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 +Date: Wed, 30 Aug 95 15:43:58 EST
 +From: Terry Colvin <​ncr.disa.mil!colvint@Nexus.integral.org>​
 +Reply to: GENERALLYWEIRD Distribution List <​generallyweird@Nexus.integral.org>​
 +Subject: Trepanning
 +
 +Author: FringeWare Daily <​email@fringeware.com>​ at smtp
 +Date: 29/8/1995 9:07 PM
 +
 +====== THE PEOPLE WITH HOLES IN THEIR HEADS  ======
 +
 +Amanda Fielding lives in a charming flat looking over London'​s river with her
 +companion, Joey Mellen, and their infant son, Rock.  She is a successful
 +painter, and she and Joey have an art gallery in a fashionable street of the
 +King's Road.  Another of her talents is for politics.
 +
 +At the last two General Elections she stood for Parliament in Chelsea, more
 +than doubling her vote on the second occasion from 49 to 139.  It does not
 +sound like much, but the cause for which she stands is unfamiliar and lacks
 +obvious appeal.
 +
 +Fielding and her voters demand that trepanning operations be made freely
 +available on the National Health. ​ Trepanation means cutting a hole in your
 +skull. ​ The founder of the trepanation movement is a Dutch savant, Dr. Bart
 +Hughes.
 +
 +In 1962 he made a discovery which his followers proclaim as the most
 +significant in modern times. ​ One's state and degree of consciousness,​ he
 +realized, are related to the volume of blood in the brain. ​ According to his
 +theory of evolution, the adoption of an upright stance brought certain
 +benefits to the human race, but it caused the flow of blood through the head
 +to be limited by gravity, thus reducing the range of human consciousness.
 +
 +Certain parts of the brain ceased or reduced their functions while others,
 +particularly those parts relating to speech and reasoning, became emphasized
 +in compensation. ​ One can redress the balance by a number of methods, such as
 +standing on one's head, jumping from a hot bath into a cold one, or the use of
 +drugs; but the wider consciousness thus obtained is only temporary.
 +
 +Bart Hughes shared the common goal of mystics and poets in all ages: he wanted
 +to achieve permanently the higher level of vision, which he associated with an
 +increased volume of blood in the capillaries of the brain. ​ The higher state
 +of mind he sought was that of childhood.
 +
 +Babies are born with skulls unsealed, and it is not until one is an adult that
 +the bony carapace is formed which completely encloses the membranes
 +surrounding the brain and inhibits their pulsations in response to heartbeats.
 +In consequence,​ the adult loses touch with the dreams, imagination and intense
 +perceptions of the child. ​ His mental balance becomes upset by egoism and
 +neuroses.
 +
 +To cure these problems, first in himself and then for the whole world, Dr.
 +Hughes returned his cranium to something like the condition of infancy by
 +cutting out a small disc of bone with an electric drill. Experiencing
 +immediate beneficial effects from this operation, he began preaching to anyone
 +who would listen to the doctrine of trepanation.
 +
 +By liberating his brain from its total imprisonment in his skull, he claimed
 +to have restored its pulsations, increased the volume of blood in it and
 +acquired a more complete, satisfying state of consciousness than grown-up
 +people normally enjoy. ​ The medical and legal authorities reacted to Hughes'​s
 +discovery with  horror and rewarded him with a spell in a Dutch lunatic
 +asylum.
 +
 +Joseph Mellen met Bart Hughes in 1965 in Ibiza and quickly became his leading,
 +or rather one and only, disciple. ​ Years later he wrote a book called "Bore
 +Hole", the contents of which are summarized in its opening sentence:
 +
 +   '​This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my skull to get
 +    permanently high.' ​ . . . (a few paragraphs detail Joseph Mellen'​s early
 +    experiments with LSD, and how he finds out about Bart Hughes.)
 +
 +The time came when Joey felt he had preached enough and that he now had to
 +act.  He did not agree with Holingshead that the third eye was merely a figure
 +of speech, believing in its physical attainment through self-trepanation.
 +
 +Support for this can be found in archaeology. ​ Skulls of ancient people all
 +over the world give evidence that their owners were skillfully trepanned
 +during their lifetimes, and many of these appear to have been of noble or
 +priestly castes.
 +
 +The medical practice of trepanation was continued up to the present century in
 +treatment of madness, the hole in the skull being seen as a way of relieving
 +pressure on the brain or letting out the devils that possessed it.
 +
 +By his scientific explanation of the reasons for the operation, Bart Hughes
 +had removed it from the area of superstition,​ and Joey Mellen proposed to be
 +the second person to perform it on himself in the interest of enlightenment.
 +
 +Bart had become a close friend of Amanda Fielding, and they went off to
 +Amsterdam together while Joey took care of Amanda'​s flat.  This was the
 +opportunity he had been waiting for to bore a hole in his head.
