Welcome: To Our Calendar of Events. Scroll down for a Cornucopia of Cultural Happenings: We will watch the presidential debates ,and the election results, weekly Kirtan, musical performances, ancient rituals,eclectic spiritual traditions teachings, lectures and classes on the ageless wisdom with delicious vegan food and the best Chai, as our consant companions. Welcome to our catered cultural revolution. We Love you.

 

 

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923 C Street  San Rafael, California  94901 ~ 415- 457- 4191
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Dedicated to the Sharing of Human Wisdom and Beauty

Celebrating 25 Years in the Heart of San Rafael

July 4, 2014 8:00 pm.

 

 

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Open Secret is now serving Delicious Vegetarian Food

by Radiance Cuisine, prior to most events.

Call to RSVP: 415-457-4191

~ We welcome Radhanath and Kilimba to our Open Secret Family! ~

Regular Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 12-7pm

 

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Near the new moon every month

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Donation

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Kali is the Great Mother of joyous ecstasy,
the compassionate Goddess of the soul,
fiercely devoted to the transformation of every being.

- Jai Kali Ma –

The blessed combination of worship and kirtan
opens the heart
to the unfathomed potential of surrender.
Give yourself over to Her with awareness and devotion,
then enjoy the bliss of kirtan where one falls into
the lap of the Sweet Mother of Love.

Receive Her blessings in the form of
holy water, kumkum, and prasad.

You are welcome to join us in traditional worship of the Graceful Mother with ritual and kirtan at 7:30 pm on:

Rainbow Body Chair Massage

Every Monday-Saturday

Open for drop-in sessions from 12-7pm

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The independent massage practitioners previously at San Rafael’s Elephant Pharmacy can now be found at Open Secret, and they’re waiting to place their healing hands on you!

Drop in at lunchtime, mid-day or after-hours for a physical tune-up and an attitude adjustment! A 10- to 30-minute session starts at just $1.10 per minute. While here, get a Tarot reading, shop for a gift, or curl up with a book and a cup of the best hot chai in town! And be sure to enter the monthly drawing for a FREE 30-minute massage with the practitioner of your choice!

See pricing and practitioner schedule below. Click here for practitioners bios.

Call the store at 415-457-4191 to inquire about same-day appointments.

For more information about the booth, or to book a therapist (or several) for your workplace, party or event, contact Gail at 415-312-3112 or go@RiverGuidess.com.

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New Ongoing Event

Tuesday 1st and 3rd.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown
1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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First Monday of the Month

Aura Soma Reading with Allegra Printz:

First Monday of each month

12-5pm

Experience the beautiful healing energy and scent of all Natural Sacred Color Energy Oils. Choose the right color for you and find out what it tells you about your current life situation. Additional Tarot cards help you discover and affirm your incarnational soul mission,1- bottle reading $5, 4- bottle consultation with audio tape $40, 4-bottle consultation with audio tape & 1 bottle to take home for healing $65

1-5 pm.

Have an AURA-SOMA Living Color Energy reading or light treatment with Certified Advanced Practitioner Allegra ,

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Chakra Readings and Light Treatments begin at $10.
AURA-SOMA is a self-selecting vibrational modality based on luminous dual-colored bottles that work via the electromagnetic frequencies of pure color on the chakras. Every bottle also has a corresponding tarot card. Enlightening and affirming.
Walk-Ins welcome!

 

First and Third Wednesday each Month

Last Thursday of the Month

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New Regular Event at Open Secret

The Open Way

Hosted By Cory Bright

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Are we really the identity, image or story adopted & presented to us or are we beyond any conditioned notion of who we think we are?

Beyond story or any image of “I”.. we are spaciousness… we can relax and enjoy as
Open Awareness that knows No Boundary

We will regularly be hosting a teacher or a sharing with Cory Bright. Includes nondual oriented spiritual bookclub sharings with continuous or rotating book study and interests and visiting Teachers. Book suggestions are welcome

We will do a short meditation. Then sit, share and dialogue on the true nature of who we are as Open Awareness. A nondual oriented sharing that you can find similarities in

Buddhism - Zen - A Course in Miracles – Advaita - Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti Bryon Katie - Deepak Chopra - Wayne Dyer, - Rupert Spira, - Mooji - Jeff Foster - Alan Watts J. Krishnamurti - Ramana Maharshi - Nissargadatta and all nondual oriented sharings

Also relatively enjoyed is Quantum Physics and New Thought sharings…

and yet it is not that as well.

It is all of these and none of these as the direct sharings arise “as is” often without reference. We share in a non-dogmatic direct way to see directly the Free, Open Liberated Awareness that is our true nature.

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Please look for our flyers here at The Open Secret Bookstore or go to www.TheOpenWay.org
To see who is the visiting teacher on a particular Monday night

I am looking forward to being with you ALL… as the amazing Open Awareness that arises as us!
As Love Always Cory Bright www.TheOpenWay.org

 

Luminous Life Center -Now at Open Secret Bookstore

Offering:
Soul Purpose, Energy Healing, Spiritual Coaching
You will find answers to many questions such as how to:
get unstuck move dramatically forward in your life,
discover your life purpose
step into being a leader
realign the relationships in your life
develop a deeper spiritual connection
Align your body and spirit to release the negative and bring in abundance and more love!

Office Hours
Luminous Life Healing Services
(to illuminate your Rainbow Body )

CeCe is available weekly for Readings, Healing, Spiritual Guidance and Coaching.
Wednesday and Thursday from 2-7pm and Sunday 2-5pm.
Appointment preferred and drop in OK!
Evenings and weekends by arrangement.

CeCe Converse, CPCC
Luminous Life
415-451-1700 home
415-885-9700 cell
luminouslifecoach@yahoo.com

$75/45 minutes

Intuitive Guidance and Coaching (individual or relationship)
Healing Services : Etheric Surgery, Usui Reiki, Intuitive Energy Medicine, Integrated Energy Therapy, DNA Activation, Emotional Cord and Negative Energy Removal,

Teaching Angelic Communication, Pendulums and Divination,
Introduction to Kabbalah, Reiki, Psychic Development, and Adept Initiation

For more information please see www.lightalliancecalifornia.com
Call CeCe to register at 925-768-2700.

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Tarot Readings at the Open Secret
every Friday from Noon to 4 PM.


Other times on Friday available by appointment; call 415-259-1695.
$40 for up to 30 minutes.
Arisa has had 45 years of constant contact
with the sacred mysteries of tarot, astrology, and alchemy.
Author: High Magic: Turn Your Lead into Gold, and High School Astrology.
She collaborated with Jason Lotterhand on
The Spoken Cabala: Tarot Explorations of the One Self.

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The Quantum Enneagram Research Center

Toward an Anthropology and Astrobiology of Natural Character

and Human Harmony

Dedicated to the Study and Revelations of the Fractal Geometry of Nature and the Science of Light

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We invite all who love and study the Living Enneagram to participate in the co-creation of the Enneagram Research Center

dedicated to the study and practice of the Enneagram as a tool for human understanding love and harmony.

Sourced from the Ageless Wisdom and as a metaphor of the fall of consciouness into sefl-forgetfulness

Sourced from Judiasm and Kabbalah, Esoteric Christianity and Gurdjieff, Rodney Collin and Oscar Ichazo, Claudio Naranjo and Helen Palmer and the Jesuits, and the modern teachers, the Enneagram has entered the main stream world and has become a mystical language that reveals the fractal geometry of nature and the science of light. With the synthesis of quantum physics and the discovery of the Mandelbrot Set, a new chapter of this universal language is emerging that is capable of revealing many of the secrets of the wave and particle facets of consciouness and light and the duality that is woven in the fabric of human living.

Personal classes and consultations available

415-602-1584

Soul Centered Astrological Readings

The placement of the stars and planets on the day you were born is one of the true and universal mirrors that grounds our self refection, self knowledge and an understanding of cosmos.

Every human being is an unbroken transmission of light and life, a genetic water crystal, that captures facets of the divine personality and expresses them in the dance of living. These readings are a living synthesis of Vedic Astrology, Kabbalah and the Enneagram that helps us understand our NATURAL LIFE PURPOSE, the one the Original light of God intended.
$180 for an appointment call Rob 415 602 1584

Couples Sessions

$250

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Astrology is truly one of the most profound ways of nurturing the beauty and harmony that is the potential flower of love that is possible in a partnrship between man and woman. Men and women appear in two distinct styles. A more defined self and a less defined self that yeilds two very different ways of relating. Often couples come together with different approaches and can use a mediator to enhance mutual understading and love.

Includes individual sessions as well as couple session.

 

Open Secret and the RainbowBody Cultural Center

Up Coming events 2014

April Events 2014

May 2014 Events
June Events

Sunday June 29,

2-5 pm.

SANDRA O’HARA

$60 Advance

Sandra O’Hara is a gifted internationally renowned Psychic Medium visiting from Ireland to bring messages from departed loved ones in Spirit. Sandra has been delivering Spirit Messages, holding Psychic Awareness workshops and assisting in missing persons cases for decades. Well known for the specificity of her messages, Sandra's gifts help to bridge our world with that of Spirit and to bring healing after the loss of a loved one. Sandra will be appearing at Open Secret on Sunday, 6/29/14 from 2-4:30pm, at a group event in the cafe. $60; reservation and deposit required; contact Carrie for details at livingitwell@gmail.com or 925-878-5737. Sandra does not do private readings when she is in the United States. www.sandraohara.com

 

 

 

July Events

 

 

Friday July 4

8 pm.

$10-$25 Sliding Scale

The Open Secret Continuity Project

Open Secret 25th Anniversary Celebration

"Field notes from A Quantum Anthropology Notebook, a 25 year record of the Bay Area's Spiritual Cultural Center's quest for human peak experiene, lifestyles and

Evolutionary Cultural Experiments"

 

 

On July 4, 2014, Open Secret is celebrating it's 25th anniversary. Tis his landmark as a moment of reflection, appreciation and a creative jumpstart for the next octave of Open Secret and the Rainbow Body cultural center. A series of 25th year celebrations of all the passion subjects that is the foundation of a 21 st century cultural center in Marin, with a chosen leaning toward the right hemisphere of the brain. On July 4th, the theme will be "Field notes from A Quantum Anthropology Notebook, a 25 year record of the Bay Area's quest for human peak experience and lifestyle. There will also be A Kirtan celebration With Jai Utaal July 26, 8 pm., Astronomicaly correct Sidereal Astrology, World Music, Ancient Story Telling Dance, Spiritual Enneagram, Cultural experiment award evening, and probably more. I will also be sharing the Creation of an Entertainment company that is dedicated to development of network, cable and premium and internet programing that is dedicated to the cultivation of the most wonderful qualities in men and women all based on the observations of the grand parade of wisdom and beauty that natural flowered within the cultural experiment of Open Secret. an example would be, "The Re-incarnation of the LA's Bodhi Tree Bookstore: Can A Reality Show Cultural Experiment Save the Independent American Bookstore. I have 18 other like minded concepts, all designed to be entertain and Enlighten and enhance meaning of life. One of my favorite passion projects is "American Co-Housing The baby booms cultural Experiment for enhancing Quality of Life in the the Final Third and the other thirds of Human Life Experience. Other titles include, "American Neighborhood Astronaut" Chronicles of the revolution of ordinary Space travel, "Seed Bank" The Quest for Labeling of Non-Gmo Information, "Star Power" Helping the Gifted and Famous Create Non-Profits to Share their gifts to Save the World, "The Second American Revolution" Our Generatiions"s Conversations on the Creation of A Politics Capable of Solving 21St. Century Problems" On and On and On. We wish to invite allwho wish to participate in our first fundraiser, to buy the building that Open Secret inhabits, to fulfill the goal of the Open Secret Continuity Project, by buying our building, Insuring another 25 years and beyond, of Open Secret and the Rainbow Body Cultural Center. I am available to chat about any of this at any time, Thanks so much, Robert Calef Founder 415-602-1584 www.opensecretbookstore.com

 

Saturday July 26, 8 pm.

7:30 pm.

Open Secret Is Proud to Present

Jai Uttal And Friends

$20 Advance $25 Door

 

Jai has been leading Kirtans worldwide for over thirty years. “These ancient chants,” writes Jai “contain a transformative power and healing energy. By singing these prayers we join a stream of consciousness and devotion that has been flowing for centuries.”Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.

As a child in New York City, Jai’s home was filled with music. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. His musical interests encompassed a wide variety of styles, and over the years he experimented with many forms of musical expression.

Eventually this led him to the work of India’s National Living Treasure, Ali Akbar Khan. At the age of 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of Khansahib for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he was deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style.

Events August 2014

September Events

September 2014

Tuesday September 2,16,

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.


'The Art of Group Living: A Dynamic Dialogue’
September 10 7:30-9:30p (doors open at 7p) at Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael, CA, 94901

Please join us for an engaging, interactive evening offering tools, tips and talk on the art of group living.
The panel of presenters (heads of 3 communal households in Marin) represent more than 65 years of combined
co-living experience.

Have you wondered how successful community households get started?
Is living in a co-living household for you?
What does it take in a rental or an owned home to live harmoniously with others?
What are the unique challenges?
What are the real benefits?
If you are curious about these topics, please come and join this lively discussion.

You will hear three personal stories of three successful community models.
You will have the opportunity to address your particular questions about living in community .
You’ll leave with new perspectives and creative ideas as well as tools to begin your own group household.
Please bring your questions.

$15 at the door. Doors open 7p - event will begin at 7:30 and go to no later than 9:30p.
Hope to see you there!

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Thursday September 4,

7:30

Kirtan with Gangadar and Friends


Kirtan with Sacred Caravan

Thursday, September 4, 7:30pm
At: Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael
$15 Suggested Donation at the door

Sacred Caravan consists of two loving couples who sing and play music
that glorifies the transcendent joy of the Universe thru Kirtan.

Teed Rockwell, a student of Hindustani Masters Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Ustad Shahid Parvez, is the only person in the world who plays Indian music on his customized Touchstyle Veena (AKA Chapman Stick).

Diana Stork is also a student of Ali Akbar Kahn. She can be heard on dozens of albums, including “Harpestry” on Universal Records, and “Sacred Light” on the At Peace Music label. She has been a frequent performer at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco for their labyrinth walks.

Gangadhar Gerhard has traveled throughout India researching and singing Kirtan vocal music, and as a tabla player and percussionist, has performed with Jai Uttal, Bhagavan Das, and Allen Ginsberg.

Rhonda Gerhard is a yoga nidra teacher and psychotherapist.

Together they create a sound which adds a new dimension to kirtan singing and sacred instrumental music

More info: 415-457-4191

At: Open Secret, 923 C St, San Rafael

 

Monday September 8, 22,

The Open Way

Hosted By Cory Bright

7:30 pm.

$10 donation

September 8, Paul Hedderman, September 22, Paul Hedderman

Are we really the identity, image or story adopted & presented to us or are we beyond any conditioned notion of who we think we are?

Beyond story or any image of “I”.. we are spaciousness… we can relax and enjoy as
Open Awareness that knows No Boundary

We will regularly be hosting a teacher or a sharing with Cory Bright. Includes nondual oriented spiritual bookclub sharings with continuous or rotating book study and interests and visiting Teachers. Book suggestions are welcome

We will do a short meditation. Then sit, share and dialogue on the true nature of who we are as Open Awareness. A nondual oriented sharing that you can find similarities in

Buddhism - Zen - A Course in Miracles – Advaita - Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti Bryon Katie - Deepak Chopra - Wayne Dyer, - Rupert Spira, - Mooji - Jeff Foster - Alan Watts J. Krishnamurti - Ramana Maharshi - Nissargadatta and all nondual oriented sharings

Also relatively enjoyed is Quantum Physics and New Thought sharings…

and yet it is not that as well.

It is all of these and none of these as the direct sharings arise “as is” often without reference. We share in a non-dogmatic direct way to see directly the Free, Open Liberated Awareness that is our true nature.

Suggested Love Donations

Second Thursday of the Month

Thursday September 11,

7 pm.

Mother's Kirtan with Mangalananda

$10 donation, No one turned away


Mangalananda will every month explore and share the deep spiritual Tradition of kirtan from village India which he has imbibed from years of immersion in India. There will be many stories of his experiences in India, group chanting and introduction to different styles of Indian devotional chant.

Acharya Mangalananda is an appointed spiritual Teacher (Acharya) of Ma Anandamayi Ashram in Omkareshwar/Indore, India. He first went to India in 1973 to meet and travel with his Guru, Sri Anandamayi Ma, from whom he received mantra diksha. Since that time he has been living in her ashrams in India and the US. He helped start a spiritual school in Ma’s name in 2001 in Omkareshwar and lived there for eleven years, only recently returning to the States. He yearly tours Europe and the US giving kirtan presentations and spiritual workshops.

Friday September 12,

7:30 pm

Yoga of the Impossible

Book release party With Diane Frank and Friends

About the book...
Take an American geisha, an artist who knows everything the geishas know about love. Put her in a society that's morally profane, and ask her to find her way. The story is told through the soul of a sculptor who lives her life as a contemporary Aphrodite. Katarina sees everything through the lens of an obscure Indian philosophy, Yoga of the Impossible, a path of seeking enlightenment through opposites and contradictions.

Early in the novel, two young teenagers face a trauma that will ripple through their lives unless they turn around and deal with it. You'll meet a tribe of late-blooming artists searching for love on a crooked path. Dripping with fine art, YOGA OF THE IMPOSSIBLE is populated with musicians, dancers, sculptors, radio talk show hosts, and mermaids transforming lunacy into poetry.

From the early reviews...


“In Yoga of the Impossible, a series of journeys of the mind, the heart, and the whole spirit dance, punctuated by the most amazing imagery."
—Mary Norbert Korte, The Persephone Poems

“Diane Frank has that amalgam of poetry and prose just right. She has perfect pitch. It’s a knockout.”
—Robert Scotellaro, Author of Measuring the Distance

“One of life’s greatest teaching tools is paradox, as people have to deal with paradoxes every day in order to grow. Diane Frank’s Yoga of the Impossible weaves the paradoxical teachings of union to show how to find the gold buried within. Diane is a master tantric weaver in the way she slips a man into a woman’s mind to feel the power of relationships from a woman’s experience. Her rich, sensuous imagery enlivens me to my core.”

About the author:

Diane Frank is an award-winning poet and author of six books of poems, including Swan Light and Entering the World Temple. Her friends describe her as a harem of seven women in one very small body. She lives in San Francisco – where she dances, plays cello, and creates her life as an art form. Diane teaches at San Francisco State University and Dominican University, and leads workshops for young writers as a Poet in the School. She is also a documentary scriptwriter with expertise in Eastern and sacred art. Blackberries in the Dream House, her first novel, won the Chelson Award for Fiction and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Saturday 13,

7:30

Book Event: Ultimaya 1.0

A Night of Delighting In the Goddess

with Saniel Bonder

“Equal parts spiritual quest, unlikely love story and existential cautionary tale, Bonder's soulful science fiction novel is about one man's fantastical journey to understand himself — and God...

“Powered by a subtle sense of humor, brisk pacing and an action-packed, metaphysically nuanced storyline, this novel is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening; it's powerfully moving and edifying without coming across as preachy or heavy-handed...

“An engaging, deeply spiritual story of salvation that will compel readers to look at the world — and themselves — in a different light.”


— Kirkus Reviews

The Matrix meets Alice in Wonderland in Ultimaya 1.0, which takes us way, way down the rabbit hole. A rollicking good read — highly recommended!”

— Stephen Dinan, CEO, The Shift Network

 

Saturday September 13

11:30 5:30 pm.

$70

Tuesday September 16th

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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Thursday September 18, 2014

7:30 pm

Kirtan with Miriabai

$10

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Kirtan, a form of Bhakti Yoga, means "to repeat" in Sanskrit and is an ancient practice of singing names of the divine. Please join Mirabai & Friends monthly now on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Open Secret for a rich evening of call and response singing and meditation with live instrumentation including harmonium, guitar, digeridoo, dulcimer, flute, tamboura, percussion, and more. No music experience is necessary. Children are welcome. More information about Kirtan and the musicians can be found at: www.mirabaiandfriends.com

Saturday September 20.

7:30 pm

Radiance Kirtan Band

$10 Kirtan $20 Kirtan and Dinner, Rsvp Advance

$15 door

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Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

9:30-6 pm.

Vedic Astrology Seminar

Var?a-phala is a fantastic north Indian T?jika Jyoti?a technique designed to aid in the ability to predict the coming calendar year

With Steven Highburger

$450 or $475 after Sept 1st , 2014

Open Secret Bookstore, 923 C St., San Rafael, CA


Var?a-phala is a fantastic north Indian T?jika Jyoti?a technique designed to aid in the ability to predict the coming calendar year(s). Var?a-phala is a type of advanced Gocara methodology based on a chart cast for the solar return of each year and is very helpful as an adjunct to normal P?r??ari style analysis.


Once you learn Var?aphala you will be able to employ the T?jika techniques/yogas not only in P?r??ari jyotish, but also to T?jika pra?na and natal horoscopy as well.

Have you ever analyzed a Bhukti lasting 2-3 years, and even though you feel sure something specific will happen in that period, you are not sure in what year? Or do you have clients/friends who come back annually asking for predictions for the year ahead, and not sure what to tell them? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a helping hand to see the year(s) ahead and get confluence and tighter timing for your predictions? Then come and learn Var?a-phala!


In this intensive you will learn

  • What the Dhruv??ka is and how to calculate the annual Var?a-phala chart
  • A new way of seeing strength of the planets through Pañcavargiya Bala
  • Who are the 5 office bearers, or Pañc?dhik?ris, and how to use them
  • How to calculate the Muntha and its various uses
  • Who is the Year Lord, or Var?e?a, and why it is so important for the year
  • Several unique Da?? sequences which are employed specifically for an annual chart
  • T?jika planetary aspects and T?jika yogas which are quite different from P?r??ari
  • Many techniques for seeing how well or poorly a year might go in relation to the natal chart’s promised results in various areas of life


Friday September 26,

7:30 pm.

Near the new moon every month

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

~~OM~~

Donation

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Kali is the Great Mother of joyous ecstasy,
the compassionate Goddess of the soul,
fiercely devoted to the transformation of every being.

- Jai Kali Ma –

The blessed combination of worship and kirtan
opens the heart
to the unfathomed potential of surrender.
Give yourself over to Her with awareness and devotion,
then enjoy the bliss of kirtan where one falls into
the lap of the Sweet Mother of Love.

Receive Her blessings in the form of
holy water, kumkum, and prasad.
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You are welcome to join us in traditional worship of the Graceful Mother with ritual and kirtan at 7:30 pm on:

October 2014

 

Thursday October 2,

7:30

Kirtan with Gangadar and Friends

$15

 

Oct 3, 2014

7:30

$20 Advance, $25 door

In a benefit for the Q'ero peoples, we are excited to announce a very special evening with the Ancient Crystal Skull "SHA NA RA", in San Rafael, at the Open Secret Bookstore.

On October 3, 2014 we will be joined in a public event with such a rare experience. The crystal skull Sha Na Ra, named for a Shaman Guide, is made of clear quartz. It has the unusual distinction of having been discovered in an actual archeological dig in Mexico - providing further credibility to its status as a truly ancient crystal skull.

A professor of parapsychology and pioneer in crystal skull research, F.R. "Nick" Nocerino was in the Guererro province of Central Mexico in 1995. Sha Na Ra is one of the few crystal skulls that has been scientifically examined and proven to be truly ancient. SHA NA RA and the crystal skull Max were examined at the British Museum at the same time that the Smithsonian Crystal Skull and the British Museum Skull were under scientific study.

The Smithsonian Skull and British skull were determined to be modern "fakes" (as the curator of the Smithsonian calls them) because of modern tool marks found on those skulls. No such tool marks were found on either SHA NA RA or Max, affirming that they are truly ancient. Sha Na Ra is one of the most important crystal skulls in the world today.

F.R. “Nick” Nocerino founded the Crystal Skulls Society International in 1949, and is considered to be the grandfather of crystal skull research. Nick worked extensively with SHA NA RA, which has also been with most of the known ancient crystal skulls in the world.

Michele Nocerino, the youngest daughter of the late F.R. 'Nick' Nocerino, is a powerful and gifted healer who is now the guardian of Sha Na Ra. You can personally experience the power of this ancient crystal skull as Michele and Sha Na Ra share a very special experience of Sacred Space.
(additional information provided by crystalskulls.com)

Advance tickets are available at the store for $20. Tickets at the door, day of the event are $25.
All proceeds go directly to support the Q'ero.

Saturday October 4

8 pm.

Fantuzzi In Concert

$15 Advance, $20 Door

Tuesday October 7,

Peter Brown

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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Friday October 17

7:30 pm.

Book Event: The Wild Excellence with Leslie Patten

The Wild Excellence

Notes from Untamed America 

By

Leslie Patten

About the Author:  Leslie Patten has an unusual combination of experience that allows her to write this book.  She is a published author of Biocircuits: Amazing New Tools for Energy Health, (H.J. Kramer 1990) which sold over 15,000 copies.  She also has written several eBooks on gardening, and has written an online blog journal for over six years on wildlife issues from her home in Sunlight Basin, Wyoming. 

Leslie has worked with land her entire life. She is an avid gardener, and still practices as a professional landscape designer in Marin County, California.  She has a degree in horticulture, a certificate of design from The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, as well as two years of formal naturalist training from the College of Marin.  She spent over five years working with elementary school children in Muir Woods National Monument and Muir Beach, teaching them about ecology and the natural world.  She also worked on a special three year spotted owl study conducted by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area locating owl nest sites and conducting chick counts.  Patten is a member of the Marin County Tracking Club and spent over thirteen years in a spiritual community studying meditation. 

Since moving to Wyoming in 2005, she has helped on wolf, elk and grizzly bear studies, as well as The Gloria Project, a climate change study, in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  She volunteers at the Draper Natural History lab of the Buffalo Bill Museum of the West preparing museum quality specimens of birds and mammals.  Leslie enjoys hiking with her dog Koda and exploring the Greater Yellowstone Area.

 

 

Saturday October 18,

7:30 pm

Radiance Kirtan Band

$10 Kirtan $20 Kirtan and Dinner, Rsvp Advance

$15 door

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Thursday October 23

7:30 pm

Kali Puja

Near the new moon every month

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Donation

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Kali is the Great Mother of joyous ecstasy,
the compassionate Goddess of the soul,
fiercely devoted to the transformation of every being.

- Jai Kali Ma –

The blessed combination of worship and kirtan
opens the heart
to the unfathomed potential of surrender.
Give yourself over to Her with awareness and devotion,
then enjoy the bliss of kirtan where one falls into
the lap of the Sweet Mother of Love.

Receive Her blessings in the form of
holy water, kumkum, and prasad.
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You are welcome to join us in traditional worship of the Graceful Mother with ritual and kirtan at 7:30 pm on:

Friday October 31

8 pm.

A Halloween Evening of Magic

with Loyd

$15 Advance, $20 Door

 

 

November Events

Tuesday November 7,21,

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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Thursday November 20,

7:30

$10 Donation

Near the new moon every month

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

~~OM~~

Donation

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Kali is the Great Mother of joyous ecstasy,
the compassionate Goddess of the soul,
fiercely devoted to the transformation of every being.

- Jai Kali Ma –

The blessed combination of worship and kirtan
opens the heart
to the unfathomed potential of surrender.
Give yourself over to Her with awareness and devotion,
then enjoy the bliss of kirtan where one falls into
the lap of the Sweet Mother of Love.

Receive Her blessings in the form of
holy water, kumkum, and prasad.
with
You are welcome to join us in traditional worship of the Graceful Mother with ritual and kirtan at 7:30 pm on:

Tuesday November 21,

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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December Events

Wednesday December 3, 2014

7 pm.

Erotic Meditation

A Practice for Activating Awareness and Presence through Pleasure

With Taj Anapol and Lyn Hunstad

Tuesday

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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DECEMBER 13-14 - SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA
SAN FRANCISCO AREA
KRYON WEEKEND EVENT SATURDAY
Kryon SEMINAR - UP CLOSE WITH KRYON" SEMINAR
(Lee Carroll presenting alone)



SUNDAY
SEMINAR - "PRACTICE AKASHIC POWER" - ALL NEW!
(Co-presenters: Lee Carroll and Dr. Amber Wolf)




HOST: Open Secret Bookstore
e-mail: eventinfo@kryon.com
Call HOST: 415-457-4191

Registrar: Diane Young
Email: register@kryon.com
Call: 910-352-7495 (EST)

(Doors open at 11 pm.)

12:00 pm. to 5:30 pm

Our Annual Gathering with

Kryon

With Lee Carroll

$95 one day $160 both days
CREDIT CARDS ~ DEBIT CARDS ~ PHONE CHECKS
SEATING IS LIMITED!!!
REGISTER & PREPAY TO GUARANTEE SEATS!
Register: www.kryon.com/register-sanrafael
Questions: Call 415-457-4191 or email kryonsanrafael@kryon.com

kryonyourcity@kryon.com

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Sunday Saturday, Lee Carroll brings an addendum to his latest book, "The Twelve Layers of DNA" with some hard physics and revelations about what actually might be in our DNA. He will also discuss current earth changes and address these questions: do changing weather patterns signal something unexpected? Could human evolution be related to earth changes? Why are there so many revolutions all over the globe - is humanity evolving or is it going down the tubes? Did Kryon predict our economic woes? What is a "time fractal," and how does it affect you spiritually?

On day two, Mr. Carroll offers an inspirational, informal study of his fifth book, a fascinating parable about Michael Thomas, a seemingly ordinary man who represents the American icon of normalcy – and discontent. After an accident that leaves him near death, Michael’s decision to go “home” takes him on a series of adventures and trials in an astounding land filled with angelic beings, wise teachers, and sinister entities. 

Hear rare author’s insights as Lee shares personal, behind the scenes stories about this profound adventure that’s common to most humans on a spiritual quest. Revealing deep hidden truths, he exposes the full meaning of the metaphors in this hugely popular Kryon novel.

Lee Carroll has shared the message of Kryon for 22 years worldwide and is the author of 15 books in 24 languages.  Well known in Metaphysics, the Kryon channeled books have made the top seller’s list of most New Age distributors within months of release.  Having presented seven times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 30 different countries overseas, he attracts audiences in the thousands. 

Mr. Carroll's fascinating, entertaining lectures bring a message of love, empowerment and unity for Humanity.  With scientific validations, humor and personal stories, Lee’s events are favorites in the New Thought community.

 

To learn more about Lee Carroll and Kryon, visit www.kryon.com.

 

LEE CARROLL has channeled Kryon for 20 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 14 books in 24 languages (so far).  Well known in Metaphysics, the Kryon channeled books have made the top seller’s list of most New Age distributors within months of release.  One of his books, The Indigo Children, introduced the term “Indigo Children” to the world. 
Having presented six times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 20 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.  Lee’s fascinating, entertaining lectures bring a message of love, empowerment and unity for Humanity.  Mixed with scientific validations, humor and personal stories, his lectures are favorites within the New Age community.    

 

Ask Kryon

QUESTION:  Are you an Ascended Master, dear Kryon?
ANSWER:  No.  I am a servant for humanity in its quest to create peace on Earth and increase the vibration of the planet.  I honor the ascended masters, for theirs is also a specialty to help you as well.  I work with all of them, especially that of St. Germain.  My interdimensional counterpart is Metatron.  We often work together regarding the physics of your planet.  All of the others are back on Earth in some form of energy work at this time in your history.  They have all returned and are working with you daily.
QUESTION:  Dear Kryon: I am a healer/alternative therapist.  What is the best way to help people with addictions and compulsive behaviors?

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ANSWER:  Addictions and compulsive behavior are a result of more than just psychological disorders and/or chemical imbalance.  They are a way for the biological-self to distract a Human from completing what it came here for, spiritually.  It is also given as a test or challenge.

If you work with addicted Humans, then I don't have to tell you the frustration they feel. They absolutely know what they are doing, yet then can't communicate with their cellular structure enough to stop it.  The main part of this struggle is the one where the biology builds a "wall of addition or compulsive behavior" so that the Human does NOT have to make the decision they came here for.  Worse, sometimes this activity is actually designed to kill them quicker!

Many of these precious souls are very spiritual…did you notice?  They are "on the edge" of complete knowledge, but just can't seem to "go there."

What to do?  Your work as a healer is to help them over this hump of fear.  They can't stop smoking… or eating… or sexual desire… or drugs?  These are all classic Human biological ploys that are part of the "seed fear" of enlightenment.

Clearing fear is the answer… fear that perhaps this time they won't suffer and go through torture because they accept the information of the Higher-self.  Many are unconsciously fearful of moving into a spiritual experience.  Even those who are healers… channellers… and ministers will also experience this!  They don't want to "go all the way," since the last time they did this… they died, horribly.

So, healer, help them to begin talking to their cellular structure in ways that will relax the fear of spiritual information and action.  The more they can love themselves, the less they will rely on outside stimulus for their peace.  The more they can drop this very real fear of theirs, the less they will need their additions.  Behavior will modify and the addiction will eventually drop away.

Meditation is also part of the key to this… real meditation, with intent and motivation.  Finally, self-worth is the real issue (same as loving themselves). When this is settled, then the addictions begin to diminish and go away.  

QUESTION:  Dear Kryon, I am gay, and an enlightened man. I live in an American society that barely tolerates me, and actually has some laws against my way of life.  The church I used to belong to cast me out as being evil and anti-God.  I don't feel that I am violating some Human ethic.  My love is as true as any heterosexual, and I am a light worker. Tell me what I should know.

