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Happy Life - A Wellness Podcast

It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters, you can see that they figured out how to feel happy, healthy and fulfilled and told us how to do it. The practices they espoused like meditation and prayer are only now being demonstrated by scientists to transform mood and outlook at the least and permanently alter human consciousness. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough to continue to make progress and get the most out of the time spent on these mystical practices. You need a framework in which to practice these ancient techniques. Unfortunately, if you don't want the layers of institutional confusion and control that come with religion, it is difficult to know where to begin and who to trust. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings of old down into contemporary language so that we can all benefit from the profound insights into the human condition provided to us by the likes of Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tzu and so many others. And rather than dwelling entirely on esoteric texts, we anchor many of the teachings on great quotes from Star Wars, The Last Airbender, Kung Fu Panda, Harry Potter and other classics from our modern mythical toolbox. You can also find the Happy Mind Guided Meditations and the Happy Body Podcast as separate shows for more hands on guidance and practice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Zebediah Rice Interviewed by Zander Ford

Zander Ford hosts a podcast called Conscious Founders. He summarizes what he is up to with the following intro: "Learn how to live a joyous life while creating amazing businesses. Explore Virtual Reality tools, tips, and tricks that accelerate Human performance." Zander has graciously allowed me to repost the interview on the Happy Life podcast. You can find more about Conscious Founders at http://consciousfounders.org/ where you'll find the podcast, more information about his background as well as his unique approach to personal coaching. Zander is also a poet and publishes his work at https://www.wordsandlight.com/. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 5mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Stages of Mastery 4 - Healthy

Mastery is about realizing our full potential in life. It is about acquiring authentic power. It is about remembering that this power belongs to us already. And it is about experience a life free from suffering. Such is the promise offered by masters from Lao Tzu and Buddha through to Jesus and Krishna. The way in which it is acquired varies in the details but, whether it is an Islamic mystic from the Middle Ages, or Cherokee Shaman, a Christian saint or a Jewish luminary, the message is essentially the same. In this episode we unpack what this so-called fourth stage of mastery looks like. It is a particularly interesting stage because it is the pivot point between the bottom three (all of which are forms of dysfunction) and the next three (all of which are forms of mastery). Some traditions call this intuition. Others the heart chakra or Beatrice. But is all more or less the same.Though the rendition is my own and I draw from many other sources, I should say that I am indebted to my late teacher George Falcon for the original the ideation behind this model and my thinking on levels of consciousness more generally. Those familiar with his teachings will note many similarities so full credit to George here.LOWER SELF -- DYSFUNCTIONALStage 1: Physical (aka Gross or Four Elements)Stage 2: Dysfunction (aka Emotional or Astral)Stage 3: Recovery (aka Rational or Mental)PIVOT/BRIDGEStage 4: Healthy (aka Transpersonal)HIGHER SELF -- MASTERYStage 5: Cosmic (aka Holy Spirit)Stage 6: Universal (aka Buddha/Illumination/Subtle)Stage 7: Divine (aka Transcendental/Enlightened/Causal)Stage 8: Fully Liberated (non-describable/non-doing/Wu Wu Wei)I should say that I am indebted to my late teacher George Falcon for much of the ideation behind this model and my thinking on levels of consciousness more generally. Those familiar with his teachings will note many similarities so full credit to George here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

47mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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The Lower Self (Kalyanamitra Talk 1)

The first in a series of talks called Kalyanamitra sessions. Kalyanamitra means "teacher". Unlike Guru (which also means teacher), Kalyanamitra has more the flavor of "spiritual friend" than "master"-connotation that Guru has. In that spirit, Zebediah Rice offers an introductory talk, followed by discussion with the group. The talk covers the lower self or the so-called first three levels of human consciousness. The discussion part of the session covers topics such as why bad things happen to good people, whether spirituality is just something the human brain comes up with when under stress, if anger can ever be a constructive emotion in life, etc. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 2mins

2 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Stages of Mastery 2 - Dysfunction

There are eight stages to the process of self-mastery. Sadly, most of us are stuck at Stage 2, which we call Dysfunction. We call it that because we all want to be happy but very few of us are, really. Yet even though we can see they don't work, we keep trying the same strategies over and over anyway. In this episode, we unpack that the hallmarks of a dysfunctional person are so that we can recognize whether we're at that level or not and begin to see how to advance beyond it.I should say that I am indebted to my late teacher George Falcon for much of the ideation behind this model and my thinking on levels of consciousness more generally. Those familiar with his teachings will note many similarities so full credit to George here. In summary, the 8 stages in total are:LOWER SELF -- DYSFUNCTIONALStage 1: Physical (aka Gross)Stage 2: Dysfunction (aka Emotional or Astral)Stage 3: Recovery (aka Rational or Mental)PIVOT/BRIDGEStage 4: Healthy (aka Transpersonal)HIGHER SELF -- MASTERYStage 5: Cosmic (aka Holy Spirit)Stage 6: Universal (aka Buddha/Illumination/Subtle)Stage 7: Divine (aka Transcendental/Enlightened/Causal)Stage 8: Fully Liberated (non-describable/non-doing/Wu Wu Wei) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

