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DMT and the Soul of Prophecy

A New Science of Spiritual Revelation in the Hebrew Bible
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After completing his groundbreaking research chronicled in DMT: The Spirit Molecule, Rick Strassman, MD, was left with one fundamental question: What does it mean that DMT, a simple chemical naturally found in all of our bodies, instantaneously opens us to an interactive spirit world that feels more real than our own world? When his decades of clinical psychiatric research and Buddhist practice were unable to provide answers to this question, Strassman began searching for a more resonant spiritual model. He found that the visions of the Hebrew prophets were strikingly similar to those of the volunteers in his DMT studies.

Carefully examining the concept of prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, he characterizes a "prophetic state of consciousness" and explains how it may share biological and metaphysical mechanisms with the DMT effect. Examining medieval commentaries on the Hebrew Bible, Strassman reveals how Jewish metaphysics provides a top-down model for both the prophetic and DMT states, a model he calls "theoneurology". Theoneurology addresses issues critical to the full flowering of the psychedelic drug experience. Perhaps even more important, it points the way to a renewal of classical prophetic consciousness, the soul of Hebrew Bible prophecy, and unexpected directions for the evolution of contemporary spiritual practice.

©2014 Rick Strassman, M.D. (P)2015 Tantor

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"Strassman lobbies hard for theoneurology, and along the way offers a wealth of examples and experiments that lend credence to the theory." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Victoria
  • 11/07/2016

Give it 5 chapters before you give up

Would you consider the audio edition of DMT and the Soul of Prophecy to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version. But often audio books leave out epilogues or other important interviews that are left for end of the book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The only thing I didn't like about the book was the narration. It adds a bit to the dry quality of the beginning text. In my opinion, non fiction books should be narrated by the author. Narrators who read mostly fiction add unneeded and annoying inflection to the text, as well as mispronouncing important words. However, I would rather listen to this book with this narrator than not at all.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

The beginning chapters laying the foundation for the rest of the book and explores his previous book DMT: The Spirit Molecule a bit. It is a bit dry and sometimes tedious. However, by chapter 5, the story picks up and becomes quite interesting. Discussions of Buddhism, Shamanism, and New Age thought as well as religious thinking is explored. Rick has grown and is more expansive in his experience and thinking now than he was during DMT: The Spirit Molecule. This is a thought provoking book.

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  • Bryan
  • 22/07/2015

Kinda boring compared to first book

Concepts in the book didn't resonate with me well, could have been done better in my opinion. Could just be personal bias though.

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  • William Matos
  • 08/04/2015

After spending much of my life researching DMT

I loved the detail and level of research that Strassman went into during this. Its what I was looking for in the last book!

I have had many experiences with DMT and have felt that It was a prophetic experience. It was nice to be able to take what he wrote and compare them to the accounts of the prophetic states in the Hebrew bible.

Amazingly well written! Great Job Rick!!!!

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  • Diana
  • 02/03/2015

The Old Testament . . . and DMT tie-ins . . . meh

Up front, I want to say that I used to be very religious and spent a lot of my time listening to the Bible be taught to me "Chapter by Chapter, and Verse by Verse" - at least 10 years of my life was very devoted to spending my time this way.

So, as Rick Strassman's book brings up this or that verse, it's old familiar territory for me. But, it's like going back to a house you grew up in - it's smaller than you remember.

The DMT experiences recounted by the test subjects, still fresh in my mind since I had just listened to DMT: The Spirit Molecule 5 days earlier, were attached to various verses in the Hebrew Bible (or the "Old Testament"), and the significance wasn't that much of an "aha!" for me and I must be missing the deep personal connection Rick Strassman is getting from putting these verses together with his research.

About halfway through the book, I couldn't stand it anymore and purchased some comedies, like a palate cleanser, just to get some fun back into my brain. Then I got Graham Hancock's book Supernatural - which heavily references Rick Strassman's research work as presented in DMT: The Spirit Molecule and does an excellent job in finding similarities and patterns throughout human history of humans experiencing and interacting with similar places and entities - although the names may change from fairies to aliens. Supernatural is a superb and brilliant work and is a fascinating listen.

