Thu, 25 April 2019
Akira is something of a musical-philosophical wizard.
He's been called the DJ of the Intellectual Dark Web and is the innovator of a new genre of music called Meaningwave.
He samples Terence McKenna, Alan Watts, Jordan Peterson, Hunter S. Thompson, David Foster Wallace, Elon Musk, Jock Willink, David Goggins, and a variety of other philosophers, thinkers, artists, and inspiring figures.
And he synchronizes these samples in delicious ways with a wide array of gorgeous beats he conjures to create a uniquely enchanting and mind-expanding listening experience.
His album 'The Path' with Jocko Willink has been particularly influential for me lately; it's a ridiculously motivational album and I highly recommend it, along with the rest of his work.
We'll be interluding some of his music throughout this episode so you can get a taste of his art.
Akira is an extraordinarily insightful and entertaining individual, and we had a lot of fun in this episode exploring a truly vast expanse of territory.
We discuss everything from space migration and the Jungian shadow to transcendental experiences and the wonders of being alive in 2019.
Without further ado, let's get into it; I hope you enjoy this technicolor journey as much as we did.
Sat, 6 April 2019
In this episode, we discuss:
What to you is the point of philosophy? [02:54]
How Jules became interested in Stoicism and Greek philosophy. [04:10]
Was your PTSD triggered by a bad LSD experience? [07:27]
What Jules could have done differently to manage the fallout from his difficult LSD trip. [10:06]
Jon discusses how he believes his levels of neuroticism has declined as he's gotten older. [11:36]
Jon shares his interest in Stoicism. [12:36]
Jon explains how he used Stoic techniques to help him cope with the fear of jaw surgery. [13:21]
How Jules used Stoicism to help him cope with social anxiety. [14:09]
Was simply learning about CBT and Stoicism enough for you to reduce your social anxiety, or was there a practical element too? [16:46]
Jules explains how cognitive bias, perfectionism, and poor coping strategies prevented hindered hindered his recovery from anxiety. [19:35]
Jules explains what happened in his near death experience (NDE). [22:02]
How Jules' epiphany from his near death experience led him to CBT. [30:54]
Stoicism is about being true to the god within you. [32:28]
How Jules connected his mystical experience with Stoicism, CBT, and eventually Buddhism. [32:54]
Jules explains his role in the modern resurgence of Stoicism. [34:17]
Some of the areas of human nature Stoicism doesn't address. [37:01]
Why did you call your second book The Art of Losing Control? [39:34]
Jules explains the wide-ranging states of ecstatic experiences. [41:04]
What are the main paths to losing control that you discovered in your research? [43:54]
Alcohol as a means to escape ordinary consciousness. [45:44]
Jules explains what he calls "The Festival of Ecstasy." [46:59]
Jules discusses how war, violence, and crowd rallying can be seen as ecstatic experiences. [52:12]
The worship of technology as a substitute for religion. [55:34]
The 1960s as the antidote to the Enlightenment's pathologizing of mystical experiences. [57:04]
Why is it normal for many of us fear going beyond our ego and have ecstatic experiences? [58:59]
What is a spiritual emergency? [01:05:46]
Jules explains how any route to transcendence can become unhealthy if it isn't approached wisely. [01:09:26]
How ecstatic experiences and psychedelics can lead to ego inflation. [01:13:44]
Jules discusses his first ayahuasca ceremony. [01:14:18]
The easy and the hard path to becoming a shaman. [01:16:34]
The dark side of psychedelics. [01:17:39]
What can we do to prevent ourselves from falling into the trap of ego-inflation when having ecstatic experiences? [01:19:11]
The only value of ecstatic experiences. [01:23:42]
Jules explains how after finishing his two books he then saw the limit of them. [01:25:03]
The mature Buddhist view of ecstatic experiences. [01:27:11]
How do you live your life both on a daily basis and in a more general sense different after doing the research for these two books? [01:29:03]
Jules discusses his post-Ayahuasca dissociated experience. [01:31:46]
The importance of understanding spiritual emergencies: a spiritual awakening which has temporary psychotic features. [01:34:27]
The things that can help people through spiritual emergencies. [01:37:04]
Jon shares a story about a friend's spiritual emergency. [01:40:11]
The danger of seeing your experience as unique and special. [01:42:37]
The rise in reporting of mystical experiences. [01:45:46]
Why we need a mature, nuanced terminology for ecstatic experiences. [01:46:54]
What are your favorite books on the topics you write about? [01:48:06]
Pema Chodron's personal crisis. [01:53:06]
Closing remarks and where to find out more about Jules. [01:54:18]
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