#4560 - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - Editor: Jerry Katz
- #4560 - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - Editor: Jerry KatzThe Nonduality Highlights - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NDhighlights
Lydia Davis, Ellen Emmet, and Canela Michelle are featured.
Awareness is like a thread that passes through the eye of the needle to embroider in dimensions of existence on the fabric of nothingness. -Anonymous (?)
Lydia Davis teaches graphic design at a college near where she lives and is a regular Highlights reader.
Interview with Ellen Emmet
The Yoga of Nonduality
Our true nature is unchanging Awareness. It is the source and the substance of all things. It welcomes all experiences. Its reality is our shared reality, without limits and universal. However, many of us believe that Awareness is limited and personal. We feel ourselves to be located inside a limited physical body. This deep sense of separation is at the core of all psychological suffering.
Once we realize and abide in our true nature, the body, the mind and the world become our instruments to express and celebrate our innate understanding, our loving nature and our deep sensitivity to beauty. Nonetheless, on the way, many of us are called to embark upon a deep exploration of our most intimate and direct experience
Nonduality Magazine: Please join us as I have a chat with Ellen Emmet about Non-Dual Therapy, Authentic Movement and The Essence of Yoga.
I see you were invited to speak at the SAND 2012 Conference in Europe. http://www.scienceandnonduality.com/europe/ Congrats! Tell us about that please. What will you be speaking about or presenting etc.?
Thank you! Ill be offering a workshop on the body and non-duality. It will include guided meditation, experiential explorations of the body (yoga) and conversations. I hope these meetings will address this:
That to become fully established in the non-dual understanding we must take a close look at our experience at the level of feeling, sensing and perceiving.
The belief in separation lives in unfounded conceptual interpretations of our experience; thats the level of thinking.
But it also and especially hides in less visible and irrational layers of feeling in the body. Some are simple intimate sensations that create the sense of being located inside the body. Others are more complex or subtler and very effective in giving a pseudo physical and energetic reality to the separate entity.
This level of exploration is often overlooked in the contemporary teaching of Advaita. It seems we are willing to look at our thinking in the light of our true nature but less open to offering our body to that very same light. Yet how can the body-mind be re-orchestrated by this understanding if unseen identifications are still operating at the level of feelings?
Both activities of investigating the mind and the body are sacred and natural. Neither come from a person. They come from the Invisible; they are the beautiful gesturing of Presence back towards Itself.
Nonduality Magazine: You state that Francis Lucille was your teacher from back in 2001. Can you tell us about some of the body awareness sessions and the many friendly encounters with Francis during those few years please? How did you find him initially?
Ellen: Up until my meeting with Francis, I was busy seeking relief from my suffering: The intense anxiety that coursed through my body or the heavy cloud of depression that enfolded me in a dark cocoon, expressed themselves through interconnected patterns of thinking, feeling and reacting. They were all I seemed to know or access of myself and they were not acceptable! So most of the time, I seemed to be caught in a repetitive cycle of avoiding, resisting and seeking.
Yet at the same time I can now see that there was a deeper more impersonal quest at work: a sacred quest. This one was motivated by the deep intuition of the Truth, which reached my mind and body in little glimpses here and there: in a meeting with a special friend, through the writings of enlightened beings, through dreams, in the dance
Eventually this invisible thrust brought me to Francis Lucille. It was a sacred meeting. Through it the light of Presence shined bright and pure. During many years I was moved to spend as much time as I could with Francis, eventually moving to Temecula where he lives. In this company my body and mind seemed to become highly receptive to the highest transmission of non-dual understanding.
Living near him and other friends, cooking, joking, meditating, doing yoga, simply hanging out, returned me to the truth over and over. The transmission was direct and pointed to a permanent establishment in Peace, Happiness and Love.
During the body awareness sessions we were persistently, patiently and repeatedly pointed back to our true nature at the level of feeling and sensation.
The feeling of being a separate limited being was met at that level. It was investigated openly, fearlessly and seen clearly for what it was.
Up until then, the realm of the body had remained impenetrable, irrational, layered by half visible feelings and scary like the dark forest in which the children get lost in fairy tales. But now we were being guided into the darkness with a torch and gentle encouragement. We could discover in our own time that the big, looming shadows were not ogres but trees, and the witch in the hut was just a little old lady. Soon we could see the whole forest in the light of day and the world and the horizon beyond stretching infinitely in all directions. Eventually the body was known as unfolding sensation reabsorbed in its very substance: infinite, open Awareness.
