Ever want to enter a completely different reality?

According to a new Internet phenomenon (that actually has roots in spirituality and quantum physics), you can — quite literally, and tonight, if you set your mind to it.

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Akashic Records

What if you could access a record of everything that ever happened in the past, present, and future? What if it could reveal your true purpose in the universe?

That's the central concept behind the Akashic Records. You may have heard the term if you're immersed in any aspect of the wellness/spiritual realm; or, if the history of the Records is to be believed, perhaps you've come across them if you've studied any ancient religion or esoteric thought system.

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You've probably been told to "just breathe" before.

But most likely, you haven't tried this kind of breathing—at least, not the kind practiced in most variants of breathwork.

Earlier this week, I spent over an hour breathing deeply and quickly to a trippy prog-rock and world music soundtrack. I used a free sample session provided by Neurodynamic Breathwork Online, a Joshua Tree-based breathwork organization that claims it "changes to your nervous systems by strengthening the neural pathways to your inner intelligence," and "changes your perspective in a powerful way, helping you to realize that you already have all of the answers inside of you."

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My sleeping habits are beyond unhealthy; I fall asleep at about 2 am with my bedside light on and a book still in my hands. I wake up with a start to my alarm ringing to find my bed in a mess and the lights still on and my partner fast asleep on the little space of the bed I have left him.

I don't know how he does it, how he sleeps through it all when I wake up at the smallest movement. I've always been like this, but with work getting more hectic my caffeine intake has increased to an unhealthy level. I know I need to make myself and my sleep, but it's really hard. I have tried medication, changing habits so that I don't read before bed, but nothing seems to be working.

I came across a gentle rise alarm clock and sound machine, Hatch Restore, and wondered if this would be able to help? I talked to my partner and he agreed I needed to try it.

It was at my door within two days, and I was so excited to explore and try all that it has to offer. Its sleek design fits perfectly on my bedside table. All I had to do was customize my routine, what time I wanted to go to sleep and what relaxing sounds I wanted, and how I wanted to wake up in the morning.

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I had a range of options to choose from and I got six months free on Hatch Premium, an in-app subscription that keeps you updated with new meditations, sleep stories, and soundscapes content.

I created a personal routine through the app to see how my body would react to it and let me just tell you, the difference in my sleep within a few short weeks was incredible.

With my personal routine, I get a reminder on my phone to get ready for bed. I can enjoy my book with a reading light that isn't hard on my eyes. With a multitude of hues to choose from, I can decide what best suited me. Once you have established your ideal routine on the app, you can put your phone away and control everything on the device itself. I love this since the blue light coming from your phone is what keeps your brain moving at a mile a minute!

After I finish reading, I can relax in a way that works for me. I can choose to focus on my breathing or meditate with their specific wind-down sounds.

The white noise keeps me sleeping all through the night, and my partner is just as pleasantly surprised as I am. He no longer has to sleep with a mask on to block out light, or practically get tossed off the bed by the million things I used to have around me. I'm tossing and turning way less thanks to Hatch Restore.

On top of transforming my sleep, Hatch's custom sunrise alarm allows me to wake up gradually unlike my startling alarm tone. I can even personalize my alarm sound and sunrise color. The natural sunrise gently wakes me up while supporting healthy cortisol levels.

If you ask my partner, he will tell you that Hatch Restore is a gift for both of us, not just me. I wake up refreshed and more alert, ready to jump into my day energized (without three shots of espresso).

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Duncan Morley - Find You Now Ft. Rick Ross

"Find You Now" is the title of Duncan Morley's latest music video, featuring Rick Ross. The Boss hooked up with Morley after hearing the song one time. The combination of Morley's cool, velvety tones with the palpable texture of Ross' unique voice lends harmonic balance and depth to the tune.

Morley, who is in the studio now, laying down tracks for his album, plans to release a few more singles over the course of the summer months. At the same time, he will be touring with Wyclef Jean, which means he'll be as busy as a shark at a feeding frenzy.

Popdust decided to talk with Morley before his life maxed-out on the hectic-o-meter, asking him about what it was like making a video with The Boss, his influences, and what's in store for the future.

What's your backstory?

I'm just somebody who had a dream and wouldn't take no for an answer.

What is the most trouble you've ever gotten into?

I stole a car and got in a high-speed chase one night. I won the race but lost the battle, lol. I got caught an hour later. The irony was that it was my 16th birthday and I could have got my license that day.

What are the five things you can't live without?

Bob Marley, burritos, meditation, travel, (family/friends/animals) .

What's your favorite song to belt out in the car or the shower?

"Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson

What musicians/vocalists influenced you the most?

Bob Marley, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, maybe throw some old school Boyz II Men in there.

Where do you find inspiration for your songs?

For me, inspiration comes from the experiences in my life, the highs and lows. Those are the moments I try to capture in my music. Or sometimes it comes from the message behind the songs that inspires me.

How did you hook up with Rick Ross?

My record label, Blue Sapphire Music, and my manager, Lucci, helped set up the collaboration. Lucci, who is also one of Wyclef Jean's managers, presented the record to Rick Ross and the next thing you know I'm on a flight down to his home studio in Atlanta, where he featured on the song. This was also a courtesy of Epic Records. 'Im very grateful for Rick blessing the track and giving me this opportunity, as well as my team for putting this all together I wouldn't be here without them.

What was it like working with Rick Ross on the music video for "Find You Now?"

It was crazy! Rick is a PRO. It was surreal being side-by-side with the BOSS himself. It was the moment when I finally realized all my hard work was paying off, I'd never been on a real set, it was like a movie. The director, Spiff TV, is a legend too. The whole team is the real deal. I remember seeing the 18-wheeler pull up to drop off the equipment and I couldn't even count how many crew members there were. It was probably one of the highlights of my life to date. Especially considering I directed, produced, edited, and carried my own equipment for my last music video shoot on a $800 budget.

What is your songwriting process? Does the music come first and then the lyrics?

It varies. Sometimes I will just come up with a melody when I'm walking down the street, or other times I'll think of some lyrics or a song idea first. But most of the time my team and I come up with the track first, then I'll write lyrics and melodies to that.

Will you be touring in the near future? If so, where?

For sure! I'm excited to announce the tour dates soon, it's starting this summer. First date is with Wyclef Jean at Beach Club in the Montreal area.

It's presumptuous to ask at this point, but when might listeners expect new music? Are you back in the studio now?

I'm always in the studio trying to cook up the next record. But yeah, I am working on my album now and will be dropping a few more singles this summer too!

Follow Duncan Morley on his Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Blue Sapphire Music.

Randy Radic is a Left Coast author and writer. Author of numerous true crime books written under the pen-name of John Lee Brook. Former music contributor at Huff Post.