Closing a chapter of my life, 17+ years with Adyashanti and Open Gate Sangha, I wanted to leave you with some learnings, memories, and future possibilities. If you'd like to drop me a line, or keep up to date with my adventures in consciousness, creativity, and community, click the Be In Touch button at the bottom. I would love to hear from you.
LEARNINGS FROM BEHIND THE SCENES
Channels of Sacred Communication -- Video 17 min.This is a TED-length talk I gave at the 2016 Science and Nonduality Conference where I shared some of the things I learned working at Open Gate Sangha. Addressed to teachers, healers, therapists, and entrepreneurs, this presentation offers unique overview of how community grows around a core value of awakened awareness.
ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOMENTS
Holiday Rap on Retreat with Adyashanti -- Video 7 min.This is a bootleg recording of a rap from 2009 by "The Premanator." Technically I was breaking the "no photography" retreat rule, but I'm really glad to have this video. The visual quality is beyond lacking, but the spirit of the moment comes through. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to grow and share my gifts within the deep and clear "Channel of Sacred Communication" co-created by Adyashanti and Open Gate Sangha.
UPCOMING ADVENTURES IN COMMUNITY & CONSCIOUNESS
Center for Nondual Awareness ~ PresidentThe Center for Nondual Awareness is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the flowering and flourishing of nondual awareness and unconditional love. We support those who are called to serve the whole with sincerity, integrity, and uncommon depth. Our membership includes nondual teachers, healers, artists, entrepreuners, and Secret Agents of Awareness, working individually and collectively to create a new culture of awakened living. In 2017 I'll be offering a 9-part series to the membership entitled "How to Deepen Your Nondual Offering and Grow Your Community of Consciousness." Please join us!
Open Circle Center ~ Board of DirectorsThis nonprofit organization hosts online and local events with nondual teachers (join us in Berkeley, San Rafael, Sebastopol, Santa Cruz, and soon in Phoenix, AZ). The mission of Open Circle is to support and make accessible a contemporary approach to spiritual practice that is grounded in direct and immediate experience, rather than conceptual belief systems. We do this by connecting people with timeless teachings and awakened teachers as guides, within the framework of supportive community. Open Circle is a pioneer in the world of nondual teachings, with heartfelt service not to one specific teacher, but to all True Teachers of consciousness.
Edmund Hilary Fellowship ~ CheerleaderI haven't been directly involved in this fellowship. Nor have I been involved in the new Global Impact Visa program these amazing people have created in collaboration with the New Zealand government. But I do feel deeply and delightfully connected to this community of entrepreuners, artists, and social activists dedicated to creating a more beautiful world. This community is not outwardly focused on awakening consciousness, but it is teaming with card-carrying Secret Agents of Awareness (cards issued by me, in my mind ;) channeling their creative energies in all directions, which delights me to no end! By the way, if you're a Secret Agent of Awareness, I'd love to hear about you and what you do. Please Be In Touch below!
A COUPLE MORE THINGS
If you're still reading (thanks!), I can't resist sharing about what some of my friends are up to:
A New Map of Human Consciousness Development ~ Hint: Nondual Awakening happens about half-way through.
The Ascent of Humanity ~ After my shift in consciousness and after reading Nisargadatta's massive I AM THAT book, I stopped reading anything of substance for 10 years. With my new perspective on reality, I knew that things written from a limited world view were missing important points. I couldn't tell whether something was true and relevant or potentially misinformed and misleading. So I stopped reading. Then I picked up this book in 2009 and could tell immediately that it was on target. I inched my way cover to cover. It's a dense read but well worth it.
Peace in Schools ~ This is the first for-credit high school course in Mindfulness... but that's not all -- it is designed and delivered with deep and profound nondual understanding. The program is changing lives, and gives me hope for humanity.
OK -- that's all for now!
Love & Blessings,