28mins

1 May 2019

Rank #4

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Happy Life: The Awkward Adolescence Of Consciousness

If life really is meant to be as great as the wise masters of old tells us, how do we not recognize it? How do we know what choices to make to ensure we are moving with the flow, aligning ourselves with the master plan (assuming there is one!)? What are the signs we can look for in life to experience this so-called "Nirvana" or "Kingdom of Heaven consciousness"? In this episode, Zebediah Rice investigates the answers to these questions in what could be called the awkward adolescence of consciousness. At some stage in life, many of us reach a point where we are ready to do things differently. We may have tried other options for self-improvement but nothing is really creating any fundamental changes in our life or leading to sustained happiness or health or peace. With the Serena approach, the idea is to take the advice of the ancient teachers seriously and attempt to incorporate their teachings into our life. The challenge with the Serena style approach is that when you actually go back and read what these guys have to say, turning their insights on living the best life into practice can be challenging, to say the least. In this episode Zebediah looks at what three of his favorite masters (Lao Tzu, Jesus, and Buddha) have to say about techniques we can use to achieve Nirvana here in this body, in this life. He then puts this into a context of what our self really looks like and with this context, then brings these obscure teachings into a practical and specific set of things each of us can look out for and do in our day to day lives to live better, more fulfilling, happy and healthy lives. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

1 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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Serena Principles Part 1: Leveling Up In Consciousness

In this episode we take a look at the first two principles of the Serena system: Know Ourselves and Take Responsibility. Using these principles each of us can take the first steps to claiming a better, happier and more fulfilling life for ourselves, right now. Just like in video games, we can level up in real life by practicing these principles and thereby access better health, more powers, and better "maps." See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

1 Jun 2017

Rank #6

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What Spoke Zarathustra?

The ancient Persian sage Zarathustra provided very practical advice on how to live the best life, advice that is as relevant today as it was in those days many thousands of years ago when he first sang his hymns. These hymns, recorded in the Gathas, provide a very different wisdom than that put in his name by the great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. So in this episode we look at what Zarathustra really spoke in contrast to Nietzsche's bold rewriting of it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

28 Feb 2019

Rank #7

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Stairway To Heaven

In this episode Zebediah Rice shares some of his personal story of adventure, near-death experiences and extreme sports addiction. He then connects that with what modern life is like for many people and traces that sense of something missing back through history so that we can see how it all fits together with a universal human longing for something higher than our individual selves. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

17mins

1 May 2017

Rank #8

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Levels of Consciousness Part 2: The Gates Of Heaven

In this episode, Zebediah Rice picks up the where the last episode left off. Zebediah explores what the nature of our intellectual and intuitive selves look like using the story of the encounter between the famous Zen monk, Hakuin, and a powerful Samurai. The Samurai is seeking insight into the nature of heaven and hell and the Zen master skillfully takes his consciousness from this intellectual pursuit, through anger and then to the knowing of our higher self. By understanding how these levels of our nature work, we can see how easy it is to enter the gates of hell and experience a life filled with suffering. Any person dominated by their emotions or thoughts is going to struggle to maintain a healthy, happy and fulfilled experience of life. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

19mins

1 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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Happy Life: Chakras & More

The first foundational principle of the Serena system is knowing who we are. None of these methods of achieving optimal physical and psychological well being really work sustainably until we can begin to grasp this concept of self, non-self, or levels of consciousness. Training and practice (like meditation and mindfulness) are essential but they aren’t enough. We have to understand why we are practicing, where we want to go with the practice and, perhaps most importantly, we have to have faith that it will work. So today, we are going to revisit the principle of Knowing Ourselves but rather than using an apartment building or the idea of levels of consciousness, we are going to explore three other frameworks for talking about who we really are: One, Chakras, Two, Personification, and Three, States of Being. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

25mins

1 Nov 2017

Rank #10

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Why is happiness so elusive? Part 1 (Supposedly it belongs to us)

