#3 It’s Adult Time for Humans | Director X

July 7, 2020
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Professionally known as Director X – Julien Christian Lutz has directed music videos for some of the world’s top artists like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Director X joins us to share what it was like to be victimized by gun violence. And how his organization, Operation Prefrontal Cortex, uses meditation strategies to better ourselves – and our community – for holistic and positive change. We explore the intersection of violence, trauma, and primal behaviour inherent to the animal kingdom to understand how psychedelics can hold the key to healing ourselves – and build empathy. For Director X – violence spills over without the healthy expression of emotions. But if you can reach people, you can also help them change. And in turn, impact the community. In this episode we discuss:

  • The key to healing violence is to understand the driving factors: rage, anger, powerlessness, disconnection and loneliness. Violence is not necessarily primal, but these emotions are.
  • The correctional system, which serves to punish criminal behaviour, only perpetuates violence by increasing primal emotions. It overlooks neglect, undervalues humanity, and disregards real paths for incarcerated individuals to actually heal.
  • Why meditation is a perfect point to start healing trauma. It’s an opportunity to process emotions, and rewire the brain to be healthier and more resilient.
  • How the game is on pause from COVID – but we don't know how to pause the game.

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About Ronan

An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip – with a mission to bring the world to life through psychedelics and psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.