The Spirit Molecule – DMT and Ayahuasca
DMT is a naturally occurring (in plants and humans (in the pineal gland)) compound that is a strong psychedelic. In his experiments giving DMT to volunteers Rick Strassman found that it allowed them to enter entirely different realms. These realms seem to be something akin to what you might imagine an alien or spirit world would be like. He documents his experiments in the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule. Is it the spirit molecule? He makes a compelling case in his book. It definitely has a profound effect on human consciousness. He has also released another book titled Inner Paths to Outer Space.
Here is a documentary about the experiments:
DMT is also the active substance in the Amazon magic potion ayahuasca. Pablo Amaringo was a peruvian shaman or healer and artist. In his art you can glimpse something of what the experience must be like. His paintings show a fantastically intricate weave of plant, animal and spiritual themes. Everything is alive and filled with spirit and intelligence. These visions came to him from the spirit of Ayahuasca. The shamans believe that aside from the Ayahuasca brew itself, the singing of the icaros or healing songs is the most important part of the experience. The spirit teaches the shamans these songs. Does this tool allow people to contact other consciousness or our own inner worlds and can it help us realize our spirits? Can we bring useful meaning from the visions?
Here are some of the visions Amaringo brought back from those worlds: