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DMT is a hallucinogen that is considered a dangerous narcotic in many countries ... Yet this religious community is family-orientated, peaceful and deeply spiritual. There is no drug or alcohol abuse. But Ayahuasca is allowed. Followers of Santo Daime don’t consider it a drug at all. To them it is a holy sacrament. Legal Drugs
The Church of Santo Daime was founded by Raimundo Irineu Serra in 1930. He was introduced to Ayahuasca by Amazonian shamans. He spent eight days in the jungle drinking Ayahuasca. He had a vision of the Virgin Mary who gave him instructions for a new religion. Today, Santo Daime – a mixture of Catholicism and Shamanism – has spread as far as the United States, Europe and beyond. ibid.
The ceremony is a mixture of Catholic tradition and Shamanic ritual. At its heart is the Amazonian hallucinogen Ayahuasca known to the congregation as Daime. They believe it is the blood of Christ. ibid.
In the United States the active ingredient Ayahuasca is classed as a Schedule 1 drug. But since March 2009 it can legally be taken in the US by Santo Daime followers because it is part of their religion. ibid.
UDV members participate in ritual consumption of Ayahuasca at least twice monthly and often more frequently. The ritual ceremonies are less ‘active’ than those of the Santo Daime and are more like a Quaker meeting. Long periods of silence are included in the service, where members seek self-knowledge through mental concentration. The ‘vegetal’ (ayahuasca tea) facilitates this and is described as being the ‘key’ to the process. There is space for people to share the teaching they received from the Vegetal or to ask the ‘Mestre’ (who leads the ceremony) questions. The UDV emphasise the oral tradition in their doctrine and in the rituals the teachings of Mestre Gabriel are spoken, ‘chamadas’ (similar to mantras) are chanted and hymns are sung. They believe that this simplicity reflects the life of their founder and that one of their roles is to ‘worship and preserve his peasant roots, which translates the purity of his teachings; keeping alive the memory of the fact that one’s degree of spiritual evolution is not dependent upon erudition nor academic titles’.
The teachings of the UDV are Christian-based but they also emphasise the role of nature, describing themselves as ‘a religion based on the superior Christian values of love and fraternity among men, in full communion with Nature through the tea Hoasca, a vehicle synchronising it with the Divinity… ecology and spirituality are indivisible’. CSP online article
The UDV ... is a Christian church operating in many Brazilian cities. Its members drink the Ayahuasca tea every fortnight but in newly created rituals. Horizon: Psychedelic Science, BBC 1997
At the University of Miami a team of researchers was quick to take advantage of the DMT breakthrough. Using Strassman as a consultant they followed his procedure to the letter to secure permission work with psychedelics in a clinical setting. ibid.
Unlike a dose of LSD which can last up to twelve hours, a DMT trip lasts just fifteen minutes. Drugs Inc s3e9: Motor City Rush, National Geographic 2012
Shamans across the planet teach their children that ancient herbs ... reconnect your astral body with the infinite spirit of planet Earth. Many of the plants used by shamans to open the gateway to the spirit world contain a substance called Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT for short. Dimethyltryptamine has been described as the spirit molecule because it appears in hallucinogenic plants and also naturally occurs in the human brain. The effects of DMA often create a so-called Out of Body experience. Chris Everard, Spirit World I
This is the story of DMT or Dimethyltryptamine, a simple compound found throughout nature which has profound effects on human consciousness. The Spirit Molecule, PSTV 2010
Dr Strassman conducted the first psychedelic research in a generation. ibid.
What do these experiences say about the nature of reality, the nature of our minds, or the function of our brain that we can quickly shift into these alternative realities? ibid.
DMT is astonishingly widely available in plants and animals all around the world. Graham Hancock
Any kind of consciousness that is not related to the production and consumption of material goods is stigmatised in our society today. Graham Hancock
The DMT flash makes it clear that disembodied consciousness is a possibility. Terence McKenna, author Psychonaut
The ultimate metaphysical reality pill. Terence McKenna
DMT may be the common molecular language among all living beings. Dr Leanna Standish
February 2006 Held: the courts below did not err in determining that the Government failed to demonstrate, at the preliminary injunction stage, a compelling interest in barring the UDV’s sacramental use of Hoasca. Supreme Court of the United States: Gonzales, Attorney General et al v O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao Do Vegetal et al
DMT or Dimethyltrypamine is a neural transmitter found in many plant and animal species. DMT: A Lost History, 2015
One of the most provocative psychedelics known to science … a substance found throughout nature in plants and animals whose purpose remains unknown … This is the story of DMT. Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia s2e4: Wizards of DMT
DMT is a drug ill-suited to underground manufacture due to the high dose required and relatively complex synthesis. ibid.