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DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences
     

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research Into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences

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by Rick Strassman, Arthur Morey (Narrated by)
 

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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 sixty 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

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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 sixty 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 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, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Fortean Times
What you will find is a thoughtful, well-written report about another of life's mysteries.
Trip
Strassman's research was an important step, one that will potentially illuminate the path for future researchers and volunteers alike, and this book is a great contribution to the ongoing dialogue surrounding psychedelics.
Book Reader
This is probably the most thorough book on the psychedelic, DMT-its history, chemistry, uses (legal and illegal, and its effects. This is a very compelling, thoughtful book, written by a scrupulous scientist with the soul of a meditator...
From the Publisher
"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." ---Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452601458
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Edition description:
Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

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Rupert Sheldrake
Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself.(Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past)
From the Publisher
"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." —-Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past
Andrew Weil
Rick Strassman's pioneering research work with DMT, a natural psychedelic drug used by Amazonian Indians, raises fascinating questions about the neurochemical basis of experience and the feasibility of conducting human research with mind-altering drugs in a university medical center. Truly adventurous reading!(Andrew Weil, author of Spontaneous Healing)

Meet the Author

Rick Strassman, MD, is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He has published nearly thirty peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Social Security Administration, and other state and local agencies.

Arthur Morey has recorded over two hundred audiobooks in history, fiction, science, business, and religion, earning a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Award nominations. His plays and songs have been produced in New York, Chicago, and Milan, where he has also performed.

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DMT 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this about 10 years ago and went back and read it again recently. Anyone interested in the chemistry of the brain and/or mystical/spiritual experiences should find this book to be fastinating.