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2017-01-28 @ 17:10:44
I agree with the idea of there being a simmering period, where it seems little is happening, but it is still essential to get to the end result. However, what are your thoughts on diminishing returns? Working out 1 time a week is helpful, but I agree, it won’t do much. Two is already better, perhaps twice as much. But is three times much better again? What about four, eight? My point is, and anyone training for something for a long time can attest to this, that at a certain point, it becomes harder and harder to make another significant improvement. It is easy to get somewhat in shape, harder to be in excellent shape, and near impossible to become top athlete in shape. These things actually follow the inverse of your rule, namely, diminishing returns. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diminishing_returns)
Brushing your teeth once will keep them somewhat healthy, and twice is already a lot better. But 15 times a day makes little sense. The diminished return of around the third or fourth doesn’t make it worth it anymore. You can only become so sexy, so fluent in another language etc. So, while I agree that constant practice is necessary, it won’t keep doubling into the future.
2016-06-21 @ 11:29:49
Hey Kane, thanks for pointing that out! We fixed it. Definitely go to zenpencils.com, amazing site full of wisdom. We have permission to share these with you, but they are not a substitute for the real thing!
2016-05-31 @ 07:53:35
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, you’re absolutely right. Building a shop and magazine costs us tons of time, but was very necessary for us to keep able to write at all. Now that the grunt of the work is done, we can re-focus on what we do best, build awesome stories. Expect to see more amazing articles by Ben! :-)
2016-05-18 @ 09:57:39
@bashfulkoala Thanks bro!
2016-04-23 @ 12:21:36
Exactly. The more interesting life you lead, the more this will be enhanced. A mind untrained in thought won’t get the epiphanies Carl mentioned.
2016-04-14 @ 09:06:21
Yes, it consumes time, but it is still very much worth it. FYI: http://highexistence.com/the-ultimate-beginners-guide-to-meditation/
2016-04-13 @ 13:12:20
Thanks! The two major insights, synesthesia due increased connectivity, and oneness due decrease of the DMN, are what fascinates me most. Did you know that meditation does the same thing?
2016-04-13 @ 13:11:08
Yeah, I had the same thought myself, although I think 75mcg is still manageable for most people/situations.
2016-04-13 @ 13:09:56
Ah damn! Would have loved to meet up. Maybe next time?
2016-03-29 @ 03:19:48
Its called WWOOFing IIRC.
2016-03-29 @ 03:19:25
Where did you stay in Holland? I am looking for some good spots :)
2016-03-02 @ 08:14:59
I don’t think it’s translated in English yet, unfortunately. I am sure it will be in the upcoming months.
2016-02-27 @ 11:25:00
I think you’re right in arguing the case this is not for everyone. Not everyone is capable of providing long term value to others when they have no boss or ready-provided work environment. It is hard work, perhaps harder than most other types of jobs. But it is a trade-off, there are many pro’s too. But is that a problem? After reading this article, I don’t think it was meant for literally everyone. It was meant for everyone reading it, which is just a small sliver of society. And I don’t think its necessary to add a unique way of thinking. As you said, this is a road travelled more and more often, it is not about finding a new and unique idea or manner. It’s all about reiterating that only if you REALLY want this, you will need to put in the hard work, make hard sacrifices, live as frugally as you can, and then sprinkle some luck on it to make it work.
Yes, it is only possible for a select group of people. But this makes it all the more awesome, and all the more epic to have it succeed. I am living proof of that.
2016-02-01 @ 07:42:51
Thank you for your comment Jazzz, I appreciate it! However, I don’t think I am without bias, I am also tied down to my limited perspective with unconsciousness needs running the show. Just take my words for what they are, just one guys report :-)
2016-01-27 @ 10:56:02
love you too brother!
2016-01-27 @ 10:50:41
Yes, absolutely! Although a hoax is bit too far, there is a comedic element, but not a malice element. It is a construction that ‘works’, has a role, exists in its own particular way, but isn’t ‘real’, as a fixed substance.
2016-01-25 @ 12:15:17
There are no fixed amounts. If one tab contains 100 mic, then diluting it in 10 drops gives 10 mic per drop. Diluting it in 100 drops gives 10 mic per 10 drops.
2016-01-21 @ 06:38:01
Haha, braveness or just plain stupidity, could easily be both!
2016-01-21 @ 06:36:53
Thanks! Perhaps being scared is the natural response I lack, it makes sense that there is a distribution in any given population of risk-seeking and risk-avoiding persons. Are you interested in trying it out yourself one day? ;)
2016-01-19 @ 06:53:52
2016-01-15 @ 13:31:25
Haha thanks, that is a very kind interpretation! :-)
2015-12-18 @ 08:36:36
Helaas kan ik je daar niet bij helpen Jason :-)
2015-12-01 @ 11:25:31
We are working on other version as soon as possible. We don’t have an expected time of delivery yet.
2015-12-01 @ 11:24:28
The app should be in your newsstand or ‘kiosk’. Do let me know if it’s still not working for you.
2015-12-01 @ 11:23:25
Haha, you were supposed to easy! ;-)
2015-11-30 @ 07:49:24
Im sorry to hear that. That is unfortunately an issue between you and apple/google that we can not resolve. Unfortunately, at this point in time, there is no way to download the magazine with a redeem code.
2015-11-30 @ 07:48:23
See my comment above! PM-ing you now.
2015-11-30 @ 07:47:39
We found an error in the android version, it shows our basic text version and not the amazing design we worked hard on. Another user found this solution: “While in the magazine, long press anywhere on the page, and click on the the little phone icon.”
We are working hard on fixing it. Sorry for the inconvenience!
2015-11-29 @ 12:30:30
Haha, I know right? We did our best to over deliver, that is the very least all of you amazing beings deserve!
2015-11-29 @ 12:28:04
Unfortunately the app is not ready for the windows phone :(
I did a quick google, and there ARE ways to run android apps on it. But I can’t promise this will work, im sorry.
2015-11-29 @ 12:11:19
Awesome, hope you like it!
2015-11-29 @ 05:47:01
You can unsubscribe any time. If you get it now, the first edition is completely free :)
2015-11-29 @ 05:46:25
We might take the very best of the magazines and website and put them all in a gigantic physical magazine. Great idea guys :)
2015-11-29 @ 04:11:29
Hi Sarah, I wouldn’t try a stronger dose, I think that will make it more easy to get distracted. Microdosing takes some practice, noticing that you move off topic and then bringing you awareness back to whatever activity you intended to do. However, this doesn’t work for all people. I’ve had days where I just couldn’t be bothered with whatever I planned and wanted to walk outside instead. So that is what I did :)
2015-11-29 @ 04:07:37
From what I’ve read is that yes, some people who have been microdosing a lot do experience withdrawal symptoms. Don’t overdo it, start small, take breaks and be honest with your intentions of using.
2015-11-29 @ 04:05:29
I don’t know, we don’t fully comprehend the complexity of our brains yet, it could very well play some factor in anxiety or paranoia.
2015-11-28 @ 08:01:57
First, I haven’t heard of a million things. If this would necessarily cause me motivation to investigate them all, I would be a plain idiot. Deciding between what can be potentially interesting and necessary to know and what is garbage requires a layer of interpretation. I am proud that I’ve carefully honed mine, and until now, your posts didn’t make it through my bullshit filter. I’ve had my fair share of conspiracy nut jobs and torch bearers of ‘secret truths’. And frankly, they don’t taste very well.
That said, you’ve got me interested. But I would still have no idea on how to verify anything you uttered, and I must say, it goes against everything I ever learned about Marxism, Theosophy, Esalen and the Huxley’s. I’ve read Marx’ original papers and books, as well as every a multitude of papers of other prominent figure that went through the Frankfurter School. What you are implying is that all of them had a hidden agenda, never put anything of it on paper/diaries/letters, and wrote all their papers with false intentions to create a secret world order for generations int he future?
This, with all due respect, sounds like something a conspiritard would come up with. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Have you actually ever read and understood anything by the frankfurter school? It goes against everything you are saying. And so, you need more than a list of non-verifiable factuals to actually change what I believe.
2015-11-27 @ 11:36:52
Thanks bro! :-D
2015-11-27 @ 11:36:42
2015-11-27 @ 11:36:36
This is also very high on all our bucket lists, one day we will manage to organise something like this!
2015-11-27 @ 11:35:46
haha thanks, that will be 2 then ;)
2015-11-27 @ 11:35:26
It will be possible to get a .pdf version too!
2015-11-27 @ 11:34:55
It is only online (for now), we might make a physical copy if there is enough interest. Great idea :)
2015-11-26 @ 06:10:21
It really was a pleasure! It was also a helluva job haha, didn’t expect such massive response. Most of all, it gave rise to a deep sense of gratefulness to be working for our community :)
2015-11-24 @ 09:26:56
Thanks bro <3
2015-11-21 @ 04:52:36
Thank you for your lovely words Varamyr (I hope this is your real name because it is awesome.)
2015-11-21 @ 04:52:12
2015-11-21 @ 04:52:06
Sorry to touch all your buttons :P
2015-11-21 @ 04:51:50
2015-11-20 @ 07:24:53
You have given no reason at all to research something I have never heard about. I can’t judge if this tarnishes my ‘hero’, so assuming I speak from a defensive stance is another sign that you are the one that is misdirected. If you throw around accusations, it IS your job to substantiate them. If not, you are just throwing with air, which looks comically silly. Simply stated, the burden of proof lies with the attacker, not with the defendant. If you are unable to give any argument as to why you are right, you can stand by what you wrote all you want. Alone.
2015-11-19 @ 05:52:06
Since you fail to substantiate any of your arguments I will just go ahead and assume you are the misdirected fool. Perhaps if you want to lecture others you should explain what a ‘Fabian’ Socialist is, what you mean with the overused cliche of a ‘wet dream scenario’ in the context of a ‘Fabian’ Society, and in what way Orwell contributed to this. Until that moment, you are throwing around gibberish as accusations. It doesn’t stick, however, you’re educating nobody, and you definitely don’t come across as knowledgable.
2015-10-29 @ 09:54:14
Fixed now! :)
2015-10-28 @ 12:18:01
We are trying to fix this soon. For now, you should refresh first and they will show up. Sorry about that Beverly!
2015-10-26 @ 10:41:27
Hi Joost, thank you for the kind words! I actually finished Beta-Gamma, of which FPS grew out of over the years. I did follow a few classes with the FPS crowd, because I had to catch up some courses that weren’t given by BG anymore. Amazing study, won’t you agree? Really laid back, but also very driven. At least, that is how I experienced it.
2015-10-26 @ 10:35:03
Haha, I was going for the nostalgic vibe with this post! Damn, don’t those old versions bring back memories?
I am very grateful you’re still around, and also having met you with Elion was good fun. (And also a bit awkward how internet-persona’s translate differently to ‘real life’.
2015-10-26 @ 10:27:21
Thank you for your beautiful comment Beverly, that was amazing to read, I am very happy I am able to help at all <3
2015-10-21 @ 06:29:09
Wow, thank you for your beautiful comment Kathryn, and for sticking around for so long! We hope to continue to be part of your journey, big hug!
2015-10-20 @ 13:29:48
2015-10-20 @ 08:58:37
Thanks a ton buddy, your help and insightful suggestions over the years has been greatly appreciated! Much <3
2015-10-08 @ 15:13:48
All his stuff is amazing! More: http://www.highexistence.com/10-mega-inspirational-zen-pencils-comics/
2015-10-08 @ 06:52:01
Who knows these things?
2015-09-30 @ 09:10:01
I disagree we need to shut down the ego, who is able to do such a thing? Who judges that the ego should shut up? Who is able to assert that the ego is dominant? Exactly, the ego. So, by fighting against the ego, you only strengthen it. Thus, the goal is not to get rid of it, but to put it in it’s proper place. Not dwelling in the illusion it can master anything, especially not itself, the biggest illusion of all, but rather know it’s place along the myriad drives that we are. Who is it that dares to know there is an ultimate purpose to meditation? The ego. Yet, the ego is not useless, you need a strong ego to develop a healthy relationship to yourself and others. The danger is that it oversteps its boundaries, and silences our other drives.
What you’re describing is the very first phase of meditation, a self-oriented model of self-overcoming. But, once the I is recognised as illusory, every conscious attempt at self-overcoming is therefore recognised as necessarily in vain. Instead, what needs to spontaneously arise is a surrendering to the chaotic reality and see that that is what drives everything, also the I. It is thus that Dōgen writes:
“Carrying the self forward to verify-in-practice (shushō) the myriad things is delusion; for the myriad of things to come forth and verify-in-practice the self is enlightenment.”
Recognise that the ‘I’ is also the spontaneous activity of the ‘non-I’, and so, to study the self is to forget the self, to forget the self is to be verified by the myriad things of the world. The ego doesn’t need to be silenced, because it doesn’t exist, there is nobody at home, so who is that needs to be disciplined?
2015-09-30 @ 08:21:32
Hey B, loved this article. Think it’s one of the best you’ve written so far. I especially liked this “It seems to me that both Sagan and Einstein understood that there is immense power in the language we opt to use, and that certain words carry layers of cultural and historic significance that charge them with a particular aliveness. ” This is a deep insight many ever fail to grasp, that language itself is a gesture that gives meaning. I was therefore baffled that you then, in my view, fell back into a default analysis of language by saying “On a most basic level, all language is metaphor, in that every word is a symbol representing some other thing or concept.” Language is not representation, as if it were outside of the natural and only was able to reflect back upon it, it is as magical as all of nature, as holy as the warmth radiance of our day-star.
Either way, perhaps I am reading too much into that part (but I doubt you would have worded it that way if you had read the Phenomenology of Perception! ;)), all I wanted to say is that I am looking forward to experience some yūgen together in silence.
2015-08-14 @ 07:03:51
It was Kopan monastery in Nepal :)
2015-08-06 @ 07:35:28
Yeah, and in essence, every organism is already multi-organismal, as Lynn Margulis pointed out.
2015-08-05 @ 10:13:53
Im not convinced the Gaia theory and evolution are as opposed as this article makes out. It makes sense to me that all organisms that threatened their own context in which they lived have been selected out, and thus evolution is self-selecting all species that add to the homeostasis. In this way Gaia makes sense, I believe.
2015-07-30 @ 06:30:44
Really? Doesn’t matter which supermarket or convenience store I go, boobs everywhere.
2015-07-29 @ 17:16:20
Interesting. I’ve heard about non-responders before, it happens, you’re not alone. It still fascinates me why tho. Any clue?
2015-07-28 @ 12:52:48
Haha yeah :)
2015-07-14 @ 15:56:17
Do share it with us when it gets online :)
2015-07-13 @ 13:30:50
Yeah this is great, thanks!
2015-07-10 @ 17:00:26
I challenge you to read the first chapter of his ‘Phenomenology of Spirit’.
2015-07-08 @ 17:14:51
haha this is amazing
2015-07-06 @ 13:48:11
Yeah – I would be much more interested in discussing your alternative than your negation. For me, science, as any other human activity, opens up another sphere of Being. Obviously none of our spheres can be absolute (consciousness/new age thinking, economics/marxism.. etc.). I think one of the most pressing questions will be then, which sphere orients me in such a way that it minimises our species self-destructive tendencies? Does trans-materialism suggest some kind of formal ethics?
2015-07-05 @ 11:41:00
First of all, your comment is the perfect example of destructive communication. You burn something down, without specifying exactly what or why, and fail to provide any constructive reasoning whatsoever.
What exactly in this article is thinly disguised religious? Why would the author attempt to hide it in such a way that is so easily visible for you? And why shouldn’t we do this?
I actually wouldn’t call this religious at all, but rather the attempt to discuss the context in which science takes place. The room analogy makes a lot of sense, and shows correctly that science is based on certain assumptions that can and should be questioned. By saying that this is religious and implying this is something we should dogmatically reject is an even worse form of superstition that science developed to counter.
2015-07-03 @ 09:45:26
That sounds awesome – any of your work online yet?
2015-07-03 @ 09:44:39
I agree – and I really appreciate you lending me a hand to find my balance again!
2015-07-03 @ 09:43:55
Thank you for the kind words Ryan – yeah HE has evolved in a myriad directions – and I can’t say every one of those have been a fit adaption. I do feel, however, that we’re slowly returning to our roots and remember what was the authentic value that set us apart (not that that is a goal in itself, but rather to re-discover our reason for existing at all.)
Thank you for channeling Jobs there – will take the non-advice to heart :)
2015-07-01 @ 06:50:07
Yeah this was amazing – very inspiring – especially the part regarding sticking true to yourself instead of going with the tides of popularity. Something I have been struggling with regarding HighExistence.
2015-06-18 @ 08:54:17
Haha, likewise ;)
2015-06-17 @ 10:37:31
The Cat’s Cradle is one of my favourite books. Such a good writer – and bokononism is awesome.
2015-06-16 @ 16:32:49
I hope you have a great time – do share your experiences with us in the discussions :)
2015-05-31 @ 07:34:22
Agreed. Everyone is imperfect, don’t let this become a taboo.
2015-05-31 @ 07:33:33
Holy shit, this is amazing.
2015-05-27 @ 12:12:58
Im actually gonna watch him live tomorrow!
2015-05-20 @ 08:50:43
Don’t worry my friend, be happy!
I actually experienced something like this when I was microdosing LSD and I was walking through my living room in the dark. I closed my eyes and could ‘see’ my place in the room, being able to open doors and everything without using my eyes but just using the echo of my steps in the room. Of course I could only do this in a place I was habituated to, as the sound gave very weak indications. But I understood that with practice, many of these feats would be possible.
2015-05-09 @ 04:14:42
Well, the only thing he could have possible done is admitting he is an apologist and that he constructs a narrative in which some violence is justified (his side), and other violence stems from a twisted ideology (islam). Humility towards this arrogance would have gone a long way imo.
