The opiate substance secreted from the pineal gland
during Samadhi has been variously called Nectar of the Gods, ambrosia,
amrita, and the Living Water. Gurus like Sai Baba claim to materialize
amrita and can shaktipat others into generating their own nectar. It is
said that to experience amrita is to be bestowed with immortality, that
is to be freed from the cycle of birth and death...hence liberated. The
term Amrita is Sanskrit for "elixir of immortality," it
literally means "deathlessness". This has obvious parallels to
"ambrosia" the name of the classical Greek "food of the gods" which
means "no death."
During shaktipat, inner-conjunction or through initiation in meditation
this nectar is produced and drips down the back of the throat. Perhaps
an associated phenomena to the generation of the nectar, is the intense
light of a Thousand Suns that occurs sometimes during its
"manufacture." This secretion gives one the experience of Timelessness,
and being a divine God or Goddess. It is "sweet" in taste and in
sensation--it is described as nectar, honey, gold dust, euphoric,
ecstatic, intoxicating and gives the feeling of being imbued with
"My own experience of amrit is that it started to occur
to me during times of very concentrated, long periods of sitting
meditation, and usually happened while practicing the Khedari Mudra
(tongue upward on palate). It would then occur spontaneously without
the mudra and at times during the day for no apparent good reason.
There is a definite sweet taste involved with a sort of swell of
ecstasy experienced as well that can last for hours, perhaps days. It
is always extremely pleasant and 'heightening'. The subject/object
perspective can stay largely intact while experiencing 'Amrit' and one
can remain highly functional (as opposed to a samadhi that transcends
all body awareness). I do not recall ever being aware of amrit during a
heightened experience of inner light (which tends to drown out and
overwhelm any other perception)." ~ Michael Roark
Here is an account of amrita produced as a result of shaktipat from
Sai Baba. From this it is apparent that one can receive shaktipat
without any devotion or interest in the Guru:
"In about 1971-72 I had reluctant darshan of Sai Baba. I
say 'reluctant' because I had pretty powerful prejudices against him.
Anyway, to make a long story short, he came up to me, tapped me on the
top of the head and said, "Acha, very good" and I went immediately from
a state of lethargy, sunstroke and just plain bad mood to (I assume)
samadhi. I'd experienced it before in meditation, but not nearly so
deeply or suddenly. The physical symptoms included my tongue sticking
to the roof of my mouth, my saliva becoming very light and sweet and
almost total suspension of breath. Another physical symptom was that I
went spontaneously from sitting slumped over to bolt upright. What
breath there was seemed to feed straight into my brain and bliss
travelled from my brain through my whole being. That's what I remember,
but mostly I just remember bliss. When I came to, the sunstroke was
gone. Remarkable as that experience was, I never felt drawn to hang
around Sai Baba. I find it noteworthy that the one who transmitted
'shaktipat' or 'amrita' (not sure which came first) was the one I felt
absolutely no desire to surrender to." ~ Rob Schneider
I interpret Robs experience as simple biophysics...kind of like
being plugged into a light socket and getting a jolt of electricity.
And this occurs quite apart from the secondary layer of our belief,
intention and projection. It shows that although
transference/projection often occurs with Gurus, it is not necessary in
order for the organic physical response of shatipat to occur. That is
the energetic "electrocrution" occurs regardless of the contents of the
conscious or subconscious mind. The point I want to stress here, is
that the physical chemistry is occurring often quite apart from the
contents in our minds, and yet will amplify and affect those contents.
Nothing shows us the transpersonal nature of our own existence as well
as a kundalini awakening, for we become intimately aware that we "know
not who or what we are" and that an enormous Sprit is living within and
The main function of the pineal gland is its role in mediating
circadian rhythms of the animal through the production of the hormone
melatonin, from its precursor amino acid tryptophan. The pineal gland
is most active in early morning hours...hence meditation is often
undergone at this time. The pineal gland is the only singular organ in
the brain and is located near the upper end of the spinal cord, which
ends or terminates in the oldest anatomical region in the brain.
Taoists call the center of the brain between the pineal and the
pituitary "the Crystal Palace." It's between the old brain at the back
and the new brain at the front of the head, between the left and right
hemispheres, sitting above the two wings of the mysterious
ventricles.It rests between the two large cerebrums at the anterior end
of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is one of the oldest features of the
brain, involved in coordinating muscular activity in the body. It's
said that when the pineal gland is activated it becomes illuminated
like a thousands suns.The sense of white light flowing within and
without may be when the pineal gland is highly activated producing DMT
type chemistry during the height of the peak.
