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Why is it that we can be doing something, and our mind starts to think about something else involuntarily?

Is this a helpful part of the human experience? A nuisance?

The nature of mind-wandering is something that scientist Arnaud Delorme has been investigating for the past 20 years. In this conversation, we explore what he has learned as well as some of the main questions the scientific community is trying to understand around the nature of mind. Arnaud recently released a book on this topic and his research called Why Our Minds Wander.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Arnaud_Delorme_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

There are some people I just love listening to talk.

Today’s episode is one of those people. 

David Perell is an entrepreneur, writer, and creator of the renown online course Write of Passage which helps aspiring writers transform their lives by writing online. 

A lot of people know David on the internet because of his prolific writing and content creation, but what I was interested in learning about is how the shifts in David’s personal and spiritual life fuel his creative endeavors.

In this conversation we talk about David’s journey with his faith and how it’s empowered him to be a better leader and step even more deeply into his purpose. It feels like many people I talk to these days have difficulty feeling aligned with their purpose. A big part of my personal hypothesis is that uncovering this is a process that occurs naturally once you begin to do the inner work and remove the impediments that make it easy to embrace what you love.

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_David_Perell_-_Second_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s guest is Stephen Zerfas, the Co-Founder and CEO of Jhourney. 

Five years ago Stephen found himself crying tears of joy after stumbling into a prolonged state of ecstatic bliss on a meditation retreat. 

Up until this point, most of the retreat was migraine-inducing so he wasn’t sure how he had landed in this profound place. After the retreat, he was interested in how to recreate this experience whenever he wanted. Through many months of personal experimentation and research, he realized that these states are available to all humans on demand. In fact, you don’t even need to be a long-time meditator!

In this conversation, we discuss the Jhanas and how Jhourney is going about making them more accessible. Interesting ideas include:

  • An overview of the Jhanas and why we should care

  • How meditation as far as what has been brought to the West is still largely unexplored

  • The history of why these experiences went from very popular to obscurity and are now emerging yet again

  • The different schools of insight including dry vs. wet insight

  • His learnings collecting the largest scientific dataset on Jhana meditators in the world

  • How technology can enhance this age-old tradition

  • Arguments against pursuing the Jhanas and his response

  • How access to the Jhanas has the potential to change the world

 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_StephenZerfas_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

Today’s guest Sarah McCrum is the author of the book Love Money, Money Loves You. Sarah’s background was that she studied energy with Chinese masters for 20 years eventually opening a Qigong center in London. In 2010, she experienced spontaneous contact with the energy of money and began to receive information about its essence and what it wanted to communicate to humans. She began to transcribe this information and eventually, it became the contents of her book.

Although this may sound like an absurd idea to many people, channeling is responsible for many profoundly impactful books such as A Course In Miracles which we covered in an earlier podcast. The idea is that all things are made of energy, including beings and energies on higher planes, and if we can open to and connect with these energies we can begin to receive and transmit information. This is the same exact way a radio works.

I’ve read Sarah’s books and the ideas are pretty revolutionary. It really makes you question everything you thought you knew about how money works. Some concepts it covered which we discuss in this episode include:

  • How money is actually in unlimited supply

  • Its purpose to facilitate exchange, connection, and expansion

  • The role of relaxation and enjoyment in aligning with the flow of money

  • How it’s not inner abundance vs. outer abundance, but both

  • Why so many of us are unconsciously blocking money from flowing into our life

  • Why spiritual teachings about money cause many people unnecessary difficulty

  • How to find love and joy in money

 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Sarah_McCrum_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:06am CDT

Our society is obsessed with self-improvement. This was a major feature of how I related to reality for most of my life. As helpful as self-improvement can be, it also has a major shadow side that largely goes unexamined. 

Implicit in the pursuit of self-improvement is that there is a deficit; that whatever or however your being is in this moment is not whole or complete. This keeps you grasping in a seemingly endless treadmill without ever reaching an enduring sense of completion or fulfillment.

