“Narcissism is perfectly fine, we all have it, we need it. There's nothing wrong with it, but it has to be well integrated in the totality of the persona.”


This episode explores how to be the best we can be and why we’re on this journey. Our guest, David, with 30 years of research, shares wisdom from various beliefs like Christianity, Buddhism, and more. He also looks into science and the human mind. We ask big questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What’s our purpose? It’s a deep conversation that could change how you see your path to being your best self. Tune in and uncover secrets about reaching our full potential and understanding our true selves.


[00:01:07] Reaching peak performance and potential

[00:06:02] Mystical experiences with music

[00:08:23] The desire for transcendence

[00:13:16] The search for transcendence

[00:20:03] The dangerous side of spirituality

[00:22:39] Narcissism and self-image

[00:27:32] The dark side of healing

[00:32:08] The fantasy of power

[00:37:23] Integrating different parts of ourselves

[00:41:07] Overlooked elements in different cultures

[00:46:07] The bio-archer’s understanding of systems

[00:51:21] Love is the answer

[00:56:47] Practices and frameworks

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David Verdesi has dedicated his life to the phenomenology of human potential. Extensive research into wisdom traditions, including the concepts of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Kabbalism, compared with methods of askesis in anthropology, psychology, neurobiology, and quantum physics, have allowed Verdesi to configure an algorithm that navigates the human psyche.


His continued research combined with culminated years of travels as well as practice disciplines including yoga, kung fu, pranayama, tantra, qigong, and several years in remote solitary meditations, have given him a deep understanding of the individuation process, altered states of consciousness to the realization of wholeness.

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