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Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference 2013

March  14 - 17, 2013
10:00 am - 6:00 pm


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Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference 2013

Spiritual Bypassing, True Intimacy and the Challenge of Being Fully Human

About the Conference

Nonduality derives from the Sanskrit word Advaita, which means "not-two," referring to the fundamental consciousness that underlies the apparent distinction between perceiver and perceived. From the nondual perspective, the split between self and other is a purely mental construct. This understanding, rooted in the direct experience of countless sages through millennia, is at the heart of Hindu Vedanta, Judaism, Islam, and many schools of Buddhism, Taoism, and mystical Christianity. Nonduality points to "That" which is before and beyond the projections of a seperative, self-reflexive mind. As nondual awareness emerges in the West in both therapists and clients, the practical and theoretical implications for psychotherapy are far-reaching.

This annual cutting edge conference hosts leading therapists and teachers who are exploring the confluence of nondual wisdom and psychotherapy. How does psychotherapy change when therapists and clients awaken to and embody their true nature as open, lucid awareness that is essentially not separate from the whole of life? This year's conference focuses on spiritual bypassing, true intimacy and the challenge of being fully human. We will explore together how to determine when the mind is using spirituality as a means of avoidance, and how to invite and embody true intimacy inclusive of our humanity.

History of the Conference

The first Conference on Nondual Wisdom and Psychotherapy was held in 1998 at the Mt. Madonna Center in Watsonville, California, and was hosted by The Center For Timeless Wisdom, a non-profit organization established by Peter Fenner, Ph.D. Subsequent conferences have been held annually since 2000 in the San Francisco Bay Area including ones hosted by the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, and California Institute of Integral Studies.

Who can Attend?

Anyone is welcome to attend. While the conference presentations are geared towards the theory and practice of psychotherapy and are available to be taken for continuing education units, they are accessible to the interested public. Many graduate students and psychology interns attend along with licensed psychotherapists. Clergy, bodyworkers, and students of nondual teachings will also find the presentations of special interest.

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The Altar of Presence: Investigating and Revealing our True Body
Ellen Emmet

Ellen Emmet In non-dual therapy, our open and allowing presence, free of any agenda, points to the inherently open and welcoming presence that is our true and shared nature. Within this space, the conditioned beliefs and feelings of being a separate consciousness are invited to surface and be seen gently in their own time. It is in this enlightened seeing that true healing takes place and that the body and mind naturally realign themselves with our essential nature.Details and Register...


The Altar of Presence: Investigating and Revealing our True Body
Ellen Emmet

Jeannie Zandi Few issues can be brought to psychotherapy that better straddle the worlds of spiritual teachings and psychology than the dark night of the soul. This experience heralds the breakdown of the mythology of "me" and thus initiates an intense, comprehensive and life-changing spiritual crisis like no other. Given that therapy is the most common place people reach for help in darkness, it is vital that psychotherapists have information about this unique passage in order to treat, refer or offer resources to those who experience this phenomenon. It is critical for our world for us to see and support the emergence of beings living from tender-hearted nobody-ness, the living of life from a selfless and heart-based ground. Details and Register...


Spiritual Autonomy


True spiritual autonomy arises when we have broken free of all the old structures, all psychological dependencies, and all fear. In order to discover this autonomy, we must be free of all external control or influence. This means that we must free our mind from all that it has collected, all that it clings to, and all that it depends on. Only then can that which is truly unique and fearless arise within us and begin to express itself. The culmination of spirituality lies not only in discovering our inherent unity and freedom, but also in opening the way for life to express itself through us in a unique and creative way. Registration Page >>

Adyashanti, author of Falling into Grace, True Meditation, and The End of Your World, is an American-born spiritual teacher devoted to serving the awakening of all beings. His teachings are an open invitation to stop, inquire, and recognize what is true and liberating at the core of all existence. Asked to teach in 1996 by his Zen teacher of 14 years, Adyashanti offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. "The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view, belief system, or doctrine, but is open to all and found within all." Based in California, Adyashanti lives with his wife, Mukti, Associate Teacher of Open Gate Sangha. He teaches throughout North America and Europe, offering satsangs, weekend intensives, silent retreats, and a live internet radio broadcast. "Adyashanti" means primordial peace.

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