On a simple level the Ajna Light uses flickering lights that entrain brainwaves and encourages pineal gland activation. When the gland is stimulated it induces deep states of relaxation and transcendental experiences. To activate the pineal gland the frequency or vibration of the body must be raised. This has a very powerful effect on changing consciousness.
The pineal gland, also known as the “third eye chakra”, is thought to be the seat of the soul, the connecting link between the physical and spiritual worlds. Many spiritual traditions contain the idea of opening the third eye to access inner awakening, clairvoyant perception, higher states of consciousness, imagination and dreaming.
What exactly is the Pineal Gland?
The pineal gland, is a small endocrine gland located in the centre of the brain between the two hemispheres. It is a pea-sized, crystalline structure resembling a tiny pine cone. The gland contains remnants of the same structure as the visual eyes such as the retina and cornea and functions as a light receptor, so light is one of the stimulators for the pineal gland. The various biorhythms of the body are controlled by the pineal gland, as it works in harmony with the hypothalamus gland. It regulates our hormonal, reproductive and sleep cycles.
What is DMT ?
DMT (Dimethyl tryptamine) is generated by the pineal gland and is a psychedelic compound that is structurally similar to melatonin. It is naturally generated during the process of birth and death. There are many accounts of near-death experiences (NDE) recounting one’s full life flashing by in an instance and a tunnel of light appearing. This is due to the psychedelic effects of DMT that can produce intense visuals, euphoria and hallucinations.
The precursor to DMT is the essential naturally occurring amino acid tryptophan, however an inhibitor enzyme within the body normally prevents the production of DMT from tryptophan. If taken orally, unless it is combined with a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) it has no hallucinogenic effect as the body will metabolize it. Among the Shamans of South America it is the active ingredient in ayahuasca brew used for divinatory and healing purposes where out-of-body experiences are provoked. This is done as part of their rite of passage, in a supportive environment with highly experienced Shamans who are deeply connected to nature and spirit and it is very important to remember this. It is not done as a form of escapism from the relative material world or for entertainment. In a similar way, the Ajna Light can bring about great insights through pineal gland activation. However the advantage of the Light is that the effect stops as soon as the lights stop, it does not change the brain chemistry.
The hypnagogic effect
The Ajna Light patterns utilize all the brainwave frequencies bringing together a multi-sensory experience that unites our most potent senses and directly mediates with the unconscious mind, and the neurophysiology of the body. These patterns of light and sound entrain the brain into a rhythmic dance, known as the trance state. A light trance is characterized by a 40Hz sweep of electrical waves using low light intensity and alpha or beta flicker frequency. The deepest trance state utilizes maximum light intensity and delta flicker frequency.
The hypnagogic effect happens during the state of transition from wakefulness to sleep, the hypnagogic state of consciousness. In this state various imagery is commonly experienced ranging from geometrical patterns, figurative, flat or three-dimensional, movement through tunnels of light and either monochromatic or richly coloured. The visuals change constantly from one to another and hypnagogia is not strictly limited to visuals, but can also play out as sensations, sounds or even an experience of floating outside of your body. Through these fleeting occurrences you may get drawn into a hypnotic state, which can be manipulated especially for lucid dreaming.