How copyright lawsuits are threatening a beloved hipster instrument

Handpan Hang Drum Legal Lawsuit Plagiarism

For the past two decades, sounds of steel have enchanted town squares and subway stations all over the world. Mysterious, melancholy, meditative, and unfailingly fascinating.

Passers-by turn their heads to locate the source of these uncommon sounds. They linger, savor the sweet melodies, and perhaps donate to the busker fortunate…


And why these experiences can be so disturbing

Do you dread going to sleep at night, afraid of what might happen when falling asleep, or during the night? Do you regularly experience a sense of not being at ease in your body, or in your surroundings? …


Psychedelic ego death and its strange aftermath

Psychedelic ego death experiences can lead to disenchantment and suffering

You have probably heard of bad trips: scary psychedelic experiences that may stay with you for some time afterward, but that gradually diminish in strength.

And then there are psychedelic voyages that result in psychosis. For people experiencing this, it can seem like their trip never ended.

But there is…


The tl;dr answer: it kind of depends on your definition of the term, but probably not.

Ego Death Enlightenment

The very question, “Am I now enlightened, for making it through this overwhelming, yet essentially elective and recreational experience?” and the fact that it is so often posed after surviving an experience of ego death, is kind of telling. Let’s get into it.

To understand what we are even talking…


Practicing kindness towards every single perception lets you see past the fundamental delusion of separation

I have often thought that the world could be divided into two types of people. The ones who have trouble practicing kindness towards themselves, and the ones who experience difficulty practicing it towards others. …

Merijn de Haen

Meditation student, and sometimes teacher.

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