Jun 01 2012

Reading Narby’s The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge

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from pp. 125-131

“Like the axis mundi of shamanic traditions, DNA has the form of a twisted ladder (or a vine…); according to my hypothesis, DNA was, like the axis mundi, the source of shamanic knowledge and visions. To be sure of this I needed to understand how DNA could transmit visual information. I knew that it emitted photons, which are electromagnetic waves, and I remembered what Carlos Perez Shuma had told me when he compared the spirits to ‘radio waves’ (‘Once you turn on the radio, you can pick them up. It’s like that with souls; with ayahuasca and tobacco, you can see them and hear them’). So I looked into the literature on photons of biological origin, or ‘biophotons.’

“In the early 1980s, thanks to the development of a sophisticated measurement device, a team of scientists demonstrated that the cells of all living beings emit photons at a rate of up to approximately 100 units per second and per square centimeter of surface area. They also showed that DNA was the source of this photon emission…

“According to the researchers who measured it, its weakness is such that it corresponds ‘to the intensity of a candle at a distance of about 10 kilometers,’ but it has ‘a surprisingly high degree of coherence, as compared to that of technical fields (laser).’…

“One thing had struck me as I went over the biophoton literature. Almost all of the experiments conducted to measure biophotons involved the use of quartz. As early as 1923, Alexander Gurvich noticed that cells separated by a quartz screen mutually influenced each other’s multiplication processes, which was not the case with a metal screen. He deduced that cells emit electromagnetic waves with which they communicate. It took more than half a century to develop a ‘photomultiplier’ capable of measuring this ultra-weak radiation; the container of this device is also made of quartz.

“Quartz is a crystal, which means it has an extremely regular arrangement of atoms that vibrate at a very stable frequency. These characteristics make it an excellent receptor and emitter of electromagnetic waves, which is why quartz is abundantly used in radios, watches, and most electronic technologies…

“DNA is also a crystal, as molecular biologist Maxim Frank-Kamenetskii explains: ‘The base pairs in it are arranged as in a crystal. This is, however, a linear, one-dimensional crystal, with each base pair flanked by only two neighbors. The DNA crystal is aperiodic, since the sequence of base pairs is as irregular as the sequence of letters in a coherent printed text….Thus, it came as no surprise that the one-dimensional DNA crystal, a crystal of an entirely new type had very much intrigued physicists.’

“The four DNA bases are hexagonal (like quartz crystals), but they each have a slightly different shape. As they stack up on top of each other, forming the rungs of the twisted ladder, they line up in the order dictated by the genetic text. Therefore, the DNA double helix has a slightly irregular, or aperiodic, structure. However, this is not the case for the repeat sequences that make up a full third of the genome, such as ACACACACACACAC. In these sequences, DNA becomes a regular arrangement of atoms, a periodic crystal – which could, by analogy with quartz, pick up as many photons as it emits. The variations in the length of the repeat sequences (some of which contain up to 300 bases) would help pick up different frequencies and could thereby constitute a possible and new function for a part of ‘junk’ DNA.

“I suggest this because my hypothesis requires a receptor as much as an emitter. For the moment, the reception of biophotons has not been studied.

“Even DNA’s emission of photons remains mysterious, and no one has been able to establish its mechanism directly. Naked DNA, extracted from the cell’s nucleus, emits photons so weakly as to escape measurement.

“Despite these uncertainties, I wish to develop my hypothesis further by proposing the following idea: What if DNA, stimulated by nicotine or dimethyltryptamine, activates not only its emission of photons (which inundate our consciousness in the form of hallucinations), but also its capacity to pick up the photons emitted by the global network of DNA-based life?”

One thing that I’ve been trying to reconcile is just how spirit and body are linked (“spirit” may also equal “consciousness” in what I’m about to go into). I know a few of you are into body work, and a number of traditions describe mind and body as being connected somehow. In the process of incarnation, how does our soul or consciousness know how to reside in our body? Why do we identify so strongly with our bodies?

I think Narby is scratching something important here. And that is the idea of DNA as an antenna. If photons can be received and emitted by this antenna, then I think he may be on his way to explaining Sheldrake’s morphogenic field theory. If we transmit, as well as we receive, this could also explain the collective unconscious. It could explain why we gravitate to some people, and away from others. Resonance comes from tuning into similar frequencies or compatible frequencies as others are tuned into.

I should also probably mention that lest you think DNA is “too small” for this sort of thing, each of us has 125 billion miles of DNA within us. That is one hell of an antenna array.

I want to take Narby’s idea one step further, though. I’ve been toying wih the idea of the pineal gland as the entry and exit point for the soul in the body. But what if DNA is the antenna that links us back to our higher energetic forms? We’re tuned to one “main” frequency (that of our “self”), but we also have the ability to tune into other frequencies as well. This could explain shamanic visions, transpersonal experiences, the possiblity of playing host to other consciousnesses, and the like. The soul may still reside in the pineal gland (as Descartes thought), or it could merely be the receiver that the antenna is connected to. DNA, as an antenna primarily tuned to our personal frequencies may in fact add even more literal meaning to the idea that our DNA is “who” we are (or at least here on this physical level).

Sex, and conception then become an effort to build a transmitter / receiver for another entity. All of this could be pre-arranged prior to incarnation. Ultimately no different from consulting with designers and having a custom car built.

Fucking brilliant, really.

Or I could be full of shit, too.

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