The Cave Alchemist:
Biochemical Brain Shifts And Mental Images Associated With Extended Periods Of Darkness
by Sidney Brent Goodwin, O.D., M.B.A.
download Brent’s paper on his darkroom retreat for his Masters completed 2008 here
Sensory deprivation, in the darkness of the cave, has a long history in spiritual traditions. This project explores the mental imagery, which occurs from the mind altering mechanisms occurring in darkness, from the perspective of the experiential and the neurophysiological. The body, especially the brain, becomes an alchemical chamber of biochemical and neural impulses when living in the dark for two weeks. Continue reading