Riley Cote’s Story

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As an ex-hockey player for the Philly Flyers I played in over 160 games and got into over 250 fights. With all the concussions I received, I knew I had caused some physical damage to my brain. When I left hockey I had PTSD and substance abuse issues. I started macro and microdosing on psilocybin and THC. Over the last 9 years I’ve worked with these medicines with intention. I think I was able to repair some of the damage I caused, whether it was physical damage to my brain or emotional trauma I’d picked up along the way.


“The Wake Immersion was an overall amazing experience with a great community of people. The safe and comfortable environment allowed me to do the inner work I needed to progress with my life as a father, husband and business leader.”

 

 

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As an ex-hockey player for the Philly Flyers I played in over 160 games and got into over 250 fights. With all the concussions I received, I knew I had caused some physical damage to my brain. When I left hockey I had PTSD and substance abuse issues. I started was macro and microdosing on psilocybin and THC. Over the last 9 years I’ve worked with these medicines with intention. I think I was able to repair some of the damage I caused, whether it was physical damage to my brain or emotional trauma I’d picked up along the way.

I’ve felt stronger and clearer in the last 9 years than I have ever before, but I’m obsessed with learning more about myself and how far I can take self-growth. In the physical sense I feel completely healed, but there’s a spiritual component as well. There’s always something to make peace with inside yourself. I wanted to take a step further spiritually, and the fact that Wake has technology involved meant it was right in my wheelhouse. I’m also fascinated with the integration component, and I was curious to understand how working with professional therapists could affect my experience.

I had a relationship with psilocybin for a long time. I used it on and off from when I was 15 years old until I was 28 years old. During these years it was only recreational. At 28, when I was recovering from playing hockey, I discovered the science behind plant medicine. I started to work with it to improve my brain health.

I didn’t have too many expectations, but I’ve always been a bottle-it-up kind of guy, so part of this experience was learning to talk about things more openly. I’m trying to find ways to be more present and find more balance. Going through this Immersion helped reassure me that everything I’m was doing is on the right path, and I was in the right place with the right people. It became reaffirming in a spiritual way. The medicine can be wake up call, but afterwards you still have to do the work. I’ve been working on being a more patient human being, and this experience definitely helped me deepen this practice.

In the first ceremony I laid on my back with the eyeshades, just like in yoga. But in the second ceremony I had to sit up because of the tech equipment I was wearing to capture my brain waves. I don’t know if that was the reason, but I became wholly aware and focused on my spine. All I could think about was the chakra system, and how my posture was affecting me. Energy seemed to be flowing through my spine, like an antenna receiving information. I’d never felt such a profound experience of energy with such a small dosage of mushrooms.

I really appreciated listening to the other people, and realizing that regardless if their problems sounded a little different, we’re all are the same. Trauma is trauma, whether emotional or physical. What difference did you feel between other psychedelic experiences and the Clinical Immersion? Having multiple layered therapies like the sound baths was unexpected and really impacted me. The music from the sound bowls resonated with every cell in my body. The feeling it gave me was total peace, and with it the realization that peace comes from within us, even though we’re always looking on the outside for it. The music also made me become aware of love, and what love truly means. It helped show me how love works, especially self-love.

It’s been pretty flawless. I’ve been practicing yoga and eating a whole food plant-based diet for the last 9 years, so I feel I‘ve tapped into a lot of these tools already. What I needed to work on was patience and time management. I now know that if you’re overworked, you’re not at peace. I realized I need to create space to be a smarter worker. Everything takes a beating when you’re stressed out. I’m now trying to react calmer and be a good example of keeping cool. For example, in the current Covid situation the hustler in me would have been restless, like I need to go out and achieve things. Instead, I’m going to let this one ride out. I’ve learnt the impact of stress and how it messes with your emotional tools.

I really think it helps de-program and re-program you. I also think the formula depends on your personal mix of breathwork, yoga, meditation, etc. We all carry baggage, or something negative, and without finding ways to channel those emotions we’re all destined to erupt.

The post-integration was really powerful. There was a couple -a veteran and his wife- who shared their story. It made me realize they were in another dimension of healing, for two individuals of the same family. It made me realize how important healing is not only for the individual, but also the relationship. On the Immersion people are so vulnerable, and share their darkest traumas and fears. It’s inspiring to see others peel off their emotional baggage and begin to heal.

Personal development is an ongoing process. I got back to the U.S three days before they closed the borders, so there was a sense of being grateful that I got back in time. Now with isolation I have this time for self-reflection after all these deep dives. Now I’m in a whole new dimension of time management and I can reflect more on how all that feels. I have two young girls and I’m working on keeping totally calm, with no stress. I grew up with parents that allowed yelling, so I’m trying to set a different example, finding more peaceful ways to discipline without reacting to the situation.

I’ve been using functional mushrooms for awhile. I go heavy on Lion’s Mane – I take 2000 mg a day. I don’t drink caffeine so this helps me focus and give me sustainable energy for the day. I’m also mindful of the punches I’ve taken to the face, because you never truly know what’s going on inside. I feel Lion’s Mane has helped strengthen my brain in this regard.

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