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DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

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What does it mean that DMT, a simple chemical naturally found in all of our bodies, instantaneously opens us to an interactive spirit world that feels more real than our own world?

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When his decades of clinical psychiatric research and Buddhist practice were unable to provide answers to this question, Rick Strassman began searching for a more resonant spiritual model. He found that the visions of the Hebrew prophets - such as Ezekiel, Moses, Adam, and Daniel - were strikingly similar to those of the volunteers in his DMT studies. Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a "prophetic state of consciousness" and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect.

Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls "theoneurology." Theoneurology bridges biology and spirituality by proposing that the Divine communicates with us using the brain, and DMT - whether naturally produced or ingested - is a critical factor in such visionary experience. This model provides a counterpoint to "neurotheology," which proposes that altered brain function simply generates the impression of a Divine-human encounter.

Theoneurology addresses issues critical to the full flowering of the psychedelic drug experience. Perhaps even more important, it points the way to a renewal of classical prophetic consciousness, the soul of Hebrew Bible prophecy, as well as unexpected directions for the evolution of contemporary spiritual practice.

"People interested in DMT, hallucinogens, spirituality, monotheistic religion, Buddhism, consciousness studies, and philosophy will find this book stimulating. I commend Strassman for his bold attempt to bridge science and religion, thereby risking attack from both sides. This is the kind of book that will advance knowledge... A deep and intense study outside the usual boundaries of education."       ~Jeremy Narby

"This engagingly written book will be of interest to those with primary interest in religious experience as well as those with primary interest in psychedelic experience and altered states of consciousness."      ~Roland R. Griffiths, Ph.D., Professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, Johns Hopkins

"Not since Huxley’s landmark The Doors of Perception has such a profound treatise emerged exploring the nexus of consciousness, the brain, and mind-altering substances. Strassman accomplishes this tour de force by wisely inverting the vector of the field of neurotheology to that of theoneurology. This book exemplifies rigorous science and keen historical analysis and is a significant contribution to human welfare. A delight to read, a sparkling exercise in clarity."      ~Larry Dossey, M.D.

"From its inception, the psychedelic community has struggled to balance hedonism with idealism, and it appears to me that over the last several decades, hedonism has come out ahead as the primary motivation to use these compounds. Among those taking psychedelic drugs for their spiritual properties, most are partial to Eastern religious or Latin American shamanic models rather than Western biblical ones. There is strong resistance to the suggestion that the Hebrew Bible, particularly with its concept of God, might aid in the development of a cogent psychedelic spirituality. I believe that here, too, just the opposite is the case, and hope to use my extensive background in the psychedelic research field to buttress this notion...

While the psychedelic community may object to the God- and Hebrew Bible– oriented perspective of this book, they nevertheless are one of my target audiences. This group possesses a relatively inchoate and inarticulate view of these drugs’ spiritual potential. Therefore, I wish to demonstrate to such prospective readers how the notion of Hebrew Bible prophecy, with its familiar vocabulary, concepts, and narratives, provides a viable, culturally and psychologically compatible alternative to Latin American shamanic and Eastern religious systems."

Rick Strassman, M.D., is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and president and cofounder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation. From 1990 to 1995 he performed the first new human studies with psychedelic drugs in the United States in more than 20 years, focusing on the powerful, naturally occurring compound DMT.

Author Strassman, M.D., Rick
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 352 pp.
Publisher Park Street Press 2014
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