How Can the Darkness Awaken You?

Pineal Gland Inner Vision

Pineal Gland Inner Vision

Many spiritual and shamanic traditions have used meditations in pitch darkness as a method of healing, transformation and awakening. How can this simple technique be a catalyst of transformation?

If we take a look at the chemistry of the brain we can begin to understand the biochemistry behind awakening.

The Pineal Gland


Pineal Gland

It is thought that the biological structure associated with the third eye, or inner eye, is a gland called the pineal gland. Some theories say that the gland can become calcified, and thus our inner vision becomes dulled or blocked. By purifying this gland, it is decalcified and thus activated.

Activation of the pineal gland may be what ancient mystics have called “opening your third eye”. Spiritual awakening is a shift in perception. It is not the outer world that changes, but the inner world. When the perception shifts from seeing separation to seeing oneness, it is said we see with our inner eye open. Along the way, the practitioner may or may not experience shifts in perception such as psychic abilities, astral travel and lucid dreaming.

The pineal gland has been called “the seat of the soul” (Descartes and Bailey) and is thought to be a very profound spiritual center of the brain. In Tao Tantra, there is a term called the “crystal palace” used in meditation. This is said to be connected to both the third eye and the crown chakra. Thus to activate it is to activate the higher spiritual centers.

DMT in the brain

DMT molcule

DMT molcule

The chemistry of the brain gets really interesting when we start to look deeper into the pineal gland. We find that under circumstances of light deprivation, the pineal produces a psychedelic substance called DMT. This is a naturally occurring substance, which occurs at birth and death in the human.

DMT also occurs in a shamanic plant medicine called “Ayahuasca”, which is drunk for visionary purposes. However, it has been discovered that an individual can develop release of DMT naturally within their own brain, in a more natural and gentle way through meditation, darkness retreats and pineal decalcification.

 Darkness Retreats

Retreating into pitch darkness for several days thus has a major effect upon the brain, most notably the pineal gland and the release of natural DMT. This can facilitate a powerful shift in consciousness. The ultimate intention of such meditation is to see the world as interconnected. To see beyond illusion and separation.

“The pineal gland needs pure darkness to emit melatonin, which produces serotonin. These chemicals are crucial to psychic awareness, and thus in turn activates your pineal gland.”

From decalcifyingthepinealgland.com

Pineal Gland of Inner Light

Pineal Gland of Inner Light

There are only a very few Darkness retreats around the world. This is because it takes a huge amount of resources to create such a retreat, in which the meditation hall, eating area, toilets and sleeping rooms are all blacked out. In such a retreat you will give your brain an opportunity to produce natural DMT, and thus the possibility to enhance your meditation skills and inner vision. To join such a retreat offers a powerful opportunity to take meditation to a whole new level.

Tao Tantric Darkness Retreat

November 2nd – 8th 2015

Zorba the Buddha, Delhi, India

Email us to book a place on this once in a lifetime course!

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Further reading

What is the pineal gland?

How to activate the Pineal Gland?

The pineal gland and darkness

Comments 76

  1. Lee Neale

    Great article. “Hello Darkness my old friend.” That line from a Simon and Garfunkel song sprang to mind. I wonder if it was a reference to DMT production. In any case, I feel that way often. Especially after working late in a brightly lit office. I have to come home and sit in complete darkness to balance myself. I believe that the shift to a brightly lit industrial civilization was a major factor in calcifying the human pineal. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece of insight!

  2. Dhanesh

    Hi Shashi
    Hope you are fine. I want to attend this event. Plz tell me the scheduled of the details and about the event

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  3. Dhanesh

    I came to know that you are coming to Delhi for dark meditation. I wish i could attend this event but due to some reason its not possible. I want a personal sessions with you.is it possible? I will feel obliged and blessed if you can give time to me from your busy schedule. Last time when u came here i asked you but u were busy and u promised for the next time
    Awaiting your reply
    Thank you so much

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