Wonderment

By Mia Quagliarello | The search for meaning and delight in all its forms. This magazine is built on a feeling.

How A Synesthetic Artist Sees Sounds And Turns Music Into Paintings

<i>Artist Christina Eve has synesthesia, a rare neurological condition that entwines the senses. In Christina Eve's case, she sees sounds. Last year she sent me a handful of her colorful paintings she made based on music she heard and the visions she had when she listened. I was so fascinated by the</i> …

Visual Art

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

The Brain

What Is Energy Work? We Investigate This Wellness Phenomenon

Energy work is one of the buzzwords that's made its way into the common knowledge via the lexicon of wellness. According to Pinterest, energy work is …

Why Ibiza Is a New Hot Spot for Healing

The Spanish island known for its hard-partying ways is calling to another kind of pleasure-seeker. And this one is lured by the sound of the gong, rather than DJ beats. Ruby Warrington, the New York–based astrologer and author of <i>Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High-Vibe Life</i>, …

This Energy Whisperer's Tips Will Make You Feel Amazing—Crazy, We Know

It’s hard work to feel energised and positive all the time. Some days we just want to slump in front of Netflix and ignore our emails, which is fine …

What does an LSD-style drug-induced 'higher state of consciousness' feel like?

The effects of psychedelic drugs can lead to colours seeming more vivid and things seeming more beautiful, finds <b>Rosalind Stone</b><p>My favourite trip was in Richmond Park in 2014. I took 100 micrograms of 1P-LSD, a designer LSD analogue which was legal in the UK until May 2016. The acid come-up starts in …

Consciousness

Watch Bob Ross Paint Nightmares With the Help of a Neural Network

Ever since Google released the neural network DeepDream in 2015, we've learned that AI is capable of creating things that are far trippier (and far …

Why women are turning to energy healing for a mind-body reboot

<i>This week on The Plus Factor, we’re exploring energy healing’s ascent to mainstream status—and why those in the know insist it’s here to stay.</i><p>A few …

Meet the psychedelics-obsessed scientist who wanted to learn dolphins’ language

Blame it on the LSD<p>In the quixotic quest for the self, few have gone as far (or far out) as neurophysiologist Dr. John C. Lilly (1915–2001). “I have …

Munay is an energetic power that exceeds Physical Power

One of the most recognized words in the Quechua language is the word Munay. But what is the meaning and significance of the word? Munay in the …

Oxytocin enhances spirituality: The biology of awe

Oxytocin has been dubbed the "love hormone" for its role promoting social bonding, altruism and more. Now new research suggests the hormone may also …

Life

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Better Better Off

Is There Any Truth to Reading People’s Auras? We Investigate

STYLECASTER<p>Much like crystal healing, chakras, and astrology, auras and their energy are largely invisible, and so require a slight leap of faith to …

Spirituality

Carlos Santana: ‘You can get high on what’s within you’

The musician, 68, on Woodstock, being discriminated against at school and making people cry with one note<p><b>Music is in my blood.</b> My father was a mariachi musician. He played the old Tijuana sound. I started learning the violin when I was five and when we moved to Tijuana from Jalisco, I started …

This Interactive Chart Will Show You When and How You're Most Likely to Die

They say Jan. 18 — or Blue Monday — is the most depressing day of the year, but they're wrong. The most depressing day of the year is today, because …

Cancer

"And Vinyly" Offers To Turn Your Cremains Into LPs

Ashes to ashes, dub to dub<p>Is your vinyl addiction terminal? For the aurally-inclined there's a tasteful alternative to caskets or urns (or diamonds …

Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life

“When you’re dead, the pond will be gone, too — at least for you.”<p><i>“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,”</i> Rilke wrote in contemplating how befriending our mortality can help us feel more alive. …

Lost Dreamers

Dreamers

This company lets you press human ashes to vinyl

"Live on beyond the groove" is the slogan of a company which allows you turn your deceased loved ones ashes into vinyl.<p>Vinyly - which has actually …

When Art Is an Act of Survival

Melissa Broder of So Sad Today finds solace in Ernest Becker’s The Denial of Death and in her own creative process.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled</b> …

Outdoor Photographer of the Year finalists announced, in pictures - Telegraph

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Music Production

These Psychedelic GIFs Show the Future of Brain Mapping

Brain mapping in the most psychedelic visual of all.<p>In 1956, Aldous Huxley and psychiatrist Humphry Osmond were in the throes of a multi-year struggle to come up with a term to describe the mind-altering effects of mescaline when Osmond suggested the neologism "psychedelic," drawing its roots from …

New book captures pop culture moments that scream love

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion and style have forever been in bed with film, television and music, especially the moments that scream love.<p>We all have our …

Lose Yourself in These Iridescent Embroidered Mandalas

Gao Rong's sculptures blend Chinese tradition with experimental embroidery.<p>Chinese artist Cao Rung is a seamstress of the utmost skill, receiving accolades for a hyperrealistic recreation of her grandparents' home constructed entirely with embroidered cloth. Contrasting <i>The Static Eternity</i>, an …

I zapped my brain's pleasure center with electric headphones

Behind the scenes at Engadget, my nickname is "Mr. Chill" because I'm the most permanently-wound member of the team. That's why I had to meet Nervana, a company promising to use music to send pleasure signals to my brain. The firm, based in Boca Raton, claims to have discovered a way to excite the …