2015-05-08 @ 14:05:18
I felt Harris’ own ignorance prevented the discussion a priori, which Chomsky pointed out ad nauseum. But it is a very Zizekian point he was making, and I don’t blame Harris for not seeing that. I also wish Chomsky wasn’t so dismissive from the get go. He didn’t leave much room for Harris’ ignorance to change.
2015-05-08 @ 05:11:52
I honestly think Harris was blinded by ideology here. What do you think?
2015-04-30 @ 04:17:15
This just reads like propaganda to me.
First, they dismiss Marx’ in depth analysis of capitalism and change it with their own view, in more “benign” terms.
Second, they assume capitalism is similar to free markets and free people. (read, for the owners of capital, the rich west. The rest of the 75% of the world is excluded)
Third, their justification is that this is in our nature. Which should always ring a skeptical bell if this is used for any justification. It used to be in the nature of the black man to be a subhuman too.
Fourth, equating what happened under capitalism simply as progress is ignoring all the things that cause harm and seem unstoppable. Erosion of our soils and democracy due to these same companies.
Fifth, voluntary exchange? Hundreds of millions of people are doing dangerous and toxic labour for pennies, because they voluntarily choose this? Starbucks not paying any taxes to support the public infrastructure and intellectual ‘capital’ which they exploit?
These business outperform just because it is the marketing trick of today. See, Marx was right, if these companies outperform the others, where does the profit come from?
See also: http://www.highexistence.com/videos/view/the-capitalist-gratification-of-consuming-starbucks-coffee/
2015-04-28 @ 08:43:27
well said – the depth is deep with this one
2015-04-28 @ 07:25:20
2015-04-28 @ 07:20:00
Amazing documentary, thank you for sharing this with me some time ago.
2015-04-27 @ 10:03:55
Thank you for your comment Maya, really appreciate it. I actually came back from a 3-day Ayahuasca workshop (in which I drank much more and stronger ayahuasca), and didn’t have such a hellish and disorienting experience. I agree with you that the high dose played a large role in the nightmarish quality of my first aya experience, but also that it intensified fears and blockages that were in me. This time around, those weren’t present in the same manner, and I could channel the intensity into love, light and oneness. The more I drank, the more normal (and not under the influence) I felt. In this ceremony, great care was also taken with the dosages, and I drank much less in the first few days than other participants, exactly because I was told I didn’t need that much. We are soon publishing a new article on Ayahuasca by my friend I was with – looking forward to read your thoughts on that one! Keep spreading this valuable information! <3
2015-04-21 @ 05:59:24
That is weird. It does work here on Safari. With chrome – I get an unexpected flash issue.
2015-04-19 @ 08:15:37
Sometimes I wonder if we really need articles to tell us to drink water. Really?
2015-04-19 @ 08:07:08
Have you watched Zizek’s documentary, the pervert’s guide to ideology? I am sure you will love it :)
2015-04-16 @ 14:49:29
Sure, my pleasure.
Truffels? As in, the sclerotia kind? I haven’t tried that myself, but I would suggest taking about 1/10 of what a normal dose is for you. So if 15 grams is normal, start with 1 gram and then move up to 1,5. I’ve actually found that my preferred range is between 4-7 microgram of LSD, which seems quite lower than what most reports indicate.
Yes, 1 dose = day. Then two days off at a minimum. With truffels, there is a case to be made to add another dose after 4-hours, but, as aI said, I haven’t tried that myself.
2015-04-16 @ 12:53:17
“I was walking along a path with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”
2015-04-16 @ 12:51:55
Yeah, absolutely mind-blowing. Thanks for sharing Jon!
2015-04-11 @ 08:06:04
Thank you for sharing your opinion. Im sorry it doesn’t make sense to you. Unfortunately, existential risks through overpopulation/consumption is true, and most of these quotes are by experts of their respective fields.
2015-04-07 @ 11:21:01
Im still not convinced there is something like getting a free lunch. If sleep could be replaced by a simple molecule, it needs to be explained why there has not been a evolutionary trade-off between sleep and Orexin A.
(Also, relying on it is not the right way to question this imo. We rely on gravity, oxygen etc. So relying is not inherently bad at all.)
2015-04-07 @ 04:05:24
Depression is modern ailment that is wrecking people, their families and in the end, our planet. This beautiful jungle brew that can reportedly help (and my personal experience can attest to this) needs to be more widely studied. Not that we need to medicalise this medicine, as it has already been used for thousands of years with a very rich wisdom tradition, but to proof and convince the people still suffering.
2015-04-07 @ 03:51:04
Time is a commodity – perhaps the ultimate commodity. We keep pushing forward, being endlessly on the way, searching for more and more enjoyments, experiences, developments, consumer goods, etc. Ultimately, what this means is that we keep turning our backs against something. But against what? I have lately come to think that it is nature that we are rejecting – anything that stands opposed to our cherished autonomy.
2015-04-05 @ 07:26:06
Fantastic interview about his education and the perspectives he has gained over time
2015-04-05 @ 07:15:35
The complexity and intelligence of other animals is amazingly stunning.
2015-04-04 @ 08:50:36
Interesting piece about a new source of signals. First time it were quasars, now the source is still unknown.
2015-03-31 @ 09:06:29
Good news for a change :) What do you think? Have you ever been to the Amazon?
2015-03-30 @ 13:13:02
Saying someone is crazy compared to someone who is sane is making a normative judgment, which doesn’t say anything about the situation itself. What we know is that perception between people are different, some are vastly different, through time, space and imagination. Constructive communication should be possible, and that should start by treating these people as potentially having something valuable and valid to say and share.
2015-03-26 @ 07:08:14
Holding space is an essential part of communication in my opinion. From people in distress, to listening to traumatic stories, and to be there for people in altered states, it is helpful to be there in a non-directive approach and make sure they feel loved and accepted to they can mirror these states towards themselves.
2015-03-25 @ 19:32:49
I’ve never seen such beautiful and organic art. It really captures the curves and expression of the animals, but the softness and tinglyness of the plant-world.
2015-03-23 @ 08:00:10
He wasn’t born blind, but now he paints with just touching textures. Fascinating what is possible – and humbling to our own excuses when we don’t create.
2015-03-23 @ 07:57:24
Even though the population is very small, I believe they set a strong example that transitioning towards a less destructive and dominant ideology is possible. I hope to visit one day.
2015-03-23 @ 07:53:38
We should make an animation on this as well. Let’s watch the full doc together when you’re around to make a synopsis.
2015-03-22 @ 15:40:44
I love seeing videos like these, seeing the power of these beautiful animals.
2015-03-21 @ 13:55:10
This is what dedication looks like. Great video, inspires me to create something similar!
2015-03-20 @ 17:27:13
Fascinating how some theorise this might be a primary way of hunting in the beginning.
2015-03-19 @ 04:03:26
Of all the people in the so called Atheist movement, Harris is the only one who hasn’t lost my respect over the years. He has a kind of intellectual integrity that I appreciate.
2015-03-11 @ 07:11:15
Yeah, I feel the same way. Sowing the seeds of wisdom, so our grandchildren can taste their fruits.
2015-03-11 @ 07:10:02
This is fascinating, and could be the missing link on why Ayahuasca has all these reported physical health effects.
2015-03-10 @ 17:19:12
Thanks for sharing! I added the link a few days ago to the feed as well!
2015-03-07 @ 13:51:46
Their legal team says it won’t be a problem, but I have my doubts. Would you support this?
2015-03-05 @ 17:35:25
What do you think of this? Could this work? Or is he making another mistake, like killing 40,000 elephants?
2015-03-05 @ 14:18:30
This is cool. I expect to have this gene as my sister and I both have the same behaviour.
2015-03-05 @ 13:53:56
This is the world’s first LSD brain imaging study. The question we want to answer is how does LSD works in the human brain to produce its characteristic psychological effects. This question has never been addressed before. Understanding more about the physiological effects of LSD will help us shed light on potential medical interventions as well as help us learn more about consciousness.
2015-03-03 @ 09:25:50
The most striking object emerging from the ground is the head of what Fisher speculated might be “a were-jaguar,” possibly depicting a shaman in a transformed, spirit state. This is amazing!
2015-03-03 @ 07:37:42
I love the amazing arguments in this comic – especially what it means to be free.
2015-03-02 @ 15:52:59
I love this article because it explains how different evolutionary vectors give some species (or co-species) the dominant upper hand. I especially liked the idea of having more eye white so other members of your pack can easily see what you’re looking at, and so your looking is already a gesture of communication. Which reminds me of the fact that dogs are one of the few species that will look in the direction you are looking (a cat will just look at you.), and this is indicative that they know what you want etc.
2015-03-01 @ 07:52:40
Personally I am on a path of healing my own gut issues and I am very glad more science is being done on the causes and cures for these increasing ailments.
2015-03-01 @ 07:50:27
Interesting read on the possibilities of a psychedelic culture.
2015-02-28 @ 19:55:09
I believe MDMA is a beautiful medicine, if done properly, and it should be legalised ASAP.
2015-02-28 @ 19:52:57
Just came across this ASMR. Haven’t tried it in full, but its supposed to be quite a following that loves getting these tingling feelings.
2015-02-28 @ 06:53:27
Yeah – I couldn’t watch it at all.
2015-02-27 @ 11:01:21
Nice – have to watch it!
2015-02-27 @ 09:59:24
Have you watched it already? I have this very high in my list. Ed Snowden, the hero we needed.
2015-02-27 @ 04:23:14
Haha, I know what you mean. My reading list is almost as big as my library, which is huge already!!
2015-02-26 @ 16:01:33
Yeah – a good understanding of his project is almost a prerequisite for understanding his wild aphorisms. My understanding comes mostly from the work I reviewed here: Nietzsche & Zen.
2015-02-26 @ 13:15:01
What do you feel when watching this? Would you ever go to palestine yourself?
2015-02-26 @ 11:22:26
I love existential comics. I find them hilarious while staying loyal to the philosophers themselves. This is a nice one about the limits of stoicism and Nietzsche’s critique. Stoicism is often portrayed that you can’t change what happens to you, you can only change how you respond. Nietzsche has shown this is absolutely false, you can change your circumstances, at least to some extent. Because if nature can change stuff, and you are nature, then how come you perceive yourself as not being able to change stuff?
2015-02-26 @ 10:31:58
I’ve gone through the MDMA therapy protocol and except for the psychological support/integration and taking a benzo, not much is mentioned about aftercare. (Even though, I would highly recommend everyone to read it – it has added a depth to my own MDMA experience which was tremendously healing.)
And if I may speak from personal experience, the come down really differs depending on your lifestyle, condition, context of use and aftercare. To minimise or eradicate comedowns completely I would advice the following:
-Don’t mix with alcohol. (Cannabis seems to be ok)
-Don’t use it too late (so you won’t add sleep deprivation to the mix)
-Don’t use it in overstimulated and sensory overload situations.
-Stay calm, mindful and guide your breath to difficult physiological sensations.
-Drink juices, but not more than 2.5-3 L total.
-Take 400 mg magnesium chelate before. (Also ginger tea seems to help me calm the nerves)
-After coming down, take 5-HTP, Melatonin, Omega 3 fish oil, Vitamin C and some calming herbs, like lemon balm and valerian.
-Try to at sleep at least 8-9 hours after. If you have trouble sleeping or feel restless, add a low dose benzo.
-Have the day(s) after off. Take some walks, do some writing and meditate, or some very light yoga. Eat fruits and soups, anything that is easily digestible. If you feel down, you can choose to take some st. john’s worth for a few days. Also make sure to supplement extra with vitamin D. (10x daily recommended dose or higher.)
With this said, keep in mind that MDMA used in this context is focused on a healing and insightful session. MDMA as medicine, not recreational drugs. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but keep in mind to focus on your own process, guide awareness and the breath to blocks and untangle the physiological ‘knots’ and investigate what comes up. Remember that this can go on for days, if not weeks and you need contemplative time to work through all of this. Taking care of yourself, and defending yourself from too much outside information is key.
2015-02-22 @ 18:00:20
I once saw a documentary about a columbian public speaker who was confronting the cartels, especially pablo escobar. He had the same motto, and while he was winning the public opinion, he got shot and killed. Now, all that remains is a small square and barely anybody remembers him. What was so powerful about this documentary, is that he said that his ideas would never die. But the people that were left behind, his brother and friends, they said it wasn’t like that. Without him, a powerful speaker, without the embodiment of the ideas themselves, they were just empty words. His death served nothing, they said, what he stood for died with him.
Im reminded of all the oral languages that slowly die out. And with them, whole worlds. It’s a sad thing really.
2015-02-22 @ 17:51:41
As I see the argument, it is that in capitalism all workers are exploited. Thus, having a mental technique that makes people happy in a environment in which the healthy thing would be to revolt, meditation can actually make people blind. Have you heard of spiritual bypassing? This is similar, but then more social/political/ecological in nature.
2015-02-22 @ 17:44:26
Yeah, that surprised me a bit as well. But then again, I’ve heard from several people on retreat say the same thing. That after a few years, the attitude of meditation sticks with you. Personally tho, I can’t see myself not meditate ever, as I feel you can deepen it indefinitely.
2015-02-22 @ 13:22:53
Portugal is the best case study that we have to date as to what happens when we end the war on drugs (or, rather, drug users.) Drug use goes down and every negative side effect that stem from criminalisation and stigmatisation goes down as well.
2015-02-22 @ 12:53:47
Thanks for submitting your talk. Loved it- strength through adversity.
2015-02-22 @ 12:51:49
<3 You liked it?
2015-02-22 @ 12:51:05
I think the critique in essence is that is no guaranteed relationship between mindfulness and ethical behaviour. That one can become a better killer/snipper/hitman with mindfulness if one wishes. If this is the case, the mindfulness craze forms more human beings in efficiency and increased awareness, but not necessarily more empathy towards ethical goals or human beings who stand ‘in the way’, so to speak. Having been to some seminars about meditation for business, I feel the critique stands. The main reason for bosses to ask their employees to learn meditation is to make more profit.
2015-02-22 @ 11:18:14
Also, check this out: http://www.highexistence.com/videos/view/indees-aya-journeys-why-take-ayahuasca/
2015-02-22 @ 11:16:38
Hahaha, so thorough they used an actual body!
2015-02-22 @ 10:52:19
Agreed. Tons of successful entrepreneurs nowadays practice meditation to stay at the top of their game.
I actually heard about an interesting critique of this, namely that using meditation in this way, without the ethical boundaries and guidelines, buddhism will then reduced to a productivity technique, which only functions as a band aid to keep the capitalist system functioning. Now, you need to manage your emotions, stress and attention to deal with the insane pressure some of these jobs require. Instead of living a more mindful life, you become an ever more efficient cog in the machine. What are your thoughts on this?
2015-02-21 @ 06:46:13
This will be huge for legalising marijuana, giving this medicine to the people, and will open the door to new legalization laws for other consciousness altering substances/plants. Finally a step in the right direction for freedom of consciousness.
2015-02-21 @ 05:59:11
Im always amazed how widespread the practice of mummification was. Im always curious as to how these practices developed genealogically. What was the first myth that propelled people to want to preserve their bodies after death?
2015-02-21 @ 04:27:58
This link is a beautiful shot short film about the healing and nourishing effect of getting in touch with nature, especially the strong elements. To be human, is to remember our animalness. To address the cold as a friend, and to invite it into our lives will nourish our spirit. This is also why everyone at the HE team practices the Wim Hof Method. See: http://www.highexistence.com/the-wim-hof-method-revealed-how-to-consciously-control-your-immune-system/
2015-02-20 @ 17:09:40
That is cool! Where are you training now? How long is the process? What are you learning? Personally, I am very interested in learning more about healing. I feel called to the healing path as well, and I hope one day I will be granted an opportunity.
2015-02-20 @ 17:07:57
It is the reality of many veterans coming home after war. It is depressing indeed.
2015-02-20 @ 09:59:11
2015-02-20 @ 08:50:28
Thank you for sharing your healing story with us. Don’t worry, self-promotion doesn’t apply to this video at all. (which reminds me we should remove that tag altogether as it seems to bring quite some confusion.)
You looked radiant in the video and I am glad you found healing. Do you still often partake in ayahuasca? In what ways do you perceive your life has changed now?
Together with a dear friend of mine I will venture on a 3-day ayahuasca journey in mid march. I am quite excited. It is not my first time, but I know the intensity can be overwhelming at times.
2015-02-20 @ 03:59:24
2015-02-20 @ 03:58:06
Yeah, I think it should be ‘painting’, or more basic, ‘coloring’
2015-02-19 @ 15:42:39
This myth will probably never die: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-myths/201206/why-the-left-brain-right-brain-myth-will-probably-never-die
2015-02-18 @ 17:24:17
Awesome, great to hear that. I listened to him on the London Real podcast and was pleasantly surprised by his answers. He also explained the background of the book and how it came to be. It was a nice listen :)
Amor Fati is also used widely by Nietzsche, an educator that I think revolutionised stoicism, and an author from who I draw much inspiration.
2015-02-18 @ 17:07:14
I love this guy
2015-02-18 @ 14:42:53
It goes even further, some psychotics take the form of the truman show, having the perception that they are, in fact, being watched by millions: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Truman_Show_delusion
2015-02-18 @ 12:16:38
I’ve heard about Ryan’s book, I am wondering if I should buy it. Did you get much out of it?
2015-02-17 @ 11:33:55
Yeah, pretty cool story huh? Here is another perspective on it: http://www.singingtotheplants.com/2008/02/tragedy-of-maria-sabina/
2015-02-16 @ 09:12:51
Haha. Exactly :)
2015-02-16 @ 08:42:52
Yes, yes it is! :D
2015-02-16 @ 08:38:33
2015-02-16 @ 07:34:06
He definitely should. But, as with most heroes, they will only be remembered by the public, not by any prizes and medals.
