Overcoming DEPRESSION | 5 Practical Methods

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Overcoming DEPRESSION | 5 Practical Methods

Dealing with depression can be a bitch. Here are some practical ways which may help you process depression and grow from it. 

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The TRUTH About DRUGS (That no one talks about)

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The TRUTH About DRUGS (That no one talks about)

Drugs.

"Drugs are so fucking good that they'll ruin your life. That's how good they are."                                  - Louie C.K

Yep.....a lot of mixed reviews on this one.

So according to Google, the definition of drug is "a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body."

So, basically everything.

"We are chemical systems. I mean and I hate to break it to you folks, but we're made of drugs, right, that's why drugs work." - Dennis McKenna

When I refer to drugs in this video, I am talking about any recreational and medicinal compound that has profound effect on the body and mind. So, basically, all the fun ones, like alcohol, tobacco, weed, meth, heroin, LSD, mushrooms, ketamine, and also includes prescription medications such as SSRIs, Xanax and Adderall. So I'm not talking about supplements and vitamins here guys, which are technically "drugs" but I don't think it would be wise to group vitamin C and heroin in the same category...bit of a difference there.

So, yeah.....Drugs.

Now before we dive into this, let's briefly go over the LAW OF POLARITY, which states that "Opposites are identical by nature but different in degrees." - The Kybalion

Everything in the physical universe has a polar opposite. Up has down, good has bad, light has shadow, male has female, pleasure has pain. The law of polarity is literally built within the very fabric of our physical existence. Even every atom has a positive and negative charge to it.

There is no separating the two ends of polarity, you must experience the contrasts to distinguish them. So before we jump into this versus the other, you must understand this principle, otherwise people end up being polarised and with a skewed perspective, which is quite evident when you just look outside and observe peoples behaviours. As soon as you're thinking in terms of "this" versus "that", you've already lost the point, and this is exactly what happens with drugs.

You have people on one side who think that drugs are just pure evil and want the war on drugs to continue, and then people on the other side that just look at the positives of drugs while sweeping the negatives under the rug. And a big part of why this happens is because of cognitive dissonance, which causes people to actively avoid situations and contradictory information that clashes with their beliefs systems.

Just remember that ALL TRUTHS ARE HALF TRUTHS, and all paradoxes may be reconciled. You just have to look somewhere in the middle and understand both sides. How do you think this world can be so horrific, yet beautiful, at the same time?

And that's why drugs are simultaneously the worst thing that's ever happened to society, but also the best. So it isn't as simple as drugs being your friend or foe. In fact, many times drugs can be your enemy disguised as your buddy.

I remember being in high school, lost and miserable, and I didn't exactly have a lot going for me, so once I discovered drugs that's pretty much all I gave a shit about. Drugs are the ultimate escape from being with yourself in this daunting reality, and escapism is the main fuel of consumerism.

That being said, I've had some powerful drug experiences that gave me some positive effects, mainly with paradigm shifts, but I also had to pay a price for this. But the weaker your mental, emotional & spiritual foundation is, the more damaging drugs are going to be ultimately. So just because you can have a divine experience, it doesn't mean that your meat vehicle can necessarily handle it.

Like Carl Jung once said, "Beware of unearned wisdom."

Drugs are something else....

All you have to do is pop a pill, snort a line, smoke a joint, inject something, shove something up your arse or whatever you're into, and you can instantly feel better. You don't need any particular skills, discipline, wisdom or knowledge to have a drug experience. All that's required is having a throat box so you can swallow or smoke said substance and voila, there you go mate.

And you know what? For a while the drugs help and they seem like they're your best friend, giving you these positive feelings and telling you that everything's gonna be alright, but one inevitable day they do turn on you. You may have to hit rock bottom, like myself, to realise that everything you've escaped from - all the darkness and demons - have just been accumulating this whole time into a much scarier beast.

I mean let's face it...drugs are fucking easy.

You can be having the worst day ever, but if you drop some of that sweet, sweet molly, you're gonna have a good time.

But all things that go up must eventually go down, with every action equals an opposite and equal reaction. And the more profound the drugs high is, the harder the pendulum is going to swing the opposite direction - especially when used for escapism.

This is when intention plays a big factor.

Genuinely using a substance on a rare occasion for medicinal purposes can yield positive results to a certain degree, but if you're using drugs for hedonistic purposes, well...it may not produce a happy ending.

And there's a difference between having a couple coffees a week while maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and having three cups of coffee a day and not being able to function without it. I mean, yeah sure, you can still function but you won't be at your most optimal state. And this is where a lot of peoples arguments are based on, functionality over optimisation, which is where I'm coming from.