ANSWER:  Dear one, less than two generations from now, there will be those who find this book and laugh at the quaintness of this very question.  Before I answer, let me ask you and those reading this to examine a phenomenon about Human society and "God."

Thirty years ago, interracial marriage was considered to be wrong by the laws of God.  Now your society finds it common.  The spiritual objections around it were either dropped or "rewritten" by those divinely inspired and authorized to do so.  Therefore, your actual interpretations of the instructions from God changed with your society's tolerance level--an interesting thing, indeed, how the interpretations of God seem to change regularly to match a changing culture!

The truth, of course, is that you find yourself in a situation that is known to create a test for you.  Right now, in this time, you have agreed to come into your culture with an attribute that may alienate you from friends and religious followers.  You have faced fear of rejection and have had to "swim upstream," so to speak, just as an everyday life occurrence.  Your contract, therefore, has been set up well, and you are in the middle of it.  Additionally, like so many like you, you have a divine interest in yourselves!  You feel part of the spiritual family.  What a dichotomy indeed, to be judged as evil by those who are the high spiritual leaders--interpreting God for today's culture.

Now I say this: What is your intent?  Is it to walk with love for all those around you and become an enlightened Human Being in this New Age?  Is it to forgive those who see you as a spiritual blight on society?  Can you have the kind of tolerance for them that they seem not to have for you?  Can you overlook the fact that they freely quote their scriptures in order to condemn you, yet they don't seem to have the love tolerance that is the cornerstone of their own message?

If the answer is yes, then there is nothing else you must do.  Your INTENT is everything, and your life will be honored with peace over those who would cause unrest, and tolerance for the intolerable.  Your sexual attributes are simply chemistry and setups within your DNA.  They are given by agreement as gifts for you to experience in this life.  Look on them in this fashion, and be comfortable with that fact that you are a perfect spiritual creation under God--loved beyond measure--just like all humans.  But then you know that, don't you?

Tuesday December 16[

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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Past

Events we were so honored to Present.

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Tuesday March 9th, 2010

7pm.

 

$10

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Thursday March 18th

7pm

Kirtan with Lakshmi and Friends

$15

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A jewel among the various spiritual practices associated with Hinduism is kirtan, or devotional chanting. Kirtan is one of the most beautiful and expansive aspects of bhakti yoga — the path of opening the heart through devotion and surrender.

The meaning of "yoga" is "union," and the goal of yogic practices is to recognize our true Divine nature. In bhakti yoga, each deity in the the Hindu pantheon is seen as a different aspect or face of the Divine Beloved, and devotional practices are used to bring one closer and closer to the Beloved, until devotee and Beloved become One. Although kirtan involves singing or chanting, it is not necessary to have any musical talent or background, or even a good singing voice. Kirtan is the music of the heart, and it is sung freely from the heart.

Traditionally, kirtan is sung in call-and-response form. A leader sings a line or two of a song, and the participants sing it back. The words to kirtan songs are often repetitions of different names of the deities, usually in the Sanskrit language, or in a language derived from Sanskrit. The focus on the deities, and the repetition of their names releases the mind from it’s usual associative patterns, which keep us caught in the cycles of pleasure and pain that come with the ups and downs of everyday life. The vibrations of the Sanskrit sounds expand our hearts and minds beyond their normal limitations, into the depths of Spirit, and the recognition that we are never away from the Beloved.

Laksmi's pure voice and devotion aids in opening the soul to love.

 

Delicious Vegetarian Meal $13

12-7:30 pm

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Sunday March 21st

1pm-4pm

Trickster Training Tea Party With

Caroline Casey

Trickster Training Tea Party
(yes, Venus loves tea parties, and hereby reclaims their elegant fierce magical civility. All of Creation is eager for humans to have manners.)
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
also at Open Secret

$35 for those enrolled in Caroline's ongoing Trickster Training
(and you may enroll now...click this
LINK HERE)
(other-wise) $50

Advance registration encouraged (to avoid, "o waily waily" dis-appointment)


a council dedicated to the cultivation of eloquence, story-telling, pragmatic mysticism - and more! -

a deeper delving and animation of Green Fire Equinox Opportunities available to those cultivating their customized Compassionate Trickster.
(opportunity to make prayer sticks, so bring a stick that you find and like, and that likes you...and 2 feathers, if you are lucky enough to find them...We have back-up feathers. And bring charms you may want to share or attach to your stick, which will carry your desires to Heaven.
Speaking of which) We will be journeying forward in time to design, animate, and set-up house-keeping in Heaven.

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$50 (Subscribed Tricksters for $35)

 

You are Invited to a Catered Revolution!

 

 

Wednesday March 24th

6 pm

 

Rama Navami Celebration

Kirtan with Jai Uttal and friends

 

$20

 

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Jai Uttal our dear friend , is an American musician and singer-songwriter born in New York City. Often performing with his "Pagan Love Orchestra," Jai's music is influenced by his R&B roots of the 1960s and 70's and by traditional Indian music, which he first became familiar with at age 19.

When he was 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of sarod player Ali Akbar Khan for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he studied yoga under Neem Karoli Baba. He was also deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style1. Jai continues to study under Indian music legend Ali Akbar Khan.

While some of Jai's music is used in the practice of yoga2, it is not all meditative; his 1990's records also used elements of jazz, reggae and rock and often featured powerful horn arrangements by Peter Apfelbaum. In addition to Baul influences (particularly in the lyrical realm), elements of his music are strongly influenced by kirtan, and bhajan.

Jai will be followed by other Kirtan groups in celebration of Sri Rama Navami.

Delicious Vegetarian Meal $13

Served Between 4-6 pm.

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Broad Significance of Rama Navami:
Though Rama Navami is a major festival for Vaishnavites, it is widely celebrated by worshippers of Shiva, too. It is considered auspicious to undertake a fast on the day in the name of Rama. The more devout fast for nine days, from Ugadi to Rama Navami. The objective of the fast is not to ask for special favours of the deity but to seek perfection as a human being. Devotees perform elaborate pujas and chant the name of Rama. Temples of Rama have special services and bhajan sessions through the day.

One significant and popular element of the celebration is the Ramayana parayana, a discourse on the Ramayana, by a pundit or a professional story-teller. It usually lasts nine days, beginning on Ugadi and ending on Rama Navami. A skilled story-teller who can liven up the event by weaving in contemporary events attracts massive crowds.

Since Rama is also one of the most sung-about deities in Indian classical music and literature, week-long (and sometimes, month-long) musical programmes are organised.

Sacred places associated with Rama, like Ayodhya, Ujjain and Rameshwaram, draw tens of thousands of devotees. In Rameshwaram, thousands take a ritual bath in the sea before worshipping at the Ramanathaswamy temple.

Many places in North India host fairs in connection with the festival, culminating in spectacular fireworks on Rama Navami.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday April 6th

7pm.

Book Event Free
THE MINISIDDHA PATH: 5 KEYS TO BUDDHIST PRACTICE FOR THE NEW AGE by Tulku Sherdor


7:00 pm.
Tulku Sherdor, Executive Director of Blazing Wisdom Institute, will describe how to delve deeply into spiritual practice while living and working in this frenetic, modern world, based on his own remarkable life as a western reincarnate Lama, with 30 years experience in North America and Asia, 6 years of intensive meditation retreat, and career as a human rights and environmental lawyer, and litigator at the elite law firm of David Boies.  Copies of his Memoir and Reflections, “A Path Strewn with Flowers and Bones,” will be available for signing.

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Tulku Sherdor is the Executive Director of Blazing Wisdom Institute. Born in Montreal, Canada in 1961, he began practicing Buddhist Insight meditation from a very young age, and met his principal teacher, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in Nepal in 1981. He was fortunate to study with many pre-eminent masters of the 20th century, and has completed a 3-year lama retreat in the Karma and Shangpa Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism, a year-long solitary retreat in the Chogling Tersar practice lineage held by Tulku Urgyen, and many other intensive retreats. Over the past 30 years he has traveled far and wide, offering and translating more than 2,000 dharma teachings, and assisting a great number of distinguished Nyingma and Kagyu meditation masters in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Singapore, Nepal and China/Tibet. With his precious teacher, His Holiness Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, and with Tulku Hung Kar Dorje Rinpoche, Tulku Sherdor has advanced many philanthropic projects in Tibet dedicated to the preservation of Buddhadharma and to world peace. He has been publicly enthroned at Lung Ngon Thubten Chokhorling Monastery in Golog, Tibet, as the rebirth of Nesang Walshul Lama Dorje Nyima, and recognized as the rebirth of Lama Togmed Rinpoche, the previous throneholder of Sang Lung Monastery, also in Golog, Tibet.

Thursday April 8

7:pm

Book Event: Surviving the Dragon, by Arjia Rinpoche

$10 Free with book purchase

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Arjia Rinpoche, Author of Surviving the Dragon

 

 

Arjia Rinpoche is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers and lamas to have left Tibet.  At age two, he was recognized by the Panchen Lama as the 20th Arjia Danpei Gyaltsen, the reincarnation of Lama Tsong Khapa's father, Lumbum Ghe, and the throne holder and abbot of Kumbum Monastery.  He has trained with lineage teachers, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness the Panchen Lama, and Gyayak Rinpoche--from whom he received many sacred teachings and ritual instructions. 

During the Cultural Revolution in Chinese controlled Tibet, Arjia Rinpoche was forced to attend Chinese schools, yet secretly continued to practice and study with his tutors.  In addition, he was required to work in a forced Labor Camp for 16 years.  Following the Cultural Revolution, Rinpoche continued serving as Abbot of Kumbum--overseeing the renovations in the monastery and reestablishing monastic studies.  In 1991 he launched several projects including the following:

  • Red Cross Organization in Kumbum
  • Disaster Relief Project for local villages
  • Clinic for villagers run by monks of the Tibetan Medical Institute and
  • School for local village children

 

In 1998, due to the strained political climate in Tibet, Arjia Rinpoche went into exile because he would not compromise his spiritual beliefs and practices.  He escaped to the United States and started the Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) in Mill Valley, California.  In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) in Bloomington, Indiana by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.  Presently, he directs both TCCW and TMBCC.  Both centers are dedicated to the preservation of Buddhist teachings, art and culture within and outside of Tibet and Mongolia.

Arjia Rinpoche is the only Tibetan high lama of Mongolian descent.  Throughout his life, Arjia Rinpoche was tutored by specialized teachers in the area of Buddhist philosophy, sutra and tantra teachings, as well as in Buddhist art and architectural design.

 

 

Thursday April 15th

7:pm

Brenda Mcmorrow and the Kirtaniyas

$15

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Delicious Vegetarian Meal

$13 served 6 - 7:30

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Friday April 16th

7:30 pm.

Film Presentation

"For The Next 7 Generations"

The Thirteen Grandmothers

$10

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The feature-length documentary on the events and Gatherings of the Grandmothers from their founding in 2004, was completed in early summer, 2009, and is being widely distributed. Visit www.forthenext7generations.com  for more information and a list of current screenings and film festivals. Trailers are available at www.youtube.com/carolehart.

Says award-winning director Carole Hart: "This film will awaken those who are asleep at the wheel, and inspire the rapidly growing numbers of people who are working to create peace, justice, harmony, and balance across the planet. With the ways the Grandmothers show us, we can sustain our planet so that our planet can sustain us."

This is a movie that tells the story of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers from all around the world who came together to help us create a new way of life that will bring the planet back into balance before it's too late.

How they came together is a story in itself...

For many years, a spiritual teacher named Jyoti had been making relations with Indigenous wise women elders. Suddenly she found herself carrying a vision of a circle of Indigenous Grandmothers. Carrying this vision, she was on her way to Africa to meet an African shaman and medicine woman named Bernadette Rebienot. While there, she mentioned her vision to Bernadette and was surprised to hear that Bernadette was having the same vision. They committed to manifesting it. After returning to her home in California, Jyoti and her associate Ann Rosencranz sent out invitations to 16 Indigenous women from around the world to join them in a gathering. The 13 Grandmothers who responded had all received their own visions and heard their own ancestral prophesies. They were told that they would be called together at a critical time in history when their ancient knowledge was needed for the survival of the next generations. 

At their first meeting in October 2004, the Grandmothers, shamans and medicine women, bonded deeply and discovered that despite their different languages and cultures, they all shared a common goal. This led to the formation of The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. From then on, the Grandmothers decided to carry out their mission globally through visits to each of their home communities. 

Through the years, they've become teachers and icons who are galvanizing and uniting a rapidly emerging global movement. They are awakening people to the urgent need for change if we are to survive on this planet. But they are not using fear as a weapon. They are offering us hope. What many people see as a threat, they see as an opportunity. They show us that by going back to the ancient and time-proven earth-based traditions and practices of our Indigenous people, we will be able to break away from our destructive habits and make the changes necessary for our survival.

Delicious Vegetarian Meal

$13 served 6 - 7:30

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Thursday May 13, 2010

7:00 pm

An Evening with Martin Prechtel

People As Plants, Part 1: Learning To Live As a Seed

In every human heart there hides an Indigenous seed that remembers how to regrow a real Human worth descending from.

Hello to Everyone –

As the rivers of New Mexico swell with the cold waters of the mountains, the cottonwood’s sticky buds lengthen into catkins and the ever elusive desert mariposa lilies wonder if this may be one of the years they send up their grass-leaved, butter and claret filled cups, reminding us of the hope stored in the seed, we are writing you to let you know of Martín Prechtel’s events on the West Coast this May.

We look forward to the possibility of seeing all of your faces again soon.

All Blessings,

Hanna and Martín Prechtel

Advance $20

Door $25

Tickets go on sale March 1st.

Martin


Evening Talk and Book Signing
Open Secret Bookstore
San Rafael, California
(415) 457-4191


All Blessings

Long Life
Honey in The Heart
No Evil
13 Thank you's

Martin Prechtel

>From the eyes of the Holy in Nature what is greatest about humans is the reality that humans souls are not human. Unlike the faces and personalities we’ve learned to become, each of us has a diverse, magnificent subtle natural soul, an animal or riparian forest mist or the winds up from the old white foaming haired Grandmother Ocean or the smile of a pine martin, or some pond reeds, water bugs, water squirting oysters, fireflies, musk ox, or fierce snow, still others as sand or fireweed. All these souls have corresponding natures and voices that resound in a symphonic wild jazz-like vital delicious whine, grind, purr, crash and rustle like frogs or mice in leaves or the sound salamanders make as they dream under ice, all of which must make the world Jump Up and Live Again. Come with Martín Prechtel to make an offering-Temple of the Songs of the Natural World and its people to feed the Holy in Nature.


A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul. For more information visit: www.floweringmountain.com <http://www.floweringmountain.com>


Martín Prechtel is the author of: Stealing Benefacio’s Roses; The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time; Long Life, Honey in the Heart; and Secrets of the Talking Jagua

Hello to Everyone –

As the rivers of New Mexico swell with the cold waters of the mountains, the cottonwood’s sticky buds lengthen into catkins and the ever elusive desert mariposa lilies wonder if this may be one of the years they send up their grass-leaved, butter and claret filled cups, reminding us of the hope stored in the seed, we are writing you to let you know of Martín Prechtel’s events on the West Coast this May.

We look forward to the possibility of seeing all of your faces again soon.

All Blessings,

Hanna and Martín Prechtel



For more details and complete registrations please see our website
http://www.floweringmountain.com
or call or write us at
Flowering Mountain
PO Box 338
Ojo Caliente, NM 87594
(505) 583-9103
bluetayra@newmexico.com
May 13th, 2010

Talk and Book Signing

People As Plants, Part 1:
Learning to live as a seed
Open Secret Bookstore
San Rafael, California
(415) 457-4191

www.opensecretbookstore.com

May 15th – 16th, 2010

Two Day Ritual Gathering
Adding Our Beautiful Noise
To the Pounding Symphony of the
Divine Mother’s Whale-driven Celestial Surf
Caspar Community Center
Caspar, California
please contact:
Marilyn Bacon

 

 

Delicious Vegetarian Meal

$13 served 6 - 7:30

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Saturday May 22

7:30 pm.

$15

Inner Rhythm Dance Presents

CLUB OASIS:
Bellydance Extravaganza
Featuring Your Favorite Bay Area Troupes

Inner Rhythm Productions Presents:

Fabulous CLUB OASIS: Bellydance Extravaganza
is back again! An ever-changing program of your favorite high-caliber
dancers includes 10 Bay area bellydance troupes presenting an exotic
tapestry of cabaret, folkloric, and fusion styles.

Along with her three dance companies, Sherry Brier, co-director of
Inner Rhythm Movement Arts, combines the best of the thriving local
bellydance community. In her book DOORWAY TO ECSTASY: A Dancer’s
Initiation, Brier says, “This dance form is an enduring and ever changing
expression of the Divine Feminine . It is a journey behind the veil into an ancient mystical tradition.”

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Two of the dance troupes will be accompanied by special guest
musicians. World renouned percussionist, Susu Pampanin, will drum
for Dancers of Janan. Jarek Tatarek, of Arcane Dimension, has composed
two new pieces for the newly formed group of dancers created by his wife,

Teresa Camp, who also teaches at Inner Rhythm.

Troupe Ala Nar, Rising Stars, Shimmy Amour with guests: Wild Card BellyDance, Raks Rosa, Troupe Dhyanis, Jewels of Beladi, Troupe Tahiya, Arcane Dimension w/guests
Tickets are $15~Get tickets now!
Call Inner Rhythm: 415.388.6683

Shimmy Amour


Troupe Ala Nar & Rising Stars

Rising Stars

Wild Card BellyDance

Raks Rosa

Troupe Dhyanis

Jewels of Beladi
Visit us at:
InnerRhythmDancex

 


Sunday May 23rd.

1-4 pm.


Cloud Dancing $30 with Eve Crowe

In ancient times divination was used through the cloud spirits/thunderbirds by journeying to the beat of the drum or rattle. The cloud spirits can be accessed through the actual clouds and cloud dancing cards. We will journey with the cards, the clouds and the elements. Please bring a bandanna/ eye pillow and a drum or rattle if you have one. Cloud Dancing cards are for sale at Open Secret.
Sunday, May 23rd 1-4pm

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Eva Crowe is a shamanic practitioner, metaphysician/psychic and Reiki Master. She is on the referral list of Sandra Ingerman, author of "Soul Retrieval," and is affiliated with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Eva is a seasoned healer/teacher with 20 years experience.

Eva has taught workshops at various spas and holistic centers throughout the country. Eva is also a guest speaker at the "Mind, Mysticism and Meditation" class at UC Berkeley, California. Her mission is to empower and free people of their physical and emotional limitations through ancient healing methods.

To view website: www.eevebcrowe.com

Thursday May 27th

7 pm. $15

Kirtan Party to celebrate Nrisimha Jayanti (Chaturdasi).

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Narsimha Chaturdashi is holy appearance day of Lord Narasimhadev, the half-man half-lion incarnation of the Supreme Lord. It falls on the 14th day of the waxing moon in the month of Vaishaka (May-June). In year 2010 it falls on 27th of May.

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Who is Lord Narasimhadev: Lord Narasimhadev is incarnation of Vishnu. He has a human-like torso and lower body and lion-like face and claws. This deity of Narasimhadev is very significant in vaishnava groups. He is known as the ‘Great Protector’ who defends and protects devotees or vaishnavas.

 

Saturday workshop, May 29:

11:00 -5 pm.

$150

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Based on the book, The Way Back Home, by Bonnie Serratore, you will learn how to heal "the pain body."

 

 

Friday June 4th

7:30 pm.

Birth of a Psychedelic Culture and MindSpace and TimeStream

with Ralph Metzner


Ralph will discuss his two most recent books:
Birth of a Psychedelic Culture
MindSpace and TimeStream.

Birth of a Psychedelic Culture is a conversational memoir between Ralph and Ram Dass, and 15 other contributors, covering a five year period
in the early sixties of the Harvard psychedelic studies and their experiences in community at Millbrook, NY.

MindSpace and TimeStream, sub-titled Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness, is a distillation of the course on "Altered States of Consciousness" that Ralph taught at CIIS for 20 years.

He says "I will discuss why I don't think anymore that the concept of "altered state" is useful, although "state of consciousness" is. Each state of consciousness has its own distinctive time and space parameters, and it is essential to learn how to navigate out of contractive, fixated, harmful states, and learn how to use expanded states, such as can occur with meditation and with psychedelics, for creativity, self-understanding and spiritual growth."

 

Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He will be reading from his recently published conversational memoir with Ram Dass, BIRTH OF A PSYCHEDELIC CULTURE; as well as from his books on Alchemical Divination and MindSpace and TimeStream.

Book Reading June 4th, 7:30 pm.

Workshops at OPEN SECRET Bookstore in San Rafael.

June 5th, 2 – 6 pm

 

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RALPH METZNER, Ph.D.: Psychedelic Culture and Expanding Consciousness
Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. is a recognized pioneer in psychological, philosophical and cross-cultural studies of consciousness and its transformations. He collaborated with Leary and Alpert in classic studies of psychedelics at Harvard University in the 1960s, co-authored The Psychedelic Experience and was editor of The Psychedelic Review. He is a psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he was also the Academic Dean for ten years in the 1980s. His books include The Unfolding Self, The Well of Remembrance, Green Psychology, The Expansion of Consciousness, Alchemical Divination and Mind Space and Time Stream. He is the editor of two collections of essays on the pharmacology, anthropology and phenomenology of ayahuasca and of psilocybin mushrooms. He is also the president and co-founder of the Green Earth Foundation, dedicated to healing and harmonizing the relations between humanity and the Earth.

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Saturday June 5th

2 pm. to 6 pm.

Alchemical Divination: Healing the Past, Envisioning possible Futures

A workshop with Ralph Metzner

$50

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Alchemical Divination: Healing the Past, Envisioning possible Futures

with Ralph Metzner

Alchemical divinations are processes of intuitive inquiry, using yogic methods to enhance perception and concentration. Using guided regression, we connect with our unresolved past, for healing re-membering. Using guided visioning, we tune into our future potentials and integrate them for creative self-expression.

Alchemical divinations are processes of intuitive inquiry. We connect with our unresolved past, for healing re-membering. We tune into our future potentials and integrate them for creative self-expression.



MindSpace and TimeStream, sub-titled Understanding and Navigating Your States of Consciousness, is a distillation of the course on "Altered States of Consciousness" that Ralph taught at CIIS for 20 years.

He says "I will discuss why I don't think anymore that the concept of "altered state" is useful, although "state of consciousness" is. Each state of consciousness has its own distinctive time and space parameters, and it is essential to learn how to navigate out of contractive, fixated, harmful states, and learn how to use expanded states, such as can occur with meditation and with psychedelics, for creativity, self-understanding and spiritual growth."

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Saturday June 5th

7:30

An Evening with Pangaia

$15

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Do You Need An Accupuncture Tune Up?

Sunday June 6th noon to 6pm.

Monday June 7th 11:00 am- 6pm

Tuesday June 8th 11:00 am -6pm

 

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Open Secret Is Proud to Present

Accupuncture Treatments with World Class Practictioner David Cushing Fuess

$100 45 minute Sessions

Call Rob for Appointments 415-602-1584

 

Daivd Cushing Fuess has been teaching internationally for 30 years. He has a
Masters Degree in Chinese History and Philosophy and has taught at two accupuncture schools. He is a noted teacher of Acupuncture, polarity, Tai Chi Chih and yoga.

 

Wednesday June 23

7 pm. $10

ASTROLOGY

STUDY OF THE NATAL HOROSCOPE
and How it Reveals Your Ascension Pathway

A New Class with Arisa Victor,
also known as Granny Rainbow,
the High Priestess of High Magic

Beginning April 21 – Ongoing, $10/Session

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Who are you? Why were you born on Earth at this time of the Great Shift?
What is your mission/contribution to the Whole?
What are your talents and strengths? Your initiatory challenges?
This class offers support and empowerment for the unique being that you are.
We tap into the spiritual roots of Western/tropical astrology.
Since people learn at different rates, class is loosely organized around the four facets
 of astrology: Planets, Signs, Houses, and Aspects. Details are definitely included.

Our textbook is Granny Rainbow’s book,
High School Astrology: A Textbook of Ageless Wisdom
available at the Open Secret.
Bring your horoscope. If you do not have one, go to the Order Page at
www.grannyrainbow.com
where you will find directions on how to get a free horoscope.

For more info: 415-259-1695   grannyrainbow@msn.com

Thursday June 24th

7pm.

JIGME TROMGE RINPOCHE will be teaching on the Six Perfections (the Six Paramitas)

donation $15

 

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JIGME TROMGE RINPOCHE will be teaching on the Six Perfections (the Six Paramitas) over three sessions this coming month -- Thursday 10th and 24th June from 7-9pm at Open Secret Bookstore in San Rafael. The first session of this series of teachings will begin at Berkeley Shambhala Streetspace on June 6th from 2-6pm on the perfections of generosity and discipline.

Having formed the wish to benefit others, in order to progress from aspiring bodhicitta to engaging bodhicitta, we then train in the Six Paramitas: generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom.

The accomplishment of these perfections will result in the achievement of the ultimate perfection of wisdom that is enlightenment.

Saturday June 26th

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Ecsatatic Kirtan Celebrating Life and God

6-9:30 pm

$15

An Evening of Ecstatic Kirtan

Featuring

Ben Leinbach and Prajna Vieira

Featuring a feast with Radience Cuisine

4-6pm.

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ABOUT — Bio


Ben Leinbach is an award-winning producer, composer, engineer, and multi-instrumentalist. He is most renowned as the producer of a multitude of devotional world music recordings and as a composer of music for yoga. In this realm he has collaborated with Jai Uttal, Deva Premal and Miten, Shiva Rea, David Newman, and many others. Ben also produces and records tracks for singer/songwriters, in genres that span from alternative pop-rock to r&b.

Prajna and Ben met during the recording of Mukti’s debut album, Light of the Sun, which Ben produced, arranged and engineered. Becoming both friends and fans of each other’s work, they agreed to collaborate as an acoustic duo—infusing their creative synergy into a new collection of original Sanskrit bhajans with a soulful flavor.

Ben maintains an eclectic mix of music on his production/composition plate. He produces everything from hip hop to meditation music.

 

 

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Prajna Vieira is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and yoga teacher. She heads the acclaimed kirtan ensemble Mukti as the lead singer, keyboardist, and primary songwriter. She has also performed with several other kirtan luminaries, including Snatam Kaur and Jai Uttal. Her work is an expression of her love and gratitude to the Divine. She has studied piano, dance, theatre arts, and singing extensively since age four. Exposed to kirtan and bhajan in early childhood when her father returned from a trip to India, Prajna fell in love with the spirituality of ancient India. She can often be found at Amma's San Ramon ashram singing or playing keyboards for the bhajans.

 

Prajna and Ben met during the recording of Mukti’s debut album, Light of the Sun, which Ben produced, arranged and engineered. Becoming both friends and fans of each other’s work, they agreed to collaborate as an acoustic duo—infusing their creative synergy into a new collection of original Sanskrit bhajans with a soulful flavor.

 

 

 

Saturday July 3

11am.-6pm.

Three Wise Women on Polyamory!
Explore the Future of Love on Planet Earth
Dossie Easton, Serena Anderlini & Deborah Taj Anapol
Saturday July 3, Open Seceret Bookstore, San Rafael, CA

$65

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What is the future of love on an imperiled planet? What's the global, cultural, relational, emotional, spiritual, and body ecology of love? Will sex save the planet? What combination of free love, polyamory, and polysexual expression will do the job of making peace with Gaia, our mother Earth? The connection between sex and the environment has been on people's minds lately. As writer Tinamarie Bernard has put it, "At first glance, sex and the environment don't make obvious bedfellows. How can the answer to our environmental problems ...possibly be found in the satin sheets of lovers? According to a growing number of greenies, free love may just save the planet." We have only to look around us to see that this salvation hasn't happened yet. Why not? Is the whole idea of a politics of love a flakey new age fantasy? Or have we just not taken it far enough? Has the wisdom of love been forgotten, distorted, and misunderstood for so long we are only now starting to penetrate this mystery?

Don’t miss this rare event! Three brilliant, passionate, and courageous avatars of polyamory come together to address the theory and practice of loving in freedom, consciousness, and compassion. Participants are invited to integrate the wisdom of bodies, hearts, minds, and souls in this heart-opening experiential journey into love. Dossie Easton, Deborah Anapol, and Serena Anderlini are all authors of groundbreaking books on polyamory. Their combined poly life experience totals well over 100 years! Each is an incredible teacher in her own right and by choosing to join forces they have co-created the most amazing context ever for sharing of wisdom of love. Discover how your intimate, erotic life is instrumental in weaving the web of life we call Gaia. Participants can expect to integrate the wisdom of bodies, hearts, minds, and souls in this heart-opening experiential journey into love. Join us in discovering the beauty of the web you choose to weave!
$63 per person

 

To inquire about Work trade for fee reduction, please contact dossie@dossieeaston.com  until June 1st, and serena.anderlini@gmail.com  after June 1.

If you are among the first 15 people to register, you will receive a complimentary copy of ONE of the following books at the event, so sign up now!

    * Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy, The Ethical Slut. Celestial Arts, 2009
    * Deborah Taj Anapol. The Seven Natural Laws of Love. Elite Books, 2005
    * Serena Anderlini. Gaia and the New Politics of Love. North Atlantic Books, 2009

Saturday July 10

7:30 pm'

Mukti In Concert

$15


Mukti feat. Prajna Vieira
Mukti (Sanskrit for “liberation”) is an ensemble of accomplished musicians whose spicy blend of tabla rhythms, flamenco guitar, harmonium, piano, and r&b-flavored vocals are breathing new life into the world of kirtan. Their debut CD, Light of the Sun, is a lush and vibrant collection of original songs in Sanskrit and English, enlivened by the group’s years of collective spiritual practice and deep devotion.

Electrifying in concert, Mukti draws from a substantial (and growing) catalogue of original material, regularly taking the stage with distinguished guest musicians and singers from diverse musical and spiritual backgrounds. Here, the songs take a spontaneous journey through driving, rhythmic highs into soulful, sublime spaces that lead effortlessly into meditation.

“A journey of devotion and inspiration infused with incredible songwriting, masterful musicianship, a myriad of world music flavors, ace production and intertwining vocals that soar into the heavens, yet overflow with earthly delights and words that come straight from the heart. Prajna Vieira has a beautiful voice that is rich, soulfully sweet, and prone to taking off into divine spaces.” —Common Ground Magazine

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Departing from a more 'traditional' kirtan sound, Light of the Sun reflects diverse elements likea highly polished musical gem. Like John Mclaughlin and his seminal world fusion band Shakti in the 70s, co-songwriter Donald Fontowitz merges his Indian-influenced, flamenco guitar with Ramana Erickson's tabla rhythms, creating an earthy backdrop to lead singer and lyricist Prajna Vieira's ethereal vocals and piano. Prajna's voice has been compared to that of kirtan pioneer Snatam Kaur in purity and presence, but her musical influences include Western artists like Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell - women singer-songwriters with an independent streak. Beyond artistic expression, however, the purpose of Mukti's music differs that of most contemporary artists; the songs on Light of the Sun communicate a deep longing for union with the sacred. As Prajna says, 'We set out to make music that would uplift, inspire and bring peace to people's hearts.'

Light of the Sun CD is produced by award-winning producer Ben Leinbach (known for his outstanding collaborations with Jai Uttal and Deva Premal, among others) and featuring the incredible guest performances by Manose on bansuri flute and two-time Grammy-award-winning violinist David Balakrishnan (founding member of the Turtle Island Quartet).

Friday July 16

7:30 pm.

Book Event: The Spoken Cabala: Tarot Explorations of the One Self, spoken by Jason Lotterhand and edited by Arisa Victor,

 

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Thursday July 22

7 pm.

An evening with Shyamdas

$20

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Shyamdas combines ecstatic kirtan with stories and teachings from India. As a Vedic scholar and a bhakta, he shares the philosophy of non-dual devotion with authority and flair. Shyamdas’ presentations of bhakti teachings are unique, rooted in tradition, and filled with the nectars of devotion.

Shyamdas has returned from his yearly devotional travels and studies in India, where he has walked the footsteps of pilgrims, Gopis, and Bhakti Masters. In February, Shyamdas was able to join His Holiness Shri Milan Kumar, grandson of Shyamdas’ own Guruji, Goswami Prathameshji, for a month-long pilgrimage in Vraja, the land of Shri Radha and Shri Krishna! Shyamdas brought a small traveling harmonium and drum and led kirtans every day as the group of 120 pilgrims and their gurus celebrated Vraja and the amazing spring festival of Holi. Shyamdas’ Sanskrit pundit came along most days and led several hour-long discussions about what happens, scripturally and devotionally, when Shri Krishna returns in the late afternoon from herding his cows in the Vrindavan forests, as well as many other juicy bhakti subjects.

As always, Shyamdas continues to daily study and translate India’s devotional works for all of our benefit. This summer, two new publications will be available to Krishna bhakti enthusiasts: Treasure House of Love: the Poems of Rasakhan features the first English translations of the poems of the 16th century Vraja poet-saint, the Muslim-born Krishna follower, Rasakhan. His revelations of direct experience and bhava with the Supreme, Shri Krishna, in the form of a mischievous butter Thief and enchanting Dancer, his divinely-afflicted Gopi lovers, His dazzling consort Shri Radha, and more. Shyamdas has sung some of these poems on Sweet Radhe! and often recites them at his kirtan programs.

