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.
©2000 Rick J. Strassman, M.D. (P)2011 Tantor
"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." (Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)
Definitely is a technical research study. The first half of the book was a bit dry, but still seemed necessary to appreciate the efforts in setting up the research. I found the second half more interesting as it went into the encounters of the participants along with post observations, from both author and subjects.
this book is a unique account of the scientific study the inner journey with psychedelics. Top recommendation!!
Very comprehensive inside story of the most intriguing subject. Fresh and enlighting perspective inspiring constructive criticism and provoking different approach to much controversial subject.
Very interesting study. Wish there would if been more about each subject however. I feel like the author definitely held back (somewhat understandably) but I feel like a lot of truth has been purposely edited out. Still, since there likely won't be another study like this anytime soon, it was awesome to delve at least waist high into to the subject.
Why, why is it that all enlightened men must struggle to lift the masses, and that the truth must be sought in the darkness. This book is one of the brighter lights leading humanity out of the oppression of darkness and into the light.
Thank You for your light Doctor.
Dove down the rabbit hole and could relate many of my own experiences with the stories inside.
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.
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