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The Matrix, as defined in this article,
is a non-physical network or machine responsible for the wide range
of metaphysical manipulation we experience from day to day.
synchronicities (bad luck) and emotionally draining melodramas are
phenomena created by the Matrix for its parasitical sustenance,
keeping us emotionally, physically, and spiritually suppressed.
Guarding one's internal emotional energy
reservoirs and using such resources wisely is one step in protection
from the matrix's insidious influence. This vigilance is coupled
with constant awareness of Matrix manipulation attempts, to bring
such sublime acts into conscious awareness and therefore be able to
create immediate defenses, repelling the invading psychic
We may be vigilant in waking hours, but at night we fall prey to
In this lies the dilemma: what use is
guarding the reservoir during the day when at night we guards fall
asleep and the reservoirs are robbed?
Most of us dream, and those who don't
simply are not remembering their dreams. In these dreams, our sense
of reality is disabled and we actively engage in the most ridiculous
of melodramas exceeding in complexity and range anything the Matrix
can synchronistically arrange in physical reality during waking
Unless we continue our vigilance into sleep,
we spend 1/3 of
our lives in a state of naive vulnerability.
This article aims to explain the true nature of sleep and dreams,
list how and why sleeping and dreaming can face external
interference, and discuss ways of circumventing such interference.
Sleep is supposed to be a multi-level regenerative function.
Regeneration happens on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual
levels. Each component of sleep has unique purposes, qualities, and
initiating factors associated with it. These four levels of
regeneration accurately describe the true nature of sleep.
Dreaming is just the conscious
interpretation of what occurs at a particular level.
Physical regeneration is the most obvious purpose of sleep.
modern theories adopted by materialism-based psychology and
neuroscience include physical regeneration as a definite component
to sleep. A lengthy period of bodily immobilization allows the
unimpeded repair of tissues, restocking of physical energy resources
such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and the release of
hormones crucial to physiological development and growth of new
Without sleep, the physical body wears out and energy levels drop.
Fatigue sets in, stress hormones surge, and eventually system
failure occurs with the collapse of an exhausted sleep-deprived
person. When stress upon the body exceeds maintenance abilities,
One purpose of sleep then, is to allow the physical body to repair
and regenerate depleted resources or damaged tissues.
Mental processing of sensory data involves a four stage process of
sensing, buffering, processing, and storing.
Sensing happens via the 5 senses, of
which sight is the most important. Data collected through the senses
is sent through a memory buffer, which temporarily stores the
information in short term memory. Processing involves both
subconscious and conscious sorting.
Subconsciously, an item of data
is broken down into its archetypal and symbolic qualities. Consciously, the data item is pondered
upon and reassembled into a virtual model of the mind, then sent to
the memory banks.
Consciousness also quickly replays it to check how
effectively it has been stored in memory. Both subconscious and
conscious work in tandem to tag an item and then send its linked
archetypal components into the memory banks.
A single data item will have several of
its components in different memory locations, each of which is
linked to the other.
Several things can go wrong in this
One, information can enter
the memory banks straight from the buffer and subconscious,
bypassing the conscious component of the processor entirely,
leading to a phenomenon better known as subliminal programming.
Normally, when consciousness is part of the processing, a data
item is broken down by the subconscious and reassembled as a
linked set of qualities in the memory banks, comprising a
virtual mental model. Without conscious processing, such data
items become incomplete or nonexistent models.
They still affect the memory banks
and hence the operation of the mind, but not being models, they
cannot be used as virtual test dummies. Such dummies are used by
the mind to build "memetic antibodies" and extrapolate the
behavior of a physical phenomenon the virtual model represents.
Hence, without conscious processing, the mind has no model from
which to build a defense against such a data item.
If this unfiltered data item (or
is vicious, it will affect the entire mind without the
permission or knowledge of the conscious.
Two, information can get
stuck in the buffer. This happens when consciousness slightly
acknowledges a piece of sensory data but abandons it before
sorting has commenced. A practical example is looking at the
image of an animal on television for a split second while
flipping through the channels, and pondering on it for just a
second more, then forgetting about the incident for the rest of
the day. The data item, consisting of the image of the animal
and all the memories and emotions evoked during that momentary
second, lies stuck in the memory buffer. Through the day, such
limbo-placed data items accumulate.
