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Welcome to IAH Productions!

The goal of IAH Productions to extend my work into areas that exist outside of myself but feels true to what we’ve created here on the IAH podcast. For years, I’ve been separating my work into different components, categories and compartments. Rather than continuing that separation I feel that the best way moving forward is to unify everything I do into one cohesive philosophical offering that has within it different offerings

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2016 – My Problem Child

(Yes, I stole the blogs title from Albert Hoffman’s seminal book ‘LSD – My Problem Child’. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have minded)

2016, by all accounts, seemed to be a rough year for most people. If it wasn’t “rough” it perhaps certainly was a year of transition, change and deep shifts in our collective consciousness .

Here’s some of the bigger learnings for me from this past year.

1.) I’m smarter than many but not as smart as some

In between these two spectrums lies the ability to know where my strongest suits are settled. This space is where I can tread effectively and meaningfully. If I have doubts that I’m not smart enough to deal with a certain topic then that just sells me short and I don’t get the results I’m after. On the flip side I know what topics I can only skim the surface of and don’t dare compete in. That realization allows me to stay in my zone and be the best I can be within that zone.

2.) Podcasting is harder than I thought

Embarking on “It’s All Happening” in 2015 was no doubt a good idea however, 71 episodes later I’ve come to realize that it’s harder than I thought it would be. Releasing to the world an hours worth of good content every week takes great care, preparation, thought and balance. The art of listening to other people is a whole art unto itself. But listening to others while gently steering them in the right direction in order to keep the conversation vibrant and interesting is also an art unto itself. I’ve learned that you really just can’t throw episodes out in a hurried and rash fashion – it’s better to release a show late than to release one on time but of poor quality. My listeners have taught me so much and now that the show has a decent following getting listener feedback is more important than ever. That’s the barometer.

3.) The political sphere follows and does not lead

I heard Ram Dass say this in a lecture from 1983. At the time I never really paid much attention to it nor did I even think it was true. It was then and is now. He was so right on. Let’s not forget it.

Politics follows polling data and then adjusts according to that data. If the political narrative really was based on leading it would forge it’s discourse not based on fear, a watered down pubic sentiment (polls), or precedent. Rather it would be based on breaking ground and boldly deciding what we can collectively do as a society. Sure, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams listened to the frustrations of the late 18th century but do you think they really cared how the Declaration of Independence was “going to play” in the field. Fuck no. They were rebels, they rebelled. Let’s do more of that.

4.) Time is finite

My incarnation as a 43 year old named Zach Leary is where I’m at and what I’m doing now. Sure, you can change and begin again. There is a certain elasticity to life that allows you to be flexible when needed and for memories to come and go. That’s great and all – but – time is finite. There are only so many days that I’ll be able to do what it is I think I should be doing and using those days wisely is of the utmost importance. I used to think that “Oh, I’ll get it to when I’m ready.” No longer do I think that.

The time is now. Move. Act. Follow through. Produce. Get into action.

Of course, I’ll have an off day when a Netflix binge and Thai food delivery is the best I can do. When that happens I’ll make peace with it and not beat myself up with the “undisciplined loser” dialogue. I can learn to embrace my shadow side with softness but also with enough sting to get myself off the mat and back into the ring. I can only speak for myself in that I feel I have just enough to offer the world, my God and my heart and that my dharma is to simply honor that.

As Krishna Das so wisely says “As far as I’m concerned the only thing we need to renounce is our self-hatred and judgment of ourselves, and our sense of unworthiness, and our sense that we are not worthy of love. This is where we should start. If we could just work with that place a little bit the whole quality of our lives would change.”

That’s it.

5.) Egg McMuffins – really people?!?

By far the most hate mail/tweets/messages that I received from being on the Joe Rogan Experience was from people responding to my  occasional failing of eating an Egg McMuffin from McDonalds. Seems that there are a fair amount of people who truly believe that succumbing to that occasional vice literally makes me “not spiritual”, “a poser”, “not a hippie”, “a cruel hypocrite”, “a drug damaged sociopath” and my favorite “a delusional acid casualty.” Well now, there you have it. I’m really in love with that sort of attack and find it so amazing that there are so many perfect people out in the world.

Should I not eat Egg McMuffins? Yes, of course. McDonalds is about as bad a corporation as it gets and factory farming sucks. But I’ve spent a huge portion of my adult life barely able to gasp for air or for any love at all. If I fall to an occasional trapping of the hypocrisy of the material world, I’m ok with that. And trust me the lowly Egg McMuffin is not as bad at it COULD get for me. I’ve danced in many more dangerous and disingenuous arenas than that. I’m blessed that I’m currently not doing those dances, truly.

Progress and not perfection. One day – yes – I will be Egg McMuffin free. Maybe that even starts now? Who knows? Ram Dass so often and correctly warns us of being “phony holy.” That is the one thing I never ever want to be. So there it is!

Happy 2017. I’m really feeling an upswing not just in myself but in the collective dialogue. Let’s do this thing.

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JRE Episode #891 with Zach Leary

Clearly getting the call to come on the Joe Rogan Experience is the one you want to get if you have a podcast that’s at all an irreverent stab at analyzing the cultural multi-verse. Without Rogan it can probably be said that the genre wouldn’t exist in the healthy and vibrant way that it does now. He’s the OG Jedi master. That of course means that getting that call to come on the show is thrilling, surreal, nerve racking but ultimately a fantastically joyful manifestation from the Gods.

It was a blast to do. Did it go as well as I wanted it to go? No. Were my expectations of myself too high? Yes. Do I want a do-over? Yes. That said, there’s some good stuff in it and I’m happy I even got the chance. Joe was kind, welcoming and generous with his time and attention. I hope you enjoy it.

