The Magic of Sanskrit

The benefits for the brain of chanting mantras or reciting sacred texts in Sanskrit has moved from the realm of ardent devotees into the arena of hard science. James Hartzell, Ph.D., a neuroscientist researching the topic, has looked at physical changes that happen in the brain during the memorization and recitation of Sanskrit texts. He is calling this The Sanskrit Effect. Hartzell has discovered that Sanskrit pandits have over ten percent more grey matter across both cerebral hemispheres, a measurement consistent with higher cognitive functioning. The right  hippocampus, connected to long and short-term memory and sensitive to auditory and visual … Continue reading

What is Kirtan Music?

KIRTAN MUSIC is form of chanting. Group chanting is a platform for a profound sharing of energy, heart, and soul. Chanting is in call and response format in many spiritual traditions. In the west, kirtan is call and response or sing-along style. Do I have to be musical? How well you sing is not a pertinent issue. You do not need prior musical experience. Kirtan is ideal if you are self-conscious about singing. Your voice blends with everyone around you. Science shows that group singing changes the chemistry of the brain. These changes happen regardless of skill level. Everyone reaps … Continue reading

The Spiritual Power of Hair

Rumors are that during the Vietnam War, American Indian scouts known for their incredible tracking abilities were recruited by the US military. Once they were sent through boot camp, their abilities were critically diminished. In an effort to discover why they could no longer sense the enemy or prepare for danger, investigators eventually narrowed their research down to their need for long hair as a sensing device. Apparently hair is not just for endless primping and fashion. Human hair may function similarly to cat whiskers, a type of feeler or antennae that transmits information to the limbic system, brainstem and … Continue reading

Peeking with Fingers Allowed

Dermo-Optical Perception

Magic, miracle, science or myth? The purported ability of blind and sighted individuals to “see” with their fingers, known as dermo-optical perception, has gotten some good and bad press. Most stories about those who can read and sense colors with their fingertips come from research in Russia, Taiwan and China. Some question the scientific standards utilized in these experiments. It’s the stuff of legends and begins with a story of a Russian woman who could embroider by feeling the colored threads with her fingers. This was Nina Kulingina, a sighted person with other unusual abilities such as psychokinesis. Her ability … Continue reading

Auroratone Therapeutic Films


In the 1940s, a British filmmaker named Cecil Stokes created a series of therapeutic films that were used in psychiatric hospitals. At the time, there was an influx of soldiers from WWII who were suffering from a variety of mental disorders. Some had PTSD, others were suicidal, and others were unable to adjust to life with the disabilities they suffered from as a result of the war. Motion film itself was relatively new and had a big impact on the viewer. Apparently there was originally a set of at least four Auroratone Films. These particular films consisted of shifting, abstract … Continue reading

Pokemon Shock

Pokemon Shock Syndrome

On December 16, 1997, an episode of Pokemon was broadcast in Japan and watched by an estimated four million children. The impact of the cartoon sent almost 700 kids to the emergency room. This demonstrated, albeit unintentionally, the powerful effects on the brain of certain sequences of color and sound. The episode was called Electric Soldier Porygon. What resulted was called Pokemon Shock. In this particular episode, Ash and his his friends travel inside a broken Pokemon transmitter machine and try to fix it. About twenty minutes into the program, Pikachu uses his lightening attack to blow up some virtual missiles. … Continue reading

Crown of Life

I recently heard a talk on YouTube by John Byde about Hacking the Pineal. One of the more interesting things he noted in his discussion of politics, health and the history of consciousness was that wearing a crown would help to direct energy into the pineal gland and therefore help rulers to make appropriate decisions on behalf of their people. I had never thought about the purpose of a crown, or even that there was a purpose beyond some kind of fancy, expensive hat! Crowns have traditionally been made of metals that have a high degree of conducting power such … Continue reading

The Pineal Gland in Art

If the pineal gland is the seat of consciousness, the fact that there is a very large statue topped by the pine cone-shaped pineal gland in the Vatican is fascinating. Did the original Catholics know the mystical teachings about the pineal gland? If so, how has the knowledge been “lost”? The name pineal comes from the Latin pinea or pinus, meaning “pine come”. Representations of the pineal gland are used symbolically in art of the Sumerians, Egyptians, Indonesians, Greeks, Romans and Babylonians as well. Some believe that we enter and leave our physical bodies at birth and death through the … Continue reading

Pineal Gland Protection

pineal gland

The connection between the pineal gland and altered states of consciousness has been well-established in the traditions of yoga and meditation, but little scientific investigation has focused on this tiny gland. Long considered the “third eye” by mystics, the pineal gland has often been considered a useless, vestigial organ. Yet the “eye of God” features prominently in many mystical traditions and has occasionally been a focus of study in modern times, usually to determine a possible role in mental illness and psychotic states. One researcher, Rick Strassman, MD, spent five years conducting experiments with DMT, an endogenous or naturally occur substance … Continue reading