In August of 2011, upon hearing the word, Ayahuasca, for the very first time, something caught fire in my soul and my life was forever changed. Ayahuasca is an ancient medicinal tea with psychedelic healing properties. For centuries, it has been used ceremoniously among native tribes living in the Amazon rainforest. For me, it was an experience I knew I needed to have. I promised myself that I would go to South America one day to drink the medicine and heal from the traumas of my past.
Four months later, I was graced with what I like to think of as nothing less than a miracle. I was offered a free trip to Ecuador…the very country I had been dreaming of going to in search of Ayahuasca. This, to me, was a very clear sign that I was destined to have the experience, and I felt that there was a deeper meaning to it all, though I couldn’t quite figure out what that could be.
Surreal is an understatement when it comes to describing how it felt to be in the Amazon rainforest, sat in ceremony in front of a native shaman decked out in colourful feathers and jaguar teeth, about to drink my very first cup of the sacred brew I had been dreaming about since a few short months prior. The effects of the more-bitter-than-sweet medicine were overwhelming, sinking me into the depths of my own soul and casting me out into the expansive, loving universe. I was one with it all, and it was all me. I laughed, I cried, I received messages of the importance of self-love from a wise old tree, and under the light of the moon and the stars, I finally understood what it was to have faith in a higher power.
Two weeks after returning home from Ecuador, I was struck with a major epiphany while searching the web for acting jobs in Toronto. My world shook, and I felt the path I’d been walking on for years crumble beneath my feet. My heart was pounding as my safe little bubble burst wide open into a vast cosmic sea of opportunities and wild adventures. I couldn’t quite figure out what was happening, and there was no one home to talk to, so my first instinct was to turn on my webcam and start recording. I poured my heart out to my computer screen and watched it back when I was done to see if maybe I had actually lost my mind. What I saw was actually the beginning of my new path in life. I had decided to quit my budding acting career to instead devote my life to spreading the word about the incredible healing powers of the sacred Amazonian plant medicine, Ayahuasca.
Today, over 3 years later, the stories of my personal experiences with Ayahuasca have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people across the world through my videos on YouTube. I thank the universe every day for bringing such an amazing gift into my life, and for giving me the courage to share my unique story openly on the Internet so that others may find their way to sacred healing in the jungle.