2015-02-14 @ 15:14:13
Excellent point. Your art suddenly reduces to a product being sold, for attention. It’s awful. Amazing article Ryan, thank you for sharing :)
2015-02-14 @ 15:12:29
What you described is actually the beginning of phenomenology, or, as they call it, intentionality. There is never just consciousness, there is always conscious of something. And, since these two are always coupled, you can not talk about them separately. And so, there is just perception. The seat of perception must be embodied, if not, you can not explain why we see the object from here, and not over there. Or, why there is something like left or right, up or down, between or over.
It’s a hard read, but if you ever get through it, worth it:
For a easier introduction, read:
If you want, I can challenge you to read POP for your ulysses bucket list! (http://www.highexistence.com/ulysses-bucket-list/)
2015-02-14 @ 15:03:16
My favourite part was him telling how he grew up and that he didn’t mind being poor because everybody was.
2015-02-14 @ 08:46:14
If you’re interested in this, I can highly recommend the outstanding achievement that is the book the ‘Phenomenology of Perception’ by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. He goes to great length and eloquence to explain consciousness cannot be a set of determined mechanisms (brain, nervous system), and neither can it be a transcendental consciousness (just awareness). Instead, awareness is an essential aspect of the body, so essential to it than you need to be a body it all.
2015-02-11 @ 11:27:16
Working is life-denying. Get fired bro and take an adventure.
2015-02-11 @ 02:29:57
Was this before he made whatsapp? Adversity is source of all solutions, ha!
2015-02-09 @ 15:14:58
Very interesting piece. Drug use in war almost seems universal, across time and species.
2015-02-07 @ 15:07:36
Yeah, you’re right, that perpetuates the problem. A better solution would be to hire #people from a social-ecomic background and raise minimum wage so they won’t be in such a psychological oppressive sphere.
2015-02-07 @ 05:20:03
Excellent article about the misconceptions of jealousy, and it goes to show once again that the best remedy is to offer your partner love and assurance. No need to judge :)
2015-02-07 @ 04:59:25
It does, doesn’t it! Any creative ideas to cause some civil disobedience?
2015-02-06 @ 16:25:35
2015-02-06 @ 07:29:56
It’s discrimination if it based on the color of one’s skin, it’s not if it’s based on social health, poverty and economic opportunity.
2015-02-05 @ 18:13:50
Seems very narcissistic to me. Me talking, so I can later watch myself talking to me? So I can better understand myself? I don’t think I would ever use this. Anyone else would?
2015-02-05 @ 17:56:27
Yeah, you’re absolutely right.
2015-02-05 @ 09:04:34
Yeah, it is fantastic to see this person who used to be suffering so much with such a smile now. One day, 1 medicine, is all they need. Fantastic.
I did irk a bit when one of the doctors said very explicitly and matter as fact that it had to be tightly regulated. While I agree that some parts do need to be regulated, I am worried it might be confined to the medical field, where the doctors are the new priests etc.
2015-02-05 @ 08:44:01
btw. Jackie, does Azarius sell kambo sticks? Why or why not?
2015-02-05 @ 08:42:20
Ill show you them sunday – they are quite kinky.
2015-02-05 @ 08:19:46
Haha, you haven’t seen my scars yet? :D
EDIT: click on the link about her first Kambo experience.
2015-02-05 @ 08:16:18
Is it worth watching for someone like me?
2015-02-05 @ 08:12:23
Thank you for sharing, great read. I am actually in the process of writing up my own Kambo experiences (I’ve done it 3 times in various intensities, with 3 different people.)
May I ask the condition that is affecting you to try out Kambo?
2015-02-05 @ 03:44:09
It does, doesn’t it?
2015-02-05 @ 03:43:04
I didn’t feel there was any other outcome than this. Still very sad tho. He probably saved tons of lives due to better quality drugs and preventing exposure to criminal violence.
2015-02-04 @ 07:23:33
2015-02-03 @ 17:23:48
While this holds true, it is not that ants don’t notice us. They do. We’re not traceless. So either – they leave no traces at all, or, more likely, we don’t recognise their traces for traces. And perhaps confuse their traces with natural occurrences. Another possibility could be, that we are the most advanced species that have ever come this far. Perhaps we’re the lucky ones that developed thumbs.
2015-02-03 @ 10:24:46
Perhaps intelligent equals self-destructive.
2015-02-03 @ 03:37:02
If your reaction is to leave a discussion just because someone doesn’t agree with your assumptions then I feel we’re better off without you.
Please read the book the Spell of the Sensuous and try to disprove your hypothesis, it’s the scientific thing to do.
2015-02-03 @ 03:34:17
Im going to make some breakfast to bed for my girlfriend, she’s not feeling that well right now. Everyone one of us right now, is powerless to change the big momentum of time. Even the elite are in many ways. Start caring about the people around you, right now. Develop little communities of sustainability, reciprocity and com-passion. Change is already happening.
2015-02-02 @ 17:13:34
I understand you found my first reply aggressive. In hindsight, it was. The comment I replied to didn’t even make an attempt to put himself in the shoes of a people that has been poisoned by cultural genocide, and instead felt the need to defend a very destructive view of what science is.
The same view you are perpetuating by saying there are no prejudices in science. That other intelligent life would come to exactly the same formula is an assumption – based on the view that there is an objective reality completely free from subjective experience (and based on the view that in language you can differentiate content and form.) I believe, with the Animistic cultures of the past, that these assumptions cannot be held to any critical scrutiny.
(If you want to understand my position, I am following the phenomenological critique by Mzerleau-Ponty that clearly shows science’s indebtedness and fidelity to subjective experience)
While I find the your values of understanding life through the lens of science to alleviate human suffering very noble, and that I agree that most, if not all scientists, have strong moral values and the best intentions, I can not deny the incredible ecological and cultural destruction fuelled by this knowledge. Clearly there are forces at play that transcend the noble scientist, as for example corporations use science to cut away the amazon, or minimise the voice of the American Indian people. (See truth in Nietzsche and biopower in Foucault.)
Saying science is a value-neutral doctrine is denying the fact that it is a very human endeavour, played out in the life-world of very breathing beings. There is a shadow side to it, one that is fuelling perhaps the biggest existential risk our species has ever faced.
If you want to prevent violence against our culture, the intention behind it I find honourable, we better first find out how we are violent to others.
2015-02-02 @ 13:41:58
Awesome, thanks man :)
2015-02-02 @ 13:16:51
haha, alright, will have to download and listen then! :)
2015-02-01 @ 16:57:51
Amazing read, thanks for sharing my friend :)
2015-02-01 @ 16:01:42
Actually, your misunderstanding of the post is ironic. The fact that it is dangerous is precisely the value of the post.
Equations are tied to language, namely mathematical and phonetic language. Oral language doesn’t have the possibility of advanced self-reflexive symbolism.
To say you need equations to understand an ecosystem in which you live, hunt, forage and where the land is coupled to your ancestral stories is honestly laughably arrogant.
You defend science as if it’s some valueless and pure system. It’s not. And this doesn’t mean I dismiss science, not at all. It does mean, however, that imperialism, fuelled by technological superiority, can eradicate whole ecosystems and their people without any regard for their subjective experience. It’s just their ‘prejudice’ and ‘imposed “meaning”, right?
2015-01-31 @ 18:44:38
What did you like about this podcast Jawn?
2015-01-31 @ 16:28:50
That doesn’t make sense at all.
2015-01-31 @ 04:49:39
I am wondering about this one. I love the slogan and it rings very true to me, but, does it really make a change in ones life? After reading it, do you just scroll to the next content? Or do you actually close your computer and get essential shit done, so to speak? For me it varies, but more often, it has no effect whatsoever.
2015-01-31 @ 04:46:37
I love the poem one, that is amazing if you truly do such a thing. Have anyone of you ever done something creative/intimate like that?
2015-01-30 @ 12:50:51
Im sorry, but I think you are wrong on all accounts.
By asking him to define his spirituality, or that he has to ‘proof’ his point to you, proof that ‘a priori’ you decide what can be accepted as proof, you already force him to conform to your view of using words, your way of truth, or, in his words what ‘legitimate’ thinking is. His culture is on oral culture, his truth is based on his own experience. That is his strength, not his weakness.
Abstraction is a way of using words that is non-affective, non-local and a-temporal. These ideas can only exist within a phonetic culture. In which a people converse with their own scratches, and not with their direct surroundings. (If you’re truly interested in this, and would like to deepen your understanding about what science works and how language changes perception itself, read Abram’s amazing study: The Spell of the Sensuous.)
The effect of using science as a doctrine is also spiritual and religious in nature. Science is based on metaphysical believe that there is an objective standpoint, seeing the world from the outside. (As contrasted to a inter-subjective viewpoint of agreement.) This is logical positivist fallacy, an ideology so destructive and pervasive we eradicate whole cultures that don’t follow this.
All arguments come from human experience. Arguments are some part of how we western and phonetic people use language. To equate this with fundamentalism is a huge straw man.
Why is he not a fundamentalist? Because he doesn’t force his view and his way of using truth on other people. Instead, he tried – and failed – to prevent cultural genocide. I don’t find this scary, I find it courageous.
2015-01-29 @ 14:40:00
Woah, these are amazing!
2015-01-29 @ 14:22:40
Yes, they are. But I haven’t done the research on this (yet), and so I am not in a position to recommend these.
2015-01-29 @ 09:01:58
This honestly sounds like a new age myth. Any form of total enlightenment is called an ego-illusion in buddhism and also all western philosophical traditions.
2015-01-29 @ 08:50:28
This is truly awesome, ego-crushing awesome.
2015-01-27 @ 14:36:49
ohh… that went over my head haha
2015-01-27 @ 14:35:58
I read somewhere this guy is doing this every day. Hats off :)
2015-01-26 @ 14:57:09
He’s actually smiling in the trailer my man
2015-01-23 @ 08:19:10
Very true. I also feel happiest when I am with friends, socialising and playing games. Pre-agriculture, this was also how all of our basic needs were met.
2015-01-23 @ 06:58:58
wow, that is amazing. Perhaps through intonation etc? Can you find the video? :)
2015-01-23 @ 06:51:29
haha, beat you to it brother. Amazing isn’t it? More proof of a power-infested ‘law’ that enslaves people.
2015-01-22 @ 16:47:39
I also like to work longer, 25-30 minute is not enough for me and I feel I have to refocus too often because I have too many breaks. Tim Ferris who is a huge proponent of the pomodoro technique also has much longer stretches IIRC.
2015-01-22 @ 15:29:46
Haha no problem buddy, rather late than never :) Whats your favourite SOS?
2015-01-21 @ 10:51:11
hmmm, I approved this because of the absurdity. 4 hours smiling?
2015-01-21 @ 10:48:53
I actually disagree, he didn’t excuse his deer hunting at all. His main point is that we can’t easily make your argument, that one is simply better than the other. There are both hidden costs involved, as well as consequences that go beyond the plant vs animal debate.
2015-01-20 @ 03:01:35
What is total enlightenment? And why is it obviously that entheogens can’t bring that?
And you posted this before, please don’t copy paste your answers.
2015-01-19 @ 16:33:17
Thank you for the comment Mike! I was deeply impressed by the way he worded his answers, as he left room for many perspectives other than his own. This, for me, is a good sign of someone who can hold space in such ceremonies. And this is why I shared this podcast with HE. I am glad you verified my feelings! Would you do it again? How much did it cost? How was the experience for you? Did you do any other ceremonies there?
2015-01-18 @ 09:47:01
Hi! PM-ing you now. :)
2015-01-16 @ 17:05:14
That’s amazing, enjoy your DMT journey!
2015-01-16 @ 09:39:58
For sure, a much needed medicine for the soul has finally appeared. It is now up to us to build the infrastructure to spread the knowledge of the shamans and make it our own, local.
2015-01-14 @ 16:07:17
2015-01-14 @ 15:57:30
I got the Feynman lectures in print, they are truly amazing. I love the documentary about him, incredible smart while being down to earth. Highly recommend it!
(will have to add it now!)
2015-01-13 @ 15:05:31
Indeed, the implications are huge.
2015-01-13 @ 04:52:31
Man, I loved this when it first came out. I just started to become a huge fan of `Carl Sagan, and when this came out, I felt I was riding the trend of time.
2015-01-13 @ 04:30:07
this is amazing
2015-01-12 @ 16:15:38
It will never cease to amaze me that in order to follow some higher order, some ‘rule’, humans can always suspend the ethical. I felt a bit disturbed reading about the girl, yes, maybe she did need to figure it out on her own, who can tell, really?, but neglecting basic care because we agreed on it seems weird to me.
The people in the room would probably think it’s not their responsibility, it is the guy in charge, and if he doesn’t do something, it is not warranted. And the guy in charge probably thinks it’s not his responsibility, because he follows the higher order of Goenka. etc. In the end, everybody is the other, nobody is themselves.
2015-01-06 @ 12:56:57
2015-01-05 @ 14:14:36
Have you read the article completely? I feel it addresses some very valid points :)
2015-01-05 @ 14:13:33
It seems they have planted a lot of expectations and now we are reaping disappointment.
2015-01-05 @ 11:00:47
Personally, I am still very unconvinced by both the venus project as the zeitgeist project. Besides implementing wild ideas and ideals in a youth-internet generation, what concrete change have they build?
2014-12-27 @ 15:47:23
Very interesting take on the food chain and some parts being a sewer, never thought of it that way before.
(Also, welcome back man!! <3)
2014-12-27 @ 15:45:41
This is truly an amazing documentary, must watch if you have any interest in psychedelics and psychological healing.
2014-12-23 @ 17:09:50
2014-12-23 @ 03:44:53
For sure buddy! <3
2014-12-22 @ 12:14:44
Haha, this guy is amazing.
2014-12-22 @ 09:32:19
This holds true for me, I need at least 8-8.5 hours to function optimally. If not, I get easier distracted, have less focus, feel tired, less energy etc.
2014-12-21 @ 18:41:21
This is amazing, thanks for sharing. The guy on the big church organ, look at him go, pure mastery.
2014-12-21 @ 18:26:35
I completely agree with this. Honestly, the biggest catalyst for positive change in my life has been books, both those of the self-help category as those critical of the possibility of true change. I think it is important to develop some healthy meta-cognition by which you learn how to distinguish genuine advice from bad advice, and how to actually put in practice. I always ask myself, does this really have any impact on my day to day functioning? If not, it’s mental masturbation (which is not completely bad itself, but limited in many ways.)
2014-12-20 @ 09:06:38
Unfortunately we don’t have any designers at the moment. However, if you get the text and basic design down, we could always hire someone.
2014-12-19 @ 14:12:01
Yes, I definitely feel there is some truth to your observation. Yet, the reason why I submitted it was that I did recognise some of the negatives in my own life. I hardly looked at the positive ones. I agree that a proactive approach would work better, and I would invite you to lead the way :)
2014-12-19 @ 10:52:58
You can’t know this for sure. Perhaps there were species that left no trace and we wouldn’t ever find out. (because they left no trace)
2014-12-19 @ 09:56:10
That is exactly what I disagree with, I think there are things that in the end leave no trace at all. (But, this is just a matter of taste, since we can never proof it one way or another.)
2014-12-18 @ 14:50:34
You’re describing the (rapidly diminishing) middle class of the wealthy nations. I feel the 75% of the world that has been industrialised and have to work gruelling hours for low pay and no social securities would strongly disagree with your statement. The fiscal front means clean water and the prospect of food on a daily basis. Only when they have the basics have they energy to get trapped in the allure of money.
2014-12-18 @ 03:53:46
This beautifully illustrates the point of the article, because if you study philosophy, and in particular study exploitation and oppression from a marxist point of view (which is nothing other than perceiving a class divide whereby the commons (air, water, resources, human labour etc.) are sold to corporations). Because in these texts, there is always a difference between the left and the right, between social values and dog eat dog values.
And the point of this article is that these terms just aren’t understood by the majority of the people and that we do need to find meaningful solutions to these huge problems.
2014-12-16 @ 14:34:36
Not sure what happened to the link in the article, but the test can be found here: http://www.self-compassion.org/test-your-self-compassion-level.html
2014-12-16 @ 14:32:34
There’s a difference between having an addiction and having self-hate. Addiction can stem from self-hate, or, a lack of self-love. You can accept yourself, without accepting your addiction.
2014-12-16 @ 13:14:36
This is beautiful, really.
2014-12-15 @ 14:13:33
I certainly hope not.
2014-12-14 @ 05:22:06
How much was a hit? How was it?
2014-12-13 @ 18:01:06
Would you mind elaborating on your comment? Now I am just guessing to which part of his assertions you refer to with what statement you made.
2014-12-13 @ 17:48:50
Depends on your bodily state. In some situations you want extra energy and you will breathe harder. Other times you want to calm and heal, and you breathe slowly.
2014-12-13 @ 08:51:30
Reminds me of this: http://www.highexistence.com/videos/view/how-whales-change-climate/
2014-12-13 @ 06:17:23
Not sure, will have to listen to the rest first :)
2014-12-13 @ 05:28:51
that would be amazing
2014-12-12 @ 18:12:57
I think I wouldn’t agree necessarily with his idea of a Shaman. A shaman is more than a healer, he is a master of perception, and, of course, perception is a being-form of participation or relationship. Therefore he is able to heal, not the other way around. He is able to heal because he can see things other people can’t, and can guide the self-relationship of the other person, or between person, or between persons and their environment, into a non-destructive and co-beneficial ecosystem. Im definitely going to listen to the whole thing another day. (Love the idea they work with camera’s, very inspiring for our own podcasts.)
