I’d always heard rumors of the profound effect of psychedelics on the minds of entrepreneurs, software developers and otherwise tech-minded people. The idea being that the ability to access a completely open, transcended state of mind while visualizing a project or business can apparently lead to perspective changing, multi-million, or even multi-billion dollar concepts. So much so that Steve Jobs famously credited his use of psychedelics as a catalyst for starting Apple computers, going so far as to say in a 2005 interview “doing LSD was one of the two or three most important things I have done in my life.”
He’s not alone. Many amongst the Silicon Valley elite who are responsible for complex coding and product engineering tasks, are also rumored to be big fans of the altered state. Not to be one upped by the likes of Steve Jobs, I decided that a little psychedelic adventure would be a completely justifiable business expense and immediately started doing my research.
Of course, I could just ask around and score some LSD, but that didn’t seem all that adventurous and I’d been hearing lots of intriguing things about Ayahuasca. I was fascinated by it’s long history as a Shamanic medicine, liked that it is all natural and I wanted to see for myself if it would live up to it’s notorious reputation as “the god drug.” Because anytime someone says you can drink something and suddenly travel the cosmos, you’re not going to say no.
After just taking a triple dose of the strongest batch, I had the stellar idea to leave everyone and go out in the middle of the jungle by myself. I literally thought I was dead.
In late 2014, I booked a little solo journey to the Amazon jungle for an entire week of ayahuasca, choosing a retreat located between Iquitos, Peru and the Columbian border. To get there, I hopped a flight to Lima, then another to Iquitos, took a grass covered boat about an hour up the Amazon river and then hiked another 45 minutes or so into the jungle. Once I arrived at Kapitari, I was assigned a little mosquito net covered hut out in the middle of no where and instructed not to pee in the water or a barbed creature might swim up my dick and expand until I needed emergency surgery. This, was going to be an awesome week.
The first thing you realize when you are down there is that you are completely isolated from everything you know. Other than seeing some some people wearing modern clothing, by and large, it could just as easily be 2,000 years ago. You bathe in a pond, crap in a bowl, flush with more pond water, sleep in a hammock, drink brown water (hopefully not because of the crapping), eat food grown on their farm, and all of the buildings are made mostly of wood, leaf ceilings and mosquito nets. My hut in particular, was also home to a large family of bats. Bats that were somehow less threatening than the cacophony of creatures who make the deafening, 24/7 symphony of noises that are ever present in the jungle. Yes, it’s enough to give the impression that everything there is trying to eat you.
An Introspective Journey.
The first ceremony started with each us taking a mat, pillow and puke bucket in our respective part of the building. The facilitator lit a candle, we each took turns drinking the ayahuasca and then waited the approximately 30 – 45 minutes it takes to kick in. Sound vibrations are a crucial part of the ayahuasca experience, so throughout the ceremony Don Lucha
Lesson: We All Have A Job To Do.
Lesson: Overview Perspective.
Lesson: Context Of Perception.