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July 2019

Finders Course ~ 4 Month Online Course

Why Seek When You Can Find?

Get the remarkable wellbeing and other profound psychological benefits that have been historically associated with states such as enlightenment, persistent mystical states, and nonduality, but without taking years or having to follow religious or spiritual dogma.

What is the Finders Course?

The Finders Course is the first universally effective, step-by-step course that helps people transition to Ongoing and Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience rapidly, safely and reliably.

The course is 100% secular, and built on data from the world’s largest scientific research project in this area, which included over 1,200 participants on 6 continents. Our research showed that using the Finders Course, over 70% of people reached Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience in 4 months or less. And another 19% of people who took the program had temporary experiences of it.

Through the Finders Course, we provide the most effective methods and practices for creating permanent positive shifts in peace of mind, mental balance, life satisfaction and happiness. From ancient practices to cutting-edge science, our programs help you to assemble a personalized program to reach your goals. In our course you’ll find a community of like-minded adventurers on the same journey.

The Course Format

  • Weekly video modules introducing a variety of proven practices, including:
    • Daily meditation (using 26 different methods)
    • Intention
    • Gratitude
    • Mindfulness
  • One-on-one practice/exploration sessions
  • Online weekly support group meetings
  • Mentoring
  • Facebook group
  • Book (The Finders by Dr. Jeffrey A. Martin)

Please note that the course does require a significant degree of commitment, which has been found to be crucial to its effectiveness. One must be prepared to commit a minimum of one hour a day, plus an hour or two a week for group meetings, over a four month period.

Right now the Finders Course is available through Open Circle at a special discounted price of $1,995, for the course beginning August 3rd, a 20% discount off the normal price of $2,495.00. If you have financial concerns, please email us at the address below.

Free Introduction

On Saturday July 20th at 10:00am Pacific Time, we will be offering a special, free online introductory session to discuss the course, and to answer any questions you may have.

To join the free introductory session at 10:00am on Saturday July 20th, click https://zoom.us/j/3814331950 (no pre-registration is required)

For more information on the course, please visit https://finderscourse.com/.

To register for the course at this special price, go to: https://smileu.finderscourse.com/offers/6JddwnJv

Enter “Open Circle” when asked who referred you to the course.

For any questions, please contact Kelley Duilio at kelley.duilio@gmail.com

 

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Pamela Wilson ~ Rooted Flow

Sunday, July 21, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

"I am Rooted and I Flow” - a marvelous quote by Virginia Wolff confirming what is already here for all of us as embodied presence. Let’s explore this relaxed rootedness and honor together the intelligence of Life’s flow, within and without.

Pamela invites us to uncontain the field of presence, clarity and strength within by noticing the ongoing inner satsang that appears in the heart, body and mind. Bringing warmth and compassion to what is tight or troubled liberates the past from the body, allowing a rooted, clear and free flowing expansion. Life then can live itself, no role play required!

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!

www.pamelasatsang.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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August 2019

Lynn Marie Lumiere ~ Awareness: The Alchemical Solvent

Sunday, August 4, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

As we awaken to the ever-present awareness and bring that directly to our psychological, emotional conditioning, wounding, and sense of separate identity, it is transformed, healed and dissolved. Awareness is the only solution that has the power to dissolve our sense of separate identity, one thought, feeling, belief, sensation and perception at a time. We cannot do this from the conditioned mind. Only from the vantage of awareness can we fully meet all of our human experience and see it for what it truly is—passing phenomena taken to be a self. This requires recognizing the presence of awareness and inquiring from/as that into our experience as it arises and then falls away back into its source. This webinar will include a talk, guided meditative inquiry, and dialogue.

