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Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA

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2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

November 2018

Ajaya Sommers ~ Awaken to the Intimate Embrace of the Heart

Sunday, November 25, 2018 @ 7:00pm-9:00pm ~ Pre-registration Encouraged
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

Please note that this gathering is limited to approximately 15 people, so pre-registration is strongly recommended. Please see below for more information.

Within a field of unconditionally loving presence, Ajaya facilitates a unique discovery process called Core Embodiment®, an integrated system of embodiment practices, principles and perceptual orientations to awaken and align with the power of your human potential. She is a Biodynamic Craniosacral Integration Teacher, Authorized Continuum Teacher, gifted healer, writer and creative catalyst in the field of embodied awakening and trauma resolution for the last 26 years. All of her programs are grounded in science, expanded through devotional practice, and made real through direct experience.

Due to early developmental trauma, ancestral trauma and our cultural context at large, there is a prevailing unconscious nervous system habit of using spirituality, and particularly the non-dual orientations, to hide, bypass or otherwise disassociate from the intelligence of your core human needs and desires. It is as if your needs and desires are problems to be ashamed of; to fix or get rid of, on your way to spiritual realization.

This is not a sustainable, humane or truly integrative path. We long for the tangible felt sense of our wholeness. We long to passionately embody all that is present within our very human, holy and messy majesty of being alive. It is time that we compassionately discover how to allow everything to be lived within the intimate embrace of the Heart.

In this introductory evening, we will melt below our habit patterns of the default nervous system and connect directly with this core intelligence ─ discovering our own intimate, ever fresh, self-healing, oxytocin-replenishing, cell-renewing, inspired embodiment practice.

Utilizing conscious breath, sound vibration, subtle intrinsic movement, embryological anatomy and provocative inquiry, we enter into the inner alchemy that allows a dissolve of any outdated structures that may be obstructing our path. A psycho-spiritual somatic reorganization and higher order of self-regulation arises as our cells surrender into the all-pervasive holding ground of nature that is always present, when we are seated in the Core.

We will re-emerge renewed, resourced and ready to re-engage our senses such that they become thresholds where the divine, the natural world, our culture and the mystery of being human coalesce as the dynamic dance of Life.

“The beauty of any true transformational path is that it will involve pattern interrupting the normal way in which you breathe, and thus your unconscious identity, taking you home to the innocence of your origins and the birthright of your Biological Breath – a systemic breath that unifies your body, mind and heart. You awaken as a whole body, mind, and heart breathing, reclaiming ALL that you are.”

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Pre-registration (strongly recommended): $25

At the door (as space allows): $25

 

Please note that this is one of an ongoing series of special intimate gatherings to be held in the new Open Circle Room at Chochmat HaLev (the first door on the left down the side passageway).

Due to limited space, and in order to facilitate a more intimate container, these gatherings will be limited to about 15 people. Therefore, we strongly recommend pre-registration for these special evenings.

For anyone who has not pre-registered, admission at the door will be as space allows. So, be sure to sign-up early, and please try to arrive at least 5 minutes before the starting time.

Also note that, unlike most Open Circle events, these gatherings are not by donation. We require a specific admission price, whether by pre-registration or at the door. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Maja Apolonia Rodé ~ The Alchemy of Consciousness and Creativity

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm ~ by Pre-registration
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

These intimate evenings are limited to 12 people.
Advanced registration is required.

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December 2018

Jeannie Zandi ~ Masculine Heart *Public Meeting for Men*

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 10:00am-1:00pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Join Jeannie and friends in a safe, presence-saturated man-friendly space for an exploration into the healing, reclamation and shameless embodiment of the masculine heart. Come join us!

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. She has been passionate about men’s hearts for a lifetime, presented her Women as Allies to Men workshop at several men’s conferences in the 90’s, founded a group called Feminists for Men and co-organized the 5th Rocky Mountain Men’s Conference in Boulder, CO. She is committed to holding transformational spaces where men can heal, know themselves as Love, put legs under their hearts and walk those hearts shamelessly into the world

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.

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Sliding Scale: $30-$45
No one turned away for lack of funds.

No registration required. Pay at the door.

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Jeannie Zandi ~ Yin Revolution *Public Meeting for Women*

Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 2:30-5:30pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Women! The earth is calling for us to integrate the tender power of yin and the clear-eyed sovereignty of yang. Join Jeannie and friends in a safe, sweet, presence-filled space where yin can unfold and grow roots in the sturdiness of your embodied 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 richness of relating can be explored safely and your innermost questions met fully

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.

jeanniezandi.com

Sliding Scale: $30-$45
No one turned away for lack of funds.

No registration required. Pay at the door.

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Maja Apolonia Rodé ~ The Alchemy of Consciousness and Creativity

Thursday, December 6, 2018 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm ~ by Pre-registration
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

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.

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Brian & Alexandra ~ End of Defensiveness and Dawn of True Safety

Sunday, December 9, 2018 @ 7:00pm-8:45pm
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States
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Brian and Alexandra draw on A Course in Miracles and the tradition of Ramana Maharshi in their exploration of relationships as a path of wakening. What they have discovered is that the structure of any relationship can be a vehicle to go beyond that structure itself. Relationship, if given to truth, is a path of awakening to what lies beyond all concepts and definitions.

“The means for love’s recognition is true forgiveness, and the precious miracles that come with it. It’s both practical and mystical. We have to be still— learn to see beyond errors, as Spirit sees, to what is already healed. It takes willingness to be honest with ourselves. And it takes willingness to stop defending our point of view. However accurate we may think it is, while we defend anything it’s a lie.

Healed perception, or the awareness of dreaming, can seem to be masked by a heavily defended self-concept, or a self-image defended as reality. Yet when we forgive, we are always only forgiving our highly defended stance and opinions. Our thoughts don’t seem to uphold a false point of view while they are maintained. But if we have no stance to defend, then we have nothing to forgive. In other words, the things we take personally and the opinions we feel justified in defending, seem to justify our anger, and keep us in hell.

A false point of view is inevitably painful for anyone who believes they are right, until that perspective (and the one it seems to oppose) is forgiven and seen through. As we come back to the truth of ourselves, all false points of reference are replaced with love. The pain of defending, explaining, or justifying anything becomes intolerable and thus loses all appeal. Profound peace is present everywhere.”

Suggested donation: $15 to $25

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Maja Apolonia Rodé ~ The Alchemy of Consciousness and Creativity

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 7:30pm-9:00pm ~ by Pre-registration
Chochmat Halev, Berkeley, CA, USA, 2215 Prince St.
Berkeley, CA United States

These intimate evenings are limited to 12 people.
Advanced registration is required.

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Maja Apolonia Rodé ~ The Alchemy of Consciousness and Creativity

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

These intimate evenings are limited to 12 people.
Advanced registration is required.

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