Secondly, the Ocean of Grace: The Teachings of His Holiness Goswami Shri Prathameshji offers us the teachings, poetry, prose of Shyamdas’ Guruji, as well as transcriptions of private conversations between the two. His Holiness enlightens us on the path of following God (the nature of being a “Das”) the way to follow the true Dharma, understanding dedication and devotion, and much more, presented with the humor and devotional insight of an Ocean’s depth.

 

Friday July 23

7:30 pm

An Evening with Elle Collier, awakened mystic and seer,

$15

Event Description

As near as your breath is the Divine in you, waiting for your ascension. Elle Collier Re comes as Love's messenger whispering guidance for your awakening. You are invited to find answers that reveal the fire behind the veil, the truth of your being.

Bio

Elle is a fully transcended teacher in the manner of Eckhart Tolle, Adyshanti, and Byron Katie. Elle awakened in her twenties and has continued to respond to the hearts of those who find her for direct and loving guidance in the discovery of their true nature. Vibrant, radiant, and caring, Elle speaks to each, as she aligns them with the Divine to bring forth the Word into daily lives. She comes from Oregon to Calif. for her second extended visit, speaking in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, San Rafael, and Los Altos Hills . Her website is: HeartGateSancturay.org, where there is a short video of her speaking: from the top menu bar: Elle Collier Re: Elle.

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"The Irrepressible Light of Being'

As you enter this evening's Grace ...
step over the threshold
into the present.
Leave hesitancy and preferences and self-absorption...
Enter the Light within.

This is Consciousness training,
unifying the awareness with the Soul
and through the Soul to the Indivisible.

Bio:

Elle Collier Re is an advaitic mystic, a gifted transmitter of I AM THAT I AM -- Holy Source Consciousness. Her mentoring and energetic alliance help free cellular level restrictions, opening the Way to walk a powerful, straightforward life as the essential Self. Elle is the founder and teacher at HeartGate Sanctuary retreat center in Hood River, Oregon.

In the words of students:
"Awakened teacher and mystic, Elle Collier Re is a pure gift from the All That Is. She is a guiding light, dancing playfully and fiercely with her students as they learn to embrace all that they believed themselves to be and in the process find the truth of who they Are." G.Gregory, coach, Pure-Possibilities.com

'Elle's insight, ability to peer into souls, God-realization, and poetic way, assist us to walk in the highest possible awareness while on earth. She keeps her eye on the good of all, shelters each in the Heart of Love, and guides in a way that teaches us to fish rather than merely selling us fish.

To have Elle in one's life is to have a treasure, a friend, an ally – one with the highest of integrity – to help us stay true to our most elegant Self.'
- Jeanne Zandi, satsang leader, Taos

 

 

FRIDAY August 6th

7:30 pm.

$15

An Ecstaic Evening of Kirtan

rockin' evening of kirtan with:
Gaura Vani & As Kindred Spirits and The Mayapuris

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Intentional or not, Vani’s eclectic style has allowed him to take his songs and message from Krishna temples and yoga studios to a wider range of audiences. In the past year Vani has performed at diverse venues for all types of music fans from backpacked Chicago indie rockers at Lollapalooza to hippies and modern primitives in the Nevada desert at Burning Man to a jubilantly dancing crowd at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., who had gathered to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration.

Vani and his band, As Kindred Spirits, bring their unique brand of kirtan music to Boston Common on Sunday. The performance is sponsored by the Boston chapter of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness to celebrate Rath Yatra, one of the most sacred holidays in the Hindu world.

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Wednesday August 11

7pm

An Evening with Jeannie Zandi

$15

Living Heart
An Evening with Jeannie Zandi

Each of us has been given a glowing jewel of God-being as our gift to uncover and express in this world. Join Jeannie Zandi and friends in a field of Presence and Heart as we experiment and explore the possibility of living the purity of your unique spirit-expression, meeting and dissolving the places that obscure the beauty of your birthright to live in union and joy. If you want to uncover what you are and enter the fire of an alive and surrendered life, this evening is for you.

Jeannie Zandi is a visionary, mother, writer and revolutionary of the heart who invites all into now to discover the true life we are meant to live, as Love, through surrendering to the unknown.

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Monday August 23

7 pm

Romancing the Divine With Jacqui Lalita

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Invoking the ecstatic quality of great Sufi poets Hafiz and Rumi, come ready to journey into mystic worlds of remembrance as Jacqui Lalita paints life's passion through words. Jacqui will read from her book Romancing the Divine: Poetry by the Mystic River, a collection of sensual and soulful poems that promise to inspire chills up the spine.


Jacqui Lalita is a poetess passionately living in service to the Great One. She travels the world teaching and performing belly dance, writing, and helping hearts awaken to the perfection of this moment. Her poetry sings from the heights of ascended living, ripe as a summer peace, tender as a newborn fawn, inviting all to come along.

 

Saturday August 28

7:30 pm

An Evening of Extra-Ordinary Music with Dartanyan L. Brown

$15

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Dartanyan's career in music defies boundaries. He is a recent inductee into the Central Iowa Blues Society's revered Hall of Fame, while jazz bible Downbeat Magazine, as early as 1974  noted him as "one of the few electric bassists in jazz exploring the melodic possibilities of his axe."

While he has been a thrilling performer onstage, his work in the classroom has been inspirational to the hundreds of students he has worked with over the last 15 years.

Dartanyan began his career on the west coast in 1987 with Teja Bell, a guitarist and producer of uncommon talent who, along with violinist Steven Kindler produced Dolphin Smiles, an album that created a commercial stir in the New Age world. Life long friends, Bell and Brown have worked with jazz flute legend Paul Horn and recorded the album History of My Heart with synthesist and sound design pioneer Susanne Ciani.

He is celebrating his 22nd year as a man with dual citizenship working on the faculty of Marin Academy and spending a portion of each year in his hometown working with young musicians in the public schools who want to know more about music and its place in our culture.

Throughout his career, Dartanyan has recorded and/or performed with an incredible variety of musicians, dancers, performance artists and purveyors of new media. The list includes trumpeter Bill Chase, Attila Zoller, Suru Ekeh, Grover Washington, Jr., Mark Levine, Kenny Barron, Horace Arnold, Mike Vax, Larry Ridley, Clark Terry, Dick Oatts, Warren Gale, Alvin Batiste, Kent Jordan, Arnie Lawrence, Barry Finnerty, Frank Foster and many others.

He is finishing production on a set of live concert recordings by Ron Dewitte, Big Mike Edwards, Jaimeo Brown, Sam Salomone, Craig Horner and Don Brown under the nameplate, The Iowa Blues All-Stars.

He is also in production on a DVD and audio set documenting his work with poet and friend Al Young. Mr. Young, recently designated California's Poet Laureate by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, has established himself as a unique voice. Al and Dartanyan are a living example of how words and music are meant to play together.


 

Friday September 3

7:30 pm.

$15

Kirtan with Geoffrey Gordon and Tony Khalife

with Anastasi Mavrides guitar, Stephen Meese- bass, and Peter Warren- drums. We are officially sponsored as a Pre-Bhakti Fest Event, see http://www.bhaktifest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=112&Itemid=100

Join Geoffrey Gordon, Tony Khalife & friends for a night of singing, dancing and celebrating the source of all existence through the practice of kirtan. The divine names/mantras which we sing have been chanted for thousands of years. Open up your full potential with the intention of illumination and nourishing a deep love for all beings. We'll touch the One and join with the great masters through the ages praying for a more compassionate, illuminated, non-violent world.

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Saturday September 4th

7:30

Kirtan with Prema Mayi

$15

Prema Mayi was born in Chile. At the age of twelve, she entered an ashram of Bhakti Yoga in Europe. Now, thirty years later, her natural, gentle zeal for bhakti is embellished with a warm-hearted maturity and an inspiration to share with others what she has imbibed, through the medium of sweet and melodic kirtan.

The practice of bhakti develops transcendental devotional sentiments, and kirtan, its foremost process, is saturated with transcendental sound vibration. Under the guidance of her guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj, Prema Mayi’s absorption in the study and practice of bhakti blossoms. Each year she journeys from America, where she now lives, to perform pilgrimage of Braj in the holy land of India.

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Prema has learned sacred chants and mantras that have been carefully passed down through a disciplic succession of pure-hearted saints over the centuries. The potency of these chants has been preserved. The source of these chants is divine, and therefore they resonate with our soul, the essence of our being.

By nature, we are transcendental and eternally free, but, covered by the veil of material existence we experience suffering. Sacred sound has the power to transform. It frees one from the anxieties of daily life, bringing awareness of a divine presence. This is why, since time immemorial, sacred chants have been fundamental in the practice of yoga.

It is not necessary to understand the language of the chant, as its potency is beyond our comprehension. With an open heart one may relish the bliss carried through this vibration.

    “There are channels by with which the infinite descends. The infinite cannot be contained within a limited sphere, but if He is really infinite then He has the power of making Himself known in all His fullness to the finite mind. By the channel of transcendental sound, He comes. When out of His own prerogative He takes the initiative and reveals Himself, there is actual perception of God – self realization, transcendental revelation.”

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    — Srila Sridhar Maharaj, Descent of the Holy Name

The soul’s inherent yearning for spiritual happiness is fulfilled in every possible way through the practice of Bhakti Yoga, which directly connects the soul with Divinity. Bhakti Yoga accesses the inner heart of every living entity, where the foundation of the craving for eternity and the bliss of real love is active. When it is humbly practised under the guidance of one whose heart is steeped in pure love for the Supreme Person, one receives a relish with which no happiness in this world can compare. Prema Mayi in her own natural way wishes to share what she has learned from such an acharya with you.

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Thursday September 9th

An Interview with Gary Zukav and Linda Francis with Maryanne Comaroto

and booksigning of his new book

Spiritual Partnership: The Journey to Authentic Power

7:30 pm.

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Gary Zukav
for years has conveyed the most complex insights in language all can understand.  Over and over, he challenges us to see the depth of our potential in the world…and act on that awareness.  He is the author of four consecutive New York Times Bestsellers.  In 1979, The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, plumbed the depths of quantum physics and relativity, winning The American Book Award for Science.  In 1989, TheSeat of the Soul led the way to seeing the alignment of the personality and the soul as the fulfillment of life and captured the imagination of millions, becoming the #1 New York Times bestseller thirty-one times and remaining on the New York Times bestseller list almost three years.  Soul Stories (2000), as well as The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness (2002) and The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice (2003), both co-authored with Linda Francis, also became New York Times bestsellers. Now,Gary Zukav reveals a revolutionary new path for spiritual growth in his new book, SPIRITUAL PARTNERSHIP: The Journey to Authentic Power. Gary outlines the steps to discovering this profound new relationship dynamic which enables and empowers us to reach our full potential and create authentic power – the fulfilling and joyful life that is calling to us all.
His gentle presence, humor, and wisdom have endeared Gary Zukav to millions of viewers through his many appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show.  Six million copies of his books are in print and translations have been published in twenty-four languages.  Gary Zukav grew up in the Midwest, graduated from Harvard, and became a Special Forces (Green Beret) officer with Vietnam service before writing his first book.

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Linda Francis has been practicing the creation of authentic power since she read The Seat of the Soul in 1989. In 1993 she met Gary Zukav and they created a spiritual partnership which is in its seventeenth year. During this time, she coauthored with Gary two New York Times bestsellers, The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness and The Mind of the Soul: Responsible Choice. They also co-created Thoughts from the Heart of the Soul and Self-Empowerment Journal: A Companion to the Mind of the Soul.
Linda is a co-founder of the Seat of the Soul Institute, the premier organization dedicated to assisting individuals in the alignment of the personality with the soul—the creation of authentic power.
Linda has been in the healing profession for three decades, first as a registered nurse and then as a chiropractor. At the present time, she is involved fully in co-creating curricula and events with Gary. Linda also guides the Authentic Power Program, which is designed to give people the tools to create authentic power and spiritual partnership in their everyday lives.
For more information on Linda’s work, go to www.seatofthesoul.com.

 

A spiritual partnership is a partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth. Spiritual partners use spirituality information from their inner sources, such as their emotions and intuition. They also learn to choose their intentions consciously and how to develop trust in the Universe. Spiritual partnership is a new relationship dynamic in the human experience. It exists for a new multisensory humanity that is being born – a humanity that is not confined to the limitations of what can be seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled. You are likely a candidate for creating spiritual partnerships, or you would not be drawn to these words.

Spiritual partnerships are not exclusively for couples in marriage or relationships; they can be created in families, between friends, in the workplace, on sports teams, at school – anywhere two or more individuals decide to create a relationship as equals in order to grow spiritually. For example, among co-workers, even if one is the boss, another is the manager, and others are hourly employees, the commitment of each is to his or her own spiritual growth, although co-workers of different job levels have different responsibilities in the workplace. Their intention to grow spiritually with every interaction rather than blame or judge each other when reactions occur becomes the defining point of their relationship.

Now that you know what we mean by “spiritual partnership,” you will better understand the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines. Because spiritual partnership is a new relationship dynamic, creating partnerships of this nature will take practice. We suggest that you use the Spiritual Partnership Guidelines daily and see for yourself the changes that you make in your life. Then if you are drawn, please join me and Linda Francis, my spiritual partner to whom I am also married, in one of our spiritual partnership seminars or retreats this year, and we will share with you the beauty and empowerment of this type of relationship.

Maryanne Comaroto is a relationship expert, coach, and talk show host; over five million folks monthly listen to her three weekly shows on www.healthylife.net. She’s wise, funny, and insightful, and is known for getting to the heart of the matter. This evening Maryanne will drop in with Gary and Linda, asking them questions, and you get the chance to ask yours!

www.maryannelive.com


Friday, September 10, 2010
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

$10

Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity

Join author Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., for a fascinating exploration of Greek mystical secrets
at the official launch of her second book


(Palgrave Macmillan, September 2010)

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Marguerite will share key nuggets from her intrepid scholarly research
into the ancient texts about how. . .

• Initiates of the Eleusinian Mysteries experienced the "rape" of Persephone as admission into the underworld
• The ritual use of an artificial phallus (baubo/n) and sacred medicines were most likely involved
• Men had to "become" women to enter into the sacred knowledge of Demeter and Persephone
• The ritual culminated in a "high" priestess having sex with a god and becoming impregnated with the new king
• The Mysteries emerged from the all-female Thesmophoria, dedicated to mother-daughter virgin birth

Appearance by guest author Angeleen Campra, Ph.D., on the Gnostic Sophia

 

Monday September 13

7:pm

Pandit Vikash Maharaj on Sarod and his son, Prabhash, on Tabla.

$15-$25 sliding scale

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Tuesday and Wednesday

September 21, and 22nd

11:00 am to 5pm

Selfic Healing Sessions with Esperide Ananas

$75

Call Rob 415-602-1584 for appointment

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About your Selfic Healing Session with Esperide…
We have booked a 45-minute Selfic healing session for you with Esperide
Please remember to bring $75 in cash to pay her so she doesn't have the hassle she would have inthis country with checks. The number of sessions she will do while here in America are limited, and we want to have as many people benefit as possible, so please to give a week’s notice for cancellations. For appointments cancelled or missed without a week’s notice, please mail a check or arrange to pay her for your missed appointment. Thank you. Our phone 415-602-1584

Selfic Healing with the Stiloself and Spheroself
One of the Spheroself’s ‘accessories’ in the therapeutic field, the Stiloself is an extraordinary healing instrument for working on the body. It can act from macroscopic to DNA levels, on the mind and on the ‘subtle’ structures of the human being. The result of many years of research, the Stiloself is now used by a growing number of therapists all over the world. Comprising a gold body and a head with selfic microcircuits, the Stiloself works at different depths in the organs and systems of the human body depending on how it is positioned and whether or not it is in contact with the skin. The Stiloself develops a communicative relationship with the therapist, often ‘guiding the therapists hand’ and increasing empathy to bring about effective intervention. The intelligence of the Stiloself travels through the organs and body systems supplying the necessary information needed to restore balance. It encourages the body to re-program itself to function normally. Each Stiloself is able to ‘learn’ and increase its efficiency with every use. Also thanks to its connection with a Spheroself and its supportive complexity, every Stiloself ‘networks’ with every other Stiloself being used on the planet. In this way it takes on information about pathologies that it has never treated directly, but which have been cured by other selfic instruments. The Stiloself is very useful in the treatment of cephalea, cervical neck pain, lumbar pain, sciatica, arthritis, of the joints, tendonitis, neuralgia, stomach disorders, irritated colon, haemorrhoids, dysmenorrhoea and pathologies of the menstrual cycle. It can be used to assist relief in many serious illnesses such as pain caused by bone metastasis or to control the increase of benign growths such as lymphoma, fibrosis, and ovarian cysts. It helps in resolving small skin imperfections, marks, warts, damaged capillaries and the general repair of skin tissues. It has a sedative, quietening effect that encourages concentration and memory. Finally it facilitates the activation of latent faculties in the individual – physical, mental, and extra-sensory. The Stiloself can also be used for self- healing.

Items from Damanhur will be available for sale
There may be a limited amount of Selfic jewelry and other healing items available for purchase

 

Esperide Ananas, Director of International Relations for the Federation of Damanhur.

University degree in English and Spanish Literature from IULM University in Milan, Master of Arts in Communication from New York University.

Esperide is a full time citizen of the Federation of Damanhur since 1993. In the same year, she graduated from the Damanhur School for Spiritual Healers. She is part of the Way of the Oracle of Damanhur, and of a specialized group of researchers in “Selfica”. Selfica is an ancient discipline aimed at directing intelligent and subtle energies, capable of interacting with human beings and the environment. In Damanhur, Selfica is used extensively to explore different planes of consciousness and for healing.

Fluent in five languages for over 10 years  Esperide has been an International Ambassador for the Federation, leading seminars on the development of consciousness and human potential, and sharing Damanhur’s vision for new social, spiritual and economic models for sustainability. She has worked for the European Parliament and as a consultant for Italian and international organizations.  

Esperide is an international speaker, a published author (both in Italy and in the US), and comic novelist. She has written and directed two plays as well as producing and directing video.  She loves sci-fi, and is a very keen photographer.

 

Thursday September 23

7 pm.

An Ecstatic Evening with Dreaming Bear

$15

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DreamingBear Baraka Kanaan is an internationally renowned award-winning author of eight books, transformational spoken word artist, and eco-peace advocate who elegantly blends quantum understandings of the universe with inner expressions of the heart. He is the founder of The Lovevolution Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering personal and universal transformation through ‘edutainment’ (making learning fun) & universal inspiration. “I have devoted my life's artistry to cultivating a living language of love spells for the new paradigms that captivate the senses and tickle the heart into a new consciousness that is playful, romantic, compassionate, and full of laughter.” The foundation for DreamingBear’s work as a transformational spoken word artist is deeply attuned to the natural world. His work was further defined by a year spent living in the wilderness, alone and without all the conveniences a modern life provides. While in a deep communion with nature he began to take his artistry to a new level and developed many of the works that have proven to be inspiring to so many. Upon recognizing a great need for humanity to converge more deeply with the natural world, DreamingBear went on to spend many years of his life living off the grid making nature his canvas of choice as he sought to create new paradigm languages to inspire a higher level of consciousness. DreamingBear has traveled the world extensively, sharing his message of unconditional love and fulfillment of personal potential with audiences as diverse as international dignitaries, corporate groups, and third world refugees. DreamingBear holds a master’s degree in communications, is completing his second MA in Native American philosophies, and is the author of Wild Love: Kissed Into Consciousness in addition to two spoken word CD’s. DreamingBear is a frequent guest in the media & a former college professor, now an acclaimed keynote speaker conducting seminars, interactive playshops, and inspired gatherings worldwide.

 

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"DreamingBear is a master word-smith delivering his fervent message with extraordinary verbal dexterity and relevance.
He's a nomadic bard, a hip mystic and modern-language Sufic style philosopher-poet all rolled into the best verbal alchemist to hit the scene as long as I can remember!

If you'd like to experience a living combination of Spaulding Gray, Rumi, Jack Kerouac, Robin Williams, Shel Silverstien, Michael Talbot and Thich Nhat Hanh- you owe it to yourself to see Dreaming Bear."

Frank Marino
~Elevate Films~

Friday September 24th

7:30 pm

Caroluna in Concert

$20

Caroluna
Classically trained singer, composer, multimedia performance artist and VJ, CAROLUNA performs nationally and internationally. Some notable venues include the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino, LUX Video Artist Festival in Seville, Grace Cathedral and the Oakland Lyric Opera. htttp://www.caroluna.com

Performing:
Sacred Love Songs

Inspired by the ecstatic poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, St Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart and Mirabai, Caroluna's Sacred Love Songs are a cycle of devotional, global classical songs composed in the dreamy, soothing, calming, evocative and sensual Raga, Yaman Kalyan. Due to the nature of this Raga, this album is best listened to at dusk or night time - twilight music...

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     CaroLuna Michelson

Award winning vocalist, filmmaker, composer, and producer CaroLuna Michelson has been performing in the USA and abroad for over twenty years. CaroLuna's passion for both music and film led her to explore and create simultaneously in both the visual and the musical mediums.

Saturday September 25th

Jai Uttal, Open Secret Bookstore, and Radiance Cuisine announce a benefit concert in support of The Ali Akbar College Of Music and The Maestro and Me Campaign!

An Evening of Kirtan
Jai Uttal and Friends
7:30

$20 advance and $25 at the door

All income goes to The Maestro And Me Campaign

For Immediate Release
THE MAESTRO AND ME
The Global Campaign to Save the Life’s Work of Ali Akbar Khan,
Master Indian Classical Musician


"Grand Opening" of Radiance Cuisine
Presenting pure, beautiful vegetarian food.

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Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.

As a child in New York City, Jai’s home was filled with music. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. His musical interests encompassed a wide variety of styles, and over the years he experimented with many forms of musical expression.

Eventually this led him to the work of India’s National Living Treasure, Ali Akbar Khan. At the age of 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of Khansahib for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he was deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style.


 

 

 

 

Monday October 4th

7pm

Follow-up Night to the movie "Race to Nowhere" :
I WISH I HAD HAD A SCHOOL LIKE THAT...with Carmen Gamper
Alternatives and Enrichments to Our School System FREE

Short film and presentation of a successful new European school model (Pre/K-8th) based on self-motivated and hands-on learning inspired by Montessori, Waldorf and ReggioEmilia.

An evening with Carmen Gamper, the school's so-founder and educational consultant for child-centered education, now based in the S.F. Bay Area. She combines extensive academic training, hands-on experience and intuition to accompany parents and teachers towards joyful, sustainable education.

Carmen was co-creator and director of two alternative Montessori schools in Europe and is author of "The Sacred Child Companion. Handbook for Child-Centered Education". She is founder of New Learning Culture Consulting. www.newlearningculture.com

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Friday October 8

7:30 pm

$15

 

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BICYCLE BRIDE- A Comedy
Bicycle Bride is a witty film about a rebellious young woman Beena, whose family still clings to their old school beliefs about behavior and marriage for women. Beena pursues her dreams of freedom - but her Indian mother has other ideas, including arranging a marriage for her. Beena has a best friend, Mary Jane, a Caucasian girl who supports her in every way. When Beena meets James Dean from Sweden, and is taken by his European charm, Mary Jane is all for it; she knows James is the boy of Beena's dreams. But Beena's mother has imported Bubba, straight from India, for her daughter. Bubba thinks dollars grow on trees in America, and he must find those trees and marry Beena. Will Beena give in to what her cultural heritage says is right? Or will she follow her heart and possibly lose her family?

Stars: Andreas Wilson(The Evil- Academy award nominated film)Melanie Kannakoda, Jessica Kitchens, Shruti Tevari, Rajiv Nema

Writer/Producer/Director: Dr.Hassan Zee

Dr. Zee brings Bollywood to Hollywood
Dr. Hassan Zee is a writer, producer and director with a rich and varied background in the media arts, including radio, television and film. Though he holds a doctoral degree in medicine, filmmaking is his preferred medicinal practice. Through his work, Zee has discovered innovative ways of challenging rigid perceptions and prejudices through pioneering and poetic storytelling.
ZEE’S STORY:
Hassan Zee has been passionate about films since he was young. After finishing medical school and practicing medicine for one year, Zee decided to move to the United States (US) and make movies. He started his filmmaking journey in 2005 by writing, producing and directing “Night Of Henna” his first feature film, which played nationally in over 20 American cities. The film was shot by three time Emmy Award nominee Hiro Narita. Sound was done by Will Strokson (Adaptation, Lost in Translation). Zee was written up in the NEW YORK TIMES and VILLAGE VOICE, traveling all over the country with his film. In 2007, Zee wrote and directed his second film, “Destination Love,” for television.
BICYCLE BRIDE is Zee’s third film. Its like Bend It Like Beckham, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Slumdog Millionaire. Its a very high end comedy and family film. BICYCLE BRIDE has an international cast with renowned Indian, American and European Actors.

A famous Swedish actor ANDREAS WILSON (Star- Academy Award Nominated film THE EVIL ) played the lead role in Bicycle Bride.

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**Angelina Jolie Says Pakistan Flood Relief Via International Community Essential

Filed under: campaigns, film-tv, movies, newspaper, video — Elizah Leigh @ 12:38 pm

September 7th 2010

PAKISTAN FLOOD RELIEF: Angelina Jolie , Spokesperson, United Nations Refugee AgencySept.7, 2010

Even with the assistance of her main squeeze Brad Pitt and perhaps a few highly trained nannies, Angelina Jolie must still on occasion succumb to the mind-numbing exhaustion that accompanies being the matriarch of a six child household. In spite of what can only be a perpetually frenetic pace of making meals, wiping noses and being a constant source of mom-u-tainment, the Oscar winner regularly fulfills her humanitarian calling by jetting off to third world countries plagued by environmental and social issues. (It must, at the very least, be comforting to know that Brad is holding down the fort.)

Jolie’s latest mission has involved drawing international attention to northern Pakistan’s post-monsoonal flood, which is now considered to be their worst natural disaster on record. Affecting well over 20 million people, the UN Refugee Agency ambassador — who personally donated $100,000 to aid victims – also met those directly affected by the tragedy face-to-face.

Just a few facts to bear in mind:

    * The portion of Pakistan that is flooded is equivalent to the size of England (yes, the country).
    * Compared to the 290,000 homes damaged/destroyed following the tragic Haiti earthquake, Pakistani victims have lost 1,500,000 homes to the flood.
    * $2 billion worth of farm crops covering 2.5m acres (994,642 hectares) are now destroyed.
    * 500,000 cows succumbed to the flood.
    * Fortunately, less than 2000 people have died as a direct result of the flood, but experts fear that water-borne illness, epidemics and starvation might take their toll.

Despite what seems like a hefty $294 million in emergency funds being dispersed thus far, as with countless other global tragedies, funds end up drying up once the media finds a new story to report about. Unfortunately, that’s the case with the Nowshera region of Pakistan, so if you can find a little bit of money to spare, please consider donating it in support of flood victims.


The facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/hassanzee?v=app_2344061033#!/?ref=home

 

on the 10/10/10 from 12 to 5,30pm
at Open Secret Bookstore 923 C st. San Rafael Ca. 94901
415-457-4191
$100
For more info and to sign up contact Shama directly: shama@damanhur.it
Local phone number, once she is here : 206-383-9347

ABOUT: SHAMA VIOLA (MANUELA TERRALUNA)

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Shama lived in the USA from 1968 to 2001. Those 33 years were dedicated to art, spirituality, as well as to learning and teaching conscious growth processes. In 2001, answering a strong soul’s calling, Shama returned to her native Italy to become a Citizen of Damanhur. The Federation of Damanhur is world famous for their underground Temple of Humankind. Shama has spent these past nine years participating in Damanhur’s practical approach to sacredness, rituals, and conscious living.

Inspired by the Damanhurian Sacred Language, she has created ‘Bral Talej’. This new divination system uses Damanhurian symbols to define a uniquely powerful and beautiful expression that she shares through her courses and readings. Shama travels through Europe and the US to present Damanhur, its courses, and to teach this new divination system. Gifted with natural intuition and innate wisdom she shares her gifts also in individual readings.

Tuesday

Oct. 12th

7 pm.

An Evening with Elle Collier

$15

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As near as your breath is the Divine in you, waiting for your ascension. Elle Collier Re comes as Love's messenger whispering guidance for your awakening. You are invited to find answers that reveal the fire behind the veil, the truth of your being.

A Short Bio o Re:

Awakened mystic & teacher, Elle Collier Re, brings you into resonance with the True Nature. She emphasizes the holy in each she meets, and sublimes your awareness within her absolute devotion to your GodLight. All the while, Truth keeps pouring through her like dew on the awakening mind of each."

Testimonials of Elle's powerful Presence and teaching:

Elle is amazing! She is the experience of unconditional Love for each she meets. Working with her has altered my life forever. She sees our highest potential and works at an energetic level that is impossible for the mind to understand. It is as if she opens the doors we have closed within so that the light of God can reshape our understanding of who we truly are.
- Gayle Gregory

"At one point you were talking as the All and you were inside me speaking to me as me and it
was breathtakingly (or maybe breath-givingly) beautiful. Thank you."
(J. Zandi)

 

Friday, October 15th

7:30 pm.

"The Neverending I"

An evening with Karl Renz

$15

“For being what you are, neither work nor development is required.
All concepts of a ‘way,’ of development, and even of cognition
appear with the first ‘I’-thought. This first idea creates time, space,
and thus the entire universe. And as long as this ‘I’-thought appears
to be real, which means separation (duality), there appears the desire
for unity and the longing for a way out, for an end to suffering.”
—KARL RENZ

Meeting Karl Renz will leave you with a radically different sense of yourself. He
exposes the beliefs we’ve built our lives upon, beginning with the root sense of
individuality. Our current predicament is the result of believing ourselves to be something
other than what we really are. This self-imposed limitation causes our incessant searching
and suffering. Karl clearly points us back to the truth of our real nature by helping us recognize the
fleeting and impermanent nature of the self we’ve come to believe in.
The Myth of Enlightenment: Seeing Through the Illusion of Separation

Karl Renz is originally from the Lower Saxony area of Germany. He
studied agriculture before focusing on art, and since 1980 has worked
as a musician and painter. In the early 1990s he began responding
to numerous invitations to hold dialogues and meetings throughout
the world. His book is entitled The Myth of Enlightenment: Seeing Through
the Illusion of Separation.

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Delicious Vegetarian Meal $13

12-7:30 pm

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Saturday October 16

7:00 pm

Club Oaisis Bellydance

Students Recital

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Sherry Brier. Sherry Brier is co-owner/director of Inner Rhythm Movement Arts Institute in Mill Valley. She is also creator and director of the children's dance program. With a B.S. in Creative Arts Education, she has taught creative movement, ritual and trance dance, and various ethnic forms. Her main focus for the past fifteen years has been Oriental "bellydance" and Middle Eastern folkloric dance. She studied in Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and with the most respected instructors in the U.S. and Europe. Sherry directs the two Inner Rhythm resident dance companies: "The Mystic East Dancers" and "Troupe Ala Nar." Sherry has performed solo and with her companies at many Bay Area dance concerts, festivals and cabarets, and produced "Arabian Nights Live Middle Eastern Music and Dance Gala" on a monthly basis from 1994 to 1996, and "The Gathering of the Tribes" concert in 1995, in San Rafael. Sherry received the 1996 Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the Bellydance community from Magana Baptiste International Bellydance Festival and Contest where she was also a

Monday October 18th

7pm

Join Caroline Casey

Trickster Training Council

7-9 pm

($30 for enrolled Trickster Trainees, $50 for those not yet enrolled)

 

 

Trickster Training Council in Temple on Monday October 18th 7-9 pm ($30 for enrolled Trickster Trainees, $50 for those not yet enrolled)
with Caroline Casey Trickster Troubador David Grimes,
training council in metaphor, eloquence, heartening story-telling and spiral strategies for collaborative cahoots between all worlds.

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Friday and Saturday

October 22, 23

 

Radiance Cuisine

Announces a Grand Opening at Open Secret

Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23

from Noon to 9:pm.

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Radiance Cuisine announces a ~Grand Opening~ at Open Secret Bookstore
Friday & Saturday,October 22, 23, from Noon to 9:pm

For over 20 years, Open Secret Bookstore has been a gathering place for music, ideas and well-being..
Now there is another reason to visit: delicious organic, vegetarian cuisine!

Festivities celebrating the Grand Opening for Radiance Cuisine will begin on Friday, Octoberr 22th at 12:00 Noon (til 9:00 pm) and will go through Saturday the 25th, from Noon til 9:30 pm. There will be live music, storytelling and dancing starting at noon, with spectacular evening music events for both nights. Watch for the schedule, soon TBA!

Bring friends and Sample a taste of Radiance, featuring tiny bites of the day's menu items for $6..
or dive straight into the Radiance Menu, featuring The Radiance Plate (Sm $11/ Lg $14: the day's gourmet Soup or Dal, Veggie Curry, Rice or Quinoa & Salad with creamy vegan house Dressing); or The Yogi Bowl (Sm $6/ Lg $9: Soup or Dal & Veggie-Curry separated by Rice or Quinoa in a bowl). Menu Extras include Chutney, refreshing Drinks and delicious Desserts... come celebrate uplifting tastes with us and see what everyone is talking about!

This event will also feature chair massage..[~come early to get on the list~].. and various sessions of interest such as Astrology readings and Tarot will be available in the temple room.