At night, an opportunity is presented to clear the buffer. This
is done by dumping the buffer's contents into the cycle. When
the buffer dumps its contents, it first sends it to the
subconscious, which regurgitates it into the sensory stage of
the system, which then sends it to the buffer again, then
subconscious once more, and finally to the conscious for full
processing and sorting into the memory banks. The subconscious
not only receives data items from the buffer, but sometimes also
from the memory banks.
Recurring dreams due to emotional
issues are one example of this.
As you can see, each of the four
components can practically bypass any of the others. Various
combinations of bypassing lead to various types of mental phenomena.
So far we've talked about subliminal programming and dreaming.
In sum, sleep regenerates one mentally by engendering dreams, which
serve the purpose of fully sorting ambiguous data items gathered
throughout the day.
Emotional regeneration involves the replenishing of emotional
energy. Let's be more accurate, because emotional energy is just one
component of a broader term
called loosh, which encompasses
emotional energy and causal energy.
Causal energy is simply another name for
willpower or motivation. loosh is the energy of focus in this
article, and actually the crux of the Matrix problem. The Matrix is
a parasitical machine sucking loosh from its victims. This amount of
this metaphysical energy in a person determines his level of
ambition, psychic power, and breadth of awareness.
With low levels of loosh, one is
sluggish, apathetic, naive, and dense.
There are various grades of loosh, corresponding to each of the
human chakras. There are also various nonphysical entities who feed
upon loosh, certain types of loosh depending on the soul-nature of
Dark entities prefer loosh flavored with the frequencies
of the lower human chakras of lust, depression, and hatred. It is
these dark entities that presently operate the Matrix to their
advantage. If you think about it in terms of a dairy farm, the dark
entities are the farmers, and the milking machines comprise the
During sleep, especially in the
theta states and sometimes alpha,
the chakras open widely. This is like a pit-stop, and fueling
commences whereby loosh is pumped into the human through the energy
ports or chakras, the source of this fuel being a higher
metaphysical source. This source is either the Higher Self (if your
soul is a leaf, then the Higher Self is the branch) or the Creator
itself (the trunk and roots of the tree).
During the day, one often taps into this source as well during short
involuntary slips into the alpha state which happen periodically.
During the alpha state in waking hours, the chakras temporarily open
to receive a small burst of loosh. However, such open chakras also
invite other energies including entity attachments, as described in
Dr. William Baldwin's research.
(And on a mental level consciousness
abdicates its processing ability, leaving one vulnerable to
subliminal programming. When watching TV, for instance, the mind is
almost always in an alpha state, creating a dangerous situation
whereby the TV is a direct sensory interface into one's subconscious
and memory banks, bypassing the conscious security system.)
What makes humans unique in this universe is that we can get our
fuel directly from the Creator. In fact, it is loosh which fuels
everything that is nonphysical. Thus, nonphysical beings depend
entirely upon loosh for sustenance. In purely physics terms, loosh
is a negatively entropic energy that fuels the generation of
Dark entities, however, meaning demonic entities or those associated
with evil and negativity, do not have access to the Creator for
energy. This is either because they are intrinsically unlike humans
and are artificial nonphysical beings called thought-forms, or else
are beings who have chosen to disconnect from the Creator by
following the dark path. Thus, they are reduced to parasitism,
feeding off each other and especially humans for their energy.
To recap, sleep on an emotional level serves to replenish emotional
reserves by opening up one's chakras for reception of loosh from a
higher metaphysical source.
Lastly, a curious phenomenon happens in sleep whereby one's mind can
leave the body and travel to alternate realities or higher levels of
this reality, known as the
According to Robert
Monroe, who's done a lot of hands-on research into astral travel,
during sleep we visit the astral planes, and can attend a
'metaphysical school' there where we get lessons and advice about
our current life.
We absorb this knowledge symbolically on
a subconscious level, and after waking the next day our actions are
guided by these subconscious impulses to follow the lessons we
learned. Don't pass judgment on this seemingly ludicrous idea until
you've read Robert Monroe's
Far Journeys. Unfortunately, our memory
banks are part of the physical and etheric brain, and during these
excursions into the astral planes the experiences are not recorded
into the brain's memory banks.