2014-12-12 @ 17:43:53
Thanks for sharing :)
2014-12-12 @ 17:43:29
Different speeds: http://www.highexistence.com/images/view/slow-medium-and-fast-breathing-sync/
2014-12-12 @ 13:31:28
Wow, these are amazing. Love the Ronaldo one and the social media penis one.
2014-12-12 @ 09:01:40
You’re welcome :)
2014-12-11 @ 14:27:52
It is working now :)
2014-12-11 @ 09:38:35
You;re welcome :)
This is also an interesting piece: http://veilofreality.com/2014/04/23/reflections-on-ayahuasca-psychedelics-marijuana-and-a-critical-look-at-the-psychedelic-movement/
2014-12-11 @ 06:36:21
2014-12-11 @ 03:31:50
That is an amazing comic, thanks for sharing Jordan.
I would recommend everyone to check out this experiment about rats too. It’s called the beautiful ones, how living in a utopia can lead to anti-social behaviour. It actually has an uncanny resemblance to the ‘metropolitan’ man that just focuses on grooming himself (and that of other man), while avoiding the anxiety they feel by approaching a women.
2014-12-09 @ 12:00:36
I wore the ‘Moksha Master’ t-shirt @ BOOM festival, and it got an amazing response. It is truly unlike any other clothing,
2014-12-09 @ 02:05:53
That is pretty cool :) I had the same experience when I attended the interdisciplinary congress on psychedelic research in Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful tribe, one of which I am happy to be part of.
2014-12-08 @ 09:36:23
Great analysis. Indeed, basic income would do away with the coercion that is inherent to the fact you need to work for your existence. Millions of shitty jobs would disappear (and would probably be much better paying as well!)
2014-12-08 @ 09:20:52
2014-12-08 @ 09:20:42
You’re welcome :)!
2014-12-08 @ 09:14:22
Damn, I missed this comment @blankey ! Im glad the notification system is nearly fixed.
Hurting the body is a natural way to improve the body. Small doses of poison are often helpful for the immune system, even exercising is harmful in the short run.
The experience itself is horrible, you feel extremely sick, weak, nauseated. Your heart is racing, the pressure is throbbing throughout your body. Your face glands blow up and you start looking like a frog. This takes between 10-45 minutes, depending on the dose.
Afterwards, you feel pretty damn fine for a few days. (some report feeling great for weeks, and even have increased perception etc.) For me it was less substantial, but a very interesting experience nonetheless.
2014-12-08 @ 09:05:06
Pretty amazing that children can learn this.
2014-12-08 @ 08:47:13
Hey Martin, thank you for submitting your podcast to the HE crowd! :)
I feel the failure of modern education is a very important topic that needs to be discussed publicly more often. Did Jerry mention any good trends that are trying to remedy these problems?
(also, from your page, it isn’t immediately obvious you can click the podcast link to download the audio.)
2014-12-08 @ 03:15:26
Pretty sure this is possible somehow, may options show when you google “youtube video as alarm clock”
2014-12-08 @ 03:14:13
Yeah, Carl Sagan is amazing. Have you seen Cosmos? MUST WATCH.
2014-12-08 @ 03:13:30
I had the same feeling when reading it. Especially when it comes to off the grid living, there is always this sense of the grass is greener there. Well, it comes with its own hardships.
2014-12-08 @ 03:12:51
Yeah, if you have a strong sense of community, crime rate will automatically go down. So these are, in fact, secondary measurements.
2014-12-07 @ 05:01:10
I completely understand the basis of your argument, that no money would be made if everyone would get healthy fast. However, the opposite is also true, which is why I don’t believe there are many cures for cancer. Because if there were, why is cancer still around?
2014-12-06 @ 17:36:02
Exactly this, one of the most important social issues of our time.
2014-12-06 @ 17:31:16
Thank you for replying and adding your article to our community. As I said before, it is a very important side that should not be swept under the rug in any way. I completely agree with everything you said, and I hope everyone wishing to partake in a Ayahuasca ceremony prepares themselves to the full extent possible.
1) Do your own research. Anything less than 3 months is plain idiotic.
2) Go to a respected place, get in contact with actual people who have been there.
3) Know your family history, especially regarding psychological disorders like psychosis, schizophrenia and tendencies for dissociation. Know that there are genetic predispositions that could very well be in you too.
4) Know that it does has it’s risks, and that perhaps a different path or medicine is better for you.
5) Discuss it with people you love.
That said, I am a big proponent of psychedelic medicines. And I feel they can be the solution to many emotional and psychic problems. However, the importance of harm reduction should never be understated.
I am glad it didn’t end your life and that you took the risk of ridicule to write your story. Please keep sharing it to educate people.
2014-12-06 @ 06:56:08
This is amazing, thanks for sharing Marc!
2014-12-06 @ 06:02:46
This is my story btw: http://www.highexistence.com/ayahuasca-a-story-of-death-rebirth-and-love/
2014-12-06 @ 04:52:26
Yes, seeing someone on a 2d screen doesn’t teach them any embodiment skills, on which social interaction fundamentally depends. But this doesn’t imply it ‘lessens their brain’, because these children are much better and faster in the 2d world.
2014-12-06 @ 04:28:57
2014-12-06 @ 04:09:38
Really? Why would it lessen their brain? I would argue that you can’t even make this comparison, as these two people you see here are actually of a very different species, thinking, perceiving and acting very differently.
2014-12-06 @ 03:20:38
Thank you for sharing this article. It is definitely an important side of the story that needs to be told. I couldn’t find anything about the author of this piece, so i will just put my thoughts here.
It is indeed sad that this has happened to the author, and also to the other people linked in the article. (and the many undocumented cases as well.) However, it’s not just ‘followers’ that proclaim healing effects, these are also scientifically documented. Yes, there are risks, but it’s still safer than riding a horse. Of the many people who take the brew, only a very small subset develop any long lasting damage. So saying it is ‘quite capable’ is a bit overstatement, and sensationalist, which to me is exactly what this very important issue doesn’t need. Because now I feel forced to diminish the statements of the article while I am agreeing with it’s fundamental point.
2014-12-05 @ 06:47:59
Definitely your own rhythm. Slower and deeper is often better, and having the in and out-breath of the same duration is also better.
2014-12-04 @ 15:32:01
Not necessarily no, but some drugs, especially of the category psychedelics, do have a strong healing, enlightening and epiphanic effect, if they are used properly. We’re a strong proponent of consciousness exploration, and using psychedelics for this is definitely encouraged.
2014-12-04 @ 12:09:16
wow, this is epic
2014-12-04 @ 02:33:18
Cut off their money stream and you will give them a huge blow, legalise the war on drugs.
2014-12-03 @ 06:57:01
I think you’re absolutely right about the fact that a trip isn’t a miracle cure and you wake up completely changed the next day. The hard work definitely starts after having the insights, and making the necessary changes
2014-12-03 @ 02:11:39
He gave an amazing thought out TED talk, Im pretty sure that took a lot of willpower.
2014-12-02 @ 13:33:59
I think he means the tibetan book of the dead.
2014-12-02 @ 08:04:54
2014-12-01 @ 03:36:54
2014-11-28 @ 09:13:53
Seems to work for me. Try this: downforeveryoneorjustme.com
2014-11-27 @ 12:37:32
Great talk btw, very inspiring man, Mark.
2014-11-27 @ 12:25:22
I’ve actually had 3 ceremonies with that frog where the healer burned away my skin, then put the ‘venom’ on it. ‘increased\ blood pressure doesn’t begin to describe it. It’s called kambo.
2014-11-26 @ 17:52:13
Check out this! http://www.highexistence.com/epic-challenge-30-days-of-fear/
2014-11-26 @ 17:51:25
Do you think the 5-htp might have influenced the first trip positively?
2014-11-26 @ 16:10:09
woah, this is amazing art
2014-11-25 @ 05:47:41
Want to start a challenge to finish this course? It seems amazing (unfortunately I can not commit to it, but I am sure a lot of HEthens would love to learn this and get each other motivated with checks and balances)
2014-11-25 @ 05:37:38
This is so true. I felt, heard and read all about these nay-sayers when I wanted to go to Nepal for the first time.
2014-11-25 @ 03:41:34
This is really huge.
2014-11-25 @ 03:30:22
I actually disagree with all your rebuttals.
The money is already there, but it is just distributed differently. Plus, you must imagine the total costs of poverty itself, which are huge. Giving everyone basic income makes the total cost of living on this planet for all humans cheaper, which is more efficient and cheaper for everyone. (Basic income leads to better education, better healthcare etc. which are great investments with a positive return, so putting money there is actually a smart economic move.)
Travelling the world is not the same as being lazy. It would be great for a culture in which members could travel freely and explore their own world. This is education at it’s finest, and another great return on investment.
The loss of tax is indeed a problem, but that is because taxes are not distributed evenly right now. When more and more machines take over more and more complex jobs, people will inevitable run out salaried money to live off. We can either tax these machines greatly, view them as the shared culmination of human knowledge, or we can give the owners tax breaks and let the poor starve.
I live in the netherlands, based on social security, and while I shouldn’t complain because the standard of living is incredible here, I do see it slowly crumble away to market forces and a impotent political system. Basic income is the way to go.
2014-11-24 @ 16:12:39
Can you imagine the lives all the previous generation of (proto-)human beings? How weird for them everything must have been? How many complex ideas, thoughts, languages, perception, religions have vanished forever?
2014-11-24 @ 08:56:00
2014-11-23 @ 18:53:17
Amazing article, seems like a great site with other good stuff. Thanks for sharing!
2014-11-23 @ 11:02:45
I challenge you to design one yourself and have it printed.
2014-11-23 @ 09:19:29
This is very true.
2014-11-23 @ 08:34:29
No not at all. It’s ambiguous, depending on how you look at it. Just a fact of life I guess,
2014-11-23 @ 06:04:47
Yeah, it deals quite a bit about shamanism and perception. It’s a wonderful book (I love the philosophy behind it, so I do prefer the more technical The Spell of the Sensuous.)
2014-11-22 @ 20:50:44
Great post, loved the video. I really enjoyed the fact the children in it were so in touch with their body and their own animality, that they knew what would be an awesome change the have. Not how they look, no issues with self-esteem, but what they were capable of. Thinking in this direction, you will go to places. Places where you experience our own animal ancestry.
I’ve experienced shapeshifting myself (truth be told, this was under the influence of a high dose of powerful psychedelic) and what I realised was how natural it was me. I truly became one. We know things because we are embodied. (if you’re interested in this, I can highly recommend reading Becoming Animal, a book I reviewed here: http://www.highexistence.com/8-books-for-a-higher-existence/)
2014-11-22 @ 18:53:27
This is such great metaphor for life decisions. My biggest crossroad in life has been the moment when I decided to quit a successful career in professional poker and just meditate in a Nepali monastery for 30 days straight. After that, I couldn’t go back. Had to leave a lot what I knew and dependent on behind.
2014-11-22 @ 18:50:40
This is amazing. I just took a 3 hour walk in the dark and had an amazing time just thinking and appreciating myself and life. What is something you do to remember magic?
2014-11-22 @ 07:44:27
This is so true. I can recommend everyone getting extremely good at one thing, because there are levels of hardship and learning you have to go through, which you will never understand if you never become good at something. And only from that you can learn how to follow your bliss.
2014-11-22 @ 07:41:23
Definitely, thanks for sharing.
2014-11-21 @ 17:21:56
I agree. I love how he just looks at where we are at now, and just takes the necessary steps to get to an awesome science fiction future. Of course he has been very lucky, but also extremely creative and hard working.
Oh, and I would love to have a tesla.
2014-11-21 @ 07:26:24
“Being single isn’t about being alone, it’s about being by yourself. There’s a difference between the two, and the sooner you see that difference, the more excited you’ll be about the single life in front of you.”
Hit the nail on the head here.
2014-11-21 @ 06:47:37
Ross is an amazing writer. After reading this interview with Elon Musk in which he covers some of the same basic ground I started reading everything he writes. Huge inspiration for me.
2014-11-21 @ 06:44:43
Of course it will be taken advantage of, that is the whole point. Many poor people have huge disadvantages, constantly scurrying to make a living. Therefore they are more likely to become criminals, less educated, sick etc. Giving these people a chance to compete with basic income doesn’t do away with a god eat dog world, it actually increases it. Which is a good thing if a dog eat dog situation doesn’t become a life or death situation but actually fosters creativity.
2014-11-20 @ 17:50:55
Awesome article Jon! Great read :)
2014-11-20 @ 13:45:48
Me too. Phenomenologically speaking, polytheism makes a ton of sense. Check out the book darwin’s pharmacy if you want to know more.
2014-11-20 @ 12:08:24
Amazing video, very inspiring level of fitness too. I wonder what his and her training schedule/diet is.
I saw three cirque du soleil shows when I was in las vegas, and I was truly mesmerised by their performance. Pure physical mastery. (many of them are ex-olympic athletes, the best of the best.)
Also check out this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLouxprAHtQ
2014-11-19 @ 14:43:36
Wow, I didn’t know this, thanks for sharing :)
2014-11-19 @ 14:42:55
Have you tried? What are your results?
2014-11-19 @ 14:42:29
That’s definitely the baking soda, use less or switch it for arrow root.
2014-11-16 @ 17:38:08
Love the promotion idea. Definitely want to make cool artists and well outspoken individuals get a more prominent role in our culture.
2014-11-16 @ 17:36:43
These are great. We would love to help independent artists, and you just gave me a fantastic idea :)
2014-11-15 @ 05:11:48
What are the category of products you wouldn’t mind seeing on HE?
2014-11-13 @ 20:55:32
Just a quick note for everyone wanting to try out the beta: Try adding new links, discussions, replies. Try your hands on everything! And please use the bottom right report feedback button for anything that you don’t understand, doesn’t work, or you find just plain ugly/silly/dumb/incoherent. We would love all and every type of feedback you can give so we’re able to provide the best platform to bring everyone to a higher existence.
2014-11-06 @ 04:03:47
Was that meant to be humorous?
2014-10-20 @ 18:09:45
“The universe itself is evidence you lived. Every action has a reaction, and your body is echoed through the cosmos, forever.”
I couldn’t disagree more with this. There are many species that are utterly extinct, many acts of love swallowed by absolute nothingness, civilisations erased by time’s brush.
2014-10-17 @ 12:56:55
The sources are all linked in the article. Is there any missing?
Noted on the more all rounded article.
2014-10-16 @ 12:42:41
Thank you for your review, and I am glad your experience was a positive one, it definitely resembles mine. Excellent points about cancelling too.
2014-10-09 @ 05:45:56
I’ve heard many positive reviews about https://modup.net
2014-10-08 @ 10:52:54
You’re right, that one is a bit obscure. I was referring to the second page statement. (Please note that shipping is also free at this moment.)
‘Product is free to try for 14 days, pay only a small shipping & handling fee (then $43.31 for each month for a 32ct bottle). Cancel anytime by emailing email@example.com.’
That said, Stephen had an excellent point, always make sure you read terms of service before signing up or ordering anything.
2014-10-08 @ 01:49:13
Hi Mr. Shirtley, that’s too bad. I will ask them about it.
I am also convinced it is not for everyone. If you read my TruBrain review, then you noticed it had pretty bad adverse effects on my psyche, while the ingredients are hailed as revolutionary by many others.
2014-10-07 @ 17:10:05
Hi Stephen, yes, this is very true. Is this not clear on the optimind website before you sign up?
2014-10-07 @ 17:08:44
Hi Rubyat! I think micro-dosing is an amazing way to use psychedelics. It can be applicable to many more situations than a full blown dose. For productivity, it is not very beneficial, but if you’re stuck in a rut, use it for meditation and other spiritual practices or take it while hiking or doing sports like biking, running etc, it is amazing. I’ve had great succes taking a small dose together with a good friend and just go for a very long walk, specialness guaranteed.
I always dilute it with liquids, depending on the substance. Get a trusted supplier, google to see what it can be diluted in (mostly, distilled water or alcohol, or best, vodka which has both) and dilute it with equal parts. If you dilute it 10 times with a certain amount, use that amount for 1/10 dose. Can not be simpler than that.
I really want to delve deeper into it, but right now I am just working 24/7 and there is no room for deep contemplation or spending a day just exercising :)
2014-10-07 @ 17:00:56
Thank you for your concern. These are not our products, but products we have tried ourselves, liked, and thus agreed to promote. Unfortunately, we wouldn’t be able to pay for server costs, and my own food for that matter, if we we’re completely ad free. It takes a lot of time and energy to keep this place running with just two people and we wouldn’t be able to do this without ads.
2014-09-11 @ 13:33:12
Thanks for sharing Blake!
2014-09-08 @ 17:01:23
What do you think of possibilianism?
Possibilianism is a philosophy which rejects both the diverse claims of traditional theism and the positions of certainty in strong atheism in favor of a middle, exploratory ground. The term was first defined by neuroscientist David Eagleman in relation to his book of fiction Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives. Asked whether he was an atheist or a religious person on a National Public Radio interview in February 2009, he replied “I call myself a Possibilian: I’m open to…ideas that we don’t have any way of testing right now.” In a subsequent interview with the New York Times, Eagleman expanded on the definition:
“Our ignorance of the cosmos is too vast to commit to atheism, and yet we know too much to commit to a particular religion. A third position, agnosticism, is often an uninteresting stance in which a person simply questions whether his traditional religious story (say, a man with a beard on a cloud) is true or not true. But with Possibilianism I’m hoping to define a new position — one that emphasizes the exploration of new, unconsidered possibilities. Possibilianism is comfortable holding multiple ideas in mind; it is not interested in committing to any particular story.” 
