The psychedelic molecule DMT is utterly fascinating. From its effects on the brain, across its potential to inspire creativity (such as the wondrous painting by Alex Grey above) to its unwavering reach across time and space—there are few psychedelics with such potential to change the fabric of perceived reality.
Buckle up, because the stories below will take you on a tour of:
• The DMT and psychedelic community in China.
• The Spirit Molecule’s ability to set our brains to a completely different frequency, and
• Some incredible animations that depict ayahuasca and DMT visions.
t’s no secret that China is not a very psychedelic-friendly country. But—the human instinct to liberate the soul from the shackles of a downsampled 3D reality can hardly be fully suppressed.
Our anonymous source gives us a riveting account of the small but strong psychonautical underground in mainland China. After procuring Mimosa hostilis root bark and learning how to extract DMT from it, he took to sharing the Spirit Molecule experience with many of his friends eager to break through the matrix.
Among covering the difficulties and practicalities of being a psychonaut in China today, the author describes a personal DMT experience that echoes his country’s hyper-surveillance state: “Just when I felt like god, I began to come down. I showed up in a seat. It’s my judgment day. Just like the beginning of the trip, the color is white and pink. White background and pink web, very much like Alex Grey’s paintings; hundreds of eyes were looking at me on the web, like monitoring cameras. It was a cosmic live streaming of me confessing. The videos were playing on the web. They showed what I’ve done wrong, everything, one by one.”
Our brains are kind of like supercomputers tasked with receiving, processing, and generating information, according to some neuroscientists. In the phenomenal world, we can observe a connection between outside stimuli and neural processes. When it comes to understanding DMT’s effect on the brain, however, our scientific explanations fall short.
Dr. Andrew Gallimore has been researching this topic for years. His ‘Reality Channel Switch’ model tries to make sense of how we perceive all the otherworldly sights that accompany the DMT experience. He contends that:
“Although the superficial parallels with flicking to a new TV channel are obvious, a reality channel switch is actually a rather appropriate descriptor for the effects of DMT on brain activity during a breakthrough trip.”
Gallimore believes that a DMT breakthrough is powered by a widely different neural mechanism compared to ordinary reality. He explains that, when attempting to attune itself to the new state of consciousness:
“The brain reaches for the dial and, with effortless precision, shifts to […] a stable new channel — Channel DMT.”
Read more about this fascinating science in Dr. Gallimore’s article “How DMT Switches the Brain’s Reality Channel”.
Since the dawn of time, people have been attempting to recreate the visions they see in psychedelic experiences. Thousands of years ago, they would paint these visions on rocks or created statues and pottery. In the modern era, the doors of depiction have been blown wide open to match the already unhinged doors of perception.
Films, paintings, animations, 3D modelling, fractal design, holographic projections… You name it, creative psychonauts have found the way to use it to portray their phantasmagoric experiences in the realms beyond. In this article, anthropologist Alex Gearin assembled a collection of mind-bending animations, adding:
“The imagination is powerfully liberated and displayed through advanced animation technology, and psychedelic animators have enjoyed playing with this technology! The result can be nothing short of eye-bending mind-candy that opens a portal of the soul through the interface of your screen.”
Take a peek at some of the most impressive ayahuasca and DMT visual art.