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Tryptamine Palace: 5-MeO-DMT and the Sonoran Desert Toad Paperback – Illustrated, May 21, 2009
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• Examines Bufo alvarius toad venom, which contains the potent natural psychedelic 5-MeO-DMT, and explores its entheogenic use
• Proposes a new connection between the findings of modern physics and the knowledge held by shamans and religious sages for millennia
The venom from Bufo alvarius, an unusual toad found in the Sonoran desert, contains 5-MeO-DMT, a potent natural chemical similar in effect to the more common entheogen DMT. The venom can be dried into a powder, which some researchers speculate was used ceremonially by Amerindian shamans. When smoked it prompts an instantaneous break with the physical world that causes out-of-body experiences completely removed from the conventional dimensions of reality.
In Tryptamine Palace, James Oroc shares his personal experiences with 5-MeODMT, which led to a complete transformation of his understanding of himself and of the very fabric of reality. Driven to comprehend the transformational properties of this substance, Oroc combined extensive studies of physics and philosophy with the epiphanies he gained from his time at Burning Man. He discovered that ingesting tryptamines unlocked a fundamental human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field of modern physics, known to the ancients as the Akashic Field. In the quantum world of nonlocal interactions, the line between the physical and the mental dissolves. 5-MeO-DMT, Oroc argues, can act as a means to awaken the remarkable capacities of the human soul as well as restore experiential mystical spirituality to Western civilization.
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“With this book, Oroc has proved that the impossible can in fact be put into words. WOW indeed! A must-have for any serious psychonaut on (arguably) the most important subject matter of all time.” ― Dimitri Djanbani, moderator of http://dmt.tribe.net, a DMT discussion group
“If DMT is the ‘Spirit Molecule,’ then 5-MeO-DMT certainly qualifies as the ‘God Molecule’ as illustrated in this highly significant contribution to entheogenic literature. The immediate opening to full God consciousness that 5-MeO-DMT occasions demands careful attention by all those interested in spiritual states of consciousness, entheogenic experience, and the true nature of reality. Oroc’s book is a great beginning to the fascinating exploration that awaits us with 5-MeO-DMT.” ― Martin W. Ball, Ph.D., author of Mushroom Wisdom: How Shamans Cultivate Spiritual Consciousness
“A gripping account of a mind transformed by the powerful psychoactive 5-MeO-DMT struggling to understand its unexpected conversion from atheist to true believer. Oroc fuses hard data and engaging speculations to fire the imagination. Tryptamine Palace is ‘Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride’ for entheogen aficionados, where the firsthand experience of God may be just a toke away.” ― Jon Hanna, mindstates.org
“Tryptamine Palace is destined to be the seminal study of 5-MeODMT, just as The Spirit Molecule personifies DMT and My Problem Child evokes LSD.” ― Andrew Sewell, M.D., LSD cluster-headache researcher
“. . . an essential addition to any entheophile’s library.” ― Erowid, October 2011
“The Tryptamine Palace is a very informative and engaging book, which aside from eloquently describing his own experiences, manages to provoke many interesting thoughts about psychedelic history (there’s a couple of wonderful sections on Burroughs and Leary), modern society, and the nature of 5-MeO-DMT. I highly recommend this book as one of the finest examples of the psycho-spiritual narrative to have been published in recent years.” ― Psychedelic Press UK, January 2013
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“James Oroc writes about wresting spiritual insights from the mind-storms catalyzed by psychedelics, and along the way wrestles with his culture and his role in it. His principal drug ally, 5-MeO-DMT, is not easy to use well, but Oroc emerges grounded and inspired with tales worth sharing.”
--Rick Doblin, founder and president of MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies)
The venom from Bufo alvarius, an unusual toad found in the Sonoran Desert, contains 5-MeO-DMT, a potent natural chemical similar in effect to the more Common entheogen DMT. The venom can be dried into a powder, which some researchers speculate was used ceremonially by Amerindian shamans. When smoked it prompts an instantaneous break with the physical world that causes out-of-body experiences completely removed from the conventional dimensions of reality.
In Tryptamine Palace, James Oroc shares his personal experiences with 5-MeO-DMT, which led to a complete transformation of his understanding of Himself and of the very fabric of reality. Driven to comprehend the transformational properties of this substance, Oroc combined extensive studies of physics and philosophy with the epiphanies he gained from his time at Burning Man and his travels in India. He discovered that ingesting tryptamines unlocked a fundamental human capacity for higher knowledge through direct contact with the zero-point field of modern physics, known to the ancients as the Akashic field. In the quantum world of nonlocal interactions, the line between the physical and the mental dissolves. 5-MeO-DMT, Oroc argues, can act as a means to awaken the remarkable capacities of the human soul as well as restore experiential mystical spirituality to Western civilization.
Journalist, photographer, and artist JAMES OROC was born in the small South Pacific nation of Aotearoa. Since 1998 he has been pursuing and reporting on the cutting edge of extreme sports in more than 40 countries around the globe, his work appearing in magazines, films, and on MTV Sports. He has been a member of the Burning Man community since 1999, and he is also involved in the documentation and advancement of “Alternative Culture.” Oroc resides in the Dominican Republic.
- Publisher : Park Street Press (May 21, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1594772991
- ISBN-13 : 978-1594772993
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #120,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I hesitated before giving this 4 stars - I wish I could give it 4.5, but I had to reserve a star for the occasionally wordy and over-the-top heady nature of the book. There were a few chapters on topics like the 'zero point field' which were almost unreadable. I wish he had been more concise and clear, or that he had used better real life examples to illustrate these complex concepts. I had to skip some of these pages.
Overall this is an incredible read.
This book, more than anything I have read, articulates the incredible importance of entheogens and their role in the very nature of man.
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I much enjoyed Oroc’s approach to making attempts to explain his experience, and its implications. He remains grounded and turns to quantum physics, and explores how this may explain and link to his experience. Now, very often when authors and others try and link quantum physics with anything consciousness related, it would be time to start taking things with a hefty pinch of salt (one should beware of so called quantum woo). Oroc however manages to weave a lucid, rational, comprehensive and fascinating story regarding how quantum physics may be woven into the substance of his experience, and the medium of consciousness in which it occurs.
Since I began reading this book, I’ve had two experiences with 5-MeO-DMT in the form of Bufo alvarius secretion. Collectively, these experiences I consider the most profound and amazing of my life to date. It took a second experience for me to "get the message" so to speak. This experience is something deep and potentially life transformative and should not be entered unto lightly...this is NOT a recreational experience in any sense. Being a scientist I have, or had, a similar scientific outlook to Oroc prior to his own breakthrough experience. Given the power of this experience, it took me some time after the experience and a period of reflection and integration for me to better assimilate the insights of this experience, and having done so, life will never quite be the same. I can state with my own experience that my own perspectives share a great deal of overlap with Oroc's. Re-reading parts of Oroc’s book were really helpful with integration and in making sense of my experience, and I feel this book will be of great value to any prospective 5-MeO-DMT explorers, as there are some good suggestions in the text on how to both use 5-MeO-DMT safely, and to get the most out of one’s experiences.
If anyone reading this enjoyed Rick Strassman’s book “DMT: The Spirit Molecule”, then you will certainly find this fascinating reading. I would highly recommend this book to any serious psychonauts, to any serious explorers of consciousness or to anyone fascinated by the potentials of human consciousness or the transformative power of transcendent or mystical experiences. Thank you to James Oroc for sharing his internal ponderings with us.