What Nobody Is Considering About The Modern-Day Psychedelic Movement



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This may be controversial in some perceptions, but authentic truth is so important to me that I had to share this for deeper reflection. It’s especially important in a time where psychedelic substances like mushrooms, ayahuasca, peyote and so forth are becoming quite popular. I believe we are losing sight of what they actually do and what their true purpose is to some extent.

There is no such thing as a shortcut to enlightenment. We might think that because we gain insight during an experience, that the journey is done. The reason why this is not the case is because it’s what you do with that insight that makes all the difference. You will see this sentiment further explained by Graham Hancock below.

My main calling in life is to help expand consciousness and possibility. This is what I have been doing  since founding CE 9 years ago and what I see myself doing until my heart makes it clear a new path is turning up. Given that, I am all for anything that helps expand consciousness. I’m not for nor against any of these substances we call psychedelics. I am “If you are drawn to it authentically in your heart, do it.”

Side note: I recorded a podcast with my friend Mark DeNicola you can listen to here on this subject.

I feel it’s important to spend time getting in tune with your heart and finding out what direction it is guiding you. Unfortunately, I feel we are spending more time trying things all over the place from the space of the mind because we are afraid to quiet our minds.

With various consciousness expanding methods available to us, you may get a glimpse of what it is like beyond the mind, but if we do not practice being in the heart, we are not going to change from the experience and challenges we have with any of these substances, or any other methods for that matter.

For the record, I’ve not done psychedelics. I’ve not been drawn to them in my heart and so I have not done them. I’ve chosen a path to expand my consciousness through meditation, breath work and practice, and that has worked well for me. Thus, I have not needed to do psychedelics. What I mean by this will be clear as we go on. (If you check out at this point, you will miss the important sentiment I find many people are not conscious of which makes up the wisdom of this article.)

Finally, I’m writing this because I feel the full story is often not shared. Many people claim all the crazy experiences and benefits they had, but rarely talk about the fact nothing changed the first 3  or 5 times they did it. Also because all too often we hear ‘the coolest stories of all time without asking the big question:’

“I was out of my body and seeing all these colors and beings and I saw the trees breathing etc etc.”

This sounds cool, you expanded beyond daily reality which is great. I have also seen these things. But I know that just as one can see these things through meditation, what does that do to help create a lasting change in your life and evolve beyond the struggles you experience on a daily basis?

I’ve always been quiet about talking about the ‘fascinating’ things or beings I see etc. The reason is I find it distracts people immensely from why they want to do something and it makes them focus on the trip itself. One can have, and I have had, a full out of body experience through 20 minutes of breath work, but is that why one would do breath work? Is that going to help us clear out the emotional challenges we face?

That’s for each one of us to reflect on and decide within ourselves.

Ultimately, what is the reason we do them? To have a trip? To work through our emotional blockages?

An Overuse Crisis?

I’ve not heard this from just myself, but from the spirit of the plants themselves and from many others who have come across the same conclusions. We are in a period where overuse of these substances is extreme. Anytime we want clarity we turn to them. Anytime we think someone should shift their consciousness we tell them to do it. We use them 1, 3, 7 or even 10 times per year. In many cases, we are acting with these plants EXACTLY the way we do in the pharmaceutical world. We’re looking for that quick fix. And we have tossed self-mastery and daily care and practice aside.

We keep saying, “but nature is here to help us!” But to that I ask us to reflect: we already know we have challenges, right? So we know we have to be active in making changes in our everyday life, right? So we need to then develop a practice and self-mastery to make that happen daily, right? So why are we viewing what nature provided as a means to justify our lack of commitment to practice and instead want a quick fix? Herbs are here on this planet to help heal our bodies if we get sick. But they aren’t here so we can use them every time we get sick due to the fact we still want to smoke, drink alcohol, eat processed foods, etc. all day long. Nature is here to support us, not awaken us.

Psychedelics were used back in a time when the level of consciousness of the planet was not as high, which helped give insight to shamans so they could share it with their communities. It was meant for use in extreme cases where heavy trauma or addictions existed and people could not use other ways to work through their emotional challenges. Here in present time, we use them in a western fashion as THE GO TO for moving through all of our challenges. I’m here to remind you that you have so much power and ability as a being that in most cases, you don’t need any of these things to evolve. I’m not suggesting don’t do it, I’m simply saying truly ask your heart what you want, and don’t get caught up in the grand allure and peer pressure.

