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Synchronicity with Noah Lampert

A show dedicated to examining the subtle realities that connect us all. Each episode host Noah Lampert speaks with new guests to find out their unique perspectives on life, reality and beyond.
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Mar 30, 2016

My guest today is business owner and marijuana lifestyle advocate slash activist, Davis Clayton Kiyo.

Davis and I went to the same high school but didn't really know each other too well back then. Since ye olden days he's embarked on a new career centered around one of my favorite things in life: marijuana.

You may remember my last guest, Ben Kovacs, is a co-founder of a company called Myster. Well, Davis is the other co-founder.

You'll hear it in the episode but Davis has a creative and energetic spirit that is palpable and contagious. Davis also relays a very interesting story about a near death experience someone he knows had and how that altered his view of reality and death.

We talk about a whole host of topics including:

  • Davis' parents being Donald Trump supporters
  • Bringing more awareness into your life
  • The pros and cons of marijuana use (mostly the pros)
  • Normalization of marijuana in culture and society
  • An interesting legal situation Davis is in right now
  • Hacking the voter system
  • The knowability of the universe
  • Science vs Spirit
  • The dogma of religion
  • Changing reality with your thoughts

This was another in-person podcast and have I said how much I love these? Because I very much love them.

For this weeks book giveaway I'm giving away a brand new copy of Carl Jung's, "Man and His Symbols." If you want to enter the contest all you need to do is join the Synchronicity Community and you do that by clicking this.

Also, be sure to Subscribe to Synchronicity if you haven't already.

Mar 23, 2016

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ben Kovacs who I'm gonna call an actualizer-extraordinaire.

Ben is a good old-fashioned renaissance man. In addition to working his day job at Twitter, Ben just founded Guardian Gym which aims to help urban populations and at-risk youth via martial arts. Ben also is co-founder of a marijuana accessory and lifestyle company called Myster. How's that for diversity?

In addition to practical tips about how he's been able to cultivate success in his life, Ben has an especially refreshing perspective on work, life, helping others and synthesizing all of those thing together.

Things Discussed In This Episode

  • The genesis and mission behind Guardian Gym
  • The importance of martial arts
  • Being humble and developing confidence
  • Having a purpose in life beyond making money
  • Working at Twitter
  • Ben's relationship with marijuana
  • The future of marijuana (normalization)
  • The benefits of microdosing LSD
  • Yoga and marijuana
  • How to cultivate happiness
  • The practical benefits of following your passion and doing what you love

Follow Ben on Twitter here (@moobypong)

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This week's book giveaway is "Tribal Leadership" by Dave Logan, John King and Halee Fischer-Wright. To enter the contest join the Synchronicity community here. That's it!

Mar 22, 2016

Music Biz legend and all-around smart dude, Danny Goldberg returns to Synchronicity.

For those who caught the first episode with Danny you know the episode cut off at the end because the battery on my recorder died. For those of you who didn't listen to that episode, well, now you know too.

Danny is one of my favorite people to talk to not only because he's objectively cool and insightful but he's also got a real knack for presenting perspectives that I don't know anything about. Case in point, he makes a compelling case for Hillary Clinton for president (even though he's a Bernie Sanders supporter).

And yes, in case the title didn't give it away we get deep down in the muck to talk politics for this episode.

Topics Discussed In This Episode

  • Compassion in Politics
  • Donald Trump
  • Does Bernie Sanders have a chance?
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Danny shares some practical tips that have helped him
  • Saying things that are true, kind and helpful

I also announce the winner of last week's Synchronicity Book Giveaway (congrats Derek!). If you want to be entered in the next book giveaway all you have to do is join the Synchronicity Community which you do right here.

And if you haven't already be sure to Subscribe to Synchronicity on iTunes and Stitcher.

Also, Danny has his own podcast called "Rock and Roles" which I highly recommend you subscribe to as well.

Mar 16, 2016

My guest today is the uber-intelligent and incredibly cool, Jeremy Johnson.