2014-08-02 @ 07:06:54
HI J, thank you for your comment. You raise some valid points. I agree that caution is advised and using them as an escape should be very discouraged.
But, as far as I am aware, no dependencies are recorded. I also see no inherent danger by using technology and tools to enhance capabilities. Which is a very important part of being human.
About the difference in doses, no fixed rule can be given. This article is meant as a way to sprout ideas of different uses of psychs, some of which can be tremendously healing and empowering. For breakthrough ideas, the higher range is probably a better choice. For sporting and or mental enhancement, lower doses are recommended.
The fifth quote is by someone who perhaps knows the most about psychedelics and their uses in spirituality and therapy. I think you might have misread it. What he means is that people who take a high dose, can often just transcend the issues they have to a transcendental plane. On micro-dosing, this movement is impossible. Yes, MDMA is a great substance to deal with repressed feelings. Yet, as many very seasoned psychonauts have attested to (Ann Shulgin, Rick Doblin etc.), all chemical keys have their own quality, and MDMA is mostly to open the door for others that go deeper into the shadow.
This article never once suggested that lust for life should be contingent upon the use of psychedelics. If it was, it would indeed been a disservice. Yet, I fail to see why it should be either harnessing the power of the mind and/or psychedelics. I’ve tried the wim hof method on a micro-dose, and I must say it was one of the most effective session I have had so far. Also, be aware of your own idealist prejudice (see http://www.highexistence.com/a-treatise-on-psychedelics-pt-13-the-stigma/), it seems you prefer ‘natural’ and ‘meditation’.
Anyways, I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and make people thing more critically. These substances are not for everyone and should be treated with respect.
2014-07-24 @ 07:04:03
You’re absolutely right.
I have also done micro dosing with Iboga root bark. Read my experience here: http://www.highexistence.com/topic/first-encounter-with-iboga/#post-330070
2014-07-24 @ 07:02:34
Hi Ryan, thank you for your enthusiasm! I am not sure about tolerance, as this is not researched and I have no personal experience with it.
2014-07-24 @ 07:01:21
Hi Jang! I have read reports of people cutting with succes. Please note that it’s less precise than diluting it with vodka/distilled water.
2014-07-18 @ 10:50:56
Great comment Miles, completely agree!
2014-07-18 @ 10:50:11
HI Nypon, thank you for your comment! I would recommend doing it on a day off first, and see if you like it at all. Remember, it’s not for everyone. Then you can slowly integrate it into some activities, or even work. It’s still all in the experimental phase :)
2014-07-17 @ 05:28:19
Thanks a lot Erich, glad you liked the article. I have never tried micro dosing with mushrooms/truffels, only LSD and Ibogaine. It depends a lot on the strain/potency/tolerance. So I would recommend starting with .2 and slowly move up until you find the right dosage for you. Also, be aware it is not for everybody! :)
I have never heard about sensory gating, could you elaborate?
2014-07-17 @ 05:20:18
Sounds amazing :)
2014-07-16 @ 05:50:12
Hi Stephan, thank you for your comment. I have tried different doses of piracetam, the effects are completely different. LSD is greatly superior in my opinion. A micro-dose will cost 1/10-1/15 of a normal tab, much cheaper than a coffee (but a tad more expensive than piracetam in bulk), but I don’t think it is expensive at all.
You can use other psychedelics for this, other than LSD. Just make sure you take a significant smaller dose than the full blown trip.
2014-07-16 @ 05:45:40
In my experience this hasn’t been the case, I’ve remembered everything I learned while on micro-dosing, even while sober.
2014-07-15 @ 11:31:49
2014-07-15 @ 11:31:14
Micro-dosing and hiking is a perfect combination. Be extra careful tho! :)
2014-07-15 @ 11:30:45
That sounds amazing :) Next time you’re in Amsterdam, hit me up!
2014-06-02 @ 05:43:14
2014-03-16 @ 06:51:41
I think the dichotomy between doing it on your own and taking drugs is false. You can’t say feeling love on drugs is not your own love. It’s as saying you feel a connection with someone because you have released oxytocin, so the connection you feel is not yours. This is why PTSD can be treated with MDMA, and in some cases, perhaps not without it.
However, I do agree that it’s not just a magic pill either. It’s set and setting, therefore you must be willing to integrate the insights, be determined to invest and open up. Definitely a sacrifice at times :)
2014-03-16 @ 06:46:43
Granted, there are a lot of unknowns taking these substances for a very long period. However, as of yet, there is nothing that suggests any long term damage. And since for some, mostly non-healthy, individuals the pay-off seems to be worth it.
That said, the whole history of man and evolution itself has been based on risky limbs in order to improve things. Heck, man itself is one risky experiment.
2014-03-15 @ 06:12:40
1) I honestly doubt taking a -racetam will deplete my diet plus reserves within a few days of taking it.
2) The propagators of nootropics, and TruBrain, do claim they are useful by themselves. However, I do agree with you, I’ve tried piracetam with MDMA and it seemed to enhance the experience and limit the crash.
3) Will try that suggestion at one point, thanks!
Have you ever tried micro-dosing LSD? Modafinil?
2014-03-15 @ 05:42:08
Yes, I’ve tried Alpha brain. No significant effect. Their sleep formula did work well tho, but I already knew I respond well to Lemon Balm.
2014-03-07 @ 02:37:49
Yes, good points/critique. It’s definitely buddhism, with all it’s strong aspects (training, discipline, investigation/insight, lucidity, knowledge, compassion, love) and blind spots (what is healthy ego formation, knowledge of power/politics, trauma). Vipassana in particular since it seems to have something I take issue with, it negates the rational, or how thoughts constitutes our being.
2014-02-25 @ 07:17:18
Good post Marty, thanks for sharing it with us :)
What to do about repressed/unconscious beliefs? Beliefs that you ‘see’ in the Other, the not-you, but are actually filters that color your world? I know awareness and spiritual practices can enlighten these, but only up till a certain point (see spiritual bypassing for instance.) It’s a bit of a trick question, I understand, because what to do about beliefs you aren’t able to know they are your beliefs?
2014-02-24 @ 07:17:31
I think it is this one: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/about/
2013-12-19 @ 02:09:21
Specifically, through the universe the universe is perceiving itself.
2013-12-16 @ 01:33:30
2013-12-12 @ 06:24:04
I reviewed Chris’ book here: http://www.highexistence.com/25-best-books-on-self-improvement-you-need-to-read-before-you-turn-25/
2013-12-06 @ 04:52:32
As the editor I choose this title, words floating somewhere between capturing the essence of the article and the attention of its potential readers. I see now that the interpretation of it is overwhelmingly ‘Should you give money to strangers’ and not ‘Do you give money to strangers’.
The latter is about our intentions and reasons why we do, or don’t give money. It is exactly the issue this article tries to address, but in such a way, that it might surprise you. Because I doubt many will realise how the ‘gaze of the Other’ influences the decisions we make. How we get stuck into authenticity because we refuse to step into the space where we have to make our own decision at that point, not having this always elusive ‘Other’ make the decisions for us.
2013-12-05 @ 04:21:38
I am sure he should be on the list, but I’ve never read him so far. Any books you would recommend in particular?
Thank you for reading :)
2013-12-05 @ 04:19:51
I didn’t know that, thank you for sharing Ronnie! And I agree, there is a lot of work to be done :)
2013-12-05 @ 04:18:06
Wow, three months? Took me 7 years!
2013-12-05 @ 04:17:40
Not anymore :)
2013-12-03 @ 09:27:04
I understand what you are trying to say here, but I disagree with the point that you have to identify with that space. Because identification happens in that space itself. As such, there is nothing that can actually identify with it, it is just happening, beyond identification and non-identification.
2013-12-03 @ 05:29:48
Surely you must see the irony in your comment?
2013-12-02 @ 13:35:41
Great suggestions, and I can attest the audiobook idea :)
2013-12-02 @ 13:35:21
Welcome Chang, I hope you will enjoy them! Which ones do you have in mind?
2013-12-02 @ 13:34:43
Good luck Isaac, and am very happy to read you are tackling Nietzsche and Zen. I had the same experience when I read it the first time, but the second and third time was almost a breeze of paradigm breaking insights.
Do you feel you are levelling up already :D?
2013-12-01 @ 03:16:27
I wish I had the time to do some leisure reading again, then I would have put it on my list :)
I hope someone else will get it and enjoy it!
2013-11-30 @ 05:03:19
It’s actually on my next list of 25 spirituality books, amazing book/writer, isn’t it/he?
2013-11-30 @ 05:02:30
Glad you liked it Raz!
2013-11-30 @ 04:59:52
Thanks Qar, I am glad it caused you to think about authenticity, something I am truly fascinated about.
2013-11-30 @ 04:58:06
2013-11-30 @ 04:55:03
You’re completely right :) I have to admit, its more of a attention catching title than an informative one and while neural plasticity decreases with age, you can never wholly lose it!
2013-11-30 @ 04:53:38
See you in a year ;)
2013-11-30 @ 04:53:16
Thanks buddy :)
Yeah, her TED talk is AMAZING. And such counter-intuitive knowledge too which can help us tremendously.
2013-11-30 @ 04:57:09
I put the power of now in the self-improvement list, and a new earth in the spiritual list. I agree the latter is more powerful, but that is because I find spiritual truths much more empowering and self-improvement ones.
2013-11-06 @ 14:02:33
They should be more differentiated, thank you for letting us know!
2013-11-06 @ 13:30:17
I find myself romanticizing them too, and I often wonder if it is just to keep a certain dream a live. If they were perfect, we stand a chance to attain that balanced harmony as well. That deep wisdom of the ancient, an idea I love because it is so powerful. I wish I could hold longer to that childish ignorance!
2013-11-01 @ 09:31:05
Hi Tony, haha I didn’t notice that! I am guessing that some of these books haven’t received all that much attention before this article.
And Amazon does thank us, we get paid if people decide to buy through us. It actually helps a lot to pay for the pretty high HighExistence’s server costs each month :)
Perhaps abebooks as mentioned before? Yeh, these books are quite expensive. The e-book/kindle version are much cheaper. Perhaps you can buy them/trade them with others from HE who bought them before? Perhaps start a book trading topic? I haven’t seen any copies online in torrents etc, and personally, I love to have something in my hand. Call me old-fashioned!
2013-10-28 @ 15:48:59
Great list Chiel! I was surprised Ecoliterate didn’t make the list! http://www.amazon.com/Ecoliterate-Educators-Cultivating-Ecological-Intelligence/dp/1118104579/&tag=highexis-20
And as I mentioned before, David Abram’s The Spell of the Sensuous and Doyle’s Darwin’s Pharmacy are both great ecology books too!
2013-10-11 @ 01:15:18
Please make a screenshot, go to paint or any other image program, save the file, then go the imgur.com and upload the file, then send us the link through the contact file. Thank you!
2013-10-10 @ 06:13:47
Could you perhaps send a screenshot through our contact form below to help us solve this problem? Thank you.
2013-10-02 @ 08:41:41
We are very lucky to work with artists like Alex indeed. Rick is amazing, love that guy. And he founded MAPS, which has been such an important vehicle of transformation. Not a small feat!
2013-09-14 @ 03:57:46
That was awesome of you to come back and say this. Thank you!
2013-09-06 @ 16:22:31
Fixed, thanks Jon!
You can’t trust any source this day,fu google
2013-09-05 @ 08:06:26
Please support the artist by visiting his page and buying his art. Thank you.
2013-08-30 @ 06:42:16
I doubt this. You can cope with it, but its far from optimal.
2013-08-30 @ 02:22:10
I do not think it applies to non-americans. However, I could be wrong on this. Anyone knows?
2013-08-14 @ 23:26:05
You can find the Spell of the Sensuous here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009FKTKUW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009FKTKUW&linkCode=as2&tag=highexis-20
2013-08-08 @ 05:38:25
Looks like a textbook but sounds very interesting. What are the major points you got out of it?
2013-08-08 @ 02:33:11
It took me some time to get his way of arguing, but there is a certain rhythm in there, and once you get the hang of it, it is beautiful. The second reading I got way more out of it and I didn’t find it hard at all. Keep up the slaving, it is worth it, I promise!
2013-08-08 @ 02:31:35
2013-08-03 @ 23:42:15
I actually searched quite a long time for a decent alternative, but they all sucked compared to the Philips one. You could perhaps order the oldest version, which will work almost as well. And it is much cheaper:
2013-08-03 @ 23:39:18
Thank you for reading James!
2013-08-03 @ 23:39:03
I don’t use any so I can not recommend them.
2013-08-03 @ 23:38:24
See my response to Jesusbob!
2013-08-03 @ 12:09:24
How is your stress? Vitamin D3 input? Sleep deficit?
2013-08-03 @ 08:31:00
You are utmost welcome Hazy!
2013-08-03 @ 08:29:24
Thank you Dvir!
2013-08-03 @ 08:28:56
Thanks Tom! Yeah, they are expensive. But so is a lack of sleep (which is harder to measure).
2013-08-03 @ 08:27:30
Yeah, that is alot. The thing that could work is to buy fewer but larger plants. And of course, some plants are better than none!
2013-08-03 @ 08:26:16
Good question. The only thing I can come up with is to put the plants somewhere else during the day.
2013-08-03 @ 03:35:25
Thank you for sharing!
2013-07-29 @ 02:33:06
Yes. Plasticity never ends, it is a basic feature of the human brain. However, the older you get, the more rigid the patterns become since you have re-inforced them more often over time and neglected alternatives. But, 100% rigidity is impossible. Also, unless you have a brain tumor or had a bad accident, neurons don’t die.
So, stop thinking what MIGHT stop you, and start doing it and see what actually does. Then overcome that. If you choose any rigid brain pattern, this is it.
2013-07-24 @ 23:16:06
I am glad you recognize it is the fear that is stopping you, not some knowledge that seems to indicate it is a lost cause (You are still easily within the range of neuroplasticity, you just have to work much harder to stay there).
2013-07-20 @ 06:35:59
Thank you for sharing!
2013-07-20 @ 06:35:49
Its definitely the best gadget I bought in a long time. Waking up naturally is so much better.
The fresh air definitely does matter too (see the plant section in this article). Some research indicates that for example pine pollen contains phyto-testosteron, which increases with sleep, restoration, energy and immune system. There are also a bunch of bacteria in the soil and in the air in forests that are very healthy, some have similar effects as prozac. The effects from being cut-off from nature can be huge, as you experienced being in the mountain. And, unfortunately, I can’t live outside the city for longer periods, therefore I try to bring nature as close to me as possible.
2013-07-20 @ 06:30:52
I am glad you liked it.
2013-07-20 @ 06:30:39
Let me know when you get them :)
2013-07-20 @ 06:28:39
Good luck with college, I certainly hope it helps.
2013-07-20 @ 06:28:03
Oh, and I am not sure what you mean exactly with ‘ heavier sleeper’. Do you mean you have a hard time waking up? Because the wake-up light is exactly intended to help people wake up in a more effective way, in how our bodies normally respond to light.
2013-07-20 @ 06:26:18
Even tho I am lazy and it is my girlfriend who makes sure our bedroom is tidy, I wholeheartedly agree.
Perhaps you should try out some herbal trea intended to promote tea? Like forementioned camomile or valerian, hops, passionflower, jujuba etc.
2013-07-20 @ 06:19:06
2013-07-20 @ 06:18:02
Thank you :)
2013-07-18 @ 13:35:32
2013-07-18 @ 13:35:22
Very good point. There is actually a great number of herbs and supplements that can help induce/improve/enhance sleep. I will do some research on that and write a second part. Thank you for your suggestion!
2013-07-18 @ 13:33:57
Thank you for your awesome comment, appreciate it!
2013-07-18 @ 13:33:20
2013-07-18 @ 13:33:02
Thanks Lusarity. Sleeping position can be huge for some individuals. I do encourage everyone to experiment with cushions/no-cushions etc to find what works for them.
Looking forward to your next comment!
2013-07-13 @ 03:37:26
This is a highly accessible and profound book on Nietzsche: http://www.amazon.com/Nietzsche-Zen-Overcoming-Comparative-Philosophy/dp/073916550X/&tag=highexis-20
2013-06-27 @ 10:06:11
Thank you Tobias. You actually make a fantastic point regarding solidarity. Talking, to them, indeed does not make sense, because in their world the house is on fire, and it needs to be taken care of NOW. And if you just stand their disagreeing with them, well, you need to get kickstarted by anger! Great point.
2013-06-26 @ 07:21:48
Haha, I can see why. Please don’t read this post as a sign to postpone action. (So get off HigHExistence and start cramming!)
Read it as a guide to dismantle stress. Good luck with your final!
2013-06-19 @ 08:38:54
Written, directed and sang by a dear friend of mine, miss you buddy! :)
2013-05-20 @ 13:13:02
Not everyone who disagrees is an ignorant troll. While I disagree with his opinion, I can understand where he is coming from. And while I find his caricature distasteful, I would still want him to understand his own false prejudice.
So, if I may, Ketch, I would like to invite you to read my treatise on psychedelics and reply to me here.
2013-05-20 @ 13:07:26
2013-05-20 @ 06:54:22
Kuch, straw man argument? If that is the only thing you got out of that talk then you were biased before it started.
2013-05-20 @ 06:53:16
I concur, I am guilty of sensationalizing here. However, that doesn’t make it less censorship:
“Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body.”
2013-05-20 @ 06:50:47
You’re welcome Chris.
2013-05-20 @ 06:50:19
They have a lot of different other crackpots that are allowed to stay, Kurzweil’s for exampe.
2013-05-20 @ 06:47:23
That is the official story now, after most dust has settled. But you can read the original reason if you dig a bit on realitysandwich.com
2013-05-20 @ 06:46:11
Only after massive public outrage.