But at the end of the day there is no loop hole with drugs (I wish).

Any positives you may receive from a drug will over compensate in another area. It may not be a noticeable 1:1 ratio, as soon as the drug wears off, in fact many times it's delayed, and the price paid isn't even brought to your awareness until much later. But the debt collector will come knocking on your door eventually. You can try to diminish the effects with as many vitamins and supplements as you want, but you still have to pay a price in one way shape or form, and this universal law cannot be bargained with.

Like Tim Ferriss says, "There is no such thing as a biological free lunch."

And like I stated with the law of polarity earlier, you cannot have gain without loss, PERIOD.

Does this mean that all drugs are bad ultimately? Well, it depends like everything else in life. Drugs in and of themselves are neutral, inanimate objects.

They are neither good or bad. It's the individuals mind that gets altered by these compounds that will determine whether it's overall beneficial or damaging.

So even saying things like drug "X" may have side effects is kind of ridiculous if you really think about it, because the reality is, there is no such thing as side effects, those are just part of the effects. You cannot have positive effects A, B and C without the negatives D, E and F.

The real question we should be asking ourselves is "are the short term positives going to be worth the long term negatives."

And the answer's obviously going to depend on the individual and their unique circumstances. Drugs can be effective tools with dealing with certain situations in our lives. If you're drowning in the middle of an ocean, certain drugs can act like a life saving raft. I've definitely had some of these situations before, and certain substances were a saving grace.

Antidepressants for example, can literally save someones life from committing suicide and buy that person some extra time to get their life in order, but no drug will ever cure you from anything in and of itself, and will never be a long term solution.

Sometimes they can act as catalysts, assuming you make the appropriate lifestyle changes, but the drugs will never do the work for you. Otherwise anyone who drinks ayahuasca would be an enlightened master. It's not quite that simple.

So don't be fooled by new groundbreaking drugs that sound too good to be true because you just don't know what horrendous effects it can have on your body years later. And this is especially true with new drugs that haven't really been studied properly, such as research chemicals. And this is exactly why we need more long term unbiased research that honestly weighs the pro with the cons.

Some people will come up with a lot of excuses, like, "Oh, I need to smoke weed because I have insomnia and chronic back pain." or "I need Viagra to get my dick hard otherwise my girlfriend will leave me,"

Actually, that one's fair enough.

There's absolutely nothing wrong per se with using these drugs for certain problems for a short while, but I would argue that there are always healthy sustainable ways to get over whatever issue you have without the use of drugs. So instead of taking adderall to focus everyday, which is basically speed if we're being honest here, why not take up a meditation practice, but actually stick with it and stop filling up your mind with constant stimulation which is obviously making your attention span worse.

Easier said than done, right?

Well, yeah....

That's kinda the price you have to pay, and this is precisely the reason why people prefer to take drugs that temporarily solve their problems instead of changing their whole lifestyle.

And I am guilty just as much as the next guy for unnecessarily using drugs, but it does eventually catch up to you. The reality is, life is fucking hard and sometimes we have to do things that make us feel uncomfortable to improve our lives in the long run. We are not here to be happy all the time. And it's this constant pursuit of happiness which is making us unhappy in the first place.

"Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life." - Jerzy Gregory

The more you rely on drugs, the less capable you will be with dealing with adversity in life, which means that life is going to be a lot more painful than it has to be.

Drugs are tools, first and foremost.

They can be useful in particular situations - assuming that it's in the right set sett& setting, but they can also be destructive weapons in the wrong context, which is how the vast majority of people use them unfortunately.

And not to be Captain Obvious but the problem is obviously not with drugs, it's with HUMANS.

US.

We kind of just tend to ruin everything, especially in this modern society of instant gratification.

And this really applies to everything in life to a certain extent, whether it's social media, TV, eating, sex, shopping, gambling, porn and even spiritual practices. It's just that drugs have more of a dramatic effect on your mind, so the high's obviously going to be the best thing you'll ever experience, but the downfalls are just as extreme.

And I think this is exactly what Louis C.K. meant when he said that "drugs are so good that they'll ruin your life." And this is exactly why we need a more balanced approach to life, and not constantly chase pleasure and force it.

It all comes down to moderation guys - including moderation.

It really comes down to why you're using a substance and for what purpose.

Are the negatives gonna be worth the positives you're chasing?

How often are you using a particular substance?

What's the dose?

Are you relying on it?

Can you get the intended effect without any drugs at all? 

