Down the Rabbit Hole is your weekly injection of wisdom, wonder, and well being sent straight to your inbox from HighExistence. Each email explores ancient and emerging tools, techniques, and teachers to help you live a more meaningful, adventurous, and ecstatic existence. Sign up here. --- In today's episode, Jon Brooks, Eric Brown, and Mike Slavin discuss how to see through your own blindspots so you can achieve meaningful transformation in areas you were previously avoiding. Those of us interested in personal development, sometimes use it as a form of productive procrastination. We meditate, journal, read, exercise, etc., as a way to avoid doing the thing we REALLY know we need to do... Cleaning our room, having that conversation, paying our bills, working on that project, asking that person out on a date, writing that novel... Real growth lies more in failure and adventure than in the safety of self-care habits. That is what this conversation is all about... We share our deepest insights on personal development after a combined 30 years studying and practicing on the spiritual path. If you enjoyed this episode, why not share it with a friend?
1 hr 27 min
"Craft over status; art over praise." Mike Slavin, HEx Dialogues #6 The core HighExistence team members, Mike Slavin, Eric Brown, and Jon Brooks are back with another roundtable discussion. Lockdown restrictions are easing and it's time to reflect on all the craziness that's been happening in the months prior. Four topics that seemed to interlinked during this prolonged period of social isolation are placed, flow, social skills, and depression. Play is a vital form of expression that helps one keep their sanity, enter into flow state, ward off depression, and bond with others. Social skills are just that, "skills" and the worsen when we are not practicing them. When we are out of practice we struggle to flow and we lack a childlike playfulness. Flow is when the challenge perfectly matches the skill level, and this state is vital for good mental health. Depression has many causes, one of the most common being a build up of stress that overwhelms the system. Such stress can be relieved by play, flow, and social relationships. In this discussion, the team explores the intersection of these topics to spark new ideas and provide guidance on how to make sense of the world. WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE: The impact of coming out of the Covid lockdown The idea of the upward vs. downward spiral The medicinal power of video games How to use emotional reward to increase productivity How competition can increase bonding The fact that being alive is worth a celebration The Stoic approach to being successful The secret to being a great friend How to handle neediness and rejection TONS MORE...
1 hr 27 min
NOTE: Before listening, view the model here: http://www.fourgamestheory.com — — — When I first saw a visual depiction of the 4Game model I was floored. Instantaneously, all of the studying I had done across everything from metaphysics to productivity systems sorted itself into a coherent narrative, a structure where everything fit together. Immediately I knew I wanted to explore this further. To my surprise, there was very little information available! As the trophic cascade of mental imagery and insight continued, I knew this model had the makings of something revolutionary. This was the Cultural Theory of Everything. A model so unwaveringly aesthetic, so deeply comprehensive as to give a shared cultural-cognitive grammar to anyone who was blessed to bear witness to it. The more I dove into the Unified Culture Field Theory, the more I knew the world needed this. This was the foundation for the deep discussion we as a collective need to have. This is the language that unites the masses. From that point, I reached out to the creator Jamie Combs, and this conversation is what emerged as a result. Jamie is a brilliant systems thinker, an intrepid designer and thinker, and I'm extremely excited to be sharing this conversation with you now. What We Cover: An introduction/exploration of the 4Game Model The personal significance of altering your lenses of perception Creating a common cultural language Deep dives into the short, mid, long, and deep game components Cultivating an individual Way of Being Memetically spreading cultural evolution MUCH more...