I made it a point to prove to myself that it was possible to quickly and easily create noticeable shifts within people and give them a practice to continue with. I developed a 5 day challenge using concepts I’ve learned and developed over 8 years of practice. I’ve put 180,000 people through these 5 days and most people have reported very powerful emotional shifts and life changes in these 5 days alone. This is great news. But did they last? That is something that is never up to the method or the plant, but up to the person, and this is my point. While I have heard a number of amazing stories of lasting changes from this challenge, I have no idea how many lasted for a long time. What I do know is the challenge was designed around self mastery and practice, giving us the tools to carry forth long after it was complete from within ourselves.

Misconceptions

One misconception we have to begin to explore is that taking these substances don’t suddenly reveal to us all the secrets of the universe. They do precisely what other altered states do – they provide insight into what the space of awareness is beyond your mind. In some cases, they also tap you into the astral field, which isn’t the source of grand truth even though we sometimes see it that way.

Like masters, yogis and meditators of our past, we know we can achieve deep states of consciousness and tap into truth quite easily while sober, it just takes some time to do so. How much? Depends on what you are doing, but one can achieve a silent mind in just 20 minutes of breathing.

Regardless, it doesn’t matter whether you are a master meditator, veteran psychedelic user, a yogi master or whatever other method we may use sober or not, none of it matters if we are not actively doing what it takes to change our lives on a daily basis based on what we see during our experiences.

People have sometimes assumed that when I share what I share about self-mastery I am stating that only psychedelic users bypass the work they need to do, but this isn’t true at all. I do know some people who have chosen the psychedelic path and have made incredible changes within their first session, and I have known people who have chosen breath work paths who’ve done the same in the first session. I’ve also known people from both categories who have a great trip/experience but deal with the same challenges for many years to come because there is a lack of integration and self empowerment.

An Incredible Story

Many of my friends have experienced psychedelics, and I have had the pleasure to hear so many people’s stories in the 10 years that I have been in the consciousness exploration space. I have noticed a ton of common trends and specifically have seen that there is an unbalanced perspective being spread quite a bit that I feel requires some grounding.

I decided to jump on a podcast with my friend Mark DeNicola who shares a very insightful story about his journey using mushrooms and ayahuasca.

He shares his take aways from his experiences and what mama ayahuasca told him about ayahuasca use in the modern world. He also shares how you can explore if the journey is right for you.

Grounding The Subject

Since about 8 years ago I have been fascinated with observing the research coming out about psilocybin and watching others as they use psychedelics for spiritual development. I can tell you, it absolutely can be an effective path. But I have found this to be few and far between and I feel I know why. It truly comes down to the fact that no method in this world suddenly gets rid of all of your challenges. It takes time and a practice to authentically make it go. The trouble is, many are not wiling to do that work.

As Mark mentioned in the podcast, he would ask people thinking about it “If you knew that the ceremony would not get rid of all your challenges you have now that you want gone, and that you would have to do work after to truly clear them, would you still want to do it?”

This of course is not a deterrent, but an authentic question around what the purpose of these substances are.

I wanted to bring up some common challenges I have noticed that just don’t seem to be talked about enough as many don’t share the full story of their journeys. I believe this misleads people. Again, these aren’t negative things, they are calls for us to take responsibility for our evolution within and truly ask “Is what we are doing to help change our lives truly working?”

  • I’ve noticed some great changes in some, but in most cases I have not observed a lasting effect in users, simply because there is no self work after. (I can say the same about spiritual retreats in general)
  • It appears common to feel incredible 1 to 3 weeks after, but go back to the same struggles. Again, because you don’t suddenly get rid of everything during any method, I believe this is due to a lack of practice and action.
  • It’s common for people to state “I puked out all my demons and challenges, and now they are gone.” But that’s not what seems to be the case as in many cases the same challenges and patterns continue on for that person long after the ceremony. More on this on the podcast!
  • Many people I have seen use Ayahuasca 15 – 30 times, seem to ‘get worse’ the more they do it. This of course doesn’t happen to all. Again, I feel this comes down to lack of self work and thinking the plant will do all the work.
  • I don’t mean this in a negative way, but a ‘cult like’ mentality seems to form and many users aggressively try and convince everyone in the world this is the only path to enlightenment and that it will change the world if we all do it.

