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Empowered Yoga Teacher Training Winter 2017
200 Hour Certification

Guest Teacher, Yoga Philosophy

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Pacific Ashtanga Yoga Shala
34207 Pacific Coast Highway
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dates of the 200 hour training:
Module One: January 4 – February 5
Module Two: March 1 -April 2

Times:
Wednesday evenings from 5:45 – 10pm
Saturdays from 12 – 5
Sunday from 8am – 6pm

**Times are subject to slight adjustments

Join Jamie Hanson, E-RYT, myself and other guest teachers for this life changing yoga experience. Limited space available. Please visit www.jamiehansonyoga.com/tt for more information.

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One realist and one idealist wrestling with the big questions one mystery at a time.

August Moon Entertainment and rightafterthis.com are currently in development on Reality, a DocuReality series investigating mysterious superphysical phenomena.

Hard-core materialist and professional skeptic Jim Underdown and I, a more-than-material-minded radical revisionist, join forces to cohost the series. Through our contrasting perspectives we explore fascinating topics from out-of-body experiences to exorcisms and psychic abilities. This is a no-holds-barred documentary series combining cutting-edge science with current philosophical and religious discourse; ultimately leaving it up to the viewer to decide where the truth lies. For more information please visit augustmoononline.com.

 

Past Events

sand2016-fullScience and Nonduality: On The Edge of the (Un)Known

 

From the conference website:

Both science and spirituality reflect the human urge to know – that perennial itch to make sense of the world and who we are. This search is an essential part of being human. We live life supported by knowledge. However, the larger our knowledge the larger the shore of the unknown becomes.

We probe reality the best we can with our tools of understanding: structures, models, theories, myths, beliefs, teachings, etc. These tools of understanding also define the limits our knowledge. Is it possible to go beyond the limits of our tools? And what would it take?

This year at SAND we will explore that edge where knowledge meets the unknown and the unknowable. We will navigate that space where something else takes over – call it intuition, deeper knowing, trust, surrender – a place from which new discoveries in science and realizations in spirituality become possible. What is the horizon of our current knowledge, and where are we expanding the edge of the unknown?

What if science and spirituality, while responding to our collective aspiration to grow as a species in a world filled with mystery and wonder, would no longer need to carry the burden of having all the answers? What if our search is considered open-ended, rather then having to arrive at a grand theory of life or at a final state of enlightenment? What if, while we probe deeper into reality and who we are, we realize that the knowledge we gather is just a stepping-stone and not the arrival at a final destination?

From 4 – 7pm on Wednesday October 19th Dr. Lionel Corbett and I will facilitate a pre-conference workshop, Nonduality and Western Psychology: The Religious Function of the Psyche and Pure Consciousness. To view the workshop abstract please click here.

Registration is open. To book your space, please visit scienceandnonduality.com or click here.

 

Empowered Yoga Teacher Training Autumn 2016
200 Hour Certification

Guest Teacher, Yoga Philosophy

pure.love.yoga
415 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA

Dates of the 200 hour training:
Module One: September 9 – October 2
Module Two: October 12 – 26
Module Three: November 2 – 20

Times:
Wednesday and elect Friday evenings from 5:45 – 10pm
Sat/Sun from 8am – 6pm

**Times are subject to slight adjustments

Join Jamie Hanson, E-RYT, myself and other guest teachers for this life changing yoga experience. Limited space available. Please visit www.jamiehansonyoga.com/tt for more information.

EYTT Autumn 2016

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Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology
June 26th – 29, 2016
La Fonda Hotel
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Earth/Psyche: Foregrounding the Earth’s Relations to Psyche

From the conference program:
In his essay “Mind and Earth” in which he theorizes about “mind,” Jung offers a vision of earth that claims that earth must be transcended for consciousness, yet implies in his vision of connected levels and in his premise of “everything” being “alive,” that earth is in a deep way connected to mind. He writes:

[In the psyche] everything is alive, and our upper storey, consciousness, is continually influenced by its living and active foundations. Like the building, it is sustained and supported by them. And just as the building rises freely above the earth, so our consciousness stands as if above the earth in space, with a wide prospect before it. But the deeper we descend into the house the narrower the horizon becomes, and the more we find ourselves in the darkness, till finally we reach the naked bed-rock. . . . Phylogenetically as well as ontogenetically we have grown up out of the dark confines of the earth. . . .” (CW 10 par.55)

This formulation roots mind in earth, but places consciousness, the exciting possession of evolved humans, clearly above it. Still, Jung maintained a commitment to including earth in his understanding of psyche. This commitment appears in his writings on alchemy, the feminine, the psychoid, and most resonantly in his late-life writings about synchronicity. These essays, like the thrust of his work, attempt to persuade others of the existence and functioning of psyche. In that sense, Jung assumes earth in the background of his interpretations.

