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In this program from last year, Dr. Edwards discusses the innate power of universal Consciousness known as Kundalini Shakti in the yogic tradition. Though known by many names in different traditions - Holy Spirit, chi, n'um, the Great Mother, Mahadevi, bodhicitta, and more - it refers to the power of the living presence of the divine within everyone. It is the power of transformation and revelation. It is the power of Shakti/Shiva, the inseparable pair representing the infinite One and its dynamic power to create, sustain, dissolve, conceal and reveal the entire universe within itself! Awakening and unfolding this power of Consciousness is the goal of all forms of yoga and is truly the origin of all yogas, mantras and deep meditative practices. Kundalini has been called "the face of God." Just as we recognize someone by their face, so do we recognize God as our own Self through the power of Kundalini Shakti. Using the ancient text of the Shiva Sutras, Lawrence speaks about the workings of Kundalini and how in the classic, ancient form of Kundalini Yoga, it is the motive power of awakened Kundalini that guides and directs the seeker. Developing a subtle mind and the clear heart of surrender in order to skillfully follow the ways of Kundalini are imperative for one on this path of grace unfolding.

The root power of all mantras, Kundalini Shakti, carries you home to the Divine. Repeatedly diving into the sublime origin of mind and body through dedicated meditative practices transforms them into vehicles that serve true knowing and severs the knot of root ignorance that binds us. Flailing about in ignorance humanity inflicts suffering on all living things on this planet, including ourselves. The path to radical freedom lies in knowing the truth of who you are and true divine nature of all around us.

Lawrence Edwards, PhD offers private consultations to people around the world who are seeking to deepen their spiritual practices. To learn more about Lawrence please visit www.thesoulsjourney.com, which also has many free resources for people interested in spiritual development, meditation, Kundalini and the power of mantra.
PROGRAM CHANGES FOR JULY-AUGUST 2022
 
Satsangs for the remainder of July and August are cancelled.  Satsangs will resume on the first and third Thursdays of each month starting on September 1st. 

The new course, Listening To The Divine Within, is postponed to September 11th and it will run from 4-5:30pm each Sunday for 8 weeks. 


These changes are due to Lawrence having surgery to repair an old injury to his foot and ankle. 
Om Kali Ma!
Sofia's Gifts


Mother of Ultimacy,
unspeakable and unthinkable,
who can comprehend your countless revelations?

Sometimes you appear as the peaceful helpmate
     seated beside Shiva in quiet harmony,
other times you dance with warrior's ecstasy
     on the vast breast of Absolute Reality.
Sometimes you manifest as the radiant cosmos
     and its countless living beings,
other times you reveal yourself as the Mystic Woman,
solitary and magnificent in her true nakedness.
Sometimes you play as incomparable Radha,
courageous lover of Lord Krishna,
other times you become dark blue Krishna,
Divine Love who falls in rapture
     at Radha's golden feet.
 
Sometimes you remove every veil
     to be known by enlightened sages
as the formless Mother of the Universe,
the transparent presence who dwells secretly
     within every atom, every perception, every event.
Other times you manifest as Mother Kundalini,
the evolutionary potency
     coiled at the root of the subtle body.

This mad poet refuses to pay heed
     to any theology, any philosophy.
I can only weep:
"Ma! Ma! Ma!
This is your sweetest name,
transcending all descriptions.
Mother, allow me always to call you Mother.
Keep me forever at your dark blue wisdom feet."
 
Ramprasad Sen (18th century Bengali poet saint)
Lex Hixon, trans. p.76


 
   

Little Mind

Little mind playing in its sandbox,
Mother calls,
Illusion shatters!



O My Beloved: Whisperings From The Divine
Heard By Kalidas

p. 113
© 2021 Lawrence Edwards, all rights reserved

New Course!

Listening To The Divine Within:
Readings & Contemplations From

O My Beloved: Whisperings From The Divine
Heard By Kalidas


Part 1: September 11th - October 30th
Sundays 4-5:30pm via Zoom
Preregistration Required
In this 8 week, 12 hour contemplative course we'll dive into the gifts of the Divine heard by Kalidas and offered in this collection O My Beloved.  This kind of sacred poetry invites us to enter the joyous, grace-filled world of our inner mystic, our inner knower of the Truth, where revelation and transformation naturally arise and the state of meditation is always fully present.  That state is the state of your highest nature.  Knowing that fully and living it into the world is the ultimate aim of all meditative and yogic practices.

