Psychological trauma can keep us mired in the same cognitive loops that lay waste to our lives. Below are two methods that have been helping people cope with and overcome past abuses, so that they can live more productive lives.
1. Ayahuasca Retreats – Ayahuasca is a plant medicine that is known for helping the user purge his/her ego and become more introspective, often times gaining the ability to analyze and overcome past abuses. The medicine, as it did for me, can help people to get out of their own way and start to live life on their terms. One of the many lessons that ayahuasca bestows upon its users is that we as people are all connected and should try to find the common threads that exist among us instead of falling victim to the divisive sentiments that divide us. Keep in mind, however, that Ayahuasca is not for everyone so one must do their due diligence before taking this medicine.
2. Ibogaine Treatments – Ibogaine treatment centers are known for their remarkable success rate for helping people overcome drug addictions brought on by life experiences. Wikipedia does a great job of explaining the benefits of Ibogaine treatment centers, as I have pasted below. Keep in mind that one must do their due diligence before seeking any type of rehabilitation treatment.
Treatment for various addictions
The most-studied therapeutic effect of ibogaine is the reduction or elimination of addiction to opioids. An integral effect is the alleviation of symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Research also suggests that ibogaine may be useful in treating dependence on other substances such as alcohol, methamphetamine, and nicotine and may affect compulsive behavioral patterns not involving substance abuse or chemical dependence. Researchers note that there remains a “need for systematic investigation in a conventional clinical research setting.”
Many users of ibogaine report experiencing visual phenomena during a waking dream state, such as instructive replays of life events that led to their addiction, while others report therapeutic shamanic visions that help them conquer the fears and negative emotions that might drive their addiction. It is proposed that intensive counseling, therapy and aftercare during the interruption period following treatment is of significant value. Some individuals require a second or third treatment session with ibogaine over the course of the next 12 to 18 months. A minority of individuals relapse completely into opiate addiction within days or weeks. A comprehensive article (Lotsof 1995) on the subject of ibogaine therapy detailing the procedure, effects and aftereffects is found in “Ibogaine in the Treatment of Chemical Dependence Disorders: Clinical Perspectives”. Ibogaine has also been reported in multiple small-study cohorts to reduce cravings for methamphetamine.
There is also evidence that this type of treatment works with LSD, which has been shown to have a therapeutic effect on alcoholism. Both ibogaine and LSD appear to be effective for encouraging introspection and giving the user occasion to reflect on the sources of their addiction, while also producing an intense, transformative experience that can put established patterns of behaviour into perspective; ibogaine has the added benefit of preventing withdrawal effects.
As ibogaine has been banned in the United States since the 1960s, treatments using ibogaine are considered illegal. Treatment centers are located in various countries where ibogaine is either allowed through regulation or not regulated such as Mexico and Canada. Costa Rica also has treatment centers, most notably one run by Lex Kogan who is considered the leading proponent of ibogaine.
It is important to remember to not take social bias personally. This is an idea that I will repeat often. If you are pursuing your dream and feeling resistance from other people than this means you are on the right track. Chris Guillebeau does a great job of breaking down hate and social resistance.
The section you are about to read is from the book The Art of Nonconformity by Chris Guillebeau:
What They Say About Winners
Hugh Macleod, first-time artist and author of Ignore Everybody, explained it like this: “If you want to make a lot of people hate you, all you need to do is make a lot of money doing something you love.” You could also replace “make a lot of money” with a number of other phrases that reflect success:
“… all you need to do is have a lot of fun…”
“… all you need to do is help a lot of people…”
“… all you need to do is be better than everyone else…”
One thing’s for certain: When you set out on an unconventional journey, you’ll attract attention and criticism. If you succeed in your quest, you can expect more of both.
Some people enjoy nothing more than putting down winners. I call them energy-sucking vampires — they don’t contribute anything positive to the world, but they enjoy lashing out and attempting to suck the life away from other people. Their worldview comes from perspective of scarcity, where winning and losing is viewed as a zero-sum game. Just because you’re winning does not require someone else to lose, but not everyone understands than.
People who possess self-confidence and focus are often labeled as arrogant by those who lack both qualities. According to the scarcity perspective, winners are viewed with suspicion because they “must have” taken something from someone else on their rise to the top. It’s easier to bring winners down a notch than it is to rise to their level.
“Great spirits have always been violently oppressed by mediocre minds,” reported Albert Einstein, who was said to be mentally slow and incurious as a child.