Come support and partake in this community experience. Sample a new diet for a conscious, sustainable lifestyle. Radiance Cuisine features fresh, local and organic ingredients, prepared with love and affection for the divine spirit within us all and beyond.

RadianceCuisine.com

Friday October 29th

7:30 pm

An Evening With Cheri Huber

$20 Advance $25 Door

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Cheri Huber is a student and teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She has devoted 30 years to helping people free themselves from suffering and enjoy the lives that are their birthright. Her gentleness, clarity, and humor support the challenging work of spiritual growth. She is the author of 17 books including There Is Nothing Wrong with You; The Depression Book (she has been acknowledged as the country’s foremost expert on depression and spirituality); Time-Out For Parents; and the recently released audio-retreat, Unconditional Self-Acceptance.

Cheri founded the Mountain View Zen Center and the Zen Monastery Practice Center in California. She conducts workshops and retreats at these centers and at venues around the U.S. and internationally. She has an internet-based weekly call-in radio show, Open Air. Cheri is a member of Social Venture Network, a national organization that combines social responsibility, spirituality, and business. Cheri Huber is founder and director of Living Compassion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing peace and compassion to all aspects of life.

Friday October 29th

7:30 pm

$15

An Evening with Jeff Foster

Awakening to an Intimacy Beyond Words
with Jeff Foster 
What if life is infinitely simpler than you ever imagined?

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We spend our lives seeking wealth, success, love, fulfilment, and even ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in the future. Yet right at the heart of life there is an intimacy, a simplicity, a wholeness that is totally beyond words – and which cannot be reached through any kind of effort. In our attempts to change, to improve ourselves, or become ‘enlightened’, we end up ignoring this wordless intimacy which is our birthright and our true home.

Jeff Foster shares the timeless message of nonduality (non-separation), something that is ultimately impossible to put into words, in a simple, human and down-to-earth way, avoiding as much as possible the arcane, heavy, outdated and often self-righteous spiritual language of the past.
He is not affiliated with any spiritual path, teacher, tradition or lineage, and believes that the truth - that which is present and alive - is absolutely free and cannot be captured by any religion, ideology, philosophy, belief system, or person. However, perhaps it can be shared, in friendship and openness, with those who are open to going beyond what they believe. With great humor, compassion and clarity, Jeff reminds us of something we have always known – that life, as it is, is a miracle… and beyond our thoughts, we are already free.
Meetings with Jeff are always very friendly and informal, and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions, if questions arise. And of course, if you just want to sit in silence and listen, then that's fine too!
About Jeff Foster
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness.
In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about nonduality (which he often calls "the utterly, utterly obvious"). He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.
www.lifewithoutacentre.com
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Saturday October 30

11:00 am-6:00 pm.

Jeff Foster Workshop

$100

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Awakening to an Intimacy Beyond Words
with Jeff Foster 
What if life is infinitely simpler than you ever imagined?

We spend our lives seeking wealth, success, love, fulfilment, and even ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in the future. Yet right at the heart of life there is an intimacy, a simplicity, a wholeness that is totally beyond words – and which cannot be reached through any kind of effort. In our attempts to change, to improve ourselves, or become ‘enlightened’, we end up ignoring this wordless intimacy which is our birthright and our true home.

Jeff Foster shares the timeless message of nonduality (non-separation), something that is ultimately impossible to put into words, in a simple, human and down-to-earth way, avoiding as much as possible the arcane, heavy, outdated and often self-righteous spiritual language of the past.
He is not affiliated with any spiritual path, teacher, tradition or lineage, and believes that the truth - that which is present and alive - is absolutely free and cannot be captured by any religion, ideology, philosophy, belief system, or person. However, perhaps it can be shared, in friendship and openness, with those who are open to going beyond what they believe. With great humor, compassion and clarity, Jeff reminds us of something we have always known – that life, as it is, is a miracle… and beyond our thoughts, we are already free.
Meetings with Jeff are always very friendly and informal, and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions, if questions arise. And of course, if you just want to sit in silence and listen, then that's fine too!
About Jeff Foster
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear seeing that there is only ever Oneness.
In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, clear, joyful and fully alive, and Jeff began to write and talk about nonduality (which he often calls "the utterly, utterly obvious"). He holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding the spiritual search, to the nature of mind, and to the Clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humor and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future awakening, revealing the awakening that is always already present, right in the midst of life.
www.lifewithoutacentre.com
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Saturday October 29

7:30 pm

Day of the Dead Celebration

Admisson: $20

Day of the Dead ~ Perceiving Death through Dance
Saturday, October 29
Open Secret Bookstore


This heart-felt performance will be an exploration of the five elements through dance, revealing the process
of death occurring to us all. Based on the principles of the Buddhist tradition, in this dance offering we
will embody the dissolution of the elements.
Please join Barbara Framm, Nubia Teixeira, Tika Morgan, Teya Chavez, Astrid Koltun, Padma Gordon and Lynn Wallace to celebrate and ignite the heart.
Death is ever-present in our daily lives; we can meditate on this as a gift to help us recognize the preciousness of being alive and the sacred nature of each moment .
In many cultures, the honoring of our ancestors - the dear ones that passed away - is celebrated every year in acknowledgment
that the ancestor's spirits are always nourishing and guiding us.
Bringing together many cultures, many backgrounds, many traditions and art forms, these women are gathering to share
their sacred arts on this traditional holiday.
We invite you to bring a small offering for a community altar (fruit, flowers, pictures of your ancestors and lost ones, etc.)

Radiance Cuisine Menu for that evening "Spanish/Indian Vegetarian" COME EARLIER TO ENJOY A NURTURING MEAL !!!!!
Hot chocolate with cinnamon ~ Spanish Basmati Rice ~ Black bean soup ~ Organic sour cream veggie curry

Barbara Framm has been studying and performing classical Indian dance for over 30 years. She is a recent graduate of the Women's Spirituality program at I.T.P. , focusing her studies on the experience of Western women engaged in the practice of the sacred dances of India. Barbara will be representing the fire element in this performancae

Nubia Teixeira has been dedication herself to the healing arts for over 20 years, originally from Brazil, she is trained in the classical indian dance of Odissi. Nubia brings together for this evening's performance the dance form of Orixa and Odissi to celebrate her father's passing last december and the water element.

Teya Valentina Chavez offers her dance through the linage of her peruvian ancestry. She has received her training in ceremonial dance from both east and Western Esoteric traditions. Her Father's passing to spirit in July of 2010 from ALS is her dedication for this offering during this time of Dia De Los Muertos. A offering of Beauty way for all our relations, Teya is representing the ether element
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Astrid Koltun returns to the stage after a long and beautiful journey, including massage, teaching, and mothering her four yr old daughter, Jazz. Astrid received her BA in theater from Manhattanville college in Purchase, NY. She continued to perform in NYC including an original production of "Frankenstein: The Rock Musical" at LaMama theater, a children's travelling theater company production of "The Man from LaMancha" and as a directorial assistant on "Wit" at the Union Square Theater. She received a certificate in Acting from ACT repertory theater's summer program in 1998. Astrid has always loved to sing and is honored to be a part of this sacred celebration.She would like to thank her family and Karina Denike for all their love and support. She sings in dedication to her grandmother Palma and to the lost mother.

Padma Gordon is a dancer, teacher, mother and lover of life. She offers herself fully in service by supporting others to be embodied and to connect to their vital energy by holding them in a safe container with her loving presence. At this juncture in her life she is facing Death on many levels and is deeply grateful to be a part of this Day of the Dead offering; it could not have come at a better time.

Raised in South Asia, Tika Morgan began training at age four in Modern, Jazz, and Folk dances of the African/Latin and European diaspora. Continuing her studies in independent and college level classes, Tika started teaching World Dance in 1998. The following year she began traveling to Brazil to further her dance and music education. She trains annually in the highly acclaimed Silvestre Dance Techniquein Salvador, Bahia and now works to promote the Silvestre Technique throughout Northern California.
As a full time instructor of Brazilian, Latin dance and dance/fitness based in the Bay Area, Tika has taught her classes and workshops in South Asia, Brazil, and throughout the US. She is an integral part ofRoco Dance Studios in Marin County, has taught for the UC Berkeley Woman's Wellness Retreats and hosts quarterly dance workshops through The Kanbar Center for the Performing Arts and Hoyte Theater. She has choreographed concerts, music reviews, and carnaval parades as well as performing in Brazilian dance company Aguas da Bahia, the SF Ethnic Dance Festival, the Black and White Ball, and in six SF Carnaval celebrations as both dancer and singer. Tika's classes aim to introduce people to the rich and important world of dance stemming from Africa and Brazil while unleashing the body's potential. tikamorgan.com. Tika will represent the earth element in this evening performance.

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November Events

 


On Monday November 1

at 7pm

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

$20

On Monday November 1st at 7pm Lama Tharchin Rinpoche will give a teaching based on his poem: ‘A Drop of Nectar, An Old Man’s Heart Advice’ at the Open Secret bookstore, 923 C St, San Rafael. Suggested donation is $20.

If you have questions please contact Sheppard at 415-333-3639 or <sheppardp@earthlink.net>

Teaching from his poem, A Drop of Nectar, Lama Tharchin Rinpoche will discuss the methods to distinguish between the five afflictive emotions and the five primordial wisdoms, and introduce us to our original enlightened nature.

 

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Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet.  Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche.

In addition to Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.  Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1959.   He lived in Orissa, India and Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to America in 1984 for health reasons.  While in America, Dudjom Rinpoche asked Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to turn the third wheel of Dharma, the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.

As a householder with two sons, Rinpoche has a wonderfully kind and wise approach to working with Western students.  His gentleness and jewel-like qualities embody a living expression of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma. He is so rare and precious, not only because of his great realization, but also for his vast knowledge of Tibetan ritual arts, music, and dance, as well as the philosophical basis of the Vajrayana teachings.

 

Saturday October 29

7:30 pm

Day of the Dead Celebration

Admisson: $20

Day of the Dead ~ Perceiving Death through Dance
Saturday, October 29
Open Secret Bookstore


This heart-felt performance will be an exploration of the five elements through dance, revealing the process
of death occurring to us all. Based on the principles of the Buddhist tradition, in this dance offering we
will embody the dissolution of the elements.
Please join Barbara Framm, Nubia Teixeira, Tika Morgan, Teya Chavez, Astrid Koltun, Padma Gordon and Lynn Wallace to celebrate and ignite the heart.
Death is ever-present in our daily lives; we can meditate on this as a gift to help us recognize the preciousness of being alive and the sacred nature of each moment .
In many cultures, the honoring of our ancestors - the dear ones that passed away - is celebrated every year in acknowledgment
that the ancestor's spirits are always nourishing and guiding us.
Bringing together many cultures, many backgrounds, many traditions and art forms, these women are gathering to share
their sacred arts on this traditional holiday.
We invite you to bring a small offering for a community altar (fruit, flowers, pictures of your ancestors and lost ones, etc.)

Radiance Cuisine Menu for that evening "Spanish/Indian Vegetarian" COME EARLIER TO ENJOY A NURTURING MEAL !!!!!
Hot chocolate with cinnamon ~ Spanish Basmati Rice ~ Black bean soup ~ Organic sour cream veggie curry

Barbara Framm has been studying and performing classical Indian dance for over 30 years. She is a recent graduate of the Women's Spirituality program at I.T.P. , focusing her studies on the experience of Western women engaged in the practice of the sacred dances of India. Barbara will be representing the fire element in this performancae

Nubia Teixeira has been dedication herself to the healing arts for over 20 years, originally from Brazil, she is trained in the classical indian dance of Odissi. Nubia brings together for this evening's performance the dance form of Orixa and Odissi to celebrate her father's passing last december and the water element.

Teya Valentina Chavez offers her dance through the linage of her peruvian ancestry. She has received her training in ceremonial dance from both east and Western Esoteric traditions. Her Father's passing to spirit in July of 2010 from ALS is her dedication for this offering during this time of Dia De Los Muertos. A offering of Beauty way for all our relations, Teya is representing the ether element
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Thursday November 4 th.

Kirtan with Uma Reed and friends,

7:00 pm. $10

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A jewel among the various spiritual practices associated with Hinduism is kirtan, or devotional chanting. Kirtan is one of the most beautiful and expansive aspects of bhakti yoga — the path of opening the heart through devotion and surrender.

The meaning of "yoga" is "union," and the goal of yogic practices is to recognize our true Divine nature. In bhakti yoga, each deity in the the Hindu pantheon is seen as a different aspect or face of the Divine Beloved, and devotional practices are used to bring one closer and closer to the Beloved, until devotee and Beloved become One. Although kirtan involves singing or chanting, it is not necessary to have any musical talent or background, or even a good singing voice. Kirtan is the music of the heart, and it is sung freely from the heart.

Traditionally, kirtan is sung in call-and-response form. A leader sings a line or two of a song, and the participants sing it back. The words to kirtan songs are often repetitions of different names of the deities, usually in the Sanskrit language, or in a language derived from Sanskrit. The focus on the deities, and the repetition of their names releases the mind from it’s usual associative patterns, which keep us caught in the cycles of pleasure and pain that come with the ups and downs of everyday life. The vibrations of the Sanskrit sounds expand our hearts and minds beyond their normal limitations, into the depths of Spirit, and the recognition that we are never away from the Beloved.

 

Saturday November 6th

7:30 pm.

Book Event: Healing Houses

with Author Sheldon Norberg

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Saturday November 6th

7:30 pm

 

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Kal means Darkness; Kali takes away that Darkness. She takes away the darkness from every individual who strives in the path of perfection by performing the spiritual disciplines of purifying austerities. Just as all the colors of the spectrum mix into black, yet still black remains black, so too, Kali, who is completely Dark, Unknowable, takes away all the darkness, yet She, Herself, remains unchanged.

Kala means Time and i means the Cause; Kali, the Cause of Time or She Who is Beyond Time. All existence has its perception in time, and therefore the Cause of Time, She Who is Beyond Time, activates Consciousness to perception, allows Consciousness to perceive.

Kali Puja is a treasure house of Her Wisdom. It contains abundance of Kali's tools for living : Her Sattvic worship, Her Hundred Names, Her Thousand Names, Her Armor, the mantras for offering bhanga, alcohol, animal sacrifice and how to give birth to spiritual children.

Monday November 8

7 pm.

Tree of Life Journey
At Open Secret Bookstore

7pm.

$15

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Discover the Divine universal qualities of humankind.
Decipher the path to fulfill your dreams and desires.
Discover the You… which you long to know!

Begin with the incredible map of your self- the Tree of Life and light!
The Tree of Life reveals the instruction manual of Human Potential.
This system is the Divine blueprint of life. Exposed and studied, you can begin to transform yourself inside and out expanding your consciousness and accelerating your growth. Know Thyself; as answers to all questions exist within. Gain clarity and your passions and desires manifest.

Bring your full self, ready to learn, share and grow. We welcome you!


CeCe is a gifted natural clairvoyant, Kabbalist, energy healer, spiritual teacher and guide and certified life and relationship coach.

CeCe Converse, CPCC 415-451-1700 $15/class

Monday November 8, 9 and 10th

7:00 pm.

SAKKARA HEARTSONG

$15

Readings Will Be Available

private session
I can do four 1 1/2 hours sessions a day $225. or
six 1 hour sessions $150.


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Sakkara's full sensory perception co-creates each person experience with the over lighting Devas, Elementals, Ascended Masters, Angels and Monadic I AM Christ consciousness. Blending her knowledge and wisdom with the Hathors, this short, but profound session will be life transforming.

About Sakkara

Sakkara Heartsong at age seven experienced being in an accident that changed her life dramatically; her clairsentient, clairvoyant, clairaudient & gifts from precious interplanetary incarnations were activated.

Sakkara is a multidimensional master overtone sound healer (4 octave vocal range) and has the ability to receive the music of the spheres. She is also a Mayan Sh'men (female shaman) of the Heart of the Jaguar and High Priestess of Ancient Egyptian, Sacred Lemurian, Seraphim Alchemies formulas. And, Sakkara is a emissary/channel of unlimited multidimensional knowledge and wisdom

from the Hathors, Maters of Love and Sound.

Sakkara Heartsong at age seven experienced being in an accident that changed her life dramatically; her clairsentient, clairvoyant, clairaudient & gifts from precious interplanetary incarnations were activated. Her knowledge and wisdom gleaned from traveling internationally, living at sacred sites around the world, swimming\working with dolphins, whales and the birthing of her daughter (Angelea) in water are but a few of her personal experiences that have assisted her awakening on the path of self-mastery. She is the founder and director of Hathors Temple of Love & Sound Mystery School in Mount Shasta, California.             Master Overtone Sound Healer
Sakkara is a multidimensional master overtone sound healer (4 octave vocal range) and has the ability to receive the music of the spheres. Sakkara has been working with toning & sound vibrations from the Divine Blueprint for 22 years. Her extraordinary multidimensional Classes, Intensives, and Sound Healing CD's are accelerators to prepare humanity for the prophesied shift of Maya 2012, 7th Golden Age. She channels through her voice, dolphin, whale & Hathor harmonics messages that create transformational sacred sound templates.
Master Teacher
Sakkara is a Mayan Sh'men (female shaman) of the Heart of the Jaguar and High Priestess of Sacred Alchemies. She has become what her sound healing & teachings evokes. Her high integrity with the right use of intention, awareness and sound together assist those souls who are healers, teachers and light workers in unification, initiation, regeneration & Divine Alignment, preparing humanity for the next octave. She now travels extensively and transmits a body of teachings based on Ancient Egyptian, Mayan & Tibetan Mystery School practices for the evolution of the soul and the physical manifestation of Christ Consciousness.           Hathor Harmonics
Sakkara is also a channel/emissary for the Hathors, Maters of Love and Sound. The Hathors are the wisdom of the heart from an ascended intergalactic civilization.They are inter-dimensional beings. The Hathors are bringing forth through Sakkara's voice the knowledge and wisdom of sacred sound to assist humanity in the embodiment of Immortality and the Ascension of the heart. Hathor harmonic templates have been anchored in Ancient Egypt, Mayan and Tibetan cultures.

 

Sakkara Heartsong: Her full sensory perception co-creates each person's one-on-one session with the over lighting Devas, Elementals, Ascended Masters, Angels and Monadic I AM Christ consciousness. Blending her knowledge and wisdom with the Hathors, all personal sessions are life transforming.

All private one-on-one sessions are one and a half hours.

Private one-on-one session: Akashic Record Readings: Collection of all past (Etheric Akashic), present, and future (Akashic) experience and learning for individuals beings, collective consciousness, and all of existence. Records of all that ever has been, all that is, and all that ever shall be.             Soul Mission Readings: Divine templates, codes, interplanetary incarnations, spiritual gifts, ascended Masters and Angels one is working with to fulfill their life mission of the Divine Blueprint, 7th Golden Age.
Immortal Body Activation: Integrity and action of the heart, soul & spirit, mastery of alchemy and ascension; embodying divine truth, wisdom, compassion, forgiveness, peace and mastery through out nine-dimensional aspects of the individual self-embodied in full masculine – feminine Christ balance. The ability to ascend and take the body with you.             Hathors Harmonic Ascension(c): This one-on-one privet session advances you into multi-dimensional DNA soul progression. Receive the harmonic seals of Divine Union that activates your Christ codes, blueprint and template. This session is a galactic accelerator that develops your Light Body; claiming your Divine Inheritance. Hathors Harmonic Ascension(c), Hathors Temple of Love and Sound, Founder/Teacher Rev. Sakkara Heartsong.
Galactic Solar Body Activation/ Restoration: Harmonically converging the physical body into the new solar age, Maya 2012. Embodying the biorhythms of the Heart of the Galactic beam, becoming a galactic human being. Soul Essence Retrieval/Restoration: Mending the fragmented self-emotional or physical trauma. Restoring pieces of one's soul that has fled the body in order to survive past-life and present-life trauma. Our soul is our essence, life force.

Wednesday November 10th

7:00 pm

Film Presentation: Awaken

$10

Feel the shift on the verge of 2012 at the screening of Awaken!

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In the documentary film, Awaken, Author and Futurist, Barbara Marx Hubbard says it succinctly. The prophecy of 2012 does not mean the end of the world. Quite the contrary; it earmarks "the beginning."The premise of this independently produced film is to address a Mayan prophecy suggesting the end of an epoch in December 2012. Many have interpreted this closure of an era as an Armageddon-like end of the world.Argentinean born Filmmaker and Producer, Danisa Perry, has a different opinion, as do the five individuals featured in the 84-minute long presentation. The most well known is Ms. Hubbard, but also includes Tibetan Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche, Toltec Master Teacher Rita Rivera Fox, Master Shaman Bonnie Serratore, and William Linville.

Thursday November 11th

7:00 Pm

New Earth

A film by Mikael King

on Anatasia

$15

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New Earth Destiny Film by Visionary Creator Mikael King

An exciting Sneak Preview Film Cut of what's happening in Russia with the Anastasia-Ringing Cedar Book Series phenomenon through the eyes, soul, & passionate heart of Visionary Creator Mikael King of DivineJoy.org. Featuring a synchronistic meeting with Vladimir Megre (author of the 9 Book Ringing Cedar Series), to a vision quest trek to the heart of the Siberian Taiga, harvesting wild forest mushrooms with the Founder of Anastasia Eco-village Rednoye, to Tibetan sound healing inside ancient Neolithic Lemurian Pyramid Dolmens in the Caucasus Mountains , culminating the epic Russian journey with a dynamic week with the Indigo Children's Lyceum School near the Black Sea.

Friday November 12

7:30 pm. $15

Supporting Body & Soul in this time of Change

Receive Tools For a Lifestyle that Support you through this time of Rapid Change

with Diana Gazes & The Lighteam

 

Readings Available throughtout the Weekend

Come to an amazing celebration as we invite Great Beings of Light from the far reaches of the Universe to join us in opening a high frequency, quantum “Field of Possibility” where miracles can occur.

Experience Deep clearing and Activations to awaken your Gifts, Abilities and Flow of Abundance, supporting you in gracefully moving through the great acceleration now occurring on the Earth. Make sense of the new Energies and learn tools to work with them on a daily basis.

“Many people report having a direct tangible experience of the Angels filling the room - It's high play!

You do not want to miss this amazing Multi-Media Event!

“Diana holds the ability to transmit large volumes of Love and Light from Divine Source into your being very quickly and gracefully. Diana has an extraordinarily dynamic personality … you are sure to be entertained and enlightened on all levels.” Qala Sri Ama, The Celestial Project.com, Au.

“Diana and the Team are master healers. The arthritis in my knees that caused me great pain for years almost completely healed in one evening event!” Constance M, NV

(intro) Energetic exchange (cost) $15.00

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Bio:
Diana Gazes is a Clear Transmitter of Higher Cosmic Energies with direct connection to the Angelic and Universal Light Realms. Her loving presence and powerful healing energies has touched the hearts and souls of many worldwide.

For over three decades, Diana has been leading International Workshops, Advanced Energy Healing Sessions, DNA & 'Spheres of Love' Activations and Initiations, and co-creating Multi-Media products ... Cd's, DVD's & Photos which are Ascension Tools designed to vibrationally support Body and Soul as we birth a New Human & New Earth.

Media Background: includes host/producer of TV series "Gazes Into The Future".(clip on YouTube). Diana has been featured in many press interviews worldwide including Geraldo, Regis, Washington Post, Drunvelo' ‘Flower of Life 2’. She taught millions of people worldwide to turn spoons into their energetic particle nature, showing that with human potential & capabilities "Anything is Possible".

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One hour private sessions are available.Cost: $155.00.

Much more information on Sessions or Workshops, and Events are available at: www.thelighteam.com

Saturday November 13,

3 pm.

Spheres Of Love Initiation Workshop


Spheres Of Love, Light & Manifestation
Initiation Event

With Diana Gazes and The Lighteam

$55

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Join many around the world in this event that is an Active Service Project to the Earth & her people. When you learn to open and direct the Spheres in service to others, vast energies pour through you, activating your own Gifts, Abilities and Evolutionary Process.

After the Group is cleared and activated, we will then work as a team with the Light Realms to clear and activate the Divine Blueprint and Purpose of your city to its natural balance and harmony with nature.

Come if you heart hears the Call! This is a life changing event.
“During the Spheres activation I saw Sacred geometry and spheres of love placed within all my cells. A deep peace filled me. I was told by the Master of the Spheres that all chakras and every cell within my body was activated to a highest level available to me on the planet at this time.” Alice Burt, Communications, Australia


Please come well hydrated as we are working with very high energies. Wear white if possible as it easily holds higher frequencies.

Saturday afternoon or evening is the “Spheres Of Love” workshop that lasts 3 hours. The admission fee is $55.00.

Sunday and Monday I am available for 1 hour private sessions at $155.00. (once people experience the energy of my work my private sessions usually fill up).

Friday November 12

7:30 pm

Dance performance with Pratibha

$20

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PRATIBHA JENA SINGH: ODISSI DANCER presents

"DANCE OF THE 64 YOGINIS"

co-presented by Saraswati Kala Nilaya: Dances of India


A remarkable performer, Pratibha Jena Singh is known for her expertise in expressing an expansive range of emotions. Being Guru Surendra Nath Jena’s eldest daughter, Pratibha began her training at an early age under her father’s avid guidance. From here she went on to imbibe the qualities of his Odissi style and has become its most accomplished exponent. Pratibha is also a teacher and an accomplished choreographer. Training in pakhavaj under Guru Praful Kumar Mangaharaj has added to her in-depth knowledge of the arts.

One of Pratibha's most popular and captivating items that she performs is her father's composition called "The 64 Yoginis" in which she brings to life the Goddess Temple in Orissa which is where Tantric Worship of the Goddess in her many aspects is performed. She will be performing this at Open Secret.
It was performed at Cornell University in 2008 before an audience of scholars in the Indo-Asian Religions Conference and they were deeply moved.

To acknowledge her dexterity, she has been awarded ‘Shringhari Shyamsunder Award’ for Odissi in 1995 and is also the recipient of a scholarship from the Government of India for Indian Classical Dance under the Cultural Talent Search Scheme from 1977 to 1984. She has also received a scholarship from Triveni Kala Sangam for the years 2000-2001. She was also actively involved in a film project which documents the Odissi style of Guru Surendranath Jena.

Pratibha is frequently invited to Russia, where she has a group of dedicated followers. She has conducted numerous dance education programs for Sangeet Natak Akademi and Spic Macay. She is currently teaching at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, with a view to continue the journey her father embarked on.

Pratibha Jena has a radiant, joyous stage personality. She undertakes basic positions with clarity and is neat in her rendition….her dance has an openness which helps her flower on the stage.
Ashish Khokar, Delhi Times, Times of India

The condition of the spirit is in the foundation of the dance and when I saw Pratibha’s dance I understood that this is not only the dance but the inspiration of the communication with the dearest Lord.
Kievski Telegraph Hari Krishna Herald

…emotions conveyed with full intensity and pangs of passion through her sinuous body which moved around with perfect grace and charm. Her tribhanga stances are simply marvelous.
Christopher David (Dainik Bhaskar Bhopal ’88)

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Saturday November 13

7:30 pm

$15

An Evening of Ecstatic Music

Featuring

Ben Leinbach and Prajna Vieira

Featuring a feast with Radience Cuisine

4-6pm.

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Prajna Vieira is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and yoga teacher. She heads the acclaimed kirtan ensemble Mukti as the lead singer, keyboardist, and primary songwriter. She has also performed with several other kirtan luminaries, including Snatam Kaur and Jai Uttal. Her work is an expression of her love and gratitude to the Divine. She has studied piano, dance, theatre arts, and singing extensively since age four. Exposed to kirtan and bhajan in early childhood when her father returned from a trip to India, Prajna fell in love with the spirituality of ancient India. She can often be found at Amma's San Ramon ashram singing or playing keyboards for the bhajans.

 

Prajna and Ben met during the recording of Mukti’s debut album, Light of the Sun, which Ben produced, arranged and engineered. Becoming both friends and fans of each other’s work, they agreed to collaborate as an acoustic duo—infusing their creative synergy into a new collection of original Sanskrit bhajans with a soulful flavor.

8:00 pm.

Winter Soltice Kirtan Concert with

Prajna Vieira

$15 advance, $20 door


Feat. Don Fontowitz, Ramana Erickson, Ben Leinbach
David Estes, Lisa Chorny, Radhanath & Kilimba Alvarez, and maybe David Balakrishnan....

 

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Prajna Vieira is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and yoga teacher. She heads the acclaimed kirtan ensemble Mukti as the lead singer, keyboardist, and primary songwriter. She has also performed with several other kirtan luminaries, including Snatam Kaur and Jai Uttal. Her work is an expression of her love and gratitude to the Divine. She has studied piano, dance, theatre arts, and singing extensively since age four. Exposed to kirtan and bhajan in early childhood when her father returned from a trip to India, Prajna fell in love with the spirituality of ancient India. She can often be found at Amma's San Ramon ashram singing or playing keyboards for the bhajans.

Monday November 15

7:30 pm

 

Master Choa Kok Sui's Mediation on Twin Hearts
facilitated by Carmen Gamper

FREE

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MEDITATION ON TWIN HEARTS (MTH) is an advanced meditation technique aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness. It is also an instrument of world and community service that eventually harmonizes the earth by blessing it with loving-kindness, peace, joy and goodwill.

Meditation on Twin Hearts is a noble tool that hopes to raise one’s vibrations toward higher states of awareness and expanded levels of consciousness. Presently being practiced globally by tens of thousands of people of different religions and backgrounds, the Meditation on Twin Hearts is extraordinary in its simplicity with amazing and dramatic results.

Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga and the spiritual teacher and spiritual inspiration to millions of people worldwide introduced this meditation as a powerful tool for spiritual development.

Wednesday November 17th

TAROT FOR LOVERS OF WISDOM
with Arisa Victor
Wednesdays from 7- 9 PM, $10

The first half of this ongoing class is an exploration of the Tarot Major Arcana as
guideposts on the path to Self-Realization. The textbook, The Spoken Cabala, was
compiled and edited by Arisa over 20 years of study with Jason Lotterhand,
a modern master who was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case.
Today, Arisa carries on the Golden Dawn tradition
of assisting Earth’s ascension process, by guiding people
toward Selfhood through the Ageless Wisdom expressed in the Tarot.

The second half of class is spent working with the full deck of Tarot cards,
learning to read/interpret the messages contained therein.

Symbolism is the language of the psyche.
- Dr. Carl G. Jung

 

 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

7:30-9:00 p.m.

Goddess Durg? and Sacred Female Power by Laura Amazzone


Hamilton Books (an imprint of the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), 2010

 

Goddess Durg? and Sacred Female Power is an exploration of the many faces of the Goddess Durg? in ancient and contemporary culture. As we learn through a 5th century myth narrating Durg?’s victorious battles over corrupt forces destroying the equilibrium of Mother Earth and all Her creatures, Durg? and Her entourages of South Asian Goddesses offer us the wisdom, grace, inner strength and divine power needed to restore balance to a conflict-ridden world. The book takes us on a pilgrimage to Goddess temples and natural shrines, to visit shamans and living Goddesses in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and in India during the annual ten-day Durg? Festival. The mythology, rituals, philosophy, and spiritual practices of this distinctly female-centered and millennia-old tradition of Durg? offers an alternative model of female potential and empowerment, focusing on peace, healing, spiritual liberation and realization of inherent divinity.

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Scholarly and fierce, the work of Laura Amazzone draws from our ancient strength. The time for this wisdom is now.

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author, poet, activist

 

Amazzone’s voice is strong and clear. Goddess Durg? promises the transformation, empowerment and dignity that is our birthright.
Marisa Tomei, Academy Award Winning Actor

 

Laura Amazzone is an author, teacher, jewelry artist, and Yogin?. She completed
her master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis in women’s spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2001. Laura teaches classes and workshops on feminist spirituality and Eastern religious traditions and is adjunct faculty in the Yoga Philosophy Extension program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Laura is on the advisory board of a special project of feminist.com called Our Inner Lives, which honors women’s inner lives of faith, religious practice, spiritual transformation & commitment to causes greater than ourselves. She lives in Venice, California. For more info: www.lauraamazzone.com

Thursday November 18 th

7pm.

$15

 

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

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Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

Compassionate Communication can help you have more love in your life and be more centered when facing challenging situations. Using role-plays of conflicts — pre-planned as well as suggested by the audience — we will show you how to:
• Communicate your needs to someone so you can be more easily heard and understood;
• Help another person to verbalize their underlying needs to be fully heard and understood, so that,
• You can both more easily come to a win-win result.

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT, has been studying and teaching approaches to communication and conflict resolution for nine years and Compassionate Communication for five. Compassionate Communication is an essential part of the skills she uses to connect compassionately with others and herself; to feel peaceful and inspired in daily life.

Lori was introduced to Compassionate Communication in 1999 and has been teaching it in California, Hawaii and New York. She has been instrumental in bringing NVC to the Hawaiian islands.

Please pre-register at the Sunrise Center by calling us at 415-924-7824. (We need 4 sign ups for the class.)

For those who pre-register get an extra 3 raffle ticket for our prize drawing. (It also helps us to have some idea of the number of hand-outs we need to file.)

 

Friday November 19th

7:30 pm

$15

An Evening With Trance Channel Sonia Novick

Readings will be available throughout the weekend

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Nationally renowned ambassador, and anointed messenger to a group of celestial beings she terms, “The Avatar Group Consciousness" - which will be referred to as (AVATAR).

