I was so honored to have Snatam Kaur join the podcast! She is one of the most angelic and potent spiritual masters in the West. Her music has been such a blessing in my life as it has so many thousands of others. On this episode we talk about establishing a practice, the history of mantra music, the science and metaphysical properties of chanting, optimism and her new book "Original Light: The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga."
Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace. Her new book Original Light; the Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice. To find out more about her concerts and workshops, her book and her online course, Life Guided By Light, visit snatamkaur.com.
Raja comes back to the podcast as a return guest to share what's happening at Green Tree Yoga and Meditation in South LA, the overall state of the urban realities, Bernie Sanders, bringing yoga to everyone and so much more. Lots of bases were covered on this highly dynamic and thoughtful episode. Raja rocks!
Raja Michelle is the founder and guiding teacher for Green Tree Yoga and Meditation. Their mission is to offer yoga and meditation to the South Los Angeles community, regardless of income, allowing that which connects us to flourish and to dissolve that which separates us.
Kevin stops by IAH to discuss the future of pretty much everything. The conversation ranges from how the media landscape is changing to how entertainment is being consumed to how Amazon drones are coming for you in your sleep! Kevin is one of the brightest minds around in the area of infotainment and this episode will show you why.
Kevin Pereira is a producer, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, musician, and comedian. He is currently the co-host of Hack My Life on truTV, and makes appearances on a variety of other TV and web shows.
Chris and Zach hang out in a very thought provoking, heart centered common ground that explored many topics. Chris shares his insights into modern spirituality, a little bit about his story, thoughts on his new book "Everything Mind" and an all around great insight into how to apply spirituality to ones life without dogma or labels.
Rants include: Not very much!! Just a thought on how and where the Trump phenomena all began!
Chris Grosso is a public speaker, writer, spiritual director of Tovio by Advocacy Unlimited, teacher with the Worldwide Insight Organization, and author of Indie Spiritualist: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality (Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster) and Everything Mind: What I’ve Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening and the Mind-Blowing Truth of it All (Sounds True). He writes for ORIGIN Magazine, Huffington Post, and Mantra Yoga + Health Magazine, and has spoken and performed at Wanderlust Festival, Celebrate Your Life, Yoga Journal Conference, Sedona World Wisdom Days, Kripalu, and more.
Chris is passionate about his work with people who are in the process of healing or struggling with addictions of all kinds. He speaks and leads groups in detoxes, yoga studios, rehabs, youth centers, 12-step meetings, hospitals, conferences, and festivals worldwide. He is a member of the advisory board for Drugs over Dinnerand hosts The Indie Spiritualist Podcast on The Mindpod Network.
The funny, insightful, smart and kick ass Taryn Southern stops by the kitchen table to discuss her role as a new media maven for the 21st Century as she goes on creating some of the most fantastic content the series of tubes has to offer! We also get into her roots, the future of tech, the ever changing media landscape and...cats.
Who is Taryn Southern you may ask?
I occasionally do TV stuffs. I’ve done acting stuffs on Last Man Standing, The League, Legit, New Girl, Rules of Engagement, Guys with Kids, and American Dad, and hosting stuffs on shows like Shark After Dark, The X-Factor, Vh1’s Countdown Specials, TVGuide’s Hollywood 411, and G4’s Attack of the Show. I also host live shows and premieres.
I am digital media consultant, columnist, and enthusiast. I’ve spoken at conferences and companies like Science-Inc, YouTube, Bare Minerals, and GM to help them develop programming, connect with influencers, and learn effective marketing social media strategies.
The mayor of all things great, my good friend, rock and roll master shaman and Bhakti legend Shiva Baum comes by to do an episode of IAH. We explore friendship, kirtan and The Church of Rock and Roll and why it still matters.
NOTE - a very long Amanda Chantal Bacon intro rant. Jump to 10:22 if you want skip it.
Shiva Baum has enjoyed a lifelong love affair with music. When he was 19 he began an internship at New York's Sony Music Studios followed by a summer at Columbia Records under the mentorship of then head of A&R David Khane and has never looked back from there. Shiva went on to discover and develop 90's alt rock band VAST who then signed with Elektra Records. Under the tutelage of Raghu Markus, Shiva then transitioned to influential world music label Triloka Records which was a division of Mercury/Polygram. Eventually Shiva became head of A&R working closely with Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das as well other world music artists including the Native American gospel group Walela and southern Cuban salsa phenoms Bio Ritmo. Shiva then headed over to Gold Circle records as VP of A&R developing new artists in tandem with working on new releases by seasoned 80's superstars John Waite and Pat Benatar. He has been mentored by industry luminaries Rick Rubin, Danny Goldberg, Jeff Ayeroff, and David Silver. Currently, Shiva is an artist manager, producer and "A&R coach" working closely with new artists BIRA, Brightside, and Clark Graham amongst others following his passion to discover and develop new talent. In addition, he is the main stage MC and head of music programming at the "Coachella of Kirtan" known as Bhakti Fest in Joshua Tree, CA. Shiva is very looking forward to the launch of a sacred music focussed podcast which he'll be hosting this year.
