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Reform or Revolution? An ASMR Guided Meditation | Philosophy Tube

This is a guided meditation on peace, presentness, and political revolution. Find a place where you can sit comfortably perhaps resting your hands on your knees. You may wish to sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Or, if you’re not too tired, you may like to lie down on your back. Whatever position suits you. Make sure that your chest is open and you may wish to allow your eyes to gently close, or find a point in the room where you can rest your focus. Begin by noticing your breathing. Feel your chest rising and falling, your belly expanding in… …and out. You don’t have to change the way you breathe, just… …becoming aware of it. In… …and out. Notice also, that society can be thought of as being made up of groups of people with conflicting and irreconcilable economic interests which we call… …classes. You don’t have to change society in this moment. This is your moment. Your time. Just notice class conflict and be aware of it. This will be our anchor as we proceed on this journey. And now let’s take three deep, relaxing breaths. As you release the air in your lungs you may wish to repeat in your mind the topics of today’s meditation. And with each breath I invite you to experience a doubling of your relaxation. Let’s take the first of these three breaths… …now. Breathing in… …peace… …and out. Very good. Breathing normally in between, becoming even more relaxed with each breath. Let’s take the second breath… …now. In… …presentness… …and release. Fantastic job. Aware of your chest rising and falling. Let’s take the third and final breath… …now. Breathing in… …political revolution… [whispering] …and out. Well done. Don’t worry if your breathing doesn’t match the sound of my voice. It is all good and it is all okay. Just becoming even more aware of breath and beginning… …slowly… …to relax. As we breathed those three relaxing breaths You may have noticed a slight tingling sensation spreading from the top of your head down through your shoulders… …arms… …chest… …right down the tips of your toes. This sensation is available to you throughout this meditation. Whenever you desire. Don’t be distressed or upset if you become distracted by thoughts or sounds in the room. Just keep coming back to breath. The world can be chaotic and we can lose focus when we think about what we might like to change or something we wish we could control. But just invite yourself to come back to breath… …and the model of class conflict. Breathing in… …and out. As you sink deeper and deeper into this relaxed state of awareness you may begin to notice the position of your body. The surfaces you are in contact with. The temperature of the room. And you may also notice your body’s position in the system of global capitalism. And the air continues to flow. Becoming even more relaxed, even more aware. Now, in this relaxed state, we are ready to consider the revolution. As you breathe in and out Receive an invitation to the idea that revolution will look different for you if you are in a bourgeois nation enriched by global capitalism than it might for someone in a country impoverished by it. Returning always to breath and class conflict. When we think about revolution we may imagine it as… …destructive… …or violent. We may conjure images of past revolutions that we think fell short, or make jokes about sending landlords and capitalists to violent ends. We may shy away from this image. Whether because we are liberals rather than socialists, or because we were raised in liberal capitalist societies. that maintain a hold on our thoughts Or perhaps out of compassion… …and love for our fellow human beings. Whoever they may be. Whatever the reason, we may desire to avoid revolution, but simply agitate for reform within capitalist society… …while maintaining its comforts. But although revolution means a break with the old ways of doing things, it need not be fundamentally destructive, but instead an act of creation. It may be scary or painful, like bringing a new child into the world. But it is the birthing of a new way of life, rather than the gradual managing of decay and bargaining with entropy that liberal democracy has become. This is not to say that we cannot learn from our mistakes or come to an understanding of history. Simply that, in considering the revolution, we want our focus to be on the present and not our anxieties about the past. Do not judge yourself if you have doubts. Simply observe them… …and let them go. We may become anxious or depressed when we ruminate on the past and witness the destruction and pain that can seem to… …surround us. We can be upset by the wickedness of others and wonder how it is that human beings can have done so many awful things to each other or the planet. Conversely, we may rejoice at small changes that we have managed to win in the past. Through elections