Rick J. Strassman
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Inner Paths to Outer Space (2008) by Ede Frecska,
Luna, Rick Strassman, and Slawek Wojtowicz
An investigation into experiences of other realms
of existence and contact with otherworldly beings
Examines how contact with alien life-forms can be
obtained through the “inner space” dimensions of our minds
Presents evidence that other worlds experienced through
consciousness-altering technologies are often as real as those perceived
with our five senses
Correlates science fiction’s imaginal realms with
For thousands of years, voyagers of inner space--spiritual
seekers, shamans, and psychoactive drug users--have returned from their
inner imaginal travels reporting encounters with alien intelligences.
Inner Paths to Outer Space presents an innovative examination of how
we can reach these other dimensions of existence and contact otherworldly
beings. Based on their more than 60 combined years of research into the
function of the brain, the authors reveal how psychoactive substances such
as DMT allow the
brain to bypass our five basic senses to unlock a multidimensional realm
of existence where otherworldly communication occurs. They contend that
our centuries-old search for alien life-forms has been misdirected and
that the alien worlds reflected in visionary science fiction actually
mirror the inner space world of our minds. The authors show that these
“alien” worlds encountered through altered states of human awareness,
either through the use of psychedelics or other methods, possess a sense
of reality as great as, or greater than, those of the ordinary awareness
perceived by our five senses.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule -- A Doctor's Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical
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.
plant-derived chemical found in the psychedelic Amazon brew,
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
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 "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.
The Spirit Molecule Film
The Spirit Molecule weaves an
account of Dr. Rick Strassman's
groundbreaking DMT research through a multifaceted approach to this
intriguing hallucinogen found in the human brain and hundreds of
plants. Utilizing interviews with a variety of experts to explain
their thoughts and experiences with DMT within their respective
fields, and discussions with Strassman’s research volunteers brings to
life the awesome effects of this compound, and far-reaching theories
regarding its role in human consciousness.
Several themes explored include possible roles for endogenous DMT; its
theoretical role in near-death and birth experiences, alien-abduction
experiences; and the uncanny similarities in Biblical prophetic texts
describing DMT-like experiences. Our expert contributors offer a
comprehensive collection of information, opinions, and speculation
about indigenous use of DMT, the history and future of psychedelic
research, and current DMT research. All this, to help us understand
the nature of the DMT experience, and its role in human society and
The subtle combination of science, spirituality, and philosophy within
the film’s approach sheds light on an array of ideas that could
considerably alter the way humans understand the universe and their
relationship to it.
LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process: Based on the Groundbreaking Research of Oscar Janiger, M.D.
(2003) by Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Oscar Janiger with a forward by
This book presents for the first time the results of one of the longest
clinical studies of LSD ever undertaken and explores their implications
regarding LSDs influence on creativity, imagination, and spirituality.
In 1954 a Los Angeles psychiatrist began experimenting with a then new
chemical discovery known as LSD-25. Over an eight-year period Dr. Oscar
Janiger gave LSD-25 to more than 950 men and women, ranging in age from 18
to 81 and coming from all walks of life. In this book, the authors examine
the intriguing data collected during those trials, as well as follow-up
studies done forty years later.
Author Marlene Dobkin de Rios, a medical anthropologist who has studied the
use of hallucinogens in tribal and third world societies, considers the
spiritual implications of these findings, comparing them with the
experiences of indigenous groups that employ psychoactive substances in
their religious ceremonies. The book also examines the nature of the
creative process as influenced by psychedelics and includes artwork and
poetry from the original experiment sessions, allowing the reader to
personally witness LSDs impact on creativity. The groundbreaking studies
recounted in LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process depict an important
moment in the history of consciousness and reveal the innate creativity of
Hallucinogens: A Reader (2002) by
It's been forty years since
Timothy Leary sat beside a
swimming pool in Cuernavaca, Mexico, ingested several grams of the genus Stropharia cubensis, and experienced a dazzling display of visions that led
him to herald the dawning of a New Age. And yet, from the counterculture
movement of the 1960s, through the War on Drugs, to this very day, the world
at large has viewed
hallucinogens not as a gift but as a threat to society.
In Hallucinogens, Charles Grob
surveys recent writings from Donald M.
Glenn H. Shepard,
Myron J. Stolaroff,
Ralph Metzner, Rick J.
Strassman, Roger Walsh,
Terence McKenna, and
Thomas Riedlinger -- illustrating
that a reevaluation of the social worth of hallucinogens-used
intelligently-is greatly in order.
Entheogens and the Future of Religion
(1997), Robert Forte, ed.
Exciting book on the spiritual benefits of the
especially to our society. Essays by
Albert Hofmann, Alexander Shulgin, Ann Shulgin,
Dale Pendell, Eric Sterling, Jack Kornfield, R. Gordon Wasson,
Rick J. Strassman, Robert Jesse,
Thomas Riedlinger, and
Thomas B. Roberts.
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