In this webinar, Lynn Marie will share her presence and clarity, as well as wisdom derived from many years of experience as a nondual psychotherapist, through teaching, guided meditation and dialogue. Her work is dedicated to awakening consciousness and bringing that to our psychological and emotional issues in order to transform them and become free of identification with them. Lynn Marie is a contributing author of The Sacred Mirror: Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy, and the author of Awakened Relating: A Guide to Embodying Undivided Love in Intimate Relationships. She lives in Grass Valley, CA and offers online spiritual mentoring and nondual psychotherapy. For more information, please see www.lynnmarielumiere.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Neelam ~ Freedom In Every Moment: 4-Hour Telesatsang

Sunday, August 11, 2019 @ 9am-1pm (Pacific Time)
Worldwide TELE-satsang, Meetings by phone or internet access (Audio Only)

What we really want is to Be Here

To Be Here is the truest, deepest desire that we have. That of course is not always visible on the level of personality and the sense of I. But if we look deeply enough, Being Here - and the Peace and inner Freedom that comes from that is what we really, really want.
We often hear "just Be Here" but we don't really understand or know what it really means or how to do it.

In this 4-Hour experiential intensive with Neelam we will be both speaking about "What we really want is to Be Here" and practicing the elements of what Being Here really is:

  • Direct experience of Presence - knowing Presence beyond the mind
  • Inquiring into the sense of I and breaking the illusion of separation
  • Capacity of the Nervous System to Be Here -this is often the missing link between the desire for Truth and our ability to Be Here

Neelam’s teachings offer a spiritual solution that is also informed by science. Her practical approach to Awakening, spiritual Inquiry and to calming your overactive nervous system when you are triggered helps open your heart to a different way of experiencing your life, yourself and others. Past students say they have gained:

  • Direct experience of Presence
  • Greater capacity in the nervous system to Be Here when experiencing the arising past (less fight/flight/freeze or overwhelm)
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • Able to accept what is and enjoy life more (‘be at peace in my true nature’)
  • Increased self-compassion and improved relationship
  • Increased ability to navigate life’s ups and downs
  • Ability to break habitual mental, emotional and behavioral patterns that cause suffering.
  • Inner Freedom

Testimonial
“What's different about Neelam is that she demystifies the actual practice of being present - she's helped me see what's actually happening when feelings and emotions come up, and how, in a very practical way, to deal with them. Her strong point is "how to actually do this being the present thing." It really helps to take it out of the mind and into the body”

About Neelam
Neelam is a direct disciple of HWL Poonja (affectionately known as Papaji), whose own teacher was Ramana Maharshi. Neelam’s unequivocal commitment to Truth helps us turn inward and release underlying patterns of conditioning which block the recognition of our True Nature. With the utmost tenderness, she invites us into the same recognition of Truth that her teacher, Papaji, transmitted to her, while helping us to address all aspects of daily living, including past conditioning and trauma.

"Awakening is a shift from identifying yourself as this body to knowing yourself as Presence. Freedom means a true independence from the past, where our ability to Be Here and the action in the moment are not guided by our attachment to the arising past. To truly be Free we need to embody our recognition of Presence, and that requires growing of the capacity of our nervous system to Be Here. It is in the meeting of what arises that we find true and lasting freedom."
www.neelam.org

4-Hour Experiential Intensive
Sliding Scale: $30 to $65

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Tom Kurzka ~ Rest in Being: The Love of Your Life

Sunday, August 18, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

You are invited to join Tom as we explore this experience called me and my world. We’ll begin with an introduction followed by a brief guided meditation, then open dialogue. There is no question or concern that is too unworthy to be addressed. Often the most deep rooted problems are our gateway to the Love that we all are. Through this process Tom holds a sweet tender kindness that makes many who work with him feel held and safe. Within this supportive framework our full humanness is embraced and touched. As we radically accept and meet the worst of the worst, a gentle piercing happens as the entirety of our human experience melts in Being’s all-embracing arms, this ever present Love. We see that we are that Love, this sweetness that unconditionally holds our humanness.

