Think of all the things people try in order to reach a higher consciousness. Acid, mushrooms, sensory deprivation, long periods of fasting... and trepanation, or trepanning, which is when you have a small hole drilled into the skull to reach the dura mater, and it's left to heal on its own. First of all, we do not recommend that you pursue trepanning under any circumstances because it is extremely dangerous. That said, we realize trepanning sounds completely insane. Yet, the people who do it say that it helped them to reach that higher state of enlightenment that so many are looking for, and at the same time, it feels pleasurable and euphoric, like being high...all the time.
Joe Mellen. Joe Mellen is a 77-year-old British gentleman of the beatnik generation. He enjoyed living an extremely experimental life and was constantly searching for ways to open his mind.
Trepanning, or trepanation (also spelled trephination). Joe was living with a bunch of other beatniks in Ibiza, taking acid with sugar cubes, trying mescaline, and experimenting with whatever they could get their hands on. That's when a friend told him about trepanning. He explained it as a way of opening the third eye.
Self-trepanning. Supposedly, there are places you can go to have someone do the trepanning for you. But for most people, auto-trepanning is the way to go, and that was the case with Joe.