Jeremy is an editor for Reality Sandwich and a polyphonic enthusiast of all things religion, science fiction, and philosophy (I wish I could take credit for the description but I shamelessly pulled it from his bio.) Let's just say Jeremy is interested in a lot of stuff.

One of the things Jeremy and I share a love for is literature and books. Exploring how books affect consciousness was one of my favorite threads of our conversation.

Speaking of books I'm giving away a brand new copy of the book we mention in this episode, Whitley Streiber and Jeffrey Kripal's, "The Super Natural." To enter the contest all you need to do is join the Synchronicity Community by clicking this link and entering your email. Good luck!

 

Things Discussed in This Episode

Literature and Consciousness

Transmedia

The Ba'hai Faith

The Evolution of Consciousness

Jeremy's new project, "The Theory of Everybody"

"Mutants and Mystics" by Jeffrey Kripal

Psychedelics

Salvia

 

Where to Find Jeremy Online

Jeremy on Twitter

Jeremy on Facebook

LitGeeks Book Club

 

As always, subscribe to Synchronicity if you haven't already and rate and review on iTunes and Stitcher.

Mar 9, 2016

I'm joined today by one of the loveliest and sweetest people I've ever met, Mirabai Starr.

Mirabai 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.

She 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.

She's also experienced a good deal of tragedy and objective suffering in her life, but has come out of those experiences with one of the most refreshing takes on life I've ever witnessed.

Mirabai and I talk about the power of suffering, the true meaning of the phrase "dark night of the soul," spiritual crises and turning painful life experiences into powerful transformational experiences.

Mirabai has a new book out called, "The Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation."

I'm also giving away a brand new copy of Mirabai's book on this episode so listen to the episode for full details. Enter that contest here: http://eepurl.com/bSWrqT

As always, Subscribe to Synchronicity on your favorite podcast channels.

 

Other stuff mentioned in the episode

Berning Down the House - Fundraiser 

Berning Down the House is a grassroots fundraiser to raise some dollars for Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. #berningdowndc

The event will bring together a variety of artists, musicians, and advocates who all believe that Bernie Sanders' campaign represents real change in America; a departure from a society and government controlled by the financial elite. Bernie Sanders can help redirect American democracy to truly be in the hands of the people, while reducing economic inequality, empowering minorities and the impoverished, and saving the planet.

Flash - DC

Doors open at 6pm
18+

**ADVANCE TICKETS**
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/berningdowndc

Mar 3, 2016

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with slash ingesting cannabis pixie sticks with filmmaker and highly tuned-in person, Sean Dunne at his apartment in Brooklyn.

Sean has made some truly incredible documentaries (Trump Rally, Oxyana, Florida Man, Cam Girlz, American Juggalo) which you can (and should) check out over on his website (FOR FREE): http://www.veryape.tv/

Sean and I met once last year but this time we really had a chance to connect and learn more about each other and am very glad we did. Credit to Michael Donovan for linking us up.

We talk about marijuana, DMT, psychedelics, veganism, Sean's super awesome films, Donald Trump and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Note: I am a big time potty mouth in this episode and basically every mind-altering substance is mentioned so now you've been warned.

Things Discussed in this episode

  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
  • DMT
  • Veganism
  • Sean's Amazing Documentaries
  • Donald Trump (DRUMPF)
  • Your Life (and Work) as a Spiritual Path
  • Donald Trump (again)

Sean on Twitter

Sean's Podcast

Hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.

As always be sure to subscribe, rate and review Synchronicity on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever else you consume your podcasts from.

Feb 24, 2016

On a recent trip back to NYC (my home from '08-'15) I sat down with the wise, insightful and all around cool guy, Danny Goldberg.

Currently, Danny Goldberg is President of GoldVE Entertainment. Danny has also worked in the music business as a personal manager, record company president, public relations man and journalist since the late sixties.

Goldberg is also a consultant to the newly released 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.