The amazing and inspirational Ashley Booth stops by the kitchen table to discuss her own transformational face to face experience with God, the founding of the Aware Project and following your heart even when it seems impossible.
Ashley is the founder of the Aware Project that produces educational events in Los Angeles, California. She is balancing the conversation about psychoactive compounds in order to have intelligent, level-headed conversations on the responsible uses of psychedelics for both clinical and therapeutic purposes. Through her own inner work, she has developed a passion for removing the stigma and fear surrounding psychedelics. Her strength comes from combining a background in the sciences with a bigger and deeper view of humanity and the world. She inspires audiences to question what they’ve been told, do their homework, and form their own opinions.
Mirabai is the author of the new book "Caravan of No Despair - A memoir of Loss And Transformation". She stops my IAH to talk about her new book, the power of attachment, the lessons that come from loss and finding beauty even in the darkest times.
Mirabai Starr writes, speaks and leads retreats on the inter-spiritual teachings of the mystics.
Known for her revolutionary translations of John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Julian of Norwich, Mirabai renders mystical masterpieces accessible, beautiful, and relevant to a contemporary circle of seekers. Her commentaries on the interconnected wisdom of all traditions are lyrical and evocative.
Mirabai builds bridges not only between religious traditions, but also between contemplative life and compassionate service, between cultivating an inner relationship with the Beloved and expressing that intimacy in community, between the transformational power of loss and longing for the sacred.
The multi-verse is fully explored on this amazing episode of IAH. Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and Duncan Trussell hang out with Zach in a top secret Hollywood location where magical fairy teacher agents served up wisdom on engaged inertia, the nature of mystical experiences, teaching one how to become a visionary artist and the jeweled net of Indra!
Alex and Allyson Grey are the founders of CoSM, legendary visionary artists and an inspiring partnership of over 40 years.
Duncan Trussell is the host of the insanely brilliant "Duncan Trussell Family Hour" podcast, a comedian and a mystical psycho-naut.
Joshua Fouts is is the Executive Director of Bioneers. He joined the podcast to walk us through one of the most poetic and substantial uses of technology that we've ever heard. He's truly one of the most thoughtful and articulate people around. Check out what Bioneers is doing and get involved.
Also, there's a long David Bowie segment towards the beginning too...
Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.
An anthropologist, Joshua studied art and documentary film production. He began his career in Washington, DC in the 1990s where he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural relations at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.
Pete Holmes (You Made it Weird) stopped by IAH to talk transformation, art, ol' Ramie D and so much more. Smart, funny, insightful and out of his mind - i love Pete Holmes!
Pete Holmes is a comedian. Maybe you know him from his podcast You Made It Weird. Or The Pete Holmes Show! Or his videos with FrontPage Films. Maybe you saw his hour special Nice Try, The Devil, or his half-hour Comedy Central Presents. Or on Conan. Or Jimmy Fallon. Or maybe you saw him on VH1. Or heard him as the e*trade baby or on Comedy Central's Ugly Americans. I mean, who knows. Pete also draws cartoons for The New Yorker, wrote for NBC's "Outsourced" and FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."
The brilliant, challenging and wise Chris Ryan stops by to talk about our world and species through his own unique cultural anthropologist lens. Enjoy getting your soul inspired and provoked as we head into 2016!
Chris is the author of the now seminal book "Sex at Dawn" and his working on a new book that will be called "Civilized to Death." His work has been featured just about everywhere, including: MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, The Times of London, Playboy, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Outside, El Pais, La Vanguardia, Salon, Seed, and Big Think.
A featured speaker from TED in Long Beach, CA to The Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House to the Einstein Forum in Pottsdam, Germany, Chris has consulted at various hospitals in Spain, provided expert testimony in a Canadian constitutional hearing, and appeared in well over a dozen documentary films.
Bob Wisdom comes by to hang out and take us through an oral history of his career, the arts in 1970s and 80s America, activism and so much more. He's one of the smartest, most sincere and connected people I've ever met.
Robert Wisdom is an American actor who has appeared in many different TV shows and movies throughout his career. He is arguably most well known for his roles in The Wire and Prison Break. He's also a progressive activist, a bhakta and mega wise humanist.
Karen is the Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham University. She opens up the IAH spectrum by engaging in a healthy dialogue on post 9/11 global tensions, the rise of ISIS, American imperialism and the overall nature of conflict.
Finally IAH has an episode about US foreign policy with someone who actually knows what they are talking about! Enlightening, challenging and fascinating. Don't miss this one, she's fantastic.
A new and different episode of It's All Happening! This one is called the "Community Podcast Vol. 1." The general idea is to bring you a few different guests who are doing amazing works in the community. Arjuna O'Neal, Raja Michelle and Kelsea Rea are, respectively, doing some cool things in and around LA that help promote wellness, helping the underserved and bringing awareness to where our great city is lacking.
Also, I'm fresh of the Open Your Heart in Paradise retreat with Ram Dass, Krishna Das and friends. So I took this opportunity to go on a little rant about how this was the best OYHIP yet and how I'm still trying to make sense of the love portal that can be experienced there.