The Podcast

Check out the podcast here for the full story, some amazing insight and how to explore whether or not your path could include a journey like this.

I share once more because so many people ask me this question, there is no right or wrong here. We don’t need to feel that if we do them or don’t do them we are somehow wrong or missing out. You’re not on a more purposeful path one way or another. If you want to find out if any experience is right for you, look in your heart, develop that relationship.

My goal is to help others be TRULY empowered. I wrote this because I’m not seeing enough of that happen within others as we give the power to things outside ourselves. This is a reminder.


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Artists to build modern world’s largest hanging gardens since Babylon (Video)

Known as one of the seven wonders of the world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were a spectacular feat of ancient engineering. Now French artistic collective Les Machines de L’ile are building what might be the largest hanging garden built since Babylon, towering 114 feet high and spreading out over 160 feet in diameter. Watch this video explaining the collective’s L’Arbre aux Hérons (The Heron’s Tree):

Based out of Nantes, France, Les Machines de L’ile was born out of the collaboration between the duo of François Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice, who were the creative minds behind the construction of this fantastical, mechanical metropolis in Nantes. This world of actual mechanical wonders was inspired by the works of Nantes native and writer Jules Verne and Leonardo Da Vinci. The Heron’s Tree is intended as a third in a series of imaginative, kinetic installations, which include the Grand Elephant and the Galerie des Machines (Machine Gallery) in 2007, the Carousel of the Sea Worlds in 2012, all of which are situated in the city’s shipyards, adjacent to the River Loire.

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Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile
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Les Machines de L’ileLes Machines de L’ile/Video screen capture

The Heron’s Tree will consist of a huge, tree-like steel structure that will be located in an unused granite quarry. Preliminary sketches of the design have two mechanical herons that will alight beside two platforms to carry visitors on a predetermined route. In addition, visitors will be able to walk on some of the Tree’s branches, in the midst of a network of hanging plants that give that impression of a delightful garden. So far, partial prototypes and studies of the design have been built and are on display at the Galerie des Machines. The designers say:

Not unlike a tree, its construction is a living process. [..] Until the final months of its growth and the expansion of its foliage, the final struts that have been planted will begin to lower their loads, like the sprouting roots of a giant Banyan tree. The Tree’s mechanical menagerie will continue to grow and evolve throughout its life. 
During the 4 phases of construction, the Galerie des Machines will be a space where you can share and talk about the artistic adventure of the Heron Tree.

Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile
Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile
Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile
Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile

It’s an ambitious project that will be slated to open by 2022. This cultural tour de force is being crowdfunded via Kickstarter — you can donate there or to find out more, visit Facebook and Les Machines de L’ile.

Les Machines de L’ile© Les Machines de L’ile

[Via: This Is Colossal]

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Modern culture’s sexual attitudes and its effects on younger generations

guy and girl in field

    

2018 so far has seen an explosion of awareness and discussion surrounding sexual misconduct and the wider context of sexual attitudes in our culture. Social media campaigns such as #MeToo and #IBelieveHer have highlighted society’s inability to mix “modern progressive” sexual attitudes with respect for the dignity of the human individual. I would go as far as to say that the two are incompatible and even assert that it is these very same “progressive” attitudes, anchored in moral relativism that cause the problems these movements seek to address.

There exists a prevailing logic on the modern college campus that anything goes as long as it is “consensual”. Such attitudes fail our youth and create what I would call a culture of sexual self-harm. Consent while obviously necessary in all cases should not be the gold moral standard for sexual activity. We all know too well that increasingly many young men and indeed some young women view the opposite sex as mere objects for their own sexual gratification, a means to a sexual end. As the saying goes; “men use love to get sex and women use sex to get love”. But this is not genuine love, it is exploitation plain and simple. Love is to will the best in the other, what’s best is not short-term gratification but rather long-term commitment, i.e. unconditional unwavering love (typically to be found within marriage).

