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March 2017

Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open

Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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Inviting us to receive the ultimate gift, Adam shares the direct experience of the heart, mind, and life falling open. In this effortless opening, the suffering involved in resisting feelings and believing thoughts spontaneously releases. Our natural abundance of joy, peace, wisdom, and love becomes apparent and available. Heart-centered, gentle, and direct, Adam offers a path straight into the truth of who you are.

"Adam is a great messenger of truth. He has a very unique transmission that does wonderful things for my spirit—spa treatment.”Pamela Wilson, featured in Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom by Rita Marie Robinson

Adam delivers the essence of nondual awareness in an uncompromising form. He is whole-heartedly committed to creating new possibilities that are grounded in awareness and practical at the same time. I highly recommend him.” — Peter Fenner, Ph.D., author of Radiant Mind

Adam Chacksfield, Ph.D. is founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness and creator of “Falling Open”, a four-month online course transforming how participants experience their lives.

Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Satsang with Pamela Wilson ~ Free with no History

Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 2:00pm-4:00pm (PST)
Home of Menahem & Jennifer Anderman,
405 La Quinta Lane
Sonoma, CA 95476
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Sunday March 26, 2-4 pm.
405 la Quinta Lane, Sonoma CA, the home of Menahem & Jennifer Anderman
Refreshments till 5pm. You are invited to bring a savory or sweet snack (vegan/vegetarian) to share. We will provide beverages.
Suggested donation $10-20, no one turned away.

From Pamela: here we are, benevolent rooted space wearing a remarkably sensitive instrument called the body. Most sages report the body mind insists on being included and permeated by presence, so it too, can know and live its naturalness. The body is the five elements, already free with no history, though it has born witness to all. As compassion we will be instantly aware of any suffering and answer its call, as stillness we will be aware of remaining restlessness. To be with what is in the moment, this is our function and is at the heart of all longing. Join with your fellow sages in satsang, sharing what you are noticing is an act of love.

Pamela speaks the Truth of advaita, non-duality - that the universe is one undivided whole. For the last fifteen years she has traveled widely in the United States, Canada and Europe, holding satsang and giving private sessions. She sat with Robert Adams and Neelam. Week-long retreats have been held in Mexico, Costa Rica, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. She has endeared herself to many through her lighthearted humor and compassion, and deep understanding of what it is to be human. She lives in the Bay Area of Northern California.
Drop-ins welcome. Please plan to arrive before 2pm so we can all settle in together. Doors open at 1:30pm.

Please bring back jacks if you want to sit on the floor.
Our home is the last one on the right on La Quinta Lane.
Parking is available just past our home on Berryessa Drive alongside our neighborhood park & pool.
You are welcome to stay for beverages & light refreshments after our Satsang.
Looking forward to sharing with you.
Namaste

For Information, contact Jennifer (530) 701 8162 jennifer@world12.net

Pamela's website: www.pamelasatsang.com

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Susanne Marie ~ Intimacy with All Things

Sunday, March 26, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Recently featured in conversation with Adyashanti on Buddha at the Gas Pump, Susanne Marie offers teachings in support of freedom, and the celebration of our common essence of love and unity with all life. Her work is transformational and empowering, as she points to the remembering of That which we have always been, allowing truth to become ever more conscious of Itself through a human life. In Susanne’s words: “What freedom reveals is a vast cosmic body where all pain everywhere is felt, and where joy and peace are likewise known as One Self. You don’t get away from anything; you gain the whole of creation which contains all polarities and realities simultaneously.” Susanne lives in Northern California and offers spiritual mentoring to both individuals and groups.

“The more that “self” falls away, the more we sense an intimacy with existence, with one another, and with all that arises within us. We can thus meet life without defense, opening us up to a vast, nuanced, deeply felt, and rich tapestry of experience.”