Only by applying one's metaphysical
memory (which is very difficult to do) and dumping its experiences
into the brain's memory at the moment of arrival back in the body
can such experiences be permanently remembered.
Most of us lead two lives, one in which
we are metaphysical beings running around the astral planes with
full knowledge of who we really are, and the other where we are in
this physical body, limited by physicality and a physical brain with
no memories of our astral trips.
This ties nicely into the work of Robert Bruce, who's book
Dynamics is an excellent work on the subject. He came up with the
concept of a mind-split, meaning we share several parallel tracks of
consciousness. During sleep, these tracks separate and each does its
own thing. So it's possible for your physical consciousness and
sensory system to dream, while the other part of you is seeking
counsel in the astral realms.
All tracks are linked via the
subconscious, in my opinion, and during dreams symbols can filter in
from the part of oneself that is in the astral planes, reinterpreted
by the dreaming consciousness as a particular dream event, item, or
Hence, while dreams may serve the function of clearing the
mental buffer, it can also be a stage for metaphysical messages.
Sleep on a spiritual level allows departure of one's astral body and
associated consciousness for exploratory and enlightening trips into
the astral planes.
Interference - Physical
To sleep, certain neurochemical processes must first take place.
Interfering with these chemicals consequently interferes with one's
ability to sleep. Melatonin is a hormone released by
gland during night time which promotes sleepiness, and disrupting
melatonin production is just one way that sleep can be prevented.
There are many things which can inhibit melatonin production.
The most natural is sunlight, which
tells the pineal gland to reduce melatonin levels. At the onset of
darkness, however, the pineal gland resumes melatonin production.
More insidious ways of suppressing production involve chemicals and
extremely low frequency electromagnetic waves.
Fluoride is a
substance that accumulates in the pineal gland after being swallowed
through fluoridated water.
Fluoride essentially crystallizes and
hardens the pineal gland, disabling it of proper melatonin producing
ELF radiation can have adverse effects
on the pineal gland as well, depending on the frequency of
radiation. According to one source, 60 Hz is most effective at
affecting the gland and suppressing melatonin production. This
frequency is the frequency of standard US electrical current.
This means electrical appliances in your
bedroom relying upon AC electricity radiate ELF waves which
interfere with your pineal gland, reducing your levels of melatonin
and contributing to insomnia.
Insomnia and other forms of sleep deprivation have incredibly
deleterious effects on a human. It affects all four levels of sleep,
physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Without adequate sleep,
the body cannot regenerate effectively, leading to fatigue and
eventual disease. The mind cannot sort buffered data accurately,
leading to learning deficiencies and mental cloudiness.
Emotional levels are drained, and loosh
supplies low, meaning one has little willpower of passion, causing
apathy. Finally, without proper spiritual guidance, a sleep deprived
person can get mired in the stress of physical reality and fall prey
Sleep itself is only a quantity, and it's quality that counts. Ten
hours of poor sleep in which the emotional and spiritual functions
are disabled might regenerate the body, but mental and spiritual
health is in disastrous condition. All four components must
regenerate for good health.
It is the goal of those implementing these methods of interference
to keep you physically alive, but spiritually dead. It is their goal
to make you a walking zombie to do their bidding without questions,
vote for their politicians, watch their television shows and attend
their schools. To these people, you are a natural resource, and as
long as you have no freewill or initiative, you remain a liquid and
pliable resource that's easy to handle and consume.
A sedated population complies with
draconian laws and does not question corrupt governmental practices.
In fact, fluoride is known to numb the rebellious and critical part
of one's mind, making one more compliant to authority. These
authorities have a vested interest in keeping you stuck in a
physical reality, which is a prison to your mind which has been
weakened through sleep deprivation.
Freeing yourself from interference must
include physical measures, such as reducing electromagnetic
pollution in your home and avoiding the consumption of fluoride and
other dangerous substances such as aluminum, lead, and mercury.
There are fancy ways of messing with one's sleep. Besides the 60 Hz
ELF, there are more direct means using microwaves, radio waves, ELF
waves and information encoded in the scalar component of such waves
to directly affect a person's quality of sleep.
Physical interference, however, is merely one half of the problem.
