The Crystal Palace


The opiate substance secreted from the pineal gland
during Samadhi has been variously called Nectar of the Gods,
ambrosia, amrita, and the Living Water. Gurus like Sai Baba
claim to materialize amrita and can shaktipat others into
generating their own nectar. It is said that to experience
amrita is to be bestowed with immortality, that is to be
freed from the cycle of birth and death…hence liberated.
The term Amrita is Sanskrit for “elixir of immortality,” it
literally means “deathlessness”. This has obvious parallels
to “ambrosia” the name of the classical Greek “food of the
gods” which means “no death.”


During shaktipat, inner-conjunction or through initiation
in meditation this nectar is produced and drips down the
back of the throat. Perhaps an associated phenomena to the
generation of the nectar, is the intense light of a Thousand
Suns that occurs sometimes during its “manufacture.” This
secretion gives one the experience of Timelessness, and
being a divine God or Goddess. It is “sweet” in taste and in
sensation–it is described as nectar, honey, gold dust,
euphoric, ecstatic, intoxicating and gives the feeling of
being imbued with holiness.

“My own experience of amrit is that it started to occur
to me during times of very concentrated, long periods of
sitting meditation, and usually happened while practicing
the Khedari Mudra (tongue upward on palate). It would then
occur spontaneously without the mudra and at times during
the day for no apparent good reason. There is a definite
sweet taste involved with a sort of swell of ecstasy
experienced as well that can last for hours, perhaps days.
It is always extremely pleasant and ‘heightening’. The
subject/object perspective can stay largely intact while
experiencing ‘Amrit’ and one can remain highly functional
(as opposed to a samadhi that transcends all body
awareness). I do not recall ever being aware of amrit during
a heightened experience of inner light (which tends to drown
out and overwhelm any other perception).” ~ Michael

Here is an account of amrita produced as a result of
shaktipat from Sai Baba. From this it is apparent that one
can receive shaktipat without any devotion or interest in
the Guru:


“In about 1971-72 I had reluctant darshan of Sai Baba. I
say ‘reluctant’ because I had pretty powerful prejudices
against him. Anyway, to make a long story short, he came up
to me, tapped me on the top of the head and said, “Acha,
very good” and I went immediately from a state of lethargy,
sunstroke and just plain bad mood to (I assume) samadhi. I’d
experienced it before in meditation, but not nearly so
deeply or suddenly. The physical symptoms included my tongue
sticking to the roof of my mouth, my saliva becoming very
light and sweet and almost total suspension of breath.
Another physical symptom was that I went spontaneously from
sitting slumped over to bolt upright. What breath there was
seemed to feed straight into my brain and bliss travelled
from my brain through my whole being. That’s what I
remember, but mostly I just remember bliss. When I came to,
the sunstroke was gone. Remarkable as that experience was, I
never felt drawn to hang around Sai Baba. I find it
noteworthy that the one who transmitted ‘shaktipat’ or
‘amrita’ (not sure which came first) was the one I felt
absolutely no desire to surrender to.” ~ Rob Schneider

I interpret Robs experience as simple biophysics…kind
of like being plugged into a light socket and getting a jolt
of electricity. And this occurs quite apart from the
secondary layer of our belief, intention and projection. It
shows that although transference/projection often occurs
with Gurus, it is not necessary in order for the organic
physical response of shatipat to occur. That is the
energetic “electrocrution” occurs regardless of the contents
of the conscious or subconscious mind. The point I want to
stress here, is that the physical chemistry is occurring
often quite apart from the contents in our minds, and yet
will amplify and affect those contents. Nothing shows us the
transpersonal nature of our own existence as well as a
kundalini awakening, for we become intimately aware that we
“know not who or what we are” and that an enormous Sprit is
living within and around us.


The main function of the pineal gland is its role in
mediating circadian rhythms of the animal through the
production of the hormone melatonin, from its precursor
amino acid tryptophan. The pineal gland is most active in
early morning hours…hence meditation is often undergone at
this time. The pineal gland is the only singular organ in
the brain and is located near the upper end of the spinal
cord, which ends or terminates in the oldest anatomical
region in the brain. Taoists call the center of the brain
between the pineal and the pituitary “the Crystal Palace.”
It’s between the old brain at the back and the new brain at
the front of the head, between the left and right
hemispheres, sitting above the two wings of the mysterious
ventricles.It rests between the two large cerebrums at the
anterior end of the cerebellum. The cerebellum is one of the
oldest features of the brain, involved in coordinating
muscular activity in the body. It’s said that when the
pineal gland is activated it becomes illuminated like a
thousands suns.The sense of white light flowing within and
without may be when the pineal gland is highly activated
producing DMT type chemistry during the height of the


When the Crystal Palace lights up a secretion from the
area might be released into the back of the throat. “The
White Drop” would be some intense opiate that acts to open
the heart.


