11 The Psychedelic Dialogues: A Mirror for Life Itself

The Psychedelic Dialogues is an online video series where people share their experiences involving various psychedelics and plant medicines from around the world. An ongoing media project by Alexander Ward. Filmed during stays at various Ayahuasca Retreats and in travels through South and North America. From first time psychedelic explorers to prominent community figures such as Rick […]

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Nature: My Life as a Turkey Must Watch: ‘My Life As A Turkey’

My Life As A Turkey is a beautiful and thought-proking documentary about a man who is given the rare opportunity to raise a group of wild turkeys from hatchlings to adulthood.

Hold on!

I know this may not sound like the most thrilling of plots, but it goes much deeper than it sounds.

The man must spend over a year of his time with the birds with zero human interaction. He learns to communicate with them, understand the meaning of their sounds, and is given a rare glimpse into the consciousness of animals. He’s also allowed a inside look at the lives of wild animals as the creatures in his forest, who allow him to get close since he’s evidently trusted by the wild turkeys.

There is also an absolutely gorgeous insight into the nature of consciousness which I won’t spoil with words here. You’ll just have to watch it :)

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2673 A Brief Note on Tremendous Desire

What do you want? Enlightenment? Success? Love? A sexy body? Well how badly do you want it? I’m sure your immediate answer is “Really bad!” Napolean Hill once said, “When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” How strong IS strong enough? “Desire is the starting point of […]

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1188 The Oxymoron of Social Interaction

Why is it that we humans continually strive to remain strangers to one another? When we are in a public place such as an elevator, each man and woman inside of it strains to not make eye contact with anyone else. It’s almost as though we fear social interaction and abhor the idea of getting […]

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4322 Imagine

Need some motivation or a quick change in thinking? Check out this new graphical motivator :) Imagine a world where… well I’m not going to tell you about the world in this excerpt! You have to click through to see the whole picture. By the way, have a freaking fantastic day!

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132559 Schopenhauer’s Big Mistake: The Pleasure of Ephemeral Satisfaction

This is a response to an article posted earlier this week concerning Arthur Schopenhauer’s dismal theory on the life’s futility. In short, he postulated that man is in constant struggle to achieve certain things, only to have fleeting moments of satisfaction upon achieving them. Thus life is an endless cycle of struggle and disappointment. Isn’t […]

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3025 Treat Everyday Like a Work of Art

I believe in treating everyday like a work of art. Does this mean I walk around with paintbrushes and spray cans and make a colorful mess over everything I come in close proximity with like a rainbow-gilded King Midas? That sounds pretty incredible actually, but would almost certainly hook me up with an orange jumpsuit […]

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2655 Pay Attention to Your Attention!

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” – Carl Jung I just came back from a holiday (holy-day) with my parents for a week. Next to the social activities of dining together, partying, bowling, swimming and talking I’ve been walking, thinking, reading, […]

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219075 A Powerfully Beautiful Out-Of-Body Experience

An out-of-body experience (OOBE) is when your energy/ethereal/astral body leaves your physical body, allowing you to float around the universe on another plane. This may sound like crazy at first, but there is much evidence out there validating these experiences. I thought it was hogwash until I had my first OOBE two years ago, but that’s a story for a future article detailing OOBE’s and how to achieve them.

Robert Monroe first legitimized OOBE’s by creating the Monroe Institute and refining a process by which anyone could come in an experience an OOBE. He then collected several decades worth of written reports from thousands of people. He shared many of his favorite reports in his Journeys Out Of the Body series, but the following report takes the cake…

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100 100 Possessions: How Giving Up Everything Can Make Your Life More Full

It was seven years ago and I was tired when it happened. I don’t remember what put me on tilt. I had spent too much time in one place. All the stuff I had collected was holding me down. No person needs three George Foreman Grills. Eight pairs of snowboard boots. Four old computers. That […]

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philosophies 4 Practical Philosophies That Will Empower You

Philosophy is a fascinating branch of wisdom. However these esoteric ideas are sometimes difficult to translate into practical application. What are all of those thoughts, suppositions and theories actually good for? How can an understanding of philosophy ultimately help you lead a better life? Today I want to examine with you four philosophical ideas that […]

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4278 The Dark Side of Self Improvement

We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off. -Fight Club The total self-improvement industry in the United States was worth $10.53 billion in 2010. Compare this to the […]

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103081 15 Ways to MINDFUCK Yourself

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 […]

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122590 A Short and Sweet Insight About Human Nature

For some reason or another, I found myself in a funk over the last few days. I was lacking passion and drive. The world wasn’t quite as vibrant as it usually appears. Little things were going wrong here and there. I just wasn’t happy.

To make matters worse, my go-to activities for realigning myself were failing miserably. I went for walks, meditated, stated affirmations, exercised, watched inspirational videos, read books, activated my chakras…I did everything. But it all felt fake. I couldn’t truly get behind any of those activities because it felt like my core had been depleted…

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vipassana-review I Meditated For 10 Days Straight… The Result Wasn’t What You Would Expect

I vowed that when I got back from my 10 day Vipassana meditative retreat in Ontario this past weekend that I would immediately write down all of my experiences. Our ten days consisted of meditating, eating, light walking and no communication or forms of entertainment to distract the mind. I was bound to write something […]

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129816 Embracing The Cold: A Workshop With Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof

I slowly stepped into the water. First the right foot, then the left. It was cold, ice-cold. Yet the feeling was not unpleasant. After an initial reaction of resistance, I could relax and immerse myself deeper. My heart started racing and my breathing became uncontrollable. But after a few seconds of shock, I could breathe normally once more. Almost instantly my body started creating heat, inner fire, the process of thermogenesis was ready to equal the force of the cold. There I was, relaxing in a bathtub full of ice on a sunny sunday in Amsterdam. I smiled at Wim, and he smiled back while telling me to get out. Next!

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2847 The Extropian Principles

** The following is a manifesto that fits the ideals of HighExistence quite nicely. As with any manifesto, it’s a bit dogmatic at times but I do think much can be gained from reading and living out its principles. Enjoy. — Jordan ** EXTROPY — the extent of a system’s intelligence, information, order, vitality, and capacity […]

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Vincent_van_Gogh_(1853-1890)_-_Wheat_Field_with_Crows_(1890) Carl Jung and the Artistic Impulse: Madness in the Creative Spirit

A brief look at some historical examples of artistic geniuses and it is tempting to believe that there is something approaching madness in the creative spirit. The artistic impulse permeates throughout history: from the “primitive” cave art of the Upper Palaeolithic through to the introduction of perspective and foreshortening during the Renaissance, rules which would […]

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76 Wireheading: The Conundrum of Uber-Hedonism & Simulated Bliss

Imagine, for one second, the ultimate bliss.

Ecstasy + that first kiss + the climax of your favorite song + winning the lottery + your best orgasm ever * 1,000,000,000.

Pleasure so fantastic that is almost hurts.

What if you could experience that 24/7 and never get bored of it?

Enter wireheading, a term coined by author Larry Niven for implanting a chip in the brain which constantly stimulates the pleasure center, yielding pleasure as described above. Sounds like science-fiction, no? Not completely.

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header Why Avoiding The News Makes You Smarter

Some time ago I stopped reading and watching the news. No newspapers, no news programs and no internet snippets of world drama. I stopped because I didn’t feel it had any positive effect on my life and I suspected it might even have a harmful effect. Sometimes when watching or reading the news I felt […]

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