In addition to of all the worldly accolades Danny has maintained a keen interest in ethics and spirituality throughout his life.

Topics we discuss on this episode:

  • Navigating the "real" world with a "spiritual" perspective
  • The Power of Not Being an Asshole (and apologizing if you happen to be one on occasion)
  • The Power of Prayer
  • Working with Great Musical Artists
  • Music and the Spiritual Path
  • Politics

Danny has his own podcast called "Rock and Roles" which (shhh, don't tell anyone) is my favorite podcast on MindPod Network. Definitely check it out.

Danny also recommends Michael Moore's new film, "Where To Invade Next" and a book (which happens to be my all-time favorite spiritual text) "The Gospel of Ramakrishna."

Don't forget to subscribe to Synchronicity if you haven't already.

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THANK YOU!

Feb 17, 2016

My guest today is the delightful, funny and incredibly engaging, Kelly Carlin.

Kelly is the daughter of George Carlin (legendary comedian and counter-culture figure) and she's also pretty freaking rad. In addition to having just finished her autobiography, "A Carlin Home Companion," Kelly has a degree in Jungian Depth Psychology. But those are just roles right?

On top of all that (or maybe underneath it all) Kelly is one of the nicest and smartest people I've had the pleasure to speak with. Her thoughts on modern culture, being a spiritual seeker, balancing the dark and the light, investigating the shadow and bringing much needed equanimity to an anything but modern world are just a few examples of what Kelly's about.

Things Kelly and I discuss in this episode:

  • The Shadow
  • Carl Jung
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Twitter
  • Spiritual Awakenings
  • The value of intuition
  • Horizontal connections vs Vertical connections
  • Meditation

Episode Links

Kelly's book, "A Carlin Home Companion: Growing up with George"

Kelly on Twitter

Lucinda Williams' new album, "The Ghosts of Highway 20"

Genpo Roshi and Voice Dialogue

Ken Wilber

Upaya Zen Center

Feb 10, 2016

My guest today is the wonderful and wise and extremely lovely Sharon Salzberg.

We discuss a variety of Buddhist concepts including The Five Hindrances, The Paramitas and The Three Buddhist Personality Types.

We also discuss anger, the mindfulness movement,her teacher Dipa Ma (who encouraged her to teach meditation in the West) and– actually, you know what? Give it a listen if you want to hear what else is in there.

  

Episode Links 

The book Sharon is reading right now: Always Smiling by Lama Tsomo

Sharon's Website

Sharon's 28-Day Meditation Challenge

Phil Jackson's book "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success"

 

And don't forget to Subscribe to Synchronicity.

Also, rate and review Synchronicity on iTunes. This helps and I'm bribing people to do it (details in episode)

Feb 3, 2016

Back from the mini-hiatus with a bang.

My guest today is musician, author and Dharma teacher, David Nichtern. David was a student of one of my favorite Buddhist teachers, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and continues to teach in the Shambhala tradition. David's also an accomplished composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee. He's the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Bonus fact: he's also been a lifelong (literally) friend of Christopher Guest.

David and I discuss a whole lot of stuff in this episode including the concepts of idiot compassion, right livelihood, spiritual materialism, relationships and the connection between music and Buddhism. I also reference a podcast David did with comedian Pete Holmes on Pete's podcast, "You Made it Weird." You can check that out here.

David also happens to be an extremely pleasant and fun guy to talk with.

Some cool things were mentioned in this episode which I'm sharing below. Enjoy!

Subscribe to Synchronicity here.

 

 

 

"Memories of Summer as a Child" on iTunes

"The Profound Treasury of Ocean of Dharma" by Chogyam Trungpa and Judith Lief

Books by Alberto Villoldo

I also signed up for David's course, "Creativity, Spirituality and Making a Buck" which you'll hear us discuss in this episode. Check it out if it sounds interesting.