2013-05-20 @ 06:45:26
I like the fact that he points out that cosmic constants are still an area of inquiry, and aren’t necessarily constant at all.
AFAIK they censored it because of militant atheists replies.
2013-05-20 @ 06:34:12
Me neither, it is fascinating.
2013-05-20 @ 06:33:46
Thanks for sharing man!
2013-05-16 @ 07:07:05
To be completely honest, I actually co-founded 2.0. The creation from scratch was done by Jordan, and I joined around 2.5 years ago.
2013-05-10 @ 22:43:15
Check out the http://www.gutenberg.org/ project.
2013-03-22 @ 02:35:12
You’re completely right. I did not thought that through. Thank you for pointing that out!
2012-12-27 @ 19:01:01
How do the thoughts know Awareness is observing them? Ergo, how do I have thoughts that go like ‘This is not me, I am just the one being watched, but there is a watcher out there that watches me that is the real me? How does the watched see the watcher?’
In my perspective, I don’t see a difference between the two sides of this coin. There is not awareness on one side, and things are happening on the other side. Emptiness (in which everything happens) is already form, and form (everything that happens) is emptiness. Having a thought is already having awareness of that thought.
2012-10-13 @ 02:52:09
Hi Nic, thank you for your comments. I am not denying the passion people have that comes from the discovery and power that science harnesses. However, to be scientific means to be at a distant, observing with a distant eye, disconnecting phenomena with their surroundings and see how they behave in themselves. I am not denying that there’s a human warmth lying beneath the decision to observe one thing and not another, or the intense spiritual experiences that insights into the world of science can bring. Yet, it does not the smell of pine in autumn or the caressing touch of the wind on a summer lake. So then, I don’t the conquest of nature should be through measurement at all. We already are nature, and our own conquest over ourselves, our own overcoming shouldn’t be through measuring our own behavior and control it as a scientific experiment. It should be through life itself, as it is lived.
2012-10-13 @ 02:44:00
Hi Robert, thank you for your insightful reply.
I don’t agree with ” I don’t believe he would have wanted to educate others, and to be cited as a resource for education would have made him weep.” For me it is obvious that he seduces his readers to deconstruct their own metaphysical believes. In those hard moments he could write, he thought that almost nothing else was more important. He preached his wisdom of no-wisdom. I agree that we shouldn’t make another doctrine of his teachings, but this doesn’t imply we shouldn’t read him at all. His perspectivism is inherently paradoxical, a performative selfcontradiction. (There is no absolute truth, not even this one). However, it can be used as upaya (buddhist term for skillful means, an anthropotechnique of some sort). To get to a higher perspective, a mountainous perspective of no-perspective.
I think we agree on our reading of Nietzsche. I am sorry if I implied that one single Goddess pulls the strings behind the curtains.
“He was not arguing one way or the other. He was LIVING his view of the world, and that experience is what I feel he wanted to impart to us.” YES!
2012-10-03 @ 02:09:24
Thanks, I will delve into this!
2012-10-02 @ 05:44:02
Really? i didn’t know this. Do you have some more info for me?
2012-10-01 @ 13:20:18
Thanks man! I have been thinking about doing such a blog also, and with this request, I will get to work immediately! Keep an eye out!
2012-09-29 @ 03:26:53
I haven’t seen Thrive since everytime I watch the trailer I can’t help but see a kind of fairy tale, not to be taken seriously. I think their analysis is shallow and their solutions are a sham.
2012-09-28 @ 05:04:50
For those interested in Philosophy, Being in The World (free to watch here on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_18LfSA2Qs&feature=player_embedded#! ) is excellent, if I knew it existed when I made the list, it would be on it.
2012-09-25 @ 06:33:48
Yes really. And if you read my description, I already pointed out the 9 (minor) lies in the doc. I disagree about the narrow mindedness, and I don’t see why non-hololistic makes the topic less important. It’s a must watch in my book.
2012-09-25 @ 06:23:43
Could you link to some of that stuff? Thanks man.
Haven’t seen If a Tree Falls yet, thanks for the recommendation!
2012-09-25 @ 06:22:10
Don’t be pissed man, be happy :)
2012-09-25 @ 06:20:02
I am glad you are happy :) It is a very old and unknown movie, but a must watch indeed :)
2012-09-25 @ 06:18:41
Hi Maxwell, we have a whole blog post dedicated to Zeitgeist here: http://www.highexistence.com/zeitgeist-moving-forward-a-dicussion-on-the-future-of-the-world/
2012-09-25 @ 06:08:25
2012-09-25 @ 06:07:01
I completely agree, but not wanting to give too much away, I followed the original storyline. :)
2012-09-20 @ 09:44:49
I think the main point of the article is to show that if you think a causal loop is problematic (how can something caused in the future cause something in the past, and thus, be it’s own cause?), then something like a first cause, a big bang or God, is just as problematic. So either you dismiss causes altogether (which I find truly fascinating) or you find a solution, which has to apply to the causal loop problem aswell.
2012-09-19 @ 01:35:09
Thank you for this! I couldn’t find it myself. Will put a direct link into the article aswell.
2012-09-18 @ 07:55:22
It was like stepping in a cold shower!
To me, he seemed like a very down to earth guy, struggling to get his perspective accepted by the people around him. His stories were amazing and you could tell he breathes his teachings. Very inspiring overall.
2012-09-18 @ 07:52:01
It seems the technique has been removed from the link I put in the article. They also asked me to not disclose the technique since it can be potentially harmfull.
I would try to find a teacher that can teach you some forms of pranayama: http://yogawithsubhash.com/2010/09/06/kumbhaka-breath-retention-pranayama/
Wim himself learned it in nature, so I would recommend that aswell :)
2012-09-17 @ 09:28:53
If you get the chance, I would definitely recommend it. Great experience in many ways.
2012-09-17 @ 09:28:11
Seems you’re on the right track Lee! Next step could be ice baths and barefoot walking in the snow (or a workshop!) ;) And don’t forget the meditation!
2012-09-17 @ 09:26:51
I think this depends. In some situations, i.e. hospitals etc, I would definitely recommend washing your hands. But touching trees and dirt? I don’t do that either :)
2012-09-17 @ 09:25:35
It wouldn’t surprise me if Wim’s technique would help with Reynaud’s. From what I’ve read/heard is that he works with Rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis patients to improve their immune functioning and blood flow with very promising results.
The follow up study (where Wim trains a group of people to see if they can learn how to control their immune system and autonomic nervous system) has just been approved. Last step is the ethical board. I will keep track of this and do a follow up article if there are any interesting results in the next few years. (I have a cold feeling there will be!)
Actually, the bacteria on the ground makes you healthy. There is a wide body of evidence that modern western diseases like asthma and autism are actually causes my malfunctioning immune systems (starting with the mother). And there seems to be a very strong correlation with sterile living (i,e. not getting enough contact with bacteria) and these diseases.
Also, some bacteria, especially found in forests etc, have a similar effect like prozac has. And this has been very true in my experience, sleeping in wooden cabin in forests, my dreams are much more intense, so is my focus and mood.
And couldn’t agree more on the pain observation :)
2012-09-17 @ 09:13:30
Thank you Brandon :)
You definitely should try it, it adds a great dimension to both your physical and spiritual practice!
2012-09-04 @ 07:06:39
Thank you for joining the conversation and your in depth analysis. It is definitely food for thought.
No, it is definitely not wrong to possess ideals in my opinion. As long as it inspires you to be a healthier, happier and better person. But unattainable and unhealthy ideals should be tossed away. And in the spirit of the article, beauty ideals seem very unhealthy. (And anticipating a reply regarding fitness etc, I don’t think beauty and fitness are the same, but yes, they overlap).
I would counter and ask, where do your own individual standards come from? Aren’t we products of cultural honing? Isn’t the whole point of the capitalistic manipulation that we function to their liking? And so, the fact that we compare ourselves at all, at the rate what we do (compared to other cultures), that we have the individual standards we do (hair removal) proves to me our ideals aren’t ours, but societies ideals function through us. We are the mouthpieces.
I think the issue regarding transgenders is of a whole different sort. Their being different than what they feel to be comes with great psychological pain and misunderstanding. This is regardless of what society and what values they grow up in. So it can be more likened to an illness than a pure desire. I find it a beautiful thing that technology can help these individuals. (philosophically speaking, it seems in these rare cases that the Mask and the Beauty within overlap a lot more than in people who aren’t transgender).
Looking forward to read your reply,
2012-09-04 @ 06:42:17
Thank you for commenting on my article and pointing out my mistake for not making my perspective clear. It was never my intention to single out a single gender. You are completely right, both genders do it. (Although I don’t even think we are psychologically to blame (we are twisted, insecure, harsh etc) but it is the system that pushes us to view, women mostly, as objectified, as commodities that can be sold.)
The point I failed to make is that in the realm of looks of women, women compete with women. Men can’t join that arms-race for obvious reasons. So, once you start taking botox and the like, you are becoming the same stereotype that pressured you taking it. In turn, you force other women to change their looks also. There is no difference between the virtual images and real women that use botox with regards to skewing the norm.
“I am comparing my body size to hers, and if they think she’s fat then I must be a whale.” perfectly illustrates my point.
In the realm of status, which is more applicable to men than looks, men do this to men. The norm is skewed towards well paid jobs, nice car, good clothes and gadgets, athletic, smart etc, while in reality, very few men have all these factors.
Again, I am sorry that the article could be read as saying that women are the sole cause of this problem. I hope I made it clear that I don’t agree with this at all. The point was rather that women act as panopticons. (read the link, it’s quite interesting how it functions).
2012-08-22 @ 14:38:44
Damn, got me there.
2012-08-22 @ 04:31:45
I prefer stretching before meditation, it calms down the nervous system and breath. It helps to relax during mediation, which is an essential part of it. Also, your meditation posture will be a lot better after stretching.
2012-08-21 @ 12:07:18
Changed that, thanks for noticing!
2012-08-15 @ 04:48:53
This is a wonderful talk aswell: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/frans_de_waal_do_animals_have_morals.html
2012-08-09 @ 04:17:23
I think his understanding of capitalism is highly flawed and I also don’t agree with his premise that economic growth is an end in itself (I strongly believe there are variables in society that can’t be measured in monatery terms, ones we have neglected for far too long (in the name of economic progress) and ones that are strongly sustained by inequality, which is inherent in capitalism itself).
For instance, lobbies of private corporations will do whatever they can to control the commons (water, air, natural resources like forests, seas etc) in order to fully exploit this to turn a profit. Capitalism can be compared with a monster with infinite hunger, and once his ecosystem is gone, he will eat itself too). This is the ecological crisis at it’s purest.
The real travesty of our current system, which is cultural capitalism, is that everything must profit, at all costs. If you can’t grow, you get outpaced by other private corporations and you cease to exist. This means firing thousands of people if their work is done cheaper by people in India, this means lowering the quality of your product so as to save money, this means lowering the quality of customer service since it there is nothing to be earned.
The 1% wasn’t protesting against fascism since we don’t have fascism now. Fascism is not an economic policy, it’s a politcal one. Right now we have neo-liberal capitalism, and we’re seeing the end of it in (which is quite scary). Marx already said you need an exploited (and alienated) proletariat to keep the system running. And the system will erode every middle class (they will join the proletariat) if it gets the chance. Now, we lost our external proleteriat (the third world) and we got another competetor in town, China.
Untill now, it didn’t have that chance. We had capitalism with communist elements. (Scrape some of the profit off and give it to the poor). But, right now there is another player in the world. China has both Capitalism and Fascism (see, they are not opposites, they actually complement eachother quite nicely). China outpaces us in almost every way imaginable. Since the total economic progress of the world is a zero sum game, relatively speaking we are earning less and less. This immediately causes us to cut spending on social warfare, since these are not economic profitable.
Huge taxes are required because private corporations wouldn’t buy roads, insure people or make sure public transport is affordable. Do you think if we would abolish minimum wage, people on the bottom would have it better? Of course not, since that is the minumum line at which people are allowed to be exploited, not lower.
So the point is that I don’t see making the system more effective is in any way conducive to what we want out of life. And that we actually see it being very dangerous. (the end of biodiversity, global warming, almost no nature around us, rise in depression, mental sicknesses, obesity, dogmatic institutions like Fox News.) Capitalism never put’s down a moral law, because if it profits, then it is allowed the xist, like private prisons etc.
He’s right about charity tho. Giving to people is making them dependent and keeping the same system in place that caused them being poor in the first place.
2012-07-27 @ 00:38:25
Great article man! I completely agree with you that this is a much better perspective to take and that such a perspective IS possible. Yet, I don’t think it holds for everyone. It’s like in this short video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERbvKrH-GC4 Most people DO see life as getting the ‘Thing’, the ideological non-substantial idea what they think succes is. And they rather not have any hurdles on the way (work now, be a millionaire tomorrow). And for them, life is actually perpetual suffering.
But, the stronger person can see it the way you describes it, but this doesn’t come automatically. This perspective takes suffering too, letting go of your own goals, societies norms, families expectations etc. But, once you get there, it was retroactively all worth it!
Good stuff man!
2012-07-17 @ 12:51:35
Everything HEthens post inspire me!
2012-07-17 @ 12:50:41
Because it is very new. I think it will add more languages in the future. Why german, spanish and french first? I guess they are easier to translate to english and there are also quite many people speaking them.
2012-07-17 @ 12:49:32
2012-07-17 @ 08:56:35
You slowly catch up on time from the past. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hafele%E2%80%93Keating_experiment
2012-06-20 @ 06:54:11
Hey Bagdog, thank you for your reply!
To your first argument, I strongly disagree. Most headlines are pure sensationalist to grab your attention. It’s a fix that people will look for and want more of.
I completely agree with your second argument. But I believe the news does the opposite of this. You become immersed in prevailing prejudices, not aware of it. To make good decisions, you indeed need to be informed. But news doesn’t inform you, at all. That is why I recommend helpful information, from good books, magazines and documentaries.
As to your third argument. I find it quite a dangerous and slippery slope you are walking on. If you are genuinely self-aware, you need not be shaped by the media. It implies that you have total control over who you are and what decisions you make. I find just the opposite, if you become more aware, you notice how little control you actually have. How easy it is to be persuaded to believe something. How easy it is to think you are not like the rest, that something will not happen to you. 90% of all drivers say they are an above average driver. You also have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asch_conformity_experiments
I find the following ad campaign very telling. If this is allowed on tv, and it is, then there are forces that force you to think one thing, and not the other. It is force because it is subconscious. You don’t know, ergo, there is nothing you can do.
2012-06-20 @ 06:28:57
The idea that the news can in any way prepare you for surprises is completely false. Of all the big events of the last century that shaped the world we live in now the news maybe predicted 10% of it. And that is only because of the shotgon approach, you shoot so many bullets you are bound to hit some of them. The rest of the media is pure crap that still shape your believes, even while knowing it is crap.
2012-06-20 @ 06:25:53
I agree. Because news doesn’t inform you on what is going on in the world, but at the same time it acts like it does. It gives birth to truly ignorant people, who think they know while they don’t (as opposed to people that know they don’t know).
2012-06-20 @ 06:19:52
Thanks for sharing! Really interesting. Here is another article that goes into the same direction, worth reading: http://dobelli.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Avoid_News_Part1_TEXT.pdf
I think you are creating your own information diet already when you interact with blog posts like these. I also think this is the future of the media. Large nation-wide corporations already feel the increasing pressure of the internet. All still existing ones already made the transition. But now we also have blogs like HE that focus on a very specific area/generation/culture. I think this is becoming the future.
2012-06-20 @ 06:35:39
Hey Ashton, thank you for your reply.
I used to read a lot of technology news and my perspective on it was almost identical to yours. However, fundamentally there is no difference between “celebrity bullshit” and “scientists created ultradense deuterium”. It’s both gossip that has no relevance to your day to day life. Your happiness you get from reading that is no different than the happiness people get from another celebrity break up.
The point being in all cases of news: As soon as it has relevance, it will find you through another medium than news.
As to your argument that you need to know what is going on in the world, see my reply a couple comments higher.
2012-06-20 @ 06:23:05
Sad, but true.
2012-06-19 @ 14:40:34
Books (Biology, Philosophy, Psychology are best imo), very local newspapers (if they still exist) are also ok-ish and Science, Nature, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly etc.
And stuff like this: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/readmatter/matter
And of course, good blogs :)
2012-06-15 @ 09:34:06
Hey Marc! Thanks for replying!
I think it might be quite important, especially long term, that you try to overcome the stigma of communism. Because in essence what we need most is equal share and protection of the commons (water, food, ecology, air, social security etc). If your community ever becomes succesful, in the sense that it can threaten the social order prevalent today, they will use exactly the same stigma to attack you. I also think that marxist theory can help a lot to get a clear idea of how a community like this should function, in order not to fall to the same mistakes as capitalism does today.
In other words, I don’t think it is a foolish idea to anticipate outside forces to threaten the very community/lifestyle you’d want to protect. In case of war, ecological crisis, social uproar and/or economic crisis. And this is quite the fundamental problem you guys are dealing with, since starting such a community is already implying that the forces of society as such are threatening your spiritual immune system. You are right when you say you can not, not live outside the whole system. But the whole system is opposed to what you are doing, hence an excluded community that wants to be more autonomos. (Giving it’s laws to itself).
For instance, what if you conclude that a new type of spirituality and ritual is needed to educate the inhabitants of your commune in such a way you get strong, healthy and independent individuals on which the whole community as such can thrive but the laws the govern canada, in this case, are opposed to such rituals?
