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DC Shift Reset

Transcendental Meditation, Kriya Yoga, the “Wim Hof Method”, sleep cycles, hypnosis, and a general study of the “Electric Body” have led me to devise what I call… the “DC Shift Reset”.

(Disclaimer: The “DC Shift Reset” is not meant to replace or supplant any of the practices mentioned above. This is just a hybrid of techniques utilized with a basic explanation for the reasons to partake in them.)

There is no “magic” involved but rather a rather straight forward method of shifting cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the lower spine into the cranial cavity, increasing CSF production, and utilizing rhythmic respiration to alter one’s biochemistry. Obviously altered EEG states, neurotransmitter/hormonal release, and DC directional changes are also in order.

Let us delve right into it.

It seems that the optimal position with which to do this practice is to sit cross legged on a semi-firm...

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Endohuasca Magic

Ayahuasca is becoming increasing well known across the globe as people from all walks of life are being exposed to this shamanic brew. In 2016, The New Yorker, Business Insider, and The Guardian all published pieces regarding the boom in Ayahuasca ceremonies taking place throughout the world including unlikely locations such as New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. As many of you well know, the ingredients within Ayahuasca comprise of DMT and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Generally speaking the ingredients utilized for Ayahuasca are comprised of Psychotria Viridis which provides the N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and Banisteriopsis Caapi (B. Caapi) which provides the MAOI properties. I utilize the term “generally speaking” being that different shamans utilize different combinations of plants with a slight variation of effects.

While Q4LT has extensively postulated the systemic...

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The Mechanics of “Brainwashing”

In general, when the term “brainwashing” arises, we tend to think of a person who has joined some form of “cult” in which they have discarded their own beliefs for that of the organization. In it’s most extreme form, one might cite dramatic cases of group suicide as observed in the 1990’s with the Heaven’s Gate Cult, the 1970’s with Jim Jones, and the Branch Davidians religious sect in Waco, Texas.

It would be presumed that in order to agree to commit suicide, one must willingly undergo severe levels of “brainwashing”.

However, much like different levels of exogenous DMT administration (and anything for that matter) appear to generate distinctly different experiences, perhaps there are different levels of brainwashing?

Q4LT recently finished reading Dr. Kathleen Taylor’s book titled “Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control”. In this book, Dr. Taylor outlines different famous...

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Testing Theories & Pushing Limits

We’ve posted a vast array of “head scratching” studies here at Q4LT including the following:

Wisdom Tooth Removal via Hypnosis as the Sole Analgesic

Meditation Based Pain Reduction

Physiological Changes Corresponding with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Breast Enlargement from Visualization/Hypnosis in Adult Women

Limb Regeneration via Electrical Stimulation in Adult Rats

Neurological Improvements for Paraplegics Utilizing Virtual Reality

Conscious Influence of the Autonomic Nervous system & Innate Immune system via the “Wim Hof Method”

Bioelectrical Signaling Preceding Frog Face Formation

The general overlap with much of these studies have to do with “altered states of consciousness” that appears to coincide with distinct changes in electrical activity in the brain/body as well as hormonal/neurotransmitter release (elevated DMT levels). From what we have reviewed thus far there...

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Melatonin… Circadian or EEG related?

(This piece is somewhat redundant in terms of the general theme of Q4LT. The reason for putting it up is to attempt to succinctly showcase the effects of hormonal fluctuation that coincide with EEG changes and vice versa. After conversing with many people regarding various topics on the site, it seems as though clarification is still necessary.)

It is considered general consensus in the scientific community that the hormone/neurotransmitter melatonin is involved in the synchronization of a person’s circadian rhythm. These rhythms are based on physical, mental and behavioral changes that generally follow a 24-hour cycle with responses to light and darkness in the environment. Elevated melatonin levels have long been cited to concur with darkness while suppressed melatonin levels have been attributed to light exposure.

Based on hundreds of studies over the past few decades, it’s been...

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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative identity disorder (DID), is classified as a mental disorder in which at least two distinctly different personality states alternately show in a person’s behavior. There is a strong psychological separation among personalities with each one having it’s own name, age, memories, and abilities. DID was previously labeled “multiple personality disorder” (MPD).

In 1988, the New York Times would publish an editorial piece titled “Probing the Enigma of Multiple Personality”. Here are a few notable excerpts from the article:

The medical phenomena being discovered in multiple personalities stretch the imagination, but researchers believe that they represent only the extreme end of a normal continuum. The effects found in these patients, they say, are graphic examples of the power of states of mind to regulate the body’s biology. By studying them, researchers hope to find clues to...

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WHM & The Electric Body

Envision a scenario where you are taking a casual stroll in a city park. There are a handful of people exercising and stretching throughout the area. One of these people runs right by you and a second or two later you feel a small gust of wind that contains that person’s scent.

The question then arises… did the wind and the person’s scent generate the person to run? Or did the running person generate the wind and scent?

It’s a straight forward answer it seems.

In much of the discussion surrounding the “Wim Hof Method”, a great amount of precedence is being placed on changes in cellular biology, molecular biology and hormonal fluctuations. While it’s great to see scientific validation of the method, I’m beginning to wonder if too much focus is being placed on the wind (molecules) and scent (hormones) rather than the generator of the wind (electricity).

In the book “The Spark of...

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Headscratcher from “Tryptamine Palace”

While much of the discussion surrounding DMT revolves around N,N-dimethyltryptamine, it’s close relative 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MEO-DMT) seems to be gaining interest in recent times. James Oroc would author a book titled “Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad”. In this book, Oroc would summarize his experiences with 5-MEO-DMT and his speculations as to what role it plays within the natural world. It’s a compelling book and gives insight into the lesser known of the DMT’s.

While DMT experiencers across the world have been describing their interaction with the molecule for many years now, it is a rarity to hear a story that truly boggles the mind. Obviously stories are stories and cannot supplant “scientific evidence” but sometimes they can operate as a catalyst to previously suppressed insights. This story by James Oroc does just that.

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Mechanics of “Miracles from Heaven”


Q4LT is hardly embracing a religious perspective in this piece. The title “Miracles from Heaven” has to do with the movie about a young girl named Annabel Beam. In 2011, ten year old Annabel suffered from conditions known as pseudo-obstruction motility disorder (POMD) and antral hypomotility disorder (AHD). POMD is caused by the severe impairment of the intestines to push food through the digestive tract (peristalsis). It’s been stated that this condition may be caused by an injury to the smooth muscle or the nervous system of the gastrointestinal tract. AHD is characterized by weak contractions in the antrum, the funnel shaped lowermost part of the stomach. As of 2016, it appears as though both of these conditions in combination are extremely difficult to address with many secondary illnesses arising from them. Annabel’s case was considered a chronic situation that would...

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Wim Hof Method Workshop Review (San Francisco)

On Sunday, October 23, 2016 Wim Hof and his team produced a workshop at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay Area. It comprised of a gathering of over 200 people who were made up of a combination of WHM practitioners and a few curious souls. In speaking with event organizer Laura Hof (Wim’s daughter), it seems as though upwards of 500 requests were made to attend the gathering but due to limited venue capacity an accommodation was made for slightly over 200.

The workshop would start at 2:30 p.m. with Isabelle Hof (also Wim’s daughter) taking the stage, playing a short video intro to the WHM, and laying out the timeline for the workshop. She would then introduce Wim who would engage the audience with the story of his journey, experiences in climbing sub-zero mountains, and training people up to 76 years of age to do so. He would also discuss the scientific studies surrounding WHM and...

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