Over the past few weeks it has become apparent how much more we can all be doing to show our support and solidarity as global citizens. As a company, Andromeda is committed to raising the vibration of our communities and is looking for new ways that we can increase the focus on creating racial justice. We stand in solidarity with all people raising their voices to assert that #blacklivesmatter.
Today, I am writing to share a message of offerings that can improve mental health and provide some much needed release in these times of major shifts in our world view.
Something that really struck me over the last couple weeks is the ways we can be actively involved in the Black Lives Matters movement with or without going to a protest. I hold a weekly men's group where we discuss how systematic racism shows up in our lives and our families lives and how we can address them. I have meditated on my family's history of looking down upon illegal immigrants and the deep-seated subconscious thought patterns that I tend to ignore. I have journaled about how these things show up for me, and how I can bring them from my/subconscious mind into my awareness and look at that shadow self.
The most important practice for me is self cultivation. This beautiful quote really sums it up, “The Revolution begins at home. If you overthrow yourself again and again, you might earn the right to help overthrow the rest of us.”
This global shift is not going to be easy, lives will continue to be lost, senseless injustice will occur. We will come out on the other side a more aware and accepting society. With these ideas in mind, I wanted to share some unorthodox approaches and ideas that have been consuming my attention.
In February, I started an epic health regimen. As we practice social distancing, isolated from friends and family, prioritizing our inner awareness and our subsequent internal health is something to which many of us can now dedicate time.
Right before COVID swept through the country, I spent the best $200 of my life at Next Health, a state-of-the-art biohacking center in LA. I purchased a comprehensive blood panel followed by an hour long holistic nurse consultation. More information is found here.
I threw out all of my generic vitamins and became hyper-focused on what my body requires. Four months later, I look and feel better than ever. As my nurse put it, "Your test is normal for western medicine standards, but we can get you way beyond normal; we will get you to fully optimized levels of well-being." And with that I set out on a journey to find my new ceiling. It is amazing to me that we are all so unaware of what our true 100 percent feels like until we reach the 110% mark and never look back.
Additionally this has been a HUGE two month for us at Andromeda, our psychedelic-inspired, voice-driven, meditative, creative mind F*** that is SoundSelf: A Technodelic - is finally available to the world - right here. Along with re-tuning my biology, I credit a majority of my mental health to this experience. SoundSelf has inspired me to practice vagus nerve stimulation through vocal toning in my everyday life (even outside of the headset).
So much to share on all fronts as the New Earth unfolds. Let's get to it.
Question I Have Been Pondering
What does it look like to live in a gamified world?
So, with three easy, off the shelf bits of tech (a Zoom app, an Inner Balance HRV monitor, and a bottle of wine) you too can host a Group Flow Zoom Party!”
As the world's problems continue to grow, so will our need to address them in more creative, rewarding ways.
#selfcare their first app on the market that came out in 2018 caught my interest this past week. Tru Luv’s Eve Thomas states, “The way to keep people at that sweet spot of engagement has been the same. Social media, gambling, games – they all follow a design card of rising tension so that the stress response is triggered. Life is stressful enough. Yet we turn to our phones or tech to escape and find more of the same.” It is clear that Eve and her team are on a noble mission to create a healthy relationship between humans and technology.
I highly recommend watching this talk by the founder (and former co-founder of Internet Explorer) Thomas Reardon. He described their technology as “the ability to measure human intention.” This is a new skill humans will acquire to interact with computers using their minds. All of this is possible with a noninvasive wristband that is already being shipped to developers! Facebook thought it was as brilliant as I do; buying them for a cool 1 Billion. This makes Facebook’s largest acquisition since Instagram. We are already starting to see where they want to go with the technology. Read: Road to VR: Facebook is Researching Brain-Computer Interfaces, “Just the Kind of Interface AR Needs.”
I have been tracking this smart lens company that seems to be leading the space, after completing another 51 Million in investment. They’re using a display the size of a grain of sand to project images directly onto your retina. How that doesn't cause eye irritation is anyone's guess, but when perfected, the applications are endless.
Similar to Looxid Labs who I have mentioned in a previous newsletter this company is jumping ahead of the next generation of headsets that will implement eye tracking and going right for the brain. They already have a dev kit available to start experimenting with, they’ve won awards at the last two CES conferences, too. It seems VR is the most natural fit for their product. Soon, with the smart contacts and full haptic suits, we may be closer to the future portrayed in the movie Upgrade than we might have believed.