In this chapter, we begin following the spirit molecule into more unexpected territory. This terrain is not so easy to recognize or understand because the experiences are less clearly related to the thoughts, feelings, and bodies of our volunteers. Rather, they suggest freestanding, independent levels of existence about which we are at most only dimly aware. A hallucination? Or is it real?

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A clinical psychiatrist explores the effects of DMT: A behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of psychedelic research.

From to Dr. His detailed account of those sessions is an inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical that is also manufactured by the human brain, consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many volunteers reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, especially "aliens. DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the case that DMT, naturally released by the pineal gland, facilitates the soul's movement in and out of the body and is an integral part of the birth and death experiences, as well as the highest states of meditation and even sexual transcendence.

Strassman also believes that alien abduction experiences are brought on by accidental releases of DMT. If used wisely, DMT could trigger a period of remarkable progress in the scientific exploration of the most mystical regions of the human mind and soul.

Get A Copy. Paperback , 1st Edition , pages. More Details Original Title. United States of America. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about DMT , please sign up. Anyone else thinks the author went of the deep end in the end of the book? Cody Weston I'm not even to the end of the book and he certainly makes some interpretive leaps already. The nature of psychedelic experience seems extremely power …more I'm not even to the end of the book and he certainly makes some interpretive leaps already.

The nature of psychedelic experience seems extremely powerful and I'm sure it's hard to resist the idea that they have a profound meaning, but it's pretty hard to test a lot of those claims scientifically. That said, he's entitled to his opinion and it's interesting to see his perspective. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.

Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 01, tim rated it it was amazing. This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. In , Dr. Rick Strassman succeeded in reinstating the first federally-approved study on a psychedelic substance in the U.

Not only did Dr. Strassman find a way through the impossibly long and thorny maze of contradicting laws and regulations, but the psychedelic compound he selected for his study was none other than dimethyltyptamine DMT , one of the most powerful psychedelics ever known.

In addition to his scient This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. In addition to his scientific, psychotherapeutic, and spiritual experience, it is Dr. DMT is confounding for a number of reasons. Not only is it commonly found in many plants and animals, but DMT is also produced within our brains.

DMT is a neurotransmitter manufactured in the pineal gland, which is located right in the center of our brains. On that, Dr. Strassman has this to say about the possibility of a soul: Compare life and death: the state of being alive to that of being dead.

One moment we are thinking, moving, and feeling. Cells are dividing, replacing dying ones with fresh recruits for the liver, lung, skin, and heart. The next moment we are no longer breathing; our heart has pumped its last beat.

What is the difference? When present in matter, it shows itself by way of movement and heat. In the brain, it provides the power to receive, and transform into awareness, our thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. When it is gone, the light is extinguished and the engine stops. Whatever it is, the presence of this enlivening force provides us the opportunity to interact with this time and place.

Strassman hypothesizes that the pineal gland produces DMT at critical moments in our brains, not least of all, at our time of birth and death. Does DMT usher the soul into and out of the body?

DMT might also play a role in naturally occurring mystical and near-death experiences. While Dr. Strassman was expecting to encounter both psychotherapeutic and mystical experiences in his volunteers, he was not prepared for the overwhelmingly high frequency of contact they made with alien entities.

The overlap of many DMT experiences with those reported by alien abductees is stunning. One volunteer had this to say about his alien contact during repeated DMT experiences within the tolerance study of which there is remarkably no known human tolerance to DMT : It may not be so simple as that there are alien planets with their own societies.

This is too proximal. You can choose to attend to this or not. It will continue to progress without you paying attention. You return not where you left off, but to where things have gone since you left.

So what exactly is going on? DMT, a molecule manufactured within each and every one of us, not only separates consciousness from our bodies, but commonly brings people into contact with alien entities. Unlike other psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin which suppress the individual ego while under their influence, DMT leaves the ego intact, making the DMT experience all the more shocking and bizarre. Since DMT is an intrinsic and inseparable part of our bodies, its mysteries pertain to everyone.

A better understanding of DMT will hopefully lead to a better understanding of who we are. Since DMT currently raises more questions than answers, more research and attention are obviously needed. That DMT is illegal -- a molecule found inside each and every one of us -- is a ridiculous farce.

We are all, in essence, carrying around an illicit substance in our heads. I am not advocating that everyone rush out and try DMT, far from it. Instead my intention is to bring DMT and its little-understood relation to the body to the attention of those who have not yet heard of it. With that I leave you with one last excerpt highlighting Dr. DMT elicited ideas, feelings, thoughts, and images our volunteers said they never could have imagined.

Psychedelics stimulate the imagination, and thus they are logical tools to enhance creativity. The problems facing our society and planet require the use of novel ideas as much as new and more powerful technology.

View all 37 comments. Nov 06, Nathan rated it it was ok. Let down by my "high" expectations. Here's the problem: Strassman simply does not give enough to the scientists.

Maybe his intention was to collect a bunch of case studies to show the reoccurring themes induced in the minds of those under the influence of DMT, but I walked away from a rather long book with only a handful of facts. No, I wasn't looking for a full description about what it's like to take the drug; I realize that explaining the experience of seeing a color requires a poe Let down by my "high" expectations. No, I wasn't looking for a full description about what it's like to take the drug; I realize that explaining the experience of seeing a color requires a poet and to simply have experienced it yourself.

But given his medical and scientific background, I did expect a deeper and more rigorous treatise of the chemical. The experiments he ran were only alluded to and referenced. What were some of the major findings?

What impact did these findings have? And in particular, what are the neuroscientific and physiological consequences of the drug?

Strassman presented more speculation and theories than data.


Dr. Rick Strassman Explains Why DMT is “The Spirit Molecule”

Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological locus for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between and He wrote about this research in the popular book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, which has sold over , copies, has been translated into 12 languages, and is now available as an audio-book. It also inspired an independent documentary by the same name, picked up by Warner Bros distributing in Fall, With three distinguished collaborators, he co-authored Inner Paths to Outer Space, which looks more carefully at the common "other worlds" experience that volunteers frequently reported during his research. Now available as an Audible book either on Audible or through Amazon. If you join Audible in order to buy my book, that's even better! Joseph Levy leads a quiet life in rural Wheaton Arizona.


DMT: The Spirit Molecule

He has held a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology research at the University of California San Diego and was Professor of Psychiatry for eleven years at the University of New Mexico. He is also the author of the well-known book DMT: The Spirit Molecule which summarizes his academic research into DMT, and experimental studies regarding the substance, and also includes his own reflections and conclusions based on this scientific research. Strassman was born in Los Angeles, California on February 8, He graduated from Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys in He began his undergraduate studies in zoology at Pomona College in Claremont for two years, before transferring to Stanford University , where he graduated with departmental honors in biological sciences in


Rick Strassman on DMT and the Mystical State

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