Most people don’t really even know there is an alternative to the self-improvement paradigm. This is one of the main topics of today’s conversation with Steve March, the founder of Aletheia Coaching

Some of my other favorite ideas include:

  • Why self-improvement on its own can be a trap

  • Striking the balance between self-improvement and self-unfoldment

  • How to practically embody a more unfoldment experience 

  • Understanding how solutions and support often arise when we allow them vs. exert force

  • How shifting our attunement and unfoldment might be an answer to our current metacrisis

 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Steve_March_-_Second_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Imagine having access to a source of guidance that could tell you exactly what’s needed at any moment for your highest good in all parts of your life. I honestly can’t think of a more valuable resource!

According to today’s guest Laura Coe, this is a potential for all humans by accessing what’s called the Akashic records. The Akashic records are like an energetic database that stores all the information from every thought, emotion, and experience we’ve had in all of our lives as a soul. 

In this conversation, we discuss:

  • What are the Akashic records and how we can work with them

  • The potentiality for anyone to access this inner technology

  • The relationship between intuition, soul, and the Akashic realm

  • Moving from striving to accomplishment from flow and oneness

  • The difference between fulfillment and success

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Laura_-_Fourth_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

 

One of those people early on in my startup journey was Leo Widrich, one of the founders of the social media company Buffer. At one point, Buffer was a darling in startup land with their great product, prolific blog and a culture of transparency that gained them lots of notoriety.

I remember reading about their co-founder split and kind of never heard much about Leo again. I’m not exactly sure how, but somehow I found myself on his website 6 months ago and learned that he’s been on a similar journey of inner discovery. After “making it in startup world” Leo went to live in a Buddhist monastery for a few years. In this conversation, we talk about his experience going from the frenetic world of startups to living a monastic lifestyle. He shares a lot about the experience of facing his unconscious inner material which I related to immensely. Post monastery life, he found himself coaching startup founders who were experiencing similar challenges and dissonance that he had gone through. This article on lessons learned coaching 101+ startup founders resonates immensely. One of the things Leo recognized is how company building was actually an unconscious way he was trying to experience community. We talk about this recent revelation and his newest adventure which is building his intentional co-living community Wild Life Ranch in Colorado. If you’re craving an intentional co-living community experience, you might want to check it out! Other interesting talking points:
  • What living in a monastery is actually like

  • The impact of somatic therapy on his life

  • Why fear is such a valuable experience and how we can meet it when relating to others

  • His vision and motivation for the ranch

  • The meditation experience that caused him to change his name from Leo to Mo Wildman

 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Ep_36_Leo_Widrick_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Ryan is an accomplished entrepreneur who spent 10 years building VNN, the largest, fastest-growing high school sports marketing and media network in the United States. He’s since moved into the world of executive coaching starting his firm Inside-Out Leadership which is the only coaching firm that I know of completely comprised of exited founders who also integrate consciousness work.

I find Ryan to be an incredibly thoughtful guy and compelling speaker which is why I was excited to have him on the show.

In this conversation, we unpack how and why developing a more effective relationship with shame can be such a profound unlock for improving your life and leadership ability. This exploration bleeds into how to increasingly move towards emptiness so that you can meet life as spacious awareness. 

 

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Ryan_Vaughn_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am CDT

Today’s guest is a fascinating and inspiring example of expanding beyond an old identity to step into something deeper.

Mona Sobhani was a hard-charging neuroscientist who at one point looked at spirituality as a coping mechanism for people who couldn’t cut it in the real world.

Through an unforeseen series of direct experiences and deep exploration of scientific evidence, she gradually transformed her worldview and began to embrace the ineffable mystery that is spiritual life. Her book Proof of Spiritual Phenomena shares her experience as well as the mountain of scientific evidence that substantiates what many ancient wisdom teachings have been saying all along.

In this conversation, we talk a lot about the interplay of scientism and spirituality. Some interesting talking points for me include:

  • Why much of the science community continue to overlook or turn away from the compelling evidence surrounding spiritual phenomena and their potential impact on the human experience

  • How to skillfully navigate shifts in identity and transformational conflicts

  • Making it through a dark night of the soul

  • Finding your tribe as you make these changes

  • How Science and spirituality can exist harmoniously

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Mona_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:07pm CDT

I recently came across the work of author, illustrator, and creator of LifeExplained Hans Wilhelm.

