Updated: May 25
Psychedelics are on the rise, in a gang of shows we covered the topic as Native culture, treatment for vets and TBI sufferers and now, in our recent HLS Pod, Lysa Cooper, OG of LA/NYC, shares her experience of serving psychedelics to people looking for transformative XP’s. In this post, we delve deeper into Ayahuasca History and psychedelic benefits.
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Big Luck’s friends from the NYC club scene hit the studio and talked to you and us about how to free people from the prison of western medication. Lysa Cooper, entrepreneur and spiritual guide laid out a transformative and enjoyable psychedelic trip. On Ayahuasca She believes the role of psychedelics is to help people feel good and find their bliss. But it's not just about feeling good during the trip; it's about creating lasting changes that lead to a happier and more fulfilled life overall. She believes psychedelics can help to overcome negative patterns of thinking and behavior, leading to reduced anxiety and depression and increased creativity and empathy.
Lysa recounts her own experience of using ayahuasca and dancing under the stars, which she described as liberating and life-changing. This isn't an uncommon experience; many people who have taken psychedelics describe a feeling of unity with the universe and an expansion of their consciousness. These experiences can lead to a greater understanding of oneself and others, leading to deeper relationships and a more fulfilling life.
Ayahuasca has a long and storied history, and its entrance into American culture is no exception. The first reports of ayahuasca in the United States came in the early 20th century, when anthropologists began to take note of its use among indigenous South American tribes.
In the 1950s, several prominent researchers began to study ayahuasca in the United States. Among these was ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, who conducted extensive field research on the use of psychoactive plants among indigenous peoples. Schultes serendipitously discovered ayahuasca during his travels, and he was intrigued by its potential for medicinal use. From this point forward, ayahuasca research began to accelerate.
In the mid-1960s, ayahuasca first made its way into American popular culture. Beatles members John Lennon and George Harrison famously tried it during their visit to India in 1967 (DMT is the main active ingredient in ayahuasca), although neither of them reported any profound experiences from it. In the 1980s, ayahuasca use began to take off in America, becoming popular particularly amongst the hip hop community. Rappers such as A$AP Rocky and Lil B have discussed their positive experiences with ayahuasca, often referring to it in their lyrics.
Lysa describes one of the most powerful benefits of psychedelics is their ability to help us connect to our emotions and experience them fully. In today's fast-paced world, emotions are often suppressed or ignored, leading to anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. She also iterates how psychedelics can help to break down these barriers and allow us to explore and process our emotions in a safe and controlled environment. This can lead to greater emotional intelligence and a deeper connection with ourselves and others.
Nina emphasized the importance of finding a place in one's nervous system where they can attach to happiness, joy, pain, and evolution. This means exploring our inner selves and finding what brings us joy and fulfillment, even if it means leaving behind old habits and patterns. Psychedelics can be a powerful tool in this journey of self-discovery and transformation.
The potential benefits of psychedelics for finding happiness and fulfillment are undeniable. Although the use of psychedelics isn't for everyone, it's important to continue the conversation about their potential therapeutic benefits and explore their potential in a safe and controlled environment. If you're interested in exploring psychedelics, it's important to do your research
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