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The secret to his success: Aaron Rodgers credits ayahuasca for his career rejuvenation

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is coming off a pair of MVP seasons. After the team drafted Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, Rodgers put together one of his best years as a pro, completing 70.7% of his passes for 4,299 yards and a career-high 48 touchdowns. Then this past season he completed another 68.9% of his throws for 4,115 yards and 37 touchdowns en route to his second-straight MVP.

And he knows exactly how it happened: Ayahuasca.

On a recent appearance of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, the quarterback revealed that he consumed ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic, prior to the back-to-back MVP years while traveling in South America. He credits the experience with improved mental health, confidence and overall mindset.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence. There’s signs and synchronicities all around us at all times if we’re awake enough to see them and to take them in and to listen to our intuition when it’s speaking to us or pounding us in the head saying, ‘Hey dummy, this is what you’re supposed to be doing.’

Rodgers continued to say that following the trip and the experience, he knew that “I was never going to be the same.” He also outlined that while many people focus on the negative side effects of ayahuasca — such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, panic and fear — there are positives, such as “deep and meaningful and crazy mind-expanding possibilities and also deep self-love and healing that can happen on the other side.”

The quarterback credits ayahuasca with changing his view on himself, and in turn, impacting his relationship with his teammates:

To me, one of the core tenants of your mental health is that self-love. That’s what ayahuasca did for me, was help me see how to unconditionally love myself. It’s only in that unconditional self-love that I’m able to truly be able to unconditionally love others. And what better way to work on – 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 to be someone who can model unconditional love to them. I mean, obviously it’s important I play well and show up and lead and all that stuff, but they won’t care about what you say until they know how much you care.

It is worth noting that ayahuasca contains Dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, which is a Schedule I controlled substance in the United States. As such, it is illegal to manufacture, buy, possess or distribute.

In recent years, some cities have moved to decriminalize psychedelics such as DMT. For example, the Oakland City Council passed a resolution stating that “no city funds or resources” are available to impose criminal penalties on the use and possession of “entheogenic plants by adults.” That includes ayahuasca. In October of 2021, Seattle decriminalized natural psychedelics, making the investigation, arrest and prosecution of related activities their “lowest enforcement priority.”

You can start your “Rodgers to Seattle” rumors…now.

In the meantime, the quarterback continues to appreciate how the experience gave him a deeper appreciation for what he has:

No, it gave me a deep and meaningful appreciation for life. My intention the first night going in was ‘I want to feel what pure love feels like.’ That was my intention. And I did. I really did. I had a magical experience with the sensation of feeling a hundred different hands on my body imparting a blessing of love and forgiveness for myself and gratitude for this life from what seemed to be my ancestors.

What he has, in our view, is a rocket right arm:

And perhaps a full explanation for this off-season tattoo:

Story originally appeared on Touchdown Wire