Yes, we must accept that humans have free will, but that does not mean we should shy away from giving justified criticism of our peers’ behaviour. Promiscuous behaviour is a freedom of course, but that doesn’t mean that our actions do not have consequences, consequences for which often one should have to take personal responsibility for. It’s easy for anyone to look at events in Northern Ireland or Hollywood and to be outraged when you hear about the abuses of sexuality that people (women especially) suffer around the globe, what’s not so easy is to propose decent solutions to fix the culture from which such problems arise.

Deputy Ruth Coppinger seeks to do just that. While her intentions might be noble I believe her new Bill (“Objective Sexual Education Bill 2018”), which would remove any ethos from sexual education and include topics such as consent and alternate sexualities, would not only set our youth further down the path of sexual self-harm but seriously violate the rights of parents and the religious freedom of our nations Catholic schools. Article 42 of the Irish Constitution makes clear that; “the primary and natural educator of the child is the Family and guarantees to respect the inalienable right and duty of parents to provide, according to their means, for the religious and moral, intellectual, physical and social education of their children…… due regard, …… for the rights of parents, especially in the matter of religious and moral formation.” Deputy Coppingers’ Bill would seek to push her worldview on, “gender theory”, abortion and sexual orientation onto parents who chose to send their children to Catholic Schools. Article 42 thankfully exists to protect the Family and Church from such state overreach.

This new sexual culture did not arise from nowhere, recently schools have often taken the backseat to TV and even more so the internet when it comes to informing young people’s attitudes towards such matters.

Thankfully alternatives do exist. Recently I had the pleasure of listening to a presentation by Anna Halpine of World Youth Alliance (an accredited NGO working with the UN) at a conference in Rome. She put forward the merits of the WYA Human Dignity Curriculum, this holistic sexual education programme has been adopted by Croatia and various locations in the USA. In such a programme, students learn what it means to be a young man or women not just from a biological but also an anthropological lens. They deal with topics such as “biological development of the two sexes” “Human Dignity and Freedom”, “Habits for Human Excellence” and “the Hierarchy of Living Beings”. These later three points are key distinctions between the Human Dignity Curriculum and Coppingers’ Bill. The WYA programme emphasises that humans are capable of rational higher thought, that we have an innate God given dignity and what separates us from the animal kingdom is our ability to resist and transcend our base animalistic urges.

We need to build a society where young people understand male empowerment not as the quantity of their sexual conquests but rather quality of responsibility and self-sacrifice, and female empowerment not as displaying promiscuity but rather displaying one’s virtue and intellect. This is what I was taught at home and at school and hold true to this day. Yes, many laughed when our middle-aged male secondary school teacher came in and wrote “ABSTINENCE” in big blue marker across the whiteboard. Some said “that’s too difficult” or “in an ideal world maybe” but believe it or not most students in that Kerry classroom silently nodded and knew he had a point. He taught us that everything had a purpose and a context, and so too did human sexuality.

Obviously human beings aren’t perfect, we all fall in lesser or worse ways, but it’s our ability to pick ourselves up and strive towards an ideal that helps us grow. Coppinger and her socialist allies seek to simply reject this ideal. It is comparable to a high jump athlete lowering the bar rather than training to jump higher. The answer to this crisis is not to pump up our young girls with hormonal drugs and throw condoms at our young men, then act outraged when the inevitable disastrous consequences arise.

If sexual intimacy were a currency it would have certainly lost its value, the easy supply of meaningless sex in our modern “hook-up” culture and easy access to disturbing sexual material online puts us as a society in uncharted territory with negative social consequences to follow for our generation. Consequences such as skyrocketing rates of divorce, single motherhood, sexually transmitted diseases and depression.

This “modern progressive” sexual culture can also go a long way to explaining why young men today are seemingly so afraid or dismissive of commitment. The culture of promiscuity that certain brands of feminism promote does more to hurt women than liberate them. It removes the human relationship element of physical intimacy. This type of feminism is just a blank cheque to certain men with questionable motives and a clear lack of respect for women, to use women and the next morning discard them.

We should have the conviction and honesty to say to our young people that you probably will not find Prince Charming or Cinderella on Tinder, meaningless sex will not give you a true sense of fulfilment or happiness and pornography will not teach you anything meaningful about real human relationships.