Well, yeah, of course you can. It just takes a lot more discipline and patience.

As we've discussed before, drugs can be powerful allies and enemies depending on how you use them and what form you take, which is important. And this is the problem when we label all illegal substances as "drugs", but somehow alcohol and prescription medications gets a pass. Which is ironic because they're the ones that are killing more people than all illegal drugs combined.

And since we humans are such pleasure monkeys that love chasing that dopamine hit, we are notorious for taking what used to be a safe medicinal plant with mild effects, and refining and concentrating them into a much more potent substance.

So coca leaf becomes cocaine, green tea becomes energy drinks, poppy seeds become heroin, etc.

We like to push it even further and produce more messed up drugs like krokodil and crack cocaine. And we all know how destructively addictive these drugs can be...

And I don't wanna be that guy who falls into the "appeal to nature" fallacy, because I'm not saying that natural plants are always better. Mother nature has some really scary and powerful shit out there, like Datura for example, which is not uncommon in sending people into a hellish psychosis.

But for the most part, the plants that have milder effects, like green tea and coca leaf, is probably going to be the healthier choice, compared to the more potent concentration. Because as we all know, the more potent the drug, the bigger the risk.

But I think, before relying on drugs, it could be wise to just have all your areas in life covered, like health, wealth, relationships and purpose. It should be treated like a supplementation instead of the solution.

And by the way guys, I'm not fundamentally against using drugs to have fun every once in a while, but if you can't have fun without drugs then you probably shouldn't be taking drugs in the first place.

And this could be the difference between an addict who loves drugs a little bit too much, and someone who just has a drug experience every once in a while, but moves on with their life. There's absolutely nothing wrong with getting loose, I mean, we are gonna die one day, let's face it. Just try not to get carried away - that's all I'm saying.

But I would invite you guys to slowly trade the more profound drugs for a more sustainable practise, or even move to a milder substance.

And remember that we are made of drugs, so take advantage!

There's so many tools out there that can give us access to the "feel good" chemicals that our body already produces. Things like cold showers, hot yoga, exercise, & deep breathing meditation are all amazing ways to get a sustainable "high" without the come down. And on top of that, they're actually good for you!

But I understand that this transition can be difficult, and sometimes we need to take things one step at a time. So instead of smoking cigarettes, you can try substitute with vaping. Instead of consuming sleeping pills, try chamomile tea in a candle lit room without any fluorescent lights, which is shutting down your melatonin production. Or if you have a coffee addiction (like most of us), try move onto yerba mate, and eventually green tea, etc.

If you do take drugs, which is inevitable, let's face it here - Lower the dose, take care of your body, test your substances and know what the fuck you're getting into. Don't just trust your mate Gary and go by his word.

And finally, which is very important,  S P A C E   I T   O U T. 

You'll actually have a better experience the next time you take drugs.

"Because I don't do drugs, I never do drugs, never......so that when I do they're way more fun. To me that's my best advice about drugs, if you wanna enjoy drugs, never do them, never........ because then when you do, they're actually fun." - Louie C.K

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Why I don't trip anymore...

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Why I don't trip anymore...

I'm hanging up the phone....maybe for a few decades.

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What One Year Without Alcohol Has Taught Me

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What One Year Without Alcohol Has Taught Me

Alcohol.

A drug that is widely accepted among most cultures for many centuries. Just like everyone else, I thought alcohol was a beverage that people occasionally drank to socialize, not realizing that it is one of the most dangerous hard drugs on the market. 

I mean, it is legal after all, so how bad could it be...right?

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Does Vulnerability = Weakness?

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Does Vulnerability = Weakness?

Does vulnerability make you weak, or is it your biggest strength that will ultimately set you free?

When I started to become vulnerable, by taking off the armour and putting the shield down. I started showing the world who I truly was. I used my dark past as inspiration for others, because once you stop hiding and start expressing your authentic self - which includes the shadow parts - you become truly free. 

Being vulnerable has also allowed me to attract the people I want in my life. It allows for deeper connections with people which creates richer relationships. I'm allergic to shallow small talk, as this never goes anywhere! :p

Despite what you've been told, vulnerability does NOT equal weakness. It is in fact, your biggest strength. Hiding away from your shadows and not talking about your feelings because of fear does NOT represent strength. This is what we get taught, right? That letting people in is a sign of weakness. This is particularly true for men. You get labelled as a pussy by insecure guys that are too afraid to face their own shit, so they they project their insecurities about themselves unto others.  

Running away from your shadow parts and not being vulnerable will eat you up inside. Being ashamed of who you are or what you've done in the past is the one of the most destructive things you can do to your self worth.

