About Hacking The Self

Hacking The Self is for those interested in the intersection of meditation, psychedelics and awakening. Psychedelics are not a path in and of themselves; however, they are a profound accelerator for progressing on a contemplative or yogic path.
In 2017, I started Hacking The Self as a way to explore my interests in yoga, meditation and psychedelics. I was in a phase of life where I was broadly focused on improving my mental and physical health. The eclectic topics explored in the early phases of the blog and podcast reflect this more exploratory phase of my own journey.
Over time, I began to relate to plant medicines such as Ayahuasca and Soma as another practice within Tantric sadhana: refining the body-mind as a way to accelerate awakening. Drawing on the work of Ken Wilber, I conceive of awakening as one of three main streams of  human development (waking up, growing up and cleaning up). Both Buddhist (Dzogchen, Mahamudra) and “Hindu” Tantra (Nondual Shaiva Shakta) are the contemplative and yogic paths that orient my approach to awakening.
Now, I’m a meditation coach who works closely with a very experienced and talented friend who facilitates plant medicine. We’re both focused on supporting people from a yogic or contemplative background who want to relate to plant medicine as a way to deepen on their own journey of healing and awakening. Whether you’re experienced with psychedelics or completely new, we’re both open to working with people who share this intention in approaching the medicine and meditation.

Common Themes

• Contemplative Practices (yoga, meditation)
• Consciousness Hacking Technologies
• Entheogens
• Moral Psychology & Philosophy
• Religious Studies, esp:
     • Comparative Mythology
     • Philosophy of Religion
     • Psychology of Religion
     • Religion, Ethics, and Politics

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About Adrian

Adrian Baker is a meditation coach who became interested in yoga, Buddhism and meditation when he moved to Thailand in 2010. After graduating from university in 2005, Adrian worked at an investment bank and in politics in DC before burning out and moving to Southeast Asia in hopes of finding a fresh start. 
After teaching history in middle and high school for five years, he decided to focus his efforts fully on studying and practicing contemplative and yogic paths to awakening. Though it seemed somewhat crazy given that he had just gone to graduate school for his Masters in Education, something deep inside told him that this was the most important thing that he could do with his life: to turn inward and understand the nature of his own heart and mind. Nearly six years later, he can honestly say it was one of the best decisions that he ever made.
Adrian has completed the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach, in addition to over 400 hours of Yoga Alliance-approved teacher  trainings. Additionally, he has consistently worked with psychedelics as a tool for personal growth for over 25 years. He holds a MEd in Teaching from Stanford University, a Masters in Economic History from The London School of Economics and a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University.