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Paul’s unpretentious, humorous and energetic style of street-level non-duality is honed by his years of involvement with 12-step programs and the recovery community, as well as his background in Zen and Advaita. In colorful and direct language, he points to the many ways we reinforce what he calls “selfing”, urging his listeners to honestly consider the facts of their daily experience, and look beyond the pull of the past and future, and the self-reinforcing self-importance of ego-identity. His direct, uncompromising pointing doesn’t provide a refuge for entrenched conditioning and the sense of separateness, no matter how convincing that experience may be. Paul is the author of The Escape to Everywhere and the subject of the DVD Traveling Lighter.
"We are saddled with the proscribed way of looking called self-centeredness. Everything is perceived as to how it pertains to me. The thing to do is to turn the light on it to see that all there is, is subject; there is no object called me as a subject. There's just subjectivity. That's the truth. Then enlightenment and all these goals become non-goals, because you realize there is nothing to seek.”
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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.
Like her husband, Adyashanti, with whom she founded Open Gate Sangha, Mukti is dedicated to the awakening of consciousness in those who yearn for truth, peace and freedom. In her teaching, Mukti (whose name means “liberation”) brings a flavor of feminine quietude and nurturing, gently but directly pointing to Truth. She is particularly gifted in her guided meditations, which skillfully direct attention towards the natural state of undivided consciousness beyond thought and emotion. Her keen interest as a teacher is in how the revelation of consciousness touches and transforms all aspects of human experience. Mukti has been a student of Adyashanti since he began teaching in 1996, and previously studied the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years.
“I find the teaching to be fairly simple: that it’s possible to live without a sense of inner division when one is willing to be willing, and to be curious, and to question what is true, what is real, what is living this life. This attitude of receptivity can be facilitated by letting the familiar positions and knowing of the thinking mind rest, and by sensing into a knowing of a greater order. There’s a tremendous opportunity to really come to know what wholeness is or harmony is, or what intelligence is when not divided.”
"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.”
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.
Please address inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Integration and embodiment of the larger bodies of consciousness necessitates the transformation of inner shadows. These shadows are simply misperceptions about your true nature that dissolve through integration. This dissolution is amplified through healing and awareness.
On Tuesday (in San Rafael) Kristin will begin with the exploration of the nature of the cosmic body, and the dissolving of both inner shadows and the outer darkness of humanity and the world. She will deepen this exploration in a full day retreat on Saturday (in Berkeley), including exercises to facilitate your purification, and will end with a group healing session.
Kristin Kirk experienced an initial awakening in 2003 which revealed healing gifts and a refined awareness of the subtle inner workings of consciousness, ultimately leading to the unending revelation/discovery of Self/No Self. This awakening radically transformed her experience of reality and her healing practice. Her authentic heart-centered teaching and embodied presence spring from direct experience, independent of any spiritual tradition. The enthusiastic response to her 2014 interview on Buddha at the Gas Pump revealed a deep need for an authentic non-traditional approach, as well as for multidimensional healing. Kristin supports and facilitates embodied awakening, integration and multidimensional functioning, through satsang, classes, individual and group healing sessions, meditation retreats, energetic transmission, and awakening journeys. She is currently writing a book to help support people in the awakening process.
“Shadows dissolve in the light of truth. When shadows have accumulated through identification and conditioning, there is a transformation or purification process that occurs as the light of consciousness increasingly reveals itself. As consciousness continues to open on the cosmic level, what once appeared outside appears on the inside. Outer shadows are revealed as inner shadows, and both "inner personal shadows' and "outer darkness" are transformed within. Integration and embodiment at the cosmic level necessitate transformation of shadows on all levels.”
There’s an urgency today to evolve beyond humanity’s current ego-based paradigm, and along with it, a unique expression of enlightenment is emerging. Amoda’s teachings show you that awakening is no longer about abandoning or transcending physical reality in order to live a spiritual life; rather, it’s about the fulfillment of your divine destiny by living the truth of your inner radiance while in an earthly body. Through these teachings, you are called to anchor yourself in the pristine perfection of your inner light and then to fully embody and express this light amidst the imperfection and darkness of the world. The invitation is for you to discover authentic freedom by being both fully awake and fully human.
Amoda Maa is a contemporary spiritual teacher, author, and speaker. After years of spiritual seeking, meditation, and immersion in psycho-spiritual practices, an experience of the dark night of the soul led her to a profound inner awakening. Then, after a long period of integration, she began speaking from silence in small gatherings. She offers meetings and retreats, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, attracting spiritual seekers and people looking for peace and fulfillment in an increasingly chaotic world. Her teachings are free of religion and tradition, and she brings to them a deep understanding of the human journey, born out of her own experience.
Amoda Maa is author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Embodied Enlightenment (New Harbinger, June 2017) which is based both on her vision for humanity and the conversations on the cutting edge of spiritual inquiry in her meetings with people from all around the world. She lives with her husband Kavi in Northern California.
Jon Bernie, author of Ordinary Freedom and his latest, The Unbelievable Happiness of What Is, is a contemporary spiritual teacher who offers a compassionate, heart-centered approach to awakening. From his early years growing up as an artist and concert violinist, Jon always had a keen, questioning mind. This led him to discover a self-inquiry process that led to a life-changing spiritual awakening at the age of 16. Despite thinking he was on his way to medical school, he ended up becoming a Zen monk. He has four decades of practice and study in the Zen, Theravada Buddhist and Advaita traditions, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002.
Jon’s teaching focuses on returning the attention to the already enlightened state that lies at the core of our human existence. He is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment, trained in the Alexander Technique, Zero Balancing, Self Acceptance Training and the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi. Jon works closely with individuals to facilitate awakening and deep emotional healing, and leads classes, intensives and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. He also does intensive, one-on-one work with individuals both in person and by phone or video chat.
“Trying to find happiness is not possible. Why? Because we cannot find what we fundamentally are. So how do we discover and, in a sense, become one with what we fundamentally are? By learning to feel directly “what is” — that is, what’s being experienced in the mind, body and heart — free of judgment, comparison and analysis. Learning to feel directly could also be described as “being one with what is”. This quality of acceptance or compassion is the essence of our shared Heart of Oneness and simultaneously leads to, and already is, the profound vastness of our true and everlasting Happiness.”