zaterdag 12 oktober 2013

DMT - the spirit molecule

Many of you likely recognized the above picture as the incredible work of Alex Grey. The original painting's name is "Dying", and is being used in this case as the cover of Dr. Rick Strassman's book "DMT: The Spirit Molecule".
Dimethyltryptamine is a naturally occurring hallicunogen. It is found within the human brain as well as many other mammals and plants and also in ayahuasca - a sacred Amazonian brew. Dimethyltryptamine is created during regular human metabolism by the enzyme tryptamine-N -methyltransferase. (Now this next part is going to get a little heady, but is important so please try to stay with me.)
Methylation simply refers to the replacing or substituting of an atom with a methyl group, which is actually a type of alkyl group utilizing the chemical formula CH3, generally occurring in organic compounds. Methylation is caused during human metabolism by tryptamine-N -methyltransferase, which is simply the enzyme responsible for catalyzing the methylation of tryptamine. Tryptamine is actually a monoamine alkaloid found in plants, fungi and animals. Trace amounts have also been discovered in the brains of mammals, including humans. Tryptamine is the backbone molecule for the collective compound group, Tryptamines. This group consists of many biological active compounds, of which neurotransmitters and psychedelic drugs are a part.
So we now see the natural origins of this compound, though we are still virtually unaware of its intended use in such a variety of species.
So Dimethyltryptamine is included in this Tryptamine group and has been said to possibly link to near-death and birth experiences, various spiritual states, concepts of enlightenment and prophecy, alien-abductions, as well as the similarities in prophetic Biblical texts. All of which describe DMT-like experiences.
" We also might treat conditions with deficits in psychological, rather
than only neurotransmitter, health, such as post-traumatic stress disorder,
drug and alcohol abuse, and the anguish and suffering associated
with terminal illness.
Post-traumatic stress disorder causes feeling of being trapped in the
past, endlessly rushing backward on a time machine toward horrible events.
Childhood physical and sexual abuse and exposure to natural and manmade
catastrophes are ever-increasing concerns in our society. Early
studies by psychedelic psychotherapy researchers explored these drugs'
use in post-traumatic conditions. Up until his recent death, the Dutch
psychiatrist Jan Bastiaans used psychedelic drugs to treat successfully
many difficult cases of concentration-camp survivor syndrome.4
Many people abuse drugs and alcohol in an attempt to resolve similarly
painful memories and emotions. Soon, however, complications of
substance abuse become more troubling than the initial problems."

" The implications of our research with DMT may make work with the
dying perhaps even more compelling. If DMT is released at the time of
death, then administering it to the living would provide a "dry run" for the
real thing. The letting go, the experience of consciousness existing independently
of the body, encountering a loving and powerful presence in
that state—all seemed to provide a powerful intimation of what happens
as the body drops away."
Terence McKenna DMT

"In addition to the treatment of clinical disorders, psychedelics could be
used to enhance characteristics of our normal state of being, such as creativity,
problem-solving abilities, spirituality, and so on. The research institute
I envision will carefully and responsibly take the lead in such
studies. This work may ultimately serve more people, and have greater
overall impact, than strictly pathology-based therapy projects.
We are seeing an ever-increasing availability of relatively sideeffect-
free antidepressants, sexual performance enhancers, stimulants,
and mood stabilizers. These new, easy-to-take chemical agents are forcing
us to reevaluate the risks and benefits involved in making us better
than average. Why not use psychedelics, too, for indications other than
treating the sick?
DMT elicited ideas, feelings, thoughts, and images our volunteers
said they never could have imagined. Psychedelics stimulate the imagination,
and thus they are logical tools to enhance creativity. The problems
facing our society and planet require the use of novel ideas as much as
new and more powerful technology."
Joe Rogan talks about DMT
DMT: Mysteries Unveiled
Joe Rogan ~ DMT Changes Everything
Too Much DMT - Terence McKenna
Alex Grey: My 1st DMT experience was very memorable
Graham Hancock - My 2 experiences on pure DMT were utterly terrifying

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