203. Welcome To The Jungle: My Ayahuasca Journey At Rythmia Part Two

R. Christian Minson and Dr. Jeff McNairy

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R. Christian Minson is currently the resident Director of the Breathwork Program at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. His credentials include: International Speaker, Best-Selling Contributing Author, Trainer, Coach and Founder of Breathflow Wellness, a transformational holistic health business. Christian also spent 10 years as a monk, meditating and serving in search of the deeper meaning of life. Now he helps others achieve greater spiritual and emotional intelligence by integrating trauma, releasing limiting habits, managing emotions, and teaching others to find meaning in their own lives and work. Christian delivers inspiration and practical real-world tools that result in lower levels of stress, greater emotional awareness, and higher levels of fulfillment and performance.

Christian shares his message and techniques through speaking engagements, 1-on-1 sessions, and public seminars. He has reached thousands of people across the globe, including Europe, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and all over the USA. He has presented at conferences, universities, churches, retreat centers, and the Chopra Center.  Visit his website at www.breathflow.com

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Dr. Jeff McNairy, Psy.D., M.P.H. has been working in the healthcare field for 25 years. He has worked in a variety of medical environments and seen the struggle individuals have when actually trying to heal. The current Western system of healthcare is deficient in healing the population. It is more concerned with managing symptoms and using external sources for “change.” Through Dr. McNairy’s intense experience with the most desperate patient populations (addition, acute mental health, and trauma), he has seen that the only real healing can come from within.

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At this point in my Rythmia journey, I’ve already received a tremendous gift – I found my true purpose – but we’re still not done yet.

Because we have two more incredible healers to meet in this episode: R. Christian Minson, the resident Director of the Breathwork Program at Rythmia Life Advancement Center, and Dr. Jeff McNairy, the Chief Medical Officer at Rythmia.

Christian practices Transformational Breath, a practice that harnesses the power of your own innate healing capacity through cutting edge breathing techniques that access deeper amounts of life force energy, helping you to connect with yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually. With Christian as your guide, the breathing brings you on insightful journeys that open you up to life changing events and shifts in consciousness. ​The results are meditative states of deep peace, energized enthusiasm for life, and an opening to the mystical realms of consciousness. It’s hard to believe that something so transformational can come from breath until you experience it, but it’s impossible to forget once you do.

Christian was originally called to be a healer because he experienced the power of breathwork first hand – and if you listened to part one of my Rythmia journey, you can probably tell that this is a common theme here at Rythmia; the healed become the healers.

And this is, at its essence, what Rythmia offers visitors: the opportunity to discover the light worker or light warrior essence within. Because when your light shines a bit brighter, you’re able to go out in the world and be of greater service.

But this probably wouldn’t be possible or safe if it weren’t for Jeff McNairy, who has been working in the healthcare field for 25 years. He’s seen, over and over again, people struggling to heal because the current Western system of healthcare is simply deficient. It is more concerned with managing symptoms and prescribing “medicine” than healing.

However, through working with some of the most intense patient populations – including those who struggle with addiction and trauma, like Rythmia co-founder Gerard Powell – he has seen that the only real healing can come from within; you have to find the root cause of your unhappiness, health concern, and discontent, then resolve it.

And in working with Gerry and everyone else who has visited Rythmia since it opened, Jeff has seen that one plant medicine session conducted in a safe, clinically appropriate environment can be as effective as 10 years of psychotherapy. Like breathwork, it’s hard to believe that plant medicines can be so transformational – and then you experience it under the right conditions.

It’s ancient modalities meeting modern psychology, all in the jungles of Costa Rica, and I invite you to come join me for the rest of this wild, profound, and emotional ride.

Topics Discussed With Christian:

  • What breathwork is & how it can help you in ways that yoga can’t
  • Why Christian became a monk for a decade (and then made the transition back to being a worldly person)
  • How the healers at Rythmia help visitors find the light warrior essence within them
  • What separates Transformational Breath from the hundreds of other breathwork practices out there
  • Rebirthing through breath
  • Plant medicine and breathwork both open up the door to consciousness – but breathwork opens the door and gently beckons you in while plant medicine grabs you and shoves you through the doorway
  • The benefits of integrating a natural habitat into your spiritual experiences
  • How breathwork works with plant medicine to evolve your experience & help you claim it as your own

Topics Discussed With Jeff:

  • How the staff at Rythmia ensures that the plant medicine experience is safe for everyone involved
  • A lot of what we call mental illness is just people in pain without any way to process that pain
  • Using a drug to get off drugs (AKA why plant medicine is so effective for treating addiction)
  • How it it possible that I had a psychedelic experience and, now, feel even more committed to being sober? (Trust me, that would never happen after a bump of coke...)
  • When Jeff first met Gerry, who was then a very different person than the person you met in the last episode, and their transformational entré into the world of plant medicines
  • The difference between iboga and ayahuasca, experientially and physically
  • A common thread of trauma that has rippled throughout my life, especially my romantic life
  • How the plant medicine helps you work through your own trauma and start the healing process
  • We can’t connect with other people until we get connected with ourselves
  • Why Rythmia accepts people who are shunned or devalued in many Western medical facilities due to their particular mental illness
  • What science is starting to learn about the pineal gland & DMT
  • How a dog helped me find God
  • The three intentions that will help you find everything you’re looking for at Rhythmia

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