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Ep. 38 – Admiration And Intoxication

EDigital Communion #38 –‘Admiration and Intoxication’ Question: ‘Who do you admire most these days?’ This is an episode about admiration and its limits. What are the things we can or ‘should’ admire in others? Is it possible to admire ‘bad’ people in some way? Nic and Thomas then dig deeper and talk about the nature of success, the influence of technology on our opportunities, and how people can rationalize doing great harm to others and still manage to sleep at night. NOTES: The strange phenomenon that when you don’t want to know the answer, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the truth Nic explains why he admires Barack Obama Being remembered not for how you start things, but how you finish them The art of feeling people’s vibe and making snap judgements Why evil is so intoxicating, even when it seems so against our nature Making sense of Vladimir Putin Rick Doblin and using psychedelics for self-development Thomas explains why he admires Elon Musk Does success...

24 MIN2017 MAR 10
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Ep. 38 – Admiration And Intoxication

Ep. 37 – Specialization is for Insects

EThis week’s episode begins in the kitchen, but rapidly moves into the great outdoors and then on to some deep questions about the perils and perks of specialization. Can we be fulfilled as humans if we only master one skill? Or does the old cliché about being a Jack of All Trades hold true? From culinary Jiu Jitsu to powerful ideas on how to reforge the education system, this episode is as wide-ranging as it is thought-provoking. Question: ‘Do you think it’s important to be able to cook well?’ NOTES: What does your (in)ability to cook say about you? The personal rewards of harvesting and hunting your own food How much more well-rounded and actualized would we be if the education system included classes on how to manage your emotions? How far does traditional education impact the quality of our life experiences? Nic brings up quotes from two different ends of a spectrum: Robert Heinlein thought ‘specialization is for insects’, but Tim Ferriss claims that ‘the world rewards sp...

22 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Ep. 37 – Specialization is for Insects

Special Episode: The Hidden Why

EThis is a special episode, featuring Nic and Thomas in a three-way conversation with Leigh Martinuzzi, host of the very cool podcast The Hidden Why. Leigh’s show is all about peace, passion and purpose, with a good dose of humour and straight-talking along the way. All three come together to discuss and discover the game of life in all its beautiful complexity. SHOW NOTES: What does your god look like (and why)? Does following a religion rob you of your true individuality? How to choose and lose your beliefs Flow, meditation… and drinking binges Can we be committed to freedom yet still have vices, material and chemical? Finding the strength to let yourself off the leash, but not to then go chasing every rabbit that comes your way Information overload: are we reading and learning too much to be happy in the present moment? Why we should make the effort to schedule regular time in nature A powerful way to switch up how we approach our lives: not ‘I have to do this’, but ‘I get to...

69 MIN2017 FEB 20
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Special Episode: The Hidden Why

Ep. 36: Electronic Buddhism: For Love of Music

EIn this episode we talk about the power of music, how it can shape mood, why electronic music is so special, burn out from things experienced over and over, the magic of nature sounds, and much more. What’s the difference between someone who only listens to one type of music and someone who appreciates a broad variety? Find out in this surprising episode. SHOW NOTES – When and why electronic music first spoke to Nic – How different kinds of music connect with your soul rhythm – The ability of music to alter your mood – Training and exercising with music – The power of experiencing live electronic music and how the energy is different than other types of music – Are you selling yourself short if you only listen to one type of music? – What song would you have playing in everyone’s head when you walk in a room? – Burn out caused by having music on all the time in the background without paying attention to it – Not taking music for granted and consciously focusing and apprec...

26 MIN2016 DEC 28
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Ep. 36: Electronic Buddhism: For Love of Music

Ep. 35: The Biggest Reality TV Show – the US Presidential Election

EThe world just can’t look away from the drama that’s defining the 2016 presidential election. And the most obvious factor is Donald Trump. But is he a genius marketing mastermind, making controversial statements on purpose? Or is he merely in the right place at the right time in history, causing many to overlook the otherwise outrageous or controversial? In this episode we’re discussing this and more, including people’s desperation to be part of a tribe, inherent distrust of authority, and a recent experience that altered Nic’s opinion of government. The answer might surprise you. Listen now. “When you’re born in this world you’re given a ticket to the freak show, and when you are born in America you’re given a front row seat.” – George Carlin Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – Donald Trump: Genius Mastermind or Lucky Idiot? – What Trump’s speech patterns say about him – Social cues that can imply the level of someone’s intelligence – ...

