May 25 2012

Reading Strassman’s DMT: The Spirit Molecule (part 1)

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I’m about four chapters into a book on DMT (that’s Di-Methyl-Tryptamine, to you), and its relation to the pineal gland. People have reported brief OOBE’s and communication with “others” while on it. DMT is commonly found in such hallucinogenic substances as ayahuasca, and is used by Amazon shamans as a method of crossing barriers into other worlds. It is also naturally produced by the body at times, and is one of the few substances allowed active transport into the brain.

In regards to the pineal gland, it is interesting to note that Descartes (of “I think, therefore I am” fame) described the pineal as “the seat of the soul”. Interesting also, to note, that the pineal first makes an appearance in a fetus at 7 weeks, or 49 days after conception. Also at this time is the first time it is able to determine gender in a fetus. DMT production is said to be highest before birth, at birth, and at death. The pineal gland is also said to correspond to the Ajna Chakra.

Now for a quote… this is from the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, by Rick Strassman, M.D., pp73-74:

Meditation or prayer also may elicit deeply altered states of consciousness. Pineal DMT production underlie these mystical or spiritual experiences.

All spiritual disciplines describe quite psychedelic accounts of the transformative experiences, whose attainment motivate their practice. Blinding white light, encounters with demonic and angelic entities, ecstatic emotions, timelessness, heavenly sounds, feelings of having died and being reborn, contacting a powerful and loving presence underlying all of reality– these experiences cut across all denominations. They also are characteristic of a fully psychedelic DMT experience.

How might meditation evoke the pineal DMT response?

Several meditative disciplines bring about an intense fine-tuning of attention and awareness; for example, one-pointed focus on the breath. The brain’s electrical activity, as measured by the electroencephalogram, reflects this synchronization, or bringing together of brain activity. Many studies have reported that experienced meditators produce brain wave patterns that are slower and better organized than those found in everyday awareness. The ‘deeper’ the meditation, the slower and stronger the waves…Such wave phenomena…establish wide-ranging and diffuse fields of influence. Objects within those fields vibrate sympathetically, or with the same frequency, a phenomenon called resonance

Now, to tie this all back in with David Bohm’s theory of an implicate order… and to tie back in with shamanic traditions of drinking DMT related concoctions, and “travelling” to “other places”, I think we may be on to something. I don’t think DMT is the only agent involved in the process of transport in and out, but I think its an important one.

Just some thoughts. I still have a number of chapters to go.

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