The ("AVATAR") is an embodiment, a bodily manifestation of the Divine and is comprised of Ascended Masters, Archangels, and Celestial Beings. Sonia allows the ("AVATAR") to embody themselves through her physical form, to interact directly with YOU, speak to YOU, and answer all of your "burning" questions. As the ("AVATAR") interact by speaking to you through Sonia, Sonia's consciousness retreats to a virtual reality, unaware of what the ("AVATAR") are communicating. Sonia intentionally removes herself for the purposes of keeping the message/s pure. The only time that Sonia is aware of the words being spoken by the ("AVATAR"), is when it pertains to her in addition to the person.

The ("AVATAR") assist us ALL in this dimension by offering words of advice, give direction and insights, open blocked energy centers within the body (chakras), Attune and Activate your DNA Strands into fully operating 12 DNA STRANDS or 24 DNA STRANDS, execute healing on all different multi-dimensions and levels (mind, body, spirit) as well as offering, direction in personal affairs, business affairs, relationship issues, and much more.

           
Private 60 min Medumship Sessions With -Sonia Novick

Private coaching 60 minute Medumship sessions privatetraining increasing psychic abilities, how to connect directly to source and become a channel aswell.

Appointments Available Saturday and Sunday

$125 per hour.

Friday November 19 th

7:30 pm

An evening of music with

Spirit Move

$15 advance $20 door

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Saturday November 20

10:00 am -5 pm.

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Saturday November 20

7:30pm

Kirtan with Prabhu Nam Kaur and Friends

$20

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Experience the divine sound current in this evening of chant and mantra from the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga traditions. Prabhu Nam Kaur has been singing Gurbani Kirtan for 35 years. She aspires to sing these songs of God with devotion, so that their wisdom and beauty can shine forth, and so that listeners can find their own ability to sing and experience them, as well. Her most recent CD is titled, Seasons of the Soul, released in June this year by Spirit Voyage Records. She has also recorded Mothers Blessing, and Divine Birth with her daughter, Snatam Kaur. Come lend your voice and heart of devotion to this most special evening of kirtan.

Monday November 22

Tree of Life Journey
At Open Secret Bookstore

7pm.

$15

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Discover the Divine universal qualities of humankind.
Decipher the path to fulfill your dreams and desires.
Discover the You… which you long to know!

Begin with the incredible map of your self- the Tree of Life and light!
The Tree of Life reveals the instruction manual of Human Potential.
This system is the Divine blueprint of life. Exposed and studied, you can begin to transform yourself inside and out expanding your consciousness and accelerating your growth. Know Thyself; as answers to all questions exist within. Gain clarity and your passions and desires manifest.

Bring your full self, ready to learn, share and grow. We welcome you!


CeCe is a gifted natural clairvoyant, Kabbalist, energy healer, spiritual teacher and guide and certified life and relationship coach.

CeCe Converse, CPCC 415-451-1700 $15/class

Wednesday November 24th

TAROT FOR LOVERS OF WISDOM
with Arisa Victor
Wednesdays from 7- 9 PM, $10

The first half of this ongoing class is an exploration of the Tarot Major Arcana as
guideposts on the path to Self-Realization. The textbook, The Spoken Cabala, was
compiled and edited by Arisa over 20 years of study with Jason Lotterhand,
a modern master who was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case.
Today, Arisa carries on the Golden Dawn tradition
of assisting Earth’s ascension process, by guiding people
toward Selfhood through the Ageless Wisdom expressed in the Tarot.

The second half of class is spent working with the full deck of Tarot cards,
learning to read/interpret the messages contained therein.

Symbolism is the language of the psyche.
- Dr. Carl G. Jung

Saturday November 27th

7:30 pm

Book Talk

Adventures of a Western Mystic: Apprentice to the Masters with Peter Mt. Shasta

at Open Secret Bookstore,

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Peter Mt. Shasta will discuss his new book, Adventures of a Western Mystic: Apprentice to the Masters, true stories of his experiences with and training under Saint Germain and other ascended masters, some of whom appeared in physical form to teach him how to contact his Higher Self, the I AM Presence.  The book has been compared by many to Autobiography of a Yogi.  Peter will give specific instructions for those wating to contact the Higher Self and receive its direct guidance, and call its assistance into daily life.

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Biographical information:

The author traveled extensively in India, spending time with Ram Dass and Neem Karoli Baba. On his return to the U.S. the master known as Saint Germain materialized before him in Muir Woods.  Although the master offered liberation, Peter chose to remain and serve the masters in their mission of preparing humanity for the coming evolutionary changes.  Consequently he was sent to Mount Shasta to study with Pearl, a former associate of Godfrey Ray King, author of Unveiled Mysteries, and through whom he entered into an apprenticeship with the masters.   


                                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

Thursday December 2 nd.

Kirtan with Uma Reed and friends,

7:00 pm. $10

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A jewel among the various spiritual practices associated with Hinduism is kirtan, or devotional chanting. Kirtan is one of the most beautiful and expansive aspects of bhakti yoga — the path of opening the heart through devotion and surrender.

The meaning of "yoga" is "union," and the goal of yogic practices is to recognize our true Divine nature. In bhakti yoga, each deity in the the Hindu pantheon is seen as a different aspect or face of the Divine Beloved, and devotional practices are used to bring one closer and closer to the Beloved, until devotee and Beloved become One. Although kirtan involves singing or chanting, it is not necessary to have any musical talent or background, or even a good singing voice. Kirtan is the music of the heart, and it is sung freely from the heart.

Traditionally, kirtan is sung in call-and-response form. A leader sings a line or two of a song, and the participants sing it back. The words to kirtan songs are often repetitions of different names of the deities, usually in the Sanskrit language, or in a language derived from Sanskrit. The focus on the deities, and the repetition of their names releases the mind from it’s usual associative patterns, which keep us caught in the cycles of pleasure and pain that come with the ups and downs of everyday life. The vibrations of the Sanskrit sounds expand our hearts and minds beyond their normal limitations, into the depths of Spirit, and the recognition that we are never away from the Beloved.

Friday december 3rd

7:30

Film Screening: Dancing with Gaia with Filmmaker Jo Carson

$10

Connecting to Earth Energy Sacred Sexuality and the Return of the Goddess as Gaia

 
Many adults cannot recall the feeling of lying belly down on the earth, or harvesting plants as food. Many of us also feel disconnected from our basic right to experience joy in sexuality.
Earth energies, sacred sexuality and the living earth as Gaia are deeply connected, and  Dancing With Gaia shows how they can be personally experienced.
At the meeting place of these ideas is a profound insight on how we can shift into Gaian consciousness.  Filmmaker Jo Carson traveled throughout Europe, the Mediterranean and the US, filming the sacred sites of ancient earth-centered religions. She interviewed fifteen visionaries who explain how to release the constrictions that keep us from experiencing the earth as part of our own body, and give us tools to begin personally feeling the life of the planet.
We need new myths to live by, which include the experience of earth and our bodies as sacred.  As Joan Marler says, "As long as we conceive of divinity as outside or above us, there is no way we can change our course."  But by honoring our relations with each other, the earth and our own bodies, we can create a future of balance and beauty.

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Saturday December 8, 2012

noon to 5:30 pm

Our Annual Gathering with

Kryon

With Lee Carroll

$95

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LEE CARROLL has channeled Kryon for 20 years worldwide and is the author of the Kryon Series of 14 books in 24 languages (so far).  Well known in Metaphysics, the Kryon channeled books have made the top seller’s list of most New Age distributors within months of release.  One of his books, The Indigo Children, introduced the term “Indigo Children” to the world. 
Having presented six times at the United Nations in New York, as well as in 20 different countries overseas, Lee attracts audiences in the thousands.  Lee’s fascinating, entertaining lectures bring a message of love, empowerment and unity for Humanity.  Mixed with scientific validations, humor and personal stories, his lectures are favorites within the New Age community.    

Ask Kryon

QUESTION:  Are you an Ascended Master, dear Kryon?
ANSWER:  No.  I am a servant for humanity in its quest to create peace on Earth and increase the vibration of the planet.  I honor the ascended masters, for theirs is also a specialty to help you as well.  I work with all of them, especially that of St. Germain.  My interdimensional counterpart is Metatron.  We often work together regarding the physics of your planet.  All of the others are back on Earth in some form of energy work at this time in your history.  They have all returned and are working with you daily.
QUESTION:  Dear Kryon: I am a healer/alternative therapist.  What is the best way to help people with addictions and compulsive behaviors?

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ANSWER:  Addictions and compulsive behavior are a result of more than just psychological disorders and/or chemical imbalance.  They are a way for the biological-self to distract a Human from completing what it came here for, spiritually.  It is also given as a test or challenge.

If you work with addicted Humans, then I don't have to tell you the frustration they feel. They absolutely know what they are doing, yet then can't communicate with their cellular structure enough to stop it.  The main part of this struggle is the one where the biology builds a "wall of addition or compulsive behavior" so that the Human does NOT have to make the decision they came here for.  Worse, sometimes this activity is actually designed to kill them quicker!

Many of these precious souls are very spiritual…did you notice?  They are "on the edge" of complete knowledge, but just can't seem to "go there."

What to do?  Your work as a healer is to help them over this hump of fear.  They can't stop smoking… or eating… or sexual desire… or drugs?  These are all classic Human biological ploys that are part of the "seed fear" of enlightenment.

Clearing fear is the answer… fear that perhaps this time they won't suffer and go through torture because they accept the information of the Higher-self.  Many are unconsciously fearful of moving into a spiritual experience.  Even those who are healers… channellers… and ministers will also experience this!  They don't want to "go all the way," since the last time they did this… they died, horribly.

So, healer, help them to begin talking to their cellular structure in ways that will relax the fear of spiritual information and action.  The more they can love themselves, the less they will rely on outside stimulus for their peace.  The more they can drop this very real fear of theirs, the less they will need their additions.  Behavior will modify and the addiction will eventually drop away.

Meditation is also part of the key to this… real meditation, with intent and motivation.  Finally, self-worth is the real issue (same as loving themselves). When this is settled, then the addictions begin to diminish and go away.  

QUESTION:  Dear Kryon, I am gay, and an enlightened man. I live in an American society that barely tolerates me, and actually has some laws against my way of life.  The church I used to belong to cast me out as being evil and anti-God.  I don't feel that I am violating some Human ethic.  My love is as true as any heterosexual, and I am a light worker. Tell me what I should know.

ANSWER:  Dear one, less than two generations from now, there will be those who find this book and laugh at the quaintness of this very question.  Before I answer, let me ask you and those reading this to examine a phenomenon about Human society and "God."

Thirty years ago, interracial marriage was considered to be wrong by the laws of God.  Now your society finds it common.  The spiritual objections around it were either dropped or "rewritten" by those divinely inspired and authorized to do so.  Therefore, your actual interpretations of the instructions from God changed with your society's tolerance level--an interesting thing, indeed, how the interpretations of God seem to change regularly to match a changing culture!

The truth, of course, is that you find yourself in a situation that is known to create a test for you.  Right now, in this time, you have agreed to come into your culture with an attribute that may alienate you from friends and religious followers.  You have faced fear of rejection and have had to "swim upstream," so to speak, just as an everyday life occurrence.  Your contract, therefore, has been set up well, and you are in the middle of it.  Additionally, like so many like you, you have a divine interest in yourselves!  You feel part of the spiritual family.  What a dichotomy indeed, to be judged as evil by those who are the high spiritual leaders--interpreting God for today's culture.

Now I say this: What is your intent?  Is it to walk with love for all those around you and become an enlightened Human Being in this New Age?  Is it to forgive those who see you as a spiritual blight on society?  Can you have the kind of tolerance for them that they seem not to have for you?  Can you overlook the fact that they freely quote their scriptures in order to condemn you, yet they don't seem to have the love tolerance that is the cornerstone of their own message?

If the answer is yes, then there is nothing else you must do.  Your INTENT is everything, and your life will be honored with peace over those who would cause unrest, and tolerance for the intolerable.  Your sexual attributes are simply chemistry and setups within your DNA.  They are given by agreement as gifts for you to experience in this life.  Look on them in this fashion, and be comfortable with that fact that you are a perfect spiritual creation under God--loved beyond measure--just like all humans.  But then you know that, don't you?

 

Monday December 6th

7:30 pm

 

Master Choa Kok Sui's Mediation on Twin Hearts
facilitated by Carmen Gamper

FREE

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MEDITATION ON TWIN HEARTS (MTH) is an advanced meditation technique aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness. It is also an instrument of world and community service that eventually harmonizes the earth by blessing it with loving-kindness, peace, joy and goodwill.

Meditation on Twin Hearts is a noble tool that hopes to raise one’s vibrations toward higher states of awareness and expanded levels of consciousness. Presently being practiced globally by tens of thousands of people of different religions and backgrounds, the Meditation on Twin Hearts is extraordinary in its simplicity with amazing and dramatic results.

Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga and the spiritual teacher and spiritual inspiration to millions of people worldwide introduced this meditation as a powerful tool for spiritual development.

Monday December 6th

7:30 pm

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Wednesday December 8th

TAROT FOR LOVERS OF WISDOM
with Arisa Victor
Wednesdays from 7- 9 PM, $10

The first half of this ongoing class is an exploration of the Tarot Major Arcana as
guideposts on the path to Self-Realization. The textbook, The Spoken Cabala, was
compiled and edited by Arisa over 20 years of study with Jason Lotterhand,
a modern master who was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case.
Today, Arisa carries on the Golden Dawn tradition
of assisting Earth’s ascension process, by guiding people
toward Selfhood through the Ageless Wisdom expressed in the Tarot.

The second half of class is spent working with the full deck of Tarot cards,
learning to read/interpret the messages contained therein.

Symbolism is the language of the psyche.
- Dr. Carl G. Jung

 

Saturday

December 11, 11-5pm.

$60 per family.

Hands-on Workshop for teenagers and (home-schooling) parents and teachers: FOLDING PAPER CIRCLES

Together, we will explore the sacred geometry and spiritual information of the CIRCLE through a very simple hands-on activity: folding paper plates.

Folding the circle is a unique hands-on process that requires the body, engages the mind and stimulates the human spirit;

This workshop will reveal the significance of hands-on learning in education, and give parents and teachers the skills to work with children along the same lines.
Participants need be 12 years +

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Bradford Hansen-Smith founder of "Wholemovement" has been folding circles for twenty years, written seven books about the process and gives workshops internationally to students and teachers. More information is available at www.wholemovement.com

Carmen Gamper is founder of New Learning Culture - Consulting for child-centered education. She is co-creator of two alternative elementary schools in Europe based on self-directed and hands-on learning. She is author of "The Sacred Child Companion" and the DIY Montessori Blog www.NewLearningCulture.com (click on BLOG)

Wednesday December 15th

TAROT FOR LOVERS OF WISDOM
with Arisa Victor
Wednesdays from 7- 9 PM, $10

The first half of this ongoing class is an exploration of the Tarot Major Arcana as
guideposts on the path to Self-Realization. The textbook, The Spoken Cabala, was
compiled and edited by Arisa over 20 years of study with Jason Lotterhand,
a modern master who was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case.
Today, Arisa carries on the Golden Dawn tradition
of assisting Earth’s ascension process, by guiding people
toward Selfhood through the Ageless Wisdom expressed in the Tarot.

The second half of class is spent working with the full deck of Tarot cards,
learning to read/interpret the messages contained therein.

Symbolism is the language of the psyche.
- Dr. Carl G. Jung

 

Thursday December 16 th

7pm.

$15

 

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

$15

Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

 

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Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

$15

Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

Compassionate Communication can help you have more love in your life and be more centered when facing challenging situations. Using role-plays of conflicts — pre-planned as well as suggested by the audience — we will show you how to:
• Communicate your needs to someone so you can be more easily heard and understood;
• Help another person to verbalize their underlying needs to be fully heard and understood, so that,
• You can both more easily come to a win-win result.

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT, has been studying and teaching approaches to communication and conflict resolution for nine years and Compassionate Communication for five. Compassionate Communication is an essential part of the skills she uses to connect compassionately with others and herself; to feel peaceful and inspired in daily life.

Lori was introduced to Compassionate Communication in 1999 and has been teaching it in California, Hawaii and New York. She has been instrumental in bringing NVC to the Hawaiian islands.

Please pre-register at the Sunrise Center by calling us at 415-924-7824. (We need 4 sign ups for the class.)

For those who pre-register get an extra 3 raffle ticket for our prize drawing. (It also helps us to have some idea of the number of hand-outs we need to file.)

 

Friday December 17th

7:30

Book Event: The View from Here with Sara Berkeley

Sara Tolchin (whose writing name is Sara Berkeley) grew up in Ireland and now lives in San Geronimo. She has had five collections of poetry published: Penn (Raven Arts Press/Thistledown Press, 1986), Home-movie Nights (Raven/Thistledown, 1989), Facts About Water (Bloodaxe Books/New Island Books, 1994), Strawberry Thief (Gallery, 2005), and The View from Here (Gallery, 2010). She has also had a collection of short stories published, The Swimmer in the Deep Blue Dream (Raven/Thistledown, 1992) and a novel, Shadowing Hannah (New Island Books, 1999). Her poetry has been widely published in magazines and journals, such as the Poetry Ireland Review, Black Mountain Review, and The Birmingham Review. In 2002, her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and she has twice been a recipient of a Marin Arts Council grant. She has taken part in numerous festivals and shows, such as the 2003 San Francisco International Poetry Festival, the 2005 and 2006 Braided Lives Shows in Berkeley and San Francisco, and the 2006 Dublin Writers’ Festival. In 2010, fifteen of her poems were anthologized in Harvard University Press's An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry (ed. Wes Davis). She is a member of the Marin Poetry Center and Poets Against the War.

Saturday December 18th

7:30 pm.

Open Secret Is Pround to Present Our Yearly Solstice Kirtan With

Jai Uttal And Friends

$25 Advance $30 Door

 

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Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.

As a child in New York City, Jai’s home was filled with music. He began studying classical piano at the age of seven, and later learned to play old time banjo, harmonica, and guitar. His musical interests encompassed a wide variety of styles, and over the years he experimented with many forms of musical expression.

Eventually this led him to the work of India’s National Living Treasure, Ali Akbar Khan. At the age of 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of Khansahib for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he was deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style.

 

Wednesday December 22nd

TAROT FOR LOVERS OF WISDOM
with Arisa Victor
Wednesdays from 7- 9 PM, $10

The first half of this ongoing class is an exploration of the Tarot Major Arcana as
guideposts on the path to Self-Realization. The textbook, The Spoken Cabala, was
compiled and edited by Arisa over 20 years of study with Jason Lotterhand,
a modern master who was a friend and student of Paul Foster Case.
Today, Arisa carries on the Golden Dawn tradition
of assisting Earth’s ascension process, by guiding people
toward Selfhood through the Ageless Wisdom expressed in the Tarot.

The second half of class is spent working with the full deck of Tarot cards,
learning to read/interpret the messages contained therein.

Symbolism is the language of the psyche.
- Dr. Carl G. Jung

 

 

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January 2011

 

Tuesday January 4th

7:30 pm

$10 donation

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Kal means Darkness; Kali takes away that Darkness. She takes away the darkness from every individual who strives in the path of perfection by performing the spiritual disciplines of purifying austerities. Just as all the colors of the spectrum mix into black, yet still black remains black, so too, Kali, who is completely Dark, Unknowable, takes away all the darkness, yet She, Herself, remains unchanged.

Kala means Time and i means the Cause; Kali, the Cause of Time or She Who is Beyond Time. All existence has its perception in time, and therefore the Cause of Time, She Who is Beyond Time, activates Consciousness to perception, allows Consciousness to perceive.

Kali Puja is a treasure house of Her Wisdom. It contains abundance of Kali's tools for living : Her Sattvic worship, Her Hundred Names, Her Thousand Names, Her Armor, the mantras for offering bhanga, alcohol, animal sacrifice and how to give birth to spiritual children.

Monday January 10

7 pm $20

Tree of Life Journey

 

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Discover the Divine universal qualities of humankind.
Decipher the path to fulfill your dreams and desires.
Discover the You… which you long to know!

Begin with the incredible map of your self- the Tree of Life and light!
The Tree of Life reveals the instruction manual of Human Potential.
This system is the Divine blueprint of life. Exposed and studied, you can begin to transform yourself inside and out expanding your consciousness and accelerating your growth. Know Thyself; as answers to all questions exist within. Gain clarity and your passions and desires manifest.

Bring your full self, ready to learn, share and grow. We welcome you!


CeCe is a gifted natural clairvoyant, Kabbalist, energy healer, spiritual teacher and guide and certified life and relationship coach.

CeCe Converse, CPCC 415-451-1700 $15/class

 


Thursday January 13 2011

GANESH KIRTAN/ARATI/PRAYER RITUAL,

7:00 pm. $10

The January 2011 kirtan gathering with Uma and Friends at Open Secret will be on the second Thursday of the month—January 13th—instead of the first Thursday. This will be our annual GANESH KIRTAN/ARATI/PRAYER RITUAL, invoking blessings and guidance from the beloved elephant-headed deity, for our lives and our loved ones in the new year. Ganesh is known as the Lord of New Beginnings, Remover of Obstacles, and Bestower of Success, among other names representing the gifts and teachings he has to share with us. We will have lots of Ganesh kirtan, discussion of who Ganesh is and how to cultivate a relationship with him, chanting of vedic prayers and mantras, and a beautiful and powerful prayer ritual to offer our gratitude and make requests for the new year, followed by arati (offering of light to the deity). This month we will hold the Ganesh Kirtan in the main room, rather than our usual spot in the temple room. (See the attached flyer for this event).

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Join Uma and Friends for an ecstatic gathering of Hindu chanting and storytelling. Words are provided, everything is explained, and no experience or singing voice is necessary. Come share your heart and raise your voice as we journey through the spiritual cosmos in praise of the Divine!

“Uma’s beautiful voice and bhakti spirit connect our hearts to the profound and ancient devotional practice of kirtan.” — Ram Dass

January 13 – ANNUAL GANESH NEW YEAR’S KIRTAN

Open Secret, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA (415) 457-4191

www.opensecretbookstore.com

February 3 – Kirtan with Uma & Friends

First Thursday of the month, 7:00 pm, donation

Open Secret, 923 C Street, San Rafael, CA (415) 457-4191

www.opensecretbookstore.com

 

 

Monday January 24

7 pm.

Tree of Life Journey
At Open Secret Bookstore

7pm.

$20

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Discover the Divine universal qualities of humankind.
Decipher the path to fulfill your dreams and desires.
Discover the You… which you long to know!

Begin with the incredible map of your self- the Tree of Life and light!
The Tree of Life reveals the instruction manual of Human Potential.
This system is the Divine blueprint of life. Exposed and studied, you can begin to transform yourself inside and out expanding your consciousness and accelerating your growth. Know Thyself; as answers to all questions exist within. Gain clarity and your passions and desires manifest.

Bring your full self, ready to learn, share and grow. We welcome you!


CeCe is a gifted natural clairvoyant, Kabbalist, energy healer, spiritual teacher and guide and certified life and relationship coach.

CeCe Converse, CPCC 415-451-1700 $15/class

Thursday January 27

7 pm. Dousing and Pendjulum Class

 

with Ce Ce

$20

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Sunday January 30

Opening to Intuition: working with the Angels, Elementals and Masters Of Light,

12-6... early registration $108 before Jan 23th, $125 after that.


Monday January 31

at 7pm

Lama Tharchin Rinpoche

$20

On Monday January 31st Lama Tharchin Rinpoche will give a teaching on “The Two Kinds of Mindfulness”.

 

If you have questions please contact Sheppard at 415-333-3639 or <sheppardp@earthlink.net>

 

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Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet.  Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche.

In addition to Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.  Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1959.   He lived in Orissa, India and Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to America in 1984 for health reasons.  While in America, Dudjom Rinpoche asked Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to turn the third wheel of Dharma, the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.

As a householder with two sons, Rinpoche has a wonderfully kind and wise approach to working with Western students.  His gentleness and jewel-like qualities embody a living expression of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma. He is so rare and precious, not only because of his great realization, but also for his vast knowledge of Tibetan ritual arts, music, and dance, as well as the philosophical basis of the Vajrayana teachings.

February 2011

Wednesday February 2

7:30 pm

Kali Puja

A Special Worship of the Divine Mother

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Kal means Darkness; Kali takes away that Darkness. She takes away the darkness from every individual who strives in the path of perfection by performing the spiritual disciplines of purifying austerities. Just as all the colors of the spectrum mix into black, yet still black remains black, so too, Kali, who is completely Dark, Unknowable, takes away all the darkness, yet She, Herself, remains unchanged.

Kala means Time and i means the Cause; Kali, the Cause of Time or She Who is Beyond Time. All existence has its perception in time, and therefore the Cause of Time, She Who is Beyond Time, activates Consciousness to perception, allows Consciousness to perceive.

Kali Puja is a treasure house of Her Wisdom. It contains abundance of Kali's tools for living : Her Sattvic worship, Her Hundred Names, Her Thousand Names, Her Armor, the mantras for offering bhanga, alcohol, and how to give birth to spiritual children.

Tuesday February 8

7pm. $20

Yoni Speaks with

 

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Wednesday February 9

7:00 pm.

Mysteries
of the Crystal Skulls Revealed

with

R. „Joshua‰ Shapiro, Katrina Head

$20

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The Crystal Skulls are considered one of the world's great mysteries. Within
the last few years hundreds of new crystal skulls quite old are being discovered
all over the world from Mexico and Central America as well as in Mongolia and
China. Even the recent Indiana Jones film used the theme of the crystal skulls.

Join this evening, Joshua Shapiro and Katrina Head, known as the crystal skull
explorers. Since October 1st, they have been traveling all over the U.S. and parts
of Canada sharing key insights about:

a) the ancient crystal skulls that are known
b) why the newly carved crystal skulls made by modern carvers also
play a key role and how they are creating profound changes in
their guardians lives.
c) amazing personal stories that have occurred during their travels including
how the energy of the crystal skulls is affecting the people they have contact with.
d) why the crystal skulls are one of the most important ancient artifacts
that have been discovered and how they will help us create a world of peace.

Present with Joshua & Katrina are their nine personal crystal skulls which
have traveled all over the world with them absorbing and integrating
frequencies of ancient crystal skulls, crop circles, sacred sites, orbs and
energy from UFOs in locations visited including parts of Peru.

As usual Joshua will play live music and offer his entertaining manner
to share this vital information. Katrina is also a sensitive who has
her own insights about the skulls and can hear the skulls speaking
to her directly.

It is very important you bring your own quartz crystal or crystal skulls
to receive the energy from the Explorer's "crystal children or skulls".

 

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thank you

Joshua & Katrina
the crystal skull explorers


Katrina Head

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Katrina is a hands-on-healer who is guided and assisted by an inter-dimensional group consciousness that is called „The Melchizedek Guardians‰ (or Katrina calls them „The Guardians‰). Katrina enters into an altered state of awareness and is guided by „The Guardians‰ through numerous levels of intelligence and inner wisdom which exists beyond polarization and from a unity level (i.e. ˆ All is One). „The Guardians‰ were introduced to Katrina by various other galactic civilizations (the Arcturians and the Sirian Council) who were working with Katrina first, because their natural energies were more compatible with the human energy. Now as Katrina works with „The Guardians‰, she is able to receive the base of 12 and 12th dimensional energies which represent the 12-Strand DNA body. Therefore when Katrina receives „The Guardian‚s‰ healing energies and modalities, she is able to share these frequencies with her clients when she is doing her healing work.

Another part of Katrina‚s work is to act as a steward for people to help guide them through spiritual ascension or our ability to evolve into a higher level of consciousness in the physical. Within the last several years, Katrina has gone through a sequence of spiritual awakenings and inner openings as her physical vibration has shifted. This has resulted in her awakening to her true self as a Starseed (or Star Person) and she is now able to see and experience directly multidimensional realities and beings. She is in constant communication with evolutionary forces of „Light‰ which is really what „The Guardians‰ represent. It so happens, her introduction to crystal skulls came when she was gifted a small rose quartz skull who told her, its name was „The Guardian‰ .

Therefore having her spiritual gifts awakened, Katrina has many contacts with energies related to UFO‚s and the beings who pilot the ships. She is able to actually clearly see them as luminous beings and able to hear their communication. She is also able to take photographs when the light orbs are around and is sensitive to their energy as well. The Guardians act as a key source of guidance for Katrina in the work she is doing in the world to help bring forth a Golden Age of Peace for our World.

Lastly, when Katrina met Joshua and had a chance to meet his „Crystal Kids‰ or the „babies‰ as she calls them, the first time she went through a tremendous inner activation as she felt a lightening bolt hit her. Katrina believes this activation helped to bring out more of her true self as the „kids‰ held inner information which resonated with her soul. Katrina is able to hear the „kids‰ speak to her as they have various requests and is a co-caretaker with Joshua now. In addition, Katrina has met the ancient crystal skull „Max‰ when „He‰ visited Atlanta and Dr. Brown‚s Atlantean Crystal Ball which is now being called an „Atlantean Orb‰ that integrated energetically into Katrina so she is able to work with the „Orb‰ Essence in her healing work.

R. „Joshua‰ Shapiro

Joshua has been involved with the crystal skulls since 1983 when he saw one made out of amethyst in northern California („Ami‰). He felt such a strong connection with this artifact that since that time he has devoted his life and resources to sharing the best information he can about these crystalline artifacts with other people all over the world and the future role they will play to help our planet see world peace. He has had an opportunity to privately visit with a number of the well known crystal skulls in the world including: the "Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull of Love", "ET", the „British Museum Crystal Skull‰, „Synergy‰ and „Ami‰.

Since Katrina Head has entered in his life in the early spring of 2009, they have been working closely together. The Explorers offer various crystal skull presentations (lectures and workshops) to the public as well as a unique type of private consultation with their personal skulls that combines their individual spiritual and creative talents. In the picture shown here, we see Joshua holding the Brazilian carved crystal skull known as „Portal de Luz‰ (Portuguese for „Portal of Light‰), who has traveled with him all over the world.

Joshua is the author of various books including his first book about the crystal skulls entitled „Mysteries of the Crystal Skulls Revealed‰, written jointly with Sandra Bowen and the late, F. R. ŒNick‚ Nocerino. This book was published in 1989 and there is also a Portuguese edition issued in Brazil in 1993. He has released various versions of his new book, „Journeys of the Crystal Skull Explorers‰ since 2004 (as an e-book and printed edition in 3 foreign languages in Europe).

Joshua is the co-founder of V J Enterprises (in Illinois, USA), which has been in operation since 1992, dedicated to sharing the best information that describes how our planet will be transformed into a „Golden Age‰ by the year 2013. Additionally, Joshua has offered a number of other public talks throughout the world that discuss current information about UFOs, the Bible Code and the Hollow Earth. He is actively involved with the non-profit organization: the World Mystery Research Center. This foundation is dedicated to studying various world mysteries which are believed to inherently contain vital encoded information necessary to create a peaceful world. He is the originator of a story for an action adventure film that portrays how world peace will happen by the end of 2012 waiting to be made (the script is completed).

 

 

Thursday February 10th

7:00 pm

$10

“Loneliness to Intimacy: It’s Not a Straight Line”

Presented By the Morehouse Community

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A life of ever increasing love, intimacy and fun is available to you! Let us introduce you to some of the concepts that have made this dream possible for thousands of people over our 40-year history as a communal group.

You might consider attending this fun and informative event if you:

· are interested in having more satisfying relationships.

· are tired of searching for "the one",

· would like to be closer to and have more fun with the people you already have in your life.

At Lafayette Morehouse we conduct on-going research into all aspects of human interaction.

 

 

Presenters

 

Carol Sue Young has been living in the Lafayette Morehouse community since 2002 and is a teacher in the Sensuality Department. She co-founded the Atlanta Morehouse in 1989, where she served as Housemother for 10 years. She was on staff of the Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashram in South Fallsburg, NY, for 2 years. Carol Sue graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a degree in English and Education.

 

Millie and Jonathan Gross met at a Mark Group in 1990 and joined the New York Morehouse in 1991. They moved to Lafayette Morehouse in 2000 and then to the Hawaii Morehouse in 2002. They are in training to teach More courses. Millie has a Bachelor's in Psychology from Kalamazoo College. Jonathan graduated from SUNY Plattsburg with a degree in Sociology. He worked as a technical consultant in the telecommunications industry for 12 years.

 

Oceana Lott has lived communally in the Bay Area since 2001. She has made Morehouse her home for the last four years and is the housemother of the Oakland Morehouse. Oceana has led Mark Groups and is currently training to teach More courses. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees from Seattle Pacific University in political science and human resource management. She has done post-graduate work at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the areas of psychology and spirituality.

 

George Sawyer was introduced to Morehouse in 1992 in Boston, MA and has been living communally since 1993 including some time at Lafayette Morehouse. Since 2007, he has been living in the Oakland Morehouse and now shares the role of being the housemother there with Oceana Lott. He leads Mark Groups, teaches a number of courses in the Lafayette Morehouse Sensuality Department and is actively training to teach other courses. George attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and enjoys a telecommuting career as a high-tech sales executive.

 

 

Calendar
"Loneliness to Intimacy: It's Not a Straight Line"

Explore ways to create more intimacy and pleasure in your relationship with this panel from the Morehouse community.

