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Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys to Alien Worlds through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies (English Edition) par [Strassman M.D., Rick, Slawek, M.D. Wojtowicz, Luis Eduardo, Ph.D. Luna, Ede, M.D. Frecska]
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From Chapter 12

The Sacred Voyage

Beyond Science Fiction?

Slawek Wojtowicz


How many of us realize that a wide spectrum of uniquely human activities has its roots in altered states of consciousness? Origins of all religions, art (going all the way back to cave paintings created thirty thousand to forty thousand years ago), spiritual and shamanic healing, and even the creation of civilization itself can be traced back to altered-state-of-consciousness experiences. Even the history of science gives us plenty of examples of inspiration that come from beyond consensus reality.
One well-known instance is the story of the organic molecule known as benzene. The formula of benzene (C6H6) mystified scientists who could not figure out its structure. German chemist Friedrich August von Kekulé, who laid the groundwork for the modern structural theory in organic chemistry, came up with a solution that provided a satisfactory explanation. In 1861, after years of studying carbon bonding, benzene, and related organic molecules, he had a dream of whirling snakes in which he saw one of the snakes seizing its own tail. He woke up with a start. He’d experienced the “Eureka!” moment that gave him the structure of benzene--which is made up of a ring of carbon atoms. In 1929 the ringlike nature of benzene was confirmed by the eminent crystallographer Kathleen Lonsdale. Another more recent story is that of Francis Crick, who reportedly came up with the double-helix structure of DNA--the most significant biological discovery of the twentieth century--while under the influence of LSD. That discovery won him the Nobel Prize (shared with James Watson).
By now it should be clear that psychedelics can produce an astounding variety of experiences--from meetings with aliens and time travel to journeys into the spirit world and mystical revelation. Yet is there an internally consistent explanation that can make sense of these experiences? Interestingly, both mystical religions and modern quantum physics seem to agree concerning the true nature of reality: Time and space are just constructs of human consciousness created by our minds. The reality we perceive as solid and independent doesn’t really exist on its own; it is simply a projection emanating from our minds. Some call it Maya, a dream, an illusion, and others describe it as a full-immersion movie that’s better than the one that could be experienced on a holodeck in Star Trek.
Is it possible that we live in a dream world or, to use more modern terminology, in a very sophisticated virtual reality simulation? As Rick Strassman has hypothesized here, DMT may be the molecule that is responsible for maintaining the illusion in which we live. Those who are science-fiction fans won’t be shocked by this supposition. Similar concepts have been explored thoroughly in science-fiction novels and in movies such as The Matrix, Waking Life, and eXistenZ.2 Since we are the source of the dream, it appears so real and familiar to us that we cannot even tell that it’s just a dream.
This is an idea that many of us may have a great deal of difficulty accepting. It is the strange dynamic between the relative and the absolute that is perhaps one of the ways DMT and similar endogenous molecules play a role in our lives. At the deepest, spiritual level of awareness, this reality is some sort of weird projection. Yet where most of us are most of the time--even the most enlightened among us--is the relative everyday level that we need to learn to negotiate as skillfully as possible.
The biggest illusion of all is that we appear to be separate, individual beings. Mystics across all religions agree that there is only one actor playing all the parts in this virtual reality movie. That actor is God, the same one who is responsible for the creation of our universe. He is you and me as well as all other sentient beings. The mind of the Divine forms the essence of our own mind. Therefore, when we learn how to unite with the Source, we will know how to reach across time and space--anywhere in the universe--simply by looking deep within.
Each of us being able to open the doors in our mind that lead to the entire universe is a much more incredible and exciting notion than any science-fiction story! So how do we do this? Most of those who use psychedelics sporadically don’t learn how to control access to these gateways: lacking the training and proper preparation, they stumble through their psychedelic experiences and don’t know how to return to a particular location they visited once before. Notable exceptions include shamans and yogis. Their specialty is exploration of other realities. They learn how to access and travel in these regions safely; they make maps of alien realms and pass this knowledge to apprentices, from generation to generation.
Becoming a shaman requires first awakening from the dream in which we all are immersed. But what exactly does it mean to be awake? Do we really have to take the red pill, like Neo in The Matrix, to awaken and learn what’s real and what’s not?
Mystical religions tell us that the root of all unhappiness and suffering is our ignorance concerning the nature of reality. We suffer because we chase after certain illusions (such as sex, money, fame, and power), and we are afraid of others (death is a good example!) because we think they are real. The prerequisite for awakening is a personal experience of the true nature of reality--it is not enough to hear or read about it or believe that we live in a dream. Psychedelics can provide exactly that: firsthand experience of other otherwise unseen realities. It is essential to experience these firsthand, but, to awaken truly, we must transcend ourselves--to become more than our sense of a separate self. In fact, we all are on a spiritual path, even if some of us don’t yet realize it.

