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Mission #38 Part 2
On Board: Dave Asprey
Mission: Hacking Your Mind Part Two
If you’re here, it’s probably because you’ve already heard part one of our two-part series with Dave Asprey (and if you haven’t, go listen to it and then come back — it’s great!). While you probably already know quite a bit about Dave from the previous episode, he’s remarkable enough to deserve a recap. He’s the author of New York Times bestselling book The Bulletproof Diet, and the man behind the other Bulletproof products such as Bulletproof Coffee and Bulletproof Radio. Thanks to his expertise in biohacking, he fully intends to live to be 180 years old — and he’s dedicated to sharing his knowledge and advice.
In this second part of the two-part series, Dave gives listeners a plethora of valuable (and interesting!) information. We learn about his experience with stem cell injections into the brain, the profound effect that mold can have on health and even personality, and his plans for the forthcoming Bulletproof Labs. Finally, he spends a while talking about neurofeedback, offering a compelling depiction of its potential benefits.
The Mission Log:
- [03:37] — Dave talks briefly about the term “hacking” as related to the body and mind.
- [04:07] — We learn that Dave is one of only two people in the world who have had prophylactic stem cell injections into the brain.
- [04:48] — Dave’s documentary about mold, called MOLDY, actually helped Orion’s sister, as we learn here. Dave then goes on to give some information about the making of the documentary.
- [06:36] — Orion gives us some more insight into what she saw in her sister, and Dave responds with advice about when to get rid of your current doctor.
- [07:47] — It took about six weeks of Dave’s life to make the documentary, and several hundred thousand dollars, but he says it’s all worth it if helped Orion’s sister, even if it hadn’t impacted anyone else.
- [10:21] — Dave’s next book is about mitochondria, and he explains why.
- [10:54] — It turns out Dave already has a lot of the equipment that will be at the forthcoming Bulletproof Labs (which will be in Santa Monica), and tests it all on himself.
- [11:57] — Orion talks about her own experience with the REDcharger that will be available when the lab opens. She said that it made her feel as relaxed as if she’d spent all day at the beach.
- [12:32] — The virtual floating tank is Orion’s favorite of the equipment she tried. Dave explains more about what a floating tank is, and both the problems and the benefits associated with it. He also tells us how the tank he designed is different than a traditional tank (you don’t even need to get wet!).
- [15:12] — Some people who have used these tanks have experienced things that could be dreams or flashes of a past life. Consciously getting into a theta state is where all the good things happen, Dave explains.
- [16:38] — Dave elaborates on what neurofeedback is. He describes it as holding a mirror up to the brain in a way it can understand.
- [18:20] — To illustrate how neurofeedback works, Dave compares the idea of being in a Zen monastery to meditating with rubber bumpers. He then goes on to talk about neurofeedback augmented retrofeeding, which lets you reset certain things in your brain.
- [20:39] — Dave tells us what effect this had on other people in his life who has tried it. He says it quiets the negative voice most of us hear. The invisible self-sabotaging parts become visible.
- [22:14] — You can replace years of meditation with a few years of neurofeedback. Dave explains its other benefits, including an increase in intelligence.
- [23:56] — Dave tells us his three tips for living a stellar life: 1. Practice gratitude every day. 2. Accept that if you have a food craving, it’s your fault. 3. Address your physical issues.
Your Pre-Flight Checklist:
Watch Dave’s documentary MOLDY. If it leads you to believe that you may be suffering from mold-related issues, take steps to ensure your home is mold-free.
Research neurotherapy and contact a provider in your area to discuss whether it’s right for you. It tends to be costly, but the results can be priceless.
Every night, find three things you’re grateful for. Write them down in a journal to get in the habit of identifying and expressing gratitude.
Links and Resources:
@bulletproofexec on Twitter
Bulletproofexecutive on Facebook
dave.asprey on Instagram
40 Years of Zen
The Bulletproof Diet Roadmap
Bulletproof Training Institute