Friday february 11

7:30

Kirtan with Prema Mayi

$15

Prema Mayi was born in Chile. At the age of twelve, she entered an ashram of Bhakti Yoga in Europe. Now, thirty years later, her natural, gentle zeal for bhakti is embellished with a warm-hearted maturity and an inspiration to share with others what she has imbibed, through the medium of sweet and melodic kirtan.

The practice of bhakti develops transcendental devotional sentiments, and kirtan, its foremost process, is saturated with transcendental sound vibration. Under the guidance of her guru, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaj, Prema Mayi’s absorption in the study and practice of bhakti blossoms. Each year she journeys from America, where she now lives, to perform pilgrimage of Braj in the holy land of India.

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Saturday February 12, Sunday February 13

Noon to 5 Pm

Expand your Capacity for Love at
The LOVE Conference

Where: Open Secrets Bookstore in San Rafael, CA
When: February 12-13th, 2011 from 11 am to 6 pm
Cost: $99 for the Entire Weekend preregistered - $150 at the door

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The Love Conference for Valentines Day - EXPAND Your Capacity for Love by Taking This Journey into ecstatic love, conscious lovemaking & transformational relationships! Speakers include:

Jan Robinson - Full-Body Bliss: The 7 Secrets to Loving a Woman Sexually - Jan Robinson is a Professional Tantra Educator and Intimacy Coach, founder of TantricJoy and Honeymoon Spirit Seminars & Coaching
Francesca Gentille - Bhakti Flirting: Embodying Kindness - Presence - Devotion - Walking the sacred ways of Bhakti can lead to graceful connections - learn and practice simple techniques that inspire the heart & soul. Francesca Gentille is an initiated Shaman in 4 traditions, as well as the award winning co-author of "Marriage of Sex & Spiri"t.
Shakti Padmini - Love is Sex Energy Transformed - Shakti Padmini is a certified Ipsalu Tantra Kriya Yoga Teacher & Healer, Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, accredited teacher of The Form/Reality Practice.
Adam Gilad and Chaz Russ - Three Vows Through Yoga: Self, The Beloved, The Divine - In this innovative blend of simple yoga, partner yoga, lecture and writing, Adam Gilad and Chaz Russ will lead you through a series of movements and practices to open your heart to wider and wider, embracing and committing yourself to three concentric circles of love.
Alisha Price from OneTaste - who lectures on the relationship between language and spirituality, body and mind, and self and community
K.C. Baker - Certified Tantra Teacher
Lori Grace from Celebrations of Love - which provides education via workshops and special events to teach and promote ways for couples and single to learn powerful relationship skills in a manner that can be applied to today's lifestyles
Randy Sugawara of Kunlun Nei Gung - founder of the QiRecovery program and has been practicing internal martial arts for over thirty years and has practiced energy work since 1998.

And special guest speaker Moses Ma of The Spirituality Network - who will introduce The Spirituality Network venture and present a talk called, "The Operating Manual for the Modern Bodhisattva".

Plus Tantric door prizes! - Lots of Yummy Stuff to be Given Away!

Hosted by Claire Rumore of Soul Fire Life
Produced by OneTantra and The Spirituality Network

This event includes a special performance...

The Love Declaration/Activation Performance
Breakthrough to Love - 4 pm, Feb. 12th - cost: $20
The evening event will feature an experimental mix of music, kirtan & spoken word, blending open mic declarations of love in poetry, song and group recitations of love and prayer. Musical guests to be announced. YOU will have a chance to declare your love (for another, for your guru, for the universe) - as a way to open our hearts and expand our capacity to radiate love energy into the world. It's Time to expand!

To find out more, go to http://Love-Conference.com
To drop the love bomb and register now, click below...

 

Saturday February 12

8:00 pm

Playback Theatre

Stories of Mind, Body, Spirit and Love

$20

Playback Theatre Stories of Mind, Body, Spirit and Love-
Interactive and spontaneous, playback theatre bases its material on the stories of the community. In theatres, workshops, and a wide range of educational and organizational settings, Playback Theatre draws people together and allows fresh perspectives.Performances are carried out by a team of actors, emcee (called the conductor), and musician. As the show begins, audience members respond to questions from the conductor, then watch as actors and musician create brief theatre pieces on the spot. Later, volunteers from the audience come to the stage to tell longer stories, choosing actors to play the main roles. Although performances often focus on a theme of interest or concern, the performers follow no narrative agenda, but bring their dramatic skills and their humanity to embodying on the stage the concerns and experiences of audience members.. Playback theatre is practiced in over 50 countries.

 

 

Sunday February 20

2-6pm

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Intuition Development
Sat Feb 19 11am-5pm

With Ce Ce

 

Sunday February 20

2-6 pm.

Universal Sabbath

Third Sunday of Every Month

An Experiment in Timelessness in Community

"How glorious it is to do nothing and rest afterwards."

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An Afternoon of being here without reason.

Thursday February 24

7pm.

$15

 

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

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Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

Compassionate Communication can help you have more love in your life and be more centered when facing challenging situations. Using role-plays of conflicts — pre-planned as well as suggested by the audience — we will show you how to:
• Communicate your needs to someone so you can be more easily heard and understood;
• Help another person to verbalize their underlying needs to be fully heard and understood, so that,
• You can both more easily come to a win-win result.

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT, has been studying and teaching approaches to communication and conflict resolution for nine years and Compassionate Communication for five. Compassionate Communication is an essential part of the skills she uses to connect compassionately with others and herself; to feel peaceful and inspired in daily life.

Lori was introduced to Compassionate Communication in 1999 and has been teaching it in California, Hawaii and New York. She has been instrumental in bringing NVC to the Hawaiian islands.

Please pre-register at the Sunrise Center by calling us at 415-924-7824. (We need 4 sign ups for the class.)

Friday February 25th

7:30 pm


Creating true intimacy with a divination deck? With Maryanne Comaroto-Raynal and David

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Maryanne Comaroto-Raynal and David Raynal offer a right here, right now approach to delving into relationship issues using self-responsibility as the map and their new Great Relationships Begin Within Self-Inquiry Divination Deck as the lantern. With vivid images and thoughtful questions, they will help you not only gain clarity around often confusing and painful relationship challenges, but also meet you wherever you are and escort you more deeply toward what needs attention.Bio:

Maryanne Comaroto is an award-winning author, coach, therapist, and hosts three weekly radio shows. David Raynal holds degrees in religious studies & psychology and is a successful entrepreneur. Together they conduct transformational workshops, awarding the Certificate of Responsible Relationship (CORR®).



 

 

 

Some of our Favorite Events of 2009

 

Sunday October 4th

Retreat: The Great Mother Prajna Paramita and Sky-like Mind

with Lama Tsultrim Allione

10am-4pm

$75 advance $85 door

Call 415-457-4191 ex 0

The Great Mother Prajna Paramita and Sky-like Mind

This retreat will explore the nature of mind. The experience of
Prajna, one's capacity to perceive the ineffable vastness of basic
space, is what gives birth to
all the Buddhas. Historic Mahayana
literature, girded by Tantric subcurrents, associates liberating wisdom
with the form of a goddess, Prajna Paramita. She is said to be the
mother of all the Buddhas. Because these enlightened beings have issued
from the state of wisdom, she is the genetrix. Without this experience
of her, they would not become Buddhas. This vast clarity, full of
compassion, is the Great Mother, commonly described as vast and open as
the sky. Through meditation and relaxed dialogue we will experientially
explore this theme

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Bio:

Lama Tsultrim Allione author of National Bestseller: Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict and Women of Wisdom was given the Outstanding Woman in Buddhism award for 2009 and was recognized as an emanation of Machig Labdrön at Machig’s monastery in Tibet, Zangri Khangmar, in 2007. She is known as a profound and lucid teacher, bringing together psychological and spiritual insights. She has been teaching internationally for more than 30 years, is the founder of Tara Mandala Retreat Center (www.taramandala.org).

 

Sunday October 18th

3pm

Zen Boyfriends

$15

 

"What is the sound of one heart breaking?"

Zen Boyfriends: A Musical Comedy
by Mariana Caplan,
music, lyrics &stage adaptation by Mark Steighner

Somewhere in the parade of shiny and sincere hopefuls, yogi-predators, meditating control-freaks, freedom-lovers and a host of busy monkeys, there's a girl yearning to find the right one. Can she do it?

ZEN Boyfriends is a hilarious comedy that traverses the razor's edge where spirituality and love coincide...or don't. Zen Boyfriends is a one-act play that playfully satires New Age spirituality through the eyes of a young woman looking for love in California. A Zen Boyfriend is a man who “skillfully uses his spiritual ideals and practices as an excuse for his terror of any type of real relationship with a woman.” The piece is designed to explore the transformational possibilities of conveying dharma, or life’s lessons, through theater and humor. For more information:

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Thursday December 3

7pm

Andrew Harvey: The Hope

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Are You a Sacred Activist?
Do you have a burning desire to change the world or make a difference?
Is there a cause or issue that breaks your heart?
Are you devoted to a spiritual practice such as prayer or meditation?
Are you concerned about the environment, social justice, non-violence and personal wellness?
If you answered YES to two or more of these questions than you are being called on to become a Sacred Activist—what author Andrew Harvey defines as a humble and divine agent of change to birth a new world of compassion, peace, balance, justice, and harmony. In his new book The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism, Andrew Harvey sounds a clarion call to all those who care deeply about the future of humanity and of the planet!

With myriad crisis facing our precious earth from our monetary systems collapsing, to environmental depletion, nuclear proliferation, rise in fundamentalism and the hurried, disconnected pace of life, the future can seem bleak. The Hope: A Guide To Sacred Activism offers sage advice and practical tools for overcoming these seeming insurmountable global catastrophes and shares an urgent yet passionately inspiring message for those seeking personal and planetary transformation. The Hope is a compelling guide that helps people respond to current global challenges yet also serves as a much needed wake-up call to inspire action through Sacred Activism—the transforming force of love and compassion-in-action to affect radical change in the world.

For more information please visit www.andrewharvey.net

ABOUT ANDREW HARVEY
Andrew Harvey is an internationally acclaimed poet, novelist, translator, mystical scholar, and spiritual teacher. Harvey has published over 20 books including Son of Man (Tarcher/Putnam) and The Return of the Mother (North Atlantic Books). Harvey is a Fellow of All Souls College Oxford from (1972-1986) and has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality, as well as, various spiritual centers throughout the United States. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary The Making of a Modern Mystic. He is the Founder of the Institute for Sacred Activism in Oak Park, Illinois, where he lives. His website is www.andrewharvey.net.

 

 

Monday December 14th

7pm

Three Turkish Masters In Concert

$22 advance $25 door

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Performing compositions selected from the vast repertoire of Turkish classical and devotional music.
The ensemble will present classical and contemporary Turkish art music, including their own compositions. Their performances are marked by extensive improvisations, known as taksims - sometimes free-standing, and sometimes performed as introductions or interludes between pieces. Because of the spontaneous nature of these improvisations, no two performances are ever the same.

The secular music of the Ottoman courts was compiled not only by Turkish composers, but also by representatives of Armenian, Greek, Jewish, Balkan and Arabic communities whose cultures were part of the Ottoman Empire - and by the sultans themselves. Sufi religious music, also an important part of Turkish classical music, includes movements from suites performed as part of the Whirling Dervishes' ceremonies, as well as medleys of ancient devotional hymns, many still popular today.

Necati Chelik [ne-ja-ti che-lik] (Ud) is the principal ud player with the Turkish Ministry of Culture. He has toured the United States, Europe and Japan for the last fifteen years, performing mainly with the Istanbul State Turkish Classical Music Ensemble. He is currently visiting from Istanbul for a series of concerts on the West Coast. An expert on the sacred music of the Sufi tradition, Necati was born and educated in Konya, the home of the Mevlevi order of Sufis - popularly known in the West as "whirling dervishes." Mr.?elik's first instrument was the baglama, a Turkish folk instrument (also known as saz). He started playing the ud at the age of 16. Since 1973 he has played ud for the annual Mevlevi rituals. In 1985, he was one of the founders of the Music Department of Konya Seljuk University, where he taught ud. He has been a member of the Ministry of Culture's State Classical Music Ensemble since 1986. Mr. ?elik is also the primary ud artist with the world-reknowned Necdet Yashar Ensemble, and has toured frequently with them in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Yavuz Akalõn [yavooz akaluhn] (Ney) was born in Kutahya, Turkey. He began the study of music at the age of nine, encouraged by his father who was an architect, playing kanun [zither] and kemenće [Turkish fiddle]. He later studied ney with Shemseddin G?vey and with the great master Aka G?nd?z Kutbay. He later studied ney with Niyazi Sayin, and music with masters Bekr Sidki Sezgin, Aaeddin Yavasca, Necdet Yashar and Ihsan
zgen, subsequently studying kanun with Mehmet K?tl?g?n. Yavuz has performed in many countries the world over, and is a staff performer with the Turkish Ministry of Culture Ensemble. A prodigious multi-instrumentalist, Akalõn is regarded as the best ney player of his generation.

Timućin Cevikoglu [ti-mu-chin je-vi-koh-loo] (Ney, Bendir, vocals) Born in 1965, he studied Classical Turkish music and Sufi music and learned to play the ney, kudum and bendir at an early age. He started working as an artist in the Ministry of Culture in 1986 has worked for several universities. Timućin participated in the works of the University of Selcuk (1994) and the University of Afyon Kocatepe, State Conservatoire (1999), and also worked as instructor and Chairman of the Turkish Music Department. He has produced and managed various music programs, documentaries, audio and video publications, as well as performing solo concerts in many countries.

Thursday December 17th

7:30 pm.

Introducing, The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia

With Joseph J. Jacques. and Alpha Lo

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"The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia" is a powerful new map to the emerging paradigm of collaboration and interdependence that is radically changing our world. Recognized as the vital ingredient for meeting the demands of a rapidly evolving world, "collaboration" is increasingly being recognized as the new "Green" in industry, economics, technology, social science, and government.
The book presents a groundbreaking and comprehensive view of the practical techniques, concepts, and psychological, social, and spiritual substrates which will assist us to collaborate on large scales to create a more egalitarian and creative world. Useful for any social being interested in moving forward and healing the disruption of our times, it is an unparalleled resource for creating non-hierarchical, emergent, participatory, open, and non-owned social structures. For creating a better world.
 
Come, on Thurs the 17th of Dec., to the official book release party for "The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia", where you the participant will be given opportunity to share your knowledge with others, network with key players in the open collaboration movement, and co-create this unfolding party. A fun, entertaining and highly educational evening, you will hear the authors/compilers of this book Alpha Lo and Alden Bevington present what they have learned in their overview of the field, as well mini-presentations by creators of collaborative projects: Joseph Jacques from CAST, Aumatma from Karma Clinic, Angelina Frost from "Whats Your Tree?", Mali Burgess from Participatory Economics as well as a growing list of stars in the open collaboration universe. Its guaranteed to be a valuable update to your operating system. If you'd like to offer something in the event, please contact: editor@pioneerimprints.com.

Bio

Alden began his dedicated research into the relationship between consciousness, culture, and evolution in the cafes of Harvard and MIT at age 15. He later went on to travel the world for another 12 years, learning from notable pioneers and masters in the fields of sustainability, liberation sciences, consciousness, religion, governance, cultural evolution, ecology, internet technology, transpersonal psychology, business, neurolinguistics, nutrition, and design. He has served and been a founding collaborator in numerous organizations and projects around the planet dedicated to human progress. Currently, in addition to his consulting and project development through www.culturegenerator.com, and his work on The Open Collaboration Encyclopedia, he is editor-in-chief of Pioneer Imprints, a growing independent publishing label which presents unique and timely works which advance the true potentials of human and culture.
 
Alpha's Bio
 
Alpha Lo is a social architect who is fascinated by how systems can emerge new forms of behavior and how to tap into the power of the collective whilst allowing their individuality to flourish. He is one of the founding organizers of the "Gathering of emerging leaders - Transformational activism" which was a emergent, participatory, non-hierarchical event. He is a physicist with a systems theory background, and he is an experienced facilitator of groups with the ability to lead people into 10deep spaces as he combines science, spirit, somatic work, dance and art in his multifaceted workshops. He is also the author of the book "Physics of expanded consciousness"

Wednesday January 20

7pm.

 

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

$15

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Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

7pm.

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

$15

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Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

Compassionate Communication can help you have more love in your life and be more centered when facing challenging situations. Using role-plays of conflicts — pre-planned as well as suggested by the audience — we will show you how to:
• Communicate your needs to someone so you can be more easily heard and understood;
• Help another person to verbalize their underlying needs to be fully heard and understood, so that,
• You can both more easily come to a win-win result.

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT, has been studying and teaching approaches to communication and conflict resolution for nine years and Compassionate Communication for five. Compassionate Communication is an essential part of the skills she uses to connect compassionately with others and herself; to feel peaceful and inspired in daily life.

Lori was introduced to Compassionate Communication in 1999 and has been teaching it in California, Hawaii and New York. She has been instrumental in bringing NVC to the Hawaiian islands.

Please pre-register at the Sunrise Center by calling us at 415-924-7824.

For those who pre-register get an extra 3 raffle ticket for our prize drawing. (It also helps us to have some idea of the number of hand-outs we need to file.

Saturday February 13th

7:30 pm

The Launch of

Quantum Companions

A Village Relationship Counseling Service-Wisdom For All Types of Patrnerships

"We Are All Conected In Wonderous and Mysterious Ways"

Free Presentaion and Dialogue

Arrive at 6pm for a delicious vegatarian feast for

$10

 

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Quantum Companionship- Exploring Human Relationships Free of The Fear of Separation Anxiety In Life and Death

  Compatibility Counseling  for an Age of Harmony and Beauty

Ancient, Present, and Future Wisdom on Our Quantum Relationships with All Beings

We are all connected in wondrous and mysterious ways.

The Quantum Union
The Love and Acceptance of Self and World- Relaxing Into Our Wholeness
How Our Understanding of our Quantum Unity Transforms the Patterns of Human Relationship-Gathering Quantum Statstistics
Understanding Our Natural Character- The Cosmic Mirror, Astrology and  the Science of Light
An Invitation to A Quantum Re-Union
The Climate Koan -The Primary Test of Our Quantum Unity
A Fractal Map of the Quantum Village-
Companionship Questions, A survey of Relationship in Nine Dimentions
Water bearing- Co-Counseling Toward Great Acceptance
Right Brained Mediation and Councils
The Quantum Circle- The Relaxed Dialogue of the Human Family
The Human Solar Village- A Template for the Ages
The Beloved- Exploring the Ultimate in Quantum Potential With a Significant other

Friday February 12th

7:30

Suffering-A Path Of Awakening

with Shellee Rae

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The subtitle of Shellee Rae's deceptively short, plain-talking memoir gives a vroom! that hints at the horsepower under its storytelling hood:

Dissolving the Pain of Incest, Abuse, Addiction and Depression

That's quite a claim. To find out how it actually happened for her, you've got to read this astounding little book.

Published just this May, Shellee's book already is developing a life of its own. The glowing, grateful reviews on Amazon.com keep multiplying -- including one from her own mother, whose troubles are part of the true, unflinching story.

I'd like to see this book go as far as it can in the world -- lifting great numbers of suffering people into true hope and real willingness to heal, grow, and maybe even awaken.

Brava, Shellee Rae! Congratulations, and may this book enjoy amazing success and open the hearts and change the lives of countless grateful readers! ~ Saniel Bonder, founder Waking Down in Mutuality, author Healing the Spirit Matter Split, and Great Relief

This now world-wide and inspiring little book is for anyone who has longed for more in their life, has been (or is) lost to their purpose, struggled on different spiritual paths or experienced suffering, abuse or addiction at any level.

Suffering, takes the reader on a 39-year journey of the author’s life, from a victim of sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, and depression to the doors of death, into 12-step recovery, many spiritual paths and finally to full embodied Awakening in August of 2008 with almost eleven years of sobriety.

The raw truth and vulnerability of this incredible real-life story is inspiring hope and deeply touching the hearts of those who read it. A heart-wrenching and uplifting adventure, it will forever change the way one looks at suffering and enlightenment.

Saturday February 27th

7:30 Pm.

Concert with Mukti

$15

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Come here music from their new album

"Light of the Sun"


Our debut cd, "Light of the Sun" is available for sale and if you haven't heard it yet, please come to hear tracks performed live. We have been getting such enthusiastic feedback! Thank you to everyone for sharing your experiences and insight with us. We want to mention that a portion of proceeds benefit Amma's charities (http://www.embracingtheworld.org/),

Light of the Sun," produced by Ben Leinbach and featuring some very special guest artists. We're extremely proud of this labor of love.


eamlessly flowing from Indian to flamenco, from R&B-
influenced pop to folk and everywhere in between, ten
original songs follow the thread of divine love in
darkness and light, through ancient prayers and Sanskrit
mantras, across continents, cultures and centuries.

Departing from a more “traditional” kirtan sound, Light
of the Sun reflects diverse elements like a highly polished
musical gem. Like John Mclaughlin and his seminal world
fusion band Shakti in the 70s, co-songwriter Donald
Fontowitz merges his Indian-influenced, flamenco guitar
with Ramana Erickson’s tabla rhythms, creating an earthy
backdrop to lead singer and lyricist Prajna Vieira’s
ethereal vocals and piano. Prajna’s voice has been
compared to that of kirtan pioneer Snatam Kaur in purity and presence, but her musical influences include
Western artists like Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell—women singer-songwriters with an independent streak.
Beyond artistic expression, however, the purpose of Mukti’s music differs that of most contemporary artists;
the songs on this album communicate a deep longing for union with the sacred. As Prajna says, “We set out
to make music that would uplift, inspire, and bring peace to people’s hearts.”

Saturday March 6th

7:30 pm

An evening of music with

Spirit Move

$12 advance $15 door

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Featuring

Navyo Ericsen, guitars
Maya Daniels, vocals
David Lieberstein, keys, flute
George Chavez, cello
Michael Diamond, guitar, synth
Julia Harrell, percussion
Dartanyan Brown, bass

http://spiritmovesmusic.com

http://opensecretbookstore.com

 

SpiritMoves is an eclectic ensemble of talented musicians that create totally improvised music in the moment. No arrangements, no song charts or set list - just attuning to each other and the audience to translate emotion and Spirit into sound. The group blends acoustic and electric instruments and draws from a variety of influences to create music that ranges from meditative and mystical to upbeat and soaring. In their words, “our vision is to explore artistic freedom and consciousness with music. By forming a resonance with each other and with you, our audience, we create powerful and sacred space for the spontaneous expression of creativity.”

Here are some comments from people after attending a SpiritMoves concert:

“The musicians were so sensitive to one another that at first I didn't realize they were improvising! I am left feeling deeply satisfied and eager to hear them live again!”
“What a wonderful evening. I felt swept away and at the same time taken deeper into myself – a combination of joyful movement and inner silence.”
“That was such an amazing concert! There was such a sweet sense of relaxation and deep pleasure, a glorious journey of heart, soul and sound. I looked forward to each new moment of spiritual sound impulse coming to musical play.
“SpiritMoves truly lives up to it's name. The spirit moved among the musicians, the music moving through our growing presence as an audience. The sacred space introduced and

 

CELEBRATE with Old & New Friends


 

ONENESS BLESSINGS by "Deeksha Givers" Trained in INDIA
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PLAYFULL COMPASSIONATE CONNECTION GAMES, PRACTICES & TOOLS led by  SCOTT & GABRIELE CATAMAS & other loving “GIRAFFES”

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Saturday April 2

1- 5 pm., 45 min lunch break

Up Close and Personal with Robert Young

$55

 


a radically new sense of the magic and possibility available to us now

Back from down under, Robert Young has returned to the US to bring energies and perspectives to help support us through this shift.

"I know that my project, or how I'm built at a universal being, is just like a trouble shooter that turns up when requested, at different times in different places, to hold the energy of that time stable so that transition can happen."

See and hear Robert Young at www.YoungSight.com
For more information, contact Marién Grace at 707 765-2313

Tuesday, March 29 7-9pm $15
Saturday, April 2 1-5pm $55

 

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Tuesday April 5th

Healing Satsang in the Presence of Divine Beings and Ascended Masters

With Pearl Yip

$15

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Healing Satsang in the Presence of Divine Beings and Ascended Masters

7pm * Free to observe, $15 Satsang, $50 Healing
Are you feeling stuck, unable to see your way out of a difficult situation? Are you feeling less than perfect health or energy? Would you like to feel more connected to your Divine Self? Two amazing healers from Canada will help you break through the barriers to achieve a deeper, more vibrant and fulfilling life. Pearl Yip is a gifted satsang teacher and the author of Journey to the Eternal: Returning Home to God. Her gift of sight and Divine connection will lead the satsang into a healing stillness. Aldeene tunes into the Divine Realm and will be the guide for the healing satsang. Using the Divine Rope of Truth to connect themselves to individuals in the audience, Pearl and Aldeene will do a Satsang Healing with Divine Beings and Ascended Masters. This unique form of healing incorporates satsang techniques – going into deep rest meditation, connecting through a Rope of Truth, and talking about Inner Beingness (Divine Self).

Thursday March 24,

7. pm.

Title: Introduction to Animal Communication, March 24th from 7-9pm

Suggested Donation: $10-$20

 

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Learn how to talk with your animal companions. Learn techniques to
enhance your communication and relating skills. Share and hear stories of animal
communication and healing. Gain a deeper awareness, sensitivity and connection
to your animal friend(s); and discover your own innate communication abilities.

Bio:
I have been in private practice since 1999 offering Network Chiropractic
combined with Intuitive and Energy Healing and Spiritual Counseling. I also
help animals and their caregivers with Animal Communication, Energy Healing and
Medical Intuition. I have a passion for helping others.

 

 

 

 

Sunday November 20

1-2:30

Rasa Vitalia DANCE WORKSHOP

The "Secret" is out! Know what it is?
The balance of mind, body, and spirit with Rasa Dance...
At OPEN SECRET!
The time is now! Give yourself this gift of healing and health.

Rasa Dance Workshop! $10 donation suggested
Good for the community, Good for the soul!
* Meditation, Music, Movement, Creation, and Celebration *

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Rasa Dance classes are based on the classic and modern techniques, old and new movements, and the energetic disposition of World Dance including, Middle Eastern, Indian, Brazilian, Modern, & Club Dance. Rasa Dance also incorporates her studies the healing arts of Ananda, Restorative and Raja yoga and Mindfulness Meditation.. Rasa Dance uses movement to communicate meaning about the human experience. It is far more than exercise or entertainment. It us a powerful medium to express our values, our thoughts, our aspirations, our fears, and interconnectedness about the lives we live and the world in which we live. Rasa Dance workshops help remind us of the importance of maintaining a complete and healthy mind, body, and spirit discipline. Rasa Vitalia helps to facilitate your ability to find your oneness and peace of mind and your spontaneous creativity through music, movement, laughter and song, while maintaining discipline and focus. Wow! In Rasa Dance workshops, you will find the freedom of dance in you! It's not just a class, it's a journey! Rasa Dance!

Rasa Vitalia is an international professional performance dance artist, choreographer, and instructor, with a B.F.A. in the Visual and Performing Arts, who brings her artistic creativity and flair in her dance performance. Rasa has over a decade of experience and discipline in multiple dance and music forms, Rasa Vitalia has 15+ solid and consistent years of training in many dance forms and extensive background in live performance. Like all great artists, Rasa plumbs her soul to bring out the essence of life in her performances to enrich the lives of her audience. This makes her one of the most sought after performers in the dance and music scene and a performer you will never forget.

For more information, photos, and videos see http://www.RasaVitalia.com

Registration & Info: Registration- Payment accepted on day of. Drop in ok. Please RSVP via facebook invite.
Invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243231382366095#!/event.php?eid=138992926194279

Contact for more information: Rasa Vitalia, 415-407-8006, RasaVitalia@yahoo.com

Student Prep
Students must come prepared by coming in comfortable, stretchy gym/yoga clothing, a sweater to keep warm, water, and socks, dance/ballet slippers or dance barefoot. No jeans, no dresses. For Meditative Movement classes, a yoga mat is suggested. Classes are flexible and created appropriate to the level of the students in class. Rasa's dance classes can be a good a workout! :)

Saturday December 3

7:30 pm.

Title: Tantra Goddess: A Memoir of Sexual Awakening
Author: Caroline Muir

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ISBN: 978-0982324684
Publication Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing

Book Description:
In 1989, Caroline and Charles Muir published Tantra: A Guide to Conscious Loving (Mercury House). In the process,they helped launch the now burgeoning Tantra movement in the United States and abroad. Tantra Goddess is Caroline Muir’s memoir of her personal journey from innocent Kansas girl to skilled sexual and spiritual healer and leader. She shares the experiences that shaped her and lessons learned over a lifetime of searching for, and most often finding, love. In the process of living her story, she experiences the highs and lows of pioneering the polyamorous, Tantric lifestyle, finds peace at last in a sexually monogamous relationship, and a new found sense of herself.

Author Bio:
Caroline Muir is the co-author of Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving. Originally published in 1989, it has sold 130,000 copies and been translated into 9 languages. Her work has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal, Elle, Glamour, and Esquire. She resides in Marin County, California, where she remains a teacher of Tantric loving and now runs the Divine Feminine-Awakened Masculine Institute dedicated to bringing an empowered sexuality to women and men everywhere.

Thursday October 24,

7. pm.

Shaping Your Happiness: Creating a New Neurological Story by Kathrina Kasha Peterson

$15

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Come join me and journey together in creating a new neurological story. There is an impetus in human beings to survive and once these basic needs are met, to continue on to thrive. One of the most basic needs is safety. What happens when the feeling of safety gets compromised? When stress dominates one's life, the sympathetic nervous system takes charge and a whole host of dis-ease manifests. We see these in physical, mental, emotional and spiritual illnesses. It is the organism's way of calling for help and balancing itself. With the right support, the parasympathetic nervous system can take more charge. The human body is hardwired to resolve dangerous or painful situations primarily by movement. The story of the nervous system is directly linked to our motorskills. The way we shape our bodies are our emotions, feelings and thoughts. It is not so much a cause and effect. It is our shape. Our bodies are our attachment history. Subtle channels wind accordingly as well. Shapes are dynamic and fluid; however, when shape is linked with the lack of safety, the fight/flight/freeze response of the organism takes over.

Tonight's lecture and dialog will address the deeper issues of compulsion in movement than what is perceived at first glance. We will delve into the alignment of the atlas (cervical one of the spine) and the corresponding shaping and accommodation of your physio-psycho-spiritual system accordingly. Physical movement in both its limitations and freedom clues one into the emotional and intellectual state of a person. Compulsive behavior is simply a repetitive habit that comes not from choice, but a pattern that may have outlived its usefulness and freshness.

Kathrina Kasha Peterson is a holistic and complementary healthcare practitioner as well as awareness teacher who leads you to discover and explore movement in your sensing, acting and feeling. Through presence, clarity, sound, movement and hands-on healing, I facilitate individuals to be more awake to themselves. I offer a fountain where neuroscience, psychology, biology, movement and spirituality meet.
http://www.marinmindfulbody.com

$15

Awake Relating with Nicola Amadora PHD

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Friday July 19,

8 pm.

Inter-Conectigence

Tickets Available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/398170

$20

with performances by Naomi Newman, Wes Nisker, Jack Kornfield, Jennifer Berezan and Nina Wise.
A benefit for The Kepler Story (theater+science+ harmony), a theater piece about Johannes Kepler at Morrison Planetarium in October.

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Connectigence: Celebrating the Harmony of the Universe
with performances by Jack Kornfield, Nina Wise, Jennifer Berezan, Wes Nisker, Christopher Hedge, Evelie Posch, Bouchaib Abdelhad, Lior Tsarfaty and The PoRazone Love Project featuring Pollyanna Bush & Raz Kennedy

Friday, July 19, 8pm
Open Secret Bookstore
923 C Street
San Rafael, CA
415-457-4191
$15 + a donation of $1.00 or more to our Kickstarter campaign!

An evening of moving, informative, dharmic, uplifting and funny talks and performances by an array of stellar artists about the interconnected nature of the universe.
This evening is a benefit to support Nina Wise's The Kepler Story, an immersive theater piece about mystic and astronomer Johannes Kepler which will be produced at Morrison Planetarium in October. Kepler's book, Harmonium Mundi, was a groundbreaking treatise on the harmony of the universe that arose from an epiphany he had on July 19, 1595 in Graz.
Please join us in celebration of one of the greatest geniuses of all time.

Tickets available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/398170
Produced by Motion Institute: http://www.motioninstitute.com/events.html

 

 

 

Friday, March 11

7:30 pm

A Beautiful Evening of Celtic Harp Music: Chris Caswell In Concert

$10-$20 sliding scale

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Friday March 4th

7:30 pm

Wake Up Your True Nature: Intro Evening

with Unmani

$20

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Satsang with Unmani
Waking Up to Your True Nature
Meeting in Not-Knowing is recognising that your true nature is Life itself. Unmani points to who you really are beyond all the words and concepts. Recognise who you are, and know that there is not, and never has been anything missing.
Absolute Wholeness... Absolute Oneness...
Absolute Love...
This is who YOU are.
And yet, seeking is such a dramatic game that Life plays with itself. Seeking to fill that empty hole in 'my life' which seems so painful. Seeking for some kind of permanent security or satisfaction. Hoping that 'one day I will find what I'm looking for'. Whatever is, right now, never seems to be enough...
Recognising who You are is the end of overlooking that which has never been anywhere but right here. The end of pretending to know or trying to know. This is absolute Not-Knowing. Forever falling in absolute insecurity. This is what I am. I am what You are. Life itself. Unmani points to the end of the spiritual search. Actually finding what you have been looking for. Finding that it has never been anywhere but right here. Realising the paradox of Life.
Participating in a retreat with Unmani is an intensive opportunity to dive into the exploration of your true nature. Recognise who you really are and then see that whatever happens, happens in and as that. Know this for yourself rather than simply believing what others have told you or what you have read. Together we will investigate the reality of beliefs or concepts that you may have. We so often long for freedom from the prison of thought. Losing more and more constructs means that life begins to feel more and more open and more alive. There is no end to this unraveling of old mechanisms and patterns, but in resting in that that you really are, there is a knowing that you are never actually touched by anything that happens. This knowing provides the courage to really explore what you fear and hide from as well as opening up more possibility for joy and freedom.

