My families association with Hef began in the 60s when TL was featured as an interview subject in the magazine. That interview still remains one of the pivotal early profiles. Not long after that Hef was vital in raising money for TL’s legal defense against “the man” for trying to shut down his ideas. This was huge.
I’m sure there will be some chatter about Playboy’s objectification of women and all the tangental issues that go along with that. Perhaps what many young people don’t realize is that Hef was a fierce champion of First Amendment rights, fringe political issues, anti-authoritarian causes and for creating a modern day dreamland that was all his own and was beyond anything recognizable in 1950s America.
“Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.”
In my youth my parents would regale me with stories of wild hedonistic tinged nights at the Playboy mansion. God only knows what really went on but I was treated to stories of Kareem calling my dad “doc” and the casual elegance of Jack just hanging out talking to Babs. Naturally like any young man growing up in LA during the 80’s, I couldn’t wait for it to be my turn.
That didn’t come until much much later and quite honestly by the time I arrived I felt like I was 20-30 years too late. It was cool to meet him, sure. But the “Hef” mystique is one of the few tapestries in life that make me feel I was born at the wrong time.
Shine on Hef. You were a maverick.
Episode 102 of the It’s All Happening podcast features the divine creatrix behind PhenoVibe, Ariane Labyrinth. Ariane is a dear friend and soul sister, we recorded the episode in the quiet vibey confines of the post midnight witching hour. Yes, Ariane and her next Cosmic Cabaret event (Rites of Passage) goes down on September 29th but our conversation had very little do with that. We surfed the sonic sugary frequencies of metaphysical practice, energy, light space and a whole host of psychedelic sacredness that’s almost impossible to talk about, but we did! This episode is not like any other that IAH has done, I hope you enjoy it.
Ariane Labyrinth – is the chief creatrix and inspiration behind PhenoVIbe. The focus of our practice is Cosmic Alchemy, a unique type of experience allowing us to directly connect to and immerse ourselves in source energy and light -the most empowering and transformative force of the universe. Her roots are in dance, metaphysical meditation and light work.
CLICK HERE for tickets to Rites of Passage on September 29th
On August 2, 2017, Gary Baum of the Hollywood Reporter published what is now a legendary piece on the real identity of LA cult icon Angelyne. It was so spell binding that nearly everyone in LA who is over a certain age participated in the chatter of what it all meant. I was so blown away that I had to track Gary down to see if he would do the podcast. Sure enough he was most gracious and sat down with me at The Hollywood Reporter office. For about an hour we discussed all the ins and outs and what-have-yous surrounding the development of the article and it’s whodunit caper qualities. Two years prior, Gary wrote another article on the enduring legend of Angelyne and began to chip away at her razor sharp fabricated image. He’s spent a lot of face time with Angelyne and has a wonderfully curious point of view on the deeper meaning behind not just her but also on the nature of reinvention, identity and life in the modern media-sphere. This is episode 101 of the It’s All Happening podcast. I hope you enjoy it.
Gary Baum is a Senior writer at The Hollywood Reporter, covering the circus.
EPISODE 100 of the It’s All Happening Podcast!!! Amazing. To celebrate this milestone I brought back two return guests to the fold – Taryn Southern and Jack Kornfield. Taryn is the main guest and takes us on a wonderfully informative and inspirational journey into the emerging worlds of Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence. Taryn just released a new single that has AI as her band! And of course, Jack Kornfield’s heartfelt wisdom grounds us in a dharma talk centered around making friends with our practice in these complex times. This episode truly embodies my passions of bringing technology and spirituality into one conversation.
I am beyond moved, grateful and blown away that 100 episodes has been reached. It seemed so far away! With the love and support of you guys we’ll certainly have 100 more! Thank you everyone who’s been riding along with me on the adventure these past two years. You’ve taught me more than you’ll ever know.
This episode was brought to you by Bhakti Fest! It happens on September 6-11th in Joshua Tree!
Taryn Southern – I love to make stuff online. Here’s some music stuff. Some comedy stuff. Some VR stuff. Some TV and filmstuff. I’m the founder of Happy Cat Media, which has produced 1500+ videos for brands like Marriott, MovieTickets, and Today Show, and is now focused on immersive storytelling and consulting. My hobbies include adventure travel, margaritas, and irreverent comedy.
Jack Kornfield – Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River valley. He met and studied as a monk under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein and the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings, and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and is a father, husband and activist.
Live from Psychedelic Science ’17 in Oakland!
