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Why do we exist? What are we supposed to do while we’re here? What is the nature of reality and what is the Self? How to Tickle Yourself is a podcast about the miracle of existence. It’s about spirituality, self-realization, and most of all - the joy of being a seeker. It’s where self-help meets philosophy, where we use the spark of inquiry to light your mind on fire. Learn how to tickle yourself, and you will discover your true purpose. And once you find that, the rest will take care of itself.

Season 1 is carved into 16 episodes, crafted to fit together like a 16-piece puzzle. We use controversy, storytelling, word origins, lyrics, writing, and ancient wisdom to explore each weekly topic. There’s even an actual puzzle to solve while you contemplate the most difficult puzzles of all, the puzzles of reality and the self. Join us each week as we put one more piece of the puzzle in place. Brought to you by Storic Media, How to Tickle Yourself was created and is hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter, with original theme music by the legendary Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson of the Sidemen with Steve Marriner on bass and drums, and in the mixing room.

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    • 4.3 • 6 Ratings

Why do we exist? What are we supposed to do while we’re here? What is the nature of reality and what is the Self? How to Tickle Yourself is a podcast about the miracle of existence. It’s about spirituality, self-realization, and most of all - the joy of being a seeker. It’s where self-help meets philosophy, where we use the spark of inquiry to light your mind on fire. Learn how to tickle yourself, and you will discover your true purpose. And once you find that, the rest will take care of itself.

Season 1 is carved into 16 episodes, crafted to fit together like a 16-piece puzzle. We use controversy, storytelling, word origins, lyrics, writing, and ancient wisdom to explore each weekly topic. There’s even an actual puzzle to solve while you contemplate the most difficult puzzles of all, the puzzles of reality and the self. Join us each week as we put one more piece of the puzzle in place. Brought to you by Storic Media, How to Tickle Yourself was created and is hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter, with original theme music by the legendary Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson of the Sidemen with Steve Marriner on bass and drums, and in the mixing room.

    6 - ANALYSIS PARALYSIS

    6 - ANALYSIS PARALYSIS

    People talk too much about the things that they think. We should spend our time doing things and then tell stories about the things we have done.

    Why do you think the happiest people you know aren’t the ones with the most control but the ones who are able to exercise freedom of choice in their lives? The ones who do whatever they want to do? The Quantified Self? Are you kidding me? That’s like sentencing yourself to life in the prison of your own mind.

    We should spend less time trying to calculate probabilities. We should spend less time in pursuit of certainty. We should spend less time trying to reduce risk. We should drop the quest for precision, once and for all. We should spend way more of our time embracing uncertainty and taking risks. You don’t need numbers to do either of those. You just need courage.

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick, Kyle Ferguson, and Steve Marriner

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min
    5 - THE TRAP OF TIME

    5 - THE TRAP OF TIME

    The place we want to get to is right here, right now, and there are no numbers that can adequately grasp now.

    Why is that?

    Because now is infinite. It cannot be captured quantitatively. Of all the tools we have created, numbers and mathematics and science are among the most powerful. They can tell us what happened (which doesn’t really matter anymore), or what might happen (which will always be a guess), but they can never tell us what is happening right now. Because as soon as you have started counting, the now that you were talking about is already gone, leaving you counting the past again.

    Life is and always will be a stream of surprises. We like time because we like to think that there is a pattern, which makes us hope that we can predict things. But we can’t. We shouldn’t even be trying.

    Nisargadaata Maharaj, who we will talk about in this episode, says that when we shake the illusion of time, we can shake the illusion of causality, and let creative freedom take its place.

    No one made you do anything. You did what you did. You get to choose, and you get to choose every single instant. You are the creator of your own reality. Time has nothing to do with it, nor does causation. It’s all about freedom.

    Just do what you need to do, in the moment, and everything else will follow.

     

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick, Kyle Ferguson, and Steve Marriner

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    4 - THERE IS NO EQUATION FOR ENLIGHTENMENT

    4 - THERE IS NO EQUATION FOR ENLIGHTENMENT

    This episode marks the end of our first quartile, which we named The Great Awakening. When you wake up, you haven’t “figured something out.” You have simply emerged from somewhere else, from sleep or perhaps a dream. But there is no equation for waking up. There is no equation for enlightenment. The answer is simply to be.

     

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick, Kyle Ferguson, and Steve Marriner

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min
    3 - THE ALTAR AT WHICH YOU PRAY

    3 - THE ALTAR AT WHICH YOU PRAY

    Pray at the altar of capitalism and you will find efficiency. Pray at the altar of science and you will find precision. Pray at the altar of the Self and you will find Grace - gentility, affability, elegance, ease, benevolence, and beauty. I know which altar I pray at. Which is yours?

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson 

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 52 min
    2 - THE PRECISION PARADOX

    2 - THE PRECISION PARADOX

    We keep trying to count our way to enlightenment. The experts tell us to evaluate each other based on the numbers that can be assigned to us: Our annual sales performance, our IQ, or our influencer rating. While it obviously makes sense to incorporate selective measurement into the decisions we make, it doesn’t make sense to overweight those things we can easily measure while underweighting those that we can’t—particularly those things that make us human, such as our level of awareness or our attitude. In other words, our state of mind.

    The journey to self-discovery is not a calculation. When you ask, Is this my Self? Who is having this experience? Who am I? The answer to those questions is not a number.

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson 

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 55 min
    1 - THE MOST DIFFICULT PUZZLE OF ALL TIME

    1 - THE MOST DIFFICULT PUZZLE OF ALL TIME

    Episode 1 of 16 is called The Most Difficult Puzzle of All Time. When you do a cardboard puzzle, you are trying to assemble an image. So what would be the most difficult puzzle of all time? That would be grasping reality itself. Every single puzzle you have ever done in your life is just a warmup for the big kahuna, the one that, when assembled, answers the question Who Am I?

    Hosted by Duff McDonald and Matt McButter

    Theme music by Paul Reddick and Kyle Ferguson 

    Featuring Music from Chris Zabriskie

    More info at StoricMedia.com

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

WestTide92 ,

Love this podcast

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and think Duff is great. So glad to have found this series.

Dr. Balthazar Rocks ,

Great New Show

I love this show - I’m trying to figure out the puzzle they’re putting together!

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