Jan 19, 2016

Since I'm headed on a little hiatus (aka 10 days in Jamaica) I thought it would be a nice idea to share some things I've been digging the past few days/weeks. So, that's what I did. Below you'll find links to everything in this episode.

Also, I'd love to hear some things you've been loving too. Shoot me an email (email address inside the podcast). 

Subscribe to Synchronicity here.

 

Podcasts That Are Good

Rock and Roles with Danny Goldberg - Rosanna Arquette

Zach Leary and Pete Holmes on It's All Happening

Dustin Marshall, Duncan Trussell and Jack Kornfield on Heart Wisdom

Zach Leary talks about David Bowie

 

Music That Is Good

David Bowie - Hunky Dory (Album)

Sasha and Digweed - Northern Exposure (Volume 1) - (intro music for this episode)

Bob Marley - Kaya

 

Documentaries That Are Good

Bukowski - Born Into This

Making a Murderer

 

Shows That Are Good

Man Seeking Woman

Eric Andre Show

Mozart in the Jungle

 

Shows I Don't Understand

The Man in the High Castle

 

Jan 12, 2016

My guest today is Eric Zimmer. Eric hosts a podcast called, "The One You Feed".

Eric is also overflowing with practical tips on how to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Here's some things we discuss on this episode:

  • Starting small
  • Accountability
  • Awareness
  • Community
  • Addiction
  • Podcasting

I also say the word "briography" in the beginning which is clearly not a word. Enjoy!

Intro/Outro song: David Bowie - Soul Love (Get it on iTunes)

Subscribe to "The One You Feed"

The One You Feed website and Twitter (@oneyoufeed)

Subscribe to Synchronicity

Jan 6, 2016

Michael Donovan makes his triumphant return to the MPN airwaves. Michael is a photographer, artist and host of the podcast, "Walking Home." We talk about quality of life, ayahuasca, gratitude, Donald Trump and a whole lot more.

Souncloud version of this episode here.

Check out Michael's podcast here.

Check out Michael's website here.

And of course subscribe to Synchronicity here.

Dec 29, 2015

My guest today is a co-founder of a little thing called MindPod Network. Maybe you've heard of it?

In addition to being a co-founder of MPN, Raghu is the executive director of Ram Dass' Love Serve Remember Foundation. In addition to being involved in those two organizations things he also happens to be a pretty cool guy.

Raghu is a wonderful example of someone who's on the path but doesn't beat you over the head with spirituality. We talk about a lot of things including the question, "What is a Guru anyway?

Subscribe to Synchronicity here.

Dec 22, 2015

My guest today is iOS app-developer extraordinaire, Yaron Karasik.

We discuss how technology impacts consciousness, digital nomadism, Twitter and some other cool stuff (that's called a teaser). We also delve into how technology and media can enhance our daily lives in a practical and tangible way.

Fun fact: Yaron is the primary developer of the Ram Dass "Be Here Now" mobile app AND the very soon to be released MPN HeartMind app.

Check out Yaron's new NBA (basketball) iOS application TwentyFour here:itunes.apple.com/us/app/twenty-fo…d1058260402?mt=8

Follow Yaron on Twitter (@Greenwell)

Subscribe to Synchronicity here.

Dec 16, 2015

My guest today is editor of a wonderful book called, "Zig Zag Zen." More to the point he's also a wonderful human being. In addition to being a wonderful human being Allan is a writer, eco-activist and all-around wise person.

We talk about Buddhism, psychedelics, Burning Man and the future of the world. A lot going on in this one. Below is a brief description of "Zig Zag Zen."

The use of psychedelic drugs is that dark little secret behind the popular origins of Eastern spirituality in America, but if they really open the mind in the same ways meditative experiences do, why shouldn't they be legitimated and brought out into the open? In Allan Hunt Badiner and Alex Grey's Zig Zag Zen authors, artists, priests, and scientists are brought together to discuss this question. Opinions fall on all sides. Ram Dass, for instance, discusses the benefits as well as the limitations. Rick Strassman outlines his work in the first federally funded psychedelic study in two-and-a-half decades. Rick Fields sets the historical scene. China Galland offers a wrenching personal experience. Robert Jesse introduces the varieties of entheogens, drugs that engender mystical states. Lama Surya Das tells of his early drug years. And a roundtable discussion with Ram Dass, Robert Aitken, Richard Baker, and Joan Halifax caps it all.