In 2000, after a lifelong battle trying to hold onto his false sense of a separate self, Tom’s fight against Reality spontaneously ended, resulting in a shift into unitive consciousness or Being. Shortly thereafter, Tom was asked to share and has since been holding small group meetings at his home in Oregon and also with a group in Virginia. Tom is known for his humility and a profound acceptance of what is. The guidance moving through him has flavors of Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, Buddhism and, most importantly, an ongoing revelation of living in the moment.

tomkurzka.org

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Richard Miller ~ Just Say “Yes”

Sunday, August 25, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

If to say it once, and once only, then still to say: Yes. And say it complete; say it as if the word filled the whole moment with its absolute saying. Later for "but," Later for "if." Now only the single syllable that is the beloved, that is the world. ~ Gregory Orr

The role of the six senses is to divide what is ever indivisible. Awakening reveals our 7th sense that knows only unity: ‘This’ that is always whole, ever present, that knows only love.
Saying, “Yes,” to each moment affirms our life as unitive love in action. “Yes,” acknowledges our ability to embrace radical authenticity and intimacy with ourselves and with every person and situation we encounter.
Join Richard for this Open Circle online inquiry into our unchanging ground of timeless Being, Awareness, and what lies beyond that underlies and pervades all changing states. Richard’s presentation entails guided meditation, a talk, and spirited intimate dialogue.

“Awakening to nondual Being reveals that all seeking is not for intimacy of object to object, but of the Self with Itself, where no separate other exists.” ~ Richard

Richard's teachings are based upon a lifetime of inquiry into the nature of freedom. Following a series of awakenings all sense of separation fell away while working with his spiritual mentor, Jean Klein. Richard experiences this awakening as always fresh and alive, yet forever opening to itself. Author of iRest Meditation: Restorative Practices for Health, Resiliency, and Well-Being, Yoga Nidra: The Meditative Heart of Yoga, and The iRest Program For Healing PTSD, Richard is the founder of the iRest Institute, and co-founder of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Institute for Spirituality and Psychology. As well as leading spiritual retreats, Richard is researching the effectiveness of the iRest Meditation protocol that he has developed with soldiers, veterans, students, children, the homeless and people experiencing issues such as PTSD, substance abuse, sleep disorders and chronic pain. For information please visit www.iRest.org.

www.irest.org

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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September 2019

Finders Course ~ 4 Month Online Course

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm & Sat. Sept. 14th @ 9:00 am

Why Seek When You Can Find?

Get the remarkable wellbeing and other profound psychological benefits that have been historically associated with states such as enlightenment, persistent mystical states, and nonduality, but without taking years or having to follow religious or spiritual dogma.

What is the Finders Course?

The Finders Course is the first universally effective, step-by-step course that helps people transition to Ongoing and Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience rapidly, safely and reliably.

The course is 100% secular, and built on data from the world’s largest scientific research project in this area, which included over 1,200 participants on 6 continents. Our research showed that using the Finders Course, over 70% of people reached Persistent Non-Symbolic Experience in 4 months or less. And another 19% of people who took the program had temporary experiences of it.

Through the Finders Course, we provide the most effective methods and practices for creating permanent positive shifts in peace of mind, mental balance, life satisfaction and happiness. From ancient practices to cutting-edge science, our programs help you to assemble a personalized program to reach your goals. In our course you’ll find a community of like-minded adventurers on the same journey.

The Course Format

  • Weekly video modules introducing a variety of proven practices, including:
    • Daily meditation (using 26 different methods)
    • Intention
    • Gratitude
    • Mindfulness
  • One-on-one practice/exploration sessions
  • Online weekly support group meetings
  • Mentoring
  • Facebook group
  • Book (The Finders by Dr. Jeffrey A. Martin)

Please note that the course does require a significant degree of commitment, which has been found to be crucial to its effectiveness. One must be prepared to commit a minimum of one hour a day, plus an hour or two a week for group meetings, over a four month period.

Right now the Finders Course is available through Open Circle at a special discounted price of $1,995, for the course beginning October 5th, a 20% discount off the normal price of $2,495.00. If you have financial concerns, please email us at the address below.

Free Introductions

On Wednesday September 4th at 7:00pm and Saturday September 14th at 9:00am Pacific Time, we will be offering special, free introductory sessions online to discuss the course, and to answer any questions you may have.

