UFC Fighter Dan Hardy Gives Extremely Detailed Account Of His Psychedelic Ayahuasca Experience

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Via BloodyElbow.com

A positive trend that I hope to see continue.  Kudos to Dan for making himself available for these experiences.

Dan Hardy is one of my favorite fighters. His style is exciting, no matter how you slice it. I’ll always root for him, no matter who he’s up against. If it’s King Kong, I’m rooting for Dan. On a more personal level, he’s also extraordinarily likable and gives a great interview. He’s interesting, intelligent, articulate, and may have some of the best stories I’ve ever heard. Some of his adventures are the stuff movies are made of. The man has trained with kung fu monks in China. Honestly, how many people do you know that can lay claim to something like that?

The last time I interviewed Dan, he was planning on going to the Amazon (forest, not website) on an ayahuasca retreat. For those of you that aren’t familiar with ayahuasca, check it out here. Since that interview, Dan has gone on the retreat, tripped balls, met his spirit animal and is now in training for a showdown with Amir Sadollah. I recently conducted another fantastic interview with Mr. Hardy, of which there will be two parts. This one will serve as part I, and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a doozy. It is an eight minute audio clip from our interview, and it gives you graphic detail of his retreat, from top to bottom, and even includes some crying and running about in his underwear. So, for those of you that might be contemplating something like this for yourself, here’s an explicit accounting from Dan.

For more of  Dan’s experience click here.


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  • http://www.flawlessri.com/music_videos.html LLaqui

    Amazing info!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_N7ALIJGK2R55DAGQ2DIOHB4ZCU Richard

    When he said in his first experience that he couldnn’t move, it was probably because he was out of body. Descriptions of ayahuasca experiences like this one are invaluable in helping to educate people as to what general aspects of the experience to expect so that they are not extremely freaked out by the transition to another state of conciousness and what they might perceive while in the altered state produced by this miraculous concoction. However, one should remember that the major and minor details of an individual’s experience are going to be unique to him/her. Therefore, one can not generalize about what the total experience will be, much like with NDE’s in which some people go to hell and others to bliss, and everything in between. 

    • Harden Long

      The percentage of people that see hell in NDE’s is extremely low. Should be noted.  

  • Alex

    Ahhh martial artists and psychedelics… One goes to the Amazon to puke up some vines, another eats a mushroom and rips out the still beating heart of his friend.
    You never know what those whacky brutes will do next!

    • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

       Composition fallacy and false dialectic.  You forgot to mention when they attain nirvana and give the salvation of freedom in realizations such as, “It is not right to hurt others, but it is also not right to not be able to defend yourself” -Boddhidharma.

      • Neo

        I agree with the quote, but if I have to go into the amazon to take this exotic drug I will pass. That place is more dangerous than a rabid raccoon with a spear gun and I’m from around those parts and human visitation in my opinion should be discouraged to preserve the pristine wilderness. A visit to the edge of the rain forest I’m ok with. All the best.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          Ayahuasca is the gateway to an understanding of psychedelics as ritualistic medicines, and not a happy-fun adventure time. They go to the jungle because that’s where the core of people with this understanding are.

          • Neo

            No offemse but stay away from the jungle. Its not safe even with your shamans who most of the time are frauds, its not worth it. I don’t think you can grasp how dangerous it is sitting at home. The people that take Ayahuasca regularly that i’ve seen from cults are not more enlightened than anyone, (dan hardy is already high on life and success) if anything they are recluses that force feed the cocktail to their followers to induce a supposed religious experience that has no competition with any other experience due their isolated lifestyles. If you ever tripped, its like entertainment especially if you do it frequently. They use it because it is the drug available to them, its not miracle drug, its another psychedelic just harder to acquire for americans or anyone else outside the jungle and even in the jungle its a bitch to gather all those wild greens . there are other psychedelics that pull the same trips and all they take is an effort in chemistry, with no need to put yourself in dangers path while at the same time destroying the jungle with despicable gloried  drug tourism . Its a place that people should stay out of period. There is a reason why its one of the places with the lowest population density in the world while still being tropical. Read this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiHKAL and stay safe from all sorts of infections, undiscoverd and cataloged insects, predators and lawless people because the jungle is a lawless place.  Interest and an effort to gain knowledge are the gateways to the mystical realms, going to the dark jungles where  most Brazilians do not dare to venture into because of the verified dangers that reside inside is just plain foolish and hipster like, end of discussion. I like to trip and get away from this plane as much as the next guy but I do not have a death wish. If you really want to find yourse, read about Maslows studies on peak experiences, where even just talking about peak experiences can induce them drug free, its the new hotness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peak_experience there are many other books on it, enjoy! 

            P.S if you go jungle tracking in the amazon, please sign your belongings over to me, I could use the financial backing for my current artistic projects. People dispear without a trace there regularly, thats why I even bother to write this. TC

          • Sad Keanu

            I took a trip to the hospital on 9/11 for an emergency laparoscopic appendectomy. The situation had it all, drugs, hot nurses, doctors opting out of my surgery because i look muslim when sporting my beard, the surgery and sharing a room with a senior piano staff from Berklee College of Music | that lives in my home town next to my aunt, while I am in search of private music lessons. I found out more than a few things about myself while in recovery and made some drastic life alterations after getting out. Nothing like removing a tiny finger like part of your digestive system that is trying to kill you for one to see the light. Enlightenment is everywhere, just try visualizing yourself doing something like washing the dishes from a third person point of view while washing the dishes to starts the process of self recall, taking back your divinity via self hypnosis. You wont be able to do it for more than 10/15 seconds I bet (15 seconds is already advanced). Once you can do it for more than 2 minutes without losing focus you can consider yourself a spiritual master, but you wont have to tell yourself at that level, people will be reminding you of how great you are when you have found yourself for real. The Magick is everywhere, be it in the jungle where its obvious to see or in your kitchen doing the most mundane of takes. Good luck and Have Fun because your appendix can come knocking asking you to pay the piper at anytime.

