Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
"Fascinating and provocative. A remarkable exploration of the boundaries of science and consciousness itself." ---Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Presence of the Past
Clinical psychiatrist Rick Strassman explores the effects of DMT, one of the most powerful psychedelics known.
About the Author
Rick Strassman, M.D., is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received his M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1977. In 1995, he received the University of New Mexico General Clinical Research Center's Research Scientist Award. He has published nearly thirty peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served as a reviewer for several research journals and 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. His research centers around the role of the naturally occurring compound DMT and its role in out-of-body and near-death experiences. Arthur Morey has performed in theaters and cabarets in New York, Chicago, and Milan. He freelanced scripts for Paramount and ABC-TV and won awards for both plays and fiction. A former literary manager of Chicago's Body Politic Theatre, he taught acting at Fordham and writing at SUNY Rockland, Northwestern University, and the School of the Art Institute. He edited Viola Spolin for Northwestern University Press and later was managing editor at Renaissance Books in Los Angeles. Winner of a number AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated novels by John Irving, Nathan Englander, Richard Russo, and John Burnam Schwartz, as well as nonfiction by Kurt Eichenwald, John McCain, George Tenet, Deepak Chopra, Gay Talese, and others.