and trade unions in the struggle for a fairer world. But the past is not real, and exists only in our memories in the present, where breath and class conflict remain and where we want our focus to be. Breathing in… …peace… …and out. Each breath deepening your relaxation and your awareness. When we are not dwelling on the past, we often project our thoughts about revolution into the future as if it will be some messianic event— waiting just out of reach— that will save us from the frightening things in our world. But the future also does not exist. It is only anticipation in the present moment. When we think of the revolution as a specific event, like an armed uprising that will take place in the future, We can become concerned about whether our actions take us closer to our idea of that event, or farther away. We may become fixated on the purity of our vision, focusing only on the ideal classless future, and neglecting other forms of oppression that others struggle against in the here and now. Or we may become anxious, Thinking that it is an impossible task or that we would have nothing to contribute, imagining instead that the future revolution will be led by anti-fascist cat girls or revolutionary daddies who will do the fighting for us. This can turn us against each other or make us doubt ourselves, wondering whether what we or those around us are doing is truly revolutionary, or merely reform. It is okay to have these doubts. Simply recognize them and return to the present moment —to breath and the desire to abolish the class system. By noticing and letting go of doubts and not judging ourselves or others for having them, we become prepared to take and wield power in the present. To neither retreat into ruminating on how we have been hurt in the past by the current political system, nor project our desire for change onto imaginary future heroes, but instead, in the present moment, to realize the energy inside of ourselves that we can use to lead the revolution… …now. Breathing in… …presentness… …and out. When we look at the revolution either as a distant project of the future or the redemption of the past, we often imagine it as a moral crusade, springing from the best impulses of our hearts and someday bringing about a lasting justice. But this way of thinking can also bind us and stop us from seeing a way forward in the present. It is easy to become overwhelmed or disappointed when our own sense of justice is not met, and to become concerned with how the resources of our world are distributed rather than the conditions under which they are extracted and produced. We stray from the present, and class conflict, and it is easy to conflate our moral desire for a better world with the ideals of participation in bourgeois democracies in which we are raised. That is not to say that we must abandon our moral ideals or close our hearts to democratic participation, or the suffering of others. Or that our smaller efforts to make the world a better place are necessarily a misuse of our time. It is mainly to appreciate that a revolution is more than a change in the distribution of goods, or a struggle to get a slightly fairer deal. It is the struggle to abolish the causes of that injustice, not merely its symptoms, which are fleeting, and can flare up chaotically as long as class conflict persists. Breathing in… …political revolution… …and out. Aware of your chest, your belly, that tingling sensation in your head, shoulders, chest, and down through your legs. You may become aware that you were holding tension in your neck, or your jaw, or cognitive tension brought about by trying to reconcile the internal contradictions of capitalism. With your next breath, just invite any tense muscles… …to let go. In a moment, we will count backwards from five and gradually return to our normal awareness. But first, take a moment to suspend yourself in this relaxed state, as if deep in an ocean. The waves sway overhead, but you are still and calm. And now we will begin to surface with five short phrases. You may wish to repeat them in your mind, or out loud. Whatever is best for you. Beginning with… …five’s: I am aware of my breath. And now… …four: I am aware of my body, becoming more aware with each breath. Three: I am aware of class conflict. Breathing in and out, with… …two: I am aware of the revolutionary energy inside me. And now… …finally… …one: I embrace revolution in the present moment. Fantastic job. If you wish, you can stay in this relaxed state for as long as you desire. Or you may wish to continue your day, renewed with this energy. Just remember to allow your awareness to always return to breath and the present moment [whispering] and the desire to abolish the class system. This meditation was written and performed by Oliver Thorn and recorded with the help of Mannbros Media. Patreon.com/PhilosophyTube is where you can support the show, and find a list of the generous patrons who make it possible.