When the Crystal Palace lights up a secretion from the area might be
released into the back of the throat. "The White Drop" would be some
intense opiate that acts to open the heart.
"In Tibetan Buddhism, this is the source of the
"White Drop" that descends to the heart center, where it mixes with the
ascending "Red Drop" attain an enlightened body and mind. All this
activity is seen as a cosmic sex act in the head. The phallic-shaped
pineal gland releases a pure white liquid light that impregnates the
nearby bi-lobed pituitary gland, which then releases hormones in the
blood that inaugurate a Second (Spiritual) Puberty in the body." ~ www.alchemylab.com
The pituitary gland is located inside a round bony cavity that is separated from the sphenoid sinus
by a thin bone that forms the roof of the sphenoid sinus. The sphenoid
sinus is the most posterior sinus. The drainage from the sphenoid is
almost directly down the throat from an ostium (hole) that opens into
the posterosuperior part of the nasal cavity. The sphenoid sinus is
adjacent to the main nerve that is responsible for vision, the optic
nerve. The main artery that goes to the brain, the carotid artery,
travels along the wall of this sinus.
Also nerve impulses from the eyes and ears pass through the
colliculi with the pineal directly overhead separated by CSF. Thus
secretions from the pineal would have a direct impact on the colliculi.
The colliculus is part of the brain that sits below the
thalamus and surrounds the pineal gland. It is involved in the
generation of eye movements and hand-eye coordination. The colliculus
receives visual, as well as auditory inputs, and its deeper layers are
connected to many sensorimotor areas of the brain. The colliculus as a
whole is thought to help orient the head and eyes toward something seen
During initiation of the Crystal Palace hormones including oxytocin
and vasopressin are released from the pituitary into the blood stream
to facilitate the metamorphic birth. The fact that the nerves and blood
vessels that feed the eyes and middle ear pass through the cavernous
sinus either side of the sphenoid sinus leads us to speculate on the
mechanisms behind both Celestial Music that is heard when the Crystal
Place is lit up, and changes in the eyes such as light emerging from
them, changes of consciousness seen in the eyes and faculty of
transcendental vision itself.
When the Crystal Chamber is lit transcendental vision occurs. Transcendental vision probably
occurs due to increased kundalini flow raising dopamine and
phenylethylamine etc...All kind of changes happen in the retinas and
occipital lobes, including increased ATP production acting as a
neurotransmitter and histamine increasing blood flow in the brain, and
increase in nitric oxide metabolism. The end result being that one has
an increase in visual acuity, inner visions, inner lights, seeing auras
and vivid dreams. If you try the drug Ecstasy you are likely to see
auras, and have transcendental vision so there must be some similarity
in the chemical mechanism between Ecstasy and kundalini. (See also Superfluidity)
Here is a description of the release of amrita during sex while undergoing a kundalini awakening initiated by LSD: "During
continued sexual activity, at the minutes just prior to orgasm, I
became aware that there was a fluid being secreted from the upper,
forward part of my throat/nasal cavity, roughly at the height of the
nose (amrita). It seemed closely related to the extended sublimation of
semen, which I had been practicing for some time." ~ Mahan Atma
I suspect that amrita is a mixture of endogenous cannaboids,
enkephalins, glutamate, oxytocin and vasopressin and Ca2+ ions and
polarized water that have been generated by glial and neurons,
accumulated in the cerebrospinal fluid and collect in the ventricle
underneath the pineal gland (possibly finding its way to the sphenoid
sinus under the pituitary). At a point of maximum excitation, very much
like an orgasm, this fluid is excreted out from the sinuses and into
the back of the throat. In a similar fashion amrita is excreted out of
the G-Spot area of women during sex. It would be interesting to compare
the chemical constituents of these two forms of amrita.
In order to be extruded from the brain during what amounts to a
brain orgasm, the likely properties of Amrita are: Small molecular
size, lipid soluble, hydrogen bonding increasing the H+ positive
charge, affinity for carrier mechanisms, produced in high concentration
during maximum excitation.