“In Tibetan Buddhism, this is the source of the “White
Drop” that descends to the heart center, where it mixes with
the ascending “Red Drop” attain an enlightened body and
mind. All this activity is seen as a cosmic sex act in the
head. The phallic-shaped pineal gland releases a pure white
liquid light that impregnates the nearby bi-lobed pituitary
gland, which then releases hormones in the blood that
inaugurate a Second (Spiritual) Puberty in the body.” ~


The pituitary gland is located inside a round bony cavity
that is separated from the sphenoid sinus by a thin bone
that forms the roof of the sphenoid sinus. The sphenoid
sinus is the most posterior sinus. The drainage from the
sphenoid is almost directly down the throat from an ostium
(hole) that opens into the posterosuperior part of the nasal
cavity. The sphenoid sinus is adjacent to the main nerve
that is responsible for vision, the optic nerve. The main
artery that goes to the brain, the carotid artery, travels
along the wall of this sinus.


Also nerve impulses from the eyes and ears pass through
the colliculi with the pineal directly overhead separated by
CSF. Thus secretions from the pineal would have a direct
impact on the colliculi. The colliculus is part of the brain
that sits below the thalamus and surrounds the pineal gland.
It is involved in the generation of eye movements and
hand-eye coordination. The colliculus receives visual, as
well as auditory inputs, and its deeper layers are connected
to many sensorimotor areas of the brain. The colliculus as a
whole is thought to help orient the head and eyes toward
something seen or heard.


During initiation of the Crystal Palace hormones
including oxytocin and vasopressin are released from the
pituitary into the blood stream to facilitate the
metamorphic birth. The fact that the nerves and blood
vessels that feed the eyes and middle ear pass through the
cavernous sinus either side of the sphenoid sinus leads us
to speculate on the mechanisms behind both Celestial Music
that is heard when the Crystal Place is lit up, and changes
in the eyes such as light emerging from them, changes of
consciousness seen in the eyes and faculty of transcendental
vision itself.


When the Crystal Chamber is lit transcendental vision
occurs. Transcendental vision probably occurs due to
increased kundalini flow raising dopamine and
phenylethylamine etc…All kind of changes happen in the
retinas and occipital lobes, including increased ATP
production acting as a neurotransmitter and histamine
increasing blood flow in the brain, and increase in nitric
oxide metabolism. The end result being that one has an
increase in visual acuity, inner visions, inner lights,
seeing auras and vivid dreams. If you try the drug Ecstasy
you are likely to see auras, and have transcendental vision
so there must be some similarity in the chemical mechanism
between Ecstasy and kundalini. (See also Superfluidity)


Here is a description of the release of amrita during sex
while undergoing a kundalini awakening initiated by LSD:
“During continued sexual activity, at the minutes just prior
to orgasm, I became aware that there was a fluid being
secreted from the upper, forward part of my throat/nasal
cavity, roughly at the height of the nose (amrita). It
seemed closely related to the extended sublimation of semen,
which I had been practicing for some time.” ~ Mahan Atma


I suspect that amrita is a mixture of endogenous
cannaboids, enkephalins, glutamate, oxytocin and vasopressin
and Ca2+ ions and polarized water that have been generated
by glial and neurons, accumulated in the cerebrospinal fluid
and collect in the ventricle underneath the pineal gland
(possibly finding its way to the sphenoid sinus under the
pituitary). At a point of maximum excitation, very much like
an orgasm, this fluid is excreted out from the sinuses and
into the back of the throat. In a similar fashion amrita is
excreted out of the G-Spot area of women during sex. It
would be interesting to compare the chemical constituents of
these two forms of amrita.