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Canela MichelleWriting, Satsang schedule, NewsletterHello EveryOne,This weeks invitation is to look at, and Be With what honesty is to you.Honesty is such a relative commodity, changing vastly depending on who it is that is looking at what is honest and how one defines honesty. Often, people do not even realize that they have a definition of honesty and mostly assume that honesty is a common truth.The only honesty that is a common truth is the honesty that arises in the moment, from yourself to yourself. Depending totally on the depth of connection with yourself, the honesty will be a reflection of that. That is why honesty often changes over time - as one continues to evolve, one moment slipping into the next, deepening in this experiencing of life happening, how honesty appears to be will change accordingly.It can be so freeing to remember that no one else can share the same definition of honesty as yourself. Just as you are flowing along, getting to know yourself and your world increasingly, so is everyone else. If and when you feel shysted by another because they dont appear honest to you, remember that honesty is relative and will mean something different to another.What you can be sure of is this honesty with yourself when you look for it in the moment so key: in the moment it does not stretch beyond that as it may shift to something new in only another moment who knows?! All one can look for is what is true for themself in a moment and respond from That as one does.In actuality then, the definition (any idea of that) is let go of when one looks in honesty with themselves for what is true in a moment this truth will be made up of what appears in the moments of looking, not any definition beyond the moment. When you give yourself the freedom to let go of any definition (as they are revealed to you, or as you find them) of honesty, you instantly also release any wanting of another to be more honest or to conform to an idea of honesty (according to you) and instead be with what is actually true.Come along and Be With us in Satsang with Canela where the space supports finding out what is true for you in each and every moment.If you find this email supportive, please share it via email, or go to the Right Here, Right Now Blog to share via facebook and twitter at: http://canelamichelle.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/relative-honesty/(I would love your support to share this with others ~ thank you!)Satsang Meditation with CanelaNorth Vancouver, BCEvening Satsang MeditationMonday April 16th 2012 **Please note the date change! Thanks7pm - 9pm#31-150 East Queens RoadNorth Vancouver, BC V7N 1G6Financial commitment: $15Please RSVP/info: Nancy at: 604-985-3299White Rock, BCEvening Satsang MeditationFriday April 20th 20127:30pm 9:30pm981 161A St, South Surrey, BC, V4A 8R4(you must enter from 9th Ave & Stayte St.)Financial Commitment: $15Please RSVP/info: Bill or Tina at: 604-531-0359Calgary, AlbertaEvening Satsang Meditation & Daytime IntensiveWeds. June 13th 7pm-9pm& Sun. June 16th 12pm-5pmIndividual Sessions Available June 17th.Weds. Evening Satsang: $15Sunday Daytime Intensive: $60Attend both events: $65Please RSVP for address & Info.Contact: Eric Mortimer eric@...Lethbridge, AlbertaParadoxia Nondual ConferenceJune 14th & 15th, 20128:30am 5:30pm Each DayUniversity of Lethbridge,4401 University Dr W Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4To Register or for info: www.paradoxia.caSatsang with Canela Michelle & Gary NixonJune 16th, 201210am 5pmFinancial Commitment: $75RSVP & info: Gary Nixon @ Gary.nixon@...Toronto, Ontario AreaWeek Long Retreat atThe GatheringJuly 27th August 2nd, 2012Register & info. here: http://zoxon.com/ref/10770Prague, Czech RepublicWeekend Non-Residential RetreatSept. 21st 23rd, 2012Individual Sessions Available Sept. 24th.Fri. Sept. 21st, 7-9pm, 250 CZKSat. Sept. 22nd & Sunday Sept. 23rd, 10am-5pm,1200 CZK per day
Or a package price for the whole weekend - 2400 CZK
Register & info. contact: Joshi at josef.sila@...London, EnglandWeekend Non-Residential RetreatSept. 28th 30th, 2012Individual Sessions Available Oct. 1st.Fri. Sept. 28th, 7-9pm Non-Dual Talk £10 (at the Pub)Sat. Sept 29th & Sun. Sept. 30th, 12am-5pm£40 per dayStillPoint Centre for Well Being,18 Devonshire Row, LondonRegister & info. contact: Brett Vallance at valance.brett@...Newsletter1. Awakening Webcast Weekly Series, in support of The Gathering first webcast featuring this Canela Michelle! April 15th, 11am PST/2pm EST / 7pm GMT. Sign up here: http://zoxon.com/ref/10770/awakening-webcast-weekly-series.html (See also in this newsletter #7 below for more new info on The Gathering)2. ReiKi Level One Anyone? Someone is ready to take ReiKi Level One with this Canela starting on Thurs. April 19th 2012 would you like to join us? ReiKi Level One is taught in four classes, three hours each, approximately one week apart. Dates and times negotiable by participants. Check out the website for details and/or reply to this email with your questions. www.canelamichelle.com3. You might notice in the listing of Satsang events above, the addition of Calgary, Alberta in June. Eric Mortimer, who attended one of the Satsang events when this Canela was in Calgary last year, will be organizing and hosting that event. Thank you Eric! See the event posted here: http://goo.gl/kbeYD4. Ask any questions and receive support freely through email ~ canelamichelle@... Soon there will be a Questions & Answers page on the website.5. Canela Michelle is one of the keynote speakers at 11am on June 15th at the Paradoxia Nondual Conference as well as Co-facilitating Satsang with Gary Nixon on June 16th from 10am-5pm. For more information and to register for the Conference go to: www.paradoxia.ca To register for the Satsang event, contact Gary Nixon @ Gary.nixon@...6. Satsang with Canela will be in London, England again this coming September as well as in Prague, Czech Republic. If you know people who live in these areas, please do let them know of these events. Or if you live in Europe and would like to host Satsang with Canela since she will be over there anyways, let her know. Distances seem short in Europe when one lives and is accustomed to Canada J7. The Gathering July 27th August 7th, 2012 is now offering daily ticket sales making this event affordable for every pocket!! Check it out and register here: http://zoxon.com/ref/10770 and then click on Ticket Sales on the menu just under the banner.8. Welcome to all of the new subscribers to this list! You are welcome to ask any questions, or share responses, that might rise in response to these Satsang Invitations. Just click on reply and ask/share.With Love to you all .exactly as you are, no more, no less than That. (keeping this as it is in each Satsang Invitation as it remains so true)Canela MichelleCanela Michelle is available to offer Satsang Meditation in your area - contact us through responding to this email or through: www.canelamichelle.com to find out how easy that is.