The amrita is forced out of the brain at the peak of ecstatic
charge, not for any purpose in itself perhaps, but because there is
simply too high a hydraulic and ionic pressure within the Cerebrospinal
Fluid (CFS) that it is forced out of the ventricles, and into the
sphenoid sinus. In the joint Samadhi of tantric union however this
secretion would act to bond the individuals in an indescribable union
of mind, body and soul. (We need an anatomist to tell us whether in
extremely altered conditions whether a transfer of CFS from the
ventricles to the sphenoid sinus is possible.)
Factors of kundalini and tantric initiation that might influence the
efflux of a potent secretion of CFS that has been altered through
hyperactivation of the pineal and pituitary and other circumventricular
- Increase in temperature, release of histamine which increases the
pore space between cells in the vessel membranes and possibly
increasing the permeability between ventricles and sinuses.
- A higher concentration of ions in the CSF increases the
electrochemical gradient with the membrane of the opposite charge
- Ionized water molecules with changes in the bonding angles.
- Increased cerebral blood-flow, blood pressure and oxygen content of
the blood, from HPA axis activation and increased breathing.
- Increased production of CSF itself creating greater hydraulic pressure.
- Facilitated diffusion through a change in transporter molecule in the membrane by specific amino acid, peptide or opiate.
- The negatively charged membrane surface may be triggered into
absorptive-mediated transport by electrostatic interaction with
positively charged substance (Ca 2+ or H+).
As far as the primary active ingredient of amrita goes
besides the opiates which give a profound analgesic effect, the
"wakefulness" chemical is probably a tryptamine or a phenethylamine.
Research will probably find that many secretions from about five
different organs including the pineal and pituitary may contribute to
the mixture. That is the production of amrita may be a joint effort of
the circumventricular organs secreting into the CFS. High levels of
opiates, oxytocin, vasopressin, phenyethelamine and tryptamine would
render the individual into an extreme heart expanding unitive
experience, ie: Samadhi or Cosmic Consciousness. One becomes lucid
within the dream of life and life is revealed to be a dream.
"I hypothesize that performing various breathing
techniques, while concentrating on the third eye (pineal
pseudo-location), will inevitably and imperceptibly stimulate the
pineal to produce less melatonin and serotonin, which in turn brings
about a change in consciousness, creating naturally the dynamic
somatics of a truly religio-spiritual experience." ~ Russ McClay, The Pineal Gland, LSD and Serotonin
The pineal produces melatonin and serotonin. The amino acid percursor of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is tryptophan. Adequate levels of vitamin B6 are necessary for the synthesis of serotonin.
Within the pineal gland, serotonin is acetylated and then methylated to
yield melatonin. The highest density of melatonin receptors are found
in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, the anterior
pituitary and the retina. Melatonin is a hormone that communicates
information about light and entrains biological rhythms including
sleep-wake cycles and reproduction. The light-transducing ability of
the pineal gland is why some call it the "third eye." Melatonin
inhibits the secretion of the gonadotropic hormones luteinizing hormone
and follicle stimulating hormone from the anterior pituitary. Much of
this inhibitory effect seems due to inhibition of
gonadotropin-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus.
As well as melatonin the pineal secretes other neuroactive peptides.
Melatonin has the same indole structure as LSD but neither melatonin
nor LSD is the psychoactive substance in amrita. More likely it is some
form of tryptamine that the body produces, perhaps similar to
5-MeO/DMT. Or it could be a phenethylamine similar to Mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine).
Mescaline made from the peyote cactus is one of the oldest psychedelics
known to man and is used in spiritual ceremonies. Curiously it can
produce a bright internal light.
Tryptamine is a naturally occurring compound found in both
the animal and plant kingdoms. It is an endogenous component of the
human brain. The amino acid phenylalanine is the precursor for
phenethylamine and the essential amino-acid tryptophan is the precursor
for tryptamine, which is slightly psychedelic. Tryptophan when
administered with methionine (another amino-acid known to methylate
things) it produces methylated tryptamines, the two best studied being
N-methyltryptamine (NMT) and N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). Tryptamine
and LSD have a common mode of action. Our bodies can convert the amino
acid phenylalanine to tyrosine and phenylethylamine (PEA). Tyrosine is
also a precursor to the excitatory neurotransmitters norepinephrine and
Endogenous Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the naturally
occurring chemical cousin of serotonin, is a widespread and essential
brain neurotransmitter. Rick Strassman proposed that the pineal gland
is responsible for manufacture of DMT. The pineal gland has the highest
levels of serotonin, as serotonin is the precusor to melatonin.