Revue de presse

“Those who regularly navigate the hyperspatial landscape that some have called the ‘tryptamine dimension’ have long suspected that the portals to inner and outer space may be one and the same. This book, a collaboration of the most cutting-edge shaman/neuroscientists working in this field, boldly explores this concept in a stunning tour de force.” (Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., coauthor with Terence McKenna of The Invisible Landscape)

“The profoundest inquiries into the nature of reality and the mystery of consciousness are made possible by the psychedelics and other spiritual technologies explored in this astonishing, groundbreaking, and utterly revolutionary book. Written by the maestros of the field, it is exactly the right book at exactly the right time. I found it gripping, thought-provoking, incredibly informative, and--on top of all that--a hugely enjoyable read.” (Graham Hancock, author of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind and Fingerprin)

"This highly unusual book, Inner Paths to Outer Space, takes readers on a journey through the world of psychedelic drugs and other obscure paths to reach into our consciousness and then out of ourselves to journey to places unknown." (WomensRadio)

"This book is a stellar overview of the latest in psychedelic theory. . . . Having this book is like getting your hands on the hottest underground philosophy book. It dares to link science and religion directly--not some wishy washy pseudo-theory, but hard evidence linking science and religion via psychedelics. . . . High recommended!" (David Kerr, reviewer, May 08)

" . . . this book raises many fundamental questions about the nature of reality that have barely been asked in the scientific community, let alone answered, and I strongly urge all researchers of consciousness to read it." (David Luke, The Beckley Foundation, Oxford, UK, March 2009)

"This book is an eye and mind opening exploration into a field that has been forced underground. The four writers give unique insights into the traditions of shamanism and psychedelic drug use. Taking a scholarly approach without being dry or in any way biased, Inner Paths to Outer Space succeeds on many levels." (Chard Currie, New Dawn, No. 114, May-June 2009)

"Medical clinicians to literary scholars should read this book. . . . This work is so interesting that it is difficult to stop experiencing it. It leaves the perceiver wanting more as the subjects of this text are of quintessential importance to the human psyche. This book should be the paradigm for texts concerned with mystical themes; as it is not delimiting, and all of its authors do not pejoratively misrepresent transcendent human themes." (Dr. Ron Shane, reviewer, July 2009)

"A remarkably interesting work, Inner Paths to Outer Space has pulled together a collection of threads into a theoretically grounded framework and although many of the ideas are, admittedly, speculative, the authors field an extremely well-structured argument. An important read for anyone with an interest in sci-fi, shamanism, and psychedelic consciousness and a great addition to the literature." (Psychedelic Press, UK, Feb 2010)

“Outside of its more fantastic claims, Inner Paths to Outer Space is valuable for explaining the human propensity for spirituality on basic, cellular level. The drive to experience the mysterious springs at the heart of all great religious traditions, and delight in the mystery is revealed in the passion the authors have for their subject and in the beautiful visionary art the book also showcases. Highly recommended.” (Leni Hester, BBI Media: Witches & Pagans, September 2011)

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Ok, on a positive note, I guess that if you are completely new to psychedellics and theories related to them it might make a good introductory read. However for people familiar with the holographic brain theory, Tim Leary's work, etc will find nothing new here, just a rehash of older hippie concepts that are no closer to actually being proven today than they were 40 years ago.

