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August 2017

Susanne Marie ~ Opening Into Your Natural State Using Your Senses

Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
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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Daylong with Adam Chacksfield, PhD & Kate Foley, MSW ~ WE Relating

Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 11am-6pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Take advantage of this daylong to deep dive into a new way of relating, a way of relating that is truly transformational. Through sharing their explorations in We relating and through interactive practices, Adam and Kate will invite you into an exploration of relating at the deepest level.  

The shift from codependent relating to authentic awake relating can be profoundly liberating. When we see through the perceived inadequacy that drives the grasping of codependency, we find that we are able to relate authentically from our truth and receive the truth of the other. However, there is a further relational possibility beyond the mutual authenticity of two individuals, where we can be so offered to the relational field that we become orchestrated by a higher consciousness than anything available independently. 

In We relating we can fall inside each other, and experience each other’s experience from the inside, completely given to the interbeing of We. In this union we realize the fulfillment of love’s movement through us and simultaneously open to the wondrous possibility of participating in the aliveness of the interbeing. In this shift to relating from inside We rather than from opposite sides, we are transformed at the deepest levels.This is what love has been calling us to all along.

Through this process conditioned habits of relating will be revealed. Adam and Kate will guide you through compassionately opening to the truth of existing ways of relating, bringing love and light to the places that are hurting, scared, or ashamed, so these earlier paradigms of relating can be transcended and natural freedom and aliveness unlocked.

To learn more about the difference between We relating and the earlier paradigms of relationship you can download Adam's free Map of Relationship Paradigms

And if you wish to dive even deeper into We relating and truly commit to revolutionizing yourself and your relationships, check out Adam and Kate's 3 month We relating course~ WE RELATING: A New Paradigm to Transform All Your Relationships.

Adam is a heart-centered nondual spiritual teacher and the founder of the Center for Nondual Awareness. He's committed to supporting the world-transforming infusion of awareness throughout our lives and relationships. After some profound openings he left his job as a Professor, at age 33, to devote himself to spiritual exploration. In 2010, with Peter Fenner's encouragement and support, Adam started to work with groups and individuals. His teaching was then profoundly influenced by Jeannie Zandi's love-saturated transmission. Adam's deepening into the new paradigm of “we-relating” is now being inspired and supported by his immersion in Patricia Albere's Evolutionary Collective. adamchacksfield.com

Kate is passionate about supporting the embodiment of nondual awareness and cultivating heart centered relationships with self and other. She draws from over a decade of experience with working closely with heart and somatic oriented nondual teachers such as Adyashanti, Jeannie Zandi, Pamela Wilson, and Isaac Shapiro. Kate has been trained as a spaceholder for individuals and groups with Jeannie Zandi. She has facilitated online retreat sharing groups for Isaac Shapiro, Pamela Wilson, and John Prendergast. Kate  also has a background in social work and Reiki and offers heart centered awareness counseling.

Sliding Scale: $65 to $125 with Pre-registration
$80 to $125 at door

Scholarships available

Please address inquiries to localevents@opencirclecenter.org

Pre-registration requested.
(but not required - there will also be walk-in registration at the door)

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September 2017

Pamela Wilson ~ Rest as Yourself

Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
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

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Isaac Shapiro ~ Meetings in Truth

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 7pm begins the series of evening & daylong events
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Join us in this special opportunity for series of meetings & daylong gatherings with Isaac:
Berkeley evening gatherings Sept. 20 & 22
and Daylongs Sat & Sun. Sept. 23 & 24

Isaac helps us inquire into how we live our lives moment by moment, and how to better align ourselves with the deepest spiritual truths. He works through direct but good-humored questioning, reflecting back to us, and helping to unravel, the conditioning of the mind and the nervous system, allowing a deeper participation in the moment.

An invitation to enjoy the sensation of now, which includes everything, the universe, our bodies, time and space, as the beloved.

An invitation to recognize the Truth of your self, who you are and have always been. As you are already This, there is no need for any effort or "getting there", just the simple recognition of That in which everything appears.

As we bring awareness to unconscious habits, there is a shift that occurs. In the course of investigation, people spontaneously recognize the true nature of themselves.

Evening Meetings, 7:00 - 8:45 pm
Wed. Sept 20th
Fri. Sept. 22nd

Suggested Donation for evenings: $10-$20

Daylongs, 11am - 6pm
Sat. Sept. 23
Sun. Sept. 24

Suggested Donation for daylong events: $65-$125 each day

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October 2017

Mukti ~ Discover Your True Self

Sunday, October 8, 2017 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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What is the most essential you that is present regardless of thought or emotion? Who or what has been present for all of your life experience? How does this spirit of constancy touch your life? Mukti will offer a mediation and then speak on these compelling topics followed by the opportunity for questions and answers pointing directly to the true nature of Self.

Mukti, whose name is translated as "liberation," is a teacher in the lineage of Adyashanti, her husband. Prior to 1996, when she began studying the nondual, Zen-flavored teachings of Adyashanti, Mukti studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years. In her own teachings, Mukti points audiences back to their natural state of wholeness or undivided consciousness. Licensed in acupuncture and certified to teach hatha yoga, Mukti has a love of the whole, in form as well as the formless.

info on Mukti's Teachings

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
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Loch Kelly ~ Shift Into Freedom

Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 7pm-9pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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"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 an author, psychotherapist, and contemporary meditation teacher who was asked to teach by Adyashanti. He is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, whose goal is to make compassionate awakening more available to everyone. 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.