Hans does a fantastic job simplifying and distilling topics about how Earth is a school for the evolution of our consciousness and how reality is actually orchestrated for this purpose and many other interesting stuff on his YouTube channel and Website. He also has written over 200 children's books including a bunch that explain spiritual concepts.

In this conversation, we dive deep into the big question that occupies many of our minds: why are we here? How do we make the most of this experience?

To answer this question, Hans helps illuminate the laws of Karma and how they show up in our everyday lives. As I’ve talked about in the responsive reality, we come to see that there is an intelligence that brings us the perfect choreography of experiences needed to return us to our divine state. This process is a gradual realization vs. addition. 

In addition to this overarching concept, we also discuss: 

  • Lightworkers - what are they and how are they doing

  • The difference between knowledge and wisdom

  • How to find meaning in what can feel like trying times

  • The purification spheres

  • The importance of forgiveness and repentance 

  • Educating children on spirituality

 

For full shownotes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Category:general -- posted at: 3:17pm CDT

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 both 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 through these states accessible to the masses. Right now their research focus is on enhancing meditation, neuromodulation, 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” capacities

For full show notes: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Nico_and_Leo_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 12:12pm CDT

Today’s conversation dives deep into the realm of the soul and the initiatory experience. 

Brooks Barron is a leadership coach and wilderness guide. One of the reasons I was excited to chat with Brooks is the formative role nature plays in his work helping people make contact with their soul and bring its expression into reality. 

In this conversation, we talk about the pan-cultural tradition of the initiatory process and why it can be so impactful in our growth journeys. We explore how multi-day fast vision quests in nature can create a container for soul initiation.

Full episode notes and links https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Brooks_Barron_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:38am CDT

I first heard the term "cerebrospinal fluid" about four years ago during a Joe Dispenza course. I remember doing meditations that had me squeeze my perineum to try and move the fluid up my back into my brain.

I encountered it again when I studied breathwork, and then my cranial sacral therapist would talk about it. It has continued to hover around my sphere for years, and finally, I decided I needed to go deeper and figure out what I needed to know about cerebrospinal fluid. I encountered the work of Dr. Mauro Zappaterra in this way. 

Mauro has spent the past 20 years studying the impact of cerebrospinal fluid on human functioning. He received his MD/PhD from Harvard, where he studied neuronal stem cells and the effects of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) on brain development in adults. His work has been published in numerous scientific articles on CSF, and it was chosen as the cover image for the prestigious Neuron Journal. He is also the author of several children's books that make consciousness teachings accessible to kids, such as I AM, All One, and All One. 

Mauro is one of those amazing consciousness explorers who are pushing the boundaries of science to help explain some of the greater mysteries of the human experience while improving well-being.

In this episode, we go in-depth on cerebrospinal fluid and its effects on the human body and potential implications for consciousness.

For full show notes visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Mauro_Zapaterra_-_Ep_30_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:45pm CDT

This is a conversation with Humanity's Team co-founder Steve Farrell on his unconventional and inspiring journey from successful entrepreneur to uplifting human consciousness.

In the 1990’s, Steve Farrell had started two high flying Silicon Valley businesses respectfully doing $75 million in revenue when he recognized his call to serve humanity. By all traditional definitions he had “made it,” but recognized that his soul’s purpose for coming into this plane was more then just being a serial entrepreneur.

He left Silicon Valley and started his non-profit Humanity’s Team with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the seminal book series Conversations With God. 

Humanity’s team’s mission is to make conscious living pervasive by 2040 by helping educate people throughout the world to awaken to the interconnectedness and oneness of everything. Over the last 20 years, they have created the #1 non-profit in transformational education bringing together some of the biggest spiritual leaders, scientists, and educators in the world.

Full shownotes here: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Steve_Farrell_-_First_Draft_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 4:03pm CDT

Is it possible to live life in a state of play, grow spiritually, and build the life of your dreams all at once?

This is a question I have spent many years pondering. 

