The God molecule in a state of divine trance

I smoke softly and for a few seconds I hold the smoke in my lungs until I feel it spread from my head, through my feet and permeating every cell. I close my eyes. I listen to how the mincemeat burns in the pipe, the carburation becomes more acute and my soul disintegrates to the rhythm of my breathing. I let myself be melted by the magic of unity; my body rests in a trance state. I return to the source of life, to a universal and infinite consciousness. Endless fractals, toroids, kaleidoscopic figures, intense colors, sacred geometry, a spiritual language surround me. They go and come back. Everything happens very quickly but the sensation is delicate, lulling. A pure ecstasy, like just being born.

I had spent several days wondering what consciousness meant or was, what it felt like to expand, to be limitless. He was looking at paintings by contemporary psychedelic artists: Amanda Sage and Alex Grey, and the way they integrate their experiences with substances into art, they are visionary authors. In the book Sacred Mirrors, the author of spiritual themes, mysticism and biochemistry Ken Wilber examines the 21 works of Alex Gray and his journey towards nature, from the point of view of the painter, and refers to the theory of perennial philosophy. He expresses that men and women have three different modes of knowledge: the eye of flesh, which reveals the material and sensual world; the mind’s eye, which reveals the symbolic and the conceptual world. Finally, the eye of contemplation, which manifests the spiritual, transcendental and transpersonal world. This was the final inspiration to take the plunge and experiment with dimethyltryptamine.

It happened on an afternoon with friends. We walked through the farm, sunbathed and visited the viewpoint; one of them had arrived from Mexico a week ago and she asked us if we were ready for the changa (or xanga). An ethnobotanical medicine extracted from the mimosa hostilis plant and peganum harmala seeds, which organically contain DMT (dimethyltryptamine), the active ingredient in ayahuasca.

Strassman se inspiró en la metafísica budista del Libro Tibetano de la Vida y de la Muerte, donde el maestro chino Sogyal Rimpoché cuenta que al día 49 de gestación la glándula pineal se activa en el embrión y este es el tiempo que toma el alma en reencarnar.

This molecule (DMT) is not only found naturally in plants and animals, but also in humans. When we are born and die we release it. In the ancient science of yogis, called Pranayama, they use the breathing techniques of yoga to establish a deep connection with the mind and it is believed that with the Kumbhaka, which is the retention of air after inhaling during meditation, fasting, dancing and singing, DMT is released. That day we saw the documentary DMT: The spirit molecule (2012), we shared information and listened to music as a previous ceremony. We built a fire and sat down to watch the night. We prepared the changa in the pipe and the rest took place in comfortable silence. Each one with each one and the journey began.

sacred gland

American doctor and psychiatrist Rick Strassman was the first to study the effects of psychedelic drugs on humans. In his N,N-dimethyltryptamine research he documented, from 1990 to 1995, the experiences of 60 volunteers administering doses of DMT. The results showed that this significantly altered brain activity, reduced alpha waves (dominant in the brain when we are awake), and produced the appearance of delta waves, which usually occur during sleep or deep states of meditation.

The findings were recorded in the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, where he also theorized about the pineal gland, responsible for producing this molecule, after five years of research at the University of New Mexico. There he posits that DMT is related to the visual component of dreams and near-death experiences. Strassman indicates that upon death a profound alteration in consciousness occurs; he detaches himself from his identification with the body… a sensation similar to that of smoking changa.

For his part, the doctoral candidate for the Imperial College of London and lead author in a study of DMT, Christopher Timmermann, declares that human beings are capable of synthesizing this substance naturally in the body, then in extreme situations, such as close experiences at death, there would have been a considerable discharge of this molecule in the brain. And chiropractor and neurochemistry author Joe Dispenza calls the pineal gland “an antenna capable of tuning in to higher frequencies” in his book Supernatural, explaining that it is the sixth chakra and is considered sacred.

human experience

I don’t know if it’s a place exactly, but it’s outside of space-time. There is no time to wonder what is being lived, I just know that I am learning, what am I? and thank you for the opportunity to expand. The layers of the human being are broken, there is nothing with which he can identify. The effect of the changa lasts between 15 to 20 minutes and at the end I return to my body, as if I were placed there again, in a subtle way.

It is a visual recreation of Alex Gray's paintings
Painting by Alex Grey, it is one of his 21 Sacred Mirrors works. Photo by: Luna Giraldo

Monica, another psychonaut, remembers her experience with this substance. She says that she was on a trip with friends where there were also Chileans, Italians, Germans and a Mexican who gave her this “medicine” to try. “We went to a quieter place where she assured me that this experience was going to positively change the perception of my life. We sat down and she explained to me that I should hold the smoke for as long as I could in my chest and after two or three puffs on the pipe I closed my eyes. I heard the snap of the Mexican’s fingers and a whistle took over my mind. Tears of happiness welled up and uncontrollable laughter spread across my face. I felt so lucky to be there. Many colors began to manifest in an infinite dance of mandalas and an explosion of emotions. As I was waking up I heard the voice of the Mexican say: ‘What a beautiful trip, he has taken it with a lot of love’”.

The use of hallucinogenic plants and their derivatives, such as changa, have been part of the human experience for millennia. However, only recently has Western science seen the healing and spiritual importance that these substances have had in the formation of primitive peoples and advanced cultures. Today they are explored to treat mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety or addictions and, in some cases, to have the opportunity to “daydream”, as Robin Carhart-Harris, head of the Center for Psychedelic Research, described the DMT experience. from Imperial College London.

Cuando el libro Plantas de los dioses, de Richard Evans y Albert Hofmann, se publicó en 1979, marcó un antes y un después en la etnobotánica y la etnofarmacología. En los ritos religiosos de antiguas civilizaciones, estas plantas enteógenas eran motivo de veneración y temor, como elementos sagrados ancestrales. Resalta que las investigaciones recientes aumentaron el interés en los posibles usos de plantas biodinámicas, ya que la mente del hombre, al igual que el cuerpo, necesita agentes correctivos y curativos.

The God molecule in a state of divine trance