          • Not spam

            Try to visualize yourself in the third person doing the task you are currently doing for a few seconds. Sorry for the commas everywhere, english is hard. But how fun are commas?

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  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    I’d have thought ayahuasca would have made him question ‘what am I doing punching people in the face for a living?’

    • Hadrian999

      it’s a much more honest living than many people have

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Guess that makes it ok then…

        To be fair, I’ve always liked Dan more than the other fighters in the UFC, he doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously and he doesn’t have the macho-alpha-complex many other fighters have.

        I’ve got nothing against professional MMA, its a sport like all the others.

    • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

       When I could be punching a clock!  Don’t knock it till you try it.

      • TedHeistman

        I kinda think Choking people out is more ethical. Seriously. Didn’ that one Gracie dude early on, that dominated everyone, have that philosophy? I mean the sport “evolved” past him but I have to admire the guy.

        Could you imagine a guy dominating these days that didn’t believe in knocking people out? So he would just submit everyone? That would be awesome.

        • Monkey See Monkey Do

          People love knockouts. Its one of the most intriguing parts of MMA with the small gloves, the ‘flash knockouts’. One guy in the UFC stated he’s mission was to damage his opponent as little as possible, cant remember his name.

          • Monkey See Monkey Do

            Damian Maia*

          • TedHeistman

            Yeah, I like that philosophy considering all the Dementia Pugilistica that is showing up now.

          • Calypso_1

            Chokes can have serious medical consequences as well.  There is a greater risk of thrombus formation due to microdamage in the carotid and cervical arteries. 

          • TedHeistman

            Well then that’s what they get for not tapping!

          • TedHeistman

            BTW, don’t take this the wrong way but are you a woman? I am just going by your icon picture.

            Btw I am actually an androgynous single foot print unless I am being the Jesus Borg, in which case resistance is futile.

          • Calypso_1

            I am a male, (human, just in case the icon caused any confusion regarding species).
            The picture is a kitsune foxbride.  They are folk tales I am fond of.  The kitsune as spirits were not limited to appearing any age or gender.  I do not choose that image to express any particular gender proclivity of my own, though I am completely comfortable with expressing myself through energies that would be considered rather yin in the prevailing western culture.

          • Ted Heistman

             Ok, well that’s cool. Just thought I would create some wicked awkwardness….actually that wasn’t the plan. The search for hot chicks into political dissent, UFC fighting and psychedelics contiues….

            anyway, I enjoy your comments and your icon is cool.

          • Calypso_1

            Hey man I feel your pain. 
            Though sometimes its just better to find a partner that tolerates what you’re into & let’s you do your thing while you find something different for your mutual endeavor (which should obviously involve copius amounts of sex).

          • Ted Heistman

             Well I’m on a train to Seattle, recently ended a relationship, so heres hoping for both!

          • Calypso_1

            I like tranq blow guns and chloroform. 

            Hey Wiltshire, are those against the rules? 

          • http://www.facebook.com/eric.fischer.73 Eric Fischer

            That was Royce Gracie.
             I believe the Brazilians refer to BJJ as “the gentle art” (or something similar) because it was designed to be able to subdue an opponent without really injuring them; as long as the opponent realizes when they’ve been checkmated. Hence, Tap or Snap.

      • Monkey See Monkey Do

        Not necessarily.

        Nah thanx, not interested in competitive MMA. As self-defence its valuable though and i’ve learnt my fair share.
        I’m holdin out for Battle royale MMA, now i’d pay to see that.

  • TedHeistman

    Maybe the machine elves can teach him a better ground game…

    • Calypso_1

      Serious space funk with that ukemi waza style.

      • Rickenbacker4001

        Thanks for that !

        • Calypso_1

          : ) Nothing like a little Hammond/Rhodes bounce to shake it out.

          • Rickenbacker4001

            These guys take it to the next level. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LjinwnyZgnE

          • Calypso_1

            They are definitely a monster group.  I personally like more of a down tempo treatment of this style of music as it allows for playing around the beat more – grooves within grooves.
            But there are levels within levels.  : )  So many ways to make music.

    • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

       Hahaha, well I don’t now if the machine elves inhabit the ayahuasca verse or whether they know the difference between a spider guard or a de la riva but wouldn’t that be something to download and come back with an enhanced martial processor.  “I know kung fu” -Neo

  • Rickenbacker4001

    Now you are talking. Jaco is one of my fave bassists. There were some huge cats at that time all working together on projects.
    Return to Forever and the Tony Williams Project are two of my faves.

    • Calypso_1

      Ha, I wasn’t even paying attention to your user name!  Do you own one?

      • Rickenbacker4001

        I just put one on order. 16 month waiting list now at the factory. 14 months to go :)

  • http://flawlessri.com/music-videos.html LLaqui

    Wish there was more articles like this.

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