Our brain is a laboratory of powerful substances that can literally alter our whole perception of reality. Neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain and body can shift our emotional state, our energy levels and our level of consciousness.
One very interesting substance that is made naturally in our brain is called DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine). It is also found in the plant medicine ayahuasca, but the amazing thing is it can be naturally manufactured inside the human brain! It is released when we are being born and also when we die. Therefore, it has a power of altering consciousness. Sometimes it is nicknamed as the “spirit molecule” because the shift is one of seeing all of reality as spirit.
In Tantra, practitioners have known for thousands of years that the potent combination of meditation with sexual energy also creates DMT states. DMT can be manufactured in the pineal gland during tantric sex. This might be why some cultures compare orgasm to dying (In French “orgasm” is called “la petite mort” meaning the little death): because we can get a taste of the altered states attained whilst dying, without having to actually die! The Tantrics see this as a great spiritual attainment; to experience death before you die (sometimes such a state is called “samadhi”). Such a state can shift your whole perception of reality…you see beyond the mundane and recognise the spirit within everything.
The following video shows some of the mysteries of DMT, sex, Tantra and altered states of consciousness:
From the Book:
“DMT – The Spiritual Molecule” by Rick Strassman
“Rick Strassman discusses the two theories of pineal gland function in humans, the melatonin model and the DMT model. it is time to venture into analyzing the implications of these opposing paradigms. He described how the pineal gland, by way of melatonin, inhibits reproductive function. further he hypothesize that pineal DMT opens our senses to profound psychedelic experiences. It is as if within the pineal gland there is a powerful dynamic or tension between the two roles it may play—one spiritual and the other sexual.”
“It’s fascinating to note that many religious disciplines believe celibacy is necessary to attain the highest spiritual states. The explanation for this idea is that sexual activity diverts the energy required for full spiritual development. One chooses either the life of the flesh or the life of the spirit. Nevertheless, celibacy isn’t consistent with reproduction, and there is a conflict between the continuity of the species and the antisexual attainment of reaching the greatest flowering of the individual spirit. This conflict may be played out biologically in the pineal gland.
Valuable resources may go to the formation of either the reproductively important melatonin or the spiritually indispensable DMT, the hormone of darkness or the chemical of inner light. However, this opposition may be more apparent than real. Consider the possibility that pineal DMT release mediates sexual ecstasy, resulting from the strenuous exertion, hyperventilation, and intense emotions of the sex act. Psychedelic features do emerge at orgasm. In fact, the highly pleasurable effects of sexually activated DMT production may be one of the major factors motivating reproductive behaviour.
Practitioners of Tantra attempt to achieve the best of both these worlds. This spiritual discipline recognizes that sexual excitation and orgasm produce highly ecstatic states, and therefore uses sexual intercourse as a meditative technique. By combining sex and meditation, Tantric practitioners access states of consciousness not available with either practice alone. Pineal DMT release, stimulated by both deep meditation and intense sexual activity, may then result in especially pronounced psychedelic effects. There is a third element that ties together reproduction and higher consciousness, the energetic matrix within which is played out these competing pineal priorities. This is spirit, or the life-force”.
Matt Schwent teaches around the world and runs Unique Tantra.
“My deepest longing is that every single woman and every single man may access the divine capacity of oneness through lovemaking, to experience the union of god and goddess within and to be able to share that with another, this is one of the greatest gifts that make walking this earth in a physical body worthwhile.”
— Matt Schwent