1 hr 36 min
What would your life be like if you woke up every day, ready to unleash yourself on the world? What would our world be like if our aging elders were comfortable and full of healthy vitality? What gets in the way of us expressing our immense potential? For many of us, our energy levels, mental clarity, and physiological health are the first obstacle we need to tackle. But the health field is complex, dynamic, and getting to the roots of the matter is paramount. Today we're cutting through the noise, going straight to the signal of what matters for your health, vitality, and the longevity of those you care about. Today we welcome Dr. Heather Sandison, Medical Advisor at the Neurohacker Collective to the podcast. The breadth and depth of Heather's insight and experience are astounding, and she brings a holistic approach to managing diseases, addressing longevity, and infusing vitality into each and every day. Your health is foundational. It is the base that the rest of your life is built upon. It is the prime mover of your personal universe. Given this, we need to take it seriously. If this piques your interest, if you're excited about dialling in the degrees of your DNA, we have an ongoing partnership with NHC, you can use the code 'EXISTENCE' for 15% off of any order. Part of being of service for the world is being fit for service. You have to have your own foundations covered, and this conversation is a masterclass in mastering those foundations, and how you can adapt with them as you grow, age, and move through your life. What We Cover: Heather's personal health regime. The illusion of the dichotomy of natural vs. clinical medicine. The need for high-touch care in the medical field. Creating personalized health programming. The 6 paths of managing dementia. How society can shift to accentuate individual wellbeing Unlocking elder wisdom and ageing gracefully What young adults should be focusing on NOW. MUCH more...
1 hr 36 min
Watch interview on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/TI2dA0M1cfk Today, Eric Brown and I sit down and speak to Dominic Milton Trott, the author of The Drug User's Bible. Here are some words from Dominic that really convey the mission behind his book: "The first casualty of war is truth, and the war on drugs is no different. This book is a step to counter this destructive situation. People Are Dying. They are dying because of ignorance: because unremitting propaganda is denying them essential safety information." What Dominic has attempted with The Drug User's Bible has never been done before. Over the course of 8 years, he self-administered over 150 different chemicals and botanicals. For each of these he documented the vital safety data, inclusive of dose thresholds, onset times and duration. In addition, he recorded a trip report: a subjective analysis of his qualitative experience, usually at different time-checks. Amongst the most well known drugs are LSD, xanax, DMT, cocaine, GHB, spice, phenibut, speed, magic mushrooms, cannabis and opium. In this interview we sit down and speak to a man who has taken detailed reports on 157 different drugs. As you might imagine, it has to be heard to be believed.
1 hr 51 min
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Jules Evans appeared on the podcast last time to discuss his two previous books: Philosophy For Life And Other Dangerous Situations and The Art of Losing Control. In that episode, we talked at length about the benefits of Stoicism, and also where reason-based philosophical frameworks might be lacking if one wishes to experience a rich, integrated human life. We dove into topics like meditation, eastern philosophy, and psychedelics as useful additions in our psychological toolkit. When I asked Jules what he was working on next, he explained that he was in the process of co-editing a book with psychiatry expert Tim Read all about spiritual emergencies. Considering I am involved in the psychedelic and spirituality space, I was surprised to find that I knew very little about this important topic. 30, years ago Stanislav Grof and his wife Christina wrote a book called Spiritual Emergency where they defined this phenomenon as follows: One of the most important implications... is the realization that many of the conditions, which are currently diagnosed as psychotic and indiscriminately treated by suppressive medication, are actually difficult stages of a radical personality transformation and of spiritual opening. If they are correctly understood and supported, these psychospiritual crises can result in emotional and psychosomatic healing, remarkable psychological transformation, and consciousness evolution. With the resurgence of psychedelics and increased popularity of spiritual practices, information on how one might recognise and navigate their way through a spiritual emergency has never been more important. In this episode of the HighExistence Podcast, Jules and I discuss the book he edited on this topic Breaking Open: Finding Your Way Through a Spiritual Emergency. I have read the book, and I can't express how important I found it. If you are in any way interested in pursuing spiritual transformation, this book book is indispensable. To learn more about Breaking Open and the topic of spiritual emergencies, my conversation here with Jules is a perfect place to begin. WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE: What is a spiritual emergency? Tips for dealing with difficult spiritual experiences The creative process behind the book Breaking Open Jules' own spiritual emergency and ayahuasca experience Useful guidelines for attending psychedelic retreats Psychosis vs. spiritual emergency Psychedelic intergration The usefulness of psychotherapy The dark side of spirituality MUCH MORE...
