Spiritual retreats to the deep heart of jungles that have yet to be westernized is the new trend within the spiritual community. One of the main attractions that is drawing the awoken modern to these indigenous villages is the increasingly popular and most coveted Ayahuasca drink.
I have little doubt that most people have atleast heard the name Ayahuasca, but do you know what it is? Ayahuasca is a powerful spiritual medicine prepared as a drink by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon. It's made from the Banisteriopsis Caapi vine, the Psychotria Viridis Leaf, and Chagropanga. It's praised and known for its very strong hallucinatory effects, and psychedelic experiences that surpass anything known to the western world, producing a truly profound spiritual and life changing experience.
The main ingredient, arguably the single most important, that gives Ayahuasca its power is DMT, or Dimethyltryptamine. Known as The Spirit Molecule, thanks to the work of Rick Strassman, this is one the most interesting molecular structures - in my opinion.
DMT, the new spiritualist's drug that has countless people flocking to the nearest jungle tribe, is actually present and naturally produced in every living thing. That's right, everything. All plants produce this molecule, in different amounts, as do the brains of humans. The Spirit Molecule is an interestingly fitting nickname because it is believed to be the scientific explanation of the spiritual experience. If humans have the ability to connect with and experience the spiritual realm / God / Source / The Creator... then DMT is the road that gets us there.
When a person dreams, experiences hallucinations, perceives their life flashing before their eyes, and most likely when they have any sort of an experience that could be categorized as spiritual - they are experiencing the effects of the Dimethyltrptamine released within the brain.
Strassman found that there was a surprising similarity in all of his test subjects' experiences. In every instance the subject experienced 'oneness' or connectivity - they could no longer perceive a distinction between what was self and what was not self. The perception of time ceased to exist as "past, present, and future merge together into the timeless moment, the now of eternity." And as the self and time as independent structures begin to fall away, naturally the perception of space follows. "Like time, space is no longer here or there but everywhere, limitless, without edges."
"Psychedelics show you what's in and on your mind, those subconscious thoughts and feelings that are hidden, covered up, forgotten, out of sight, maybe even completely unexpected, but nevertheless imminently present."