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Suggested Donation: $10-$20

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Susanne Marie ~ Intimacy with All Things

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael,
1408 Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA United States
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Recently featured in conversation with Adyashanti on Buddha at the Gas Pump, Susanne Marie offers teachings in support of freedom, and the celebration of our common essence of love and unity with all life. Her work is transformational and empowering, as she points to the remembering of That which we have always been, allowing truth to become ever more conscious of Itself through a human life. In Susanne’s words: “What freedom reveals is a vast cosmic body where all pain everywhere is felt, and where joy and peace are likewise known as One Self. You don’t get away from anything; you gain the whole of creation which contains all polarities and realities simultaneously.” Susanne lives in Northern California and offers spiritual mentoring to both individuals and groups.

“The more that “self” falls away, the more we sense an intimacy with existence, with one another, and with all that arises within us. We can thus meet life without defense, opening us up to a vast, nuanced, deeply felt, and rich tapestry of experience.”

susannemarie.org

Suggested Donation: $10-$20

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April 2017

Loch Kelly ~ The Unfolding after Initial Awakening

Sunday, April 2, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
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This event will be available worldwide by Live stream on Open Circle’s Facebook page! Click here before or during the event to go to Open Circle's Facebook page

"Loch Kelly is one of the clearest expressions of authentic awakened freedom and love that I know. Shift Into Freedom is a shining gem in the modern spiritual landscape."
- Adyashanti from his Foreword to Shift Into Freedom

Loch Kelly is a contemporary spiritual teacher, psychotherapist, author and founder of the Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. After a spontaneous awakening early in his life, he went on to explore how to access, abide in, and live from awake awareness. In the early 1980’s, Loch was awarded a fellowship to study forms of non-dual meditation in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal with teachers from a variety of traditions, including the legendary Dzogchen master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Later, Loch was invited to teach by one of his Tibetan teachers, Mingyur Rinpoche, as well as by Adyashanti. He has also worked extensively with the homeless, with families of 9/11 victims, and as an Interspiritual Chaplain at Union Theological Seminary, and has collaborated with neuroscientists in the study of awareness training. He is known for his warm sense of humor, and his practical, non-dual pointers, which help people shift into the freedom that has always been their true nature. His new book and audio CD, published by Sounds True, Shift Into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, has won two “Best Books of the Year Awards” including one from Spirituality & Health Magazine.

"It is not enough to have an insight into the absence of a separate self. We must also discover the presence of awareness-based heart-knowing, so that we can live from here. The awakening process often begins with an initial waking-up from ego-identification and into awake awareness. Then it continues with waking-in to include and know our body, thoughts, and emotions from non-conceptual knowing and abiding. Spontaneous unfolding leads to waking-out, where we learn to create and relate from open-hearted awareness. Each stage brings its own liberation. Waking up leads to freedom from the fear of death. Waking-in leads to freedom from the fear of life. And waking-out leads to freedom from the fear of love.

Suggested Donation: $10-$20

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Ellen Emmet ~ The Awakening Body

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 @ 6:00pm-7:30pm (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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In our daily lives, the body is seldom tasted as it is. We rarely listen to its language or allow it to simply unfold and blossom in its natural original intelligence and to discover its real essence.

In fact we have deeply disconnected from this level of experience. Even when we turn back towards the body, we come with agendas and ideas that we project upon it, forcing the body into yet another mode. This only perpetuates a felt identification with a body, that may seem improved, but in fact remains a mere projections for the separate limited self that seems to live in its center.

Using guided meditation, simple postures, free movements, breathing, and visualizations we will reestablish our true identity as ever-present and unlocated Awareness and reacquaint ourselves with our body directly, as free of concepts or images as possible. In this contemplation, resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed for what they are: feelings and sensations that rise and unfold in Awareness. We come to feel our true identity as an open field of tactile openness, limitless, vibrating and ever-present in which the body can rise out of and return to moment by moment.

Please sit comfortably on a chair or on a cushion in as comfortable and alert a position as possible with some space all around you.
There will be time for questions and sharing.

Ellen started to teach after studying for many years with her teacher Francis Lucille. She is also a licensed transpersonal psychotherapist with a background in movement, dance and somatic therapies.

www.ellenemmet.com

Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Jeannie Zandi ~ Love Is the Way

Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

Join Jeannie and friends for an exploration into the potent depth of what’s often overlooked in the moment: being. Jeannie’s gift for inviting people to join her in resting and rooted presence evokes a deep meeting with oneself and reality. Within that, Jeannie’s humor and iconoclasm serve to bring people into an understanding that is beyond the intellectual. Through silent and guided meditation, a spontaneous talk and exchange with participants, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the true richness of life can be experienced, and your innermost spiritual questions can be met fully. Come join us!

