Dr. Rick Strassman is widely known for his pioneering study on the effects of DMT on human volunteers, chronicled in his book, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, that played a key role in jump starting psychedelic drug research after a 20 year hiatus. In addition to later co-authoring Inner Paths to Outer Space in 2008, he has finished a new book, DMT and the Soul of Prophecy, and released this sneak peak of the first chapter.
The DMT-Nexus plans to interview Dr. Strassman for a future issue of The Nexian e-zine, but in the meantime, take a gander at what his upcoming book DMT and the Soul of Prophecy holds in store:
Chapter 1. Setting the Stage
The Hebrew Bible prophet and the DMT volunteer
In mid-6th century BCE Babylonia,* the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel experiences a vision that came upon him while he stood by the river’s shore. Ezekiel was among the exiles from Judea, the southern Kingdom of ancient Israel. They were in the early stages of a 70-year sojourn in their conquerors’ homeland after the latter destroyed Solomon’s Temple and the rest of Jerusalem in 586 BCE. We know nothing about Ezekiel before his prophetic mission, which he carried out with relentless passion, both raging against his people for their role in Jerusalem’s downfall as well as offering hope for a future redemption. The Book of Ezekiel begins with his first vision:
A stormy wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with flashing fire and a brilliance surrounding it;… and from its midst, a semblance of four living things…. They did not turn as they moved, each went in the direction of its face…. And as for the appearance of the living things, their appearance was like fiery coals, burning like the appearance of torches…. There was a brilliance to the fire, and from the fire went forth lightning…. Then I heard the sound of their wings like the sound of great waters…the sound of the words like the sound of a company…. I fell upon my face and I heard a voice speaking…. “Son of man, stand on your feet and I will speak to you.” ....