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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

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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)

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  • jacob
  • jacksonville beach, florida, United States
  • 08-16-11

Eye opening

Accounts of the test subjects' experiences are the best part of this book. Listening to this book has made become much more curious about psychedelic experiences.

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Mind Opening

I loved it. Always wanted to hear more and more. Aliens & Parallel Universes. Very, very interesting. What happens after death? Do alien abductions have to do with the Spirit Molecule? Strassman is a genius in the way he presents his ideas. This is a book that covers evey part of the research process.

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Great precursor for "Supernatural" by G. Hancock!

Great science based approach toward the anomaly of DMT world exposure. Read Hancock's Supernatural next!

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Respect for Dr Strassman. Very impressed!

Excellent book for the spiritually inclined and the curious mind. One of a kind research , glad I listened to it

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Fascinating and Futile

It's a great diary of a psychiatric Doctors' obsession to bring some merit to psychadelic research despite a failed theory. Science only benefits us after repeated failures to test ideas. I am grateful for people like him. I like the honesty of this authors account of the highs and lows over many years of serious research. The fact is also acknowledged here that there is still very little real practical benefit to mankind even after all these thousands of years of psychedelic drug use. People either seem to be spiritual or not ..and whichever you are should be more clear by the time you get to the end of this book! I don't think this world can get enough of serious discussions on the nature of consciousness and reality and the meaning of existence. DMT use seems to be a real way to cross a barrier that in my opinion God has put up for a reason. I believe it is for our spiritual and mental protection. Madness or euphoria seems to await us all in the next world. The mystery of life and death are brought out over and over in this account. Perhaps "psychonauts" on these risky inner adventures will be humbled enough by awareness of their true mortality that they resolve to love others more with whatever time they've got left? That's a benefit indeed. I do think it's conspicuous though how the author omits any real continuing problems of demonic oppression and/or possession cases that often arise from psychedelic drug use used clinically or in witchcraft or shamanistic practices for millennia. Our English word for pharmacy comes from the Greek word for witchcraft . Modern psychiatry and science are useless against terrible possession cases. Why is it that Jesus' Name works to this day by His actual followers to overcome it all over the world?! That's fascinating to me. Also none of the psychedelic nor alien abduction stories I've ever read will acknowledge that Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh as the only Son of God. He is NEVER acknowledged this way by ANY beings (or spirits or aliens or creatures etc) to actually BE who He said He was..the actual Son of God that came here in the flesh. These "things" will ALWAYS say some pantheistic line about YOU or NATURE or the UNIVERSE is "GOD".The Bible gives that test directly for spirits about Jesus for all of us to know whether a spirit is good or evil! (Read 1st and 2nd John in the New Testament as well as the Book of Acts). How is it that His Name is cursed daily by so many everywhere for over 2000 years now?.. and yet His love and power remain real and still successful against all darkness and evil?!..but someday EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE CONFESS THAT JESUS IS LORD! May He "enlighten" anyone who reads this. He continues doing just that to me for over 30 years now.

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Hard to listen to the monotone voice of the narrator

Narrators voice is monotone and uninteresting. Interesting data- though tough to get through the entire book.

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Brain Food

This was a slow starter but very thought provoking. I feel more aware of DMT's effects on the body, mind, and spirit.

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A Incredible Book On DMT

This book was much more than just a book on DMT trips. It was a thoughtful book, allowing the reader to journey with Dr. Strassman through the hurdles that he had to go through to make this clinical studies possible, and the chaos that these studies caused in his personal life. The DMT reports are the most intriguing, depicting worlds and experiences that are similar to a few Castaneda accounts, yet far different in many others, all of which follow a similar theme: DMT takes you to places, not of your own imagination and mind, but to places of perception not available to those in what Strassman calls channel "normal". This book emphasizes the need for a more serious look at DMT, similar to Graham Hancock's take on ayahuasca. The narrator was spot on as well, and contributed greatly to the information presented. 5 stars and more.

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Amazing and wonderful

It is really unique scientific research
Highly recomended
New knowledge about the real nature of reality
Good science

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I have an inner calling after listening to this.

I absolutely loved this book. I have dabbled in psylocybin using them maybe 40 times and tried LSD twice with many more uses of mdma, however it has been almost 5 years without any of that. This book opened my eyes to understand that the reason I was using them was wrong. I need to bring the journey inward and begin to process my inter being. As I progressed through the book I couldn't and still can't help but to feel a strange excitement that has been building inside of me. A yearning to recconect with the pshyc world and find my inner fortitude.