This is Part 1 of what will be a two part course.  Part 2 will be offered in the fall.  As we saw in the contemplation course on Kali's Bazaar, which turned out to be Part 1 of that course, it takes time to settle into the contemplation and listen to what the poetry invokes in ourselves and each other. (Part 2 of Kali's Bazaar will also be offered in the fall.)  The deep sharing and communion that unfolded within the sessions led to tears of joy, profound new vistas and clearer ways of perceiving the living presence of the Divine, here, now, always.  That then informs our meditation practices and our everyday lives.

You are invited to participate in this new course.  You'll need to purchase either the print or ebook of O My Beloved. The sessions will be audio recorded and made available to everyone for 3 months after each session. Participants sign up for the whole course. The fee is $295 per person.  If a person can't afford that, then they can contact me at info@thesoulsjourney.com and we'll make sure that all who want to participate can.  Some people offer more for courses than required and that allows us to offer reductions for those who can't be as generous as they would like to be.  We're very grateful to those who are so generous and for the joy they share in anonymously giving support to others. We've had people donate money even when they themselves can't participate in the programs, just to support others.  By their grace and large heartedness Anam Cara Meditation offers all it can.

To register: email info@anamcara-ny.org and make your payment to Venmo @Lawrence-Edwards-3 or via
PayPal: https://paypal.me/drle  For other ways to make your offering for the course please email info@anamcara-ny.org.
If you have any questions please email them to info@anamcara-ny.org

I look forward to seeing you in the course!


 

Dear Friends,

Our mission at Anam Cara is to make the highest meditation teachings and practices freely available to everyone and to support people in their ongoing meditation practices. We do this through free meditation programs on Thursday evenings twice a month via Zoom, courses and retreats, through our website, YouTube, and this e-newsletter.  We offer evening meditations twice per month on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.  We're offering new courses in 2022. The one based on the book O My Beloved begins on Sept. 11th. More course will come!  Stay tuned! We'll be offering courses on the books Awakening Kundalini: The Path To Radical Freedom; Kali's Bazaar part 2; The Soul's Journey: Guidance From The Divine Within; and O My Beloved part 2!
 
You can subscribe to our YouTube channel for free and "like" the videos you enjoy!  Simply doing this helps to make our offerings more available to others.

The Thursday night meditation group (1st and 3rd Thurs each month) Zoom link with added security is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09.

The next satsang will be on September 1st.

Please keep your audio and video off during the program, at the end we open it up to everyone.
  This ensures the best quality recording for posting on YouTube. Meeting 665 891 390.  password: OmKaliMa. The program begins at 7:15pm NY time on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays.

May our practices empower us to be agents of wakefulness, love and compassion as we work to transform our world.

Meditation is key to our inner and outer transformation. Through meditation we directly experience our innate fullness, free of want or need.  In meditation we directly experience our unity with all - the illusion of "other" is dispelled. 

There is only One, the Divine, known by many different names, but always One. One all-embracing Divine, One all-embracing Love.  Tat Twam Asi!  Thou Art That!

We are grateful for the support of participants and donors whose generosity makes all this possible. Another change for 2022 is that we are no longer accepting donations for the non-profit Anam Cara, Inc.  We are in our 21st year of serving meditators and seekers around the world. I deeply appreciate the many ways people help us to fulfill our mission, including sharing this newsletter with others and telling people about our programs.  It's a privilege for me to serve the Anam Cara community.  I will continue to offer Anam Cara Meditation programs and courses.  If you would like to make a donation to me in support of what is offered you can do so via Venmo: @Lawrence-Edwards-3, or through PayPal at paypal.me/drle.  This type of donation isn't tax-deductible.  Please contact me, le@anamcara-ny.org, if you have any questions. 

With love and respect for all,

Lawrence Edwards, PhD - Founder & Director
Anam Cara Meditation

Thursday Evening Meditation Program
Twice a month: 1st & 3rd Thursday Evenings - resumes 9/1/22    
7:15-8:30pm Eastern time
Online Anam Cara Meditation
Everyone is welcome to our bimonthly Thursday evening virtual satsangs.  This is a recurring meeting for Thursday nights 2X/month starting at 7:15pm New York time. 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/665891390?pwd=RDBZSFBTd0dpNTZwQzFoKzVEUUtYdz09

Meeting ID: 665 891 390   Password: OmKaliMa

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