completely destroys the this molecule when it comes in contact with it. It is interesting to consider that not only the shamans know which plant from the 80,000 different species contains DMT, but they also know which plant turns off the monoamine oxidase. Using the 2 plants, they create the spiritual medicine called "ayahuasca". One of the 2 plants disables the stomach's enzyme so the DMT from the other plant can affect the person's body. Those people did not had any microscopes and yet they managed to create a medicine for travelling into different worlds, as it is being told, by successfully combining those 2 exact plants. It is as if they knew the molecular structures of the plants with unarmed eyes and had the capability to artistically play with the plants. When they are asked how they know all of this, they reply something in the context of:

We receive our knowledge from the plants and the spirit world.


STATE OF TRANCE AND PALEOLITHIC ART

It is interesting to consider that DMT is not the only substance which is able to put someone in a different state of consciousness - this is known as being in "trance". Different tribes in different continents around the world use different methods to put themselves in such states Some, as we just reviewed, extract DMT from plants, others extract ibogaine or use the psilocybin found in different types of mushrooms. There are also completely different methods of going in trance without using any psychedelics. For example the bushmen (san people) in Africa have a dance that sometimes continues for more than 12 hours which they use to put themselves in trance. The exhaustion and dehydration from this long dance produces the same effect on one's mind as psychedelics. Most of the time the dancing shamans start to bleed from the nose because of dehydration. Any method that exhausts your body little by little, going in the same rhythm all the time, can cause a "trance state" - it is simillar to NDE's (Near Death Experiences). Regardless of the psychedelic or the method used for going in trance, it seems like people are having the same experiences. This experience of the same things cannot be explained by the tradition or the era in which the people were living. Whether you look at the cave paintings from 35 000 years ago or 10 000 years ago, they all have incredible similarities. This applies even to this day, as we will see in a moment. Since the san people are still present to this day, some of their elders were interviewed in the middle of the 19th century and then the inverviews were further analyzed in the 20th century. Those interviews helped David Lewis-Williams to find the answers to the mysteries of the ancient cave and stone art by presenting his neuropsychological model - the only model that can be applied to almost all paleolithic art and give very logical answers. The cave and stone art very often illustrate different sets of images which they saw in different states of trance - certain geometrical patterns, stabbed animals and humans, chimeras (a creature composed of 2 or more different animals), teriantrops (half-human and half an animal), etc.




EXPERIMENTS WITH THE HUMAN'S NERVOUS SYSTEM

The first research of the human's nervous system in the state of trance through different drugs began in the early 20's of 20th century. The first serious researches were conducted by the german's neurologist and experimental psychologist Heinrich Klüver. His discoveries definitely connected such visions of geometrical patterns, chimeras and teriantrops with the altered states of mind. His researches were also later on confirmed and further developed by many other neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. Heinrich also created a list of the most recognizable geometrical phenomena. Here are six of the most often seen ones.




1. A simple web and its expansion into a grid and hexagonal motif
2. Sets of parallel lines
3. Small dots and spots
4. Zigzag lines that cross the field of view (some patients are describing them as angular or wavy)
5. Hanging rainbows inserted into one another
6. Filigree motifs or thin meander lines

HALLUCINATIONS OR REALITY?

We know, from the many experiments with different psychedelics and drugs, that there are 3 main stages of a trance. In stage 1, patients start seeing only the geometrical (entoptic) phenomena, their movements, transformations and expansions. In stage 2 the patients are trying to give meaning to those phenomena by associating them with known images (for example - a zigzag entoptic phenomena can be associated with a snake). In the 3rd stage the patients experience a whirlwind-like tunnel in which the geometrical phenomena are completely being transformed into the associated with them images. Here is comparison between the geometrical phenomena drawn by patients which had been put under trance through different drugs and the art of the bushmen san people art, the coso tribe art and the paleolithic art.


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As you can see, the similarities are extremely close to one another regardless of the time and the tradition of the people. Some entoptic phenomena, as you can see, are being illustrated as certain types of animals as well. This fact speaks by itself that perhaps people in the state of trance, regardless of what method they used to achieve it, are not hallucinating, but rather having their brain tuned into different frequencies of reality, therefore the things they see might not have been physical, but their mind started to associate the non-physical aspects of the experienced reality with known images from our reality.


ORIGINS OF RELIGION

Almost all religions in the world were created by some connection to what people would refer to as "Divine" or "God". This connection is made by a certain person who receives the "God's words and wisdom", which he then passes unto the people. Therefore the first religious beliefs should be 35 000+ years old when the first art of non-existent teriantrops (half-human and half-animal) had appeared. Those beings were worshiped because, as the bushmen people had said, they gave the shamans knowledge which they can use to create medicine, heal and overall help the survival of their people through various ways. Perhaps all "God's prophets" described to had contributed or created a certain religion in the past, had contact with such beings while they were in trance, which could have been caused through different methods, thus we have different cultures worshipping different things - Gods, heavenly beings, plants, animals, etc.

If you want to read a lot more information regarding this topic, you can get yourself the book "Supernatural" by Graham Hancock.

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