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  1. Philosophy Tube Posted on November 17, 2018 at 8:18 am

    You can download an mp3 of this meditation here (Pay what you want): https://philosophytube.bandcamp.com/track/reform-or-revolution-an-asmr-guided-meditation

    And you can read a transcript here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/22884891

  2. Carrie Parsons Posted on February 16, 2019 at 12:37 am

    I am aware of the revolutionary energy inside me.

  3. Ever in the Rising Posted on February 18, 2019 at 8:33 am

    YAAAAS more Communist ASMR FTW! 😀

  4. Badas Unicorn Posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    "breathe in…
    breathes in deeply
    "… Political revolution"
    cracks up lauging hysterically
    "don't worry if your breathing doesn't match my voice"
    lauging intensifies

    This is priceless. Not ridiculing or disagreeing with the message, meerly aprechiating the format it's presented in.

  5. Marta Antonetti Posted on March 1, 2019 at 5:02 am

    philosophy tube was always an asmr artist weve all known

  6. Apollo Posted on March 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    This is so inspirational, be the antifascist cat girl you wish to see in the world

  7. Sir Valot Posted on March 5, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Sorry I think I nodded off there.

    Have we toppled capitalism yet?

  8. AnimaVisionary Posted on March 16, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    How do you sit so still…

  9. lily kefaladelis Posted on March 17, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I kept fucking laughing bcos this is a hilarious concept but it was so well done that by the end I was fully relaxed and ready to embrace revolution in the present, 10/10

  10. lily kefaladelis Posted on March 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Also it's just generally helpful and made me aware of so many problems with the way I've been going about things and thinking of stuff. I haven't had the easiest time in my life and trauma from being a poor gay trans woman makes it hard not to hyperfocus on the pain of the past and anxieties about the future, for which aiming my attention at the present while actually addressing the issues that caused a focus on other points in time was nice

  11. Matthew N Posted on March 19, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Sounds exactly like Michael Sealy

  12. Lily Tide Posted on March 20, 2019 at 1:03 am

    This is amazing! I would love to hear more like it!

  13. Snowybird77 Posted on March 22, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    Good video, but I have never felt less calm in my life

  14. The Quark Chronicles Posted on March 23, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I’m cackling @ the idea of Joe Average PragerU Subscriber finding this video and its comment section

  15. Cursecrab Posted on March 29, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I'm going to be perfectly honest and say i did think this video would be abit silly when i first clicked on it. However… It was very relaxing and also very thought provoking. Good job on this one Oliver!

  16. Julef Mapper Posted on April 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Unlike what others will say, the ASMR was EPIC !

    … and as always it accompanies the message of course, but the feeling of presence of the self in the physical world AND in the political world is quite well found, may I say… revolutionary !

  17. JJA8020 Posted on April 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Okay but your video about the Witch Hunts is a better asmr video.

  18. Wolfferoni Posted on April 12, 2019 at 1:52 am

    Breathing in… political revolution.

  19. M.J. Westenra Posted on April 17, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    okay now olly’s got to do a mukbang where he eats the rich

  20. Fredd Bebb Posted on April 21, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Fell asleep to this on accident

  21. Fiaskofish Posted on April 28, 2019 at 7:17 am

    You could make a series of this

  22. Darchie Posted on May 1, 2019 at 5:33 am

    This was brilliant. Love your presentation.

  23. Bobby Siecker Posted on May 1, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Happy may 1 comrades!

    Workers of the world, Unite!

  24. Avi The Nonbinary Destroyer Posted on May 9, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Me watching some of your other videos: I get some ASMR feels from this

    Me now: holy fuck this is what I wanted

  25. jdprettynails Posted on May 10, 2019 at 9:12 am

    This is relaxing, inspiring and hilarious. I love it.

  26. Amanda Buelow Posted on May 11, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    My goodness, I’ve had shoulder pain for years and this meditation took it away. I’m adding this to my workout playlist. That pain must be stress induced.

