Let me tell you this; if I was just a tourist vacationing in the area, there would be absolutely NO draw to live in Acapulco, Mexico. But I've had two of the most amazing psychedelic experiences of my life there. I also have a community that I am in love with. Last but certainly not least, Anarchapulco, the most incredible annual anarchist conference I have ever attended is located in Acapulco (if you couldn't tell by the name). My experience here goes far beyond the fleeting feelings and experiences tourists have. I have a deep emotional connection to Acapulco. I continue to leave my heart there.
My first psychedelic experience was back in February of this year with the Vine of the Soul known as Ayahuasca (which now hangs around my neck, as I've devoted my entire life to this mind-altering medicine). It was the first experience I ever had with Mother Aya, and the experience itself is almost indescribable. During the ceremony, I realized how beautiful the human experience really is, and how it should not be wasted being unhappy. I realized how beautiful life could be if I faced my fears head on. Because this was where I initially met the spirit of Ayahuasca, I was inclined to develop a serious relationship with Acapulco.
It's not just the psychedelic experiences that draw me to the land of Acapulco, the community that resides there makes me feel safe and loved. They have played important roles in my healing process I'm currently going through. From flying me down to Acapulco, to just being all around supportive, they have always been there for me. My wonderful friends, Nathan and Lisa Freeman made it possible for me to spend yet another week in Acapulco this year to make the very important decision as to whether or not I could seriously picture myself living there. My soul sister and fellow psychonaut, @erikaharris, also resides there. She is one of the most passionate people I know, and it's an absolute joy to be in her presence.
Another AMAZING psychedelic experience with MDMA (also known as Molly) ultimately led me to make the final decision. MDMA has been my substance of choice during 2016, and has been incredibly therapeutic for me. The night I took Molly, I had the pleasure of meeting most of Acapulco's anarchist community. The people here are genuinely empathetic and truly do care about the well-being of their tribe. They have the most beautiful souls I've ever head the pleasure of meeting. I have never had friends who helped me through a difficult time quite like the Acapulco community has, and I will forever be grateful to them for that. I really do feel a sense of home and safety when I'm around them.
The MDMA session was incredibly powerful and therapeutic. It was the first time this year that my heart felt light again; all the anger and pain was too heavy for my heart to carry any longer, and I was finally able to let every ounce of that emotional baggage go. Since that session, my heart has been light, and only light. I find it significant that I was able to find that kind of therapy in Acapulco. I took it as yet another sign that I do indeed belong there.