- February 24, 2017
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
This event is part of the Nondual Wisdom and Psychology Conference.
What is abiding awakening and how does it become the "new normal"? Awakening at its heart is about the relief of suffering. Its root has to do with a shift from a thought-based sense of self to an open-hearted, awareness-based ground of Being. When our thought-based sense of self, the "mini-me," reaches its limits and bottoms out, many people become anxious or depressed, while others have a breakdown or a breakthrough.
On one side of our human conditioning, we all have our primary narcissism with its wounds and rage-creating pressure to become "someone." On the other side the shame-based sense of unworthiness leads us to feel like a negative "no-one." These two pulls are stronger than our small sense of self. However, it is not enough to spiritually bypass these conditions by setting up camp in pure awareness, intellectual understanding, or stopping at "no-self" as a transcendent relief.
We can discover and learn to live from the new operating system of open-hearted awareness which can bear and liberate the previously unbearable emotions, traumas, and life events. This workshop demonstrates ways of shifting into our already awake nature through small glimpses. Explore the practical tools and supports for your own and your clients awakening, liberating, and abiding.
Loch Kelly, M.Div., LCSW is the author of Shift into Freedom: The Science and Practice of Open-Hearted Awareness, which was named "Top 10 Best Books of the Year" by Spirituality & Health Magazine. He is an educator, psychotherapist and nondual teacher affiliated with Adyashanti. Loch has worked in community mental health, addiction recovery and counseled family members of 9/11. He is the founder of the non-profit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute. Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, UPenn and NYU to study how awareness training enhances compassion and wellbeing. More information is avaialable on his website.
6 BBS/RN CEs available (MFT, LCSW, RN)