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Sensa Nostra Be prepared to experience new realms of consciousness – we hope you enjoy the journey. Sensa Nostra is a human experience archive, building a diverse collection of personal stories, thoughts and outlooks from around the globe.

Offering new perspectives on art, religion, sex, drugs, economics, politics, and so much more, the archived voices of Sensa Nostra form a uniquely varied database of information. We seek out rare, unorthodox and bizarre sources, in order to unearth and explore the vast array of passions, ideologies, and peculiarities of our age.

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My favorite words are “cynicism”, “anger”, and “pitiful”. They should become “happiness, “future” and “love” to reflect ...
20/04/2017
LOVING DISORDER

My favorite words are “cynicism”, “anger”, and “pitiful”. They should become “happiness, “future” and “love” to reflect my expectations for a new life.

Bulimia isolates you psychologically through shame. A 23 years old woman explains why bulimia strokes her and how it slowly begins to destruct her life.

Pretty soon aspiring ambitious young actors will be lining up in production studio waiting rooms for their chance to be ...
08/04/2017
MY FITNESS GUIDE

Pretty soon aspiring ambitious young actors will be lining up in production studio waiting rooms for their chance to be seen in a commercial! And, the sweet smell of Listerine and vomit will linger in the air.

Talent, he says, is the last thing directors and producers look for these days. The story of an actor and is experiment with dangerous crash diets.

Sometimes, when I’m caught up in my routine and I think I might lose sight of what I love about this city, I’ll be ridin...
04/04/2017
Cairo: "there's nowhere else I'd rather be"

Sometimes, when I’m caught up in my routine and I think I might lose sight of what I love about this city, I’ll be riding in a taxi along the Nile or I’ll unexpectedly catch a view of the Cairo Tower as it peeks out between apartment high rises and it hits me.

Despite recent political unrest, this European expat remains committed to living in Egypt's capital, through its most beautiful and most painful moments.

Finding harmony with yourself is not something that lasts. You will still go through seasons of the soul. This is logica...
15/03/2017
Overcoming over-thinking through Theta Healing

Finding harmony with yourself is not something that lasts. You will still go through seasons of the soul. This is logical enough. Life is something that moves on, and so do we.

A Theta Healing teacher explains why she believes that this unconventional therapy method can help you get in touch with your true self.

A prostitute who explains to others that it turns her on to work in a window, to me, is queer. To be queer involves, for...
10/03/2017
Making porn can be a great pleasure for women

A prostitute who explains to others that it turns her on to work in a window, to me, is queer. To be queer involves, for me, some active unusualness.

Sex is incredibly important and it can make you a better, healthier and happier person.

My disability isn’t who I am. I do joke about it though, even asking guys “So, how do you feel now that you’ve screwed a...
01/03/2017
"I'm the Samatha Jones of the disabled!"

My disability isn’t who I am. I do joke about it though, even asking guys “So, how do you feel now that you’ve screwed a midget!?”

Sex, love and travelling the world: why living with Osteogenesis imperfecta doesn't hold this young woman back

I am simply a facilitator, a guide in the shamanic ceremony, nothing more than that. I do not have the power to bring ou...
28/02/2017
SEARCHING SELF

I am simply a facilitator, a guide in the shamanic ceremony, nothing more than that. I do not have the power to bring out the healing potential in people I practice the shamanic rituals with; I can only encourage them to search for a healing dimension within themselves. I can maybe direct the people, but cannot force them into the right way. Shamanic ceremonies are always about the individual’s self, and the biggest part of the work is always up to them. To take full advantage of the non-ordinary state of mind, they have to fully commit themselves to the experience.

Religion tends to gives a set of prescriptions about how we should live our lives. Mark Seelig thinks this is not enough for giving life a true meaning.

The one woman I did end up having to tell was my wife. She thinks I’m crazy – but then again, so do I when I really sit ...
24/02/2017
Unbelievable! Have a boner just by dipping your fingers into wool…

The one woman I did end up having to tell was my wife. She thinks I’m crazy – but then again, so do I when I really sit and consider what it is. And then I have to laugh, because who really likes a woollen sweater so much that they consider it a fetish?