 

Saturday March 26th

7:30

Saturday, March 26th
Swami Mangalananda with Prabhu Nam Kaur
7:30pm * $15-20 suggested donation

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Swami Mangalananda is an American who has been visiting India since 1973. He received Initiation directly from Sri Anandamayi Ma, and has been living as a monk in Her ashram in Omkareshwar, central India, where he passes his time in meditation and yogic practice, and also teaches in the ashram school. He is the author of two books, and regularly contributes articles for several spiritual publications in both India and America.

The Swami will present an authentic experience of typical village devotional musical poetry (bhajan) and responsive singing of the Names of God (kirtan). Each bhajan will be explained before it is sung with a view to giving a greater understanding of Indian music and culture to the listeners. He will be joined on stage by Spirit Voyage recording artist Prabhu Nam Kaur, who will sing devotional songs from the Sikh tradition.

The Swami will also show pictures of the ashram school in Omkareshwar.

For more information or to learn about the Swami's chakra workshop on Sunday March 27th, call (415) 686-4226.

Thursday March 31

7 pm.

$15

Compassionate Communication

With Lori Grace Star

Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

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Please sign up at Sunrise Center ( 4 person minimum )

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT
Founder and Director of Celebrations of Love

Compassionate Communication can help you have more love in your life and be more centered when facing challenging situations. Using role-plays of conflicts — pre-planned as well as suggested by the audience — we will show you how to:
• Communicate your needs to someone so you can be more easily heard and understood;
• Help another person to verbalize their underlying needs to be fully heard and understood, so that,
• You can both more easily come to a win-win result.

Lori Grace Star, MA Psych. LMT, has been studying and teaching approaches to communication and conflict resolution for nine years and Compassionate Communication for five. Compassionate Communication is an essential part of the skills she uses to connect compassionately with others and herself; to feel peaceful and inspired in daily life.

Lori was introduced to Compassionate Communication in 1999 and has been teaching it in California, Hawaii and New York. She has been instrumental in bringing NVC to the Hawaiian islands.

Please pre-register at the Sunrise Center by calling us at 415-924-7824. (We need 4 sign ups for the class.)

 

Tuesday April 5th

Healing Satsang in the Presence of Divine Beings and Ascended Masters

With Pearl Yip

$15

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Healing Satsang in the Presence of Divine Beings and Ascended Masters

7pm * Free to observe, $15 Satsang, $50 Healing
Are you feeling stuck, unable to see your way out of a difficult situation? Are you feeling less than perfect health or energy? Would you like to feel more connected to your Divine Self? Two amazing healers from Canada will help you break through the barriers to achieve a deeper, more vibrant and fulfilling life. Pearl Yip is a gifted satsang teacher and the author of Journey to the Eternal: Returning Home to God. Her gift of sight and Divine connection will lead the satsang into a healing stillness. Aldeene tunes into the Divine Realm and will be the guide for the healing satsang. Using the Divine Rope of Truth to connect themselves to individuals in the audience, Pearl and Aldeene will do a Satsang Healing with Divine Beings and Ascended Masters. This unique form of healing incorporates satsang techniques – going into deep rest meditation, connecting through a Rope of Truth, and talking about Inner Beingness (Divine Self).

 

Saturday April 9th

11am. to 5 pm.

Saturday one-day seminar,

$75

Psychology of the Future:
Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

Christine and Stanislav Grof, M.D.

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Saturday one-day seminar (April 9 morning):

Psychology of the Future:
Lessons from Modern Consciousness Research

Stanislav Grof, M.D.

In the last five decades, psychedelic therapy and other avenues of modern consciousness research have revealed a rich array of “anomalous” phenomena that have undermined some of the most basic assumptions of modern psychiatry, psychology, and psychotherapy concerning consciousness and the human psyche in health and disease. Many of these observations are so radical that they question the basic philosophical assumptions of materialistic science.
In this richly slide-illustrated seminar, we will review these remarkable data and explore the most important major revisions that would have to be made in our understanding of consciousness, of the human psyche, and of the nature of reality to respond to these conceptual challenges. These radical changes in our thinking would fall into the following categories:

 1. Cartography of the Human Psyche
2. Architecture of Emotional and Psychosomatic Disorders. 
3.  Effective Therapeutic Mechanisms
4. Strategy of Psychotherapy and Self-Exploration
5. Role of Spirituality in Human Life
6. The Nature of Reality: Psyche, Cosmos, and Consciousness
7. Relevance of Archetypal Psychology and Transit Astrology for Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychotherapy

 

Saturday one-day seminar April 9 afternoon)

 

THE THIRST FOR WHOLENESS:
Addiction, Attachment, and Spirituality
Christina Grof

     Over fifty years ago, the noted Swiss psychiatrist C.G. Jung wrote that an alcoholic's "craving for alcohol was the equivalent on a low level of the spiritual thirst of our being for wholeness, expressed in medieval language: the union with God."  Many people describe a nonspecific hunger within themselves that is never satisfied, no matter what they do to fill it.  Those engaged in addictions of all kinds are familiar with the experience of deep dissatisfaction, deficiency, and restlessness. Recovering chemical addicts and alcoholics report that once the physical craving for their drug is eliminated, a deeper craving remains. 
 
     In this presentation, illustrated with slides of paintings from alcoholism and incest recovery, we will discuss the elemental thirst for wholeness as a common and necessary part of the human experience, an impulse toward the emergence and development of a satisfying and happy life. We will address issues related to the spiritual aspects addiction and recovery: the complex mosaic of addiction; the addict's separation from her or his true self and the role of abuse or trauma in that process; the misdirection of the original thirst toward addiction; the dark night of addiction; addiction as a form of attachment; the process of surrender or "hitting bottom;” the promise of healing and fulfillment in the recovery process; and the role of spirituality.

Stanislav Grof, MD, is a psychiatrist who has conducted research of non-ordinary states of consciousness for more than 50 years. He is the co-founder and one of the chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and professor of psychology at the California
Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Among his books are Psychology of the Future; The Cosmic Game; LSD Psychotherapy; When the Impossible Happens, and The Ultimate Journey.

Christina Grof, Ph.D.hc,  is an author, teacher, artist, founder of the Spiritual Emergency/Emergence Network, co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork, and
author of The Thirst for Wholeness and the forthcoming The Eggshell Landing.
With her husband she co-authored the books Spiritual Emergency; The Stormy Search for
the Self; Beyond Death; and Holotropic Breathwork. The Grofs live in Mill Valley, California.

 

Christina Grof, Ph.D.hc,  is an author, teacher, artist, founder of the Spiritual Emergency/Emergence Network, co-creator of Holotropic Breathwork, and
author of The Thirst for Wholeness and the forthcoming The Eggshell Landing.
With her husband she co-authored the books Spiritual Emergency; The Stormy Search for
the Self; Beyond Death; and Holotropic Breathwork. The Grofs live in Mill Valley, California.

 

Saturday April 9

7:30 pm.

Arcane Dimension

$10-$20 Sliding Scale

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Event Description:
"A night of enchanting and intoxicating music. World music with a twist to be exact. A concert that promises to be full of surprises and rare instruments played in ways you've never heard before. Both Teed Rockwell and Arcane Dimension have unique takes on their respective world music interests and always delight audiences with new and different innovations in every performance. For those interested in seeing the next evolution of music, taken to the realms of sonic art, this is a show not to be missed!"

Arcane Dimension is an emerging San Francisco/Bay Area band/performance group that features a musical blend of world fusion, enchanting female vocals, electronic beats and middle eastern flavored rock, led by a unique hybrid instrument called a GuitarViol. The live show integrates belly dance, ethnic instruments and ritualistic elements. Unique music, inventive dance, one of a kind costuming and stage decorations tempt and treat every audience to a feast for the senses.

Teed Rockwell plays traditional Hindustani Music performed with Tabla accompaniment on the Touchstyle Fretboard. Touchstyle fretboards are played by tapping the strings onto the fretboard with the fingertips, instead of plucking them.
In addition to performing concerts and other engagements with traditional drone and tabla accompaniment, Rockwell also gives lectures and workshops on the melodies and rhythms of Indian music. His years of writing for India Currents, his experience as a public speaker, and his detailed knowledge of both Indian and American music, make him especially eloquent at explaining this music to western audiences.

 

Friday April 22,

7:30 pm

An Evening with Bentinho Massaro

$15

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Bentinho Massaro is the author of ‘Insights into Awareness – Book I & II’, and shares directly with the community through his website www.free-awareness.com. His vision is to share the message of natural perfection and freedom, directly with people in an easy-to-understand and immediately effective way: “I believe there is a way to deliver this message, so that both the serious seeker and my grandmother understand what it’s about and can benefit immediately. It has to be accessible.”

Bentinho is dedicated to bringing this message to all who are interested in simple language, with the emphasis on experience rather than philosophy or intellectual understanding. If you go to one of his meetings, you will be suggested to look into your own experience and discover free awareness for yourself. Satsang is not about gaining knowledge, it is about tasting life directly beyond thoughts and projections.

 

Friday April 29

7:30 pm

Kutira and Rafael In Concert

$20


OPEN SECRET BOOKSTORE PRESENTS

"AWAKENING THE ECO-SOUL"

a Dynamic Experience of Music, Dance, Poetry and Connection

featuring World Renown Artists KUTIRA and RAPHAEL

hosted by Scott & Gabriele Catamas

with Special Guest Musicians and Friends

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Kutira and Raphael are touring the mainland, and we are fortunate to have them in Marin County for an evening. This special event will blend their unique musical styles, ranging from authentic Hawaiian chants to Sacred Sounds & High Vibrations. In addition to being Internationally recognized musical artists, they have created an eco-resort in Maui that has led them to understand the profound connection between humankind and nature. Tonight, we will connect to our "Eco-Soul" through a variety of experiences.

Hosts Scott & Gabriele Catamas have facilitated hundreds of events throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Gabriele will offer Poetry that serves as a transmission to awaken our hearts. Special guests musicians and members of our greater community will be joining us for an evening to remember.

 

Saturday April 30

7:30 pm

Tina Malia & GuruGanesha Singh
with Hans Christian & Craig Kohland

A Heavenly Intimate Setting

$20 Advance, $25

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When life is complicated by personal, family and global strife, we often find music as an oasis. Particularly music that speaks to the soul and helps us create light for ourselves along our paths toward our highest humanity. A humanity which reaches past difference toward inclusion and love for all.

Excited to perform together, Tina Malia and GuruGanesha decided their intention for the tour was to honor and blend each other's musical styles and to create a space where strife was silenced for a few hours, allowing this light to shine.

'In a time of darkness, this tour is to offer a space of light for all of the people in the world who need it,' reflects Tina. 'Music has the power to open people's hearts and every heart has a different lock on it. When I perform, it is the vibe that the audience gives me while I play that helps me feel which key to use to open the hearts in the room - musically.'

GuruGanesha adds with a smile, 'This tour is about kindness and joy! The Aquarian Age is not just about tolerating or even appreciating the differences in the way we walk the path. It's about celebrating our diversity. And, what a better way to celebrate that diversity than to sing each other's songs and sacred words.'

Come be uplifted. Come open your heart. Come shine. Come hear the Song of the Soul.

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In 1998, Tina moved to the San Francisco bay area and started working on her solo recording, Shores of Avalon. During that time she also began working as a studio vocalist, a sound engineer, and performing in various groups as a back-up singer. She performs and records with such artists as Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra, Ty Burhoe (Curandero), Bill Douglas (Hearts of Space), Steve Gorn, Lost at Last, Danny Heines and others. (Please refer to the artist links page for more information about these artists).

Inspired by many musical and spiritual traditions from around the world, Tina’s writing style is contemplative, devotional, and joyous in nature.

 

Friday May 20

8:00 pm

Guitar Alchemist: Scott Huckabay

$15 Advance $18 Door

Descended from the Chiricahua Tribe (Apache) in Southern Arizona.
Involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1987 that left him partially paralyzed for one year which led him to play the acoustic guitar that created a new inspired lifestyle and sound.
Musical inspirations and influences include Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Michael Hedges, Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, the Edge, Jeff Buckley, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Ani Difranco, Nick Drake, ColdPlay, Bob Marley.

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Damanhur, in Italy, with its 36 years of history is one of the most
successful intentional communities in the world and, through its
Temples of Humankind, one of the most important spiritual centers of
our times.

In these difficult moments in which natural disasters and social and
economic crises may make us feel scared and powerless, it is important
to keep hope alive, to find the strength and the vision to remain
optimistic and act in order to turn challenges into new
opportunities. We can, together, give birth to a different, more
spiritual and just world.

Damanhur has been experimenting with a new spiritual, social and human
paradigm for many years, and the results of this experience can
provide precious and very effective tools and guidlines for this
epochal transformation.

 

4. Healings sessions during the day, Tuesday and Wednesday 11:00 am-5 pm. $75

Call Rob 415-602-1584 for appointment

Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5,

Damanhur and the challenges of our changing times, to 2012 and beyond.

12 pm.-5 pm.

Advance Reservations Appreciated

$108 for Each Day

$180 for Both

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Participants will also be guided through a series of meditations,
rooted in Damanhur's Mystery School practices, to deeply connect with
divine guidance. To this aim, participants will have the extraordinary
opportunity to meditate in a high resonance space created by specific
paintings that act as active mandalas. These paintings are part of a
sacred Portal toward very refined cosmic energies: meditating in such
a space helps us rise our vibrational field, and easily connect to
higher Forces and Intelligences.

2. WHAT IS HAPPENING AT DAMANHUR?
An update of the latest developments in the community, and the project
to become full time citizens for 3 months. A new opportunity to live
in a Damanhrian family and exploring the Federation with people from
all over the world, studying, working and growing together.

Saturday June 4th

7:30 pm

GUIDED HEALING MEDITATION WITH SELFIC PAINTINGS

With Esperide Ananas

$20

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Group meditation in a high resonance space created by specific
paintings that act as active mandalas. These paintings are part of a
sacred Portal toward very refined cosmic energies: meditating in such
a space helps us rise our vibrational field, and easily connect to
higher Forces and Intelligences.

Sunday June 5

3-5 pm.

Up Close and Personal with Robert Young

$20

A radically new sense of the magic and possibility available to us now

Back from down under, Robert Young has returned to the US to bring energies and perspectives to help support us through this shift.

"I know that my project, or how I'm built at a universal being, is just like a trouble shooter that turns up when requested, at different times in different places, to hold the energy of that time stable so that transition can happen."

See and hear Robert Young at www.YoungSight.com

 

The Marin community is pulling Robert into its warm embrace. Come hear Robert at Open Secret on this Sunday afternoon.


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Tuesday June 7th, Wednesday 8th,

11:00 am to 5 Pm.

Selfic Healing Sessions

With Esperide Anansas

$75

 

Call Rob 415-602-1584 for appointment

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Tuesday June 14

7 pm.

Satsang with Jon Bernie

$20

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EVENT DESCRIPTION;

 

Following the sitting, there is dialogue. “Sometimes you need a little help to welcome what is. So we have dialogue. We have the dialogue of presence, which can help you stay available to what you may not want to be available for, or may not even be conscious of, in this moment. Our dialogue is not an intellectual pursuit. Dialogue here is a vehicle for letting go into our true nature – that’s its only purpose. It’s not an attempt to construct a system of thought or belief – opening to our true nature deconstructs belief. And if you’re still struggling or holding on to something, that’s fine. Wherever you are is fine – it’s the only place you can be! That may seem rather simple, but actually, if you really get that, it may be the only thing you need to get.

BIO:

Jon’s first awakening experience at the age of sixteen led him to spend many years practicing in the Zen and Therevada Buddhist traditions, first as a monk in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi, and later as an early student of Jack Kornfield. In the late 1980’s, Jon’s spiritual trajectory was profoundly altered when he met Advaita master Jean Klein, with whom he studied for an extended period. Jon Subsequently spent time with H.W.L. Poonja and Robert Adams, both direct disciples of Ramana Maharshi, Jon was asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002.

 

Saturday June 25,

a Tantric workshop on The Real of Love and Relationship with

Shakti Malan

11:00 am to 7 pm.

$129 till June 19, $149 After


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Shakti is a dakini (teacher of the mystery traditions of Tantra) and member of the Advait Tantraschool (tantraschool.co.za). She has a busy practice involving sessions, workshops, courses and retreats. Shakti is based in Cape Town and has been teaching internationally in the UK and the US. Her central approach is to enter the totality of experience as a gateway to awakening. Shakti believes that sexuality is the field which most powerfully directs us to this gateway. For more on her work, see shakti.co.za andtotalitytherapy.com

Shakti is a woman who has always had a deep sense of calling, which first she explored in the development field working with township communities all across South Africa. Through this work she attained a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, a discipline that teaches the practitioner to listen to the reality of groups and individuals from an insider perspective, through immersion in the texture of their lives.

Following from many years of devotion to meditation, tai chi, yoga and shamanic work, Shakti had a sudden and profound redirection of her energy into the field of Tantra. This started at the age of 33 with 18 months of death processing in the wilderness, and then a long period of intense work with the Advaita tradition of non-duality, as well as deep personal emotional processing.

Her style of teaching is influenced by Advaita teachings in general and specifically Advait Tantra, shamanism (most poignantly African shamanic traditions), systemic and processwork psychology, her intellectual training as a Social Anthropologist and also her work as a dance and movement teacher.

 

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Workshop objective

In our collective psyches the dream of finding the Soulmate moves strongly - that 'other' who will meet and fulfill me completely. And yes, there is a real soulmate for each one of us. But that person is inside. Inside ourselves we are both masculine and feminine. The lovers and loved ones that cross our paths are our mirrors for where we are in the inner relationship between male and female. They can also be a rich fulfillment - and embodiment - of our inner Soulmate.

The split between masculine and feminine in us is a primary polarity. A central aim of Tantra is the integration of this polarity. With that comes an experience of who you really are, in all your rich diversity. Paradoxically, as we embrace our inner Soulmate, a new fruitfulness becomes possible in our outer relationships.

Aims

Meeting the Beloved within

It is possible to get intimately acquainted with your inner beloved. In this workshop we will do so through
Guided drum journey
Gestalt role-play
Breathwork and
BlissDance - awakening the senses within your own body
Meeting the Beloved in the Other

Once we have found the inner beloved, it becomes possible to meet the other - the beloved embodied outside of us - in the truth of who they really are.
We will do so through
Projection play
Tantric honoring practices
Tantric partner meditations
BlissDance - meeting others in the real of intimacy

Beloved Everywhere

As our false beliefs about love and intimacy start to drop away, we meet Love as such. We no longer need the other to give us love - our own hearts become overflowing fountains of love. It becomes possible to see the beloved everywhere - in a drop of rain, in a dust storm, in the face of a stranger. We will practice this capacity for love through
emotional processing meditations
BlissDance - moving into oceanic fluidity

Who is this workshop for?

This course is for all who are willing to commit to a Tantric journey of deep transformation. Transformation here means that your cherished concepts about love may be brought to into question, and old energy structures that no longer serve you may fall away. For the ego, this can feel like death or extreme disruption. Mostly however, the shifts feel much more gracious and subtle.

Saturday March 31,

8 pm.

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Saturday March 31, 8 pm. Kirtaniyas, $15 advance, $20 door.

"The Kirtaniyas are an up and coming kirtan band steeped in the pure bhakti traditions of anicent India. These four energetic, multi-talented artists come from a rich, colorful background, growing up in a Krishna culture of song, dance, philosophy and devotion. Come rejoice in the moods of authentic, ecstatic devotional chanting. Experience the nectar!"

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Vijay, The very first order from his beloved Guru was to “always be engaged in Kirtan”. From that time on he has been traveling the world with various spiritual teachers learning the depth of this art and developing great expertise on the Mrdanga drum. He has also spent extensive time in India studying vocal in the various Kirtan styles from holy men, mendicants, temple monks, villagers and professionals. Now having absorbed the essence of his study, he has developed a synergy between these styles of Kirtan, bringing with it mood, depth and passion.

Sarasvati comes from a very musically inclined family background of bhakti yoga practitioners. From birth she has been exposed to the classical and spiritual music of india. Her parents encouraged her natural abilities in music and she studied classical western violin for nine years. Together with her husband Vijay, she has been traveling around Europe and India sharing a great deep passion for Kirtan with everyone they meet.

Rasika was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in many parts of the world, but in time has to come to the realization that India is her real home. Since a very young age she was introduced to the different traditional Bhajans (songs) written by the past masters of Kirtan. Singing theses Bhajans in a rich and intricate way is her passion and a means by which she wants to bring joy and peace to the world.

Nitai grew up in Hawaii and is lucky to be part of one the most musical families we know! He has a wide variety of musical abilities, from DJ-ing, mixing, music production to the playing of traditional Kirtan instruments. His enthusiasm in Kirtan is contagious!

Friday May 11,

7:30 pm.

Speaker: Master Mantak Chia
Topic: Qigong in the 21st Century: The Convergence of Neurobiology and Practical Spirituality

$20

pre-reg with credit card 457-4191

Seperate Special reception and dinner at Radiance

6 pm.

Reservations welcome

415- 686-3442

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Bio: Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Tao school, and has authored 38 books on Taoism including Energy Balance through the Tao - Exercises for Cultivating Yin Energy, Taoist Ways to Transform Stress into Vitality and Emotional Wisdom. His mastery of this ancient knowledge, enhanced by his study of other disciplines, has resulted in a body of knowledge which is now being taught throughout the world, through 1,500 certified instructors and practitioners, to hundreds of thousands of people. This is your chance to experience the wisdom of Master Chia, with a chance to directly experience the power of these ancient Taoist practices, long held secret, to shift your life from pain to power, from illness to wellness, from mediocrity to mastery.

For information about Master Chia's Bay Area workshop offerings - on 5/12-5/17 in Marin County, please email moses@thespiritualitynetwork.com.
Event details:
Reception, book signing & special dinner: 6 pm
Speech: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Ticket price: $20

Thursday May 17 , 2012

7:30 pm

An Evening with Martin Prechtel

$25 door,

Featuring a feast with Radience Cuisine

4-7pm.

Pre-registration Reccommended

Evening Talk and Book Signing

Martín's new book,

The Unlikely Peace at Cuchumaquic,

The Parallel Lives of People as Plants: Keeping the Seeds Alive

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Hello to Everyone –

As the rivers of New Mexico swell with the cold waters of the mountains, the cottonwood’s sticky buds lengthen into catkins and the ever elusive desert mariposa lilies wonder if this may be one of the years they send up their grass-leaved, butter and claret filled cups, reminding us of the hope stored in the seed, we are writing you to let you know of Martín Prechtel’s events on the West Coast this May.

We look forward to the possibility of seeing all of your faces again soon.

All Blessings,

Hanna and Martín Prechtel

Tickets go on sale April 1,

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All Blessings

Long Life
Honey in The Heart
No Evil
13 Thank you's

Martin Prechtel

>From the eyes of the Holy in Nature what is greatest about humans is the reality that humans souls are not human. Unlike the faces and personalities we’ve learned to become, each of us has a diverse, magnificent subtle natural soul, an animal or riparian forest mist or the winds up from the old white foaming haired Grandmother Ocean or the smile of a pine martin, or some pond reeds, water bugs, water squirting oysters, fireflies, musk ox, or fierce snow, still others as sand or fireweed. All these souls have corresponding natures and voices that resound in a symphonic wild jazz-like vital delicious whine, grind, purr, crash and rustle like frogs or mice in leaves or the sound salamanders make as they dream under ice, all of which must make the world Jump Up and Live Again. Come with Martín Prechtel to make an offering-Temple of the Songs of the Natural World and its people to feed the Holy in Nature.


A master of eloquence and innovative language, Martín Prechtel is a leading thinker, writer and teacher whose work, both written and oral, hopes to promote the subtlety, irony and pre-modern vitality hidden in any living language. As a half blood Native American with a Pueblo Indian upbringing, his life took him from New Mexico to the village of Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. There becoming a full village member of the Tzutujil Mayan population, he eventually served as a principal in that body of village leaders responsible for instructing the young people in the meanings of their ancient stories through the rituals of adult rights of passage. Once again residing in his native New Mexico, Martín teaches at his international school Bolad’s Kitchen. Through story, music, ritual and writing, Martín helps people in many lands to retain their diversity while remembering their own sense of place in the daily sacred through the search for the Indigenous Soul. For more information visit: www.floweringmountain.com <http://www.floweringmountain.com>


Martín Prechtel is the author of: Stealing Benefacio’s Roses; The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun: Ecstasy and Time; Long Life, Honey in the Heart; and Secrets of the Talking Jaguar

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$10

Free with book purchase

Birth 2012 and Beyond:
Humanity’s Great Shift to the
Age of Conscious Evolution
Barbara Marx Hubbard


978-0-9848407-0-0 • $15.95 Trade paper • 262 pages
May 1, 2012 • Shift Books • Distributed by IPG

“Barbara Marx Hubbard is our undisputed planetary midwife.”
—Marianne Williamson, New York Times #1 bestselling author
Birth 2012 and Beyond distills the remarkable lifework of Barbara Marx Hubbard, America’s most beloved visionary futurist—and offers the purest statement yet of her prophetic call for a shift to a new era of conscious evolution. This unique book offers an essential roadmap for today’s evolutionaries and forward thinkers based on Barbara’s masterful insight that “our crisis is a birth.”
Participate in a Historic Planetary Shift!

Birth 2012 and Beyond heralds a hopeful future by inviting readers to join a campaign that builds towards a global day of collective initiation, one that Barbara long ago envisioned: a Planetary Birth Day celebration. This event, to be held on December 22, 2012, will inaugurate an era of social synergy—the convergence of those positive innovations that can transform all sectors of global society. Also featured in this groundbreaking book are essays by a select group of twelve renowned evolutionary leaders known as the Welcoming Committee, who join Barbara in her timely call for the inauguration of a sustainable planetary civilization.

“Conscious evolution, a concept that Barbara Marx Hubbard has championed for decades, is one of the best two or three ideas of modern times.”
—Ken Wilber, author of The Integral Vision

“This inspired and visionary book offers profound wisdom for how to make the shift in time.”
—Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, founder of Institute of Noetic Sciences

A world-renowned evolutionary educator and inspiring speaker, Barbara Marx Hubbard is the author of six acclaimed books that communicate the new worldview of conscious evolution—a term she coined. Barbara is the founder and president of the Institute for Conscious Evolution, and the cofounder of many progressive organizations, including Global New Thought, as well as The World Future Society. In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the vice presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket. In her current work, she acts as a guide and teacher for The Shift Network’s popular Agents of Conscious Evolution training. Barbara’s books include: The Hunger of Eve, The Revelation, Conscious Evolution, and Emergence.

First and Third Monday of Each Month

 

Master Choa Kok Sui's Mediation on Twin Hearts
facilitated by Carmen Gamper

FREE

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MEDITATION ON TWIN HEARTS (MTH) is an advanced meditation technique aimed at achieving illumination or universal consciousness. It is also an instrument of world and community service that eventually harmonizes the earth by blessing it with loving-kindness, peace, joy and goodwill.

Meditation on Twin Hearts is a noble tool that hopes to raise one’s vibrations toward higher states of awareness and expanded levels of consciousness. Presently being practiced globally by tens of thousands of people of different religions and backgrounds, the Meditation on Twin Hearts is extraordinary in its simplicity with amazing and dramatic results.

Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, the modern founder of Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga and the spiritual teacher and spiritual inspiration to millions of people worldwide introduced this meditation as a powerful tool for spiritual development.

New Ongoing Class at Open Secret

Starting Friday March 2,

11 am 12:15 pm

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New Ongoing Event at Open Secret, Every Wedneseday and Friday morning 11am-12:15, Yogis Dance, with KD Friday March 2,9,16,23,30, Wednesday March 7,14,21,28, incorporating the practices of Yoga asana (postures), with the exuberant (cardio) Kirtan Dance of Bhakti Yoga (Path of Devotion) & the therapeutic approach to movement of her teacher & dance pioneer, Anna Halprin. KD’s classes reflect her love of movement and creativity as a path to transformation and inspiration. Her unique approach is as much fun as it is thoughtful.

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Tuesday November 13,

YoniSpeak in Marin
7:00-8:30PM

$20-30 Pre-reg, or $40 at the door.
with Mellissa Seaman

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We are now entering the season of Dying. The veil is thin, and nerves are raw.
The Day of the Dead approaches. What is dying in you?

Culturally, EVERYthing that is not attached to a collective core value is dying. This is especially true now.

Consider what you truly value. Love? Truth? Passion? Integrity? Beauty? Faith?
Identify your values now, because everything in your life that does not support them is on its way out.

And consider WHY you do what you currently do… Fear? Habit? Obligation? The things based on these are falling away. What you could stomach doing before, you cannot stand now. You are intolerant of the inauthentic. You can't fake it anymore.

It's not just you.
The whole of humanity is losing its tolerance for reactive behavior and greed.

So there is unrest, both personally and collectively.
Our schools, our systems, our hierarchies - they are all dying.
And Saturn has landed in Scorpio to teach us all how to die - with surrender, with passion, and with a wicked optimism.

The Full Moon in Taurus on Monday signals an opportunity to GIVE UP old ideas that came from greed or cultural training about how to use money and things to be "safe."

During the two weeks that follow this Full Moon, from October 29 to November 13, we will experience a massive "die off" of structures, both internal and external. This time period includes the elections on November 6.

With humans and their structures, change does not often come easy. The best thing to do is to be kind, patient, and determined with your own personal change. Do not be made victim to the cultural unrest. Surrender, pray, and keep passionately longing for the highest good to prevail. Your petitions are heard. Your longing is important. Long for the new, and let go of the old. Meanwhile, don't take yourself too seriously. Wink at the angels who are leading us through these times. Yes, there is a greater plan.

$15 Advance, $20 Door

Shabaz in Concert

An evening of Sufi Music and Dance
with Shabaz

 

SHABAZ is part of an
eleven-generation continuum:
the brother and sister duo at
the heart of the band are the
children of the great classical
singer Salamat Ali Khan, and
their lineage extends back to
India, as court singers for Akbar the
Great. Sukhawat and Riffat
joined with Riffat's husband
Richard Michos, bassist,
guitarist and producer, to use
their classical training in new
settings resulting in a fusion of
the family's traditional vocal
style with folk, jazz, funk, and
tabla groove. SHABAZ inspires
audiences to dance from the
heart and listen from the soul.
Featuring extraordinary drummer
Rami Ziadeh, sublime Indian Flutes
and winds by Charles Moselle,
and Punjabi groove master Gurdeep Singh
on tablas and Dhole!

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Part of an eleven generation continuum, singers Sukhawat Ali Khan
and Riffat Sultana are children of the legendary Indian classical vocalist
Ustad Salamat Ali Khan, and their lineage extends back to court musicians
for the Moghul emperor in India, Akbar the great.
Accompanied by instruments including tablas, dhol drum, bansuri flute,
guitars, drums, and world percussion results in a fusion of funky world tabla groove,
sufi kirtan, and ecstatic dance. Shabaz inspires audiences to dance from the heart
and listen from the soul.

 

Friday August 9,

8 pm.

The Nectarian, Triple Goddess Tour

Powerful, Sacred Songs of Awakening for the World

$15 advance, $20 Door

From Hawaii and California, our group consists of music artists: Mary Isis (myself), SeaStar, and Parmita, each with their own unique style of sacred songs, accompanied by world musicians Ghan-ji and Vishaka. We support each other musically, vocally and energetically with a range of sounds: from very calm, to kirtan, to fun music that will make you want to move your body.

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March 2012

April Events

 

 

Wednesday March 28

8 pm. $5

Film Presentation

Peepli Live

Hosted by Barbara Framm

 

In the lead up to state elections in the Indian village of Peepli, two poor farmers, Natha and Budhia, face losing their land over an unpaid bank loan. Desperate, they seek help from an apathetic local politician, who scornfully suggests they commit suicide to benefit from a government program that aids the families of indebted deceased farmers. When a journalist overhears Budhia urge Natha to "do what needs to be done" for the sake of their families, a media frenzy ignites around whether or not Natha will commit suicide. Written by Sundance Film Festival

 


First and third Monday of the month, 7:30pm-8:30pm:
Meditation on Twin Hearts by Master Choa Kok Sui,
Facilitated by Carmen Gamper

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We are going to listen to a recorded meditation, spoken by Master Choa Kok Sui, of one of the prayers of Saint Francis of Assisi to bless the earth and all her inhabitants, our friends and family for good health, abundance, divine love and light. There will be a short period of stillness and OM. We will do light physical exercise before and afterwords. FREE / donation to Open Secret Bookstore.