22 MIN2016 NOV 10
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Ep. 35: The Biggest Reality TV Show – the US Presidential Election

Ep. 34: Awareness of Your Full Potential

ESome people at the top of their game hit a point where they stop growing. This limits their potential – in life, knowledge, and the pursuit of so much more. Nic and Thomas discuss intelligence and the pitfalls of rigid thinking, how to keep an open mind, and the most important factor in your full potential: awareness. Are you sure you know where the gaps are in your knowledge? Learn ways you become aware and lots more in this week’s episode. Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – A definition of intelligence: the ability to recall information that you’ve put in it – The day you actually need to fear is the day you stop being aware of your own lack of knowledge – Thomas relates his first awareness of struggling with math at an early age – The paralyzing effects of not feeling as good at a school subject as your peers – Thomas’s later realization that he has an innate understanding of the “math” of music and polyrhythms – Could you be good at a s...

21 MIN2016 OCT 5
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Ep. 34: Awareness of Your Full Potential

Ep. 33: One Question for God

EWe almost didn’t release this one. We’re fully aware of the sensitive nature of some of the topics. But the whole point of this is the quest for an honest conversation, right? So here’s a mild warning that it’s probably not appropriate for a car ride with the kids. Check it out below. If you could meet God and ask one question what would it be? What does your God look like? These questions and more lead to a colorful discussion about gods, warriors, and ancient rituals, the limitations of the blunt medium of language when it comes to describing the divine, and whether you have to understand the nuances of a ritual in order to get the benefits. Plus find out how to avoid malaise after reaching the ceiling of a goal or amount of income you’ve been working towards…. Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes

23 MIN2016 SEP 19
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Ep. 33: One Question for God

Ep. 32: How to Get to Level 2 “Gen-jutsu”

EIn this episode Nic talks jiu jitsu, masters vs beginners, and how his workout approach has transformed in the last year. Find out what the Japanese idea of “Gen-jutsu” is, what it has to do with training and mindset, and how to pass Level 1. Check out this episode and explore with us: what are you not doing in your life regularly, that you KNOW would make your life better? When was the last time you did something to get out into nature for 5 days in a row? Today is day 1 for Thomas. Find out what happened here. “You need to internalize the structure or the framework before you can supersede it. Like if you’re a beginner in jiu jitsu, we were work with positional hierarchy, in which some positions are better to be in than others. But at the highest level, the elite guys can thwart that, they don’t have to adhere to that… But you have to EARN the right to be able to thwart the framework.” – Nic Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – The workout rou...

26 MIN2016 SEP 5
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Ep. 32: How to Get to Level 2 “Gen-jutsu”

Ep. 31: Midnight City

E“Why would the desert reveal such things to a stranger, when it knows that we have been here for generations?” said another of the chieftains. “Because my eyes are not yet accustomed to the desert,” the boy said. “I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Curious what outside (un-habituated) eyes see while they’re in America? How aware are you of the parts of your consciousness that are shaped as a result of your unique culture? Terence McKenna speaks of “cultural operating systems” and says travel (among other things) can open your eyes to it. But what if you can’t travel to see other cultures, or you’re curious what your own cultural operating system looks like… you can catch a glimpse through a stranger’s eyes. Find out how America fares during a midnight drive as our favorite outsider gives you insights about the uniquely American “operating system”. The conversation this week will make you think about the par...

22 MIN2016 AUG 21
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Ep. 31: Midnight City

Ep. 30: LA Real Throwback

EThis special episode of the show is a throwback to the first time the guys met. Before Digital Communion, Thomas and Nic were co-hosts of two different podcasts. During a trip to LA, Nic was invited by Thomas to be a guest on his show at the time, LA Real. An interesting conversation ensued, covering a diverse range of topics yoga, working out, losing your mind on drugs, being choked unconscious, male-modeling and much, much more. “…at that moment when I saw the flat-line I just passed out…” Watch or Listen below or get the Podcast free on iTunes