Our guest today, Victoria Song would answer this question with an emphatic YES! For a long time, I thought there was a polarity between these things, but this is something I no longer believe. 

This has to be one of my favorite conversations since starting the show. It was just one of those conversations where there was a strong vibe, and I left feeling electric.

Victoria is someone I met back in the tech industry when she was working in Venture Capital. From here, she went on to become a leadership advisor and coach working with everyone from billionaires and high flying CEOs to creatives at the top of their field. She is also the author of the book Bending Reality which shares many of her most effective tactics she’s field tested with her clients.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

 

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Victoria_Song_-_Ep_27_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:57pm CDT

“I think we’re going to see a lot of people who are half professional, half shaman in the coming years.”

This was a soundbite from the recording of this week’s episode with my guest Jake Housdon. As the expansion of consciousness becomes more popular, I agree with the idea that people are going to live a more integrated experience.  

Jake and I are kindred spirits in some ways in that we both spent a decade+ working in startups and are now seeking ways to blend consciousness evolution with being a modern professional. 

Jake has an inspiring and courageous story. He was a sales leader in the startup world for the past decade and left that life to buy a retreat center in Peru, embark on becoming a shaman, and create an ecosystem dedicated to serving the conscious professional.

In this episode, we talk about his mystical story of how he ended up where he is today and the windy path it took to get there. We went deep on many of the polarities that one can encounter while trying to be an earnest seeker, yet also someone who accomplishes in the working world. As someone who has oscillated on both sides of the pendulum quite a bit, I appreciated his wise perspective.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

 

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Jake_Housdon_-_Ep_28_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 2:52pm CDT

What’s Unique About The Mental Health of Entrepreneurs?

Starting and running a company can be HARD.

And when you look at the odds of success, you realize you gotta be a little crazy to do it. Many times during my own experience, I’ve reflected on how if I knew how hard it was, I’m not sure I would have done it. I’m finding the same thing can be said about embarking on the path of spiritual evolution btw! Apparently, I like hard shit.

So what is it about entrepreneurs that make them do the things they do?

Are they fundamentally different from the average bear? And what implications does this have for their mental health and well-being?

This is the nature of my conversation with today’s guest Dr. Michael Freeman. Dr. Freeman serves as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and as a Mentor in the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF. With support from the Kauffman Foundation, Dr. Freeman has conducted extensive research into the mental health of entrepreneurs. Freeman studies issues related to entrepreneur mental health in collaboration with colleagues from U.C. Berkeley, the Gallup Organization, and other universities. Additionally, he was the founding Chief Medical Officer at U.S. Behavioral Health and the Founder of Econa, the global center of excellence for entrepreneur mental wellness.

For complete show notes and links to all resources mentioned visit: https://blog.scottbritton.me/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Michael_Freeman_-_Episode25_Second_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24pm CDT

I love synchronicity.

Not just because it’s fun when it happens but because it serves as a clue to the fact that there is something more going on here than the story we’ve been told about reality.

The answer to what causes synchronicity will vary depending on who you ask.

I have my own ideas, but I wanted to see who out there has done extensive research on the topic.

This is how I came across today’s guest, Dr. Bernard Beitman. After studying at Yale and Stanford, Dr. Beitman went on to become the chair of the psychology and neuroscience program at The University of Missouri. He has also published multiple books, including Meaningful Coincidences, and started a non-profit called the Coincidence Project which seeks to better understand and educate the world on why and how coincidences occur.

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Bernard_Beitman_-_Episode_24_-_Second_Draft_1.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:42am CDT

Altered states of consciousness are going mainstream. This episode is a deep dive on the startup ecosystem with my friend Greg Kubin who an investor a Psymed Ventures. We recorded this conversation as a followup to a longer post covering the startup ecosystem related to expanding human consciousness.

Startups will play a key role in enabling and expanding access to altered states of consciousness. The types of companies come in many flavors – hardware, software, and community. Technology could even result in accessing completely new states of consciousness.

But first… how do we define consciousness?