Microdosing: The Phenomenon, Research Results, and Startling Surprises
From Psychedelic Science 2017
Yes, Dr. Fadiman is back on the show! I know it seems disproportionate and it is. But after you listen to this episode you’ll see why!
Microdosing is by far one of the most popular revolutions happening within the psychedelic community today. The wide ranging applications for use in increased cognitive capacity based experiences is fast becoming a legitimate psychedelic method for use within the general population. James Fadiman and Sophia Korb at the center of cyclone with their ongoing research of over 1500 active participants.
From their site, microdosingpsychedelics.com:
These are the three most frequently asked questions:
- How much is a microdose? Most people start at 1/20 to 1/10 of a recreational dose of whatever substance they are trying and adjust based on their experience. If you are experiencing visual effects, you have taken too much.
- How often are microdoses taken? Most participants dose every three days.
- Is microdosing right for me? Only you can make that determination. There is more information about who has benefited so far and possible risks in the full FAQ.
Over 1500 participants have reported their experiences of microdosing as of this writing, and submitted narrative reports and daily data. We are taking time to read and analyze and report on all the data.
Please visit www.maps.org for more information
On this episode of the It’s All Happening podcast with go deep with Michael Brian Baker, the founder and chief visionary of The Breath Center. Michael is a facilitator and modern shamanic guide into a breath work practice that is sure to transform anyones state of being if they engage in the experience. I’ve done lots of it myself and let me tell you, it’s a life changer. Our conversation centers around the origins of breath work in ancient traditions, their transformation into Western modalities, mysticism, the science behind breathing, higher states of consciousness and so much more. Michael is truly residing in a higher plane of feeling and expression on a daily basis and it shows here in this podcast. I love him dearly and I hope you all get a chance to experience his gift.
Michael Brian Baker is a student of compassion and humility and the founding member of The Breath Center. He travels extensively facilitating groups and individuals in the realization of self-mastery through somatic release, breathwork, and natural plant-based detox. Michael’s extensive experience as a keynote speaker representing the conscious and healing arts communities has built his well deserved reputation for restoring profound hope and intimacy in large group settings. He supports people in their own growth, freedom, and discovery of the bodies innate intelligence to heal from within.
Michael’s current home base as a teacher of the oral traditions and arts practitioner is in Ojai, California.
Episode 98 of the It’s All Happening with Zach Leary podcast features the lightening rod that is Amarna Miller. For quite awhile I’ve been wanting to do have an adult film star on the podcast with the hopes of being able to dig into the controversy and philosophy around sexuality in America. Amarna is very bright and articulate and you’ll see that the talk covered a wide variety of topics including her experience doing what she does, healthy sexuality around the world, why there is so much controversy on the issue, gender roles and feminism. I know this podcast will be a turn off for some and might strike a chord. My intention was to have a level headed reasonably non biased look into the topic. Like it or not it’s a huge part of our culture and dialogue around it is a good thing.
Amarna Miller is porn actress and director, entrepreneur and graduated in Fine Arts. I am 24, bisexual and I love sex in all its forms, I consider it something natural that should not be hidden. I like BDSM, antique things, photography and art. And I just won the Ninfa award for best actress of the year! My life is based in travel around the world shooting for different producers. In this blog I will write my experiences, the ideas that I have, and also I’ll post videos and exclusive photo shoots. I hope that by this way you could know me a little more
The IAH podcast returns with Episode 97! This one features the bhakti-infused heart of financial wizard, Jason Rotman. I wanted Jason on the podcast for awhile because I know of so few people who embody consciously infused capitalism in such an inspiring way. He lives in both the material world and the spiritual world with grace and ease. By day he’s a trading expert/analyst while also being a kirtan wallah, poet and lover of bliss. Our talk covered his transformation, why kirtan works, how the markets do what they do and an all around philosophical bhakti romp into the worlds affairs.
Jason Rotman is an advisor for alternative trading and investments at Lido Isle Advisors. He has also been playing sacred chant music since 2008 as Krishna’s Kirtan, a group that is known for sharing explosive and devotional kirtan (sacred chanting).
Krishna’s Kirtan is a veteran contributor at Bhaktifest, one of the largest yoga and music festivals in the country. Highly in demand for health and yoga retreats, events, and festivals, the group provides a powerful presence of love, spirituality, and deep devotion.
His kirtan album “Krishna’s Kirtan” can be purchased by visiting here
His book of devotional poetry can be purchased here:
72 Messages of Love