A Month of Psychedelic Drugs

by Justin on July 31, 2014

Oversoul by Alex Grey

Psychedelic Art by Alex Grey

Warning: In this post I explain some of my experiences on psychedelic drugs during roughly the past month. But before I do, there’s a lot of preamble. I hope you’ll read the preamble rather than skipping ahead to the “fun” part of this post. I think the preamble is needed to create the right context for you to understand my experiences and why I decided to try psychedelic drugs (which I refer to below as “psychedelic drugs” and “psychedelics” interchangeably). Can you keep your mind open? I hope so!

Disclaimer: This post is not intended to endorse any type of drug or illegal activity.  Consult your doctor and the law before deciding to take any drugs.  Kids, don’t try this at home (or anywhere).

Day 1, 10:00 AM:  I’m writing this about 3 hours before I will take a psychedelic drug for the first time. I’m going to ingest some [click to continue…]

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A Month of Trauma Release Exercises (TRE)

by Justin on July 24, 2014

Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) Book CoverI first heard about Trauma Release Exercises (TRE) through a guest post on Tim Ferriss’s blog.  They sounded interesting & useful to me, so for the month of May I decided to try them.

The theory behind TRE is that the effects of mental stress and trauma are stored physically in our bodies as tension.  TRE claims to be a method for releasing that physical tension, and along with it the associated mental & psychological .  The physical tension is released through muscle tremors which are induced by a sequence of physical exercises that tire out the legs.

Each day, I’d complete the sequence of exercises which took about 20-30 minutes.  After completing the exercises, [click to continue…]

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A Month of Writing to my Brother

by Justin on July 19, 2014

Bay of Fundy Coast

Scenery near where my brother lives (I took this when visiting him about a month after we finished writing to each other).

Last Christmas, a gift that I received from one of my brothers was an offer to do one of my upcoming month projects with me. I accepted, and we did something together in April.

Since my brother lives a 16 hour drive from me, it had to be something that didn’t require us to be in the same location. My brother had a few other conditions also, one of them being that what we decided to do couldn’t affect his family (he was volunteering only himself – not them also).

Here’s the list of ideas that we came up with together: [click to continue…]

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A Month of Singing

by Justin on July 17, 2014

Black 3D Music NoteI’ve never been able to carry a tune, and have always been terrified of anyone hearing me sing. Those facts, along with some of my experiences at the Inner Journey Seminar, made me decide to take singing lessons for the month of March.

Near the beginning of the month I recorded this video on a karaoke website to document where I was at at the time (I know, it’s pretty bad, but looking back I actually did alright with hitting some of the notes in the chorus!): [click to continue…]

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Inner Journey Seminar Review

by Justin on July 1, 2014

Spiral Shell

At the end of February I did a 3.5 day personal development “retreat” (*) called the Inner Journey Seminar which is designed to stretch/grow participants in all directions. I found it highly worthwhile and will explain a bit about my experience here.

The Basics

On my Inner Journey (IJ) retreat there were 14 people: 6 men, and 8 women. There was also a staff of I think about 30 supporting us who were almost all volunteers.

We lived (slept overnight) at the retreat location for the 3.5 days. It’s an intense and experiential retreat; there’s not much sitting back listening to talks. Most of the time, we were actively participating in a diverse range of activities.

For more detail on what it’s all about I suggest reading this page which explains it better than I can.

What I Can & Can’t Explain

Before I tell you about my experience, let me explain [click to continue…]

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