title

Happy Life - A Serena Podcast

Zebediah Rice

1
Followers
0
Plays
Happy Life - A Serena Podcast
Happy Life - A Serena Podcast

Happy Life - A Serena Podcast

Zebediah Rice

1
Followers
0
Plays
OVERVIEWEPISODESYOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Details

About Us

It turns out when you strip away the religious and institutional covers from the ancient masters like Lao Tzu, Buddha and Jesus, 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 neurologists and neuropsychologists to transform mood and outlook. But just learning to meditate, practicing mindfulness, or learning how to sense and move your energy isn't enough. 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, there is almost nowhere to go. In the tradition of "Dharma talks," this podcast addresses that gap. It breaks these mysterious teachings 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 too much 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 Serena Guided Meditations and the Serena Happy Body Podcast as separate shows. Like the all the Serena Podcasts, it's free.

Latest Episodes

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.

26 MINSEP 30
Comments
Stages of Mastery - Intro to Mastery

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/.

65 MINSEP 22
Comments
Zebediah Rice Interviewed by Zander Ford

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.

30 MINMAY 31
Comments
What Spoke Zarathustra?

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 m...

47 MINFEB 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 4 - Healthy

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.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, Bud...

32 MINJAN 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 3 - Recovery

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.

28 MIN2018 DEC 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 2 - Dysfunction

Stages of Mastery 1 - The Four Elements

Since time immemorial, the Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire & Water have been used to understand and explain the world we live in. In this first episode of the series of the Stages of Self-Mastery, the Four Elements are used to introduce the entire process. What does it mean, why is it worth doing, what have the great religions and indigenous cultures had to say, and how do the Four Elements help elucidate how to lead to a better life? These are the sorts of questions unpacked in this episode. Using the insights from great minds such as Buddha, Jesus, and the great medieval Islamic Shaikh e Akbar Ibn 'Arabi, the purpose of self-mastery is explored. And using the Four Elements theory from the Zoroastrians, Ancient Greece and indigenous cultures such as pre-settlement Hawaii and Cherokee medicine wheels, the first Stage of Self-Mastery, the Earth or Vegetative state, is introduced.

39 MIN2018 NOV 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 1 - The Four Elements

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.

31 MIN2018 OCT 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 4 (The Methods & The Shortcuts)

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 ...

36 MIN2018 SEP 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 3 (Leaps of Faith)

Why is happiness so elusive? Part 2 (Evolution & Karma)

Why is happiness so elusive? Evolutionary psychology provides some answers but not as many as we would like. It doesn't provide much insight into why some are happier than others, for example, or how to find and sustain happiness. In this episode, with some help from Master Po from the Kung Fu TV series and Master Yoda from Star Wars mythology, we delve into these questions more deeply. We look at how the power of karma explains the way in which we recreate our own suffering again and again. We explore how our beliefs determine our experiences. We look at some of the common misconceptions around practices like mindfulness. And we revisit the importance of being still and opening our heart for discovering the happiness that is already within us.

25 MIN2018 AUG 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 2 (Evolution & Karma)

Latest Episodes

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.

26 MINSEP 30
Comments
Stages of Mastery - Intro to Mastery

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/.

65 MINSEP 22
Comments
Zebediah Rice Interviewed by Zander Ford

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.

30 MINMAY 31
Comments
What Spoke Zarathustra?

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 m...

47 MINFEB 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 4 - Healthy

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.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, Bud...

32 MINJAN 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 3 - Recovery

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.

28 MIN2018 DEC 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 2 - Dysfunction

Stages of Mastery 1 - The Four Elements

Since time immemorial, the Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire & Water have been used to understand and explain the world we live in. In this first episode of the series of the Stages of Self-Mastery, the Four Elements are used to introduce the entire process. What does it mean, why is it worth doing, what have the great religions and indigenous cultures had to say, and how do the Four Elements help elucidate how to lead to a better life? These are the sorts of questions unpacked in this episode. Using the insights from great minds such as Buddha, Jesus, and the great medieval Islamic Shaikh e Akbar Ibn 'Arabi, the purpose of self-mastery is explored. And using the Four Elements theory from the Zoroastrians, Ancient Greece and indigenous cultures such as pre-settlement Hawaii and Cherokee medicine wheels, the first Stage of Self-Mastery, the Earth or Vegetative state, is introduced.

39 MIN2018 NOV 1
Comments
Stages of Mastery 1 - The Four Elements

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.

31 MIN2018 OCT 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 4 (The Methods & The Shortcuts)

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 ...

36 MIN2018 SEP 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 3 (Leaps of Faith)

Why is happiness so elusive? Part 2 (Evolution & Karma)

Why is happiness so elusive? Evolutionary psychology provides some answers but not as many as we would like. It doesn't provide much insight into why some are happier than others, for example, or how to find and sustain happiness. In this episode, with some help from Master Po from the Kung Fu TV series and Master Yoda from Star Wars mythology, we delve into these questions more deeply. We look at how the power of karma explains the way in which we recreate our own suffering again and again. We explore how our beliefs determine our experiences. We look at some of the common misconceptions around practices like mindfulness. And we revisit the importance of being still and opening our heart for discovering the happiness that is already within us.

25 MIN2018 AUG 1
Comments
Why is happiness so elusive? Part 2 (Evolution & Karma)
hmly
himalayaプレミアムへようこそ聴き放題のオーディオブックをお楽しみください。