Green Bay Packers quarterback revealed Aaron Rodgers Aubrey Marcus podcast He consumed ayahuasca before consecutive MVP seasons vegetable drug To help produce two of the best seasons of his career thanks to a change in the way he thinks and an improvement in his mental health.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Rodgers said of his third and fourth World Player of the Year titles in 2020 and 2021 after trying ayahuasca in South America. “I don’t really do that. I don’t really believe in chance at this point. It’s the universe that brings things to happen when they’re supposed to happen.”
“There are signs and simultaneity all around us at all times if we are awake enough to see them and absorb them and listen to our intuition when he talks to us or rings us in the head saying, ‘You idiot, this is what you’re supposed to do.
Rodgers said his decision to try ayahuasca was motivated by a previous experience he had with the drug — Marcus said Rodgers once told him that “one of the best days of my life” involved eating mushrooms on the beach where he later felt like I was merging with Ocean” — as well as from listening to Marcus’ podcast.
Rodgers said people focus on the downsides of ayahuasca — nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and hallucinations Among the many side effects – but not the “deep, meaningful, crazy possibilities of mind-expanding and also deep self-love and healing that can happen on the other side” after taking medication. ayahuasca Contains DMT (dimethyltryptamine), It is a Schedule 1 drug in the United States.
He said that after the trip and the ayahuasca experience, he “knew I would never be the same.”
“For me, I didn’t do it and I think I never played football again,” Rodgers said. “No, it gave me a deep and meaningful appreciation for life. My intention the first night I walked in was ‘I want to feel what pure love feels like.’ That was my intention. And I did. I did. I had a magical experience with feeling the sensation of a hundred hands. different things on my body that gave me the grace of love and forgiveness for myself and gratitude for this life of what seemed to me ancestors.”
Rodgers said the experience “put me on my path to be able to go back to my job and get a different perspective on things. To be more free to work, as a leader, as a teammate, as a friend, as a lover. I really feel that this experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career ( in 2020).
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Rodgers spoke emotionally about the importance of self-love, the “ego death” during another ayahuasca experience with Marcos and how he felt that this experience helped him achieve self-love. He stopped several times to return his tears.
“You can do nothing in this life until you really, truly love yourself unconditionally,” Rodgers said. “That’s what I had to do. I had to give in completely to the idea that everything I told myself was true. And that’s when I finally broke out. I lay there on that rug and came to terms with the possibility that all these lies I was telling myself could be true. In That fact from the worst self-talk you can imagine, I feel like you are the lowest human on this planet and never deserve in this life of unconditional love…
“…I was put out there with that truth, being my reality – that all the things I’ve said about myself are true and true. And I said ‘Is there anyone in this room who can still love me?'” It came to his mind first, said Marcus.
“What came next was the voice in my head – which isn’t really my voice anymore – and said, ‘If you’re at your lowest, these people can still love you, then you should be able to love yourself.'”
Rodgers said the experience also helped his mental health.
“For me, one of the primary tenants of your mental health is self-love,” Rodgers said. “That’s what ayahuasca did to me, it was helping me figure out how to love myself unconditionally.” “Only through unconditional self-love can I truly be able to love others unconditionally. And what better way to act – this is my own belief – but what better way to work on my mental health than to have an experience like that.”
“The greatest gift I can give my teammates, in my opinion, is to be able to show up and be someone who can represent them unconditional love. I mean, obviously it’s important to play well and show and lead and all that stuff, but they won’t care what You say it so they know how much you care.”
Rodgers, 38, is the highest-paid player in the NFL. He’s entering his eighteenth season with The Packers. He was MVP in 2011, 2014, 2020, and 2021, throwing last season for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns for the #1 seed in the NFC. In 2020, Rodgers led the NFL in completion percentage (70.7%) and touchdowns (highest career 48).
He reflected on his career as a whole with Marcus and discussed what keeps him going.
“I’ve dealt with a lot of disappointments in my career. So many incredible moments, great heights and victories, winning the Super Bowl, winning the MVP. I’ve also dealt with disappointing losses, some of which are with you forever,” said Rodgers. “But at its core, there is such a love for the game.
“There is such a deep, intense love and gratitude for what I have to do. You can’t measure it. That’s why I still want to come back and play and literally pour my soul into my sport, the relationships with the players, the Monday-Saturday grinds, the meetings and practices, the side talks, the texts in Late at night – it’s all about doing what I do. I do it because I love it.”
Late on the podcast, Rodgers touched on his relationship with his family and his 2021 off-season confrontation with the Packers. He said the shift in perspective helped him get past his issues with the team.
“There has to be some recognition of the flawed nature in all of us,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s only in recognizing and understanding humanity’s flawed nature that we learn what unconditional love really is.” “It really allowed me to see, not only with my relationship with my family, but with friendships and lovers, differently, by not having this ideal that things should be a certain way. Or that perfection is a quality that must be found in all repetition in Every relationship It is in the blemishes and the scars and the thorns We find the true beauty in each other, I believe. It is in the mundane experiences. Simplicity…
“I had some lag with Packers during the break and in essence it is the realization that we are all flawed people and that we all bring our selves, our thoughts, our experiences to the table. In essence, there are opportunities to see those flaws and to find unconditional love for these people, those experiences, those organizations, those families. that really shaped us and shaped us into who we are.”