The truth is, we have every single human trait in existance. Every single one of us are mean, kind, cruel, charming, funny, loving, etc. We are ALL those things. It's about which part of yourself you choose to act on a daily basis. The only reason we let ourselves get pissed off from others calling us something we don't like, is because we disown that part of ourselves. Give yourself persmision to own ALL aspects of yourself, which includes the negatives.

Use those harsh experiences as wise lessons for others to learn from. Use your dark past to inspire others to move forward in their life. You have no idea how POWERFUL being vulnerable can be to others. It can LITERALLY save lives and make this world a better place. 

It's time to let go of the past and turn those negative experience into positive ones.

I used to be ashamed and guilty of all the bad shit I've done in the past. I used to steal, fight, lie, cheat, and hurt the ones closest to me. As horrible as those acts can be, it is something that needed to happen for my own personal growth and to help others. There's no point in dwelling in the past, as there's no point in fixating on something you cannot change. It's only going to amplify the problem and make it 10 times worse.

Just let go.

Let go become vulnerable. 

Show the world who you truly are. It takes a lot of strength to do this, but man oh man is this feeling liberating. 

Only people who have true courage has the guts to take off the armour and show the world who they truly are. Don't be afraid and use "weakness" as an excuse to not let others in. 

Be brave.

Be strong. 

You got this. 

 

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Psychedelics and Their Link to Mental Health Issues Study

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Psychedelics and Their Link to Mental Health Issues Study

Ever since Nixon started the War on Drugs, people have really been freaking out over the danger of illicit drugs, particularly psychedelics. Whilst a lot has changed, the far majority of people in this modern day society do not approve of psychedelic use.

We get told that taking LSD will make you crazy and cause a host of mental health issues, and that it can even induce psychosis and really screw up your life. But what they don't tell you is that psychedelics have a wide array of medicinal and therapeutic properties.

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Western Medicine VS Plant Medicines

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Western Medicine VS Plant Medicines

These are the people who won't try something new unless it has undergoed a peer reviewed double blind study. I'm mainly talking about plant medicines and their potential to cure many illness which western medicine cannot. 

To these narrow minded people, thousands upon thousands of testimonials across thousands of years isn't proof enough. They need a peer reviewed study to be funded by a big corporation to put their minds at ease. 

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Good and Evil | 2 Sides of the Same Coin

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Good and Evil | 2 Sides of the Same Coin

There is a polarity to everything in life. The separation of good and bad is an illusion that we've all bought into, which has created judgment, attachment and conflict in this world.   

There is a dichotomy in nature everywhere you look. There's night and day, black and white, sun and moon, male and female, hot and cold, lightness and darkness, life and death, etc. It is all a part of the same organism.

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How To Have A Safe Trip | A Psychedelic Harm Reduction Guide

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How To Have A Safe Trip | A Psychedelic Harm Reduction Guide

Our ancestors have known about psychedelics and their healing potwntial for many thousand years now. Our modern culture is just starting to scratch the surface over the past few years.

There has been a big shift in public opinion about psychedelics. As more and more credible research emerges, the more the reputation of these psychedelic medicines increase.

Psychedelics are incredible tools for expanding your consciousness and delving deep into the subconscious mind. They can be used for deep healing like moving past childhood traumas, or they can be used as treatment  for chronic mental illness such as clinical depression. That being said, it is important to note that many of these scientific studies have had psychotherapy-assisted treatment to compliment psychedelics.

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Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

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Is Money The Root Of All Evil?

Is money the root of all evil? I have heard countless people make the claim that it is the root of everything wrong with this society. 

It's funny when you talk about money. So many people have such a negative perception of it. But what makes it ironic, is that the people who say that money is evil are usually the ones who don't have much of it or don't understand the concept of money. 

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Why Are People So Pessimistic?

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Why Are People So Pessimistic?

People always say that they're a sceptic or a pessimist. No. It's called being gutless. It takes courage to look for the good. It takes guts to try, even if that means failing. 

It's easy to look for the negatives and ignore the positives. It's easy to say "fuck it" and stay exactly we are. 

It's this fear of rejection and disappointment why we don't even try and give things a real shot. It's all these self-defence mechanisms which blocks out the pain instead of facing it. When a relationship starts breaking down, it's much easier to see things a lot worse than what they really are, so that we don't even bother. 

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Is Science Always Right? Or Is It Holding You Back?

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Is Science Always Right? Or Is It Holding You Back?