Click on the image to watch it on YouTube or to listen on iTunes click here

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The MAPS Podcast

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I’m thrilled beyond measure to announce a new project that I’ll be involved with. Starting in late January I’ll be hosting the all-new MAPS (maps.org) podcast simply called “The MAPS Podcast”.

It will feature classic lectures and panels from many of the sensational past Psychedelic Science conferences, treasures from the Rick Doblin archives as well as all new interviews and content made just for this.

I’m honored to be a part of it and hope that I can help steer the podcast into the high-quality show that it deserves to be. Thank you to Brad Burge, Matt Neal and Rick Doblin for having me involved. God speed!

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The Spirit Matters Podcast

I really enjoyed doing this podcast. I love every one that I’m so honored to be asked to do but this one was special because it was a chance for me to transparent and specific about my spiritual practice and views on practical devotion. The Spirit Matters hosts are very insightful old-school practitioners and Phil Goldberg’s book “American Veda” is WELL worth getting into.

They wrote:

Zach Leary is the host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast. He calls himself “a blogger/writer, a futurist, spiritualist, digital branding specialist and self-proclaimed social theorist.” He is a practitioner of bhakti yoga as taught through many of the Vedantic systems of Northern India, which “unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience its true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss.” Zach has also been influenced by other methods and traditions of consciousness exploration, ranging from trans-humanism to Buddhism and clinical psychology. At the core of his work is the belief that we have been fused together by the use of technology, spirituality and mysticism to define the very nature of who we are. We spoke about bhakti, chanting, his podcast and growing up with a unique and controversial father, Timothy Leary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starting Next Week: Hanuman Chalisa Workshop

Please join me every Wed evening in October starting this Wednesday October 5th at Bhakti Yoga Shala. 

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Details:

WHEN: October 5, 12, 19, 26 at 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm each Wednesday.

Facebook Event Page: click here


Cost: Suggested donation is $20 per class

Please join me as we uncover the magic, practice and power of the Hanuman Chalisa.

– Four Week Course
– Integrated Practice
– In Depth Study
– Philosophy and Music

This is for the student and spiritual aspirant who looks to go deeper into their personal bhakti yoga practice by incorporating the chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa into their daily practice.

Over the course of four weeks we will break down the Hanuman Chalisa by focussing on 10 verses per week – 40 in total plus the intro and outro (Doha)

We will learn and study the chant over one melody – the “Good Ol’ Chalisa by Krishna Das” (as heard on Live on Earth) in order to give every student an accessible melody that can actually be learned and played, even by a beginer musician.

In addition we will discuss the philosophy and meaning of this magical Hindi chant written by Tulsi Das and why it’s relevant even today.

What’s suggested:
– bring a harmonium (not mandatory)
– a basic understanding of kirtan
– a basic understanding of the Hanuman Chalisa
– attending all four classes

What’s provided:
– transliteration
– chord charts
– download for KDs “Good Ol’ Chalisa”
– philosophy and discourse
– one on one instruction

People don’t know – every line of the Hanuman Chalisa is maha-mantra – Neem Karoli Baba

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Dispatch from the Post Bhakti Fest Life In the Material World Gazette!

Dispatch from Life in the Material World Gazette!

Sunday night – Driving home from Joshua Tree I was chased and harassed by another car for over 20 miles. Originating from a gas station in Pomona, he followed me and chased me on the freeway, he even slammed on his breaks at 80 mph and tried to run me off the road. I called 911 and made a highway 10 exit that got me out of harms way.

Monday night – upon returning from kirtan at BYS I parked my car on my street in SM, got out of my car and was nearly attacked by an unstable homeless man dressed in drag (yes really). He was a pretty big guy and got about 1 inch from my face screaming and yelling that he was going to kill me. Turns out he’s the son of a neighbor on my street and they have been worried about him for 20 years. Again, I called 911 and ended up ok.

I’ve called 911 maybe maybe 3 times (?) in my life prior to this. So this happens twice in two days immediately following 4 days of good association with fellow travelers on the spiritual plane…hmm, what to do? If that isn’t the juxtaposition of love, acceptance, destruction and maya I don’t know what is.

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New Zachleary.com Website!

Friends – welcome to my new website. I’m happy you’re here.

Since 2008, I’ve semi-regularly maintained zachleary.com primarily as a blog. It was a space for me to share my thoughts and points of view on things that I found interesting in the world. The majority of posts had to do with yoga/spirituality but also with politics, music and the overall broad landscape of the expansion of consciousness. Lofty topics all. While I didn’t update it as often as I probably should have I did manage to build up a small but loyal following that felt supportive and encouraging.

Just over a year ago I launched the It’s All Happening podcast on a separate URL thinking that I’d build that brand as something separate. While we did succeed in doing that it became apparent that there really was no reason to have two separate websites going on simultaneously. Traffic was split, opportunities were lost. One hand didn’t know what the other was doing, all that sorta stuff.

Therefore –  I welcome you to the new zachleary.com – one site that houses :

  • the It’s All Happening With Zach Leary Podcast (with an episode guide too!)
  • blog posts
  • event appearances
  • kirtan events and releases
  • a new store with some all new IAH t-shirts and book picks that I think you might like

Thank you so much for being a part of this journey and I look forward to sharing it together as we figure out the future as one collective community.

Many of you have the previous It’s All Happening URL bookmarked as your place to listen to the podcast. You can still do that however, I recommend updating your bookmark to www.zachleary.com. The old URL will redirect to the new one but sometimes those things fall apart.

With love,

Zach

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