  27. Anubhav Mishra Posted on May 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Why can't I stop laughing?

  28. WangleLine Posted on May 13, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I needed this, thanks

  29. Sean Posted on May 18, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Sorry but I got 5 mins in but was so bored i couldn't continue. Can someone sum up the argument for me? Was it something along the lines of mindfulness is a conspiracy dreamt up by capitalism to keep us docile and passive to its horrors?

  30. deniz Posted on May 19, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I want to watch this but ASMR makes me feel so anxious

  31. Sebastian Sean Crow Posted on May 21, 2019 at 2:59 am

    0:09 good thing I have to wear headphones cuz the fan in the room is so loud lol

  32. Kaitlyn Love Posted on May 21, 2019 at 5:30 am

    I started crying

  33. Xavier Chan Posted on May 21, 2019 at 5:40 am

    "So he spent a miserable six months in a cheap flat in Hiroshima, staring alternately at his knife-blade, then decided to move to the one place where his experience in engineering an d nuclear propulsion systems would be valued and welcome. He migrated to the moon."

  34. Little Lost Lia Posted on May 21, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    "allow yourself to come back to breath…


  35. citizengiants Posted on May 22, 2019 at 2:43 am

    6:22 "And you may also notice your body's position… in the system of global capitalism."
    I lost it there.

  36. Rick Deckard Posted on May 23, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Reform obviously

  37. Evelien Heerens Posted on May 29, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Well that zenned me the fuck out. 🙂 Happy thoughts are key here.

  38. Nova Melody Posted on June 6, 2019 at 11:24 am

    As someone who's done a lot of hypnosis these past few years, this feels a lot like that. It's nice. I might actually be able to use this to relax sometimes.

  39. Νίκος Καλτσής Posted on June 8, 2019 at 8:29 am

    Watch this be a picture lmao

  40. Jam Deluxe Posted on June 8, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    i was actually starting to feel really relaxed but in the last 5 minutes or so someone knocked on my fucking door and knocked me out of it immediately

  41. shiba inyou Posted on June 10, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I see "guided meditation" and immediately think about this guy hypnotizing people into revolutionary mindsets lol

  42. Polish Mapper Posted on June 12, 2019 at 2:13 am

    I love how I actually did the guided meditation and actually feel significantly more relaxed and happy. This was hilarious but also very informative. Thx Olly!

  43. Alabaster Laserblaster Posted on June 14, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I bet this is a wonderful video but I can not get past the ASMR stuff, just can't do it

  44. Romana Winburn Posted on June 17, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Welp, I have a new morning ritual.

  45. Jessica Wetli Posted on June 17, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Okay so this meditation and just coming to terms with the fact there are things you personally cannot change while we work for social change is brilliant and a conversation we should have more often because social justicing is emotionally draining. But I couldn't get through the video without laughing my ass off, because the juxtaposition of breathing exercises and CLASS CONFLICT is comedic gold. love it. absolutely love it.
    Keep being lovely, Olly.

  46. Jameson Maylif Posted on June 25, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Why do I keep watching your videos lol, I’m like, a hardline libertarian catholic conservative and I disagree with you on virtually everything. BUT. Your production value is so damn high, and if I ignore your politics and focus purely on the philosophy, I guess I definitely just can find an appreciation for it.

  47. Weaver Posted on June 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Actually listened to this jankily in bed by just sticking the phone under my neck while laying back. Actually helped me sort out this headspace and relax a bit while making me giggle at some of the content. Makes me think I should actually look at things like this for general use.

  48. Thoma Hawk Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    For those of you like me who can't stand ASMR but want to listen to the message anyway play it at 1.25 or 1.5 speed and it sounds less like someone is trying to molest your ears without consent.

  49. drageben Posted on June 30, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Sry mate i hate asmr

  50. random ravenclaw Posted on June 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Listening to this the night before my exams – hopefully it'll relive some exam stress!

  51. First Last Posted on July 6, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Death to the revolution.

  52. mobeus timestreamer Posted on July 6, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Oliver : this video is best experienced with headphones and in a comfortable place.
    Me, a scholar : there is no comfortable place under capitalism!