This conference seeks to explore connections between the creative forces of earth and those of the creative unconscious.

To view the abstract of my presentation “Psychophysical Being and Its Source: A Reconsideration of Jung’s Ontic Reality” please click here.

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An all-day workshop with Lionel Corbett and Leanne Whitney
Saturday March 26th, 2016
10am – 5pm

Philosophical Research Society
Los Angeles, CA

In the nondual traditions, Reality is an undivided unity, and Consciousness is the Totality and ground of Being. Nondual philosophy provides a radically different view of reality than most of us have been led to perceive. Although we feel that we are individual egoic entities, because of our embodiment and our conditioning, nonduality suggests that this is an illusion; we are all manifestations of the same Consciousness. This workshop will describe the basic ideas of nondual spirituality found within traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, Classical Yoga, Taoism, and the teaching of J. Krishnamurti. We will contrast the nondual perspective with the western psychological tradition, focusing especially on Patanjali’s and Jung’s respective approaches to the psyche, especially the notions of the ego, the ego-Self axis, the conscious/unconscious dynamic, and synchronicity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the main difference between Eastern and Western approaches to consciousness
  2. Identify the areas where Western psychology meets its limits from the point of view of nondual ideas
  3. Explore the possible meeting ground between these traditions

Open to everyone.

To view the days schedule and register please click here.

Empowered Yoga Teacher Training 2016
200 Hour Certificationempowered-yoga-teacher-training-ply1

Guest Teacher, Yoga Philosophy

pure.love.yoga
415 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA

Dates of the 200 hour training:
Module One: January 4 – 24
Module Two: February 1 – 21
Module Three: February 29 – March 13

Times:
Monday and elect Friday evenings from 5:45 – 10pm
Sat/Sun from 9am – 6pm

**Times are subject to slight adjustments

Join Jamie Hanson, E-RYT, myself and other guest teachers for this life changing yoga experience. Limited space available. This training is now full. Please visit www.jamiehansonyoga.com/tt for updates on future trainings.

Foundations of Mind II: A Dialogue of World Views Foundations_of_Mind_II_Flyer-20150707
2015 Conference
August 13 – 15
University of California at Berkeley

A unique conference examining the rapidly-changing 21rst century intellectual, social, and religious landscape in these categories:
the science-reliagion dialogue
the foundations of physics, biology, and consciousness studies
the role of activist academics in the university

Plenary speakers include Fritjof Capra, Menas Kafatos and Henry Stapp

To view the abstract of my presentation “Beyond Conception: Ontic Reality, Pure Consciousness and Matter ” please click here.

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Guest Teacher, Yoga Philosophy

pure.love.yoga
415 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, CA

Module One: November 10 – 23, 2014

Module Two: December 1 – 14, 2014

Module Three: January 12 – 25, 2015

 

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12th Annual Conference of Research in Jung and Analytical Psychology
July 24 – 27, 2013
Chicago, IL
Psyche and Society: The Work of the Unconscious

One of the distinctive qualities of analytical psychology is the way in which it holds together the individual and the collective, the personal response and the social responsibility.

“We have to realize, quite dispassionately, that whatever we fight about in the outside world is also a battle in our inner selves. In the end we have to admit that mankind is not just an accumulation of individuals utterly different from one another, but possesses such a high degree of psychological collectivity that in comparison the individual appears merely as a slight variant. How shall we judge this matter fairly if we cannot admit that it is also our own problem? Anyone who can admit this will first seek the solution in himself. This, in fact, is the way all the great solutions begin.” (CW18: 927 Marginal Notes on Wittels: “Die Sexualle Not,” 1910)

The Jungian Society for Scholarly Studies seeks solutions in a spirit of enquiry and curiosity through the ways we find ourselves reflected in our world.

To view the accepted abstract of this 60 minute workshop “East Meets West: The Unconscious in Jung’s Depth Psychology and Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras” please click here.

Toward a Science of Consciousness
East-West Views on Brain, Mind & Reality
2013 Conference
March 3 – 9, 2013
Dayalbagh Educational Institute
Agra, India

Toward a Science of Consciousness is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the conference is organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.

