I grew up in a Christian upbringing most of my early life, then I decided, after much debate, to just try to seek my own truths. It was hard at
first, but through meditation and reading various books, I think I found a deep understanding of our existence, at least as close as I can come to
I find it very hard to believe that religions and hardcore scientists have not reached a compromising solution to the problem of our existence. We
can go to the moon, we can bust holes in the sea for oil, we can figure out quantum equations, but our brains are still very much a mystery to us. I
do, however, believe that some humans have gotten closer to understanding the true “meaning” of why we are here, and using their writings, along
with my own deductions, I feel that the ancient peoples had a lot more knowledge about our existence than we thought. That led me to research some
very convincing theories that, for the most part, cover every religion’s belief in “something bigger”.
Without going into too much detail, open your mind and heart and try to grasp what I am about to show you.
One answer to the question of the meaning of life is that humans are here simply to just enjoy life and strive for a happy existence. Sigmund Freud
called this view the pleasure principle. The main idea behind this is that humanity is meant to experience maximum pleasure and minimum pain.
The humanistic branch of psychology, most associated with Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers, grew out of a need for more personal meaning than Freud’s
psychoanalysis was thought to offer. Humanistic psychologists concentrated on individual potential and purpose in life.
Existentialists hold the philosophical viewpoint that humans make individual choices in this existence known as life. As Jean Paul Sartre said "Man
is nothing else but that which he makes of himself." In this view, personal freedom may be seen as having the potential of both positive and negative
outcomes depending on the choices one makes.
This brings us to our brain, which all of the previously mentioned researchers came back to. Our brain is the control center of everything we do and
think about, including what I am writing now. Using some research from books I found and online resources, as well as speaking with several
neurologists, I feel that the theory I have come up with is pretty simple, but also has some pretty huge repercussions, as I have been flamed for what
I think by various people close to me and not so close to me.
My research always brings me back to the ancient people, namely the Egyptians, who scientists have shown did surgical procedures on the brain.
Needless to say, their knowledge about the human brain was a lot more intensive than we first thought. I then started reading about the Eye of Horus,
a symbol found in the majority of their writings.
In Egyptian myth the eye was not the passive organ of sight but more an agent of action, protection or wrath. The Eye of Horus was intended to protect
the king in the afterlife and to ward off evil. The mirror image, or left eye, sometimes represented the moon and the god Thoth. Thoth, in their
beliefs, was considered one of the more important deities of the Egyptian pantheon. Knowing this, as well as their extensive knowledge of the brain,
I saw a connection that many people have made. Look at this:
The above image shows the Egyptian Eye of Horus (or Eye of Ra) and how it precisely matches exact formation of the thalamus within the human brain,
including the pineal gland.
Many shaman have entered other realms by inducing “higher consciousness” through stimulating the pineal gland (through Ayahuasca).
In the case of Ayahuasca it induces a sleep like trance and the person under its influence wants to keep his eyes closed, since the external world is
of little interest and that this state of reverie is more like a state of alertness since EEG recordings show a disappearance of alpha waves when the
patient’s eyes are closed.
Themes of pineal gland stimulation are the following:
1. The soul is believed to separate from the physical body and make a trip, normally with the sensation of flight and rapid movement. Eight people
in one group of 35 experienced visions or feelings of their own death. It is a process of becoming dissociated and leaving one's body. There seem to
be regular occurrences of flying at high speed, or even weightlessness, some have described it as “having wings”.
2. Visions of crocodiles, reptiles in general, snakes in particular tigers, leopards, and cats. They all seem to imply danger and a relation with the
dynamic aspects of rage and movement.
3. Another important theme which is difficult to fully classify is that of the mythic or religious theme which seems to surface in many individuals
who take this drug. In one group 18 out of 35 (volunteers from Chile not natives) came face to face with religious themes, 5 with the devil, 3 with
angels, and 2 had a vision of Christ and the others were various religious visions.
4. Sensations of seeing distant people or places and interpreted as clairvoyance
5. Divinatory experiences, for example seeing the enactment of a crime committed in the past, or unsolved mysteries that at times the individual is
able to access because of his state.
This drug can be taken by the shaman and in a state of controlled trance use its potential to be able to access states otherwise closed off to our
normal everyday experience. It has a quality of essentially playing out mythic and archetypal themes in a state that does not quite overwhelm the
recipient but enables him to connect with deeper issues that were waiting to be released in his subconscious.