  53. The Absurd Posted on July 7, 2019 at 1:32 am


  54. Chloe Eastwood Posted on July 8, 2019 at 11:52 am

    This is my new favorite guided meditation. I actually didn’t finish because I did fall asleep.

  55. loseremo Posted on July 10, 2019 at 6:21 am

    this video created left unity

  56. SuperDflower Posted on July 12, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Wow, all your viewers here are such sweethearts! What an amazing forum this turned out to be. I’m having a moment of not hating social media! Thank you for being so vulnerable and thank you everyone for being so kind in return. Of course, I had a good chuckle throughout this video, but then when you really think about it, the system under which we are living is so agonizing, Only made worse by the feeling of powerlessness to change the circumstances. So, I found this meditation after the fact, to be very meaningful. Reading people’s comments and the replies to the comments has added to this. Olly, Look what you’ve created! Thank you!

  57. L Daniel Posted on July 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Breadtube trying to hypnotize me

  58. L Daniel Posted on July 15, 2019 at 1:51 pm


  59. Maple Posted on July 17, 2019 at 2:53 am

    this is like, unbelievably useful if youre having the Bad Anxiety Moments because of larger than life problems rn. helps with all sides of the issue. thanks, man

  60. AshleyLuna Posted on July 18, 2019 at 5:16 am

    I never knew I needed leftist asmr

  61. Hannah Calzone Posted on July 19, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Breathe in eat the rich breathe out breathe in throw rocks through Jeff bezos’ windows breathe out breathe in EAT THE RICH breathe out

  62. Bridget Lamb Posted on July 20, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    I'm not sure how ironic this was meant to be but I'm sincerely into it haha

  63. Siren Denied Posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:33 am

    Class is bad, wealth needs to be redistributed, capitalism is failing catastrophically on a global level… Yes, yes. I get all that. But HOW? This is not me being pedantic or snarky. (Well, not too snarky. But I've asked this question more than once.) I'm not talking about the means of this revolution. Rather, what does the final vision look like? For you. How is this socialist utopia expressed? Are we talking about a communistic ideal? Finland? Something never before seen? I watch a lot of leftist Youtube and there is a lot of talk about the coming revolution. But what are we revolving for? Cause no one seems to have anything but vague "workers control the means of production" kinds of thought icons. Please. I want to actually know this stuff but I don't want to read a dozen books on Marxist theory. I'm getting more and more frustrated over the lack of an imagined end goal.

  64. 123404 Posted on July 24, 2019 at 12:59 am

    Idk if this was supposed to be cheeky or sincere and I don't think he knows either. I love it

  65. Lilypale Posted on July 26, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Not gonna lie I fell asleep

  66. S. Peters Posted on July 27, 2019 at 10:43 am

    This is absolutely perfect. Thank you, friend. Solidarity and love. Be blessed. Infinitely grateful to have you with us on this journey of ongoing revolution and evolution of human (and class) consciousness.

  67. Austin Fox Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:19 am

    This is honestly the best meditation video I've listened to in for ever

  68. Austin Fox Posted on July 29, 2019 at 2:25 am

    I hope you make more of these.

  69. Jennifer Grove Posted on August 3, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    This is my favorite video on YouTube.
    I'm going to fall asleep to this every night.
    At last, someone who gets it.

  70. RoseThePhoenix Posted on August 6, 2019 at 4:35 am

    Best meditation evar.

  71. Victoria Verse Posted on August 10, 2019 at 5:24 am

    I have found my favorite thing of today! Thanks Olly! This is going to be my relaxation routine for my upcoming 17 hour flight!

  72. Carrie Parsons Posted on August 12, 2019 at 12:43 am

    "I am aware of the revolutionary energy inside me."