I am asking this because I have been thinking about starting something like this for years, maybe a bit more skewed towards a ‘retreat center’ as a type of university, in the fundamental sense of the word, a institution of higher learning (wholly integrated). And one of the things I would deem necessary is sacramental rituals like ayahuasca shamanism etc. (These are currently banned in most countries, of course you can do this secretly for the time being, but the argument also holds for other laws like schooling, building property, law etc). At which point will you so no to outside influence?
The point being about private property is more in the sense, where do you draw the line between healthy property, and unhealthy? For example: You grow crops to feed everyone and you don’t let a single person own all the crops, because then he/she can demand high prices and exploit others. But what if someone doesn’t want to work but still wants to eat? Can you say, you didn’t work enough for it? When is not enough?
I don’t know the answers to these. But it is necessary to think them through for the long term. Maybe inverse commons is an idea: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse_commons
You said “The people hold the power – just many of them lack the direction and knowledge and don’t know where to start!”
And I completely agree with you. This is why I urge you to get into Marx philosophy, if you ever get the time (I must imagine you being fully booked for the time being). Because he said the same thing (well, he proved that for a revolution you needed the working class).
The way I thought about a community is that education is actually essential for the communities health. You need a strong immune system to produce strong individuals and for this social discipline is needed. The social experiment is the most interesting I think, how it is actually possible to work together with a wide diversity of opinions, personalities and desires.
Anyways, I just read this thread: http://www.highexistence.com/topic/discussion-of-jordans-commune-plan/page/3/
And I think Jordan silenced my skepticism with: Basically what I’m saying is that a project of this size (and insanity) does not have room for doubt and skepticism, especially at the beginning.
Can’t wait for the videos!
2012-06-14 @ 03:06:17
Amazing idea man, your enthousiasm is contagious! I will do whatever I can to help you guys, I would love to see it succeed.
I think it really is a good strategy to go look around and see how other communities that already exist are doing. I think you can learn a ton from that. I would also think the first few years will be extremely hard work and there is a lot of personal sacrifice needed to get it off the ground. That said, I can’t think of a dream that is bigger and more worth it than utopia, so it is definitely worth it.
Marc said in the facebook comments: Definitely not communism. Community, communication and communism are all from the same root: Comuner. Which means to make common and share. Communism is opposed to capitalism, where the latter is based on private property and the distinction between labour and capital. Communism rejects private property and tries to close the gap between the alienation of someone who provides labour and the things he produces. I think the alienation is a big reason why communities like this are started.
But the immediately rejection of the term communism indicates to me you will keep things like private property. So my question in this regard is, who owns the land? Who will own the buildings and the equipment? Will the laptops etc be private, or are they going to be shared? And who decides who gets what? What if someone doesn’t obey these agreements and keeps things for themselves? How do you prevent people from taking dominant psychological control? How will you enforce these rules when needed? If everything is free, what do you say to people who just start living on the same land? Or just show up?
I think it’s possible to put structures/institutions in place in order to deal with all the questions I asked above. However, there is one thing I personally have been thinking about a lot.
It seems the plan now is that you still depend on the state and society as such, in cases of emergency (money, equipment, health care etc). You will become a community within the capitalistic system, and not opposed to it. I find this troubling because the very system that caused your dissatisfaction will continue to operate. Don’t get me wrong, I find this idea amazing and I think a community like this can work, and can eventually outgrow capitalism. On the other hand my critical side sees world destruction going on, where the huge oil spills and deforestation, overfishing, overpopulation is crippling the very world we depend on. The companies that do this are such huge machines that can keep operating, they just get a tiny fraction of their capital as a fine, but in this system it nevers means the end of said company.
So my question is, do you guys think making a community like this is sufficient to get a revolution on a much larger scale going, which I believe is needed most?
For me, that would the biggest issue I think. How to create a social order and structure so that people stop seeing natural resources as capital to be exploited, but as commons to be shared and protected. How to make this revolution bigger than we ever seen before.
Best of luck brother, let’s Skype soon and talk, and after my travelling next year I will definitely stop by!
(The critical questions are only because I love to see it succeed!)
2012-05-23 @ 01:05:02
You can be angry for the right reasons.
2012-05-16 @ 02:20:08
Pretty cool, did you make it?
2012-05-15 @ 08:42:29
You and your sweet honey dripping poetry. Love the article! Really gets you to think and emphatize with others, great inspiration!
2012-05-14 @ 09:27:14
Hey Steven, thank you for elaborating on how psychiatry works in the Netherlands. I will try to give an overview of my argument in the article and then I will address your points.
When we talk about normality, we presuppose a single intersubjective world (in which some things are normal, and some things are abnormal) and a community of observers that are capable of making truthful statements about this world. When there is a disconnect, person A experiences something that challenges the lifeworld of person B, one of these two presuppositions is challenged.
Normally, we would bring into question the capacity for veridical experience of person A, and not the intersubjective world we share and we have many good reasons for doing so. However, when a large group can’t function normally it is in my opinion we should in fact create space to question the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought.
Now, as to your points: First of all, psychiatrist can’t lock you up.
You are correct. They form a cohesive network with all other institutions that enforces the law. It could be very well so that the decision is made final by a judge, but that decision will still be based, at least partly, on the information gathered and constructed by the psychiatrist.
:Secondly, most people involved with psychiatry do so voluntarily.
If you mean by voluntarily that they can decide not to swallow the pills, you are right. But then again, I don’t see any alternative. IF society is the cause, and the illness is not inherent to the patient, there is no way out and hence, not really voluntarily.
:Third, the DSM is not intended to define normal and abnormal behaviour.
Indeed, it is not intended to do so, but it still does. If there is no concept of sickness, everyone is normal. When there is a concept of depression, suddenly people believe they need prozac, while friends, group therapy or a change in lifestyle will do the same.
:It is in this light that we must view new ‘disorders’ such as hypersexual disorder.
In the shadow of that light there is an army of lobbyists that spends tons of capital to get their drugs into the DSM, ‘Real’ illness or not.
:When is it too much? Thats up to YOU to decide!
Society decides if you are able to function or not. If you think you are doing fine during a mania, but your boss isn’t, you will either get fired or you have to pop pills.
On the forums there is a wide discussion about stopping to view porn, but somehow when psychiatry says something of the like it’s a sign of a sck society? Or even the megalomaniac ego of psychiatry telling you to ‘act normal or else’?
I am not denying that psychiatry helps people, or that they are all wrong. I do believe that psychiatry creates identity categories that are instruments of regulatory regimes and that automatically assume it is the person that is sick and never society is naïve. This article is not meant to picture a megalomaniac ego of psychiatry but rather an attempt to displace hegemonic psychological norms.
2012-05-08 @ 05:20:56
Here is a new good article on the DSM V: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=redefining-mental-illness
2012-05-07 @ 14:38:52
Very true Mikey. Maybe we should invent a new label called ‘inventing disorder disorder’ or something!
2012-05-07 @ 14:37:12
Wow, that is just in-sane.
Somehow I can’t blame them either. Everything seems to be valued in profit nowadays, children not excluded.
(I am of the opinion it’s the economic capitalist structure that determines social consciousness, so I don’t blame them because it’s not a psychological problem. The system is like a laughing track that decides when you laugh, or get greedy, or choose $ over inherent value).
2012-05-07 @ 14:33:27
Thank you Nicole, I am glad you enjoyed the article! I definitely feel it’s a response to the different problems the world faces today. And I have a feeling it might also be the cure. (Nobody has more motivation to get rid of the cause that made them sick right?)
(I did some research and I think it’s wrongly attributed to Nietzsche, I am quite sure it’s translated from french from a book by Anne)
2012-05-07 @ 14:28:59
Thanks! Yes, Thoreau is great!
2012-05-07 @ 14:28:07
Hey Nick, thank you for your great comment and questions. I have to admit, it;s a tricky subject and I am just responding some of the thoughts I have while reading your post.
I agree that if people can;t control their destructive behaviour, medication is probably a necessary evil. But at the same time, we have to question what the real cause is. Is it the mental disorder or is it the mental disorder in combination with our current culture? There are cultures where people like this get treated like visionairies, they have a role to play. The people I know who have a history like this, feel trapped and confused and they are either forced to conform or shut out.
I don’t think we will know for sure untill we understand the exact causes and can determine if another life style/environment can cure all these people.
I agree that if I were told to just live life when I would have a mental disorder I would find that quite ignorant aswell. I am more trying to make people question what is considered normal and that mental disorders are not inherently bad and even have great potential, if they are given the chance.
Again, I don’t think the whole field of psychiatry is bad. I do however think that in advanced capitalist societies, where we can’t make a clear distinction anymore between the motivation of profit or cure, there is a too easy way out to stigmatize people.
Thank you for the article, will read it soon!
2012-05-07 @ 14:10:53
Thanks Sasho! Appreciate it!
2012-05-01 @ 00:30:00
Yes, I really like Jonn-Kabat Zinn’s guided meditations, and also Awakening Prologue (binaural beats).
But I recommend just sitting and follow these instructions, you will understand most by just doing :)
2012-04-12 @ 10:18:17
Great article Phil, I like the personal touch, it felt as if you were really talking to me one to one. Should one always strive for Happiness? Clearly your un-happiness was the catalyst for your inner transformation, and that is how I experience unhappiness aswell, it indicates a lack and is a strong drive to be honest and take action. What do you think of this?
2012-04-12 @ 01:41:23
You can Love images :) On the left hand side next to like/submit/tweet there is a love button :)
2012-04-11 @ 14:40:23
Amazing art! I want something like this in HE’s future office!
2012-04-11 @ 00:43:55
2012-04-05 @ 09:31:33
Amazing article Christopher, thank you for writing and sharing it with us, and best of luck with Rebellious Truth, looking forward to hear and read more from you!
2012-04-01 @ 13:20:59
2012-03-30 @ 04:13:21
How can I not love this?
2012-03-29 @ 07:04:50
Amazing quote, thanks!
2012-03-29 @ 06:40:13
Very cool format where a leading and controversial philosopher get’s shown videos and he has to respond to them. It’s about the economic and ecological crisis, about capitalism, about marketing, freedom and philosophy. Must watch!
2012-03-25 @ 12:33:42
In a way, we don’t know how reality would be other than constructed by our own minds. I was specifically pointing that we might experience something, but it might be different than we think it is. About thinking that people around us aren’t real, that is called solipism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism). If, on the other hand, you would include yourself, so that nothing is completely real, than thinking that isn’t real either. It’s quite paradoxical :)
2012-03-06 @ 14:18:04
Thank you for the link Russel!
2012-03-06 @ 14:17:26
Thank you for your kind words Brandon, I completely agree with you. Motivation is an important aspect to this practice, and doing it for others really boosts up ones motivation.
2012-03-06 @ 14:16:14
Great to hear that Sander! And thank you for the quote, it’s good to be reminded :)
2012-02-28 @ 12:11:35
Amazing infographic, I really like it. Clear explanation of Gödels theorem aswell! I personally also like Turing’s variation on it
He proved that some such machine would be capable of performing any conceivable mathematical computation if it were representable as an algorithm. He went on to prove that there was no solution to the Entscheidungsproblem by first showing that the halting problem for Turing machines is undecidable: in general, it is not possible to decide algorithmically, whether a given Turing machine will ever halt. (from wikipedia, I was a tad lazy)
Looking forward to read more by you!
2012-02-26 @ 03:20:58
I totally agree with you here Peter, except for one thing; If you are just a cheerleader, without critical examinations of the ideas and people and the values they represent, you are just a blind sheep, choosing one idea above another without clear purpose. I agree these ideas are wonderful and should be spread as wide as possible, but I don’t agree they should be adopted without reviewing them first. What do you think?
2012-02-23 @ 08:04:57
I am not sure if my passion won;t change in the future, but right now it is definitely come to a deeper understanding of the world and my place in it and also how I can do good with HighExistence. Both are closely connected and I love the fact I can combine the two.
2012-02-23 @ 08:02:19
I can’t say I have, but Nietzsche’s work is definitely something I will delve deep in when I have sufficient understand of the problems he is dealing with. I am now trying to understand Hegel.
I also think it is fascinating that we have a implicit assumption that our way of stacking and relating qualia is fundamentally the same as other people, but when we meditate or use any other mind altering technique it is obvious only one way. But after this, we automatically go back, and forget the implications it has on relating to others. I also love reading about tribes where they experience the most fundamental categories for our existence, time and space, fundamentally different then we do. (Linear versus circular, seperated versus intrinsically connected). (Check out the spell of the sensuous I mentioned in the article, it’s a wonderful read)
Anyways, I am glad you liked the article.
2012-02-22 @ 04:11:28
Thank you for sharing Alex!
2012-02-22 @ 02:44:20
Thank you :)
2012-02-22 @ 02:43:55
Amazing, thank you for sharing Orinda!
2012-02-22 @ 02:41:22
Thank you Brandon :)
2012-02-22 @ 02:40:13
Great elaboration Samuel, I totally agree. Im sure it started with Plato and his objective world of Ideas that are unchanging and eternal, implying a mistrust in the senses because these are always subject to change. The height of this extreme dualism is definitely found in Descartes, where he completely shut himself out from everything except the abstract notion of God, when he said he could only be sure of his own existence, because even when he doubted that, there was still something doubting. Of course this extreme couldn’t be contained for long and the Locke/Hume, the empiricists came along. Then Kant put the senses in categories, but still thought of reason as the highest. So did Hegel when he formed his critique of Kant.
I think Nietzsche was one of the first that said the goal for a objective truth is silly, that you must become truth, that there is no orthodoxy to be learned but a orthopraxy to practice. Alan Watts definitely touched on this, I am not very familiar with the work of Fritjof Capra, although the one essay I read by him I liked alot. The Nietzschean Theodor Adorno writes about this aswell, and I really like the fact that alot of current philosophers, those that don’t believe in the idea of the european Enlightenment anymore, picked this up aswell.
Mistake the map for the territory is a great saying indeed. I would only add the the current territory is almost only map, and so it’s really hard to distinguish these two in daily life, unless you have a ‘counter-practice (orthopraxy)’ like meditation, yoga, philosophy, sport in nature etc.
2012-02-15 @ 12:40:20
Also, for everyone who likes to get a better understanding of what meditation is and how it relates to other types of science, this talk is definitely worth the time to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhntEOGslbs (Alan Wallace)
2012-02-11 @ 06:16:35
I agree Austin, a wonderful summary can be found here: http://is-masaru-emoto-for-real.com/
2012-02-11 @ 06:15:21
Sounds great Randy, keep at it!
2012-02-02 @ 01:58:00
Haha, thanks Tits :)
2012-02-01 @ 04:33:43
Looks good George, I myself use the iPhone app ‘Zazen Lite’, it does everything I want (I don’t need that much, simple is good) and it’s free. There’s no log, it would be interesting to see that information, but then again, it also could be a distraction. Maybe it could inspire a steady practice. Any thoughts on this?
2012-01-29 @ 10:57:05
I don’t think any of your variations will work. The reason why you would be able to nap and have compressed sleep cycles during said nap is being sleep deprived. If you catch up early, you’ll never reach that stage. But I am guessing here, I am just basing this on my research and experience.
2012-01-29 @ 10:56:49
I doubt there are things as nocturnal humans, I can’t think of an evolutionary force that would prefer the night over the day (and everything we know about humans is that they prefer the day, darkness induces sleep, we can’t see in the night, we don’t hunt/eat night animals, etc etc.)
2012-01-29 @ 10:56:32
Your lifestyle and age influences your sleep alot. It depends alot on what time you go to bed, what activities you are engaging in before you go to sleep and how much activity you’re getting in the day.
2012-01-29 @ 10:56:16
Some polyphasers have indeed reported benefits of going vegan. But so far there doesn’t seem to be any evidence linking a vegan diet/animal based diet to sleep quality. I doubt there are any ‘well-being’ benefits to polyphasic sleep, but there are definitely economic benefits and psychological insights.
2012-01-29 @ 10:56:00
If I remember correctly, I once read a study that mammals are indeed capable of catching up on sleep, but this is only true within certain limits.
2012-01-29 @ 10:55:30
Thank you for asking. As I mentioned in the article, we don’t know much about sleep (yet), so since it is so complex, there can be a wide range of explanations. If someone is able to sustain polyphasic sleep for such a long term it is very likely he has a genetic advantage (can function properly with less sleep than an average human) and has a lifestyle that is completely supportive. Improvements to daily functioning could easily have other causes, and saying something about your own brain acitivity without measuring actual brain activity is just guesswork, and I personally would take that with a grain of salt.
Hope I answered your question, take care!
2012-01-29 @ 10:55:11
Thank you, Aaron!
2012-01-29 @ 10:11:01
Thank you Nathan, glad you liked the article and that you enjoy running, keep it up!
2012-01-20 @ 06:03:05
Haha, thanks, maybe one day ;)
2012-01-20 @ 04:53:26
Thank you Richard
2012-01-20 @ 04:53:09
Thanks Jason, appreciate it :)
2012-01-17 @ 01:09:31
Haha, let’s both thank the editor for that one!
Ofcourse meditation is above all esoteric knowledge, in the philosophical sense of the word. That is why we need a contemplative (inner) science that can claim certain non-dogmatic knowledge. In the same way you can’t describe (exoteric knowledge) how chocolate tastes, you can’t describe what meditation does. But the mainstream have all these pre-conceived what meditation is or is not, and thus they will never try it out long enough to really taste the chocolate. In both these cases, developing a contemplative science and making it mainstream, the correlation with (outer) science can proof beyond doubt (at least for many people) that it is effective. (Hence, the reason why I wrote this article!)
I think we will see the biggest breakthroughs in developmental psychology. Since meditation is such a powerful tool, we can make the experience children are having when they grow up much more positive and focused (on what’s important).