The greatest mystics the human race has produced have all told us the same thing: happiness belongs to us. We already posses it. So then why is it so elusive? It is one of the most challenging health care issues of our time. Over 300 million people have depression globally and it costs the US $200B per year. In any given year, as many as 20% of workers will suffer from some form of debilitating anxiety or depression. Can all these wise masters of old all be wrong? Can Jesus and Lao Tzu, Mohammed and Buddha all be confused on this point? In Part one of these series we look at what these guys actually said and pick apart the message from the trappings of religion and we strip away the misleading elements that creep in as culture and context and word meanings change. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

1 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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We Become What We Believe

"Humans grow to become whatever the believe." Bhagavad Gita 17:3 In this episode, Zebediah Rice looks at the way the brain controls how we feel and what we do. It is true that no matter how much we try, we are ultimately not in control of the events that unfold in our lives. And yet, in strange and subtle ways, we do control both our experience of reality and the very future that awaits us. It all comes back to our beliefs. If we have limiting or negative thoughts, emotions, ideas and beliefs then we are manufacturing a reality for ourselves that is going to be limiting and negative. We are the ones that are responsible for creating our experience of life. And we do this through our beliefs. In this episode, we are going to explore this dynamic and look at how simply changing the belief from negative and limiting to positive and unlimited, changes our actual experience of life itself. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

30mins

1 Sep 2017

Rank #12

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Levels of Consciousness Part 3: The Jetliner Views

In this episode, we pick up the where the the last episode left off. Now that we have a handle on our lower self, it is time to peek over to the other side and hear how the great masters describe what it is like in heaven, or, to use an apartment building metaphor, what it is like on the floors with the jetliner views. If you haven’t listened to the earlier couple of episodes, you might want to back up and start there first. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

20mins

1 Apr 2017

Rank #13

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Stages of Mastery - Intro to Mastery

Masters are the apex of human experience. But, like a black belt, becoming a Master is just the beginning. Before diving in to what the higher levels are all about and going through each one in detail, in this episode we look at how to tell when someone is a master and how one becomes a master. In summary, the stages are:LOWER SELF -- DYSFUNCTIONALStage 1: Physical (aka Gross)Stage 2: Dysfunction (aka Emotional or Astral)Stage 3: Recovery (aka Rational or Mental)PIVOT/BRIDGEStage 4: Healthy (aka Transpersonal)HIGHER SELF -- MASTERYStage 5: Cosmic (aka Holy Spirit)Stage 6: Universal (aka Buddha/Illumination/Subtle)Stage 7: Divine (aka Transcendental/Enlightened/Causal)Stage 8: Fully LiberatedI should say that I am indebted to my late teacher George Falcon for much of the ideation behind this model and my thinking on levels of consciousness more generally. Those familiar with his teachings will note many similarities so full credit to George here. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

26mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Stages of Mastery 3 - Recovery

The ancient masters, one after another, have spoken of a state of peace and happiness that is available to each and every one of us. But how do we reach such a state? It turns out this process is typically not a sudden flash of Satori or sudden enlightenment. In most cases it is a process and this process can be marked by a series of stations along the way. In this episode we examine the transition from the second stage to the third stage. The tricks to moving past the dysfunction of Stage 2 are elucidated as well as the features of what Stage 3 or Recovery looks like. In Summary, the 8 stages are as follows:LOWER SELF -- DYSFUNCTIONALStage 1: Physical (aka Gross)Stage 2: Dysfunction (aka Emotional or Astral)Stage 3: Recovery (aka Rational or Mental)PIVOT/BRIDGEStage 4: Healthy (aka Transpersonal)HIGHER SELF -- MASTERYStage 5: Cosmic (aka Holy Spirit)Stage 6: Universal (aka Buddha/Illumination/Subtle)Stage 7: Divine (aka Transcendental/Enlightened/Causal)Stage 8: Fully Liberated (non-describable/non-doing/Wu Wu Wei)I am forever indebted to my late teacher George Falcon for much of the ideation behind this model and my thinking on the nature of the self and levels of consciousness more generally. Much of what you will hear in this series was shared with me by him years ago. In the years since those conversations, I have discovered that he didn't invent this model. Rather he synthesized it from very similar ones used by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews, Christians, Ancient Polynesians, Ancient Egyptians, Indigenous Americans, and many more. It is a universal experience of spiritual advancement to pass stages of some number and these stages, regardless of the tradition, tend to strongly resemble one another. The differences are more with how many stages the tradition breaks them up into. Sometimes there are four, sometimes 10 or 16 or more. Regardless of the number, the ideas and features of the process are more or less the same. Having now studied models from approximately 10 traditions, and investigated my own journey along this path of self-mastery, I am sharing my perspective on these so-called stages of Self-Mastery. In this episode the focus is on what is called the "Recovery" stage. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

