A Grown Man Known as "Snufflemuffin"

My name is Ryan M. Weisgerber—I also go by Snufflemuffin on occasion. I am a writer, illustrator, and designer. :)

Existence really blows my mind. Also, being human is really weird. You and I are shooting through an unfathomably massive universe on a giant ball of rock, and belong to a species that is deeply driven to identify and understand what’s going on in and around us. It’s pretty neat, but it can also be a very messy and confusing situation. 

I’ve spent most of my life trying to identify objective truth, which at its heart is an effort to demarcate the differences between subjective experience and objective reality. Being raised in a religious cult and repeatedly gas-lighted by my parents seems to have really solidified this orientation in me. I’ve also been living with Parkinson’s disease for the past eleven years and doing everything I can to understand this disorder and recover from it. 

Oh, in case you’re wondering: no, Parkinson’s is not incurable. It is an absolute horror show to experience and overcome, but it's not incurable. 

Looking back, it sometimes feels like my soul thought it’d be funny to choose a really advanced level of difficulty when signing up for this ride. I'm finally reaching a point though where I can see the positive role it's all played, and I'm beginning to feel the edges of a deep gratitude for it all. It's all certainly taught me a lot about intention, how powerful choice can be, and how to let go when life does something I wasn’t expecting. 

I believe that the best response to ugliness is creating beauty, and Hug the Universe is one of the ways I’m doing that.

This project is still in its infancy, but it's finding it's identity as an exploration of what it means to be human, what it means to evolve consciously, and how beauty can come from even the ugliest of uglies. Some of the things that interest me most are philosophy, science, consciousness research, and personal stories of challenge and growth, so that’s basically what you’ll find here. Always fueled by boundless curiosity and my desires to identify and understand what's really really real in life.

You’ll find a comment section at the bottom of all of my posts, and I enthusiastically encourage you to let me know what you think about what you've read, and maybe even what you’d enjoy seeing more of. You can always count on a thoughtful response from me. :)

Now I’d like to introduce you to a couple people who have become invaluable parts of my life and this project.

Additional HTU Peeps

Sheila Ashdown: Editor & Potato Who Won't Quit

Sheila Ashdown is editor for Hug the Universe. She loves telling and hearing stories that help us grow as people. She also loves hugging stuff (especially her cat, Nayners).

You can learn more about her writing and editing work at


Eric Burlingame: Human Behavior Expert & Coherence Verification Pioneer

Eric Burlingame is a human behavior expert, consciousness researcher, and author. He’s building a movement around the training and widespread use of Coherence Verification—a process of using the human body to reveal the quantum computations that the brain is doing naturally all day, every day. 

At the heart of this technique is a biological phenomenon that everyone experiences—with or without their knowledge—and it can be used consciously to identify the essence of what we encounter. Everything that exists in the universe is a combination of energy and information, and the use of this technique enables us to identify and delineate the essence of what makes up you, me, that other person over there, and everything else in the universe. It's basically the most mind-blowing thing ever, IMO. 

Learn more about Eric's work at