Aaron Rodgers wants to set everyone’s minds free.
During the psychedelics conference in Denver, Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers advocated for legalization of the mind-expanding substances.
He noted the irony that these substances are illegal while those that dull the mind have been legal for centuries.
“Is it not ironic that the things that actually expand your mind are illegal and the things that . . . dumb you down have been legal for centuries?” Rodgers said, via audio provided to PFT. “We’ve got to change that. We’ve got to change that. It’s through awareness and education.”
He believes education and awareness are needed to change this.
“I guarantee you all these bums who want to come after me online about my experience and stuff, they’ve never tried it,” he added. “They’re the perfect people for it. We need to get these people taking it.”
“We have the opportunity to change the conversation by dispelling these archaic myths about the dangers of them or the negative side effects or whatever might be and start to share the actual wisdom and truth about it,” Rodgers said. “It’s a permission slip for other people to stand up and talk about their own experiences, to join in and to dive in and to learn about it.
“And I think that’s how we move this conversation forward is more people to be out there comfortable talking about their own journeys. Their spiritual journey, their medicine journey, their ceremonies. So we can bring this to people who need it.”
Rodgers also revealed that his play improved after experimenting with psychedelics in 2020. While he has received negative criticism, he maintains that the response has been positive.
“You know,” Rodgers said, “words are so interesting. They have such power in their spells. There’s a reason it’s called ‘spelling,’ because the way that the letters are put together have such power.”
“The battle is between your ear lobes — it’s: How can I silence that inner critic?” Rodgers said. “The anti-me is the greatest opponent because it’s me. It knows exactly what to say to me, exactly what to show me. To whisper in my ear: ‘You’re not good enough. You’re not gonna win this game. Nobody likes you. You’re a crazy anti-vaxxer.’ But I think the beauty in these journeys is to find that self-love because the greatest antidote to the anti-you is unconditional self-love. And it’s been a beautiful journey to try and find that.”
He also spoke about the struggles of football players who have achieved success and are left searching for their purpose. Despite his journey, Rodgers still aims to win another Super Bowl with his current team.