32mins

1 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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Why We Meditate (Part 1 - Freedom)

In this episode we look into the question of why we meditate. Thanks to the work of many scientists around the world over the last twenty years or so, we now know that meditation not only lowers stress and improves mental sharpness but it also strengthens our immune system, gives us more youthful and healthy brain tissue, and can be as good or better than prescription drugs for treating many forms of mental illness. But the wise masters from throughout the ages tell us that there is so much more to it than that. If we practice enough, we are told, we not only begin to see evidence of ever increasing health and happiness, but we can actually learn to switch the brain off and thereby realize the truth of our own freedom and the experience the inherent perfection of the universe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

12mins

1 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Why is happiness so elusive? Part 4 (The Methods & The Shortcuts)

The great masters have told us that happiness belongs to us. We saw the ways the explained in this in the first episode of the series. Then in the next two we explored why this happiness remains so elusive, looking at a poor man's version of evolutionary psychology, karma and the leaps of faith many of us just can't make. And all of that brought us, finally, to this episode in which we discuss the various methods for realizing this happiness within ourselves. We take a look at many of the shortcuts, including fasting, LSD, kundalini, base jumping, and so on, and explore why they are probably only going to lead to a dead end in this search for happiness. And we conclude with the wise words of dear old Dumbledore, the wise master from Harry Potter's Hogwarts. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

31mins

1 Oct 2018

Rank #17

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Happy Life: Regime Change in your Consciousness

We think we are our bodies and our brains. But this isn’t true. And by making this mistake, we are setting ourselves up for a life of suffering. It is like in a corporation or a government. Everyone in the company or bureaucracy needs to know their role on the team and do their job and not all try to be the boss or do someone else’s job. The situation we find ourselves in most of the time is what we would find if we put children in the White House and let them run the United States government. And these children either don’t believe there is a higher authority or believe that, even if there is, this higher authority won’t look after them so they better just make the best of it. But there is a higher authority. There is another way. It begins with regime change. Time to throw out the rulers of our life and put the our higher self in charge. In this episode, we cover three techniques each of us can use to effect this autogolpe or regime change within our selves. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

23mins

1 Oct 2017

Rank #18

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Serena Principles Part 2: We are the Watcher

In this episode we review the third principle of the Serena system: Be the Watcher. Even though if feels like we are our bodies and the thoughts, emotions and actions it produces, this is an illusion. The truth is that we don’t change and bodies and emotions and thoughts change, so we can’t be any of that. We know this because we can be aware of our bodies and emotions and thoughts; and we can MOVE our awareness at will. So we are the one doing the watching and a great trick for leveling up in consciousness, for living a happy and healthy life, is knowing this truth and taking charge of this power. Unfortunately, most of us just let our lower self control the show. We’ve given the keys of the candy shop to the kids and left them in charge so we should be surprised that thing aren’t working out for the best. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

15mins

1 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Why is happiness so elusive? Part 3 (Leaps of Faith)

Jesus, St. Paul, the I Ching provide some of the core insights about how to live a happy life in this episode. But those guys can be a little boring and obscure so we will also take advantage of the insights from George Lucas' Master Yoda and General Iroh of the Last Airbender's Fire Nation to get a better grip of who we really are and what that means for happiness. One of the main points covered in the episode is that there are two core leaps of faith that we need to make to realize happiness in our own lives. The first leap is that the physical world has certain properties: the physical world is a world of separation and duality (light/dark, yes/no, yin/yang), and in part because of that duality, it is our beliefs that shape our experiences. So this first leap of faith is that we can create a happier life by exploiting the brain's "confirmation bias" and insisting on the belief that life is good, regardless of how things appear in any given moment (a strategy that was wonderfully lampooned by Voltaire in Candide years ago). The second leap of faith is that there is a whole other world that is invisible to our senses and our thinking/emoting selves, existing right here and right now (a belief that has also been hilariously caricatured in movies like Monty Python's The Life of Brian). As much fun as it is to see Candide and Monty Python make fun of these two leaps of faith, and as useful as those satires are at pointing out the ways in which these leaps can be misunderstood or exploited, these humorous takes can unfortunately leave us with the impression that faith in general and these two leaps in particular are worthless. They most certainly are not and this episode explores why making these leaps can be so useful in hacking the mind to create the mental state we call joy or peace or love. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

36mins

31 Aug 2018

Rank #20