Hello from Acapulco Bay,
It's been a hectic few weeks!
The first and largest international anarcho-capitalist event of its type, Anarchapulco, ended two weeks ago and many people stayed afterwards so it really didn't end until about a week ago. And then I needed three straight days of sleep to recover!
It was, by all accounts, a success. It actually sold out, at 300 people (the maximum the room we had could hold) in the final week. People flew in from around the world including, just to name a few, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland, Russia, Germany, England, Sweden, Italy, Costa Rica, Argentina and many more. And no one was hurt or died!
It started off interestingly with one person sent back from Mexico City after he told them he was going to an anarchist conference in Acapulco. After speaking with him, however, it seems that the main reason he was turned away was because he had booked a one way ticket and didn't really have any plans on what he was going to do in Mexico after the conference.
Illegal immigration from the US into Mexico has actually become a concern as thousands of Americans are fleeing into Mexico… and, most people don't know, but more Mexicans leave the US now than go there. That stream of people fleeing the US will soon turn into a flood and Mexican customs people are more vigilant with Americans entering the country now.
In any case, this person had already gotten their interest and then when he said he was an anarchist they used that as the excuse to turn him away. The reason being, in Mexico, there is an ongoing battle between people who call themselves anarchists (but are mostly just communists) and the government.
Then, the night before the conference there was quite a large protest out by the airport. It was great timing because I had been saying that there hadn't been any protests/riots of note in months and even when there was they were very small and contained and certainly of no danger to anyone not involved.
But, unbeknownst to me, the conference was on the exact same weekend as the ATP Mexico Open tennis tournament and so many protesters tried to create a ruckus near the airport since a lot of international media was in town.
I winced thinking that the timing couldn't have been worse… to have a lot of conference attendees arrive to the airport and see police in riot gear and a large amount of protesters standing off.
But, I hadn't given enough credit to the kind of attendees we have. One person who arrived at that time talked the police into letting him on the back of their armed pickup for a selfie… and the only person who was upset was Luke Rudkowski, of We Are Change, who was mad he didn't know about it so he could cover it for his channel!
Luke held Change Media University at Anarchapulco along with James Corbett of The Corbett Report and Dan Dicks of Press For Truth. The trio gave all their best inside information on how to become a successful independent journalist. It was a lot of fun, too, as you can see.
The whole week was a lot of fun and after all the meetings and festivities after the conference died down I was exhausted.
I spent more than two days in bed and then when I was finally recharged and ready to get back to work after barely even checking my email for the prior two weeks I got the news that we had a major hack of all our sites.
It was so bad that even our email was down for nearly a week which limited my ability to even catch up on the 1,000+ emails I had to respond to.
That eventually got all fixed and it was finally this week that I had the opportunity to get fully back to work. So, I apologize if I haven't replied to your email for the last three weeks.
MOTHER AYAHUASCA TIME
Anarchapulco was WAY more work than I thought it was going to be. Aside from just generally overseeing it, it was pretty much non-stop meetings, lunches, dinners, parties… and that is all aside from the conference itself.
Once it was done, though, and now that I am back to my regular routine I decided it was time for some more major changes in my life.
Last year was the first year of my life that I fully realized I wasn't happy with the direction my life was going. I was drinking way too much and after having lived a crazy life of 43 years I realized that all the travel, girls and money (which has come and gone more times than I can count) that I had experienced wasn't truly fulfilling.
I quit drinking for three months and did a lot of soul searching. I got into yoga and meditation which really opened my eyes up to a whole new world. The power of meditation can not be understated.
But, in recent months, due to a combination of over-working and stress I had fallen back into some of my old habits and I realized it was time for a complete system reboot.
I first got interested into what I was hearing about Ayahuasca about a year ago.
According to many it is a medicinal plant that has amazing properties. Not only does it heal your body and your mind but many who have experienced it say that it is something that cannot be described in words as to how it changes you. In the words of some it is an incredible experience which shows you what you are doing wrong in your life and how to change it.
I haven't done it, yet, so I won't say too much on it, but this banned Ted Talk by Graham Hancock can give you some insights into it.
Just the fact that Ted Talk was banned tells me that there must be some very important information in it.
Here is one documentary I found fascinating about how Ayahuasca helps people from things such as chronic disorders to getting over past trauma, such as rape, and even ending serious addictions in addition to changing their life completely.
I'm the kind of person who likes to try everything once. But from what I have read about Ayahuasca I NEED to try it… and I am.
Next Saturday, in Monterrey, Mexico, I will try it for the first time. If it is as powerful as people say then I will likely soon after head to the Amazon in Ecuador or Peru for a week to delve into it further.
Ayahuasca, from what I have seen and heard, is not something to take lightly. You need to be prepared, in many ways, for this experience. As example, you shouldn't drink alcohol, eat meat or have sex for a minimum of one week prior to doing it. I've already begun with all three of those.
They say when the time is right for something like Ayahuasca you will know it. And after meditating, which also expands your mind and makes things clearer, I know the time is right.
I know there is more to life than what I know and I am going to see if Ayahuasca holds some of those keys.
If it does then I will have leveled up in my consciousness and awareness. If not, then I will have probably spent an evening throwing up and screaming (common effects of Ayahuasca) in Monterrey…. hey, that's not too different than many nights I've had in the past anyway!
And, I figure that's a pretty good risk and reward. I'll try to report back next weekend after I have done it with my initial thoughts.