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NYT’s Goodstein Falsely Accuses ‘Anti-Islam Groups Like ACT’ of ‘Modern-Day McCarthyism’

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Modern Newspeak: How internet giants censor us to make sure we only hear what they want

Internet censorship

    

It’s not breaking news that the internet censors have been hard at work to silence voices that are in opposition to the mainstream media agenda. But after the influence that social media had on the last election, things are going to a whole new level. The internet, that last bastion of truly free speech, isn’t very free anymore.

We’re watching the evolution of Newspeak right before our very eyes as the internet strives to silence any voices that oppose their carefully crafted stories of how guns are bad, there are 291 genders, and anyone who isn’t a liberal is an evil Nazi racist.

If you aren’t familiar with the term “Newspeak,” it’s from George Orwell’s prophetic novel, 1984.

“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by exactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten. . . . The process will still be continuing long after you and I are dead. Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. Even now, of course, there’s no reason or excuse for commiting thought-crime. It’s merely a question of self-discipline, reality-control. But in the end there won’t be any need even for that. . . . Has it ever occcured to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?” (source)

YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook have all been participating in a full-on purge of not just conservative voices, but the voices of anyone who is loudly anti-establishment. Any internet personality who is pro-gun or anti-socialism can fully expect to be censored. If you go against the agenda, you will be silenced.

Apparently, we have become too discerning for their liking and we can’t be trusted to hear both sides of the story and decide what seems most accurate.

Let me preface this: It isn’t about being a fan of websites like Infowars or Natural News. It’s about being a fan of free speech. It’s about getting the truth instead of a carefully scripted narrative.

In this video, Ben Swann, who is mercifully back from a long, unexplained hiatus, gives us the facts on how the internet censors are striving to ensure we hear only one side of the story.

I’m certainly not in the same category as Mike Adams or Alex Jones, who have hundreds of thousands of followers, but even I have experienced this censorship. Facebook frequently refuses to allow me to pay to boost posts that might be controversial in nature, Back in 2016, I posted an article containing 2 videos, one of which was quickly removed from YouTube. It was about the threat of civil unrest to the Milwaukee suburbs after a cop killed a black man. The media portrayed the man’s sister as warmly trying to prevent the unrest, urging people not to burn down their own neighborhoods. But they cut her rant right before she urged people to burn down the suburbs instead. I quoted her as saying:

Burnin down sh*t ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it. We need our food. We need our gas. Y’all wanna hurt somebody you take that sh*t further out! (source)

But somehow, I was the one who was in the doghouse for quoting what she said and showing both of the videos. My article was reported as “hate speech” a number of times and Facebook removed it. Not only did they remove it, they banned me from posting for a week, giving me a “warning” about hate speech. I also got put in Facebook jail once when someone asked what Godwin’s Law was and I used the word Nazi because it hurt someone’s feelings who was from Germany when I said the word “Hitler.” I could not make this stuff up.

A lot of you may be wondering why alternative media sources use social media at all, and the answer is – we have to if we want to be heard. If we want to be competitive and we want our stories to be out there, we must go where the people are. And there are millions of people on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

But purges like this are why it’s particularly important that you sign up for email lists if you want to hear the real stories. (You can sign up for mine right here.) And even then, it isn’t a guarantee you won’t be the victim of censors. During the election, for research purposes, I signed up for both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s email lists. Clinton’s ended up in my inbox without fail, while Trump’s went to my spam folder, no matter how often I marked it as “not spam.”

This is something we have to stop now. We have to speak up and let these social media outlets know that we aren’t going to put up with their censorship and their control of the national narrative.

We’re watching 1984 unfold right before our very eyes.

Daisy is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting, homeschooling blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. Daisy is the publisher of The Cheapskate’s Guide to the Galaxy, a monthly frugality newsletter, and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. She is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find Daisy on Facebook,Pinterest, andTwitter.

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Bachelor’s compact 355 sq. ft. apartment gets a modern makeover

Living small can be beautiful in its simplicity, and one doesn’t have to build from scratch in order to do so. Aiming to update an older 355-square-foot apartment for a bachelor who wanted more modern amenities, Studio Bazi has implemented a number of clever ideas here that save space and reduce clutter.