To view the accepted abstract “East Meets West: Jung’s Depth Psychology and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras” please click here.

Science and Nonduality Conference 2011

On The Edge of Time

Embassy Suites and Marin Center
San Rafael, California
October 19 – 23, 2011

The Science and Nonduality Conference has been created to provide an arena where various aspects of nonduality can be explored, discussed, and experienced.

Part seminar, part festival, part conference, this event explores how science combines with meditation, philosophy, art, music, dance, and entheogens to point the way to nondual experience, to aid in integrating nonduality into daily life, and to deepen the understanding of a fundamental nondual reality.

To view the modified abstract of my talk, “Perfect Timing: The Role of the Personal Unconscious in the Unfolding of Human Evolution, please click here.

 

Toward a Science of Consciousness
Brain, Mind & Reality
2011 Conference
May  1 – 8, 2011
Aula Magna Hall
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

Toward a Science of Consciousness is an interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Held annually since 1994, the conference is organized by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona.

I will be speaking on a panel regarding Body Consciousness.

May 6th at 4:30pm

To view the accepted abstract “Beyond Conception: The Pivotal Role of the Deep Feminine in the Awakening of Consciousness” please click here.

Bhakti Yoga Shala

 

207 Arizona Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Saturday February 26th
1:45 – 3:45 pm
Dreams:
The Hidden Language of the Soul

What is the purpose of our dreams?
What effect are they meant to have?

Bewildering, Inspiring, Awesome, Frightening, Intense!
Our nightly journey to the underworld is filled with images that are often hard to comprehend.

The ability to interpret our dreams opens us to a conscious and intimate relationship with the nonphysical world.

Dreams help point us to those hidden parts of ourselves that are just within reach.

In this workshop you will begin to unlock the mysteries of your mind, and learn to find in your sleep the truths which often elude you while awake.

Science and Nonduality Conference

Embassy Suites
San Rafael, California
707.596.0159

October 20 – 24, 2010

Beyond Conception: The Pivotal Role of the Dark Feminine in the Transformation of Consciousness

Bhakti Fest 2010
Joshua Tree, CA
Thursday, September 9th
10:15 am

A dialogue on devotion and divinity.

Together we will inquire into the path of devotion, different types of worship, the pitfalls of dogma and idolatry,
and the experiences that are available to us by surrendering to the supreme reality.

Bodhi Tree
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday
April 29th
7:30 – 9:30pm

Synchronicity – Why did that happen?

A dialogue on the unified field, the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche, causation, and the role our multi-sensory perceptions play in our alignment with the interdependent forces behind all we experience in our lives.

This dialogue will be facilitated by Leanne and Kimberly Berg and will include personal energy readings.

Workshop: $20/$30 bring a friend

Bhakti Yoga Shala
Santa Monica, CA
Saturday
March 27th
1:45 – 3:45pm

An interactive workshop on the ego or “I” sense: attachment, desire, and the process of transformation.

 

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Integral Wisdom Healing Arts
Pacific Palisades, CA
Sunday
March 7th
11 – 12:30pm

Synchronicity – Why did that happen?

A dialogue on the unified field, the conscious and unconscious aspects of the psyche, causation, and the role our multi-sensory perceptions play in our alignment with the interdependent forces behind all we experience in our lives.

This dialogue will be facilitated by Leanne and Kimberly Berg and will include personal energy readings.

Suggested donation $12

palisadesIntegral Wisdom Healing Arts
Pacific Palisades, CA
Sunday
September 20th
11–12:30pm

A dialogue on inner guidance. Our instincts, intuition and thinking mind; as humans how do we KNOW and what can we do to cultivate the ability to hear and follow guidance.

leanne-whitneyBhaktifest
Joshua Tree, CA
Sunday, September 13th
12:30–2pm

Bhakti yoga, a dialogue on devotion and divinity: who are we, what are we seeking and who is it that we are singing and prostrating to? Shiva, Kali and Hanuman: the archetypes and their symbols, the power of mythologies and metaphors and the conundrum humanity faces by the concretization of the image.

leanne-whitneyWanderlust
Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, CA

Saturday July 25th, 12 – 1pm

A dialogue on duality consciousness, how it is defined, how it is experienced by the Homo Sapien Sapiens and how once we begin to transcend the pairs of opposites we begin our journey into unity consciousness and God-realization.