Aaron Rodgers, star quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, recently opened up about the ways psychedelic drugs changed his life.
When the 38-year-old athlete sat down for an interview on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, he said that using ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic, has improved his mental health and even helped him “unconditionally love” himself.
“To me, one of the core tenets of your mental health is that self-love,” Rodgers began, speaking to host Aubrey Marcus. “That’s what ayahuasca did for me, was help me see how to unconditionally love myself.”
Due to his ability to unconditionally love himself, he feels as though it has helped him love others. “It’s only in that unconditional self-love, that then I’m able to truly be able to unconditionally love others,” he continued. “And what better way to work on my mental health than to have an experience like that?”
Aaron Rodgers discusses working in a team post-psychedelic awakening
As Rodgers elaborated, he mentioned that if he is able to be the best version of himself, he is also able to be the best teammate to the Packers. “The greatest gift I can give my teammates, in my opinion, is to be able to show up and to be someone who can model unconditional love to them,” he shared. “I mean obviously it’s important I play well, and show up and lead and all that stuff. They won’t care about what you say until they know how much you care.”
The psychedelic drug ayahuasca can be consumed as a liquid and has the power to alter a person’s sense of time, emotions, and thought patterns. indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin often use the brew as spiritual medicine to heal both physical ailments and mental issues. The psychoactive drug contains the active ingredient N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is a banned Schedule I drug in the United States.
Although Rodgers did not openly promote the drug for others to use, he shared that having his psychoactive experience helped generate one of the best football seasons of his life.
“I laid there afterwards on my mat and then opened my eyes and it felt like I was opening my eyes for the first time,” he noted, recalling trying the drug for the first time. “I really feel like that experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career.”
Despite a handful of COVID-19-related controversies, Rodgers was named the 2021-2022 MVP.
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