After completing his groundbreaking research chronicled in DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman, MD, was left with one fundamental question: 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? When his decades of clinical psychiatric research and Buddhist practice were unable to provide answers to this question, Strassman began searching for a more resonant spiritual model. He found that the visions of the Hebrew prophets 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 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, and unexpected directions for the evolution of contemporary spiritual practice.
©2014 Rick Strassman, M.D. (P)2015 Tantor
"Strassman lobbies hard for theoneurology, and along the way offers a wealth of examples and experiments that lend credence to the theory." (Publishers Weekly)
This is the most futile book I have ever read. After reading Strassman's 'The Spirit Molecule' and fighting through the turgid waffle of the first half of the book I concluded his ideas on DMT had enough merit to warrant buying another of his books. Hence, this.
The content is simple proselytisation, nothing more. The presumption that the Hebrew Bible is true in its entirety is followed by the most tenuous linkage with the DMT experience you could imagine. In fact, in many cases even the author can't make a connection between Biblical content and DMT states and ends up admitting this before going straight onto the next ridiculous comparison. What we have is five hours of impenetrable waffle followed by a similar duration of Bibilical quotations and references interspersed with snippets from his subjects' utterly unconnected DMT experiences.
All this is narrated by someone who sounds like the slow-witted audience favourite from an 80's US comedy series - you know, the guy who walks in after ten minutes looking confused to a surge of canned laughter.
I found listening to this book clear and enlightening. As someone who has a passion for the Hebrew text and an acceptance of God, but very little understanding of Dmt, I found Dr Strassman's ideas fascinating.
Is Dmt part of the answer to how God speaks to man? Can we utilise it along with Bible study to hear better God's message? and Should this state be made more widely a available? are all important questions raised in this book. For the most part and most impressive though is Dr Strassman's insights to how the Dmt drug induced state seems to bring about similar, but not as profound, experiences to thoso we read about in the Hebrew Bible. As alway read or listen with the windows of you heart and the doors of your mind open and it should prove useful.
"The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh"
Up front, I want to say that I used to be very religious and spent a lot of my time listening to the Bible be taught to me "Chapter by Chapter, and Verse by Verse" - at least 10 years of my life was very devoted to spending my time this way.
So, as Rick Strassman's book brings up this or that verse, it's old familiar territory for me. But, it's like going back to a house you grew up in - it's smaller than you remember.
The DMT experiences recounted by the test subjects, still fresh in my mind since I had just listened to DMT: The Spirit Molecule 5 days earlier, were attached to various verses in the Hebrew Bible (or the "Old Testament"), and the significance wasn't that much of an "aha!" for me and I must be missing the deep personal connection Rick Strassman is getting from putting these verses together with his research.
About halfway through the book, I couldn't stand it anymore and purchased some comedies, like a palate cleanser, just to get some fun back into my brain. Then I got Graham Hancock's book Supernatural - which heavily references Rick Strassman's research work as presented in DMT: The Spirit Molecule and does an excellent job in finding similarities and patterns throughout human history of humans experiencing and interacting with similar places and entities - although the names may change from fairies to aliens. Supernatural is a superb and brilliant work and is a fascinating listen.
And, yesterday I picked up where I left off in this new Rick Strassman book, back to old and sometimes contradictory biblical verses, and it was not a good listen.
After listening to Graham Hancock's brilliant observation of patterns of similarity in Supernatural as humans interacted throughout our evolutional history with other dimensions and entitites, this latest work by Rick Strassman paled and seemed to be missing something.
I really enjoyed DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But, not this book. Maybe I am not the right audience for this book . . . it was tough for Rick Strassman to pierce the force field of resentment toward religion that I now have. I realized I have a belief system in place that religion is limiting and controlling and as I listened to these old verses again, that belief system only got strengthened. And, I am trying not to operate under belief systems, so this book made me feel negative emotions - in particular . . . annoyed and irritated . . . and not at all did I feel as if I was learning anything interesting or new.
Plus, the narrator has a nice clear voice, but it sounded like a reading of a textbook or the voice used in those old films at school.
Sorry, this book is a "2" out of "5", but because I shouldn't let my personal negative feelings toward religion affect the rating, I am bumping it to a "3" all around.
"Kinda boring compared to first book"
Concepts in the book didn't resonate with me well, could have been done better in my opinion. Could just be personal bias though.
"After spending much of my life researching DMT"
I loved the detail and level of research that Strassman went into during this. Its what I was looking for in the last book!
I have had many experiences with DMT and have felt that It was a prophetic experience. It was nice to be able to take what he wrote and compare them to the accounts of the prophetic states in the Hebrew bible.
Amazingly well written! Great Job Rick!!!!
"Give it 5 chapters before you give up"
Didn't read the print version. But often audio books leave out epilogues or other important interviews that are left for end of the book.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was the narration. It adds a bit to the dry quality of the beginning text. In my opinion, non fiction books should be narrated by the author. Narrators who read mostly fiction add unneeded and annoying inflection to the text, as well as mispronouncing important words. However, I would rather listen to this book with this narrator than not at all.
The beginning chapters laying the foundation for the rest of the book and explores his previous book DMT: The Spirit Molecule a bit. It is a bit dry and sometimes tedious. However, by chapter 5, the story picks up and becomes quite interesting. Discussions of Buddhism, Shamanism, and New Age thought as well as religious thinking is explored. Rick has grown and is more expansive in his experience and thinking now than he was during DMT: The Spirit Molecule. This is a thought provoking book.
"Well said. DMT and biblical events."
The narator spoke greatly. I was able to follow along with the reading smoothly and with understanding. The author does a great job at expressing the wisdom and knowledge that he is gained over the years with his studies on DMT and the soul. agape
"Not the Spirit Molecule"
if they were exploring the religious side of DMT
There is no link to DMT and prophecy.
It's possible that the Prophets of the Bible had some exposure to psychedelics. But which ones cant be proved.
"very thick, not much oractucle, and lots of specu"
lots of speculation. and many correlations drawn, but ni real causations, do youeself a favir and read his first book. this ine isnt for anyone who is nit an academic
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