Have you ever wondered what is it about patterns and lights that makes a psychedelic trip such a coveted experience? Well there's an app to find that out without consuming drugs. An app called Lumenate promises to take you on a psychedelic trip like you're on LSD>
Have you heard about the brand-new smartphone app called Lumenate? It claims to alter the subconscious much like an LSD trip. Software engineers from the UK, Tom Galea and Joy Conlon, say that the app can help “guide your brain into a unique and powerful altered state of consciousness between that of deep meditation and classic psychedelics.” The app’s goal is to “make subconscious exploration more accessible than ever before.”
The duo interviewed hundreds of people worldwide after quitting their corporate jobs to help people live a freer and more fulfilling life. Their website states, “months of EEG brain scans developing and optimizing our method of inducing altered-states using light and sound; our journey has been anything but ordinary.”
How It Hits The Sweet Spot On The Brain
The creators have said that when the light flashes, the brain also flashes in sync by sending a signal that something has changed. The neurons in the brain react and start a synchronized rhythm that can guide the brain into a deep meditative state, a semi-psychedelic state of consciousness.
The original plan relied on a prototype light and sound system that can be used for public group experiences. This plan went down the drain when COVID-19 hit the world, and therefore, the strategy of using it in public spaces was scrapped. But as people were restricted into their homes, the need for an accessible method to explore the subconscious became even more important.
Finding the Fix
Joy Conlon said, “We quickly realized that with mental health at the forefront of everyone’s minds, what we were developing could now be more relevant and genuinely helpful than ever before” Therefore, the duo spent all of the lockdown trying to nail down this app and the results were better than they had imagined.
Usage of this light sequence from the phone’s flashlight, when experienced with closed eyes, elevated the brains neural signal complexity and the expansion of consciousness in psychedelics such as LSD, while decreases are observed in states of reduced awareness like when sleeping or under the influence of an anaesthetic.
A Kaleidoscope Of Colours With A Flashlight
The research also noted a decrease in the brain region, which is known as the default mode network, which is a key change observed in most psychedelic studies and few forms of meditation. This change in the brain region showed a diminished sense of ego and heightened focus on the present. The researchers said that they have noted that different parts of the brain started to communicate in novel ways, allowing emotion or thought to be visually represented by colour or shape.
With the Lumenate app, the user is in complete control, and they can control the intensity of the experience by positioning the phone as desired. It can be stopped completely by simply turning off the flashlight. People who have tested the app said that the visual experience perceived with the closed eyes, to be like flying effortlessly through a multi-dimensional kaleidoscope of colours.
Dr Ben Sessa, a psychiatrist and psychedelic researcher at Bristol University and Imperial College, has commented in favour of the app and said that the duo has his “full endorsement” as the Lumenate project isn’t just a fun experience but an experience that can help people psychologically.
The trial version of Lumenate is available for free download on Google Play and Apple Play Store. The users who want to upgrade their experience and get the full version that suits every mood and timeframe as desired can subscribe for a price of $6.99 per month or $39.99 annually for a limited period.