The Yin of Alchemy

Daoist Alchemy in the Dark


How suitable is Tao Centre Colwyn for this type of deep spiritual practice.

Tao Centre Colwyn is my home, it overlooks the Irish Sea and is built on a terrace that was formed by mining the Limestone.
A cliff (going up) with a thick quartz seam is behind the house.

The house is made from blocks of stone, (some of which are close to half a metre square) that were mined here.
120 years ago the house would have been under ground and the stone retains the memory.
The house and its environs have a sense of deep belonging and unity.

When the windows are completely sealed from light the house has the resonance of a deep cave,
but one with bathroon facilities, hot water, warmth and comfortable chairs and beds. 
Alchemy has been practiced in the house for over 30 years and the local spirits and devas are most supportive.

I have had the feeling for some years that there was a cave or caves here before the mining operation.

Most natural caves are formed in Limestone, there are many in this area.
Some (12 miles away) have been excavated and the bones of Mamoth, Straight Tusked Elephant, Lion, Bison,
Giant Elk, Hippo and Rhino were found along with bones of early Neanderthal Man
(230,000 years give or take the odd millenium or 3)

During the workshop there will be no mobiles or computers, no radio, television or music.
Food will be light and nourishing there will be a discusssion before hand to decide on type and amount of food.

The Kitchen will be blacked out and the door between the kitchen and the rest of the house will be sealed.
Someone will come into the Kitchen each day bringing food for us,
we will eat there when the cooks have gone.

Darkhouse effects on the body.

Complete darkness profoundly changes the sensory awareness of the human body/brain.
We become deprived of our usual reference - sight takes a backseat and turns inwards.
The major cortical centres of the brain shut down depressing the mental and cognitive functions of the higher brain centre's.
Emotional and feeling states, the sense of smell and psychic perception are enhanced.
Dreams become more lucid, the boundaries between dream states and conscious awareness become more relaxed.
We become more aware of spirit, soul and source, we sink naturally into the deep void of inner space.

“The darkness actualises successively higher states of divine consciousness,
correlating with the synthesis and accumulation of psychedelic chemicals in the brain.
Melatonin, a regulatory hormone, quiets the body and mind in preparation for the finer and subtler realities of higher consciousness (Days 1 to 3).
Pinoline, affecting the neuro-transmitters of the brain, permits visions and dream-states to emerge in our conscious awareness (Days 3 to 5).
Eventually, the brain synthesizes the “spirit molecules” 5-methoxy-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) and dimethyltryptamine (DMT), facilitating the transcendental experiences of universal love and compassion (Days 6 to 12).”

Mantak Chia


My best advice for everyone coming to a darkroom retreat is to arrive with no expectations ,
if you have expectations it is easy to be so busy waiting for them to manifest that you miss the magic inside the dark moment.

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