by Dylan CharlesEditor Waking Times

The overwhelming majority of the universe is: who knows? ~Richard Panek

An accounting of the matter that makes up the universe reveals that some 73% of it is made up of dark energy, and another 23% is made up of dark matter, neither of which can we see nor understand. When we look into the heavens, 96% of it is invisible to us.

Furthermore, the human eye is only capable of seeing around .0035% of the entire spectrum of electromagnetic (EM) radiation. This is that tiny portion we refer to as visible light, yet EM radiation is literally everywhere, existing as radio waves, gamma rays, x-rays and magnetic fields, permeating all things.

As human beings the perception we have of ourselves and our place in the vastness of the universe is severely distorted. Our reality is built upon a very small fraction of the total information surrounding us. We live and function under the power of a tremendous illusion crafted by the senses and the brain, which do their best to give us a functional version of reality from just a small percentage of the entire information available to us.

Long before the scientific method and the advent of technological instruments of scientific measurement, humans intuitively understood that what we are involved in on earth is an elaborate illusion. Through spiritual cultivation we learned that although we believe things are what they appear to be, they actually are not.

In Hinduism, the manufacturing of this illusion is achieved by the deluding power of the consciousness of God, or Maya. It is the simulated matrix that creates the magic which makes us believe that what we consider to existence is actually real. Maya is the creation of the illusion of the three-dimensional world bound to time and space. It generates the external world, or unreality, while the inner world is replete with deeper meaning, a deeper story, and great mystery.

You do not exist to serve the illusion. The illusion exists to serve you. ~Lauren Zimmerman

Some of us are gifted with the natural ability to see through Maya, but most are not, yet in altered states of consciousness, many more of us can pierce the veil to witness a more holistic version of the universe which incorporates both the natural world and the vastness of the inner world to form a singular, harmonious worldview.

What we see with our eyes is illusion, and what we envision with our mind is reality. This is the difference between sight and vision.

For the record, there is “seeing” and then there is “vision.” The process of “seeing” is often described in clinical terms… Seeing is accomplished by visual receptors tethered to the brain. Vision, however, is accomplished within the mind (which resides in the brain) and is aided by intuitive or “knowing” modalities of consciousness. The Human retains the capacity to have both sight and vision. Vision allows the Human to meet the object, and sight allows the light of the object to meet the Human. This balance in Universe brings equity and harmony to that extraordinary gift of visual perception.~Julian Wash

The great natural shamanic traditions of the world, as well as the psychedelic sciences, are known to induce visions, sending initiates into a virtual reality where the lines between what is real and what is possible are folded together into life-changing moments.

“The psychedelic experience completely negates the idea that the mind is in the brain.” ~Ralph Abraham

Dimethyltriptamine (DMT), is a chemical compound found in trace amounts in many plants, animals, and within the human body. The substance has been dubbed the ‘spirit molecule’ because of the effects it has on human consciousness when taken in concentrated form or when ingested within the visionary Amazonian plant medicine, Ayahuasca.

DMT is believed to be created within the pineal gland, the curious symmetrical organ in the center of the brain which has for centuries been considered to be the ‘seat of the soul,’ by philosophers and spiritual adepts such as René Descartes…


About the AuthorDylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations.

This article (DMT and the Spirit Science of Breaking Through the Illusion of Reality) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Dylan Charles and It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.


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