Birth of Oyasin: A time to kill
After 6 years of my career focused on nootropics, smart drugs, and helping millions of people improve their mental performance, I realized how many of my followers were unfulfilled and working in a rate race disconnected from nature... myself included.
For some strange reason I caught the itch to hunt for my own food. I didn't like thinking of grocery stores and restaurants when I thought of food. I wanted to experience the Truth.
Living in Texas I had heard about hunting before, but nobody I knew had any experience with it. My Indian mother never cooked meat in the home and my father never hunted while I was growing up.
The typical hunting stereotypes were embedded in my mind. Only rednecks like killing animals, it’s a barbaric act, and all the other prejudices of “civilized” urbanites. Even though I was fed these stories, a part of me still thought something was off.
If we were all eating meat we should be able to kill the animal ourselves, right?
After trying desperately to go hunting with friends, I found an outfitter, organized a bow hunt for December 2017 and put it on the calendar.
Plant Medicine and Hunting: Piecing it together
Simultaneously, my interest in plant medicine experiences for self-exploration and healing trauma started to grow. I accepted an invitation to a men’s retreat with 12 close friends to ingest a traditional entheogen called ayahuasca, which provides deep insights and emotional healing in a legal setting.
Only one month before my first ever bow hunt, I sat in an ayahuasca ceremony with a visceral feeling of responsibility in hunting an animal. As tears streamed down my face contemplating the life of this animal, I asked the Universe to guide my arrow straight through the heart of the animal to have a quick, painless death.
After practicing daily for a month, I spent close to 50 hours in freezing winter conditions before firing my first and only arrow at an animal. The arrow went straight through the heart of the antelope solidifying my connection and relationship to a higher power.
In January 2018, I again sought wisdom from the ayahuasca ceremony, but this time I brought the skin of the dead antelope to commune with the circle of life and death.
In this ceremony, I realized that the trauma of the animals we eat becomes a part of our physical body and I made a commitment to only eat animals that I kill.
Bringing this lifestyle to more people
As it happened, the man sitting next to me on my first ayahuasca journey was a Sundance award-winning producer who found my story compelling enough to tell it on a grand scale.
The documentary we are putting together, BELOW THE DROP will reach millions, but I also feel called to create experiences and products with Oyasin that provide the same visceral feeling for others.
My commitment isn’t for everybody, but if you eat meat then it is worthwhile to experience taking the life of an animal. The respect and love that comes from consciously killing an animal adds so much meaning to the food that nourishes our body.
Nourishing the mind is just as important. Entheogens like ayahuasca, psilocybin, peyote, and others have been used for thousands of years to heal trauma and gain greater connection with ourselves and Earth.
It’s my mission to bring you these experiences and the lifestyle that surrounds it.