Interference - Metaphysical
And now we arrive at the most insidious and important topic of this
article, the metaphysical manipulation of one's dreams by the
Matrix. As stated before, the Matrix has two goals:
The first goal, tapping your loosh supply, happens in the waking
state by the induction of frustration and stress within you.
done in several ways.
First, it can harass you within the bounds of
Murphy's Law and make things go wrong at just the right moments.
It's not a matter of breaking the laws of physics, but just making
the improbably probable, something anything conscious can do.
You may be on your way to finishing up a
project or plan, and an accident or computer glitch occurs which
disrupts it, blocking you from progressing. Since it's mere
harassment, the Matrix lets you get on with your plans a while
later, but not before asserting itself as the dominant and
disruptive force in your life at that moment. The Matrix and its controllers are very
egotistical, cocky, and cunning.
Second, it can manipulate people
around you (who aren't aware of the Matrix phenomenon) and make them
act unusually aggressive, emotional, or annoying. These people in an
altered state of emotion and mind are sent your way, to keep you
busy or else immerse you in their artificially induced melodramas.
These people don't know what's going on and actually think they are
in control of themselves, but their shallow level of awareness hides
a puppet master deep beneath the surface. The stress and emotional drain you
experience as a consequence is really the Matrix tapping your loosh
Third, the Matrix can induce grand
synchronicities in your
life which involve many people and stem from their actions taken
quite a while ago. Such synchronicities can be used either to drain
your loosh, disrupt your plans, or both. For example, you may be
involved in an improbable car accident, which couldn't have
transpired without key twists of fate having happened in the past
which brought the involved parties together in that final collision.
This suggests the ability of the Matrix
(or its controllers) to be able to manipulate the past to recreate
the present to their desires. As suggested in "Synchronicity and Reality
Manipulation," emotional energy is needed
as a cleaving force into the past to alter it, explaining another
reason why the Matrix and its controllers seek
As clever as the Matrix is, however, physical reality provides some
limitations since the characters involved in synchronicities have
freewill to a certain extent. This means the Matrix is limited in
what synchronicities it can arrange, and the complexity of those
Also, a person such as yourself can
insulate against the emotional manipulations of the Matrix by just
being observant of your reaction to such artificial melodramas,
choosing not to get emotional about it and therefore denying the
Matrix of its expected loosh harvest.
All these problems are nonexistent during the dream state.
dream characters have no freewill since they are just
phantasmagorical figments of one's sleeping mind.
Second, dreams are
not bound by the laws of physical reality.
Third, your "reality
check" sensor, associated with the temporal lobe, is usually
disabled in dream mode.
This is why you can have the most
bizarre dream and not question your "reality."
Several times have I
tried to rationally explain away such bizarre phenomena while
dreaming, coming up with all kinds of solutions except for the one
that really explained it all: that I was dreaming. It is this
reality sensor that when disabled also disables your defenses
against the Matrix. Because it disables your conscious processor,
such dreams can engage in direct subliminal programming.
While some dream characters and events
may be projections from your subconscious, other characters and
events may be artificially introduced by the Matrix to program your
subconscious, and to do in dream what it can't do in physical
reality: the perfect and efficient milking of one's loosh.
Dreams which are Matrix-induced scripts designed to tap your loosh,
tax almost every metaphysical component of yourself. It taxes your
mental component by giving it baroque problems to ponder upon
senselessly and self-circularly and taxes your emotional component
by setting up ridiculous soap operas in dreams that you naively
engage in. It cannot do anything to your spiritual self because that
part lies outside the domain and jurisdiction of the Matrix.
[portion of this text concerning melatonin removed for review and
correction [see Notes
During sleep, your chakras open and you receive a steady loosh
supply from a higher source. Simultaneously, the Matrix engages in
dream manipulation to drain off much of this incoming loosh supply.
It is because of this that even with 8 hours of sleep, we still
suffer at some level from sleep deprivation. While you may feel fine
physically, the emotional, mental, and spiritual problems will
Some people have forgotten what it's
like to be truly awake, and thus take their level of zombification
as the norm, thinking they're fine with 5, 6, or 7 hours of sleep.
And yet their sleep deprivation, or at least poor quality sleep, is
responsible for their naive nature, knowing or sensing nothing wrong
with the establishment or reality. If that level of sleeping slavery
is the norm to them, then along with everyone else who's a walking
zombie, they're living a false utopia.
