Michael Trainer, founder of Peak Mind, is a social movement innovator who co-created Global Citizen, a music festival dedicated to ending poverty that gathers 70k people in Central Park every year through their own social actions. With musical performances by artists including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, the Black Keys, the Foo Fighters and many others, the festival has raised billions of dollars for the World's poorest people. Peak Mind, Michael's latest endeavor, was created after his father was diagnosed with dementia, as a way to bring the peak minds of our time together to help those all over the world live happier, healthier lives and inspire them to their highest potential.

Michael Trainer, founder of Peak Mind, is a social movement innovator who co-created Global Citizen, a music festival dedicated to ending poverty that gathers 70k people in Central Park every year through their own social actions. With musical performances by artists including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, the Black Keys, the Foo Fighters and many others, the festival has raised billions of dollars for the World's poorest people. Peak Mind, Michael's latest endeavor, was created after his father was diagnosed with dementia, as a way to bring the peak minds of our time together to help those all over the world live happier, healthier lives and inspire them to their highest potential.

Michael Trainer, founder of the social action platform Peak Mind and host of the Peak Mind podcast, is one of the biohacking all-stars that I had the opportunity to talk to during Bulletproof Upgrade Labs’ annual conference. 

We talked about nature as a spiritual practice, the problem with unindividuated masculinity, and “the shaman problem” during our lightning round, but it just left me craving more of Michael’s insights into spirituality, plant medicine, and the world.

So I sat down with him again to learn about the critical importance of building life-changing relationships, as it relates to our health and happiness, and how the reintroduction of spiritual practices and plant medicines into our society is playing a role in a new global awakening – as well as how the perversion and misuse of these spiritual tools is leading to a lot of faux-wakenings.

This episode gets pretty heavy, and it’s highly critical of some sects of the spiritual community that likely have good intentions, but it’s probably one of the most important conversations we’ve had on the show so far.


 TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:

  • Michael’s new book about how to build life-changing relationships in the 21st century

  • Making giving (not taking) the norm

  • The most significant corollary to your long term health and happiness

  • The profound loneliness created by our digital world

  • Living your life as a gift

  • Overcoming imposter syndrome and insecurities

  • Hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his birthday

  • What is happiness?

  • The eulogy exercise

  • The difference between proper and improper plant medicine use

  • Being ushered into a new global awakening

  • The physical, mental, and spiritual preparations you need to make to use plant medicines productively

  • Michael’s vision for the future of Peak Minds + his plans to host the largest online meditation ever

  • Connecting meditation to reforestation

  • Gamifying the evolution of consciousness



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