Seen over at Design Milk, the small apartment is located in a historic building in the heart of Moscow. The design concept revolves around the insertion of “blocks” which organize and group functions together, such as kitchen, laundry and storage for clothes and books.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

These “blocks” aren’t immediately apparent, however; they are hidden in the walls and under the stairs, which frees up extra floor space.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

These ingenious pull-out closets are placed under the stairs — space that would have otherwise been left unused. Like a Russian nesting doll, once rolled out, there’s even more organizational drawers built into these mobile closets.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

The kitchen “block” is hidden behind the oak doors, which encompasses lots of long drawers to store food, kitchenware, and a refrigerator and pull-out table. It’s very much a bachelor’s kitchen, small but functional enough to make small meals for a single person. The dish rack hanging over the sink is a nice touch. Next to the kitchen is the laundry machine, also concealed by the large oak cabinet doors.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Near the kitchen is the bathroom and bedroom, which is lit by a row of windows and separated from the kitchen by a curtain that’s stored in one of the oak cabinets. The bathroom, which houses the shower and a sink, has a round window in one wall to let in light.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

At the other end of the apartment is another row of windows, and a sitting area, and a reinforced shelving for books. Studio Bazi explains:

The bookshelf is designed along the entire wall in a space between the kitchen block and the windows. In order to leave the window free of any obstacle for opening, a deepening was made in the structure of the bookshelf at the intersection of the wall and the window. Thus, there is a place for hanging chairs for guests.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Up the stairs is the entrance to the apartment itself, and the toilet room, which has been remade in a clean and minimalist way.

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

Studio Bazi© Studio Bazi

The big misconception about small spaces is that one cannot possibly fit everything in; however, as we see here, by utilizing what would otherwise have been unused space under the stairs, it’s possible to fit a sizeable wardrobe and throw in the kitchen sink too. For more, see Studio Bazi.

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The Nest is a modern tiny house that visitors can rent

Making the deliberate move into a smaller space such as a tiny house can be daunting. So it’s no wonder that renting one to try it out first is a logical choice for many people — hence, the abundance of tiny house rentals available out there. For the owners of these tiny houses, they can act as an additional source of income.

Located in the historic district of Coronado in Phoenix, Arizona is this modern gem of a tiny, built by architect duo Damon Wake and Hunter Floyd of Wake | Floyd. Nicknamed The Nest, it’s a built version of their prototypical Mobile Cinder Box dwelling, created for the Cardenas family, who are now renting it out on AirBnb.

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Previously, Gilbert and Cassie Cardenas were renting out their guest bedroom in their modestly sized main house on AirBnb for extra income. They described their positive experiences of hosting people from all over the world. However, things are different now:

Alas, our circumstances have changed a bit, requiring us to re-think this little “business.” We had a baby! This little girl has taken over the guest room as her own nursery, so we unfortunately are not be able to continue hosting in our home. However, we don’t want to stop! We loved that Airbnb provided us with a home business, but the connections we made with people was what really made it worth it.

Since the couple already had an interest in simpler lifestyles and tiny houses, they decided to get this tiny home built, which now sits in their backyard. Encompassing about 200 square feet (or 260 square feet if one includes the loft), the house is set on a custom-made 8.5’ x 24’ trailer. The distinctive roof is an interesting hybrid that morphs between flat and angled, while the huge sliding glass doors offer an expansive view out.

The Nest© The Nest

Because almost half of the house is glass, that means that the seating area and and the kitchen is shifted to the other side of the house, providing lots of floor space and a clear view out. On bright sunny days, the glass can be shielded with fabric shades.

The Nest© The Nest

The Nest© The Nest

The Nest© The Nest

True to the house’s nest-like character, we like how the ladder up to the loft has been integrated as part of the rest of the cabinetry; it blends in and stays out of the way.

The Nest© The Nest

One of the top drawers in the kitchen is actually a small dining table or prep surface that rolls in and out.

The Nest© The Nest

Up in the sleeping loft, there are two operable windows for cross-ventilation.

The Nest© The Nest

The Nest© The Nest

Here’s a view of the bathroom, which includes what seems to be a combination washer-dryer, and place to hang up clothes and open up the suitcase.

The Nest© The Nest

The Nest© The Nest

Committing to live in a tiny space can be a big step; here, this couple chose to stay in their small home to accommodate their growing family, and are instead implementing their tiny house on wheels as a side business. In the future, if they ever want to move, they will be able to take this little house with them. For more information or to book a stay, visit The Nest or AirBnb.

[Via: Tiny House Talk]

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