We only need as much sleep as the body requires for rest and
regeneration. This is around 3-4 hours per night. Under ideal
conditions, the mental, spiritual, and emotional regeneration
happens in less time, probably around 1.5 hours.
The reason we sleep two to three times
longer than we need under ideal conditions is that our conditions
are far from ideal. We have chemical, electromagnetic, and
metaphysical interference, draining our physical, mental, and
emotional energies. All that extra time sleeping is spent gathering
up what little loosh we have left by the time we wake up.
Often, the Matrix tries extra hard to
give us disturbing dreams in the last hour before waking, or else
subliminally program us all night long, so that we have a negative
mindset the day to follow which aids in the matrix's further
induction of synchronicities and loosh-harvestings.
Against Matrix Dream Manipulation
The only way to defend yourself during sleep against Matrix
manipulation is to become as aware in the dream state as you are
during waking hours. This is called
Lucid dreaming is one of the best skills you can learn in life.
Aside from all this Matrix stuff, it opens up a whole new world for
you. Lucid dreaming simply means knowing while dreaming that you are
dreaming, and taking advantage of the fact. At present, most lucid
dreaming sites on the net focus on lucid dreaming only for its value
as entertainment of personal growth, and some of the more esoteric
sites suggest its applicability in being a launchpad for astral
projection, something I can confirm from personal experience.
But my main point here is that lucid dreaming can also be a
defensive tool. By being aware during the dream state that your
dream might be a source of manipulation, you can emotionally
disengage from artificially melodramatic scenes. Also, since the
dream is for the most part a projection of your own mind, you can
learn to take control of it. You're essentially wrestling away the
remote control from the Matrix and choosing what you want to watch.
No more soap operas, if you choose so.
Learning to lucid dream, and using it as a defensive tool will allow
you to get by with less sleep and without negative consequences.
There is only one caveat to all this: learning to lucid dream is not
easy. The techniques are easy, but perseverance and patience is not.
There are many sites on the net giving
tips on how to lucid dream, but I'll recap the basics here:
First you must be able to recall
your dreams. If you don't dream, you're just not remembering
it. So keep a journal or tape recorder by your bed, and as
soon as you wake from a dream, no matter how tired you are,
you must write down keywords or phrases describing your
dream. Keep this up for a couple days or weeks and you'll
start remembering your dreams more easily.
Once you can recall your dreams,
you must work on reminding yourself while dreaming to ask
yourself if you are dreaming. The only thing that usually
survives the transition from waking to dreaming is your
lower self, that ingrained with habit. So if you can build a
habit of asking yourself throughout the day if you're
dreaming or not, then during dream state you'll have a habit
of asking yourself as well.
Other than habit, you can watch
for common dream signs, meaning elements in your dreams that
often appear in your dreams but not so much in waking
reality. This may be anything, like a person, an animal,
color, element, etc... Analyze your dreams or your dream
journal for common dream signs. Then throughout the day,
when you encounter such a sign in reality, ask yourself if
you are dreaming. Keep this up until it's automatic, and
soon you'll do it in dreams.
In addition to this, while going
to sleep you can will yourself to become lucid later on,
just like you would on an ordinary day where you can will
yourself to remember to keep an appointment. All these
techniques take time to work, but usually no more than two
weeks. Doing reality checks throughout the day seems easy,
but after a couple days it's easy to slack. Don't allow this
to happen, just keep it up and think of the rewards.
After asking yourself if you're
dreaming, you must do a reality check. No matter how real
things look, it might all be a dream unless you check things
with certain tests. The best test is to look down at your
hands and watch them. Count your fingers, make sure they
have the right number of joints, make sure they look normal.
Watch them, and if the change shape or have anything odd
about them, then you're dreaming of course. Another thing to
do is read something in a dream, look away, and read it
again. If it changes or the characters look funny, then
you're dreaming. Be sure to read something long, because
once I read a two word phrase, looked away, looked back and
read the same thing, and concluded I wasn't dreaming even
though I was.