Desire is the most natural thing. But some desires are so unusual that we try to repress them. This article explains why you should NEVER do so.

Anxiety is human
14/01/2017
ASSAULTED BY ANXIETY - ANXIETY ATTACK

Anxiety is human

Anxiety is the core of all negative human emotions like anger, embarrassment and frustration. It follows us throughout our entire lives.

Berlin has room to test new boundaries, trial and error for new sounds, which I consider crucial for artistic progress a...
01/01/2017
Being a woman in the electronic music scene isn't what you think

Berlin has room to test new boundaries, trial and error for new sounds, which I consider crucial for artistic progress and development. Through this, I also think that the chances for women to succeed as DJs are great in cities like Berlin because the intense level of awareness in DJ culture.

Electric Indigo: Perspectives and challenges women face in the male-dominated electronic music scene.

If everything goes as planned, in 2025 I’ll fulfil my dream. Not only will I be an astronaut, but I will also be part of...
29/12/2016
A trip to Mars with no return ticket

If everything goes as planned, in 2025 I’ll fulfil my dream. Not only will I be an astronaut, but I will also be part of the first human interplanetary travel. A milestone for humanity. Until that time: Greetings for all readers (from Earth at the moment), and… to infinity to beyond!

Mars One plans to establish a permanent settlement on the red planet. Would you leave Earth forever if it meant being a part of human history?

This is kind of a balancing act of getting high and then having the time to come back down, keeping your connection to t...
26/12/2016
The meditative side of working on a weed farm

This is kind of a balancing act of getting high and then having the time to come back down, keeping your connection to the earth while still trying to transcend it somehow.

Working on a Californian weed farm definitely sounds like a stoner's dream come true. But could it also get you started on a journey to inner peace?

When there are only a handful of unrestrained, investigative newsrooms and higher education is considered an investment,...
23/12/2016
This is why journalism sucks today

When there are only a handful of unrestrained, investigative newsrooms and higher education is considered an investment, it is hardly rational to teach critical, investigative journalism, which exists as such a small slice of the industry. The result, in journalism school, is to prioritise deadlines before substance, presentation before principle and consumer demand before curiosity, while paying chin-stoking lip service to these same systemic inadequacies.

Who decides what you see and what you don't see?

The first month in jail feels like an eternity. Unfortunately, it’s an eternity that hosts inhumane treatment and behavi...
23/12/2016
Shocking! US prison: the new mass profit business.

The first month in jail feels like an eternity. Unfortunately, it’s an eternity that hosts inhumane treatment and behavior. It’s an eternity during which you build all this anger up.

Money, greed and power: the three ingredients that allowed corporations and banks to use laws as mass for profit tools. Democracy, you said? Wait! Where?!

Christmas carols are also a prime source of irritation. Song texts such as “he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, ...
20/12/2016
SANTA, SAC OF SH*T

Christmas carols are also a prime source of irritation. Song texts such as “he’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice…” sound like Nazi chants to me.

For this man, christmas is used as a front for prejudice and capitalism and santa is nothing more than a discriminating pedophile, bent on world domination.

Genuine anorexia is when you don’t care about yourself and your health. Your life changes radically, you live in a dream...
19/12/2016
Anorexia as "a world of glamour"

Genuine anorexia is when you don’t care about yourself and your health. Your life changes radically, you live in a dream, you live for losing weight. I live every day as if it were the last one. I imagine, there won’t be any chance to become better, and you will die fat, a stupid, uneducated grub who never even had a soul. I don’t like this prospect. That is why I keep breaking through this cocoon to become a butterfly.

Sensa Nostra goes inside a mind of a girl who chooses anorexia as a tool of self-acceptance and a path to self-esteem.

Tantra was the key for the liberation of my sexual life. It made me overcome all my troubles and anxieties related to se...
18/12/2016
A professional Tantra masseur explains how sex can liberalize you

Tantra was the key for the liberation of my sexual life. It made me overcome all my troubles and anxieties related to sex, and made it possible to enjoy myself, other people and further practices like bondage I would never have discovered otherwise.

The practice of Tantra had rise in popularity in Germany and escpecially in Berlin. This article explains why.