In case you were hoping for a "DMT: The Spirit Molecule pt.II", you will be dissapointed. Personally I was hoping for an answer to Strassman's own question "If so, so what?" having noticed that ALL the people involved in his initial study, after having an initial wow moment basically went back to their normal lives again.

But this book conveniently omits to answer (or even to ask) this question and prefers to embark on a bunch of new age pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo (especially the chapters writren by Ede Frecska) with absolutely no proof whatsoever to back those theories, making you wonder how could they actually keep a straight face when ostentively pushing their MD and PhD credentials just about everywhere on the book.

After all, Tim Leary already proved in the 70s that simply hiding behind a fancy university degree when doing sloppy research not only discredits their own work but psychedellic research as a whole.
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This book is well written and well documented. A good synthesis on the complexities of the mind and the relation with "reality", however deep its definition.
Amazon only mentions Rick Strassman as the author but the contribution of Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna and Dr. Ede Frecska, as well as Dr. Wojtowicz are crucial to the book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific, especially if you are new to this topic 1 juin 2011
Par Ken Korczak - Publié sur
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I realize that some folks, including a couple of reviewers here who awarded just a single star, might be disappointed in this book after finding a lot of material they had already read before, or at least were familiar with.

However, I am going to go ahead an award this four stars because anyone who is confronting this kind of information for the first time should find this a 5-star read.

It's important to point out that Dr. Rick Strassman is not the only or even the primary author of this book. Also included are Slawek Wojtowicz, M.D., Ede Frecksa, M.D. and Luis Eduardo Luna, Ph.D.

I am familiar with the work of Strassman, and I did find some of his material here "nothing new" for the most part; however, the essays of the other writers, especially Frecksa, was for me a new look at the nature of consciousness, and especially the possible quantum structure of the brain on the nano-scale. Extremely interesting.

For people who have never before heard about or read about the deeper implications of hallucinogenic compounds, synthetic or natural, on the nature of reality and consciousness, this book will be nothing less than an amazing revelation.

Most of the material has a high scientific and academic standard, though it sometimes does get a little "New Agey" here and there -- but that's okay. All in all, a fascinating collection of the writings of distinguished researchers which I am happy to recommend.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great collection of insights! 1 août 2013
Par Ebsmelb - Publié sur
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This is my first Amazon review and the book is definitely worth taking some time to share my thoughts.

After having watched the Spirit Molecule documentary, I was interested to delve deeper into the possibility of accessing unseen worlds and challenge my concept of consciousness.

The book covered a broad range of topics relevant to psychedelic journeys, which made me even more interested in acquiring additional knowledge on the subject.

At times, I felt that I didn't want to entertain the implications of some of the inferences drawn by the authors to save my sanity. Particularly, the reptilian humanoid creatures that appeared in some cosmonaut anecdotes who gave the impression that they had been expecting them.

Overall, a great collection of works by credible and great minds.

