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your ears—all thoughts, beliefs, and stories—is unreal, yet you, as a conscious being, are still very much here. The shift always results in a profound feeling of inner peace and wellbeing. Right action then flows naturally. Jim teaches a simple, powerful practice which helps facilitate the shift. You use it whenever you experience conflict, upset, or struggle. It starts with wel- coming whatever you are feeling because it is showing you where you are not yet free. Then you notice the stories around the emotions and see how they, like the suffering, come and go, but you are still present. You are right here, now. Learn how to:


• Free yourself from stress, anxiety, fear, guilt, anger, depression, and other emotional upsets


• Forgive everyone in your past so you can develop relationships rich in love, joy, and meaning


• Awaken to the inner peace that does not depend on circumstances


• Discover your unique purpose, and embody it with clarity and certainty


This work is experiential, involving dialogue and processes designed to uncover and free our- selves from the stories that keep us bound. Lee will lead us in daily meditation and chi gong.


Recommended reading: Dreaver, End Your Story, Begin Your Life.


Jim Dreaver was on a spiritual journey for twenty years before finally awakening to the freedom that is his true nature. His mission now is to guide others to the same realization, but in a much shorter period of time. www.jimdreaver.com.


Weekend of September 14–16


Presence: Living the Heart of Connection Maggie Phillips & Noelle Poncelet


The stress of our hectic lives, as well as effects of past trauma, can rob us of the rich experience of full presence. Join us for a replenishing week- end focused on exploring the heart of connec- tion with yourself and others. You will be shown how the quality of connection changes and repairs your brain; how to forge a “sole mate” relationship with yourself through radical self- acceptance practice; how to change injury into acceptance through true forgiveness; and how to befriend pain and fear to support forward move- ment that is guided by wisdom and aliveness.


Additionally, we will practice:


• Transforming suffering that arises from loneliness, loss, and overwhelm due to “over caring” for others


• Cultivating states of mindfulness and softer, spacious self-awareness


• Avoiding “thinking barriers” that arise from analysis and avoidance


• Learning to strengthen bonds that sustain us in our inner and outer communities


Experiential exercises will help us to tap the unlimited resources of the bioenergy system, the generative creative mind, the restorative “deep self,” and collective spirituality and intelli- gence. This course is suitable for mental health practitioners.


Recommended Reading: Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrophe Living; Phillips, Finding the Energy to Heal and Reversing Chronic Pain.


CE credit available for psychologists (pending); see page 113. CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs; see page 113.


Maggie Phillips has created an online multi-media self-healing program. She teaches uses of Energy Psychology with stress-based difficulties. As a member of the Somatic Experiencing international faculty, Maggie specializes in methods that release trauma and relieve emotional and physical pain. www.reversingchronicpain.com.


Noelle Poncelet is a psychologist and trainer in hypnotherapy in the US and Europe. She is also on the international faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies.


The Healing Voice: Chanting, Ritual and Resonance


Jill Purce


Liberate your voice, your heart, and your mind in a joyful and uplifting exploration of breath- ing, chanting, mantra and sonic meditations, sacred chants, trance healing, and shamanic cer- emony. Discover and master the power of your voice to free you from anxieties and negative thought patterns. Develop breath and sound in ways that set parts of the body and mind into resonance while experiencing the healing capac- ity of sonic massage.


In this workshop, Jill Purce will guide you in pursuit of the lost voice. Working with ancient vocal purification practices, you’ll learn to cleanse and tune the chakras and experience the nature of the radiant body. You’ll enter subtle dimen- sions of reality through magical voice tech- niques and Mongolian and Tibetan overtone chanting. You’ll work with powerful, healing, sonorous ritual to be acknowledged and to safely


give up those parts of yourself that no longer support you. You’ll discover an unlimited source of power through the encounter of your own voice in resonant and ritual community.


Working with the voice in this way—freeing the voice to find physical health, emotional joy, and spiritual ecstasy—is one of the most effective ways to empower your life, balance the mind and body, and ultimately achieve enlighten- ment. For more information, visit www.healing voice.com.


Jill Purce, international pioneer of the sound-healing movement, rediscovered ancient vocal techniques, the power of group chant, and spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation. She is the author of The Mystic Spiral and Overtone Chanting Meditations.


Experiencing Esalen Experiencing Esalen Staff For program description, see page 31.


Science Set Free: Dispelling Dogmas and Opening New Frontiers


Rupert Sheldrake


Many scientists like to think that science already understands the nature of reality, in principle. The fundamental questions are answered, leav- ing only the details to be filled in. The impres- sive achievements of science seemed to support this confident attitude. But recent research has revealed unexpected problems at the heart of physics, cosmology, biology, medicine, and psy- chology. Rupert Sheldrake shows how the sci- ences are being constricted by assumptions that have hardened into dogmas. Should science be a materialist belief-system, or an exploration? Sheldrake turns the dogmas of science into ques- tions, opening up startling new possibilities, some of which this workshop will explore. For example, the “laws of nature” may be habits that change and evolve. The Fundamental Constants may not be constant. Minds may extend far beyond brains. The total amount of matter and energy may be increasing. Memories may not be stored as traces in our brains. In this workshop, his first weekend event in the US after the September 2012 publication of his book, Science Set Free, Sheldrake will suggest that the sciences, and our own personal lives, would be better off without the dogmas of materialism: freer, more interesting, and more fun.


Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author of 10 books, including Science Set Free (September


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