 +
 +The most gripping passages in "Bore Hole" describe his various attempts to
 +complete the operation. ​ They are also extremely gruesome, and those who lack
 +medical curiosity would do well to read no further. ​ Yet to those who might
 +contemplate trepanation for and by themselves, Joey's experiences are a
 +salutary warning. ​ It should be emphasized that neither he, Bart nor Amanda
 +has ever recommended people to follow their example by performing their own
 +operations.
 +
 +For years they have been looking for doctors who would understand their
 +theories and would agree to trepan volunteer patients as a form of therapy.
 +Strangely enough, not one member of the medical profession has been converted.
 +
 +In a surgical store Joey found a trepan instrument, a kind of auger or cork-
 +screw designed to be worked by hand.  It was much cheaper and, Joey felt, more
 +sensitive than an electric drill. ​ Its main feature was a metal spike,
 +surrounded by a ring of saw-teeth.
 +
 +The spike was meant to be driven into the skull, holding the trepan steady
 +until the revolving saw made a groove, after which it could be retracted. ​ If
 +all went well, the saw-band should remove a disc of bone and expose the brain.
 +
 +Joey's first attempt at self-trepanation was a fiasco. ​ He had no previous
 +medical experience, and the needles he had bought for administering a local
 +anesthetic to the crown of his head proved to be too thin and crumpled up or
 +broke. ​ Next day he obtained some stouter needles, took a tab of LSD to steady
 +his nerves and set to in earnest.
 +
 +First he made an incision to the bone, and then applied the trepan to his
 +bared skull. But the first part of the operation, driving the spike into the
 +bone, was impossible to accomplish.
 +
 +Joey described it as like trying to uncork a bottle from the inside. He
 +realized he needed help and telephoned Bart in Amsterdam, who promised he
 +would come over and assist at the next operation. ​ This plan was frustrated by
 +the Home Office, which listed Dr. Hughes as an undesirable visitor to Britain
 +and barred his entry.
 +
 +Amanda agreed to take his place. ​ Soon after her return to London she helped
 +Joey reopen the wound in his head and, by pressing the trepan with all her
 +might against his skull, managed to get the spike to take hold and the saw-
 +teeth to bite.  Joey then took over at cranking the saw. Once again he
 +had swallowed some LSD.
 +
 +After a long period of sawing, just as he was about to break through, he
 +suddenly fainted. Amanda called an ambulance and he was taken to hospital,
 +where horrified doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive and that if he
 +had drilled a fraction of an inch further he would have killed himself.
 +
 +The psychiatrists took a particular interest in his case, and a group of them
 +arranged to examine him.  Before this could be done, he had to appear in court
 +on a charge of possessing a small amount of cannabis. ​ The magistrate demanded
 +another psychiatrist'​s report and demanded him for a week in prison.
 +
 +There followed a period of embarrassment as the rumor went round London that
 +Joey Mellen had trepanned himself, whereas in fact he had failed to do so. As
 +soon as possible, therefore, he prepared for a third attempt.
 +
 +Proceeding as before, but now with the benefit of experience, he soon found
 +the groove from the previous operation and began to saw through the sliver of
 +bone separating him from enlightenment or, as the doctors had predicted,
 +instant death.
 +
 +What followed is best quoted from "Bore Hole".
 +
 +   '​After some time there was an ominous sounding schlurp and the sound of
 +    bubbling. ​ I drew the trepan out and the gurgling continued. ​ It sounded
 +    like air bubbles running under the skull as they were pressed out.  I
 +    looked at the trepan and there was a bit of bone in it.  At last!  On
 +    closer inspection I saw that the disc of bone was much deeper on one side
 +    than on the other.
 +
 +    Obviously the trepan had not been straight and had gone through at one
 +    point only, then the piece of bone had snapped off and come out.  I was
 +    reluctant to start drilling again for fear of damaging the brain membranes
 +    with the deeper part while I was cutting through the rest or of breaking
 +    off a splinter.
 +
 +    If only I had an electric drill it would have been so much simpler. Amanda
 +    was sure I was through. ​ There seemed no other explanation for the
 +    schlurping noises I decided to call it a day.  At the time I thought that
 +    any hole would do, no matter what size.  I bandaged up my head and cleared
 +    away the mess.'
 +
 +There was still doubt in his mind as to whether he had really broken through
 +and, if so, whether the hole was big enough to restore pulsation to his brain.
 +
 +The operation had left him with a feeling of wellbeing, but he realized that
 +it could simply be from relief at having ended it.  To put the matter beyond
 +doubt, he decided to bore another hole at a new spot just above the hairline,
 +this time using an electric drill. ​ In the spring of 1970, Amanda was in
 +America and Joey did the operation alone.
 +
 +He applied the drill to his forehead, but after half an hour's work the
 +electric cable burnt out.  Once again he was frustrated. ​ An engineer in the
 +flat below him was able to repair the instrument and next day he set out to
 +finish the job. 'This time I was not in any doubt. The drill head went at
 +least an inch deep through the hole.  A great gush of blood followed my
 +withdrawal of the drill. In the mirror I could see the blood in the hole
 +rising and falling with the pulsation of the brain.'​
 +
 +The result was all he had hoped for.  During the next four hours he felt his
 +spirits rising higher until he reached a state of freedom and serenity which
 +he claims, has been with him ever since. ​ For some time now he had been
 +sharing a flat with Amanda, and when she came back from America she
 +immediately noticed the change in him.
