Researchers look at how sleep deprivation can impact cognition, information processing and memory. A new study reveals sleep deprived mice can demonstrate sleep like brain activity while awake.… READ MORE…
By Kelley Tatera
Dimethyltryptamine or DMT, often referred to as the “spirit molecule,” is one of the most intriguing psychedelic substances on Earth — not just because of the wild experiences reported by DMT users, but because there has been research that suggests it is produced in our own bodies.
DMT users have reported a wide variety of strangely unimaginable experiences, from communicating with aliens in other realms to distorted worldly things, like intelligent cacti and giant insects.
Terence McKenna, an ethnobotanist and psychonaut who experimented with the drug 30 to 40 times throughout his career, said in his book The Archaic Revival, “It was really the DMT that empowered my commitment to the psychedelic experience. DMT was so much more powerful, so much more alien, raising all kinds of issues about what is reality, what is language, what is the self, what is three-dimensional space and time, all the questions I became involved with over the next twenty years or so.”
McKenna, along with many others who have tried the drug, insists that the experience is so surreal that it cannot be accurately translated into words — “In other words, what DMT does can’t be downloaded into as low-dimensional a language as English,” describes McKenna.
You can check out a play-by-play of one of his DMT experiences here as McKenna describes a trip as it progresses from seconds to about seven minutes, but he says when the trip wraps up, it’s hard to remember it all. In an interview with the Bodhi Tree Bookstore, McKenna expressed how he believes DMT could play a role in dreaming, partially because “the way a dream melts away is the way a DMT trip melts away.”
However, McKenna is not alone in speculating that DMT has something to do with our dreams. Even further, there are speculations that DMT is released in our bodies when we’re born and when we die, but more work needs to be done to back up the possibility with solid science.
In 2013, researchers reported finding DMT in the pineal gland of rodents — the pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin (a hormone derived from serotonin) which affects sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. This study sparked the widespread assertion that DMT occurs in the human pineal gland and is released during dreams as well as at or shortly before birth and death, but the claim still needs to be scientifically verified with further research.
Dr. Rick Strassman, a Stanford University graduate with a specialization in psychiatry and psychopharmacology, is the torchbearer behind the idea that DMT is released when we are born and when we die. He took on a five year project to investigate the effects of DMT, and administered about 400 doses of the drug to nearly five dozen heavily pre-screened volunteers. Throughout his work, him and his team coined a new rating scale called the Hallucinogen Rating Scale (HRS), which has been widely accepted throughout the international research community — over 45 articles have documented its use as a solid instrument for measuring psychological effects.
Interestingly, based on his extensive research and observations, Dr. Strassman hypothesizes that when a person is approaching death or possibly even just in a dream state, the body releases relatively large amounts of DMT. The majority of his volunteers reported profound encounters with non-humans and deep spiritual experiences, and Dr. Strassman believes that DMT could explain some of the wild imagery described by survivors of near-death experiences as well as those recounting their dreams.
However, although this hypothesis has yet to be confirmed with scientific evidence, Strassman’s research did produce some striking facts about DMT.
In his book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, he writes that DMT “exists in all of our bodies and occurs throughout the plant and animal kingdoms. It is a part of the normal makeup of humans and other mammals; marine animals; grasses and peas; toads and frogs; mushrooms and molds; and barks, flowers, and roots.”
He continues, “Twenty-five years ago, Japanese scientists discovered that the brain actively transports DMT across the blood-brain barrier into its tissues. I know of no other psychedelic drug that the brain treats with such eagerness. This is a startling fact that we should keep in mind when we recall how readily biological psychiatrists dismissed a vital role for DMT in our lives. If DMT were only an insignificant, irrelevant by-product of our metabolism, why does the brain go out of its way to draw it into its confines?”
It goes without saying that DMT strikes interest not only based on the reports of the strange, vivid hallucinations induced by the drug, but to unravel the mystery of its true purpose within our brains.
Watch a quick explanation of DMT in less than three minutes:
N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT or N,N-DMT) is a tryptamine molecule which naturally occurs in many plants and animals. It can be consumed as a powerful psychedelic drug, historically prepared by various cultures for ritualistic and healing purposes. Rick Strassman labeled it the “spirit molecule”.
Do and Act what is entrusted to you to complete a task. There is power when you act.
Complain not for each one of us is given a choice to live and work as we wanted. At times, it takes time to reach our goals but each completed success lists each day is a step away to getting the one that you wanted, your dreams. Freedom comes with a responsibility and a sense of fulfillment. Time is our tool, use it well. Surround yourself with the right people who will help you reach your goal.
It is easy to say we want to be successful but the path is not easy, as we have to grow and learn from our mistakes.
Many stories abound. Many years ago migrant farmers toiled the US soil to find success. Their great grandchildren found it through education.
Many worked 4 jobs while studying, they found success years later.
Many started as a working student at age 19 and found what they like to do best and succeeded before they turn 25.
Life is colorful and full of bliss for those who work for others or for themselves. The business man has to put more than 15 hours to care for his business.
The workers has only 8 hours to labor and get the other hours free to choose what they love to do the most.
Create your own success, we are given a free will as humans.
Have a business to avail of the many tax deductions for a business owner. If you do not have one, I will help you own one for no capital and no experience but with full field training. Call Connie 408-854-1883 and also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are in-person orientation in 50 US states, one in SoCal in 5955 Desoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367 at University of Phoenix on April 5,one in LA on April 12 and this Saturday, March 29 at South San Francisco, 400 Oyster Point Blvd, Ste 120. Call Connie before these dates.
You will be surrounded by supportive team who will take you under their wings for guidance and be successful in helping families and businesses have a tax-free retirement savings plan with living benefits.
Through sweat and tears, they will go all the way to ensure your success. You become a family, you get promotions, expensive trips (free trip to Europe in 2015, a $15k value trip for two).
Are your dreams bigger than your fears? If yes, your success can be realized.
Do you put a deadline on your goals and dreams? If yes, you have taken the first step to success.
Are your WHYs in ensuring your success bigger than your pains? If yes, you have the motivation to succeed.
The only missing piece, is a mentor and a trainer to help you and we have a team to ensure that you will not fail in the business of helping others have a tax-free retirement savings plan.
Call Connie 408-854-1883 and email at email@example.com
I chose to talk and spend 30-min of my time with my daughter than 30 min of browsing through my smart phone.
I discovered her dreams, hopes, aspirations, plans for college and her worries that day.
I chose to listen to my daughter’s plan of majoring in education to be a teacher
Her artwork getting shown at the art museum in Los Gatos, out of the 800 entries
Of her selection about the environment and technology
Of her thoughts into water color of mixed orange, black, brown and green
Of her desire to spend more happy months during her last year in high school
Of her fears of leaving behind friends at school and start as freshman in college
Of her worries that her dad is not proud of her for not applying to any UC Universities
Of her dream to one day be a full pledge teacher touching lives of children
Of her plans to spend a month more as volunteer, teaching elementary students in violin and music
All these I would not have known about my daughter’s hopes, dreams and prayers had I spent 30 min browsing and using my cell phone.