Melatonin is the primary pineal hormone, but Strassman thinks that the
gland also creates DMT. "Because it possesses the highest levels of
the necessary enzymes and precursors, the pineal gland is the most
reasonable place for DMT formation to occur." P. 67 He says DMT may be released during dreams, near-death, death, birth, and during meditation and mystical experiences.
DMT increases all pituitary homones and beta-endorphins,
vasopressin, prolactin, Growth Hormone, and corticotrophrin (cortisol).
It is proposed that DMT induced surge of beta-endorphins creates
euphoria. Serotonin receptors are activated by DMT and Serotonin
receptors regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, pupil
diameter. Apparently DMT is a small molecule not much larger than
glucose and Strassman says that it is like brainfood that is rapidly
transported across the BBB.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman MD.
The term circumventricular organs refers to the highly-vascularized,
specialized tissues distributed principally along the midline of the
ventricular system from the forebrain to the hindbrain, bordering the
3rd and 4th ventricles. The CVO's include the pineal gland, median
eminence, neurohypophysis (posterior pituitary), subfornical organ,
area postrema, subcommissural organ, organum vasculosum of the lamina
terminalis, and the choroid plexus. The intermediate and neural lobes
of the pituitary are sometimes included and note the posterior
pituitary releases neurohormones like oxytocin and vasopressin into the
The subcommissural organ contacts the third ventricle covering the
posterior commissure. It comprises a complex of neurosecretory
ependymal cells known to secrete various glycoproteins into the CSF.
The functional significance of these glycoproteins has not yet been
determined. Except for the SCO all the circumventricular organs lack a blood-brain barrier
and are recognized as important sites for communicating with the CSF,
and between the brain and peripheral organs via blood-borne products.
They have a high capillary density and it is through the CVO's that the
brain is able to monitor the makeup of the blood. They all contact the
cerebrospinal fluid of the ventricles or subarachnoid space. These
organs have common morphological and endocrine-like characteristics
that distinguish them from the rest of the nervous system and neural
connections with strategic nuclei establishing circuitry for
communications throughout the neuraxis.
are hollow cavities within the brain that produce CSF from their lining
(choroid plexus). The choroid plexus consists of many capillaries,
separated from the subarachnoid space by pia mater and choroid
ependymal cells. Liquid filters through these cells from blood to
become CSF. There is also much active transport of substances into, and
out of, of the CSF as it's made. CSF normally contains no red or white
blood cells and little protein; all constituents of CSF are resorbed,
including small molecules, proteins and microorganisms. There is a
higher concentration of most molecules in the brain than in the CSF,
this creates a chemical gradient between the two compartments. CSF
allows for distribution of neuroactive substances, and is the "sink"
that collects wastes produced by the brain: the main ones being C02,
lactate and excess hydrogen ions (H+). It also serves as a heat sink.
CSF itself is clear and colorless, and contains small amounts of
protein, glucose, potassium and relatively large amounts of sodium
chloride. CFS passes through ventricles and into the fourth ventricle
from which it escapes into the subarachonoid space through the median
and lateral apertures. From there it circulates via hydrostatic
pressure through the subarachonoid cisterns at the base of the brain,
and then is directed up over the hemispheres and down around the spinal
cord, flowing down to about the second sacral vertebrae. After it is
reabsorbed into venus sinus blood via arachnoid villi; note that
arachnoid villi become hypertrophied and calcified with age (arachnoid
granulations). Arachnoid villi are small protrusions of the arachnoid
(the thin second layer covering the brain) through the dura (the thick
outer layer). They protrude into the venous sinuses of the brain, and
allow cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to exit the brain, and enter the blood
stream. The arachnoid villi act as one-way valves. Normally the
pressure of the CSF is higher than that of the venous system, so CSF
flows through the villi and granulations into the blood. It has been
suggested that the endothelial cells of the venous sinus create
vacuoles of CSF, which move through the cell and out into the blood.
