From 1990 to 1995, Dr. Rick Strassman conducted U.S. government–approved and funded clinical research at the University of New Mexico in which he injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinarily riveting inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. DMT, a plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew ayahuasca, is also manufactured by the human brain. In Strassman's volunteers, it consistently produced near-death and mystical experiences. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences, aliens, angels, and spirits. Nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives. Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by René Descartes to be the seat of the soul.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule makes the bold 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 so-called 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.
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"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)
I'm a 31 year old software guy with a degree in History with 3 hour round trip commute to work every day... You know I'm listening to as many books as I can! :)
This book was unbelievable! It was almost spiritual. Not a book about drugs, in the way you think. It was a book about life from a scientific point of view, dealing with psychedelics. Quite amazing
Really interesting subject matter. It's very well read and a very captivating topic. The only reason I gave it only 4 stars was because it got a little too clinical at times. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone, like me, who has never tried psychedelics but is curious about other states of consciousness.
To listen to the numerous varieties of the DMT experience.
Far too much technical data for my taste. As I am a researcher myself i could easily see the importance of the information but still felt that the detail was unnecessary for such a book.
I never read the print version.
The journeys that the participants went on is fascinating. It is an amazing study
I've done extensive reading on psychedelics and shamanism and the mystical states or new worlds of sensory and extra sensory input they allow people to see and hear and feel, often for the first and only time for some, but nothing I've ever read or seen previously, no matter how in depth, could've put a damper on the enjoyment and awe this book brought me. I watched the documentary film that was made for this book, and 'DMT: The Spirit Molecule' in book form fully embodies and redefines the phrase "The book was better." I can't possibly recommend this book highly enough to the aspiring researcher, curious mind, or experienced psychonaut. This book paints beautiful pictures to describe both the frightful ordeals and the glorious revelations of the test pilots. This book refreshed and reinforced my ever respectful thoughts on psychedelics- I have always and will always consider them be the tool we can use (responsibly, where allowed,) to fill the mirror opposite position of telescopes designed to look ever farther outward. 'DMT: The Spirit Molecule' does justice to the idea that psychedelics are a tool to look ever further inward. Even when all of our oceans are mapped and even if our understanding of our universe comes to be complete somehow, you'll never be able to convince me that there are "no more frontiers to explore" so long as chemicals like Dimethyltryptamine still exist, and they're not going anywhere. I give this book 5 stars on all accounts!
An honest examination that reaches some enormous and fascinating conclusions. Highly recommended for folks who feel there might be something bigger going on.
Changed my opinion of psychedelics, very interesting book, makes you question alot, a very though provoking book
I've listened to it twice, will do so again when the feeling hits me again.
The final two chapters. The author's conclusions regarding the implications of DMT in regards to understanding parallel universes, quantum mechanics/physics, and mental illness was extremely optimistic.
It's almost impossible to listen to any book in one sitting however I found myself making excuses to perform duties that allowed listening time in order to have it on.
Yes absolutely, this book deals with a serious human experience and current issue in society. Just what do we experience in the DMT space? This book will dissolve all your wrong notions about psychadelics from government propaganda. And also highlight just how beneficial these things can be. At the very least, how much further study is urgently needed. Even if you don't plan to use any plant drugs, it's worthy information to absorb.
The Cosmic Serpent. Like that book, this book is something of a detective story. It follows the path of a scientist who stumbles onto the DMT trail, and is rightly absorbed and compelled to study it.In both cases we see proof that there really is something here to study, and it should no longer be regarded as taboo, or fringe, but rather a frontier we must advance into.
Though most people point to the obvious section of peoples' experiences, I personally enjoyed the entire journey of the book, including the torturous anticipation of that climax. It was very educational and informative about the barriers both social and bureaucratic that stand in the way of rational study of psychedelic drugs.
Simply an amazing book.
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