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.

"Many of us have had glimpses of the freedom from separate sense of self or periods of resting in pure awareness. Whether this occurred unintentionally, through an intentional method or letting go of methods, it can be a powerful, but initial “waking up.” Some consider this transcendent "not-dual" state the goal of awakening and can end up in a detached witness, a couch-potato stage, or continually “getting it and losing it.”

Just as there are helpful pointers to "waking up," there are ways to discover the unfolding of “waking-in” to a natural embodied well-being and then “waking-out” to be able to create and compassionately relate. 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. In this workshop, you will learn Loch’s contemporary versions of ancient wisdom practices in order to abide, welcome, and liberate shadow parts. We will learn to navigate our own consciousness through small glimpses of our true nature. From this intrinsic support, we can unburden our wounded and protective parts, allowing us to embody and live from the joy of open-hearted awareness.

Suggested Donation: $10-$20
For Friday evening event in Berkeley, no registration.

Click event links below to see details & registration for our daylong events with Loch Kelly ....
Sat. Oct. 14th daylong, 11am - 5pm, in Tiburon, CA
and
Level 2, Sun. Oct. 15th, 11am - 5pm, in Berkeley
** Level 2 event is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend, or for those who have attended Saturday’s retreat. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

Pre-registration requested for daylong events (but not required - there will also be walk-in registration at the door)
No Registration for Friday evening event.

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Loch Kelly: The Unfolding After Initial Awakening: Level 2 Retreat

Sunday, October 15, 2017 @ 11am-5pm
San Francisco Theological Seminary, Alexander Hall,
40 Kensington Rd.,
San Anselmo, CA 94960
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This retreat is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend, or for those who have attended Saturday’s retreat. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

"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

"Many of us have had glimpses of the freedom from separate sense of self or periods of resting in pure awareness. Whether this occurred unintentionally, through an intentional method or letting go of methods, it can be a powerful, but initial “waking up.” Some consider this transcendent "not-dual" state the goal of awakening and can end up in a detached witness, a couch-potato stage, or continually “getting it and losing it.”

Just as there are helpful pointers to "waking up," there are ways to discover the unfolding of “waking-in” to a natural embodied well-being and then “waking-out” to be able to create and compassionately relate. 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. In this workshop, you will learn Loch’s contemporary versions of ancient wisdom practices in order to abide, welcome, and liberate shadow parts. We will learn to navigate our own consciousness through small glimpses of our true nature. From this intrinsic support, we can unburden our wounded and protective parts, allowing us to embody and live from the joy of open-hearted awareness.”

Loch Kelly is an author, psychotherapist, and contemporary meditation teacher who was asked to teach by Adyashanti. He is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, whose goal is to make compassionate awakening more available to everyone. 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.

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.

www.lochkelly.org

Evening FRIRDAY Oct. 13, 7 - 8:45 pm
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA 94705
Suggested Donation: $10-$20
For Friday evening event in Berkeley, no registration.
 
Day long SATURDAY Oct. 14, 11am to 5pm (no prerequisite)
$80 - $100 per person
Community Congregational Church of Belvedere-Tiburon,
1145 Rock Hill Drive, Tiburon, CA 94920
 
Level Two** - SUNDAY Oct. 15, 11am - 5pm
$80 - $100 per person 
Chochmat Halev, 2215 Prince St., Berkeley, CA 94705

Or Pre-register for Sat. & Sun. together for $150

** LEVEL TWO on Sunday is for those who will have read Loch’s book, Shift Into Freedom, and listened to the audio of the meditations before the weekend, or for those who have attended Saturday’s retreat. This is not to exclude anyone, but to be able to dive deeply into the support of realization, abiding, expression and unfolding.

Scholarships available
Please address inquiries to localevents@opencirclecenter.org

Pre-registration requested for daylong events (but not required – there will also be walk-in registration at the door)

Oct. 14th $80 - $100

Oct. 15th $80 - $100

Oct. 14th & 15th together $150

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Rupert Spira ~ The Light of Pure Knowing

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA,
2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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In the last few years Rupert has become one of the most respected and sought-after teachers of nondual wisdom, known for his crystal clear use of language, laser-like intellect, skillful guided enquiries, and powerfully direct pointing to aware presence—all delivered with warmth, wit and an unmatched and distinctive eloquence. After thirty years of intense seeking, Rupert met his primary teacher Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the direct way taught by his own teacher, Jean Klein. Rupert lives in Oxford, England, with his wife Ellen Emmet, a therapist and yoga teacher in the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism. He is the author of Presence: Volumes I and II, The Ashes of Love, The Transparency of Things and his latest book/CD set, The Light of Pure Knowing: Thirty Meditations on the Essence of Non-Duality.

“This experience of being aware has never left us. We have never ceased to be this ‘I am aware’. Just give your attention to that. Instead of shining your attention on an object — a thought, feeling, sensation or perception — shine that Awareness on the experience of being aware, in other words, on itself. Allow your attention to come back to itself, just to rest in itself. That experience is peace itself.”

www.non-duality.rupertspira.com

Suggested Donation $10-$20
No registration. Just show up & join us. Make your donation at the door.
PARKING: There is some street parking in the neighborhood, free & without time limit after 6 pm on weekday eves. There's also parking a few blocks away at the East parking lot of the Ashby Bart station: www.bart.gov/stations/ashb/map

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