A Radical Approach to Personal Transformation
Book review of Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca, by Gerard Armond Powell
Gerard doesn’t fit the stereotype of a spiritual author, and this book isn’t your typical self-help read. In fact, it probably won’t even make sense at first. Talking with the moon? Plant medicine? You may find yourself asking, “Is this guy for real?” But if you let Gerard take you on the journey he’s created in Sh*t the Moon Said, it could just change your life.
Not long ago, Gerard was a self-proclaimed “terrible person.” Loud-mouthed, aggressive, addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, and chaos, he was a 40-something-year-old multimillionaire who’d been a high-functioning alcoholic from the age of thirteen.
Despite being a high school drop-out, Gerard had an uncanny ability to make millions as an entrepreneur. Taking five women to a hotel room to have sex — while his wife and kids waited for him at home — wasn’t an unusual scenario for Gerard. Besides his wife, he was having sex with an average of two women a day. But the more wealth, lavish possessions, and hedonistic experiences he acquired, the more miserable he was.
Although he’d accomplished the American dream of amassing massive wealth, Gerard was deeply depressed. No amount of drugs or possessions seemed to fill the void he felt. He ultimately became suicidal and started looking for help. He spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on rehab, counseling, and every healing modality he could find, with no lasting effects. His addictions and out-of-control lifestyle were destroying his health and his family, and yet nothing worked to help him change his ways.
Until one night in a dirty garage in Costa Rica.
After a powerful encounter with a shaman who gave Gerard “plant medicine,” he became a “totally different guy” overnight. This paradigm-shattering healing involved a detailed conversation between Gerard and the moon (hence the book title) and the experience of remerging with his soul. He instantly gave up drinking, drugs, smoking, and sex-addiction. He went from being an abrasive, self-absorbed “maniac” to someone who dedicated the remainder of his life to helping other people. He was suddenly liberated from a lifetime of mental suffering, and the change was permanent.
You might be wondering what happened to Gerard that night. He wondered the same thing. He couldn’t believe plant medicine had the power to “fix” him in one night, and yet, he found himself unable to go back to his former addictions and destructive ways. The plant medicine took him on a psychological/spiritual journey that revealed shocking and life-altering information. Gerard saw that disease, addiction, disorder, and sadness are all a result of the split between the self and the soul. He learned, in a conversation with the moon (no joke), that soul separation happens to everyone, and everyone has the ability to restore it.
This soul separation, the moon explained to Gerard, is built into the experience of being alive. We can’t expand our consciousness without disconnecting from our souls and forgetting who we are, and then reconnecting and remembering. Many spiritual texts teach this same principle. But Gerard’s experience of soul re-mergence is truly unique, because he takes it one step further from an abstract concept to an actual formula for accomplishing it. Gerard didn’t just have a personal transformation and then go on his merry way, a new and improved man. He dedicated his life, and his wealth, to making this kind of transformation available to as many people as possible. In fact, he even created a venue for this re-mergence with the soul to take place.
Gerard decided that if a life-transforming miracle like that could happen to him of all people, it could happen to anyone. After his experience, he was inspired to create a haven where as many people as possible could remerge with their souls too. Shocked by the dirty and uncomfortable conditions at the place where he took plant medicine, Gerard created a resort in Costa Rica that’s in sync with the type of life-transforming spiritual experiences plant medicine initiates.
I’ve been to Rythmia Life Advancement Center, the medically-licensed center Gerard created in Costa Rica, and it’s the real deal. It’s a state-of-the-art, luxury retreat center where plant medicine journeys like Gerard’s life-changing conversations with the moon take place under medical supervision, in supreme comfort, with full support. Designed to merge people back with their soul in just seven nights, 93.7% of Rythmia’s guests report a life-changing miracle by the end of their stay. As crazy as this sounds, I witnessed the kind of overnight transformation Gerard details in Sh*t the Moon Said with my own eyes.
Sh*t the Moon Said is at once deep and profound, yet lighthearted and entertaining. It doesn’t only share Gerard’s story or invite you to visit his retreat center in Costa Rica, it gives you step-by-step instructions you can follow without plant medicine to begin the process of reconnecting with your soul right away. Through yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques (specific steps included in the book), the same results are possible that Gerard experienced on that fateful night that changed everything for him.
Gerard says it took him nearly 50 years to shed his addictions and find true happiness, so he wrote this book to save others all the time he wasted. At 130 pages, Sh*t the Moon Said packs so much insight into a quick read, I had to read it twice to really absorb the profundity it contains. It’s shocking, irreverent, and not your typical self-help book. As the opening line from the forward by Mark Victor Hansen, co-founder of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, says, “Prepare to be amazed.” In fact, prepare to enter another realm.
“A masterful fusion of ancient wisdom and modern modalities to reconnect the soul.” — John Gray, international bestselling author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
“A view into the path of a courageous spiritual warrior with a heart committed to being a beneficial presence on the planet.” Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder Agape International Spiritual Center, author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning
“This book is overflowing with universal wisdom. A must read!” — Anita Moorjani, New York Times bestselling author of Dying to be Me