A connoisseur of working within the Shadow realms, Dan Regan dives deeper than ever before in the Dark Room, and the only medicine? Darkness itself.
Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is well regarded as one of the centres of esoteric experiences and mysticism. From Cacao Shamans to Moon Courses that teach astral travelling, the lake purports a powerful energy field that draws seekers, healers and adventurers from across the globe. Here too, is where you will find one of the world’s only dedicated dark-room retreats, part of the silent-retreat centre The Hermitage and set overlooking the lake in the tiny village of San Pablo. Australian breath-work coach and Gene-Keys practitioner Dan Regan shares a snapshot of what it is like to spend 12 days in the Dark.
"I have put myself through some extreme practices and modalities to research what happens in real time in this body and being, using my own body, mind and spirit as the test subject to see what is possible in this life. As I often say, "Shadow diving is Warrior's Work. The greatest diamonds lie in the darkest places…”
So… Dark Room therapy. Picture You, locked in a completely blackened room. No light at all. No company, no sound, no phone, no net, no connection, no outer distractions, just you, alone, in a completely non-pixelated reality.
Or so it would seem.
I had no idea anything like this existed until late 2017 when I met a fellow traveller in Costa Rica whose next adventure was to go and voluntarily sit in this darkened solitary confinement for an extended period of time, to which my first response was…
Not one bit of what he told me made me want to try it out for myself. Yet, 5 weeks later - as existence often dictates - there i was, at the infamous Lago Atitlan in Guatemala, about to head into the Dark Room and experience it all first hand.
My work and, quite frankly, whole life has a lot of emphasis on the Shadow realms, both personally and assisting others to explore the juicy depths of what’s down there to be acknowledged, embraced and transformed into the diamonds that lie within. Enthralled by this process, this experience came along in an extremely timely and synchronistic manner.
A lot more happens in the dark than simply sitting in a dark room…
Darkness has been used for millennia in different traditions for reaching higher states of consciousness. Things happen to your physical body, to all the subtle spiritual and energetic bodies, that make the experience one pretty eventful ride, full of all things unexpected, and periods of intensity to really test out the strength of one’s spirit.
As well as navigating some fairly funky terrain, the internal processes of what your body does when it has no light is fascinating to say the least. In short, and to take a quote straight out of ‘Darkness Technology’, by Taoist Master, Mantak Chia:
“The darkness actualizes successively higher states of divine consciousness, correlating with the syn-thesis 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….”
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