101 MIN2016 AUG 17
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Ep. 30: LA Real Throwback

Latest Episodes

Ep. 38 – Admiration And Intoxication

EDigital Communion #38 –‘Admiration and Intoxication’ Question: ‘Who do you admire most these days?’ This is an episode about admiration and its limits. What are the things we can or ‘should’ admire in others? Is it possible to admire ‘bad’ people in some way? Nic and Thomas then dig deeper and talk about the nature of success, the influence of technology on our opportunities, and how people can rationalize doing great harm to others and still manage to sleep at night. NOTES: The strange phenomenon that when you don’t want to know the answer, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the truth Nic explains why he admires Barack Obama Being remembered not for how you start things, but how you finish them The art of feeling people’s vibe and making snap judgements Why evil is so intoxicating, even when it seems so against our nature Making sense of Vladimir Putin Rick Doblin and using psychedelics for self-development Thomas explains why he admires Elon Musk Does success...

24 MIN2017 MAR 10
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Ep. 38 – Admiration And Intoxication

Ep. 37 – Specialization is for Insects

EThis week’s episode begins in the kitchen, but rapidly moves into the great outdoors and then on to some deep questions about the perils and perks of specialization. Can we be fulfilled as humans if we only master one skill? Or does the old cliché about being a Jack of All Trades hold true? From culinary Jiu Jitsu to powerful ideas on how to reforge the education system, this episode is as wide-ranging as it is thought-provoking. Question: ‘Do you think it’s important to be able to cook well?’ NOTES: What does your (in)ability to cook say about you? The personal rewards of harvesting and hunting your own food How much more well-rounded and actualized would we be if the education system included classes on how to manage your emotions? How far does traditional education impact the quality of our life experiences? Nic brings up quotes from two different ends of a spectrum: Robert Heinlein thought ‘specialization is for insects’, but Tim Ferriss claims that ‘the world rewards sp...

22 MIN2017 FEB 28
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Ep. 37 – Specialization is for Insects

Special Episode: The Hidden Why

EThis is a special episode, featuring Nic and Thomas in a three-way conversation with Leigh Martinuzzi, host of the very cool podcast The Hidden Why. Leigh’s show is all about peace, passion and purpose, with a good dose of humour and straight-talking along the way. All three come together to discuss and discover the game of life in all its beautiful complexity. SHOW NOTES: What does your god look like (and why)? Does following a religion rob you of your true individuality? How to choose and lose your beliefs Flow, meditation… and drinking binges Can we be committed to freedom yet still have vices, material and chemical? Finding the strength to let yourself off the leash, but not to then go chasing every rabbit that comes your way Information overload: are we reading and learning too much to be happy in the present moment? Why we should make the effort to schedule regular time in nature A powerful way to switch up how we approach our lives: not ‘I have to do this’, but ‘I get to...

69 MIN2017 FEB 20
Comments
Special Episode: The Hidden Why

Ep. 36: Electronic Buddhism: For Love of Music

EIn this episode we talk about the power of music, how it can shape mood, why electronic music is so special, burn out from things experienced over and over, the magic of nature sounds, and much more. What’s the difference between someone who only listens to one type of music and someone who appreciates a broad variety? Find out in this surprising episode. SHOW NOTES – When and why electronic music first spoke to Nic – How different kinds of music connect with your soul rhythm – The ability of music to alter your mood – Training and exercising with music – The power of experiencing live electronic music and how the energy is different than other types of music – Are you selling yourself short if you only listen to one type of music? – What song would you have playing in everyone’s head when you walk in a room? – Burn out caused by having music on all the time in the background without paying attention to it – Not taking music for granted and consciously focusing and apprec...

26 MIN2016 DEC 28
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Ep. 36: Electronic Buddhism: For Love of Music

Ep. 35: The Biggest Reality TV Show – the US Presidential Election

EThe world just can’t look away from the drama that’s defining the 2016 presidential election. And the most obvious factor is Donald Trump. But is he a genius marketing mastermind, making controversial statements on purpose? Or is he merely in the right place at the right time in history, causing many to overlook the otherwise outrageous or controversial? In this episode we’re discussing this and more, including people’s desperation to be part of a tribe, inherent distrust of authority, and a recent experience that altered Nic’s opinion of government. The answer might surprise you. Listen now. “When you’re born in this world you’re given a ticket to the freak show, and when you are born in America you’re given a front row seat.” – George Carlin Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – Donald Trump: Genius Mastermind or Lucky Idiot? – What Trump’s speech patterns say about him – Social cues that can imply the level of someone’s intelligence – ...

