DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine), also known as "The Spirit Molecule" and "The God Molecule," is a chemical that is found in living things (both plants and mammals). It is a powerful "entheogen," which is a psychoactive substance that induces a spiritual experience. It is thought that DMT may be used by our brain when we dream, and particularly when we die. Some say it is the root chemical catalyst for consciousness. The DMT receptors in our brain are thought to be in the pineal gland and it is perhaps no mistake that the Hebrew word for "face of God" is Penuel (פְּנוּאֵל). DMT is produced in many species of plants and mammals, sometimes in conjunction with its close chemical relatives 5-MeO-DMT and bufotenin (5-OH-DMT). It has been extracted from plants in many cultures for many of years, and when ingested, it allows people to enter the spirit realm and interact with spirits, entities, angels and even God. Some scholars, such as Joel Bakst, believe DMT is the blood, or specifically, the spirit of "Metatron." Metatron is thought to be the interface between the physical and the divine. Many Christians have encouintered the "cube of Metatron" and Metatron himself when in the spirit. Some mentoring videos that cover Metatron's cube by Mike Parsons (a well-respected Pastor and teacher) can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlh5vjc-jOvVETh4uApjo1UAy8zTZgV3-. When people take psychedelics (e.g. DMT, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, etc.) the first thing they usually report is seeing visuals of this cube, fractals or other related sacred geometry. With higher doses, people usually report being able to blast through this "door" and explore other dimensions and diverse realities. These types of experiences are thought to have led to the designs on "magic" carpets (e.g. Persian carpets) and Mandalas (" any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.") Apparently all (two-dimensional) mandalas are representations of a three-dimensional place (e.g. a temple) in the multiverse of other dimensions. For example, some monks visit and memorize dozens of these mandalas and in a trance, they will create them with colored sand.
Historically, DMT has been consumed by indigenous Amazonian Indian cultures in the form of ayahuasca for divinatory and healing purposes. DMT, like most psychedelics, is not addictive/has no withdrawal syndrome, typically has no other side effects, and is not toxic. The effects only last 5-15 minutes but it is quite powerful in it's effect. DMT is very similar in structure of the active chemical (psilocin/psilocybin) in active/psychedelic mushrooms (aka magic mushrooms). Magic mushrooms are also not addictive, have no withdrawal syndrome, typically have no other side affects, are not toxic, and the effect lasts 1-3 hours. There are many books and documentaries (e.g. DMT: The Spirit Molecule) on the topic of DMT.
DMT is illegal in most countries and DMT is classified in the United States as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. However, it is legal to use in the U.S. through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) at the União do Vegetal and Santo Daime churches as religious ayahuasca ceremonies. A church in Washington was shut down in 2016 but is apparently seeking to be legally instated.
I do not recommend DMT as a way to see in the spirit but it is one way to potentially explore the spirit realm. With high doses, one will typically encounter various types of spiritual entities. Widely reported entities include what are called "machine elves" and entities that look like a praying mantis. These entities can be benevalent, malevalent or neutral. You may see God, angels, demons and everything inbetween.FOOTNOTES:
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2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala. Accessed November 15, 2017.
3. McKenna, Dennis J.; Towers, G.H.N.; Abbott, F. (April 1984). "Monoamine oxidase inhibitors in South American hallucinogenic plants: tryptamine and β-carboline constituents of ayahuasca". Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 10 (2): 195–223. doi:10.1016/0378-8741(84)90003-5. ISSN 0378-8741. PMID 6587171.SUGGESTED RESOURCES:
Peeranormal Podcast on Entheogens (2017) - A panel of Christians read some articles and evaluate entheogen experiences from a Christian point of view, but all without personal experience. The panel feels that the sense of oneness with all and Eastern thought are essentially attempts of the enemy to distract us from Christ, and they link DMT with the spirit of pharmakia. They don't think the experiences are valuble because they read an article or study that said the experiences didn't change the behavior of a group who tried it. They also feel it is numbing the brain and essentially stopping it from working properly, so it should be rejected. However, I feel we are physically a bag of chemicals and DMT is clearly already one of those chemicals. DMT is just a tool and doesn't link us to a spirit of pharmakia automatically. That's like saying every tool used in a occult ritual is inherently bad (e.g. a plant or a lighter). However, I agree that DMT would not be a positive experience for most Christians. Many would be scared or have a "bad trip." Others not well grounded would be deceived into substance monism as discussed. Others would open themselves through this experience to the demonic and although Christians can't be possessed, they can certainly become demonized. I was glad to hear this panel supports medicinal marijuana as it clearly has merit. I was also glad to hear the concept of intent brought up. Overall, it was somewhat frustrating to hear them speculate and make uneducated conclusions. In the end, they do not voice their conclusions but rather discuss the topic of the next episode. Not very informative but at least it is getting discussed.
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