2012-01-16 @ 08:53:26
Ah I see, here are some of the important ones for me:
On a personal level:
– I am not my thoughts
– I am not my body
– I don’t have to change who I am
– I suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Thinking Syndrome
– Everything changes
– We try to hold onto things, ideas, stories, memories, beliefs just so we can keep our hearts closed in order to not to feel the existential fear, but this makes us numb towards love aswell
– Putting too much emphasis on rationality is a violent act towards the sensual, while meditation is a radical act of love
– While we think that as long as you’re not sick, you’re healthy. But actually there are way better states of body/mind, you can feel so damn phenomenal that all problems cease to be problems
– There is no fixed path, the only path is your path
– Being spontaneous is truthful
– I am much more happy (and fun to be with)
– Alot less stress
– I can focus extremely well now
– I can be really there for someone, not just 80% or 60% there.
On an intellectual level:
The investigation of super-imposed concepts on the reality we experience, like the duality of subject and object, but also synthetic a priori ones like causality, time, space etc. That I can’t own anything, that there is nothing to get, no place to go.
2012-01-16 @ 08:28:03
Thank you for your comment Tine, I am glad you can relate. I have never wrote an extensive How To that includes all your four points. However, I have touched on some of them.
You can read all about how my path started here: http://www.highexistence.com/from-casino-to-monastery-a-story-of-finding-oneself/
A basic instruction manual can be found here: http://www.highexistence.com/the-art-of-meditation-stop-being-a-zombie/
Variations on meditation can be found here: http://www.highexistence.com/awesome-variations-on-meditation/
I am not sure what you mean by cognitive connections, but the reason why I am so keenly focused on this area is that it makes people sane and see the goodness in themselves and others, and at the same time this is what the world lacks most of in my opinion.
If you have more questions, feel free to ask :)
2012-01-16 @ 00:43:23
Hey Alex, the beauty of meditation is that you don’t need to be in a specific mood (and as you can read in the article, it will improve your mood in the long run)! The general rule of meditation seems to be – the more effort you need to make to sustain a daily practice the more you could benefit from it. It’s definitely one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, and, as the founder of the MBSR program says: It is an radical act of love.
How is the sit up routine going for you?
2012-01-14 @ 03:27:57
I personally believe that starting out simple and basic is the way to go. So I would recommend basic breathing/focusing meditation called Shamatha. (http://www.highexistence.com/the-art-of-meditation-stop-being-a-zombie/ )
Start out with a 10 minute meditation and try to focus on the sensation of the breath (whether it is the belly or the nostrils). Sit up comfortable with a straight back and breathe easily through the nose. Try to relax deeper and deeper on an exhalation. Everytime you get distracted (chasing thoughts most likely) go back to the sensation of the breath without judging or commenting. This will happen alot but just go back to the sensation, again and again.
This will keep you occupied for quite some time :)
2012-01-13 @ 12:45:55
It’s never too late to start again. You can train discpline, just keep strong and motivated. You can do it :)
2012-01-04 @ 11:10:17
That was my initial reaction when I read about it too! You just have to trust me and try it out ;)
2012-01-02 @ 05:26:10
It is perfectly alright to enjoy the comfortable and amazing feeling for awhile after waking up, just don’t get too attached to it/prefer it over getting up and doing a morning routine.
I try to get a minimum of 8 hours a day, but optimally I let my body decide when it wants to wake up. (This works best after good diet/meditation before sleep/sleeping early in my experience, if not I sleep too long and wake up groggy.)
Just try to listen to your body, it knows some stuff much better than our rational mind can comprehend.
2011-12-28 @ 10:38:19
It’s perfectly alright to start with a warm shower and end up (30 sec or more) with a cold one. Make sure to totally relax into it, embrace the cold as it were, this will make it much easier and comfortable! Stay strong!
2011-12-28 @ 08:47:00
Thank you for noticing Tobias. I don’t consider breakfast as part of a morning routine, but I might just forgot it because I don’t eat breakfast (I do intermittent fasting and only eat around 5 pm.)
Cold showers are indeed great for bloodflow. All the little muscles around your blood vessels get a single workout if you go into the cold. In turn, the force needed for your heart to pump the blood to all your organs and tissues is lowered.
2011-12-28 @ 08:26:51
Thank you for the advice Josh, looks very promising, will try it out for a month!
2011-12-28 @ 08:23:07
Glad you liked it Sarah! Try to keep at it for at least 30 days!
2011-12-28 @ 04:09:27
Very helpful Jimmy, thank you! Great advice I should follow more often.
2011-12-27 @ 14:18:34
Thanks for the tip Atte! I choose to do the cold shower after my exercise since it is alot more practical (sweat etc) and you still notice the amazing effects during the meditation.
2011-12-27 @ 13:52:46
You know those moments when something out of the ordinary happens and you are wide awake? Right there in the present moment? Every electric pulse in your body screams that it is alive. That is how amazing coming into being can feel like. Keep trying ;)!
2011-12-23 @ 13:05:40
Not a silly question at all! I use a meditation timer on my phone, which works great. Maybe it’s possible to lower the volume of your timer? I definitely recommend a fixed time each day to meditate, so getting a good timer is definitely worth it.
Glad you liked the article and I hope everything works out!
2011-11-23 @ 04:57:48
Here is the chrome extension app for pomodoro: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cgmnfnmlficgeijcalkgnnkigkefkbhd
2011-10-12 @ 01:42:40
Sorry for not stating it clearly: Stroke the phantom hand and the covered hand at the same time, at one point you might feel a tingly sensation in the shoulder, a new full blow arm and the hand. Then you can do stuff with the rubber hand and feel like its your own.
I think it works best if someone can give you a hand. ;)
2011-10-05 @ 01:02:13
Thanks Alex, great to see you on HE again and trying things out.
Barefoot is great aswell, just watch out for sharp rocks, twigs and dog poo. ;)
2011-10-05 @ 01:00:11
Thanks Ty, I totally agree :)
Regarding yoga, I used the dvd from ana brett & ravi singh – beginners and beyond for the first couple months to get the hang of it. Very good combination of stretching and breathing. Now I just take every groupon action for yoga in my city and sometimes do other yoga dvd’s.
With some good googling you can find quite good yoga videos for free aswell.
2011-09-28 @ 13:40:17
There is already heaps of games to teach children this and also scientific evidence that it indeed works wonders.
Also, I think Holosync is child’s play compared to the whole buddhist meditation path. No offence ;)
2011-09-28 @ 07:31:42
It’s foolish it isn’t in the standard curriculum for every school in the world!
2011-09-28 @ 07:30:01
You can also search for meditation topics on HE, there are plenty. Good luck!
2011-09-27 @ 10:15:02
You’re a beast Phil, love it
2011-09-13 @ 00:22:14
2011-09-12 @ 04:43:46
Great tip, thank you!
2011-09-09 @ 08:35:47
If you already got eudaimonia then you are quite right I believe. If on the other hand you were trying to achieve eudaimonia then Aristotle would believe otherwise :)
2011-08-14 @ 08:09:14
I feel the same way. As far as my limited chakra knowledge goes it seems it is a very simplified and new age interpretation he puts forth. I hope people don’t get put off by weak interpretations like these since there is definitely heaps of knowledge to gain from the great wisdown traditions.
2011-08-10 @ 05:06:40
2011-08-03 @ 04:20:09
Thank you for taking the time to read and reply my article. To answer your question, I think it depends. I would always want to do the diet before I take Ayahuasca again, the chances of getting ill during the session are, as I have been told, reduced. Feeling ill has a profound impact on how you experience it and is better to be avoided at all costs. I definitely believe having shamans around is a better way to go, in some way or another, than having none around. If you don’t have that opportunity then explore slowly, take small doses and be well prepared. I have never smoked pure DMT as of yet, so I can’t comment on that from personal experience. Let me know how it went! :)
2011-08-01 @ 05:10:18
You picked alot of challenges Erin! Would be amazing if you could stick to all of them these 30 days! Good luck!
2011-08-01 @ 05:07:56
Well said Woodsy, which ones did you pick?
2011-08-01 @ 05:07:20
Have you complained about not complaining yet Tina?
2011-08-01 @ 05:06:15
Sounds like a hard one Dave, how are you doing so far? Any withdrawal symptons?
2011-08-01 @ 05:04:31
Seems you are having a great time, very cool that you stick with it aswell. What camera do you use?
2011-08-01 @ 05:02:02
Good luck, keep strong!
2011-08-01 @ 05:01:34
Great! Which ones?
2011-06-27 @ 12:41:04
Seems you had one fantastic experience, I am glad you had the courage to try it and I feel honoured that you read this piece 3 (!!!) times.
I believe being scared is a good thing sometimes, running away from it is that which is bad. Awesome that you overcame it. Liberation was the reward!
2011-06-21 @ 05:34:18
I love this!
2011-06-16 @ 06:26:11
Agreed! There are a few other gems on happiness, but I haven’t read those yet so couldn’t really recommend them. Thanks for commenting!
2011-06-12 @ 09:48:45
I checked that book and it seems it has alot of gems in it! Especially: how spending money on experiences is a far more effective way to make yourself happy than spending it on things, great insight!
2011-06-10 @ 08:35:31
15 minutes is perfect, especially if you manage to do it twice a day! (so you notice different mind sets/body condition over time). Don’t take it too strict in the beginning tho, try to keep it fun! Over time you will become more disciplined and get to work with ‘the voice that rather wants to do something else now’.
2011-06-09 @ 12:39:02
I’ve seen McKenna’s talk of the 5 gram psilocybin in complete darkness and it sounds interesting for sure, but I am not quite sure if I’m willing to try it just yet! So I am sorry I can’t compare the two.
It’s difficult to say if one can have the same ‘reference switch’ of reality without an experience like this in such a short time. I am inclined to say something quite extraordinary has to happen to catch your ego off guard, but it doesn’t necessary have to be pain, it can also be extreme bliss.
What do you think?
2011-06-09 @ 12:33:19
Great summary, loved to read it!
2011-05-20 @ 13:11:50
Ill do this next week and add a fast and like Em, a longer walk! Awesome!
2011-05-16 @ 02:22:15
Super interesting indeed, thank you!
2011-05-16 @ 02:21:58
I don’t think there was an objective ‘thing’ out there that was, it was just that, a state and thus the experience of pure evil. I don’t think I am qualified or able to postulate any ontological claims allthough it definitely felt like there was something ‘out there’ as in something not me.
2011-05-16 @ 02:18:15
Thank you, I had a wonderfull time visiting and absorbing your country. Glad you liked it!
2011-05-10 @ 07:56:32
And ask away! :)
2011-04-28 @ 07:18:50
It is not real, but it is real.
2011-04-07 @ 03:59:38
Great story Greg, really inspiring and great insights. I hope you achieve all the goals you’ve set and more and inspire more people to do good. Definately going to follow your blog and support your journey!
2011-04-05 @ 11:07:39
Hey Kiesha, I definately think it’s possible to live together with someone even though you also love being alone. Just make sure you let her/him know that once in a while you NEED a time-out, just to be alone and do your own thing. I myself live together with my girlfriend and I also love being alone sometimes. Our solution is having my own space.
Also, point the future roomie to this article ;)!
2011-02-21 @ 19:30:21
Happiness is not for sale! ;)
2011-02-14 @ 10:56:09
The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children”. Mahatma Gandhi
2011-02-14 @ 05:37:16
Im sure there was a Beta Gamma page in english but whatever I do now, I can’t find it. I did find a link to an offspring of Beta Gama, the more Alpha cousin, Future Planet Studies: http://www.studeren.uva.nl/regular_programmes/programmes_dutch.cfm/466DD5AC-C710-4887-883D0629125B9927
If you have more questions, send me a message here on HE or contact the UvA (from the link).
2011-02-11 @ 02:22:49
A short video by Jon Kabat Zinn on the benefits of meditation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjXXvtGEZQQ
2011-02-10 @ 22:47:34
Thank you nancy!
2011-02-10 @ 10:04:34
Hey Mathias, didn’t we learn we are not ‘just’ our thoughts?
2011-02-10 @ 03:21:48
I love you too!
2011-02-09 @ 00:02:18
Yes it is possible but in general it is not recommended. I don’t know any form that allows it. Because with music its easy to not notice when your mind wanders and it is a very thin line between just listening and really concentrating to be one with the music. It can be really hard in the beginning when you start meditating but it gets gradually easier the more you practice. If your mind is really chaotic and you feel that the music can relax your mind, you can use it maybe first half of the meditation, but try not to get dependent on it. Good luck!
2011-02-08 @ 12:30:13
My dear friend,
I hope our ways will never seperate, the thought of you always make me smile. Not just a normal, hello how are you smile, but a deep radiant loving smile that comes from deep within. “Still as you know me I`ll be smiling and doing stupid stuff only I can come up with” Like posting twice? haha, im glad you found this site and said Hi. We definately have to meet up soon!
All the best in the world,
2011-02-08 @ 04:27:17
Thanks Ace, appreciated!
Here’s another free PDF that is definately recommended for the serious buddhist practitioner of this age.
2011-02-07 @ 21:57:02
Great advice, last part definately makes sense to me: Don’t look for anything, don’t seek, don’t expect, just feel what is, the ground state of being.
I do think that meditation is ‘doing nothing’ but the term is misleading. Its actually a very high state of awareness and its nothing like daydreaming where you ‘do nothing’ too.
2011-02-07 @ 21:51:25
Thanks Javi for your comment, we had a small discussion on binaural beats on HE already, maybe you could chime in? http://www.highexistence.com/discussions/topic/has-anyone-tried-the-binaural-beats/
2011-02-07 @ 14:25:52
Hey Rick, thank you! I like your reply alot.
I like to compare asking those questions to oneself with the zen story of the moon. The questions could be the finger that points to the moon, but never the moon itself. It can point you to the solution of your problem, but it can never be the solution itself. So yes, you can be happy without ever asking these questions, but once they occupy such a large part of your life you need to find the ones that point to the right way. But, at the same time, I believe you must be carefull not to be too ignorant. Because there are ways that seem to lead to happiness but all you get is suffering, and I think thats a common disease in our culture.
2011-02-06 @ 17:05:46
Ah I see now what I missed, sorry! You breath in and out and concentrate on the sensation of your breath. Everytime you finished an outbreath you count towards ten, if you lose your concentration on the sensation (and so the counting) because you got lost up in a thought you start over from one again. If you can do 10 times to 10, you have pretty amazing concentration!
Hope this clarifies the issue!
2011-02-05 @ 05:15:53
Thank you so much Jess, that’s one of the best compliments I ever had! Did you do more than just google a monastery ;)?! I always thought about writing a book but I feel like I first need to learn how to write (and make up a cool story!). If I could inspire just one to make this world a better place my dream would come true.
2011-02-05 @ 05:11:33
If you don’t have the urge I was talking about it might be best to just read to find some answers on existential questions. In the long run I would definately recommend a trip like I did, it was truly one of the best experiences in my life and will shape the future that lies ahead of me. My tip would be my own unsophisticated philosophy; Just go! It really is no use to keep thinking about stuff you want to accomplish because the only thing you will accomplish then is thinking about it. Try to view your life from an eagle view (i.e. a large perspective) and try to find out if what you’re doing now is a life worth living.
I wish I could help you more, but as Mathias said ‘there is only the path you choose’.
If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
2011-02-05 @ 04:59:51
2011-02-05 @ 04:59:38
Sad but true in a sense. I hope more will follow after reading this!
2011-02-05 @ 04:58:22
2011-02-04 @ 01:40:07
Monkey got me too :(
2011-02-01 @ 11:51:02
Im in! Love week!
2011-02-01 @ 04:35:13
Thanks alot Mathias, glad you liked it!
2011-01-31 @ 18:22:30
As a poker player and big fan of Taleb’s ‘Fooled by Randomness’, probability and possibility have become second nature. And thus, I can only see myself as incredibly lucky. Living in two outer extremes of the social spectrum made me question alot of assumptions I had about living life. Ofcourse this had a cost, its harder for me to relate to non-extremes and thus, harder to put it from that perspective. I hope next articles will resonate more. Thank you and I hope one day you may have the same trip!
2011-01-31 @ 05:21:34
Hey Brian, I totally understand where you’re coming from. I have been extremely lucky to do what I have done and I understand that alot of people have responsibilities at home that stop them from doing what they really want. On the other hand, I have met alot of people that weren’t as fortunate as me but still did the trek or the month in the monastery. Some saved for years just to be able to travel and so I am convinced that if one really wants something, there are almost always ways to do it.
I hope you see the main message I wanted to convey, there’s more to life than just money and there’s more going on in the world than the stuff you see on TV. And maybe you’re right, maybe I am spoiled with everything I been through, but that didn’t stop me to try and change for the better.
2011-01-30 @ 14:45:30
First time almost two days, then I just had to share something because its so hard to be with just yourself. In my experience that is. Second time also almost two days and after that one more day.
A way to try this at home is not to talk to anyone unless being talked to, try it for a day, you’ll be amazed how hard it is!
2011-01-30 @ 14:07:52
Definately go for it, it felt like the movie ‘Into the wild’. There are different options you can choose: Just get a plane to Kathmandu, bring some info from home and enjoy the adventure, there are more trek companies you can possible choose from and its extremely easy to book one. You’ll meet tons of travellers just like you that can vouch for good trekking agencies. (Personally I think its important to use a eco-trek or geen-trek company). Next option is google, probaly much more expensive but you might find it more ‘safe’ to book from home to be sure, you can also look at some trekking forums to find more info. Another option is looking in the Lonely Planet Nepal or other same style books. I might have an e-mail from a student from Kathmandu that also does treks, but I cant vouch for him.
If you have any more questions, shoot!
2011-01-26 @ 04:44:02
Great article, the Napoleon Hill book is standing on my shelves for ages now and still haven’t read it, I guess I should because I have more of these than I thought I had. Lets change them!