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2012 Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference PDF

Title: Love and the Killer: Being Inside Four Extreme Nondual Healing Tales

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.

Four riveting tales make the audience a participant in psychodramas showing nondual themes of dying before you die, complete loving surrender, facing death and presence. Each vignette’s resolution demands unprecedented love and killer energy in the hell realms to make the transformation essential to inhabit being no one.

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., practices as a journeyman psychologist, licensed since 1987 and in the field of Psychology since 1976, doing what works in standing in awareness, honoring intuitive wisdom, dispelling illusions, truth-telling and moving with the flow of Spirit. He practices Presence-centered therapy in private practice located in Pleasanton, California, in the East San Francisco Bay with strong emphasis upon nondual presence. witnessing, inquiry approaches (e.g., belief-role-story-pattern-identity deconstruction), EMDR, building strong internal resources and emotional capacities, taking in the good, and sensory awareness/ experiencing. This one still know nothing, welcomes, surrenders and celebrates everything, purely engaging in being and doing what is loved. I am not here, only This. No one in particular home, only Home. He is on the Editorial Board of Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology and writes regularly for the online journal Undivided: The Online Journal of Nonduality and Psychology.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 20:13

Plan on joining us for the 3rd annual Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference June 14 & 15, 2012 in beautiful Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. We have booked quite the international roster of feature nondual authors and presenters. New this year will be "Leap" film director Chad Cameron who is on the edge of new ways of looking at nondual awakening, entertaining presenter Chuck Hillig, author of Enlightenment for Beginners and other nondual books, and Tom Crockett, nondual author, spiritual counsellor, and pioneer of Integral Shamanism. Scott Kiloby, author of Love's Quiet Revolution, and a big hit at our 2011 conferene will be back as well as Karen McPhee, long time Echhart Tolle teacher, who talked so passionately and humorously about authentic surrender at the end of seeking. We also are excited Canela Michelle Meyers, internationally in demand inondual satsang facilitator and author of best selling book Right Here, Right Now Meditations, will be joining us this year. As well, conference organizer Gary Nixon who invited us to embrace the ongoing art of dying and surrendering after "awakening" will be back as well as other presenters such as Brian Theriault with his work on nondual love and tranforming grief, Will Joel Friedman with his nondual tales of awakening, and nondual psychotherapist Jason Solowoniuk. We also are welcoming Christine Wuschke, yoga, meditation and nondual teacher to our conference for the first time this year. For registration, use paypal above or e-mail gary.nixon@uleth.ca. For inquiries and information about the conference, please e-mail Romana Frey at romana.frey@uleth.ca.

2012 Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference
June 14 & 15
Anderson Hall 100, University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta
CANADA

Thursday -- June 14

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Gary Nixon, Ph.D. University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Tangled up in Blue: Transforming Being Lost in Nondual Limbo Land.

10:10 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATON: Chuck Hillig, Nondual Awareness in the Marketplace: From Being the "Dreaming-Dreamer" to Becoming the "Awakened-Dreamer."

Noon Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Brian Theriault, M.Ed., Winnipeg, Manitoba. Blown Wide Open in a Trembling Universe: Transforming Grief and Loss Through Nondual Psychotherapy

2:00 p.m. Jason Solowoniuk, M.Ed. Working the Greyish Zones: Applying McKennian Insights for Nondual Psychotherapists.

3:00 p.m. Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist, Pleasanton, California. Love and the Killer: Being Inside Four Extreme Healing Nondual Tales.

4:00 p.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Chad Cameron. Mario and the Programmer.

5:30 p.m. Wrap up for day

Friday -- June 15

8:30 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Scott Kiloby. Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence.

9:45 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Tom Crockett. That Far From Bliss: 3 Questions to Crack Open Your Heart.

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Canela Michelle Meyers. The Naturally Harmonizing Universe.

Noon Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Trent Leighton, Ph.D. The Therapeutic Value of Grace and Redemption: Reclaiming the Healing Wisdom of a NonDual Christ in Psychotherapy.

2:00 p.m. Christine Wuschke. Freely Human.

3:00 p.m. Karen McPhee. Self-Less Living: Moving Beyond Separation into the Joy of Unity.

4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Closing Celebration.

Saturday -- June 16

10:00 a.m. to 5pm Post Conference Satsang/Nondual Group with Canela Michelle Meyers and Gary Nixon, other presenters may join as well.

Register by e-mailing gary.nixon@uleth.ca. 4, 321a 6 St. S., Lethbridge, $75 fee.

Past Events

2nd Annual Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference - 2011

EXCITING NEWS: Plan on joining us for the 2nd annual Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference June 16 & 17, 2011 in beautiful Lehtbridge, Alberta, Canada. We already have booked feature nondual authors and presenters Jerry Katz and Scott Kiloby for 90 minute experiential workshops as well as returnees Will Joel Friedman, Trent Leighton, Brian Theriault, and Gary Nixon. Honore France & Carmen Rodriquez will also be doing a special presentation on First Nations awakening.