The CSF is moved under the influence of hydrostatic pressure generated
by its continuous production and its circulation allows for homeostasis
of the environment that surrounds the brain. CSF movement allows
arterial expansion and contraction by acting like a spring, which
prevents wide changes in intracranial blood flow. It is expected that
the brain tissue and the CSF would have the same hydrostatic pressure
in any part of the brain. The cerebrospinal fluid fills the cavity of
the ventricles and the subarachnoid spaces. The subarachnoid space
extends caudally around the spinal cord and ends in lumbar-sacral dural
sac where it surrounds the cauda equina. The lining of the tube is
composed of ependymal cells and cili, the beating of which is required
for normal CSF flow. Cilliated cells are common throughout the
respiratory and genital tracts and also in the tympani-the
cartilaginous and bony margins of auditory tube, Eustachian tube
connecting the back of the nose to the middle ear and ventricals of the
The fluid is made at the rate of 21ml/hr is completely changed every
6-7 hours. It is believed that CSF takes one to two hours to
reach the basal cisterns, 3 to 4 hours to reach the sylvian fissure and
10 to 12 hours to spread over the cerebral subarachnoid space. By 24
hours it started to be cleared into the superior sagittal sinus.
As much as the brain tissue is protected by a blood brain barrier from
changes outside the central nervous system, the CSF has the same
protection and does not change biochemically as a result of changes in
the systemic circulation. These barriers are at the level of the
endothelium of brain capillaries, at the level of the epithelium of the
choroid plexuses and the outer layers of arachnoid matter. These
barriers protect the brain and the subarachnoid spaces from damaging
influences outside the brain. Along with the other circumventicular
organs the pineal lies outside of the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB).
The pineal gland is located above a crucial byway for CSF. The pineal
gland can influence the rest of the brain via circulation of CSF. It is
close proximity to the limbic and sensory centers of the brain. In the
fetus the pineal gland develops from specialized tissue in the roof of
the mouth and migrates to the center of the brain. This is perhaps so
because both the pineal gland and the intestinal tract produce
serotonin. Blood vessels surrounding the pineal gland transfer
melatonin to the rest of the body, but it is circulated directly in the
brain via CSF. CSF serves as a route for the conduction of neuroactive
peptides and hormones and may serve as a reservoir of neuroactive
substances that can be transported outward by glial tanycytes. These
are specialized ependymal cells with long basal processes, rich in
mitochondria which serve a transporter role in the brain.
Glial cells form a layer around brain blood vessels, however they do
not contribute to the BBB, rather they maybe important for the
transport of ions from the brain to the blood. The Blood Brain Barrier
has many fascinating physiological components and one of the most
interesting is that there is an estimated 5-6 times more mitochondria
in BBB endothelial cells compared to muscle tissue. This increase in
mitochondria and consequent increase in energy potential, is thought to
be required for active transport of nutrients from the blood to the
(See Superfluidity for more on the CSF connection to kundalini)
If you watch John Boorman's Excalabur, 1981 you will see the
wording around the grail legend to be a perfect description of the
inner alchemy. The King and the Land are One--if one finds the Grail
one recovers their soul by which the land and society are made
healthy--"I didn't know how empty I was until I became full." And whom
does the Grail serve? It serves the Universal King of Soul, but not the
Wounded King of ego. One could call amrita the Elixir of Soul and the
crystal palace in which it is formed is the sacred chalice itself.
The contents of the Grail is "amrita," the Essence of Soul...it is
the key to our enlightenment or our "already full state." It raises us
to the spiritual level which is generous...generative...radiant
gratitude. It doesn't actually need anything because it's already full.
Serving the world comes through the simple act of Being, at that level.
Basically we fill up and supplant our deprivation state with Essence.
They say about the Christ-Fire, or the energy up the Sushumna, that all
sin (deprivation) is burned clean and absolved in the Christ-Fire. This
is directly pointing to the tendency of kundalini to burn through the
pain-body and change the amygdala and other parts of the limbic and
emotional response system helping us to transcend our wiring that was
built in response to "this cruel world."
The Crystal Palace is the "upper alchemical vessel" in which the
coniuncto, or union of the opposites takes place. In Taoism these areas
or cauldrons in which the elixir is cultivated are called Tan Tiens or
Medicine Fields. The solar plexus is the Middle Tan Tien and below the
belly button is the Lower Tan Tien. In the fetus the neural chrest
splits in two and one half develops into the central nervous system,
while the other becomes the Enteric nervous system or "stomach brain."
In the Eastern world internal alchemy was developed to educate this
stomach brain to produce the Pearl or the Elixir.