In order to be extruded from the brain during what
amounts to a brain orgasm, the likely properties of Amrita
are: Small molecular size, lipid soluble, hydrogen bonding
increasing the H+ positive charge, affinity for carrier
mechanisms, produced in high concentration during maximum


The amrita is forced out of the brain at the peak of
ecstatic charge, not for any purpose in itself perhaps, but
because there is simply too high a hydraulic and ionic
pressure within the Cerebrospinal Fluid (CFS) that it is
forced out of the ventricles, and into the sphenoid sinus.
In the joint Samadhi of tantric union however this secretion
would act to bond the individuals in an indescribable union
of mind, body and soul. (We need an anatomist to tell us
whether in extremely altered conditions whether a transfer
of CFS from the ventricles to the sphenoid sinus is


Factors of kundalini and tantric initiation that might
influence the efflux of a potent secretion of CFS that has
been altered through hyperactivation of the pineal and
pituitary and other circumventricular organs include:


Increase in temperature, release of histamine which
increases the pore space between cells in the vessel
membranes and possibly increasing the permeability between
ventricles and sinuses.



A higher concentration of ions in the CSF increases the
electrochemical gradient with the membrane of the opposite
charge increasing diffusion.



Ionized water molecules with changes in the bonding



Increased cerebral blood-flow, blood pressure and oxygen
content of the blood, from HPA axis activation and increased



Increased production of CSF itself creating greater
hydraulic pressure.



Facilitated diffusion through a change in transporter
molecule in the membrane by specific amino acid, peptide or



The negatively charged membrane surface may be triggered
into absorptive-mediated transport by electrostatic
interaction with positively charged substance (Ca 2+ or

As far as the primary active ingredient of amrita goes
besides the opiates which give a profound analgesic effect,
the “wakefulness” chemical is probably a tryptamine or a
phenethylamine. Research will probably find that many
secretions from about five different organs including the
pineal and pituitary may contribute to the mixture. That is
the production of amrita may be a joint effort of the
circumventricular organs secreting into the CFS. High levels
of opiates, oxytocin, vasopressin, phenyethelamine and
tryptamine would render the individual into an extreme heart
expanding unitive experience, ie: Samadhi or Cosmic
Consciousness. One becomes lucid within the dream of life
and life is revealed to be a dream.


“I hypothesize that performing various breathing
techniques, while concentrating on the third eye (pineal
pseudo-location), will inevitably and imperceptibly
stimulate the pineal to produce less melatonin and
serotonin, which in turn brings about a change in
consciousness, creating naturally the dynamic somatics of a
truly religio-spiritual experience.” ~ Russ McClay, The
Pineal Gland, LSD and Serotonin


The pineal produces melatonin and serotonin. The amino
acid percursor of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine, 5-HT) is
tryptophan. Adequate levels of vitamin B6 are necessary for
the synthesis of serotonin. Within the pineal gland,
serotonin is acetylated and then methylated to yield
melatonin. The highest density of melatonin receptors are
found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus,
the anterior pituitary and the retina. Melatonin is a
hormone that communicates information about light and
entrains biological rhythms including sleep-wake cycles and
reproduction. The light-transducing ability of the pineal
gland is why some call it the “third eye.” Melatonin
inhibits the secretion of the gonadotropic hormones
luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone from
the anterior pituitary. Much of this inhibitory effect seems
due to inhibition of gonadotropin-releasing hormone from the


As well as melatonin the pineal secretes other
neuroactive peptides. Melatonin has the same indole
structure as LSD but neither melatonin nor LSD is the
psychoactive substance in amrita. More likely it is some
form of tryptamine that the body produces, perhaps similar
to 5-MeO/DMT. Or it could be a phenethylamine similar to
Mescaline (3,4,5-trimethoxyphenethylamine). Mescaline made
from the peyote cactus is one of the oldest psychedelics
known to man and is used in spiritual ceremonies. Curiously
it can produce a bright internal light.


Tryptamine is a naturally occurring compound found in
both the animal and plant kingdoms. It is an endogenous
component of the human brain. The amino acid phenylalanine
is the precursor for phenethylamine and the essential
amino-acid tryptophan is the precursor for tryptamine, which
is slightly psychedelic. Tryptophan when administered with
methionine (another amino-acid known to methylate things) it
produces methylated tryptamines, the two best studied being
N-methyltryptamine (NMT) and N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT).
Tryptamine and LSD have a common mode of action. Our bodies
can convert the amino acid phenylalanine to tyrosine and
phenylethylamine (PEA). Tyrosine is also a precursor to the
excitatory neurotransmitters norepinephrine and


Endogenous Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), the naturally
occurring chemical cousin of serotonin, is a widespread and
essential brain neurotransmitter. Rick Strassman proposed
that the pineal gland is responsible for manufacture of DMT.
The pineal gland has the highest levels of serotonin, as
serotonin is the precusor to melatonin. Melatonin is the
primary pineal hormone, but Strassman thinks that the gland
also creates DMT. “Because it possesses the highest levels
of the necessary enzymes and precursors, the pineal gland is
the most reasonable place for DMT formation to occur.” P. 67
He says DMT may be released during dreams, near-death,
death, birth, and during meditation and mystical