Thursday October 4,

First Thursday of every Month

7:00 to 9pm

Kirtan with Uma Reed and friends,

$10

A jewel among the various spiritual practices associated with Hinduism is kirtan, or devotional chanting. Kirtan is one of the most beautiful and expansive aspects of bhakti yoga — the path of opening the heart through devotion and surrender.

The meaning of "yoga" is "union," and the goal of yogic practices is to recognize our true Divine nature. In bhakti yoga, each deity in the the Hindu pantheon is seen as a different aspect or face of the Divine Beloved, and devotional practices are used to bring one closer and closer to the Beloved, until devotee and Beloved become One. Although kirtan involves singing or chanting, it is not necessary to have any musical talent or background, or even a good singing voice. Kirtan is the music of the heart, and it is sung freely from the heart.

Traditionally, kirtan is sung in call-and-response form. A leader sings a line or two of a song, and the participants sing it back. The words to kirtan songs are often repetitions of different names of the deities, usually in the Sanskrit language, or in a language derived from Sanskrit. The focus on the deities, and the repetition of their names releases the mind from it’s usual associative patterns, which keep us caught in the cycles of pleasure and pain that come with the ups and downs of everyday life. The vibrations of the Sanskrit sounds expand our hearts and minds beyond their normal limitations, into the depths of Spirit, and the recognition that we are never away from the Beloved.

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Open your heart with chanting with Uma. www.umareed.com/

 

Friday November 30,

7 pm.

Workshop: Self Publishing for a Better World

With Carla King,

$49 Advance, $59 Door

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Author of Self Publishing Boot Camp

Step by step to publishing, promoting and selling your book in print and every popular ebook format.

    Create print books, ebooks, rich media books, even apps.
    For sale in bookstores, online retailers, e-readers, and mobile app stores.
    For fiction, non-fiction, full-color books, and more.
    With product comparisons, cost analysis, and helpful checklists.

For authors of fiction and non-fiction, memoir, mystery, poetry, business, art and photography, childrens’ books, anthologies, and all kinds of books. The insights, information, tips and checklists in this book make it an essential guide to creating your book. The method is simple: When all the tasks are checked off, your book is published.

About the author:
Carla King founded the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational program of books and workshops to explain the process in simple terms. A longtime technical writer, she's an expert in writing how-to guides. She began self-publishing in 1994 with her Motorcycle Misadventures series of books and online travel dispatches. She writes and teaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.

"My mission is to save you a lot of time and money spent in experimentation, bad choices, and dead ends by recommending a path suited to you using the simplest and the most effective processes by the most reputable providers." - Author Carla King

Thursday December 20th

7:30 pm

Kirtan with Miriabai

$10

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Monday December 10,

7 pm.

Lama Tharchin Rimpoche

LAMA THARCHIN RINPOCHE will give a teaching on “Some Stories From the Life of Dudjom Lingpa”

$20

 

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Tharchin Rinpoche is a Dzogchen (Great Perfection) master of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is the tenth lineage holder of the Repkong Ngakpas. This is a family lineage of yogis, or householders, and was the largest community of non-monastic practitioners in Tibet.  Rinpoche was trained in His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's monastery, engaged in five years of solitary retreat and then completed the three year retreat with three others under Dudjom Rinpoche.

In addition to Dudjom Rinpoche, his main teachers have been Chatral Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Dorje Rinpoche, and Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.  Rinpoche left Tibet by foot with his family in 1959.   He lived in Orissa, India and Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to America in 1984 for health reasons.  While in America, Dudjom Rinpoche asked Lama Tharchin Rinpoche to turn the third wheel of Dharma, the teachings of Vajrayana Buddhism.

As a householder with two sons, Rinpoche has a wonderfully kind and wise approach to working with Western students.  His gentleness and jewel-like qualities embody a living expression of the wisdom and compassion of the Buddhadharma. He is so rare and precious, not only because of his great realization, but also for his vast knowledge of Tibetan ritual arts, music, and dance, as well as the philosophical basis of the Vajrayana teachings.

Tuesday September 25,

7 pm.

A Celebration of Geoffrey Gordon

$20-40, All greater Donations will be deeply appreciated.

An Ecstatic Musical Event with a Calvacade of Stars

All Donations will be given to his Family

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Friday December 7,

7:30 pm.

Book Event: High Magic with Arisa Victor

Arisa Victor
Metaphysician of Many Lifetimes
and Tarot Reader at the Open Secret
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Invites you to her Book Release Party for
High Magic: How to Turn Your Lead into Gold

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         This book is a concise and deeply-felt distillation of 45 years of daily immersion in our western world’s Ageless Wisdom, which is sometimes called the Yoga of the West. As a priestess of Isis and a devoted student of Paul Foster Case and Jason Lotterhand, Arisa has given a feminine voice to instructions on the transformative power of metaphysics. Proper use of these remarkable teachings can transmute fear into love, ignorance into enlightenment and ego identity into Self-realization. In this time great change, awakening is a distinct possibility for everyone on Earth. Anyone can use the many helpful How-To suggestions.


GrannyRainbow (((((?
Granny Rainbow is Arisa Victor,
author of High School Astrology, and
High Magic: Turn Your Lead to Gold;
editor of The Spoken Cabala;
Taroteer/Astrologer/Alchemist
and Metaphysician of Many Lifetimes
415-259-1695 grannyrainbow.com

Kirtan with Jim Gelcer featuring Ben Leinbach and

special guests The Kirtaniyas


Friday February 8, 8pm
$15 adv / $20 door

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Jim Gelcer is an accomplished singer, drummer, keyboard player,
composer, and producer. Originally from Cape Town, and based in
Toronto, He is at home in a wide range of genres, including jazz, r&b,
rock, pop, classical, and world music. One of the few Canadian artists
invited to perform at Bhakti Fest, his debut recording "Bhagavan" was
declared one of the year''s best by Full Lotus Kirtan Show and In The
Spirit. Yoga Chicago magazine called him "the perfect bhakti singer".
His kirtan style has been called "welcoming, inviting, and
contagious", and mashes up traditional Sanskrit chants with r&b, jazz,
and rock.

www.jimgelcerkirtan.com

Ben Leinbach is an award-winning producer, composer, engineer, and
multi-instrumentalist. In the studio and on the stage he has worked
with scores of illustrious artists in a myriad of genres. He has
produced recordings with Jai Uttal, Deva Premal and Miten, Snatam
Kaur, Shiva Rea, Donna De Lory, David Newman, Jaya Lakshmi, Prajna
Vieira and many others. He co-produced and co-composed several tracks
on Jai Uttal's Grammy-nominated album Mondo Rama.

www.benleinbach.com

"The Kirtaniyas are in the new wave of younger Kirtan artists bringing
the divine practice of Bhakti from the ancient to the modern world.
With fierce drumming and passionate singing they light up everyone
around them and spread the deep joy of God’s names. An evening with
the Kirtaniyas will never be forgotten!" - Jai Uttal

www.kirtaniyas.com

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Tuesday January 8,

7 pm.

Make your dreams come true

Dr. Catherine Athans

Angels Island Press

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Dr. Catherine Athans reminds us that Love is the most powerful force in the Universe!

ó John Gray Ph.D., author, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
The Heart Brain:

Scientific research teaches
us that negative emotionssuch as anger, anxietyand worry significantlyincrease the risk of serious
disease. You can changeyour life, bring peaceto your mind, health toyour body, develop moresatisfying relationshipswith others and create a
deep sense of meaning. How? Ö by learning about

your Heart Brain system and practicing the simple

exercises that are included in this book.

Just Imagine: Activating your
imagination will lead you to
an enhanced passion for life.
You begin to live in possibilities
rather than restrictions.
Your view of yourself
and your world begins to be
vibrant with color and depth.
You are invited to explore

with great delight the beautiful, light being that you

areófull of love and wonder. Joy is waiting for you.

Make Your Dreams Come True
Now! is offered to support youon your journey to discover whoyou are, to reflect and reinforce
the wondrous beauty youpossess and the magnificencewithin. Get back on the path
to love and re-establish hope
for your life. Gain the life that
Godóthe Sourceó meant for
you to have.

COMPACT DISK
with Guided Meditations

Truth or Consequences:

Friday January 18, 2013

7:30 pm

Book Event:


THE LAST FRONTIER with Julia Assante

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Is there an afterlife? Will I be alone after I die? Will I feel peace or pain? In this inspiring evening, professional intuitive and medium Julia Assante PhD will explore topics like near-death experiences, after-death communication, ghosts, telepathy, reincarnation, the death process, and what happens after we die. She’ll also empower attendees to connect directly with their departed loved ones and discuss how our inborn authenticity naturally rises to the surface when we overcome the fear of death.

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Friday April 12, 2013

8 pm.

SATSANG with SWAMI PREMODAYA:

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DonationFriday, April 12
SATSANG with SWAMI PREMODAYA:  The End of Suffering is Possible for You      7:30pm – By donation
A genuine spiritual master is far more than a teacher or a healer.  One differentiation is they often provide seekers with the ideal method or direction that will work best for each of them as individuals—whether the goal is lasting happiness, permanent inner peace or true self-realization.  Master Premodaya’s divine powers have been proven again and again; he brings about rapid, undeniable transformations in people.  He has moved families from poverty to wealth, changed skeptics and cynics into mystics and spiritual seers, and guided person after person directly to the Ultimate. Premodaya.com

 

SWAMI PREMODAYA – BIOGRAPHY
Born in a prison camp, Swami Premodaya has overcome a range of adversities, privations and hardships, well beyond what most people will ever face.  He not only survived and thrived, he emerged a genuine spiritual master—and one of rare practical wisdom and life experience, coupled with deep devotion to the Divine.  His God-centered, egoless state allows him to see directly into people—their past, present and future.  From that clear seeing, he implements his mission of providing profound and effective guidance to any seeker, often working directly with the person’s inner core.  Previous to establishing a spiritual center in California in 2003, he was a successful professional therapist (formerly Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at prestigious Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, and previous to that, Western USA Regional Clinical Director, overseeing therapy programs at 13 hospitals in 6 different states).
Premodaya.com

Friday March 15,

7:30 pm.

$20 Friday Only

16,17,

Saturday and Sunday March 16, and 17,

 

Understanding Our Moment in History
An Archetypal Perspective with Rick Tarnas

Register at Wisdom Universary

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AT OPEN SECRET BOOKSTORE:
Friday eve: Tarnas Introductory session - 7:00–9:00 pm
Saturday: Morning lecture: 9:30–12:30 pm
Lunch Break 12:30–2:00 (Vegetarian lunch, and great chai!) is available on location at the Bookstore

Afternoon lecture: 2:00–5:00 pm

Optional evening with Radiance Kirtan Band, 7:30–9:30

(Vegetarian Dinner and Kirtan available at special advance ticket price of $20. Call 415-686-3442)

Sunday: Morning lecture - 10:00–1:00 pm
Lunch Break - 1:00–2:00 (there are many local restaurants & cafes within a few blocks)

Afternoon lecture - 2:00–5:00 pm

Our time is pervaded by a great paradox. On the one hand, we see signs of an unprecedented level of engaged global awareness, moral sensitivity to the human and non-human community, psychological self-awareness, and spiritually informed philosophical pluralism. On the other hand, we confront the most critical, and in some respects catastrophic, state of the Earth in human history. Both these conditions have emerged directly from the modern age, whose light and shadow consequences now affect every part of the planet.

We seem to be living at the end of an era. The past and the future are converging in our time with extraordinary force. Old structures are cracking, the moment of creative chaos is upon us, and the drama of our age has become a great question: What new principles, what new structures—social, political, economic, ecological, psychological, spiritual—will emerge to shape our future? So much is at stake. We are facing a threshold of fundamental collective transformation that bears a striking resemblance to what takes place on the individual level in initiatory rites of passage, in near-death experiences, in spiritual crises, and in critical stages of what Jung called the individuation process. Can we find a place of equilibrium, an eye in the storm, from which we can engage this time of intense polarization and radical change? And in such an era of transition, what is the role of “heroic” communities like that of Wisdom University, or of the Bioneers or Damanhur, Schumacher College or CIIS, Esalen or Findhorn, Jungian associations and astrological societies—which carry principles and perspectives that run counter to the mainstream modern world view?

There are few frames of reference more helpful in illuminating the timing of individual and collective archetypal dynamics than an archetypally informed knowledge of the ongoing planetary movements. Perhaps more than any other form of analysis, archetypal astrology can illuminate synchronistic waves of events and trends occurring throughout the world at a given time, while also revealing larger historical patterns that unfold cyclically through the centuries.  We will examine the current planetary alignments to help identify the major dynamics at work in the cultural zeitgeist for our complex and precarious moment in history.

To help us navigate this threshold of transformation, we need multiple perspectives and sources of insight. Join Richard Tarnas this weekend as he draws on depth psychology and archetypal astrology, philosophy, religion, and cultural history as we seek together a larger context for both understanding and action.
Required Reading

Wisdom Bookstore

Richard Tarnas, Cosmos and Psyche: Intimations of a New World View (Viking Penguin, 2006)
Recommended Reading

Richard Tarnas, Archetypal Cosmology: Past and Present
(click link to download PDF)

Richard Tarnas, World Transits 2000-2020: A Brief Overview
(click link to download PDF)

Archai Journal of Archetypal Cosmology

Keiron Le Grice, The Archetypal Cosmos (Floris Books, 2011)

January 2014

February 2014 Events

March 2014

April Events

June Events

 

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TreeSpirit Project founder, photographer and environmental activist Jack Gescheidt shares new photographs, video, upcoming Bay Area and California events you can participate in, stories of his adventures, and more. Followed by Q&A.

For more than a decade, Jack Gescheidt has been making “TreeSpirit” photographs depicting our interdependence with the natural world, specifically with trees.

SEE recent artwork, including the Strawberry Rock adventure in Humboldt County, CA, (“In The Land of The Ancients” photograph below) and images made among the giant sequoias of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

LEARN ABOUT the upcoming July 6th Mt. Sutro Forest photo event in San Francisco to save 25,000 trees from UCSF clear cut, and how your involvement can make a difference.

Come see the “TreeSpirit” images as you’ve never seen them before, meet Jack, and join a community of fellow tree and nature lovers, photography and art admirers, and environmental activists for an engaging evening.

More info: http://www.TreeSpiritProject.com/OpenSecret

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Tuesday June 18,

7:00 pm.

Explore The Yoga of Radiant Presence with Peter Brown


1st & 3rd Tuesday every month, 7:30t0 9pm- $10 donation

Your experience, your reality, is actually not what you may think it is. Perhaps you're used to feeling that you are a body that contains "you", inhabiting a vast material universe that objectively exists and is outside of you, on which your body depends, and which contains various elements and situations that may be beneficial, irrelevant, or threatening in various ways.

This is actually not the case. In actuality you are an infinite, miraculous, subtle energy field that contains all of reality, and is dependent on nothing whatever. This astounding condition, which is indicated by Dzogchen, Kashmir Shaivism, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra, etc., can be discovered and explored directly, without resorting to traditional jargons, complex ancient spiritual traditions, and great time & effort.

Peter presents this actual condition in straightforward language, inviting you to recognize and deepen your exploration and discovery of this astounding, Divine actuality that you already are, right here and now.

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Saturday July 6th

8 pm.

$20

Friday July 26,

8 pm.

An evening of music with

Spirit Moves

$15 door-$20 sliding scale

David Lieberstein, keyboards and flute
Jai Josefs, acoustic guitar
Susan Shloss, violin
Michael Diamond, electric guitar and synthesizer

 

SpiritMoves is an improvisational ensemble that creates music in the moment.
Enticing you into a sound journey that elicits powerful images and experiences of the heart, the group draws on elements of new age, ambient, jazz, world music, and more...

 

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Friday September 6,

7 pm.

. Healing at the Edge With Dale Borglum $10

There is a direct path to wholeness. Exploring motivation, invocation, compassion, empowerment and finally healing, together we will uncover that in each of us which has resisted healing and then rest in Presence

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Saturday August 3,

8 pm.

Polishing the Mirror, How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart by Ram Dass with Rameshwar Das,

Hosted by Janaki Sandy Gaal

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Janaki Sandy Gaal, who has been involved with this book from it's inception, will introduce the book from her unique vantage point.

Please join us for a talk celebrating and introducing Ram Dass' new book.

Newly published books will be available for purchase.

RAM DASS

Internationally known and much-loved spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, has been guiding us in seeing and living life as a spiritual journey for more than four decades. Ram Dass' book, Be Here Now, became the "folk Bible" of the Sixties. Now at the age of 82
and having survived a massive stroke, Ram Dass manifests what it is like to live in the consciousness of love and awareness.
And in this new book, he gives guidelines on how to get there.

Polishing the Mirror, How to Live From Your Spiritual Heart encompasses the essence of Ram Dass' teachings, both classic and current, opening us to our deeper selves.

 

Janaki is a fellow being with a Bhakti (Devotional) heart who has known Ram Dass for 43 years. She has spent the last several years collaborating with Ram Dass and Ramesh on Polishing the Mirror. She is excited about this book and looks forward to sharing it with you

 

Monday August 20

7 pm.

~Fanna-Fi-Allah - Qawwali Party ~
http://www.fanna-fi-allah.com/

15 advance August 10,

$20 After

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Qawwali is the most explosive Sufi devotion music of the Indian Subcontinent. It is of no surprise that of all world genres it is Qawwali that has gained an increasing amount of international appeal.
Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FVWUpSJhdI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1
One Sheet: http://sojamusicproductions.com/fanna-fi-allah-one-sheet-2
The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Ensemble is the leading representation of this music worldwide. Through their consistent high profile appearances in both Pakistan & abroad they have captured the hearts of thousands.
The intensity of their stage performance with its smooth melodic overtures, fierce leaps of vocal passion ridding on heavy rhythmic grooves & rich vocal choruses have captivated audiences in Pakistan, India, North Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia, the USA and beyond.
After another winter of Qawwali events abroad at such prominent places as the Great Pyramids of Egypt, Urs Pak Pattan ( Pakistan’s largest Qawwali event ), New Delhi ( India ) & Australia; the members of Fanna-Fi-Allah reunite in California for their 13th annual American summer tour.
Coming from the initiated lineage of iconic Qawwali great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, this ensemble continues onward towards promoting Pakistan’s great Sufi tradition in the west.
Live at the Great American Music Hall – San Francisco:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lS45baL3Ng&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

Web site: www.fanna-fi-allah.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fanna-Fi-Allah-Sufi-Qawwali/259289607421389?fref=ts
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal CD/Digital Music Publications: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/fannafiallah

Music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FVWUpSJhdI&feature=youtu.be&hd=1

Track streaming : Here are two links to listening to music free: https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/naubat-nagare-qawwali-dhammal
https://soundcloud.com/tahir-qawwal/ya-mustafa-nur-ul-khuda

 

Saturday August 24,

8pm.

BARAKA MOON

$15

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Baraka Moon charts a musical odyssey between two master musicians, Stephen Kent and Sukhawat Ali Khan. The all-original music ignites from the ancient Qawaali Sufi trance songs, Indian classical ragas, Middle Eastern overtones and African percussion, plus the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo. Their CD “Baraka Moon” records the band’s first ecstatic leap into Sufi trance-dance grooves.

Stephen Kent is acknowledged as one of the contemporary world's pioneer virtuosos on the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo. During a twenty-year career with the didgeridoo, Stephen has developed an approach that is unmistakably his own, exploring a remarkable range of musical genres. He has twenty critically acclaimed CD’s, including five solo releases to his credit.

Sukhawat Ali Khan's energetic music signature springs from ancient traditions. Sukhawat is the 12th generation of an unbroken lineage of master Pakistani and Indian vocalists. He can blend classical North Indian and Pakistani music into spellbinding cross-cultural ragas. Sukhawat’s thrilling voice comes straight from the heart, and he can wail on the harmonium like a blues harp.

Peter Warren and Anastasi Mavrides have recently joined Baraka Moon's orbit, bringing their distinctive melodic and funky dance elements to the mix. Peter is a world music drummer who has performed with musicians from West Africa, India, and Pakistan for over 20 years. Guitarist, Anastasi is a musician and producer of many styles and realms of music. He performs in several Bay Area world music ensembles and has toured with the Beach Boys.

Friday October 25

8 pm.

Odissi Vilas

Vishnu Tattva Das

Jay Jagadambe Praises to the Mother

An evening of Classical Indian Dance

$18 Advance, $25 Door

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This evening program is dedicated to Mother Durga and it is a prayer to ask her blessings of protection, guidance and purification.
And it is dedicated in the memory of Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi : whose voice and music was the inspiration and soul for many dancers.

The origins of Odissi dance can be traced back to the 2nd century B.C.; this dance is a spiritual expression of several religious movements in the history of Orissa, including Buddhism, Tantrism, Saivism and Vaishnavism. Odissi was an intrinsic part of the temple worship;it was a form of bodily worship through which the Bhakti of the devotees could be expressed to the deities.

Odissi Vilas continues strives to continue this tradition, embodying the eternal union of Radha and Krishna, which is central to Odissi Dance.

Odissi Vilas is based in Marin County with classes held throughout the Bay Area. Our director and Guru is Sri Vishnu Tattva Das.

For more info: www.odissivilas.org

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Friday April 18

6-8 pm.

Indigenous Healing Arts
Workshop Series
at Open Secret

With Carey McCarthey

Spiritual Growth through
Sacred Creativity
- Ground and Center Energy
- Engage in Your Creativity
- Personal Empowerment
- Open to Love and Compassion
- Identify Patterns and Balance Emotions
- Expand Consciousness and Intuition
- Connect to Your Sprit

Explore Your Life's Purpose with Native American Sacred Laws

Dates:
Free Introduction Indigenous Healing Arts
Friday, April 18th
6-8 pm
Temple Room, Open Secret

Indigenous Healing Arts one day Work Shop
Sunday, April 27th
10am- 5 pm
Fee: $150

Indigenous Healing Arts
Monthly group
Second tues of each month starting
May 13
6-9 pm
Fee: $75

Private Art Therapy sessions also available by appointment
Fee:$125/hr

Saturday December 7, 2013

8 pm.

$20 advance, $30 Door

Kirtan

Jai Uttal And Friends

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Jai Uttal our dear friend , is an American musician and singer-songwriter born in New York City. Often performing with his "Pagan Love Orchestra," Jai's music is influenced by his R&B roots of the 1960s and 70's and by traditional Indian music, which he first became familiar with at age 19.

When he was 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of sarod player Ali Akbar Khan for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he studied yoga under Neem Karoli Baba. He was also deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style.

While some of Jai's music is used in the practice of yoga, it is not all meditative; his 1990's records also used elements of jazz, reggae and rock and often featured powerful horn arrangements by Peter Apfelbaum. In addition to Baul influences (particularly in the lyrical realm), elements of his music are strongly influenced by kirtan, and bhaja

Tuesday December 10,

7 pm.

Book Signing with Master Zhi Gang Sha

$15 advance, $20 Door

Soul Healing Miracles: Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and P ( Soul Healing Miracles )
Contributor(s): Sha, Zhi Gang (Author)

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Biographical Note:
Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha is a soul leader, a world-renowned master healer, and a divine servant. He is the founder of Soul Mind Body Medicine. He was trained as a conventional medical doctor in China and a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine in Canada and China. The founder of the Institute of Soul Healing and Enlightenment(TM) and the Love Peace Harmony Movement(TM), Master Sha is a grandmaster of many ancient disciplines, including tai chi, qigong, kung fu, feng shui, and the "I Ching." Master Sha is also an expert in the most advanced cellular healing science now occurring in China. In the West, he is involved in breakthrough research on the effects of spirit on the human system. Dr. Sha was named Qigong Master of the Year at the Fifth World Congress on Qigong. In 2006, he was honored with the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission Award for his humanitarian efforts.


Millions of people on Mother Earth are suffering from sicknesses in the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies. Millions of people have limited or no access to healthcare. They want solutions.
Millions of people are searching for spiritual secrets, wisdom, knowledge, and practical techniques to transform their physical lives and spiritual lives. The key to physical life includes good health, good relationships, and flourishing finances. The key to soul life is to reach soul enlightenment.
Master Sha's "Soul Healing Miracles" teaches and empowers humanity to create soul healing miracles. Readers will learn sacred wisdom and apply practical techniques. Everyone can create his or her own soul healing miracles.
For the first time, The Source Ling Guang (Soul Light) Calligraphy will be offered in a book. These Source Calligraphies carry matter, energy, and soul of The Source, which can transform the matter, energy, and soul of the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical bodies.
This book also reveals The Source Meditation and Source Mantras which are the absolute sacred way for healing, rejuvenation, prolonging life, and transforming all life.
The message of "Soul Healing Miracles" is:
"I have the power to create soul healing miracles to transform all of my life.
You have the power to create soul healing miracles to transform all of your life.
Together we have the power to create soul healing miracles to transform all life of humanity, Mother Earth, and all universes."

Friday December 21st 2012

Mayan Calendar Day

With MC Yogi

8:00 pm.

$15 Advance $20 Door

 

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For a good time, sit next to the beat-happy, Krishna-crazed love magnet known as MC Yogi as he works his creative magic up in his Northern California studio, Photoshopping all kinds of dazzling personal India travel photos into wild collage art that will serve as backdrop for his “cosmic, electrifying” new shows with one hand, while simultaneously blasting tracks from his latest record, Pilgrimage, with the other.

Do this while Yogi casually spins the hip-hop, zig-zag, indie-flick story of his life to date. Do all this and be charmed, amazed and hooked.

“This record is the soundtrack to my journey to India, circling the sacred mountain Arunachala in the heart of Tamil Nadu, and discovering the intricate root system of yoga,” Yogi says, eyes gleaming, as if casually describing the recipe to a funkified cocktail made of time and incense and God.

“It’s a sonic trip, a journey toward the Self, toward what the yoga masters call the Supreme Soul,” he adds, as chaotic street sounds of India blast through the speakers, mixing with madhouse beats, old-school turntable scratches and oh my Shiva those horns, with Yogi effortlessly rhyming over it all, and all of it so hook-laden and sun-blasted you can’t help bobbing your head and aching to find a dance floor somewhere, preferably one with lots of Nag Champa and chanting.

 

Friday April 25th

8 pm.

Soul Masters

A Film

$5.00

Hosted by Dr. Darren Starwynn

You are invited to Open Secret Bookstore to view a unique and inspiring documentary film. Many people have experienced profound healing experience just from watching this film, as it activates deep soul healing energies.

The "Soul Masters" film is about a healing center in China in which the incurables are cured. Many patients with stage 4 cancer and other fatal conditions who have not been helped by conventional medicine find their way to this residential healing center and recover. They receive a combination of Chinese herbal medicine, bodywork, dance therapy and soul healing methods. You will see it all in this film.

Soul Masters is also about the relationship between two Master healing doctors - Dr. Guo and Sha. This is a rare glimpse into the master-disciple relationship.

The film will be shown at 8 PM, and will be followed by a short practice session so you can experience some of what you saw in the film for yourself. There will be time for questions and answers. Please RSVP early, as space is limited.


Dr. Darren Starwynn is an acupuncturist, certified soul healer, soul communicator, inventor and writer with over 30 years of clinical experience. Darren has led over 500 international seminars and webinars on acupuncture, vibrational medicine and soul healing since 1991, and is the author of the groundbreaking books Microcurrent Electro-Acupuncture and Healing the Root of Pain. Darren is a gifted healer and intuitive reader with a strong interest in helping people heal the emotional roots of pain, disease and financial challenges. He lives in Tiburon, CA.

 

 

SATSANG with Devaji in San Rafael
Text Box:WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 7:30 pm
The Open Secret Bookstore  923 C Street
Text Box: Devaji’s tender loving wisdom offers a unique  look at the  Non Dual Teachings. Emerging from deep silence and recognition of the essential Self, he guides seekers on a heart-opening journey to liberation and divine love.Text Box:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Text Box: Devaji is a rare being who embodies both true love and profound Truth. He has committed his life to guiding those who are wholly committed towards complete freedom. He lives in Mt. Shasta, where he offers almost daily satsangs for the ever-growing sangha that has blossomed around him, as well as weekly public satsangs, intensives and retreats around the country. He will be offering the same at Arunachula from January 16 - February 14, 2014. Devaji is also available for personal sessions via telephone or Skype.  Please see his website, davidwaldman.org, for more details. Follow Devaji on Facebook at “Devaji-Davidwaldman”Text Box: 30 Minute Meditation followed by a Monologue and Q&A Please Arrive Early and Enter in Silence~Teaching in

SATSANG with Devaji in San Rafael
Text Box:WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH 7:30 pm

 

Wednesday May 14,

7:30 pm.

Introduction to Gene Keys

With Richard Rudd

$20 Advance, $25 Door

Join Gene Keys founder Richard Rudd for 2 remarkable days in which we will journey deep into the amazing wisdom of the Gene Keys. In this new and special course, Richard will show us how to use the Gene Keys to gain a rare crystal lucidity in our everyday lives.

Uniting the power of contemplation, illumination and discourse the Gene Keys Epiphany Experience is designed to create the maximum impact possible in your life in a short space of time.

 

At this time of world change, the Gene Keys are a new world
teaching whose purpose is to support and empower a quantum leap in consciousness among humanity. Based on the same universal code asthe I Ching, the central premise of the Gene Keys is that every human being has an innate higher purpose hidden within the coils of our DNA. Using the art of Contemplation, the 64 Gene Keys can be used to unlock the cellular codes inside your body and activate the higher currents of your individual genius.

There are 64 Gene Keys, 
and each manifests in your life at one of 3 levels of frequency:

Example: The 6th GENE KEY
         
      The Siddhi of Peace
      The Gift of Diplomacy
      The Shadow of Conflict

 

THE GENE KEYS 
EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

 

DAY 1 - The Siddhi in the Shadow - closing the gap

In this day we will look into the Shadows that we each carry, reframing them at the highest possible level. You will see how every issue, challenge or difficulty in your life has the capacity to awaken a hidden higher aspect of your consciousness. This new view leads to the epiphany that there is no separation between your ‘worst’ self and your ‘best’ self.

 DAY 2 - The Gift is in the Gift - enlightened action

In this day we allow our realisation to infuse our whole body and catalyse a new cycle in our lives. This cycle is based upon action that arises from a continuous feeling of awe about life. Drawing on our Gifts, we will open the portal to an embodied creative genius that has always lain dormant within us. 

Wednesday May 14,

7:30 pm.

Introduction to Gene Keys

With Richard Rudd

$20 Advance, $25 Door

Join Gene Keys founder Richard Rudd for 2 remarkable days in which we will journey deep into the amazing wisdom of the Gene Keys. In this new and special course, Richard will show us how to use the Gene Keys to gain a rare crystal lucidity in our everyday lives.

Uniting the power of contemplation, illumination and discourse the Gene Keys Epiphany Experience is designed to create the maximum impact possible in your life in a short space of time.

 

At this time of world change, the Gene Keys are a new world
teaching whose purpose is to support and empower a quantum leap in consciousness among humanity. Based on the same universal code asthe I Ching, the central premise of the Gene Keys is that every human being has an innate higher purpose hidden within the coils of our DNA. Using the art of Contemplation, the 64 Gene Keys can be used to unlock the cellular codes inside your body and activate the higher currents of your individual genius.

There are 64 Gene Keys, 
and each manifests in your life at one of 3 levels of frequency:

Example: The 6th GENE KEY
         
      The Siddhi of Peace
      The Gift of Diplomacy
      The Shadow of Conflict

 

THE GENE KEYS 
EPIPHANY EXPERIENCE

 

DAY 1 - The Siddhi in the Shadow - closing the gap

In this day we will look into the Shadows that we each carry, reframing them at the highest possible level. You will see how every issue, challenge or difficulty in your life has the capacity to awaken a hidden higher aspect of your consciousness. This new view leads to the epiphany that there is no separation between your ‘worst’ self and your ‘best’ self.

 DAY 2 - The Gift is in the Gift - enlightened action

In this day we allow our realisation to infuse our whole body and catalyse a new cycle in our lives. This cycle is based upon action that arises from a continuous feeling of awe about life. Drawing on our Gifts, we will open the portal to an embodied creative genius that has always lain dormant within us. 

Last Friday of the Month

7:30 pm.

Awake Relating

Nicola Amadora

$15

   The extraordinary and humble territory of love beckons us           
home to uncover the gold in the depth of an open heart. Love  
 shakes us awake and alive; ushering us into the sacred and our   
 bodies. Shadows of the night urge to be met, treasures of the mystery unveil before our eyes the deeper we enter into the river. This path reveals what it takes to fully live and love in our daily affairs and relationships, with all of our human vulnerability.           
And its fire evokes greatness of soul to make a difference in the
world, amidst the horror and beauty we encounter on the way.
Come, drink from the red wine….
                     …and be inspired by the greatest calling of our time.

This is a series of five evenings. Each session will include talk, experience
and practice. Wherever you are on the path a gift awaits you here. You are
welcomed to join for any evening. For those who wish to delve deeper,
the teachings will built upon each session:                                                               

                                       28th Feb. 7pm Real Love and you 
                                  28th March 7pm Relating with skill and heart
                                  25th April 7pm  Following the pulse of life
                                  30th May 7pm  Challenges and Initiations         
                                  27th June: 7pm Making a difference in the world

Nicola Amadora PhD. works internationally as a psychologist, spiritual teacher, leadership & relationship trainer. She teaches with depth, humor and passion
from the river of life. “Kissed by Fire” a book to inspire real love for people, the earth
and you is forthcoming in 2014. For further information please visit:

 

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