22 MIN2016 NOV 10
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Ep. 35: The Biggest Reality TV Show – the US Presidential Election

Ep. 34: Awareness of Your Full Potential

ESome people at the top of their game hit a point where they stop growing. This limits their potential – in life, knowledge, and the pursuit of so much more. Nic and Thomas discuss intelligence and the pitfalls of rigid thinking, how to keep an open mind, and the most important factor in your full potential: awareness. Are you sure you know where the gaps are in your knowledge? Learn ways you become aware and lots more in this week’s episode. Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – A definition of intelligence: the ability to recall information that you’ve put in it – The day you actually need to fear is the day you stop being aware of your own lack of knowledge – Thomas relates his first awareness of struggling with math at an early age – The paralyzing effects of not feeling as good at a school subject as your peers – Thomas’s later realization that he has an innate understanding of the “math” of music and polyrhythms – Could you be good at a s...

21 MIN2016 OCT 5
Comments
Ep. 34: Awareness of Your Full Potential

Ep. 33: One Question for God

EWe almost didn’t release this one. We’re fully aware of the sensitive nature of some of the topics. But the whole point of this is the quest for an honest conversation, right? So here’s a mild warning that it’s probably not appropriate for a car ride with the kids. Check it out below. If you could meet God and ask one question what would it be? What does your God look like? These questions and more lead to a colorful discussion about gods, warriors, and ancient rituals, the limitations of the blunt medium of language when it comes to describing the divine, and whether you have to understand the nuances of a ritual in order to get the benefits. Plus find out how to avoid malaise after reaching the ceiling of a goal or amount of income you’ve been working towards…. Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes

23 MIN2016 SEP 19
Comments
Ep. 33: One Question for God

Ep. 32: How to Get to Level 2 “Gen-jutsu”

EIn this episode Nic talks jiu jitsu, masters vs beginners, and how his workout approach has transformed in the last year. Find out what the Japanese idea of “Gen-jutsu” is, what it has to do with training and mindset, and how to pass Level 1. Check out this episode and explore with us: what are you not doing in your life regularly, that you KNOW would make your life better? When was the last time you did something to get out into nature for 5 days in a row? Today is day 1 for Thomas. Find out what happened here. “You need to internalize the structure or the framework before you can supersede it. Like if you’re a beginner in jiu jitsu, we were work with positional hierarchy, in which some positions are better to be in than others. But at the highest level, the elite guys can thwart that, they don’t have to adhere to that… But you have to EARN the right to be able to thwart the framework.” – Nic Watch or Listenbelow or get the Podcast freeoniTunes SHOW NOTES – The workout rou...

26 MIN2016 SEP 5
Comments
Ep. 32: How to Get to Level 2 “Gen-jutsu”

Ep. 31: Midnight City

E“Why would the desert reveal such things to a stranger, when it knows that we have been here for generations?” said another of the chieftains. “Because my eyes are not yet accustomed to the desert,” the boy said. “I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see.” -Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Curious what outside (un-habituated) eyes see while they’re in America? How aware are you of the parts of your consciousness that are shaped as a result of your unique culture? Terence McKenna speaks of “cultural operating systems” and says travel (among other things) can open your eyes to it. But what if you can’t travel to see other cultures, or you’re curious what your own cultural operating system looks like… you can catch a glimpse through a stranger’s eyes. Find out how America fares during a midnight drive as our favorite outsider gives you insights about the uniquely American “operating system”. The conversation this week will make you think about the par...

22 MIN2016 AUG 21
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Ep. 31: Midnight City

Ep. 30: LA Real Throwback

EThis special episode of the show is a throwback to the first time the guys met. Before Digital Communion, Thomas and Nic were co-hosts of two different podcasts. During a trip to LA, Nic was invited by Thomas to be a guest on his show at the time, LA Real. An interesting conversation ensued, covering a diverse range of topics yoga, working out, losing your mind on drugs, being choked unconscious, male-modeling and much, much more. “…at that moment when I saw the flat-line I just passed out…” Watch or Listen below or get the Podcast free on iTunes

101 MIN2016 AUG 17
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Ep. 30: LA Real Throwback
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