“A couple of weeks ago, I had my first ayahuasca ceremony at Rythmia, a spiritual retreat in Costa Rica. Ayahuasca is a tea that has been used a lot by natives in Central and South America. It’s a traditional spiritual medicine and has very strong psychedelic effects. To enforce the impact, I fasted for a week beforehand. I didn’t eat anything at all. The program at Rythmia is very immersive, there’s a great support group to help you process everything you’re going through during those four nights. And that is a lot. I felt like I got ten years of therapy in only one week, together with 70 other people. I had some experience with psychedelics already, but I was still slightly nervous. The first night I drank the tea was like a physical death. It was extremely hard. You process all the uncomfortable memories and all your worst thoughts. Everything intense you’ve once felt, thought, or saw, you relive. Your body purges it out. I had many visions, about my childhood, about my mother being harmed, about mortality. Why was I doing this to myself? The first night started hard, but ended on a very happy note. I felt like a child and experienced growing up all over again. I was curious, playful and filled with pure joy and bliss. Ayahuasca has a lot to do with yin and yang, with finding the right balance. It’s a rollercoaster. You go through each phase of development: death, rebirth and transformation. So on the end of the first night I felt a new lust for life. The next night, however, I experienced a total beat down again. The seminars and shamans helped a lot, though. With ayahuasca, intention is key. You have to drink the tea with a certain reason or goal. What mine was? I wanted some peace, clarity and trust. Whether I achieved this? For sure. Even though it was only a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I’ve changed a lot. I come from a Mormon family, grew up amongst many children and later went into corporate business. Only recently, I decided to change that life and go travel. Before, I was carrying a lot of fear and insecurity. Ayahuasca helped me to unload all of that. Now I have a clear insight on the path I want to follow. Ayahuasca got rid of all the dead weight that was pulling me back. It was an extra motivation to do something meaningful with my life: write, travel and inspire people. I cannot ignore what I saw and experienced.”

“Through my blog, www.truenorthproject.net, I hope to inspire people to find the way of living that’s most beneficial to them. I want to help them find their true north; inform them about things that might expand their awareness and consciousness and give them more love. What I’m referring to? Yoga for instance, or travel, psychedelics or meditation. The moment I realized I wanted to quit my corporate job in mortgages, was when I was on acid at a music festival in Washington State. A DJ called Yotto was playing a song with these lyrics: “Whatever change you want to make, make the transition.” That was it, I realized during my trip. I started a job as a bartender, as I’d always loved making cocktails. Yet this didn’t satisfy me either. I felt alienated from the rest of Las Vegas. I didn’t want to work for someone else anymore. So I started doing yoga, meditation and floating. The latter was the biggest catalyzator of the changes I made. When you’re in a sensory deprivation tank, it’s dark, quiet and the water in the tub is heated to your body temperature. Nothing distracts you, so you really get introspective. Floating made me want to write down those thoughts. It helped me sort them out. Writing felt so good; I wanted to do it professionally too. Why not travel and start a blog? Somehow I’ve reprogrammed myself over the past year: I was born as an American Christian from Arizona and now I’m traveling the world and writing about all my experiences on a very personal level. You can definitely say that’s a turn of 180 degrees.”