Most humans live in a state of normal waking consciousness – i.e. being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and physical surroundings. For most people, this is seemingly all there is to reality, maybe  except for dreams. In contrast, altered (or “alternative”) states of consciousness enable us to experience additional levels of awareness, perceptions, memories, thinking, emotions, sense of time, place, and self-control (source). In the process, they expand our understanding of the potentials of reality and the human experience. There are a variety of reasons people seek altered states: improved mental health, physical healing, creative breakthroughs, and spiritual connectedness. There are also risks – without proper support, altered states can be destabilizing.

“Our normal waking consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the flimsiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus and at a touch they are all there in all their completeness” - William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

 

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Greg_Kubin_-_Episode_26_-_Second_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 10:57am CDT

Consciousness is subjective. This means, for the most part, we only know what it feels like inside our own inner space.

So how do we move beyond our limitations if our only reference point is our subjective experience? Well, one way is to have a map of all the different potentialities available to humans and clear directives on how to experience them.

This is the subject of today’s episode with guest Trish Blain. Trish is the founder of Nonordinary and the author of The Four Forces book. She first got on my radar with her work helping previous podcast guest Alexander Beiner who she worked to navigate the extended state DMT trials.

In this conversation, I think Trish stimulates some interesting ideas around how we can move beyond our limitations and then look to embody these ecstatic states in union with others. I think one thing that resonated with me is how even amidst many people doing their inner work, more expansive states of being are often investigated and understood in isolation. This presents a challenge when we are looking to co-create more expansively. One way Trish proposes that we overcome this is the creation of a shared understanding and map of human experience. This is the crux of a lot of her work with The Four Forces framework and the Edges Map


For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Trish_Blain_-_Episode_23.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am CDT

What is happening in the world of neuroscience and meditation?

That is the subject of today’s episode with Katie Devaney who is a researcher at University of California Center for Psychedelic Research and Co-founder of Berkeley Alembic.

As an independent organization, Berkeley Alembic has more autonomy to perform research on experiences that highly experienced meditators have, yet might not match the immediate criteria of fighting disease. 

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Kati_Devaney_-_Episode_21-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03am CDT

I went on a men’s retreat a few months ago called Junto and realized that there were some major growth opportunities for me in the outer expression of a lot of my inner work.

What this retreat made me realize is that I’ve spent less time on learning how to effectively communicate and express these experiences in many relationships in an elegant and authentic way.

Today’s guest is Andrew Horn -- the creator of the Junto retreat experience, founder of the tech company Tribute, and a leadership coach & facilitator. 

In this conversation, we talk about relational leadership and the practicalities of what that looks like in our day to day experience. A big takeaway for me is that even when we work on our consciousness, we often don’t have many tools we need to be fully expressed as humans. Andrew shares many of his favorite tools that he uses in his own life and the people we work with.

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Ep_22_-_Andrew_Horn_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:48am CDT

The study of the DMT experience by standard only takes around 10 minutes. What if we could extend the duration of these experiences and get into a deeper exploration?

Enter DMTx. In 2018, researchers kicked off a study to observe participants in an extended DMT state experience to delve deeper and conventional limits.

Today’s guest is Alexander Beiner, one of the 9 incredibly brave participants who embarked on this pioneering inner exploration.

What did he find?

 

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: Ep_20_-_Alex_Beiner_-_First_Draft.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 3:43pm CDT

We, humans, are a funny bunch. 

Sometimes it feels like we think we have it all figured out only to later understand how the way we’ve been doing things needs some rethinking.

You may have heard of the term “regenerative” in various contexts. I most often came across it in relation to agriculture. But the concept can be applied to all the systems in our society including business.

Today’s guest is Rudy De Waele, the founder of RegenerateX, UnconditionalMen, and Heart Masters. He has been working with leaders and organizations across the world to transform themselves and the systems we find ourselves in.

 

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/podcasting/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am CDT

Today’s guest is Angelo Dilullo, the creator of Simply Always Awake and author of the book Awake: It’s Your Turn.

When I’ve read about very enlightened or realized beings, I always wonder what it must feel like to experience reality through their eyes. What is the texture of the inner experience?

This was one reason I was thrilled to have Angelo on the show to get the background of his journey and understand what his current experience feels like.

