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)
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!
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.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
Books of this sort are always a risk but this was done with great professionalism and well written as well.
Its a fascinating group of stories, including the lengthy story of how he finally got to do this dicey research in the first place
I'm fascinated by what this recent explosion of research into various psychedelia, (including ayawaska) are finding.
I find it all enormously fascinating .I would bet that this is the Best book of its kind on the subject.. Fine narration and credit worthy.
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.
It 's detailed description of the mechanisms of DMT, its structural similarities to other hallucinogenic compounds and the resulting clinical manifestations of controlled studies.
How government regulation and political motivations affect scientific research.
Too many to list...
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Well researched with a good story line. Technical in nature-might need a couple of replays for non-scientific individuals.
i have seen both a pdf and a hardcopy library version of the book, and i was waiting for the CD's but decided i wanted it NOw so downloaded it...funny i am waiting for James Faddiman on C2CAM in a few hours, and a passage just occurred where Strassman hooks up with Fadiman!
What an interesting listen!
I loved this book. Especially the descriptions of the various experiences of the test subjects. It really blows your mind to even merely consider the theories being presented here. I hope to soon see more books in this category.
Five stars all the way!
What a great amount of information. Something i had already expected through my own experiences, are now confirmed...
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