 +
 +This encouraged her to join him on the mental plane by doing her own
 +trepanation. The operation was carefully recorded. ​ She had obtained a cine-
 +camera, and Joey stood by, filming, as she attacked her head with an electric
 +drill. ​ The film shows her carefully at work, dressed in a blood-spattered
 +white robe.  She shaves her head, makes an incision in her head with a scalpel
 +and calmly starts drilling. ​ Blood spurts as she penetrates the skull. ​ She
 +lays aside the drill and with a triumphant smile advances towards Joey and the
 +camera.
 +
 +Ever since, Joey and Amanda have lived and worked together in harmony. ​ From
 +the business of buying old prints to color and resell, they have progressed to
 +ownership of the Pigeonhole Gallery and seem reasonably prosperous. ​ They have
 +also started a family.
 +
 +There is nothing apparently abnormal about them, and many of their old friends
 +agree in finding them even more pleasant and contented since their operations.
 +There is plenty of leisure in their lives, mingled with the kind of activities
 +they most enjoy. ​ These of course include talking and writing about
 +trepanation.
 +
 +They have lectured widely in Europe and America to groups of doctors and other
 +interested people, showing the film of Amanda'​s s elf-operation,​ entitled
 +"​Heartbeat in the Brain"​.
 +
 +It is generally received with awe, the sight of blood often causing people to
 +faint. ​ At one showing in London a film critic described the audience
 +'​dropping off their seats one by one like ripe plums'​. ​ Yet it was not
 +designed to be gruesome. The soundtrack is of soothing music, and the surgical
 +scenes alternate with some delightful motion studies of Amanda'​s pet pigeon,
 +Birdie, as a symbol of peace and wisdom.
 +------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 +Vanguard Notes
 +
 +Several years ago we had come across this information on intentional
 +trepanning to awaken a more spiritual quality and it got misplaced. ​ It is
 +pleasing to find it again because it was of great interest at the time and
 +led to quite a bit of speculation relating to expanding '​psychic'​ abilities by
 +creating a hole in the Pineal region.
 +
 +The idea was based on increasing oxidation in certain parts of the brain which
 +would '​awaken'​ atrophied abilities. ​ Certain hallucinogenic drugs have this
 +ability and children often have '​imaginary playmates'​ or claim visual and/or
 +audible communication with recently deceased loved ones.
 +
 +It is intriguing that babies have a soft spot in the top of their head for
 +many months before the skull actually closes. ​ The skull has a '​seam'​ on each
 +side which allows it to partially expand for the first few years of life.  As
 +the person ages, this expansion ability diminishes, resulting in less blood
 +flow in certain regions of the brain. ​ This reduced blood flow reduces the
 +amount of available oxygen to cause desensitizing and atrophy of the affected
 +brain tissues.
 +
 +These imaginary friends which children claim to play with are quite possibly
 +real entities existing on a higher frequency that is visible to an excited,
 +oxygen-enriched pineal gland. ​ Since the skull does not completely harden for
 +the first several years of a childs'​ life, it is possible the additional blood
 +flow provides this pineal stimulation.
 +
 +As the child is subjected to the teasing of adults about his imaginary friend,
 +he learns not to discuss it publicly for fear or ridicule or embarassment.
 +
 +So, the combination of ridicule by adults and the childs'​ peers, working in
 +conjunction with the hardening of the skull, causes this unique extra visual
 +sense to atrophy and become relegated to an imaginary episode in life.
 +
 +It is therefore quite plausible that intentional trepanning in the pineal
 +region would allow the brain tissue in that area to breathe, following the
 +pulsations of blood from the heart. ​ This would '​awaken'​ the pineal region to
 +new sensations which would have to be assimilated or '​mapped'​ into conscious
 +perception in a rational, understandable way.
 +
 +The paper I had on this trepannation procedure said once the hole was created,
 +the blood pressure would cause the exposed brain surface to pulse in and out
 +of the hole, kind of like an expanding and contracting lung.  The writer who
 +calls himself Lob-Sang Rampa said his third eye (pineal gland) was opened with
 +a sliver of wood which was made larger over time.
 +
 +The effects of this trepanning are not exactly clear, but it appears to
 +mollify violent or temperamental outbursts, making the person sociable and
 +pleasant to be around. ​ Wouldn'​t this be a great treatment for violent
 +criminals who are repetitive in such behavior? ​ Very much like castration, I
 +imagine.
 +
 +Despiccable as mind control and behavior modification techniques are, I think
 +when people intentionally hurt other people in a violent way and on a regular
 +basis, they automatically make themselves candidates for such correction
 +techniques.........................................................>>>​ Jerry
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