Unless you’ve been there, chances are when you imagine the Amazon you might picture some horrible things.
Swarms of mosquitoes sucking your blood dry…giving you malaria and Zika.
Stay clear of the river as piranhas will eat you alive!
Don’t got into the forest alone or you’ll be mauled by a jaguar or swallowed whole by an anaconda.
Check your boots and surroundings always for poisonous snakes, spiders and more.
The truth of the matter is a bit different.
The mosquitoes weren’t bad at all. I’ve visited many places in the States that were much worse.
We swam, even floated down the river for over a mile. They cautioned us against getting in the water if we had open bleeding wounds, but otherwise the piranha want nothing to do with you.
The big hunters of the jungle avoid humans…because humans are big hunters too.
Yes, have awareness, but it’s not hard to steer clear of real dangers.
(A little tip for guys going to relieve themselves in the bushes. Don’t just look down but look up too. I came within inches of being face to face with a big spider in its web one time!)
One of my favorite moments that really showed that things are not as dangerous as we might think they are is when we went on a night hike.
Most of the wildlife is nocturnal in the jungle there.
The sound comes alive at night time. You could easily pick out at least 30 different animals making noises at any time. While some people needed ear plugs I found the sounds relaxing to sleep to.
On this night hike we got to see many more bugs and a few frogs than we did in the daytime. Amazing different colors. Huge spiders, one the size of my hand. Very cool stick bugs.
At one point our guide told us we were going to turn off all lights.
Complete black, as the dense canopy hides any moon and starlight, we stood there for a couple minutes deep within the rainforest.
Listening to the symphony of life.
Taking it all in, breathing deeply.
Enjoying being a part of nature.
And feeling safe being part of it.
It’s funny, but in humans divorcing ourselves from nature, we’ve come to be so afraid of it.
This is epitomized in (non) reality shows like Naked and Afraid.
And the myth that any indigenous person would happily trade their “nasty, brutish and short” lives for a TV, a Big Mac and fast driving cars.
And I get it. I’ve been there too. Still am in many ways. Going to the Amazon has helped me further strip away years of cultural conditioning, and it’s going to be an ongoing process.
People are even scared of herbs!
It’s always humorous to me to see the frightened reactions that some people have when I offer them an herb.
“What is this?”
“What is it going to do to me?”
“Is it safe?”
Yet these same people so often pop pharmaceutical drugs their doctor or even a commercial recommends without a second thought.
Because so many of our health issues stem from a deficiency of nature and an excess of technology (in the form of man-made chemicals as well as much else).
Using these amazing herbs is just one way we can get back to nature. That’s why I’m proud of what we’re doing at Lost Empire Herbs.
They’re a gateway to a more natural life.
And I can understand that fear or hesitation. So where do you begin?
For men I’d suggest Phoenix Formula as being a great place to start.
For women it’s gonna be tough to beat Athena Women’s Formula.
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