Jeannie is the director of Living as Love, a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeding a culture of the Heart on the planet, inspiring, teaching and supporting people to live from their essence as Love. A year before the birth of her daughter, Jeannie was plunged into a dark night of the soul that culminated in a radical shift of consciousness. She is known for her fearless clarity, tender mercy toward humanness, and a juicy, poetic and often humorous style that draws from Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Christian mysticism and the ongoing revelation of fully engaged living. Residing in Colorado, she travels widely in the US and Canada, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Pamela Wilson ~ Rest As Yourself *Berkeley Day Long event*

Sunday, April 9, 2017 @ 11am-5pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Pamela evokes through dialogue, inquiry and her very presence the qualities of unconditional love and radical acceptance. She is celebrated for her ability to open the heart and create a space in which long-cherished struggles and notions about one's identity relax. Featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, Pamela is at her best in heart-felt dialogue, so please come and bring your questions!

"Every thought, every feeling, is a visitor. You just say: Welcome. Come in and sit with me."
"There is a notion that we left paradise a long time ago. But this secret garden was the Heart, always here, just waiting for our return."
"Love is a magician. Everything it touches turns into itself."

www.pamelasatsang.com

Sliding Scale:
Pre-registration: $65 – $125
At Door: $80 – $125

Some partial scholarships & work trade available.
No one turned away for lack of funds.

Pre-registration closes Friday, April 7th at 12 noon

Address inquiries to
localevents@opencirclecenter.org

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Susanne Marie ~ Embracing Our Dual Nature

Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)
Worldwide Web Event,
Online Video Meeting - (phone access also available)
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10 am to 12 noon (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)

It is a myth that spirituality will protect or save us from the difficult aspects of life or the pain of the world. Instead, realization reveals that all dualities arise and are expressions of wholeness, within which everything is reconciled in the presence of unconditional love.

Recently featured in conversation with Adyashanti on Buddha at the Gas Pump, Susanne Marie offers teachings in support of freedom, and the celebration of our common essence of love and unity with all life. Her work is transformational and empowering, as she points to the remembering of That which we have always been, allowing truth to become ever more conscious of Itself through a human life. In Susanne’s words: “What freedom reveals is a vast cosmic body where all pain everywhere is felt, and where joy and peace are likewise known as One Self. You don’t get away from anything; you gain the whole of creation which contains all polarities and realities simultaneously.” Susanne lives in Northern California and offers spiritual mentoring to both individuals and groups.

“The more that “self” falls away, the more we sense an intimacy with existence, with one another, and with all that arises within us. We can thus meet life without defense, opening us up to a vast, nuanced, deeply felt, and rich tapestry of experience.”

susannemarie.org
Suggested donation: $10 to $15

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Marlies Cocheret ~ Intimacy With The Ten Thousand Things

Sunday, April 16, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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"Dogen zenji said Enlightenment is the intimacy with the ten thousand things. Are we fully resting as Love everywhere or half ass resting. Do we think we are free somewhere upstairs in our minds or are we living as freedom everywhere.

When separation is out the window all aspects of life are intimately welcomed and experienced. Please come and join satsang. Marlies brings a potent invitation into the deep Silence that we are."

Born and raised in Amsterdam, and now living in Santa Cruz, Marlies was driven by a lifelong passion to know truth. She studied with Osho and Barry Long before meeting her root teacher, Adyashanti, who asked her to teach in 2000. “With Adya the bottom fell out. I deeply knew I am not this body, mind, thought, psyche, and I am also all these things as well. There was no in and/or out. All is One.” Marlies is also trained as a body-centered psychotherapist and tantric educator who helps people to see that freedom and peace lie not in escaping from difficulties, but rather in completely welcoming and receiving all that the Mystery presents.
www.marliescocheret.com

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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