The next contribution to the pineal puzzle came when two workers at the National Institute of Health (USA), Axelrod and Weissbach, found that serotonin is the precursor of melatonin. They found that melatonin is produced from serotonin in the pineal gland by a simple chemical pathway.
central role of serotonin was established a short time after the
accidental discovery of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25). Minute
quantities of this substance, were found to cause profound alterations
in consciousness, inducing states ranging from deeply felt religious and
mystical experiences to paranoia and schizophrenia. The LSD-25 molecule
was found to be structurally very similar to the serotonin molecule, so
much so that it is able to antagonise or block the actions of serotonin
in the brain by occupying the receptor sites where serotonin normally
acts. Gaddum of Edinburgh University discovered that the alterations in
consciousness induced by LSD-25 are not due to a direct effect on the
brain tissues by that drug, but rather that LSD-25 deprives the brain of
serotonin by blocking off its sites of action.
This means that the brain’s levels of serotonin are responsible for
maintenance of rational thought and that alteration in the concentration
of serotonin in the brain, such as induced by LSD-25, are responsible
for the unhinging of ‘normal reality’.
This means that the brain’s levels of serotonin profound for they
show that the pineal gland is the physical medium which regulates the
chemistry of altered states of consciousness. It also seems that our
sexual identity and our state of consciousness are intimately related to
one another. It is clear that man is imprisoned in his mundane,
everyday state of consciousness. He is locked up far more effectively
than the prisoner who is incarcerated in chains or behind bars. Such a
prisoner is only experiencing the imprisonment of his body, and he is
very aware of his condition. However, the human being is far more
effectively bound and tied. His very consciousness is held prisoner. It
is so effectively harnessed that he cannot even perceive the possibility
of higher awareness and experience. The ropes which prevent his
perception of a reality in which he is infinite seem to be the levels of
serotonin within his own brain tissues!
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