Sugar pill | Psychedelic Visions and Lessons from ‘Wonderland: Miami’ – Flaunt Magazine

Day 2 turns out to be much more docile. If yesterday had all the fervor expected of a rising acid trip, today is a post-peak plateau, where you can sit down and decode your hallucinations. I’m sitting in a quiet press room sipping the endless stream of free Psychedelic water when Zappy Zapolin introduces himself, smiling, bald, short, wearing a white goatee, white sunglasses and a pale oyster sports coat. We shake hands and chat, happy to finally meet IRL. He seems to me a bit like one of Terence McKenna’s “Self-Transforming Machine Elves”, often brought back to the realm of DMT.

With the cadence and the seraphic reverie of a Californian surfer, he radiates a new optimism. You can understand why top personalities entrust him with the most delicate chasms of their inner psyche.

He made the trip down that rabbit hole like most people do, when going through a midlife crisis… existential crisis… spiritual crisis, call it what you want: being disillusioned with everything our society says it is. supposed to make us happy. He felt the lingering specter of dissatisfaction. “I had heard of people taking ayahuasca and thought maybe I should go to the jungle and sit with a shaman and become who I was – who I am – before anything. the world throws all this shit on me.

He ended up connecting with actor Michelle Rodriguez who accompanied him to Peru. It was originally supposed to be a personal trip, but when he mentioned his intention to go and film it, “She literally pulled out her passport and said, ‘When are we leaving? “”

The rest is history and is documented in his first film, The reality of the truth. He followed Rodriguez for a few years to see how she “incorporated” his experience (how one incorporates the revelations of the trip into her everyday life.)

“After the death of her friend Paul Walker, she explained that if she hadn’t done ayahuasca, she might have lost it. She felt he was still with her and didn’t have to feel the loss completely.

Since then, the label of “psychedelic concierge to the stars” has stuck, which he is proud of. “This nickname is appropriate because when you go to a hotel and ask the concierge where you should go for dinner, he asks you things like, ‘What kind of food do you like? Do you like wine? What type of music? Do you want the inside, the outside? They get a lay of the land. Then they make a recommendation. So for me I sit with Lamar [Odom], and ask, “What is your intention to do this?” What kind of trauma do you have? ‘ “

As featured in his new documentary, Lamar Odom: reborn, Zappy feeds Odom a diet of “Ketamine + Herbal Medicine + Daily Practice = Conscious Transformation”.

Odom has always been afraid of tripping. Zappy shared Odom’s concerns: “In the black community, if you have a bad experience and you fall apart you could be shot by the police, you could be placed in a mental institution. He told me it was different for a black person. Although eventually, Odom felt comfortable doing it in a doctor’s office.

KetaMD, Zappy’s company, brings this therapy to the comfort of our own homes; the near future where we can take a ketamine lozenge during a Zoom call with our RN. Zappy explains that they work with a nationwide network of doctors who understand and prescribe this drug and are trained in ketamine protocols. In other words, KetaMD bridges the gap between the psychedelic experience and the modern medical system.

Ketamine itself has come a long way in terms of recognition. Before now, many of us have groped in the dark, which I can personally attest to. The mid-2000s were a dark age for anything psychedelic (especially after the arrest of William Leonard Pickard – also slated to speak in Wonderland – who until 2000 made 90% of the world’s LSD from ‘a refurbished missile silo in Kansas). No ancient knowledge, methodology or wisdom other than erowid.org, we were simple monkeys in helmets pulling us into space. My drug dealer once asked me if I wanted a “Special K” hit. He couldn’t tell me too much other than that it was a horse tranquilizer (or was it a cat tranquilizer?). Suffice to say that the return home that day was more than interesting.

To think that ketamine not only unlocks an array of inner healings, but may soon be prescribed for home treatment seems like a quantum leap to me. Zappy hopes to create a psychedelic janitor program soon. “People have so many different and specific needs. And once we can train people and they have the experience themselves, they can really guide. If you are properly guided and have integration support, you can really maximize these elements.

And we keep making quantum leaps, the evolution of psychedelics in our culture seeming to keep pace with the acceleration of our technology. Zappy reflects briefly on the “technological singularity” proposed by futurist Ray Kurtzweil, the theoretical moment when the growth of AI exceeds that of the human intellect.

“When we reach 2040 and are connected to the internet through AI, the average person will be a billion times smarter than they are today. So that means any of us would have the ability to destroy the world, build a nuclear device, whatever. And if you think of an angry teenager or someone with some underlying issues, if we don’t fix them ASAP, we’re going to get there and be destroyed. We have to raise awareness.

Whatever may or may not happen beyond this event horizon, it is obvious that we have to go within if we ever hope to reach for the stars. Although with most remedies it takes a combination of things to get at what is deeply rooted. Plant medicine is not just a compound, there is a strange consciousness. It’s alive.

Ibogaine was what Zappy recommended for Lamar Odom, and the documentary gives us a glimpse of his journey; The good the bad and the ugly. It’s a moving experience that reality TV might one day catch up with – people sharing what psychonauts call their “travel reports.” Odom recalled visits from his late mother and baby, Jaden, who died at 6 months. Since his treatments, he has reconnected with his two other children, as well as with himself.

Iboga is a rainforest shrub root native to West Africa and traditionally used in initiation ceremonies. It is often associated with the spirits of ancestors, something Odom wanted to explore. The fact that you can connect with your loved ones on a soul level, something that indigenous people have understood for centuries.

“The drug wants to come out,” Zappy says. “He knows he has to come out into Western society, he knows humans are suffering.”

I think of Mike Tyson embracing death… I think of Rainbow’s poetic lyrics about the fear of death that kills us… I think of Michelle Rodriguez grappling with elegance with the death of Paul Walker…

I see the dead are still with us, Henry Miller whispers ether to me, ready and willing to be summoned from the grave at any time …

I think about the fact that reality is not what we built it to be. Compared to cultures of the past, ours seems to be the most disconnected from something as basic as death, and it seems related to the perpetual distance we keep from these plants. Before we consider “investing the shamanic path” (a real conference topic), may we consider – excuse the pun – the roots.

that of Graham Hancock America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization discusses the phenomenon of newly discovered geoglyphs, or “earthworks” – massive ancient geometric structures, some exactly aligned with cardinal directions and with reference to star constellations. He discusses paintings of Tukano shamans (inspired by their ayahuasca journeys) which depict the entrance to the afterlife realm in geometric shapes, closely resembling these earthly works. Hancock’s theory is that these structures are connected to a system of ideas about death and the afterlife found all over the world – places like the Amazon, Egypt, and the valley’s cryptic earth mounds. Mississippi that still confuses modern Americans.

Rachel J. Bradford