And, yesterday I picked up where I left off in this new Rick Strassman book, back to old and sometimes contradictory biblical verses, and it was not a good listen.

After listening to Graham Hancock's brilliant observation of patterns of similarity in Supernatural as humans interacted throughout our evolutional history with other dimensions and entitites, this latest work by Rick Strassman paled and seemed to be missing something.

I really enjoyed DMT: The Spirit Molecule. But, not this book. Maybe I am not the right audience for this book . . . it was tough for Rick Strassman to pierce the force field of resentment toward religion that I now have. I realized I have a belief system in place that religion is limiting and controlling and as I listened to these old verses again, that belief system only got strengthened. And, I am trying not to operate under belief systems, so this book made me feel negative emotions - in particular . . . annoyed and irritated . . . and not at all did I feel as if I was learning anything interesting or new.

Plus, the narrator has a nice clear voice, but it sounded like a reading of a textbook or the voice used in those old films at school.

Sorry, this book is a "2" out of "5", but because I shouldn't let my personal negative feelings toward religion affect the rating, I am bumping it to a "3" all around.


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  • Patrick Christensen
  • 20/09/2019

Excellent merging of seemingl disparate worlds...

Yes, the book was a little slow to get into, but it was totally worth hanging in there! Strassman combines his older thorough knowledge of DMT and the psychedelic state with a newer (since The Spirit Molecule) deep understanding of medieval Jewish philosophy and Old Testament exegesis. If you are interested in metaphysics, spirituality, and DMT (or at least 2 of the 3), you'll find something of use here. Very fascinating look into the nascent field of Theoneurology. Highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18/02/2020

helped me piece together my experiences/beliefs

10/10 this really helped me shape off alot of questions I've had due to some experiences and things that have happened in my life. really helped me piece together the information I have been trying to learn more about the past 10 years and further strengthened my personal relationship of God of my understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/01/2020

an awkward fit

I expected a new compelling rational model that explains psychedelic and religious phenomena, but the imagination + rationality model offered in this book is quite vague. Adding God to the mix is also a big leap that assumes a level of pre existing faith with no compelling evidence to entertain it. I don't know what to make of the ideas presented in this book but to further educate myself about biblical stories.

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  • Victor
  • 10/12/2019

Not at all as interesting as the first book.

The short summary is the same as it is laid out in the book introduction: taking DMT and studying Jewish prophets are beneficially compatible. The author then goes to lay out his arguments for it. Which could have been a cool read. Except the said arguments are very dull, listening through a very boring presentation I thought maybe it will lead to some exciting conclusion, alas no exciting surprise there, the conclusion was just what the book stated it will deliver - try DMT together with a Jewish religious practise. I wondered, if the whole book is written to promote this idea, maybe there will be some example of someone actually trying it? Did someone try it, did they like it, might be interesting to know but no, no examples of this. So basically if the idea of combining DMT and Jewish religious practices excites you, this book might be for you, otherwise you already know what this books contains from just reading it's description.
One cool thought the author briefly introduces in the end. From his study of Jewish prophetic tradition he comes to think that having a prophetic experience is everyone's natural birth right. That could be an interesting topic to write about.

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  • Nathan
  • 14/09/2019

a bit too speculative for me

Book was alright. Had a bit too much speculation for me. Had very interesting ideas though. It is for sure worth reading.

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  • Raymond N. Gerlach
  • 13/04/2019

Waiting, waiting, waiting...

I had such high hopes. I enjoyed the Spirit Molecule and the research behind it. I could not get into this companion volume from the first chapter. The monotone voice of the narrator and the dry material made the listening to this book a chore. I waited for some kind of revelation or tying together of the DMT experience and the Jewish Bible but it never came to me.

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  • SE7EN11
  • 10/04/2016

way beyond my expectations

I have read Dr Strassmans other book and in that one I missed spiritual references. Now this follow up book is exactly what I missed in the first book and it goes a loooong way to provide deeeeply. Just awesome.

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