It’s time for me to come out about my use of Psychedelics, which I call Plant Medicine. After my papa’s death in 2016 I was in crisis mode, I’d grown tired of my unhealthy patterns. I delved into these medicines thanks to BIPOC practitioners who showed me the way. Psychedelics include psilocybin (mushrooms), acid, Ketamine, Ayahuasca, & more.
Most of these are Indigenous medicines that have been stewarded by Indigenous folx. Today, they’re sadly being used overwhelmingly by white folks in the West, often in extractive ways. We’re witnessing the colonization of healing modalities. There is a psychedelic boom brewing and it’s only going to grow in the next few years.
That’s why I am coming out, to organize and ensure these medicines are being shared in a manner that’s in right relationship to Indigenous people, AND that they are reaching the most impacted – BIPOC people who have suffered most from the harsh reality of colonization and racism. It’s our communities who are in urgent need of healing from trauma, and that’s what these medicines do so well.
I am tired of the fact that it’s white folks who are the face of these medicines and yet who are doing very little to address the underlying issue of white supremacy. It’s been decades of white men leading in the field of psychedelics in the US and where has it landed us? Psychedelics have been about individual enlightenment, versus systemic change. It’s time for BIPOC, feminine leadership in this space.
These medicines have truly accelerated exponential growth and healing for me. My first journey with Ayahuasca changed my life. I’ve benefited so much from the mushrooms, from the Mazatec people. I’m a big fan of Ketamine too. I regularly microdose, so that I may learn from these elements and speak from a place of lived experience.
I’ve embarked on a major learning journey, began to take classes and attend conferences. So much more I want to say, but for now, check out a show I did with my friend Gibran X Rivera where I talk about this.