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DMT: The Spirit Molecule

A Docttor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Out-of-Body, Near-Death, and Mystical Experiences
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Inner Traditions
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January, 2001
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9780892819270
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$19.95 CAD
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From 1990 to 1995 psychiatrist Rick Strassman conducted government-approved clinical research at the U. of New Mexico in which 60 volunteers used DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. His detailed account of those sessions is an extraordinary inquiry into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potentials 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, and nearly all felt that the sessions were among the most profound experiences of their lives.

I would not be honest if I did not share my own speculations and theories, which are based on decades of study and listening to hundreds of DMT sessions. This is why I did it. This is what happened. This is what I think about it.

It is so important for us to understand consciousness. It is just as important to place psychedelic drugs in general, and DMT in particular, into a personal and cultural matrix in which we do the most good, and the least harm. In such a wide-open area of inquiry, it is best that we reject no ideas until we actually disprove them. It is in the interest of enlarging the discussion about psychedelic drugs that I’ve written DMT: The Spirit Molecule.

Strassman’s research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by other traditions to be the seat of the soul. He 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.

“Points toward a physiological basis for spirit and its interaction with the human body; his data suggests that our brain chemistry allows us access to other realms of existence just when we need it most, and his story recounts both the dangers and promises of entering this brave new world.” —Journal of Near-Death Studies

 

 

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Strassman's research connects DMT with the pineal gland, considered by Hindus to be the site of the seventh chakra and by Rene 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.From 1990 to 1995, conducting DEA-approved clinical research, Dr. Strassman injected 60 volunteers with DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known. Nearly all of the volunteers agreed it was among the most intense experiences of their lives. Many reported convincing encounters with intelligent nonhuman presences: angels, aliens, spirits. Strassman’s detailed account is a riveting inquiring into the nature of the human mind and the therapeutic potential of psychedelics.

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