  73. Gazelle Posted on August 14, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    The second you started talking I could see unkempt facial hair and massive glasses in my mind

  74. Bored Nerd Posted on August 21, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    yo i started listening to this a joke but it was genuinely really insightful and make me rethink some of my life choices holy shit
    are you a god

  75. Gnorts Mr Alien Posted on August 23, 2019 at 11:53 am

    I'm scared what liking this will do to my YouTube recommendations.

  76. Rebecca Sheckel Posted on August 24, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    not sure I buy into the whole Marxism thing, my dude.
    However, this leftist daddydom breadtuber is quite arousing.

    i’ve been a naughty capitalist uwu
    Bullet please 😍😩

  77. Beeblebloop Posted on August 27, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    This… actually helped me relax and made me laugh while I needed it x) It was definitly not what I expected to work, thanks, I suppose?

  78. TreeHairedGingerAle Posted on September 4, 2019 at 6:29 am

    …So I had an upsetting day, remembered this vid, figured, 'oh, I know that I've heard it before, but I'll just throw it on in the background to calm down…and realized that I was catching things I hadn't noticed before, and that this video remains fresh. 0-0;

    Because, I understand a little more about Leftism than I did the first time I listened: and so, the debates surrounding the new issues that I'm currently wrestling with are addressed here.

    All that to say: this has layers, and that's neat! Thanks. n_n

  79. Jennifer Grove Posted on September 5, 2019 at 4:40 am

    Talk to me, Olly.
    I need you tonight.

  80. afa86 Posted on September 5, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Olly, the commercials ruined the whole mood several times throughout

  81. Basil Wyrth Posted on September 6, 2019 at 11:30 am

    "this is a guided meditation" – no sir I think this is heaven and everything my heart always craved for. thank you.

  82. Emily Rose Lacy-Nichols Posted on September 9, 2019 at 1:32 am

    Always return to breath…
    (and the desire to abolish the class system)
    Great video!

  83. BobwardElric Posted on September 11, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Making this video is top-tier praxis for spreading class conciousness, thank u radicalising daddy 🥺💖

  84. LV223 Posted on September 14, 2019 at 3:58 am

    I truly can't tell if there is deep ironic humor here or if this is full on serious. This is such an odd format for this message.

  85. William Morgan Posted on September 19, 2019 at 5:19 am

    how am i supposed to revolt when im this relaxed?

  86. ciredan Posted on September 20, 2019 at 6:34 am

    thank u mr tube this is very important to me. the reassurances that its ok not to be doing something at every moment are very good

  87. Kitty Cat Posted on September 27, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    This video is almost a year old, where's the revolution?

  88. Bamboo Bhang Posted on October 7, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    may i ask what this is

  89. Strange Dog Posted on October 14, 2019 at 4:32 am

    Wow, he really committed to that idea. It was funny at first, then it just dragged out painfully. I was actually semi-seriously going to ask if there was a transcript I could read instead, but I saw the link when I came to comment. I wish I had known it was there before I listened to as much as I did! Is it too late to add a card to the beginning?

  90. ryap1 Posted on October 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I can not put into words how odd this is on acid.

  91. An Englishman Posted on October 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    How much of an edgy spastic do you have to be to watch communism asmr?
    You're all sitting there with cocks and man-buns out watching communism asmr. 😂😂
    EaT ThE RicH mY AnTi-FasCiSt coMrAdEs

  92. IndexAske Posted on October 24, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    In these moments of great tension here in Chile, I trully appreciate that you made this video, Olly. Thank you so much for your hindsight.

  93. Uilium Powell Posted on October 27, 2019 at 8:54 am

    What other moment is there than this moment?
    Is this Radical Dharma?

  94. Artie person guy Posted on November 4, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Genuinely the best meditation I've ever done.

  95. Fanboyistransboy Posted on November 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Communists dreams

  96. Hoo boy it's me Posted on November 16, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Using this as calming background noise so I feel better while doing stressful work while my subconcious mind prepares for a revolution.