We talk about consciousness, the brain, the spirit world, the pineal gland, DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) and near death experiences with our guest Rick Strassman who has performed studies with the powerful naturally-occurring compound DMT on volunteers at the University of New Mexico. Led to this substance through his earlier study of the pineal gland as a potential biological place of origin for spiritual experiences, he administered several hundred doses of DMT to approximately 60 volunteers between 1990 and 1995. He wrote about this research in the book, “DMT – The Spirit Molecule.” He also co-authored “Inner Paths to Outer Space”, which looks more carefully at the common “other worlds” experience volunteers typical of the DMT effect. Since 1996, Rick Strassman has been exploring models for the DMT effect, and has focused primarily on the Old Testament concept of prophecy. He is developing these ideas in his next book, “The Soul of Prophecy”, due to appear in 2011. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He is also President and co-founder of the Cottonwood Research Foundation, which is dedicated to consciousness research. Topics Discussed: Rick’s Background at the University of New Mexico, The Pineal Gland, Psychiatry, Melatonin, Psychopharmacology, DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), Psychoactive Substances, Natural Occurring DMT in the Body, Spiritual, Waking a Controlled Psychedelic Experience, Volunteers, J. C. Callaway, Dr. Stephen Szára, What is the Spirit Molecule? Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, Experiences on DMT, Encounters, A World of Light, Entities, Dream, Dream State, Day 49 of Gestation, NDE’s (Near Death Experience), “God Helmet”, Michael Persinger, space time, the Third Eye, Pine Cone, “Speaking Plants”, Spirits Communicating with South American Natives and more. Don’t miss horu two with Rick about Inner Paths to Outer Space & The Soul of Prophecy.