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September 2018

Maja Apolonia Rodé ~ The Alchemy of Consciousness and Creativity

Thursday, September 20, 2018 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm ~ Thursday evenings by Pre-registration
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

Thursday Evenings, starting Sept. 20, 2018 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm
These intimate evenings are limited to 12 people.
Advanced registration is required.

Join Maja and like-hearted company for a multidimensional satsang experience. Gathering in a sacred circle, we will co-create a unique and potent field for the emergence of truth, beauty, and the realization of our sincerest intentions. The evening will weave together a gentle yet alchemical mix of silent meditation, mystical music/chanting/poetry, visual elements, and conversations in consciousness. Bring your heartfelt inquiries and intentions — to be held in our sanctuary of consciousness and caring — where answers arise from within, creative possibilities emerge, and physical, mental, and emotional bodies find their natural balance, harmony, and healing.

Due to the nature of this gathering, please register only if you plan to arrive on time and stay until the end. Doors will open at 7:15. Thank you.

Reflections from Past Concert Attendees

“My heart opens wide. Maja has given me such a gift with her music.”

“There was a playfulness and joy coupled with the holding of an incredibly sacred space
that was quite unique indeed”

“I was so happy afterward, it felt like I was sparkling all the way home.”

“I wish all my loves could be here to share this wonderful evening.”

Watch some of Maja's music and poetry on her Facebook page.

About Maja

Maja Apolonia Rodé shares an inspiring array of creative expressions with one common purpose: to support the realization and flowering of your true nature. From ethereal chants to irreverent raps, mystical rituals to playful games, sacred arts instruction to contemplative consulting, Maja’s work invites you into the depths of presence where your consciousness and true creative potentials naturally blossom.

Maja worked closely with spiritual teacher Adyashanti for almost two decades as the Creative Director of Open Gate Sangha, where she supported the flowering of his dharma, and offered her music and poetry at countless events and silent retreats. Maja has performed at numerous retreat centers, conferences, and private events including: Esalen, the Science and Nonduality conferences, the Nondual Wisdom and Psychology conferences, Sofia University, and Rumi’s Caravan. She has appeared in concert with Steven Walters, Eric “Rumi” Schneider, John Astin, and Amitabhan, and holds a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology.

Pre-registration: $25


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Adam Chacksfield ~ Falling Open Together

Sunday, September 30, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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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: $15-$25

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October 2018

Brian & Alexandra ~

Sunday, October 7, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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From Brian & Alexandra.....
"What we have discovered in our 25 years of deepening is that the structure of any relationship can be a vehicle to go beyond that structure and recognize what joining in love means in each moment. There are no difficulties, no "wrong doings”, no heartbreaks that won't fall away in true love.
Relationship, if given to truth, is a path of awakening to what lies beyond all concepts and definitions. The only real relationship is with your Self, and that brings gratitude which includes everyone.

Everything unlike love must get exposed, and felt, in the light of loving awareness, and seen through. There’s no way around that fact in our experience. Whatever a relationship may seem to be, as we become willing to relate without a past, everything is forgiven and healed. All definitions of our relationships are way too small, and are bound to be disillusioned. But love is real and knows how to use all our relationships for continuous awakening.

A COURSE IN MIRACLES, and the silent tradition of Ramana Maharshi have been instrumental in our learning to forgive and communicate with authenticity."

Note from Cory Bright....
"I have seen more A Course in Miracles groups than you can ever imagine. Each one has had it's own flavor to the group and teacher.. and after 40 years of exploring these groups as well as other nondual oriented teachers. Brian and Alexandra are truly unique as there is a sense of abidance and being that arises as they speak. You will be embraced in the light of Love and Open Awareness. They are not only speaking" about".. they are "arising and abiding as". I highly recommend you check them out.. they are very open and not necessarily stuck on any genre, and embrace many nondual ways as well ..especially Ramana Maharshi. Trust me, you will be glad to be in their presence.. As Love Cory Bright"....

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Shakti Caterina Maggi ~ Awakening in Daily Life

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 7:00pm to Sunday Oct. 21
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

Please join us for this special series of events with Italian teacher Shakti Caterina Maggi.

Evenings: Wed. Oct. 17th & Thurs. Oct. 18th, 7:00-8:45 pm

Daylong Intensive: Saturday Oct. 21st, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Shakti is a teacher very well known in Europe and her native Italy, who offers a contemporary and accessible vision of true awakening that is profoundly in tune with Advaita and nondual Tantric traditions.

The spiritual journey inevitably leads to the confrontation between our "spiritual life" and our "material life", discovering how and where we truly embody the truth of our heart. Realizing the emptiness of our true nature is just the starting point of an integration process that can take several years and involve all aspects of our lives, and leads us to several moments of crisis in which old egoic patterns of behavior that are still based on the separative mind emerge to be dissolved by the light of Awareness.

Shakti has spent many years deepening this integration process. With wisdom, humor, and heartfelt connection, she shares a message of discovering our divinity at the very core of our humanity. Shakti has been sharing this message of non-separation since 2003 with many people around the world, especially in Italy and in Europe, where she holds satsangs and retreats.

The day-long intensive ─ which will include mediation, satsang and perception exercises ─ will help us see and dissolve our conflictual view of life, and enable us to live and embody a message of true peace and non-separation between human beings.

"Peace is not a destination, but a starting point. Find that Peace that rests behind anything and anybody and bring it into your world. Every human being looks for Peace in their inner or outer reality. In this call for clarity, what we are looking for is what our true nature actually is.

“We are used to imagining that the dissolving of inner and outer conflicts comes as the result of some action, whereas it is only when we move from Peace that those actions will bring the end of any conflict. Moving and living from Peace is recognizing what we are, and integrating it in our everyday life.

“Awakening to your true nature means to wake up to your true essence that lies behind any conflict of daily living. Thoughts and feelings are not an obstacle to this recognition, but the direct expression of how we know or ignore ourselves. Once we find that silence that rests behind manifestation, the ego will come back, out of habit. If we can recognize its presence, not as a disturbance but as an opportunity to integrate the message, our everyday life becomes our true spiritual journey. The Peace of our Being becomes the world we see and live in.”



Evening: suggested donation $15 - $25
No one turned away for lack of funds

Oct. 21st Daylong: Sliding scale: $65 - $125
Pre-registration is encouraged and suggested at info@shakticaterinamaggi.com
Partial scholarships available

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Rupert Spira ~ The Light of Pure Knowing

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 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 inquiries, 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 several books, including his latest two, The Nature of Consciousness and Being Aware of Being Aware, and two book/CD box-sets, Transparent Body, Luminous World and The Light of Pure Knowing.

“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.”

Suggested Donation: $15-$25

No registration required. Just show up & join us. Make your donation at the door.

PARKING: There is some limited street parking in the neighborhood, free and without time limit. There is 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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