How many people do you know that won't believe anything they hear unless it's been "scientifically proven"? How many people do you know that will treat any scientific study as absolute truth? Do you think anything that is printed in a scientific journal to be true?

I would say that many people these days are like this. These are the people who get stuck in life and aren't willing to try anything or listen to anybody's ideas because it hasn't hasn't gone through a double-blind peer reviewed scientific study. 

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Do Drugs Cause Addiction? | The Answer Might Surprise You

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Do Drugs Cause Addiction? | The Answer Might Surprise You

Are drugs themselves the actual cause of drug addiction? Or is addiction caused by other factors that contribute to these spiralling addictions more so than the drug itself?  

The stigma attached to illicit drugs is a lingering stain that just won't go away. Most people you talk to will blame drugs for most of society's problems. The propaganda surrounding drugs have always been filling our heads with absolute nonsense for many decades now. I bought into it just as much as everyone else, but now looking back on hindsight, I literally laugh out loud when I see any drug propaganda. Obviously, most drugs aren't good for you, you don't have to be a scientist to know that, but they are nowhere near as bad as the mainstream media makes it out to be. Despite what they tell you, most users will in fact NOT become addicted to drugs, nor will they suffer long-term damage.

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Is Weed Bad For You? | An Unbiased Perspective

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Is Weed Bad For You? | An Unbiased Perspective

So lets get this settled once and for all - is weed bad for you? 

Like pretty much everything in life, the answer is......it depends.

I'm going to try and attempt to tackle this topic completely unbiased. So I'm not here to advertise marijuana and tell you how it can slow down or kill cancer cells (which it can), or demonize it and go on about how it can trigger psychosis and contribute to the destruction of your life (also true).

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Why Are People Afraid Of Psychedelics?

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Why Are People Afraid Of Psychedelics?

Psychedelics is a very controversial topic, especially with the political baggage surrounding it, so of course I'm going to talk about this. Most people naturally stay away from psychedelics just because of the legal status alone. But some people stay away from it for completely different reasons, I mean I personally know quite a few people who would smoke meth, snort coke and other hard drugs that really fuck you up, yet they wouldn't even consider ever trying a psychedelic. Why is that?

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My First Kambo Cleanse (Frog Medicine)

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My First Kambo Cleanse (Frog Medicine)

Kambo is a traditional medicine originating from the Amazon Rainforest. It is basically a poison that is scraped off the Giant Monkey Tree Frog. A thin piece of vine is heated up and several burn points are placed on a person's arm, leg or chest. The kambo points are then applied to these openings.

Here's my experience..

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Can We Keep Living Like This? - An Important Message

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Can We Keep Living Like This? - An Important Message

We are raised since birth to do what we are told, to believe what they tell us to believe, and to be no different, to just obey and follow without questioning. Most people are so brainwashed that they completely fail to see this, and they look at people who question the system and think differently like they're bat-shit crazy. 

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Top 10 Badass Buddha Quotes

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Top 10 Badass Buddha Quotes

The Buddha was one bad ass motherf*cker whose wisdom remains as relevant today as it did back in 600 BC.

Siddhartha Gautama, or better known as the Buddha, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The term 'Buddha' means 'Awakened One' or 'Enlightened One', which is someone who has awakened from the sleep of ignorance and sees things the way they really are.

49 days after the Buddha attained enlightenment he was requested to teach. The rest is history...

Here are my all-time favourite sayings from the Buddha, along with my perspective on them.

 

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Kapitari Ayahuasca Retreat - No Bullshit Review

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Kapitari Ayahuasca Retreat - No Bullshit Review

I went to Kapitari about 2 months ago now, and I thought it was about time I briefly share how wonderful this place is. 

Kapitari is a beautiful retreat located in the Amazon jungle, not too far from Iquitos.  The shaman goes by the name of Don Lucho,  but his real name is Luis Culquiton. Don Lucho is one of the most humblest and wisest men I have ever met. He's had over 40 years of shamanic experience, and the cool thing about Don Lucho is, unlike most other shamans, he is self-taught and has learnt almost everything he knows directly from the Ayahuasca plant himself.

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Religion VS Spirituality

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Religion VS Spirituality

Before I start I want to make sure that you guys know that I'm not necessarily bashing religion, I'm just saying it how it is from my perspective. This is probably going to deeply offend some of you, but my goal here is to clear up the misconception surrounding spirituality. I just want to try and make the distinction between spirituality and religion, because there is actually quite a big difference between religion and spirituality, in fact they're polar opposites. So yea... I apologize in advance to those who get upset, but just remember that these are only words, so relax.

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