Dr. Rick Strassman, in his book DMT: The Spiritual Molecule proposes a fascinating hypothesis: the human soul incarnates into the body at the seventh week after conception, using the pineal gland as a spiritual conduit and the dimethyltryptamine (DMT) molecule as a catalyst.
Strassman is an American physician specializing in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology. DMT is a potent psychedelic substance that is naturally produced in the pineal gland, as has recently been proven, and may be associated with near-death experiences (NDEs).
Indeed, a study published in the journal Biomedical Chromatography confirms the presence of DMT in the pineal glands of live rats.
According to the researchers, the discovery of the pineal gland as a source of DMT “reinforces the idea of the role of this enigmatic gland in non-ordinary states of consciousness.”
Curiously, the pineal gland becomes visible in the human fetus on the 49th day, which corresponds to the number of days during which the soul is reincarnated according to the Bardo Thodol (Tibetan Book of the Dead).
These coincidences led Strassman to assert that the soul incarnates in the body at the seventh week of pregnancy.
After reports of near-death experiences describing moments of out-of-body consciousness, Strassman theorizes that it is DMT that makes these states of consciousness available. In his opinion, the pineal gland could act as an antenna for the soul.
Although many people do not believe in the existence of the soul, others consider it to be immaterial—Plato and the Neoplatonists believe, for example, that the body is created by the soul. In any case, the coincidence found by Strassman is striking.