Anyone that has tried a psychedelic drug know that it’s impossible to fully explain the experience to someone who hasn’t tried one. The entertainment industry completely misrepresents these experiences with dragons flying out of people’s faces and walls melting into nothing, which never occur even with strong doses. So, here is my best attempt at explaining the psychedelic experience…
Books are obstacle courses for the mind. By confronting us with paradigm shifting ideas they challenge us to stretch our capacity for understanding. And when we succeed, they will open up a world which we couldn’t see before. And then, in this unfamiliar world, we find ourselves having new thoughts and breaking new rules, using new magic […]
Dear Traveler, Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be a bodhisattva? Are you ready to live in Truth for the benefit of all sentient beings, even if there is no Truth to serve and no others to serve it to? Do you think you can handle your family for a week straight without […]
In the early 1990s, three psychologists began studying the habits of a two groups of violinists at the Universität der Künste.
The first group was hand-picked by the music teacher as advanced violinists — those who had a future in professional performance. The second group was comprised of average violinists — those passionate about playing but falling short of skill level in the advanced group.
The researchers asked each violinist to keep strict diaries of how they spent their time — each 24 hour period divided into 50 minute segments.
Their goal was to answer one question: Why are the advanced players better than the average players?
Check out this awesome graphic explaining the origins of consciousness with beautiful illustration and comic-book style storytelling. You will love it. You will want to share it with your friends. You will smile while reading it :)
Do you have problems forming and sticking to new habits? Do you have a tiny case of OCD? Then this is the ultimate self-improvement technique for you. It’s called the Don’t-Break-The-Chain technique. It’s dead-simple, super effective (like Pokémon attacks) and strangely pleasurable… 1) Choose some habit(s) you would like to adhere to on a regular basis […]
The first thing to realize is that happiness is in the eye of the beholder. It is not a result of the people, places or events around you; happiness is completely internal. Example: Man #1 is a snowboarder, Man #2 is a garden enthusiast. On a snowy day, Man #1 will most likely be very […]
In Nietzsche’s most popular book, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, he described what would become one of his most memorable theories — that of the Übermensch. In English versions of the work of Nietzsche, “Übermensch” is translated as “Superman” or “Overman”. The term “Superman” has adopted many connotations as a result of the comic book hero in popular culture, so […]
A beginner’s guide to the art and scene of lucid dreaming, or the sensation of being in complete control of one’s dreams. Why not make sleep an active part of your day?
Here you see Artis Gregory Kloehn going dumpster diving. Instead of selling his art and trying to get rich, he feeds the ones who have no material possessions to give in return. This is how the starts to build homes for the homeless—cute little ones that drastically improve living standards. Now his project is getting attention […]
Meaning “already seen” in French, ‘déjà vu’ is the eerie sensation that you has already experienced something before when consciously know that you have not. For example, you are at a backdoor BBQ talking to one of your friends and they offer you a hamburger. Then all of the sudden, you feel the very strange […]
I receive a lot of messages from people asking about how to deal with their families and friends doubting their dreams. It is incredibly difficult to persevere when the people you have always trusted the most are skeptical or even down-right opposed to you following your bliss. The Good News: This is normal. The Better […]
Have you ever had the uncontrollable urge to laugh at a funeral? A thought might pop into our mind that even makes ourselves shutter; We cast it off, “well that was weird.” I recently came across a reddit thread that exposes some common impulsive thoughts that would be deemed crazy by social standards. Here are […]
Earlier this year I contemplated writing a graduation speech. I wanted to inspire, but I needed inspiration myself. I watched some of the most memorable graduation speeches ever — Steve Jobs, Jerry Zucker, even Bono. To me, the takeaway was always the same: “stay true and follow your passion.” But what the hell does that mean? And if it’s […]
Your worldview is about to be violently expanded. Are you ready? 3) Glimpse the world on LSD 4) NDT’s Fascinatingly Disturbing Fact TL;DR: Chimpanzee DNA is 1% different than human DNA. Yet our skills and abilities are exponentially above chimpanzees. This considered, what would a species be like that was 1% different from humans in the […]
Yes, you read that right. Do you find yourself with a new book every week, deep in the never-ending quest to absorb as much knowledge possible? I get it — you’re thirsty for all of the information the world has to offer. That’s great! How much do you remember from each book and article you […]
February 21, 2013 The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Obama, It is with great honor and dignity that I address you and bring your attention to a subject devoid of such things – the current drug policy in our nation. […]
When Einstein first published his special theory on relativity people were flabbergasted. It couldn’t be right, they thought. How can the sequence of an event differ if you observe it from a different frame of reference? How is it possible that I see event A happening before event B, but someone else can see it the other way around?
A few weeks ago, a close friend challenged me to a 10-day juice fast. I love trying out new things, especially healthy things, so I excitedly agreed. I went out and bought an inordinate amount of fruits and vegetables, and started juicing. This is what happened…
If you are a breathing, functioning human being, you’ve probably realized by now that our senses control us. Perhaps what I am about to reveal is a product of my own bias as a budding art historian, yet I believe that the sense of sight is the most unique in its power over our minds. I recognize that all five senses are equally important and interconnected, becoming the sum of our experiences (merci, Roland Barthes). Yet sight is different in its volatility, for how we perceive something can change depending on its context. Also, no matter how distant or proximate we are from what we are viewing, our other senses instinctively seem to know how to respond to what we see, for our bodies are capable of experiencing physical sensations without direct, tangible contact…