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Making Transcendent Experiences More Accessible w/ The Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies (IACS)
Technodelics, ultrasound, and other ways technology is being used to help people go beyond without substances
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It feels like we are entering a renaissance of different ways to access peak experiences and altered states of consciousness.
I’ve written about this before, but these experiences can be incredibly beneficial for improving mental health, physical healing, creative breakthroughs, & spiritual connectedness. It’s why so many cultures throughout history have made these accessible until recently.
The challenge I see with our current entry points to life-enhancing altered states is that there’s still friction for a large portion of the population. You either need to be open to ingesting psychoactive substances or invest heavily in contemplative practices like meditation. A lot of people just aren’t going to do this.
Today’s guests are Nicco Reggente and Leo Christov-Moore from The Institute for Advanced Consciousness Studies. The IACS is trying to make these life-altering experiences available to more people by better understanding what goes into meditative and entheogenic experiences so that we can find additional, more accessible entry points using modern technology.
Through a better understanding of the mechanics of what creates these states from how our brains change, to traditional components like the role of a facilitator and set and setting, they hope to make attaining positive behavior change through accessible to the masses. Right now their research focus is on enhancing meditation, neuro-modulation, and technodelics.
This conversation is wide-ranging and builds upon past conversations I’ve had on the latest Neuroscience of Meditation. Some highlights include:
Why their research lab is set up like a startup vs. typical academia
The current state of using ultrasound to induce altered states
What technodelics are and why they are exciting
Where they see the biggest opportunities to make entheogenic experiences more accessible
Their principal first approach to understanding the deeper why behind the impact these states create
What they learned as researchers at a week-long Joe Dispenza event
Considerations for the early exploration of “shared consciousness” experiences
I’m excited about the work Nicco, Leo, and everyone else at the IACS is doing.
The more we make it easier for more people to directly experience our deeper nature and the potential of the human experience in safe ways, the better off I believe we’ll be as a species.
I hope you enjoy this one!
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