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