DMT increases all pituitary homones and beta-endorphins,
vasopressin, prolactin, Growth Hormone, and corticotrophrin
(cortisol). It is proposed that DMT induced surge of
beta-endorphins creates euphoria. Serotonin receptors are
activated by DMT and Serotonin receptors regulate heart
rate, blood pressure, body temperature, pupil diameter.
Apparently DMT is a small molecule not much larger than
glucose and Strassman says that it is like brainfood that is
rapidly transported across the BBB.


DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary
Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical
Experiences by Rick Strassman MD.




The term circumventricular organs refers to the
highly-vascularized, specialized tissues distributed
principally along the midline of the ventricular system from
the forebrain to the hindbrain, bordering the 3rd and 4th
ventricles. The CVO’s include the pineal gland, median
eminence, neurohypophysis (posterior pituitary), subfornical
organ, area postrema, subcommissural organ, organum
vasculosum of the lamina terminalis, and the choroid plexus.
The intermediate and neural lobes of the pituitary are
sometimes included and note the posterior pituitary releases
neurohormones like oxytocin and vasopressin into the


The subcommissural organ contacts the third ventricle
covering the posterior commissure. It comprises a complex of
neurosecretory ependymal cells known to secrete various
glycoproteins into the CSF. The functional significance of
these glycoproteins has not yet been determined. Except for
the SCO all the circumventricular organs lack a blood-brain
barrier and are recognized as important sites for
communicating with the CSF, and between the brain and
peripheral organs via blood-borne products. They have a high
capillary density and it is through the CVO’s that the brain
is able to monitor the makeup of the blood. They all contact
the cerebrospinal fluid of the ventricles or subarachnoid
space. These organs have common morphological and
endocrine-like characteristics that distinguish them from
the rest of the nervous system and neural connections with
strategic nuclei establishing circuitry for communications
throughout the neuraxis.




Ventricles are hollow cavities within the brain that
produce CSF from their lining (choroid plexus). The choroid
plexus consists of many capillaries, separated from the
subarachnoid space by pia mater and choroid ependymal cells.
Liquid filters through these cells from blood to become CSF.
There is also much active transport of substances into, and
out of, of the CSF as it’s made. CSF normally contains no
red or white blood cells and little protein; all
constituents of CSF are resorbed, including small molecules,
proteins and microorganisms. There is a higher concentration
of most molecules in the brain than in the CSF, this creates
a chemical gradient between the two compartments. CSF allows
for distribution of neuroactive substances, and is the
“sink” that collects wastes produced by the brain: the main
ones being C02, lactate and excess hydrogen ions (H+). It
also serves as a heat sink.


CSF itself is clear and colorless, and contains small
amounts of protein, glucose, potassium and relatively large
amounts of sodium chloride. CFS passes through ventricles
and into the fourth ventricle from which it escapes into the
subarachonoid space through the median and lateral
apertures. From there it circulates via hydrostatic pressure
through the subarachonoid cisterns at the base of the brain,
and then is directed up over the hemispheres and down around
the spinal cord, flowing down to about the second sacral
vertebrae. After it is reabsorbed into venus sinus blood via
arachnoid villi; note that arachnoid villi become
hypertrophied and calcified with age (arachnoid
granulations). Arachnoid villi are small protrusions of the
arachnoid (the thin second layer covering the brain) through
the dura (the thick outer layer). They protrude into the
venous sinuses of the brain, and allow cerebrospinal fluid
(CSF) to exit the brain, and enter the blood stream. The
arachnoid villi act as one-way valves. Normally the pressure
of the CSF is higher than that of the venous system, so CSF
flows through the villi and granulations into the blood. It
has been suggested that the endothelial cells of the venous
sinus create vacuoles of CSF, which move through the cell
and out into the blood.


The CSF is moved under the influence of hydrostatic
pressure generated by its continuous production and its
circulation allows for homeostasis of the environment that
surrounds the brain. CSF movement allows arterial expansion
and contraction by acting like a spring, which prevents wide
changes in intracranial blood flow. It is expected that the
brain tissue and the CSF would have the same hydrostatic
pressure in any part of the brain. The cerebrospinal fluid
fills the cavity of the ventricles and the subarachnoid
spaces. The subarachnoid space extends caudally around the
spinal cord and ends in lumbar-sacral dural sac where it
surrounds the cauda equina. The lining of the tube is
composed of ependymal cells and cili, the beating of which
is required for normal CSF flow. Cilliated cells are common
throughout the respiratory and genital tracts and also in
the tympani-the cartilaginous and bony margins of auditory
tube, Eustachian tube connecting the back of the nose to the
middle ear and ventricals of the brain.