Angelo does a fantastic job outlining the awakening process in the context of his story. You can check out more of his work here:

https://www.youtube.com/@SimplyAlwaysAwake

https://simplyalwaysawake.com/

I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31/23.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Ep_18_-_Angelo_Dilullo_-_First_Draft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:29pm CDT

Mark is a newer author in the consciousness space, having published 5 books in the last 4 years including An End To Upside Down Thinking which compiles the most emergent science and countless anecdotes to make the case for consciousness creating reality. 

In this conversation, we touch upon Mark’s journey which shares many overlaps with my own. We both got to a deep passion for exploring consciousness from what sometimes feels like the most unlikely of places: being student-athletes at Princeton University.

I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

 

Direct download: EvoFM_-_Mark_Gober_-_First_Draft.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:52am CDT

There have been many big shifts in my life over the past 5 years.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest ones has been moving away from a militant allegiance towards logic and reason, into a more inclusive paradigm that incorporates and prioritizes intuition.

In this conversation, we touch on a lot of this literature, historical examples, and how intuition emerges. One thing that is very congruent with my own experience that Theresa touches upon is how self-awareness and inner healing go hand in hand with the emergence of intuition.

I am also teaching a 5-week training program called Guided on cultivating the emergent wisdom we describe in this episode starting 5/31.

To learn more about the Guided 5-week intuition course, you can find full details here: https://guidedintuition.co/

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/p/accessing-our-innate-intuitive-gifts?sd=pf

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:58am CDT

Life is a series of transitions.

This truth is something I’ve increasingly realized on my consciousness journey. I once thought there was a destination to get to. At first, this was becoming a wildly successful entrepreneur and then an enlightened being. I now see that there are no endpoints and that the process of evolution is one that continues to infinity. Inherently, this means we will need to continuously reinvent ourselves and I believe this is something we can learn to do with greater skill and ease.

This reality is one reason I was excited to have a conversation with my good buddy Schlaf, the transition coach and the brains behind Where the Road Bends. Steve and I got to know each other as “hustlers” in the early days of the New York Tech scene. If there was anyone who was out there buying more coffee and trying to rub elbows with the right people more than me back in the day, it might have been Steve!

For full show notes, https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

 

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Sean Reagan is a teacher of A Course In Miracles and today’s guest on EvolutionFM.

Like many of us, Sean had tried following many other pathways from Buddhism to Catholicism to have more persistent peace and joy in his life. Eventually, he stumbled across A Course In Miracles and things shifted in an amazing way. 

The book was created by Helen Schulman from 1965 to 1972 via a direct channeling from Jesus Christ according to the author (source). Ironically, the author was an atheist psychologist leading up to “inner dictation” as she put it. 

Since the book was published it has helped an incredible amount of people find peace and healing through its daily devotional style of teaching.

One of the core concepts is that many of the things that cause our suffering such as fear are not actually real. These are simply misperceptions that have to do with the false identification of yourself as a body. I have come to experience many of these great truths in my own experience but got here through a different entry point.

Now you might be thinking No fear? Sounds nice but how do you do that? I experience fear all the time.

Well, this is a topic Sean and I unpack in this conversation as well as other “sounds nice but how” concepts like the recognition of not being a body, but having one.

 

For full show notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/publish/post/109853382

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Now that I’m going to be a parent soon, I can’t help but wonder about how all this technology is going to impact my kiddo?

And what can I do about it to help them be happy, heathy, and prosperous?

I recently discovered the work of Sara Filipcic who spent years studying the impact of technology on children and now has started a new company to help improve the situation called BeHumane.

Her research painted somewhat of a dire picture that made it clear that we as a society need to do something about this:

  • Adolescents using devices 5 or more hours a day (vs. 1 hour) were 66% more likely to have at least one suicide-related outcome1 

  • Results of a 2016 Common Sense Media Report found that 50% of teens “feel addicted” to mobile devices, while 59% of parents surveyed believe that kids are addicted to their devices2

  • Seven-in-ten U.S. teens said anxiety and depression is a major problem among people their age in the community where they live3

  • Technology can negatively affect children's developing social skills, relationships, health, and overall ability to focus, developing their social skills. This can lead to more children being socially awkward, withdrawn, shy, or intimidated by social situations.4

Going deep into this area of study there were many more subtle “aha” moments that helped her form her vision for BeHumane which aims to teach kids how to use technology effectively.

