DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman M.D

DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences by Rick Strassman M.D

Author:Rick Strassman M.D. [Strassman M.D., Rick]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Tags: Psychology/Mysticism
ISBN: 9781594779732
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Published: 2000-11-30T13:00:00+00:00

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Contact Through the Veil: 2

This chapter will describe two of the most complex cases of contact with beings we saw in our New Mexico research. While qualitatively similar to the reports we read in the previous chapter, they stand out by virtue of their detail and intensely personal meaning to the volunteers, Rex and Sara. Their stories exemplify how far DMT, the spirit molecule, can take us into worlds and vistas that we cannot begin to imagine. These particular sessions are the full blooming of this absolutely unexpected and profound series of experiences.

They also left me feeling confused and concerned about where the spirit molecule was leading us. It was at this point that I began to wonder if I was getting in over my head with this research. The experiences were such that my models of the mind, the brain, and reality started seeming too limited to absorb and hold the nature of what volunteers like Rex and Sara were undergoing. They also caused me to start wondering how adequately we were able to support, understand, and help our volunteers integrate these otherworldly experiences. Were we opening up Pandora’s box? How were volunteers going to live their lives from that point on, after having experienced such an inexplicable but certain reality? What could we tell them that would ease their confusion?

Sara was DMT-34 and Rex was DMT-42. By the time they volunteered for the studies, more than two and a half years after the DMT project began, we had gained a familiarity, albeit an uneasy one, with tales of encounters with intelligent life-forms. If their sessions had taken place earlier in the research, we might not have been as supportive of their telling, nor learned the level of detail we did.

Rex’s and Sara’s sessions may have been so extraordinary because they quickly suspended their disbelief and shock when the spirit molecule threw open the doors to the unseen worlds and introduced them to the inhabitants of those places. They both had been through a lot in their lives and were remarkably able to keep their wits about them in stressful and frightening circumstances. They entered those types of situations trying to learn everything they could from them, disregarding nothing, accepting as much as they possibly could.

Rex was forty years old when he volunteered for our studies. While in the armed services, he had taken some PCP, or angel dust, thinking it was THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The resulting psychosis landed him in a psychiatric hospital for a week. He had gone to college for several years, but financial hardship and homelessness ended his studies. He suffered an episode of depression after a divorce in his twenties. Despite these setbacks, his current emotional health was good, and we had few concerns about his ability to manage our studies.

Rex was a rugged-looking fellow, but he was much more mild-mannered than he appeared. His dark eyes, hair, and mustache were accentuated by his pale skin. He was the only volunteer who referred to me more often as “Dr.



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