A highly recommended read for those brave enough to start testing their basic assumptions about reality.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 There was a flash and my body started trying to walk through walls. 24 février 2015
Par gnóstis tis mía anýparkti - Publié sur
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This book is phenominal! It explores various ways the DMT experience may relate to the world beyond the tripper. Most facinating to me was the explanation of how the cytoskeletal structures in the neurons may function as quantum computers providing an interface between quantum reality and the human biochemical system! This is compelling, they address the heavy criticism this theory has faced by stating the obvious electric eels dont follow the necessary mechanical process for generating electricity and so there is no reason to think a biological naturally occuring quantum computer would be bound by the constraints of mechanical quantum computers to function. The theory does present a rather beautiful description of how perceiving organisms may navigate quantum existence with all its possibility vectors and ambiguity.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Transcending our Understanding of Consciousness 28 juillet 2009
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This book is not your typical "stoner type" purporting the transcendent information that can be rendered from the adventures that are experienced when utilizing the ontological (as I like to call them) technologies of entheogens; some may be relieved, but do not get comfortable yet, because what this is, is your SCHOLARLY and EXPERT types purporting the transcendent information that can be rendered from the adventures that are experienced when utilizing the ontological technologies of entheogens. I have to say that I am elated to see scholars that actually utilize theirs credentials to go against the grain of the Establishment and pursue something that is novel and innovative, rather than adhering fervently to what they have been spoon fed from textbooks; it is indeed those individuals that push the paradigm of what is conventional, and that fringe screams the taboos that shatter the virgin ears of those drones that wish to adhere to what they have been assigned-the ideological war begins.

This book is not all about drug induced altered states of consciousness; it digs down deep into the ontology of the human race and what it means to be sentient beings. The book itself should be considered as an essential piece of literature for developing a canon on this subject. The previous statement may cause some religious right wing fundamentalist to go ape-sh**, but this book has such a high level of ontological (a term I use to replace spiritual) resonance that it cannot be denied that level of vindication. This is beyond cogent in the defense of altered states of consciousness; the philosophical depth of this book is transcendent of measurement.

The book is presented in parts and is obviously a joint effort. The initial section is a series of chapters that is an overview of Strassman's scientific work from the FEDERALLY (yeah, Big Brother authorized it) sanctioned experiments with dimethyltryptamine, and his perspective on the nature of DMT. The second phase is a collection of chapters that brings forward an anthropological perspective of DMT and its use in indigenous tribes from Luis Eduardo Luna derived form his decades of studies with the substance, or substances containing it. Luna gives a detailed list of expectations and executions all deduced from his experience, after which he goes into a pontification of magic mushrooms. The third section of the book is navigated by Ede Freska which is, by my interpretation, the spear tip of book. His beginnings are that of the prototypical Eastside/Westside pitting that we see in similar subject matter of this stature that also interlaces the ideological turf war of Science vs. Intuition. Then he walks you through the study of plant consciousness (which I found really intriguing) and alludes to the level of consciousness in animals as well. Freska also delves into the Sitchin and von Daniken ancient astronaut theories and other perspective of the "gods" with a new perspective that I believe is quite tenable with the correlations of modern mythology and that of the archaic period. Lastly, we are introduced to Slawek Wojtowicz and he brings forward perspectives on past life regressions and draws forth interpretations of reality by utilizing our very fortuitously prophetic science-fiction.

It bewilders me that science has been tweaking the chemicals of the brain utilizing pharmaceuticals and society accepts this due to the "experts-and-corporations-know-best" attitude, which obviously by now is insidious, but when one inquires to use a natural plant that our human culture has been experiencing for thousands of years, possibly eons, in his/her own home to journey on an introspective panorama of his/her psyche then we must sound the alarms and release the hounds!

The one thing that should be served as a caveat is that if you have no experiential overlap here then you will think all of this is quite devoid of any credibility, especially when you get to the section of Strassman's portion of the book called "Subjective Effects". LOL! If you have never experienced any of this you will be like "WTF?!"

By far, the most prudent aspect of this book is the fact that scholars are coming out of the closet in support of the profound information that can be extracted from these very surreal, but real, experiences.

The book itself is a trip, but without the DMT.

* The book also has three intermissions about every third of it that has a collection of some very eccentric and abstract art (of which I will be purchasing some copies of).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must Read 17 février 2014
Par ShamusAD - Publié sur
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Tackles questions raised by the psychedelic experience from a rational, scientific viewpoint. Strassman's contributions are particularly wonderful, but the whole book had me taking notes and ordering more material to further enrich the knowledge contained in this excellent collection of essays. So glad this is the first book I read to begin preparing for a journey of my own.
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