For full details on the episode check out the show notes here: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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The nervous system is the lens through which you experience the world.

This quote really hit home for me from this weeks episode with Jonny Miller, founder of Nervous System Mastery and the Curious Humans Podcast and blog.

The nervous system seems to be intimately related to energy in our bodies. As electrical beings, this shouldn’t come as a massive surprise. I wanted to learn more about this which is why I was very excited to have Jonny who is a nervous system expert on the show.

I’ve learned many hard lessons on overtaxing my nervous system due to my spiritual ambition which has resulted in lots of discomfort over the years. In many instances, this was due to engaging in practices I thought were supposed to help aid my transformation like breathwork and other somatic release techniques. 🧐

What I see now and discuss with Jonny, was how I was missing a the imperative long integration and re-patterning period after big releases. I also generally overdid it. Shocker.

There also proves to be an immense amount of nuance in truly relaxing into a sensation vs. trying to focus on it and push it out. Learning this is practically a whole skill in itself. Again, this took me years of doing it wrong and enduring subsequent physical difficulties to truly understand.

If you are doing any somatic work, this is a must listen episode. The depth of understanding that Jonny has is truly amazing and the language he uses to communicate complex concepts is wonderful. Did I mention he has a charming British accent?!

Full episode notes on: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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It's abundantly clear that we are experiencing a massive increase in consciousness amongst our respective societies and cultures. Many spiritual people get very enthusiastic about discussing the "global awakening" or "move to the fifth dimension," though I have no idea about the reality of these things. I am just genuinely excited that it appears more people are interested in the inner path to greater levels of peace, joy, creativity, and wisdom that comes with the expansion of consciousness.

With this shift, we will need new technologies and services that are better suited to ushering and supporting these changes as I wrote about here. Many investors have noticed this and started to focus on investment theses that revolve around new companies that facilitate the expansion of consciousness. Whenever I want to learn about new and interesting innovations, I often turn to investor friends because their job is essentially to learn about all this stuff.

This is why I was interested in talking to my new friend Greg Kubin, who is a partner at Psymed Ventures and a guest on EvolutionFM. Psymed focuses on investing in technologies that elevate mental health and wellness, including psychedelics, neurotech, precision psychiatry, and digital therapeutics.

I was eager to talk to Greg to learn about new things, but also to get the perspective of someone who must balance the constraints of capitalism and what is best for humans. 

We discussed a range of topics, including the psychedelic investment tension, precision psychiatry (which I had never even heard of), and the pros and cons of neurotech that claims to drop people into jhanas or enlightened states. I found it to be a fun and interesting conversation.

If the business of psychedelics is interesting to you, Greg runs a podcast exclusively focused on it called Business Trip. There are some great episodes on there exploring all different types of business models to make a living with psychedelics.

For full shows notes, visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Did you know every mammal including humans produces DMT naturally in their bodies? The same can be said for 1,000’s of plants.

I wanted to make sure you knew this before anyone wrote this off as a psychedelics or “drugs” conversation which is often the cultural association with DMT.

Right now there is a massive disconnect between mystical experiences and the world of Science. The gap is closing, but it often still feels like there’s these two camps who speak in different languages.

What we need is a bridge!

And that bridge just might be a greater understanding Dimethyltryptamine (DMT). You might have the heard of DMT because it’s the active psychedelic agent in things like Ayahuasca. But as I alluded too in the intro, it’s also produced naturally in every mammal and most plants! In fact, we have just as much DMT in our systems as serotonin.

John Chavez is the founder of DMTQuest which is an organization that is helping push forward the much needed research and education around DMT. Through financing studies and creating a media that educates and amplifies the potentiality of understanding this substance, he is helping us answer these questions.

John’s story is a fascinating one that in some ways mirrors my own. He had a radical and spontaneous mystical experience that redirected him to pursue answering and understanding the greater truths about the human experience.