To join either of the free introductory sessions at the appointed time, click https://zoom.us/j/3814331950 (no pre-registration is required)

For more information on the course, please visit https://finderscourse.com/.

To register for the course at this special price, go to: https://smileu.finderscourse.com/offers/YvaYSfaS

Enter “Open Circle” when asked who referred you to the course.

For any questions, please contact Kelley Duilio at kelley.duilio@gmail.com

 

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Jeannie Zandi ~ Everyday Mystic

Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 10am-12noon (Pacific Time)

At the heart of being human lies the mysterious wedding of Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, the light of spirit and the humility of flesh.

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, spontaneous talks and exchange with participants, Jeannie will host a space of clarity and warmth where the richness of relating can be explored safely and your innermost questions 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, bringing a down-to-earth embodied teaching of living as love.

www.jeanniezandi.com

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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October 2019

Lynn Marie Lumiere ~ Awareness: The Solution in Which Problems Dissolve ~ 3 Day Online Retreat

A 3 Day Psycho-Spiritual Online Retreat with Lynn Marie Lumiere

Awareness: The Solution in Which Problems Dissolve

October 4th, 5th, 6th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
10 am to 1:00 pm
(Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)
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This retreat will bring together nondual psychology and nondual wisdom to focus on both waking up and resolving the inner problems we live with such as depression, anxiety, shame, low self-worth, insecurity, and stress. These inner problems create outer problems such as addictions and issues with health, finances and relationships. We cannot resolve these problems within the conditioned ego-mind that created them in the first place. We must also recognize and rely on the Awareness that is the context for all that we experience and is always and already free of all problems. We can then resolve our issues from, or as, this problem-free, thought-free, resistance-free Awareness. 

You are invited to come together with others who are also struggling with the challenges of both waking up and being with the problems we are faced with in life. We will focus on simple, practical ways to do this, as well as guided meditation, sharing and processing. You are invited to begin where you are, with acceptance and compassion, as you learn news ways to be in relationship to life’s challenges.

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Neelam ~ The Role of the Nervous System in Awakening and Freedom ~ 3-hour TeleSatsang

Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 10am-1pm (Pacific Time)
Worldwide TELE-satsang, Meetings by phone or internet access (Audio Only)

10 am to 1 pm (Pacific Time - San Francisco, CA, USA)
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What does it mean to Be Here?

This call is an invitation to Presence and to Neelam’s teaching, and a practical exploration of the role of the nervous system in Awakening and Freedom. The nervous system and its capacity to Be Here are essential elements for Awakening, Embodiment and for Freedom.

When unmet, un-experienced tendencies from the past arise, and we so often believe them and identify ourselves with them, so that they affect and manifest in our physiology and show up as thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations.

Without awareness and the capacity to Be Here, our nervous system reacts and moves into fight / flight / freeze or overwhelm, and we end up re-enacting or suppressing, and thus perpetuating, the past.

The capacity of our nervous system to Be Here and experience the arising past is often the missing link between our desire for Truth and our ability to independently experience Presence and Self-Inquiry, which is what takes us directly into Awakening, Embodiment and Freedom.

Neelam is a direct disciple of HWL Poonja (affectionately known as Papaji), whose own teacher was Ramana Maharshi. Neelam’s unequivocal commitment to Truth helps us turn inward and release underlying patterns of conditioning which block the recognition of our True Nature. With the utmost tenderness, she invites us into the same recognition of Truth that her teacher, Papaji, transmitted to her, while helping us to address all aspects of daily living, including past conditioning and trauma.

“Awakening is a shift from identifying yourself as this body to knowing yourself as Presence. Freedom means a true independence from the past, where our ability to Be Here and the action in the moment are not guided by our attachment to the arising past. To truly be Free we need to embody our recognition of Presence, and that requires growing of the capacity of our nervous system to Be Here. It is in the meeting of what arises that we find true and lasting freedom.”

www.neelam.org

3-Hour Experiential Intensive
Sliding Scale: $20 to $45

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