The fluid is made at the rate of 21ml/hr is completely
changed every 6-7 hours. It is believed that CSF takes one
to two hours to reach the basal cisterns, 3 to 4 hours to
reach the sylvian fissure and 10 to 12 hours to spread over
the cerebral subarachnoid space. By 24 hours it started to
be cleared into the superior sagittal sinus.


As much as the brain tissue is protected by a blood brain
barrier from changes outside the central nervous system, the
CSF has the same protection and does not change
biochemically as a result of changes in the systemic
circulation. These barriers are at the level of the
endothelium of brain capillaries, at the level of the
epithelium of the choroid plexuses and the outer layers of
arachnoid matter. These barriers protect the brain and the
subarachnoid spaces from damaging influences outside the
brain. Along with the other circumventicular organs the
pineal lies outside of the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB).


The pineal gland is located above a crucial byway for
CSF. The pineal gland can influence the rest of the brain
via circulation of CSF. It is close proximity to the limbic
and sensory centers of the brain. In the fetus the pineal
gland develops from specialized tissue in the roof of the
mouth and migrates to the center of the brain. This is
perhaps so because both the pineal gland and the intestinal
tract produce serotonin. Blood vessels surrounding the
pineal gland transfer melatonin to the rest of the body, but
it is circulated directly in the brain via CSF. CSF serves
as a route for the conduction of neuroactive peptides and
hormones and may serve as a reservoir of neuroactive
substances that can be transported outward by glial
tanycytes. These are specialized ependymal cells with long
basal processes, rich in mitochondria which serve a
transporter role in the brain.


Glial cells form a layer around brain blood vessels,
however they do not contribute to the BBB, rather they maybe
important for the transport of ions from the brain to the
blood. The Blood Brain Barrier has many fascinating
physiological components and one of the most interesting is
that there is an estimated 5-6 times more mitochondria in
BBB endothelial cells compared to muscle tissue. This
increase in mitochondria and consequent increase in energy
potential, is thought to be required for active transport of
nutrients from the blood to the brain.


(See Superfluidity for more on the CSF connection to




If you watch John Boorman’s Excalabur, 1981 you will see
the wording around the grail legend to be a perfect
description of the inner alchemy. The King and the Land are
One–if one finds the Grail one recovers their soul by which
the land and society are made healthy–“I didn’t know how
empty I was until I became full.” And whom does the Grail
serve? It serves the Universal King of Soul, but not the
Wounded King of ego. One could call amrita the Elixir of
Soul and the crystal palace in which it is formed is the
sacred chalice itself.


The contents of the Grail is “amrita,” the Essence of
Soul…it is the key to our enlightenment or our “already
full state.” It raises us to the spiritual level which is
generous…generative…radiant gratitude. It doesn’t
actually need anything because it’s already full. Serving
the world comes through the simple act of Being, at that
level. Basically we fill up and supplant our deprivation
state with Essence. They say about the Christ-Fire, or the
energy up the Sushumna, that all sin (deprivation) is burned
clean and absolved in the Christ-Fire. This is directly
pointing to the tendency of kundalini to burn through the
pain-body and change the amygdala and other parts of the
limbic and emotional response system helping us to transcend
our wiring that was built in response to “this cruel


The Crystal Palace is the “upper alchemical vessel” in
which the coniuncto, or union of the opposites takes place.
In Taoism these areas or cauldrons in which the elixir is
cultivated are called Tan Tiens or Medicine Fields. The
solar plexus is the Middle Tan Tien and below the belly
button is the Lower Tan Tien. In the fetus the neural chrest
splits in two and one half develops into the central nervous
system, while the other becomes the Enteric nervous system
or “stomach brain.” In the Eastern world internal alchemy
was developed to educate this stomach brain to produce the
Pearl or the Elixir.