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One of my closest friends Justin Mares knows more about health then just about anyone I know. He’s built 3 food companies in Kettle & Fire, Perfect Keto, and Surely Wines which give him unique insight into how the stuff we put into our bodies is actually made. Now he is working on new company called True Medicine that is making it easier and more affordable to be healthy.

I’ve been a long time follower of his newsletter @  and a few years ago he started sharing staggering information on what is happening to the U.S. population's health citing our food system as a culprit. 

Check these stats out which we discuss in the episode:

  • The average testosterone of a 22 year old American male is the same as a 67 year old man 20 years ago

  • In 1990, there were 0 states with obesity greater than 20%. In 2018, there are 0 states with obesity less than 20%. Obesity, which is correlated to lots of health issues, has more then doubled in the past 28 years.

  • 25% of the pesticides we use in the U.S. for growing food (including organic) are illegal in Europe

  • The new food pyramid in the U.S. claims that sugary cereal is more healthy then eating an egg or piece of beed

  • 93% of streams, rivers and lakes in the US had some sort of like microplastic contamination in them

Full episode notes here: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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Let me start off by saying, I have zero interest in participating in what many call the transhuman movement. Specifically, implanting some type of technology into my body in order to alter or enhance the way in which I experience the world. 

That being said, I do think it’s important to understand what is going on. This is clearly going to be a thing in our lifetimes that will vastly impact culture and society and I’d rather be informed. A few weeks ago someone had recommended Singularity Weekly to me and I was startled to see how far along we are in this field.

I wanted to have Joe Allen the author of singularity weekly and Steven Bannon’s War Room transhuman expert. 

The most interesting thing that emerged from the conversation was the realization that transhumanism is very much a religion. There is a group of people that are attempting to transcend their current condition and achieve salvation. In these higher states, they also strive to achieve greater abilities of unity and access to higher intelligence.

Gee. Sounds kind of like most wisdom traditions. I guess the main difference is the mechanism they believe will usher into this change is technology. Joe called this worship of technology as our savior an inversion of spirituality. I tend to agree, but this new understanding certainly helped me better understand what is more fundamentally driving the leaders of these movements. 

I can’t say that my opinion has really shifted. I am increasingly getting excited about living a more analog life. Having less technology dominates my experience and generally being more connected to nature. This probably means I will have to move from my urban existence at some point, but I am okay with that. I increasingly think living in Urban areas with high degrees of invisible environmental toxins make it harder to be healthier than it needs to be. And I care more about myself and family being healthy than nice dinners with friends and access to luxury experiences. I think we will start to see this appeal to more and more urban professionals in the next decade. I guess we already are. 

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It can be quite frustrating to be experiencing something unfamiliar that our medical system doesn’t have an answer for. Unfortunately, I know from experience as documented here!

This is very common with many “spiritual”, “mystical”, “energetic”, etc. experiences and effects, that are often referred to as emergent phenomena.

A few months ago, I was delighted to discover the The Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium. The EPRC is a group of 180+ researchers, scientists, medical, therapy and spiritual professionals that are trying to tackle the hard problem of gathering data and research on the large catalogue of emergent phenomena experiences that humans may face and the efficacy of different protocols for handling them.

Daniel Ingram is one of the co-founders of the organization and also the author of one my favorite books on Buddhism Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha.

The EPRC’s aim is to give health care systems, mental health providers, and those who are helping to teach and promote various practices the information they need in order to make better decisions about how to both promote the benefits of these practices and manage the various effects that they can produce.

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Today’s guest is someone I have followed since 2016 when I participated in a startup growth program called Reforge where he was a guest lecturer. Simply put, Andy Johns is one of the most prolific startup growth executives in the modern era. He has been an leader or key player at 8 consecutive billion dollar startups including Facebook, Twitter, Wealthfront, Quora, and others. 

In this conversation, Andy shares his personal experience of working on his mental health and consciousness through the context of being an ambitious person in the world of high growth startups.

For full show notes visit: https://scottbritton.substack.com/s/evolutionfm-podcast

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