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The great 8th century sage of Advaita Vedanta, Shankaracharya, and the great yogic sage, Patanjali (lived sometime between 200 BCE-200 CE), guide the sincere seeker in ways that illuminate and dispel the darkness of ignorance and identification with the mind. Lawrence shares readings from Shankaracharya's Viveka-chudamini and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These teachings are at the heart of nondual practice and understanding what unfolds in meditation. As 
we deepen our understanding of yoga and meditation, we develop greater detachment from the mind. This empowers us to live from our true Self instead of from the mind-born self with all its limitations.

As you deepen your experience of your true nature, your Divine Self, Buddha mind, call it what you will, the grip of the ego mind and the defenses it has in place to protect it from seeing its shadow aspects begin to soften. You are the Divine. You have a mind but you are not limited to the mind unless you are identified with it. Your Divine Self doesn't need any work or self-help. Its luminous loving nature allows you to see the mind and body with great compassion, love and kindness, melting the defensiveness of the ego mind. Through meditation the locus of one's identity shifts more and more to one's highest nature and the mind then becomes the servant of the Divine within.

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 after 7/7/22 for July and August are cancelled.  Satsangs will resume on the first and third Thursdays of each month starting in September on September 1st.

The new course, Listening To The Divine Within, is postponed to September 11th and it will run from 4-5:30pm for 8 weeks.  Those who have registered can get a full refund or apply it to the course starting in September.


These changes are due to Lawrence needing surgery to repair an old injury to his left ankle and foot.  He won't be able to walk for 4-6 weeks.  All prayers and good wishes are gratefully received!  Jai Maa!
Sofia's Gifts

 

 
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NO SELF
OR TRUE SELF?

 

There are two parallel tasks in spiritual life.  One is to discover selflessness, the other is to develop a healthy sense of self.  Both sides of that apparent paradox must be fulfilled for us to awaken.

Spiritual practice inevitably brings us face to face with the profound mystery of our own identity.  We have taken birth in a human body.  What is this force that gives us life, that brings us and the world into form?  The world's great spiritual teachings all tell us over and over we are not who we think we are.   
Jack Kornfield, p.198


 
 
Do You Know My Beloved?

Her fabric of life, so finely woven. . .
Threads of Herself made into cloth. . .
What's this thread to do
But quiver in Love.

O My Beloved: Whisperings From The Divine
Heard By Kalidas

p. 2
© 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 meeting on 7/7/22 will be a Q&A using questions you email to me before the 7th.  Use info@anamcara-ny.org. The next satsang after this will be 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 - not 7/21 or August     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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