Once realizing that you're
dreaming, you'll probably get hysterical with the freedom,
which will just as soon end your dream. Staying calm is not
easy, but take a breath calmly and start walking around,
looking at things. If your dream starts to fade, use the
spin technique. Just spin around with your arms out three
times, and tell yourself with each spin that when you stop
spinning, you'll be in a dream. You'll actually feel
yourself spin and sometimes get the sensation of dizziness.
Stop spinning after three times and look around. You'll
think you're awake in all likelihood, but do a reality check
to prove to yourself that you're not. Then enjoy your lucid
In a lucid dream, you have
control of characters and the environment, as well as
control over the laws of physics in the dreams. If you ever
encounter a situation where neither the world nor the
characters respond to your attempts to change it, then
you're probably out of your body and in an astral world. Be
respectful of the people. If you don't want to engage in
their interactions, then just leave.
Now, you'll encounter a curious
phenomenon sometimes. After becoming lucid, you might realize that
you knew it all along, that it was a dream but that you simply
didn't want to admit it to yourself. This, however, is deception.
There is an external force trying to keep you from admitting and
realizing that you're dreaming.
This force is the Matrix, or even a part
of your mind that as
Carlos Castaneda describes in his books,
predator which may or may not be synonymous with the Matrix or its
It is this "predator" in the mind that keeps your reality switch
turned off during the dream state. Learning to lucid dream means
overcoming the will of the predator, and if you don't succeed in
lucid dreaming after trying for a couple weeks, don't despair. Give
it a rest and try it again the next week.
Perseverance is all you need.
In any case, lucid dreaming can be used as a defensive tool against
the Matrix. This, along with being lucid while awake as well,
implying guarding against emotional manipulation in physical
reality, will prevent much of your loosh supply from being drained
away by malevolent sources.
There is still a problem of loosh
and soul loss caused by emotional traumas experienced during
the course of one's life, which only shamanic soul retrieval,
self-hypnotic soul retrieval, or shamanic recapitulation can
Nevertheless, one must start somewhere.
Sleep is the fountain of
youth, but this fountain has been dried by the voracious suckling of
a loosh-hungry Matrix.
Lucid dreaming is the only way known to me
that helps to prevent Matrix dream manipulation.
By insulating our dreams against
manipulation, we gain energy and require less sleep, allowing us to
accomplish our goals more efficiently, quickly, effectively, and
with more lucidity.
The author's perceived nature of
melatonin supplements has recently been reviewed and revised
thanks to feedback from the Cassiopaea message board.
accurate views of melatonin are as follows:
As stated in this article, there are numerous environmental
factors interfering with sleep and natural melatonin production
in the brain. Chemical factors include toxins in food, water,
and air that mimic hormones or else suppress them.
Electromagnetic factors include 60 Hz EM radiation (which
directly affects the pineal gland, as stated on trufax.org) and
lower ELF frequencies (high alpha and beta) which keep one from
easily slipping into delta waves required for deep sleep.
It is during deep sleep that the
majority of our spiritual regeneration takes place. While some
regeneration does occur during the alpha state when the etheric
body's energy ports expand to receive low-quality energy from
the environment, only during deep sleep or deep meditation are
high quality energy and additional tune-ups and "defragmentations"
received. Other factors involve artificial lighting beyond
sunset, which is the most "mainstream" explanation for what is
interfering with sleep cycles.
Melatonin itself is a hormone that helps switch one's
consciousness from daily awareness into metaphysical awareness.
It aids in detaching consciousness from the physical senses and
gives it access to more metaphysical ones.
The process of dreaming begins when
consciousness "implodes" and creates its own virtual reality, a
launchpad from which portions of consciousness can do their job
(dream, regenerate, and mediate). Melatonin, in addition to
helping the implosion process (which accompanies the process of
detachment from physical senses) also aids in opening up one's
access to metaphysical resources, such as those most thoroughly
accessed during deep sleep or meditation. Thus, adequate
melatonin levels are required for good psychic/metaphysical
Needless to say, many people's pineal glands produce lower than
necessary levels of melatonin. Levels can be so low, in fact,
that ability to sleep is affected, not just psychic quality. If
you have trouble going to sleep and trouble waking up in the
morning according to your required schedule (such as school or
work), then you probably have melatonin deficiencies. The
author, without melatonin supplements, prefers going to bed at
4:30 AM and waking up at 1 PM, for example.