I am the one who hatches my own drama, and also my own misery. However I am also the one that works hard to make sure my...
15/12/2016
POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING

I am the one who hatches my own drama, and also my own misery. However I am also the one that works hard to make sure my mood strings are tuned into a merrier sound. I believe the trick is not to forego the so-labelled-BAD that is happening around me or to me, but rather to accepted that the way I handle ‘the bad” is actually what makes it so bad. Conversely: so good! No exceptions!

A Bulgarian born pessimist on the look for the bright side of life. Welcome to the world of new age philosophy also known as the power of positive thinking.

I know real life exists, though I don’t know where it is. For sure it is not in this world. This world is just for learn...
13/12/2016
The positive side of dark magic

I know real life exists, though I don’t know where it is. For sure it is not in this world. This world is just for learning. Even so, I believe that all kind of life, even the material, is something very precious. We should enjoy it every day. Tomorrow it may be too late.

A full-time sorceress tells us about her career: from how she discovered her gifts, to how she uses dark magic to help others.

The fat activist movement would reject the idea that we’re in some kind of obesity crisis
11/12/2016
Embracing being fat, the academic way

The fat activist movement would reject the idea that we’re in some kind of obesity crisis

Does fat always mean unhealthy? This fat studies expert doesn't think so! Find out why being "overweight" doesn't have to be a bad thing.

I’m sculpting a career which, so far, has taken me around Europe, thrown me in the path of the most wonderful people, an...
10/12/2016
How to take charge of your own career

I’m sculpting a career which, so far, has taken me around Europe, thrown me in the path of the most wonderful people, and given me the creative outlet that I’ve always dreamed of having. Every second is worth it.

Photographer Diana Patient reveals why she left the modeling industry to focus on a career behind the lens.

I think it’s important for people to know that you can attend BDSM parties while having a managerial role at a company, ...
02/12/2016
The trouble with 'finding yourself'

I think it’s important for people to know that you can attend BDSM parties while having a managerial role at a company, for example, or that you can have large breasts and be smart. It’s important to value these seemingly contradictory things and the friction that appears as a result—to surprise people in that sense.

Dutch author Maan Leo discusses her debut novel, the importance of dressing up, why she prefers fiction to fact, and how she defines the self.

The why of one type of insomnia..
27/11/2016
INSOMNIAC GOD

The why of one type of insomnia..

Transmediale Festival in Berlin. A Portuguese bystander interested in the “why” factor of the inventing process and the mentality of being a “creator.”

Paying for emotional support...
24/11/2016
Hard to find anyone more real than this

Paying for emotional support...

Meet Shambhu, an underground blues singer, to talk about the mystery of sacred sound, the power of being authentic, and the problems with the LGBT scene.

We interviewed quite a character here... who also smuggled coke for money...
23/11/2016
THE PACKAGE TOURS - COKE SMUGGLER

We interviewed quite a character here... who also smuggled coke for money...

This is the story of the rise and fall of a former coke smuggler.

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Sensa Nostra makes no presumptions and holds no judgements. The life stories told to us through qualitative interviews are transcribed and transformed by our journalists into intimate, first-person, narratives, distilling only the pure, personal, experience of our sources. These articles are then enriched by our talented illustrators. Sensa Nostra is a passion project, run entirely by volunteers. Desperate for a thrill, thirsty for knowledge and high on life, we are passionate about the beauty of human experiences in all colours, shapes, and sizes. Forgetting what society labels as “normal”, ditching the conventional, and exposing the multitude of realities around us, the Sensa Nostra archive shows us that nothing is what it seems, and everyone has a story to tell. The archived voices of Sensa Nostra seek to open peoples’ eyes. They function to foster enlightenment, empathy, and awareness. By doing this, Sensa Nostra erodes barriers of prejudice that may otherwise prevent people from accepting others, encouraging critical self-evaluation and reflection. This challenging of one’s own thought paradigms and way of life may lead the way to renewed and deepened insight and empathy towards those who deviate from the norm. By facilitating understanding of the perspectives and lives of others, Sensa Nostra hopes to inspire and educate its audience, thereby helping people to not only realize why and how they live their lives, but also to consider novel alternatives.

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