DMT, THE SPIRIT MOLECULE
Nicknamed the “spirit molecule” DMT, or as it’s empirically known, dimethyltryptamine has traversed endearing elements of cultural influence throughout the modern world.
Its composed sister, ayahuasca, has presumably been used for centuries by dozens of Amazonian cultures. But in Western culture, DMT was only first synthesised by a Canadian chemist, Richard Manske, in 1931.
DMT was also discovered by microbiologist, Oswaldo Gonçalves de Lima, to be a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in small concentrations in various plants, mammals and even the human brain.
Capable of producing radical shifts in consciousness, many scientists and psychedelic researchers have questioned the potential of the drug’s spiritual effects. But since centuries have passed throughout its use, psychedelic science has only just begun making phenomenal developments on DMT.
2021 research published by the University of Greenwich analysed the experiences of 36 seasoned DMT psychonauts. 40 – 75 mg of DMT was administered to each participant and each was questioned about their experience.
“Invariably, profound and highly intense experiences occurred,” wrote the study authors, explaining 94 per cent of subjects reported breakthrough encounters with otherworldly “beings.” Moreover, 100 per cent of the participants reported that their experience connected them with “another world.”
The section of the study labelled “Distinguishing Features of DMT,” analysed the “otherwordly beings” that appeared in almost all of the studied DMT trips.
“It seems that there is virtually no single experiential feature of the above thematised DMT experience which cannot be found in either the alien abduction, faerie lore or shamanic, especially ayahuasca, experience,” the study authors wrote.
Entities that the study subjects encountered were described with a vast array of features. While one presented cartoonish and clown-like characteristics, another was said to mimic a “multidimensional moth structure.”
Others had serpentine, octopoid, and insectoid qualities. While most were described as humanoid, subjects also reported run-ins with “dancing lattices” and “sentient geometries.”
Pascal Michael, one of the study authors, wrote “All psychoactive chemicals are enthralling just by virtue of their being able to manipulate the mind via their molecular mechanisms — but DMT is especially so, because of just how quickly and dramatically it can transform almost everything about one’s conscious experience.”
Regardless of how the beings appeared, most subjects believed they were “kind” in nature and held pure intentions. Many even saw them as teachers or guides.
“These meetings were also overwhelmingly positive, with over half of participants conveying the entities’ enchanting nature.” The study continued, “Almost half felt some, usually ‘telepathic,’ communication from the entity, mostly happening to be on the subject of cosmic insight (such as the game-like nature of reality) or love for others and oneself.”
PALEOLITHIC VALUE OF DMT
The earliest evidence of psychedelic use was found in Guitarrero Cave, in Peru’s Callejón de Huaylas valley. Researchers found cave paintings that appear ‘alien-like’ in parts of the cave that were occupied by the earliest humans – dating back between 8600 and 5600 B.C.
The origin of cave paintings suggests that humanity’s earliest artists deliberately sought out psychedelics to create visionary art.
A 2018 study confirmed that the earliest humans were using psychedelics. Their brains—like ours—had a biological predisposition to “see” certain patterns, especially during consciousness altering states.
Researchers Tom Froese, Alexander Woodward and Takashi Ikegami, also claim that the cavemen would have actively sought out these drugs to give greater meaning to their visions and the world around them.
THE DMT EXPERIENCE
Many DMT users claim to have experienced “other-worldly” effects and claim to have been left feeling closer to nature, the universe and even a “god-like” presence.
Zac Whelan, CONTX Media founder and managing director, went into extensive detail about his “godly” DMT experiences. Saying “The sheer visual experience of DMT alone is so profound that you’re left questioning everything, for a few days or even weeks after the trip.”
“It really taught me that taking an alternative perspective to controversy and life challenges can be a profoundly powerful tool. In my belief – this was a spiritual awakening of sorts,” he said.
Adding, “On one trip, I specifically remember lying back and staring at the roof of the room I was in. After about 20 – 30 seconds jungle vines, plant life and snakes started growing up and down what looked like four-dimensional wallpaper surrounding the room.”
“Not long after, the roof began spinning into geometric patterns and the joining parts between the roof and walls began morphing into cartoon piano keys and playing music I could see.’’
ALIENS & PSYCHEDELIC SIGNIFICANCE
The significance of the DMT experience cannot be understated. We are constantly being reminded that each DMT experience holds a personal element to it.
“This [one] trip in particular certainly made me further appreciate the natural creativity of the world and showed me that art is just nature’s way of expressing itself – in all its forms,” said Zac.
He also added, “’I’ve had one DMT experience where a ghost-like creature tried communicating with me in a language that made complete sense at the time, but now means absolutely nothing to me.”
“It had a cliche ‘ghostly’ aura around it with a recognisable, almost human-like face, resembling something like a grey alien (bald, slender and very tall). The creature stayed with me for most of the trip, guiding me, for I’d say around 10 – 15 earth minutes,” he said.
After reading a large number of reports of people claiming to have met “god” or come in contact with a “god-like entity,” I asked Zac if he had the same experience. He said “Some might call it god – but that’s too simplistic for me. I just call it an experience; something to learn from, the same as everything in life.”
These profound and ontologically shifting experiences are endearing to many who believe in the dynamic potential that psychedelics hold. The result of this study presents evidence of a hyper-real, otherworldly, and potentially transformative experience that has had a significant impact on people’s lives.
And thus – should continue to be studied.