Western Alchemists through the hierosgamos or sacred
marriage the alchemists hoped to produce lapis philosophorum
by which the aspirant achieved “Know Thyself” status. The
philosophers stone was said to have utopian qualities, to
cure all ills, ensure immortality, bestow wisdom, resolve
all conflict and to establish peace, harmony and equanimity.
In psychological terms this represents the union of the
conscious self with the unconscious (sub/trans) in forging
the Self or the Whole Human. The initiate learnt from within
to know all that is heaven and earth. That is they
discovered “what” rather than “who” they are. The sacred
marriage or mysterium coniunctionis, is none other than the
play of yin and yang represented in the Tao.


The grand goal of the alchemical opus in both East and
West was the integration of the Whole Human with the unus
mundus or “the world in which all is one”…the Eternal
Ground of Being. Such merger of the personal will with the
transpersonal or Universal Will meant the embodiment of the
impulses of Spirit in one’s daily life…that is Divine
Illumination. To this end the caelum, lapis, ambrosia or
amrita, which connotes the sublimated quintessence extracted
from the body, the unconscious and the world, was achieved
through various alchemical operations (eg: mortification,
coagulatio, sublimatio, coniuncto).


The Elixer of Life was manufactured to the greatest
degree in the Crystal Palace…and the “product” of this
process of crystallization of primal Spirit through the
circulation and lasering of the Light was referred to as the
Golden Flower, or the Golden Ball. But after this generation
at the third eye the Divine Influx must then be drawn down
into the lower abdomen (lower tan tien) if the “fruit” of
the Golden Flower is to be made. If the Golden Flower is not
thus brought down into the abdomen, then a true integration
of the Self with the unus mundus is forfeited along with the
synchronicity, self-reliance and affirmative action needed
for constructive change. That is the individual is still a
“Wounded King” rather than a Universal King.


When the Elixir Pearl is formed in the crystal palace the
holy embryo can then be formed in the belly. The final stage
is Samadhi or satori, that is the union with the unus
mundus. Where the embryo that was formed in the lower Tan
T’ien now emerges through the crown of the head and leaps
into the “great emptiness.” “The final stages require the
practitioner to help the primal spirit emerge from the fetus
and leap into the “great emptiness” through the heavenly
gate at the top of the head (the sahasrara chakra).” 151,
Walter Odajnyk, Gathering the Light.


The book Taoist Yoga and Sexual Energy: Transforming Your
Body, Mind, and Spirit by Eric Steven Yudelove must be one
of the very best available descriptions of cultivating
energy and the Elixir. Strangely this book with its emphasis
on the practice of Bone Marrow Breathing is tied into
histamine and water regulation and the immune system. So if
there were two books I would recommend for anyone actually
undergoing a kundalini awakening it would be this Taoist
energy practice book by Yudelove and F. Batmanghelidjs’ book
Your Body’s Many Crys For Water.



Note that in the movie Minority Report the precogs
“live” in a pool of water with brain chemicals in
it for amplifying precognition. Precognitive and revelatory
chemistry can really “blow out” the brain, but I don’t
know whether it’s the adrenalized reaction of
excitement, or whether it has to do with the
DMT-tryptamine-amrita like chemicals produced by the
pineal-pituitary. I found that taking plenty of baths during
periods of hyper-noetic conditions is essential, perhaps due
to extra water getting into the body to help process the
chemistry of these altered states. Or the bath might serve
other normative regulatory functions as well such as
increasing parasympathetic rest and recovery; and release of
“water holding for emergency”. Anyway the insight
the makers of Minority Report were working with probably
comes out of the float-tank mentality of the 1960’s during
the drug experimental years, but in the Universal sense to
put those precogs in water was a stroke of genius in the


“In the Jungian reading of the alchemical tradition,
the philosopher’s stone is understood as the
“water” from which all comes and in which all is
contained. Solutio is to turn a solid into a liquid, back to
the prima material. Solve et cogula—to dissolve the
current limited sense of oneself and re-form it with an
expanded sense of self—is the purpose of meditation in
what is called an alchemical retreat process: dissolving
allows the death of unwanted aspects of the ego and is
followed by regeneration.” 81, The Divining Heart,
Patricia C. and Richard D. Wright


The Wrights failed to take this one step further and to
say that it was actually “living water” or amrita
that is connected with the alchemist’s
Philosopher’s stone. Amrita is both produced when the
conventional consciousness of the ego is offline and
continues to dissolve the myopia of the egoic self-sense by
radically restructuring the brain and body. It is none other
than amrita produced by the glands in the crystal chamber
(circumventricular organs) that is the Solutio which turns a
solid into a liquid, back to the prima material. Solve et
cogula—to dissolve the current limited sense of oneself
and re-form it with an expanded sense of self.