Hey, I’m Tony Balbin, the founder of Warrior.do. I’m going to tell you a little about myself, which relates to the story behind warrior.do
Like so many stories, mine starts with heartbreak. In 2012, after breaking off an engagement just months before the wedding, I dove into one of the worst bouts of depression of my life. To cope with the painful heartbreak, I turned towards mindfulness meditation.
The simple practice gave me shreds of peace amongst the madness that filled my life at the time. Little did I know it would eventually become the rabbit hole leading me into the strange, reality-bending world I explore on this site.
While practicing meditation, I eventually stumbled upon the works of other famous seekers such as Alan Watts, Ram Dass, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Joseph Campbell, and Terence McKenna. Within a year, I bulldozed through hundreds of lectures and books by these individuals outlining their insights about the mysteries of the cosmos.
They often spoke of their use of certain plant tools to realize these insights. This lead me into the world of psychedelics, and in 2014 I journeyed to the Amazon to take part in a series of Ayahuasca ceremonies. As advertised, the tool shattered my reality and for the first time in my life, a profound spark occurred where I experienced:
- A complete loss of self
- Transcendence of time and space
- Overwhelming feelings of love and acceptance
- A deep connection with the cosmos
In their book Stealing Fire, Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal reference this state from a Greek word called ecstasis – the act of “stepping beyond oneself.” These brief moments of ecstasis are what many describe as what makes life worth living.
People often walk away from these events confused, unable to articulate the experience. Our culture offers little support to those wanting to learn and further explore these shifts in consciousness. Most academics brush it off as nonsense, corporates label it as a waste of time, friends may think you’ve gone crazy.
In my own life, I was left with far more questions than answers:
- What’s going on in the brain when someone has a mystical experience?
- Are there other tools that can reliably and safely trigger ecstasis?
- Can these tools be used to treat the growing mental health crisis around the world?
- Are there layers of reality more subtle and mysterious than traditional science currently holds true?
I decided then and there to quit my soul-crushing corporate job, travel the world, and find answers to these questions.
How Warrior.do Began
Over the past few years, I’ve traveled to dozens of countries, picked the minds of numerous experts, and experimented with countless consciousness hacking tools – from plant medicines giving 7 years worth of therapy in a single night, to brainwave technology entrain the mind to zen like states, to ancient breathing methods that place one into a profound states of peace and tranquility.
I created Warrior.do as a way to share my insights, giving readers like yourself a better understanding of topics typically wrapped in mystery. These topics are divided into three broad categories:
- Floatation Tanks
- Brainwave Entrainment
- Brain Stimulation
- Virtual Reality
- Subtle Energy Detection
- Holotropic Breathwork
- Lucid Dreaming
- Dream Yoga
- Shamanic Drumming
- Ecstatic Dance
Thanks so much for checking out this site. If any of this has struck a chord with you, I’d love to have you join me and our Warrior tribe. Click the button below to get started.