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The Man Who Drilled a Hole in His Skull to Stay High Forever
Nov 7, 2017
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.
Third time's the charm. The first time Joe tried trepanning, the implement he was using was too dull. The second time he tried it, using a drill, the section of skull he removed was too small. The third time, he actually used a hand trepan designed specifically for that purpose. It took about half an hour, and it worked. He removed a small portion of his skull and used a scalpel to make a small incision into the dura mater. He said he felt a sensation like bubbles in his head.
But why would you do it? Mellen compares the human brain to pudding. Think of how pudding likes to move and change shape. It's restricted from doing so and is forced to stay in the same position when it's encased in the skull, and it's always under constant pressure.
An ancient practice. Trepanning was actually done throughout ancient history across cultures. It was done to do everything from draining abscesses and relieving headaches to curing mental health ailments.
Mellen's theory. According to Mellen, out cranium becomes sealed too soon. Not enough blood circulates to our brain, and we are prevented from becoming fully evolved. The cranium therefore needs to become unsealed.
The beauty of ideas. Joe Mellen explained his theory in an interview with VICE. ". So your particular word chains become very important to you, obviously. And you can resist or even attack other people who have different ideas, whereas there is actually enough room for everyone to have plenty of ideas. This is the beauty of getting high. When you get high you transcend the ego, you get above the ego. When you are high, you can see people operating on this level, and you can see where you have been operating on this level also. You are given an objective view, as opposed to a subjective view. And that is the great beauty and great value of getting high. I think everyone should get high, and I think that Vladimir Putin should drop acid."
Bore Hole. Mellen published a book about his experience called Bore Hole. He has a following of people who have practiced self-trepanation, all of whom believe that we can reach enlightenment by allowing the brain to have more space and oxygen.
Spiritual trepanation. During ancient times, trepanation was used to cure what would nowadays be considered to be mental health ailments. Trepanation allowed for the bad spirits to pass through the skull, allowing the affected person to become well again.
Swelling reduction. In some cases, trepanning was done as a life saving measure. A piece of the skull would be removed to alleviate the swelling of the brain.
Never healing. The key to trepanning is that the wound never heals. The hole that's drilled never closes, allowing the brain to have "freedom" within the skull.
Euphoria. Mellen describes the euphoric high of trepanning in his book. "At last, after one drill repair and a great deal of blood, the hole was completely through. Recounting the experience, Mellen would later report: Steadily, almost imperceptibly, over the next four hours I felt myself get higher and higher. I got higher than I had thought possible. I felt so light and free. It is very hard to put in words the feeling of change, but I felt very relaxed, as if everything would fall into place now." Source: kookscience.com.
The Trepanation Trust. "According to the Trepanation Trust, once the skull has been reopened, the patient experiences a [restoration of] the full pulsation which was lost when the skull sealed. The pulse wave then blows up the brain capillaries with blood to the level of childhood, accelerating brain metabolism and empowering the brain to permanently regain its youthful level. An equivalent volume of cerebrospinal fluid is squeezed out to make room for the extra blood and thereafter the ratio between the two fluid volumes in the brain is altered in favour of blood. An increase in energy and well being is the result. With more contact between capillaries and brain cells the brain functions more efficiently.” Source: kookscience.com.
A cure for what ails you. So, increased euphoria, help with depression, migraines, epilepsy and chronic fatigue? It sounds too good to be true. And while we'd be willing to try almost anything, we cannot advocate ever attempting such a dangerous, unregulated practice.