Unlike other types of substances
which induce sleep (like common over-the-counter drugs or
prescribed ones), only melatonin supplements additionally
provide for the psychic or metaphysical component of sleep. This
is because melatonin, as consumed in pill form, is identical to
melatonin as produced by the pineal gland ... OTC drugs induce
physical sleepiness but since they do not replicate what makes
us naturally sleepy and stay asleep, they are imperfect and even
Once melatonin levels have been supplemented to a minimum level,
physical sleep will become easier. Any additional melatonin will
aid in the metaphysical function of sleep. Thus, the benefits of
taking melatonin supplements is not only to fix one's sleep
cycle, but also to increase the metaphysical quality of sleep,
which will have a corresponding impact on one's daily mental,
physical, and spiritual health.
Commonly reported side-effects of melatonin include dizziness,
grogginess, vivid dreams and nightmares. According to some
sources long term effects may include depression, but this is
not conclusive and requires more research. Concerning
nightmares, it appears that disturbing dreams are a temporary
phase, only affecting some melatonin users.
According to one study, 10% of
melatonin users reported nightmares. This temporary side-effect
could have several possible reasons, but all involve what has
been termed a type of "ascension." This is simply due to the
opening of higher perceptions, induced by increased melatonin
levels. Some melatonin-associated nightmares might simply be the
processing of previously buried psychological issues
(inaccessible by a brain deficient of melatonin).
Other nightmares may be distractions
by either resistant aspects of one's own consciousness which
prefer a dumbed-down existence, or distractions by negative
astral entities (as occurs to some astral projectors during the
initial take-off). If this temporary phase is seen as a type of
initiation process, it shouldn't be of much worry to you.
Nightmares also present one an opportunity to practice lucid
dreaming, so take advantage of them. In lucid dreaming,
confronting a nightmarish character will often reveal something
far less frightening, which may be a more literal source of the
buried psychological issue which symbolically manifested itself
as the scary figure.
While such dreams do generate loosh,
you have plenty to spare... in this case, "no pain, no gain" does
apply. Expending loosh without a return benefit of increased
awareness or movement toward positive evolution is what we are
trying to avoid.
Amounts of melatonin to take must be determined by the
individual. More importantly, however, is the quality of
melatonin. As stated on most sites, avoid melatonin that is
derived from animal brains... these may be contaminated with prions. While most bottles will not indicate that their source
includes animal (or other!) brains, those that have a special
brand name for their type of melatonin (such as "melapure" by
Natrol brand, available at Wal-Mart) and are not the cheapest
one's on the shelf are pretty good.
Another possible problem with some
melatonin supplements is that their active ingredient may not be
purely melatonin... they may contain other sleepiness-inducing
additives which are cheaper to produce. Once again, avoid the
While there is no known toxicity level for melatonin, three
milligrams is usually a bit much for most. Results for them will
be a groggy feeling in the morning. If you can spare the time in
the morning to sleep in, then do so with a full dose. Otherwise,
experiment with half pills, quarter pills, etc... until you can
get to sleep easily and wake up refreshed after reasonable
amount of hours (taking melatonin won't allow you to cram eight
hours of non-lucid sleep into four, though you will feel better
after 8 hours with melatonin supplement than without).
Some have expressed a concern that taking melatonin pills
continuously will weaken the body's ability to produce its own
melatonin as it would become dependent on the pills.
Considering, however, that the body's ability to produce the
hormone is already impaired by environmental factors, without
the supplements the body has no chance of getting back to its
"natural" production levels anyway.
It is unlikely that the pineal gland
will give up its own melatonin-functions, since from the fact
that melatonin has been taken - without proportionate
side-effects - in doses thousands of times larger than what the
body naturally produces, perhaps "you can't have too much
melatonin" would mean the pineal gland doesn't have to lower its
output to accommodate the supplement. Thus, taking one pill a
night can be done indefinitely without harm. The author began
taking melatonin supplements in November 1998 and has continued
to do so since, with various intermediate non-supplemented
periods for experimental purposes.
No lingering alteration of the
author's "natural" sleep cycle has occurred.
There exist many arguments for and against the use of melatonin
supplements; you are advised to do your own research on the
matter and weigh the evidence with awareness of possible bias of