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To learn more about Richard "Shaky" Shore, Check out the Shake, Rattle, and Roll podcast on Youtube and Spotify --- Today's episode is a very special one for me. I sit down and speak to Richard "Shaky" Shore, Brazilian JiuJitsu black belt, head coach and owner of Shore Mixed Martial Arts (SMMA), and host of the Shake, Rattle, and Roll podcast, where Richard interviews British sporting icons and rising stars, primarily in the MMA scene. What Richard has achieved with SMMA is nothing short of spectacular. Coming from a place in the Welsh valleys where there hasn't historically been a ton of opportunity, he created a mixed martial arts gym before the sport became the mainstream attraction it is now, and has gone on to build a truly state of the art training facility boasting 3 UFC athletes, and many top level pro and amateur MMA fighters. I train at SMMA, and Richard is my Brazilian Jiujitsu coach, so this interview was particularly special for me. I sat down to talk to Richard about martial arts, his own story and personal evolution as a coach, leadership, facing your fears, the attitudes required to be successful at your passions, and much much more.
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We're releasing an Accelerated Learning course shortly. If you want to learn more, head over to: https://highexistence.com/learnfast/ — — — After going through the traditional medical paradigm, looking for a solution to treat his debilitating OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) – both medications and therapy were failing him. Left with no viable options, he turned to an unexpected ally — magic mushrooms. Adam's citizen science work with psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) gave him space and the breathing room necessary to make some impressive strides in managing his mental space. The results of his experiments here became the foundation for The Mushroom Cure — a dramatic monologue series that Adam created and performed himself, launching him directly into the psychedelic world and into the public stage here. This is a raw, vulnerable, and real conversation – nothing was left off of the table for discussion. WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE: The value of humor in deep transformation The harsh reality of living life with mental illness The promise and pitfalls of modern psychotherapy How mushrooms transformed Adams OCD Where do psychedelics fit in modern society? Psychedelic integration and the growth process Understanding identity during times of flux MUCH MORE...
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Sign up here to get early access to The Accelerated Learning Experience with Justin Noppe: https://highexistence.com/learnfast/ To watch the video version of this interview visit: https://youtu.be/Mggo7ayRIdY -- In my first conversation with learning expert Justin Noppé we spent a couple hours going over the ultimate skill... learning. Learning how to learn gives you a meta skill that can be applied to any activity you want to master, from cooking to web development and design to martial arts to music to writing to... well everything else you can think of. Most of the high-level people I've met in my life have a certain confidence that comes from knowing they can do anything they put their mind to. The world becomes you oyster when you can confidently look at any obstacle and confidently proclaim... "I can learn to overcome this challenge." After the podcast aired, I wanted to learn more about Justin's learning process, so I asked him to become my Brazilian JuJitsu learning coach. This may sound a bit crazy since Justin doesn't actually practice this martial art, but if his process worked it should work regardless of the topic being studied. After just a few weeks of working with Justin I started seeing the results, and other people started noticing at the gym too. "How are you getting good so quickly? Last week I was smashing, you and now you're smashing me..." It was at this point I knew we had to share Justin's 5-step learning process with the the HighExistence readers. If you want to learn more about this, watch this two-minute video: https://highexistence.com/learnfast/ In the initial podcast I did with Justin, we talked a little bit about reading books, but I wanted to go much deeper on the topic. So in this episode, Justin and I speak specifically all about optimizing book reading. If you enjoy books or want to get more from the books you're reading, the next 35 minutes could change your life. Okay, so what's inside? WHAT WE DISCUSS IN THIS EPISODE: How to pre-read books The uses and limits of speed-reading The best ways to read for maximum absorption Justin's number one tip when it comes to learning from books When you should read super slow The wisdom of book lists The right way to take notes Vanity metrics when it comes to reading Tons more...