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A version of this interview appeared in Catalyst.
Following his first experience with DMT, Director Mitch Schultz was inspired to create a series of four documentary films beginning with DMT: The Spirit Molecule. The films go first to understanding our connection with heaven, dimensions beyond our 3D world, and realms wholly different from our everyday reality. Second is Ground of Being, focused on understanding how to harmonize our relationship with our natural environment. Next is Global Beat Fusion, examining music as the soul of culture. The whole project concludes with a film focused on communication — how to relate about all these experiences with each other.
Terra: Mitch, thank you so much for taking time for this conversation. You Directed The Spirit Molecule, which follows Dr. Straussman’s sanctioned study of a psychoactive substance found naturally in plants, animals and humans, dimethyltryptamine. Why did you decide to make a film about DMT? Had you heard of Dr. Strassman’s work previously?
Mitch: The simple answer, a personal DMT experience in 2002. Prior to that experience, I had never heard about Dr. Strassman’s research, but it was that experience that brought me to his work. A close friend was moving home to Brazil from NYC, and several of us gathered in a midtown apartment to see him off. One of the individuals brought a small amount of DMT, and as it turned out, he was the only one there that had ever heard of DMT. I considered myself an experienced psychonaut and explained to him that I knew what to expect from my past psychedelic explorations. He quickly laughed me off. I was the third one to take the DMT, and by the second inhalation things began to shift very quickly. He encouraged me to take two more inhalations (I’m still not sure how I pulled that off), and immediately went into what I can only explain as dying experience. I had never been so afraid, and did my best to hold on. After approximately one minute the fear passed, and it turned out to be one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. Almost immediately upon my return to consensus reality, I knew I would make this film. The 10-minute experience changed the core of my being, provided a drastically new outlook on life, and ultimately became the impetus for my psychedelic research and life direction.
What is the focus of your current psychedelic research?
Healing, personal growth and spirituality. Now of course all of these can intersect with the next, but without two of the three present it’s not worth going there. Ultimately, I believe the core of what we search for as humans lays at the intersection of all three, so I put my focus on uncovering ways to make them overlap. I’ve always had a sense that psychedelic mindspace is fully integrated with a multi-dimensional matrix of “life” that can be mapped, navigated and shaped in unimaginable ways. Reality hacking.