It is an inspiring documentary written and directed by Mitch Schultz in 2011 and inspired by Rick Strassman’s book DMT: The Spirit Molecule: A Doctor’s Revolutionary Research into the Biology of Near-Death and Mystical Experiences.
The book reveals and analyses Strassman’s clinical research into DMT, a plant-derived substance which is also produced by the brain. In humans, it is considered that it is produced in the tiny pineal gland, which is situated deep within the brain. Its location in the brain corresponds with Eastern Ayurvedic traditions of the third eye chakra (or Ajna chakra).
In reptiles, the pineal gland is a light sensitive organ, and though this function has been lost in humans, it has been referred to as the „third eye”. Descartes called it the „seat of the soul”, and in modern times it has been a focal point of consciousness research.
DMT or Dimethyltryptamine is a psychedelic compound of the tryptamine family. Since this compound resembles the basic structure of neurotransmitters, when ingested DMT is able to cross the human blood-brain-barrier, allowing it to act as a potent hallucinogenic drug that dramatically affects human consciousness.
As such this is one of the most thought-provoking studies on altered states and the nature of consciousness. The volunteers reported an amazing array of positive mystical or frightening hallucinatory experiences including encounters with intelligent entities.
„A dazzling journey through psychedelic drug experimentation and a tantalizing peek into a new model of how the brain and mind work. Strassman’s research points toward a physiological basis for the spirit and its interaction with the human body; his data suggests that our brain chemistry allows us access to other realms of existence just when we need it most, and his story recounts both the dangers and promises of entering this brave new world.” – Bruce Greyson’s quote, Editor, Journal of Near-Death Studies about Rick Strassman’s book.
DMT: The Spirit Molecule synopsis:
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 interesting compound and far-reaching theories regarding its role in human consciousness.