Western Alchemists through the hierosgamos or sacred marriage the alchemists hoped to produce lapis philosophorum by which the aspirant achieved "Know Thyself" status. The philosophers stone
was said to have utopian qualities, to cure all ills, ensure
immortality, bestow wisdom, resolve all conflict and to establish
peace, harmony and equanimity. In psychological terms this represents
the union of the conscious self with the unconscious (sub/trans) in
forging the Self or the Whole Human. The initiate learnt from within to
know all that is heaven and earth. That is they discovered "what"
rather than "who" they are. The sacred marriage or mysterium coniunctionis, is none other than the play of yin and yang represented in the Tao.
The grand goal of the alchemical opus in both East and West was the integration of the Whole Human with the unus mundus
or "the world in which all is one"...the Eternal Ground of Being. Such
merger of the personal will with the transpersonal or Universal Will
meant the embodiment of the impulses of Spirit in one's daily
life...that is Divine Illumination. To this end the caelum, lapis, ambrosia or amrita,
which connotes the sublimated quintessence extracted from the body, the
unconscious and the world, was achieved through various alchemical
operations (eg: mortification, coagulatio, sublimatio, coniuncto).
The Elixer of Life was manufactured to the greatest degree in
the Crystal Palace...and the "product" of this process of
crystallization of primal Spirit through the circulation and lasering
of the Light was referred to as the Golden Flower, or the
Golden Ball. But after this generation at the third eye the Divine
Influx must then be drawn down into the lower abdomen (lower tan tien)
if the "fruit" of the Golden Flower is to be made. If the Golden Flower
is not thus brought down into the abdomen, then a true integration of
the Self with the unus mundus is forfeited along with the
synchronicity, self-reliance and affirmative action needed for
constructive change. That is the individual is still a "Wounded King"
rather than a Universal King.
When the Elixir Pearl is formed in the crystal palace the holy
embryo can then be formed in the belly. The final stage is Samadhi or
satori, that is the union with the unus mundus. Where the embryo that
was formed in the lower Tan T'ien now emerges through the crown of the
head and leaps into the "great emptiness." "The final stages
require the practitioner to help the primal spirit emerge from the
fetus and leap into the "great emptiness" through the heavenly gate at
the top of the head (the sahasrara chakra)." 151, Walter Odajnyk, Gathering the Light.
The book Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy: Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit by
Eric Steven Yudelove must be one of the very best available
descriptions of cultivating energy and the Elixir. Strangely this book
with its emphasis on the practice of Bone Marrow Breathing is
tied into histamine and water regulation and the immune system. So if
there were two books I would recommend for anyone actually undergoing a
kundalini awakening it would be this Taoist energy practice book by
Yudelove and F. Batmanghelidjs' book Your Body's Many Crys For Water.
LIVING WATER AND PRECOGNITIVE CHEMISTRY
Note that in the movie Minority Report the precogs “live” in a pool of
water with brain chemicals in it for amplifying precognition.
Precognitive and revelatory chemistry can really "blow out" the brain,
but I don’t know whether it’s the adrenalized reaction of excitement,
or whether it has to do with the DMT-tryptamine-amrita like chemicals
produced by the pineal-pituitary. I found that taking plenty of baths
during periods of hyper-noetic conditions is essential, perhaps due to
extra water getting into the body to help process the chemistry of
these altered states. Or the bath might serve other normative
regulatory functions as well such as increasing parasympathetic rest
and recovery; and release of “water holding for emergency”. Anyway the
insight the makers of Minority Report were working with probably comes
out of the float-tank mentality of the 1960's during the drug
experimental years, but in the Universal sense to put those precogs in
water was a stroke of genius in the movie.
“In the Jungian reading of the alchemical tradition, the
philosopher’s stone is understood as the “water” from which all comes
and in which all is contained. Solutio is to turn a solid into a
liquid, back to the prima material. Solve et cogula—to dissolve the
current limited sense of oneself and re-form it with an expanded sense
of self—is the purpose of meditation in what is called an alchemical
retreat process: dissolving allows the death of unwanted aspects of the
ego and is followed by regeneration.” 81, The Divining Heart, Patricia
C. and Richard D. Wright
The Wrights failed to take this one step further and to say that it was
actually “living water” or amrita that is connected with the
alchemist’s Philosopher’s stone. Amrita is both produced when the
conventional consciousness of the ego is offline and continues to
dissolve the myopia of the egoic self-sense by radically restructuring
the brain and body. It is none other than amrita produced by the glands
in the crystal chamber (circumventricular organs) that is the Solutio
which turns a solid into a liquid, back to the prima material. Solve et
cogula—to dissolve the current limited sense of oneself and re-form it
with an expanded sense of self.