Leilani Münter, the only vegan hippie chick with a race car, charges her Tesla while hanging out with Zach and Elijah. To say that Leilani is one of the coolest, brightest and most well informed activists out there is an understatement. And yes. she really is a race car driver. She also helped to bring "Racing Extinction" to the world which premieres Wed December 2nd on the Discovery Channel.
Gay and Joanna gently help IAH dive into the saga of Timothy Leary just this one time. The episode gets shot through a love cannon when a forgotten and shocking Tim Leary prison story is revealed half way through - the four of us then dance around the planes of the universe, why humans behave the way they do and the quest for love and other altered states of consciousness.
Gay Dillingham is the producer and director of the documentary "Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary"
Joanna Harcourt-Smith is an author, podcaster and former common law wife of Timothy Leary.
Dan stops by IAH to talk with Zach and Elijah on the nature of the mind, consciousness itself and a new lens for approaching well being and thus experiencing a truly integrated life! Minds blown. This one may take more than one listen to fully digest.
Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.
He's also written many best selling books including Mindsight and Brainstorm.
Author of the new book "LOVE EVERYONE - the Transcendent Wisdom of Neem Karoli Baba Told Through the Stories of the Westerners Whose Lives He Transformed", Parvati Markus on the show! Lovers of Yoga, Ram Dass, mystics and seekers - check it out!
Parvati Markus is a developmental editor and writer of spiritually oriented nonfiction books and memoirs. She has worked on books by various members of the satsang, from Ram Dass’s classic Be Here Now (before she went to India) to those since her time in India with Maharajji (1971–1972)—from Dada Mukerjee’s By His Grace and The Near and the Dear to Krishna Das’s recent Chants of a Lifetime. She is a former president of the board of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Temple and a former development con-sultant for the Global Peace Initiative of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders, held at the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
You can buy "LOVE EVERYONE" at Amazon or any local bookstore.
Jim is often called "America's wisest and most respected authority on psychedelics and their use," James Fadiman has been involved with psychedelic research since the 1960s. Jim spoke with Zach on the early days of psychedelic research at Harvard, what's happened since, micro-dosing and the theory of "healthy multiplicity"- the notion that all of us are multiples, that is we act as if we very different people in different situations.
Yogi, mystic, healer and explorer of the sacred multi-verse, Saul David Raye stops by IAH to open our hearts and blow our minds. Quite literally. This episode will challenge everything you thought you knew about yoga and hopefully inspire you to dig even deeper within your own soul.
Ryland Engelhart is the Owner of Cafe Gratitude and the Co-Founder of Kiss the Ground. Cafe Gratitude is one of the leading institutions of the growing plant based organic food movement. Be sure to stop by and eat at one if you can.
Ryland stopped by IAH to help us figure out sustainable food, regenerative farming and all around conscious living within our multi-verses.
Music business legend, friend and prayer expert Danny Goldberg gets into all of it with us.
Danny Goldberg, President of GoldVE Entertainment, has worked in the music business as a personal manager, record company President, public relations man and journalist since the late nineteen sixties. GoldVE Entertainment was formed in July 2007 and marks the return to artist management for Goldberg. A complete roster of artists can be found here. Goldberg is also a consultant to the forthcoming HBO series “Vinyl”. From 1983-1992, Goldberg was the founder and President of Gold Mountain Entertainment, an artist management firm whose clients included Nirvana, Hole, Sonic Youth, Beastie Boys, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers, Rickie Lee Jones and more. Directly prior to the creation of GoldVE Entertainment, Goldberg had been the CEO of Air America Radio from 2005 until mid-2006. Goldberg formed the independent label Artemis Records in 1999 and ran the company until January of 2005.
Danny also hosts a very cool new podcast called "Rock and Roles":
David is the co-host of the excellent MindRolling Podcast. His standard bio is as follows but I assure you it only scratches the surface.
David Silver started his innovative media career in the late sixties hosting WGBH-TV’s “What’s Happening Mr. Silver?” David’s 1979 Warner Brothers feature “No Nukes” helped start the whole trend of music/activism feature documentaries.
He also wrote the Billboard #1 MGM film, “The Compleat Beatles” the biopic movie of choice about history’s most famous band. David has worked with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, Ringo Starr, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Roger Waters and many others. He has created dozens of CD’s and movies, including pairing Allen Ginsberg with Paul McCartney, and producing the film biography of Timothy Leary. In 2009, David was the consultant to Ang Lee, the Academy Award-winning director, on his Universal/Focus Features release, “Taking Woodstock.” Since 2006, he has also been writing, directing and consulting with Ram Dass’s Love Serve Remember Foundation and, in 2012, directed the “Cultivating Loving Awareness” documentary.
Zach and Elijah journey over to Marianne Williamson's house for one seriously amazing podcast. Marianne transmitted some razor sharp wisdom, compassion and insight into modern day spirituatility, politics and love. She is truly one of the great teachers and wise-women of the modern age. And, perhaps most importantly, she is so unabashedly not full of shit.
Marianne Williamson is an American spiritual teacher, author and lecturer. She has published ten books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers.