True Life Update: What's Life Like For Jessica And Kyle Since They Tripped On Ayahuasca?

The two went on a spiritual quest with the help of the mysterious plant medicine

MTV's "True Life: I'm Tripping on Ayahuasca" followed two people who traveled out of the country in their quest to find answers to their past and overcome their fears -- all through the use of the mysterious plant medicine. We had an opportunity to check in with Jessica and Kyle to see how their lives have changed since filming wrapped. Take a look at our follow-up Q&A below:


Jessica

How was your second experience in Peru? What was different?

It was awesome, much better than the first. I focused more on myself and dug a little deeper. I was more familiar with the process at that point without being new to everything, and I knew what to expect. Both experiences were great in their own ways, just different.

How has your anxiety and depression been since your return?

I haven’t felt anxiety at all. I have a whole new way of looking at things. I took away that everything happens for a reason, and there’s no reason to worry. I learned to go with the flow -- life is easy not thinking about the past or future and just being content. As far as my depression, the transition getting back into my daily life was tough because I was there for two months with so much love, unity and a strong support system. Then when I came back here, normal life was challenging since I missed the people and support around me. Also, I had to go from focusing on myself to having to actually focus on other things.

Do you feel like you are now in a place to take on a job where you are helping others?

Yes, I was in that place before, but my anxiety put a damper on it; I was always distracted. Now, my concentration has improved. I’m more equipped.

Moving forward, what do you do see yourself doing as a far as work?

At this point, it’s hard to say. I take it day by day, and I'm not looking too far ahead since things can change, so there’s no point in making plans. I’ll always be in the helping field and eventually in some sort of healing. I really grew an interest with plant medicine.

Do you have plans to travel more?

Yes, absolutely. I don’t know when or where, just all over the world. I need to branch out and not stick with something too long. I see myself going many different places and seeing where I fit best.

Has ayahuasca helped you to come to any other conclusions since your return?

Ayahuasca gives you the tools to make the necessary changes in your life. It helped me to calm down and be okay within the moment when you’re unsure what’s going to happen. I’m not so insecure anymore, and I don't care what people think of me. We’re all one, and we have the same energy source. I grew more spiritual and found healthy ways to vent through singing, dancing and drawing.


Kyle

Has ayahuasca helped you to come to any other conclusions since your return?

Yeah, [I acquired] a deeper belief that there’s more than this physical reality that’s being presented. Believing in non-physical reality had been something more intellectual, but after ayahuasca, it's more of a deeper-seeded feeling.

What do you mean that there is more going on than the physical reality?

I have a personal belief that there is a higher power, and there are things going on at a more energetic and metaphysical level. I'm open to ideas of spirit realms.

What does it mean to embody an idea rather that intellectualize it?

To live it instead of just knowing it. To have it inside of your nervous system.

What is an idea that you intellectualized in the past but now embody in a more real way?

Being present.

What do you think people can achieve if they establish a positive model of health and wellness?

Greater health, deepening spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally. The ability to be a walking example to share with the world what health and wellness can do for your life.

Have you continued to volunteer? What new ways are you hoping to help people?

I haven’t gone back. I'm not saying I won’t, but I'm just not focused on that. I have a busy schedule, so overwhelming myself doesn’t seem like something I want to do. Spreading health and wellness to an even greater scale and empowering people financially is more important. With health and wellness, people can join, and I can take someone to help them with money by becoming a distributor.

What are your future plans with giving back?

I haven’t thought about it, but I definitely want to donate money. I’m just open to ideas and things happening. I could see myself mentoring younger people at a school, or doing a college tour with friends and speaking about spreading love and developing amazing relationships -- following your heart.