 

Subscribe to Synchronicity today.

Get "Zig Zag Zen" on Amazon.

Dec 9, 2015

My guest today is the incredible, hilarious and all around good person, Vic Berger. I've only met Vic via the web, but you know when you can just tell, "that guy, hey, he's a good guy," well, Vic is one of those guys.

In addition to being a good guy, Vic has put together and edited some of my favorite videos of the past couple of years. There are embeds below for you to check out and I encourage you do to that before listening to the podcast. Also, do yourself a favor and follow Vic on the following channels: YouTube, Twitter and Vine. Hot Tolerance on YouTube.

If you want more listen to the episode ya goofus.

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Dec 2, 2015

I sit down with David Silver of Mindrolling Podcast and a little thing called MindPod Network. We talk about how to walk the line between the "spiritual" and the "normal" world. We also talk about sports, news, politics and a whole lot more.

Nov 25, 2015

Synchronicity numero cinco features the extraordinary Dennis McKenna. Dennis McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist, research pharmacognosist, lecturer and author. He is the brother of well-known psychedelics proponent Terence McKenna and is a founding board member and the director of ethnopharmacology at the Heffter Research Institute, a non-profit organization concerned with the investigation of the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic medicines.

Dennis is also one of the smartest people I've had the privilege of speaking with (this is Noah writing in case that isn't abundantly clear by now). We talk about a variety of topics including the benefits of psychedelics (DMT, Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Cannabis), plant intelligence, the unconscious, and ethnopharmacology at large.

 

As we discussed Dennis has written an incredible autobiography called "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss." Get it here: http://www.amazon.com/Brotherhood-Screaming-Abyss-Dennis-McKenna-ebook/dp/B00A8KWLYK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448424968&sr=8-1&keywords=brotherhood+of+the+screaming+abyss

And one last thing, be sure to subscribe to Synchronicity today: http://www.mindpodnetwork.com/subscribe-to-synchronicity-with-noah-lampert/

Nov 18, 2015

On the fourth episode of Synchronicity Noah speaks with Mirabai Bush.

Mirabai teaches contemplative practices to major tech companies, the military, gang leaders and lawyers. Mirabai also traveled to India in the seventies and met her eventual guru, Neem Karoli Baba.

If you want to find out more about this episode well then you'll just have to listen won't you?

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"Love Everyone" by Parvati Markus.

Nov 11, 2015

On the third episode of Synchronicity, Noah site down with the UK-based comedian and all around excellent person, Jack Carroll. Jack shares wisdom beyond his years and generally leaves Noah in awe with his astute observations about life, comedy and beyond.

Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a special song featuring Alan Watts.

Nov 4, 2015

On the second episode of Synchronicity, Noah sits down with producer, engineer and the secret genius behind Feral Audio, Dustin Marshall.

Topics discussed on this episode listed below for you to read:

  1. Peaks and valleys associated with running an independent and not evil podcast network
  2. Mental Health/Mental Illness
  3. What is this whole reality thing anyway?

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Oct 26, 2015

On the inaugural episode of "Synchronicity" host Noah Lampert sits down for a chat with Zach Leary.

The far ranging conversation touches on a variety of topics including transhumanism, potential pitfalls related to new age spirituality, the impact technology is having on the individual and collective psyche and some other fun and interesting things which you can only find out about by listening to the show.

You can catch Zach Leary on his own podcast, "It's All Happening" which is excellent.

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And a very special thank you to Alex Deleuse for the incredible artwork. Check out more of his stuff here.

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