We are truly blessed to have some outstanding people confirmed to present at our next conference. Jerry Katz, author of "One: Essential Writings on Nonduality" and founder of Nonduality.com will be presenting a 90 minute workshop at our second Paradoxica: Nondual Psychology & Psychotherapy conference coming June 16-17, 2011 at the University of Lethbridge in beautiful Lethbridge, Alberta. As well, nondual author Scott Kiloby, writer of "Love's Quiet Revolution" will be presenting on his new nondual addiction recovery book "Natural Rest Presence Method." This should be a fantastic conference.

Full Program: http://www.paradoxica.ca/index.php/conference
Main Website: paradoxica.ca
Date: Thursday—June 16, 2011
Title: "After Awakening: Pointers to Lives Lived in Silent Profound Presence"

This presentation is an experiential, interactive, and conversational approach with openness for questions and answers. Psychiatrist, author and Buddhist meditation teacher Jack Engler (2004) observes qualities that keep us alive, are of the awakened mind and cultivate awakening, specifically joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity, truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness, one-pointedness, and impeccability. Muriel Rukeyser declares: The universe is made of stories, not atoms. Dovetailing Engler’s and Rukeyser’s inspirations, in Friedman’s presentation, each quality is evoked and embodied in transpersonal anecdotes and a Zen/ Sufi contemporary universal story. These lived experiences all point to the timeless, awakened Presence that exudes service and contribution, kindness and gratitude while Being, Love and Awareness itself, are effortlessly unveiled in the ever-present, transparent True Nature.

“The energies that keep us alive are joy, generosity, compassion, curiosity, truthfulness, serenity, equanimity, wakefulness, one-pointedness, and impeccability—the qualities of mind that Buddhist teaching sometimes calls paramitas, or perfections, or sometimes bojjhangas, the factors of enlightenment. They are qualities of awakened mind as well as qualities that can be cultivated to aid awakening.”
—Jack Engler, "Just As It Is", Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Spring 2004

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. is from Pleasanton, California, U.S.A. Will Joel Friedman is a journeyman psychologist, licensed since 1987 and working in the field of Psychology since 1977. He is doing what works in standing in awareness, honoring intuitive wisdom, and moving with the flow of Spirit. He practices Presence-centered therapy with a strong emphasis upon nondual presence, witnessing, inquiry approaches (e.g., belief-role-story-pattern-identity deconstruction), EMDR, building strong internal resources and emotional capacities, taking in the good, and sensory awareness/ experiencing. This one still knows nothing. He welcomes, surrenders and celebrates everything, purely engaging in being and doing what is loved. No one in particular home, only Home. He is on the Editorial Board of Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology. Will welcomes feedback directly—email: drwilljoel@comcast.net and the website: www.willjoelfriedman.com

Presentation Program (Preliminary)

Thursday—June 16

9:00 a.m. Opening

9:10 a.m. Gary Nixon, Ph.D. University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Revisiting Groundhog Day: Working thorugh Issues of Mind, Heart, and the Guts after Awakening.

10:10 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATON: Jerry Katz, Halifax, Nova Scotia. What is Nonduality All About?: A Tour of the Landscape.

Noon Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Brian Theriault, MEd., Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dancing in a Trembling Universe: Abiding in Nondual Consciousness.

2:00 p.m. Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist, Pleasanton, California. After Awakening: Pointers to Lives Lived in Silent Profound Presence.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Honore France, Ph.D. & Carmen Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of Victoria. Within Inidgenous Context: Transpersonal, Circle Work and the Medicine Wheel.

5:00 p.m. Wrap up for day

Friday—June 17

9:00 a.m. KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Scott Kiloby. Natural Rest: Finding Recovery Through Presence.

10:30a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Trent Leighton, Ph.D. Beyond The DSMIV TR: A Nondual Approach to Mental Health Issues.

11:45 a.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Jason Solowoniuk, MEd. The Transformation of Gender and Beyond: A Nondual Psychotherapy Approach.

2:15 p.m. TBA Satsang

3:30 p.m. Closing activities.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese Celebration.

More information on individual presentations and backgrounds of presenters available at: paradoxica.ca/index.php/conference


OLD NEWS

Workshop
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. at the 2012 Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference
June 14 & 15
Anderson Hall 100, University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta
CANADA

Thursday -- June 14, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist, Pleasanton, California.

Love and the Killer: Being Inside Four Extreme Healing Nondual Tales.

Four riveting tales make the audience a participant in psychodramas showing nondual themes of dying before you die, complete loving surrender, facing death and presence. Each vignette’s resolution demands unprecedented love and killer energy in the hell realms to make the transformation essential to inhabit being no one.


2010 Paradoxica Nondual Psychology Conference

EXCITING NEWS: Announcing the first nondual psychology & psychotherapy conference in Canada. The Paradoxica Institute is hosting the Nondual Psychology (and beyond) conference June 17-18, 2010 at the University of Lethbridge in beautiful Lethbridge Alberta nestled in the coulees, and close to the Waterton Mountains. We want this to be a dynamic and transformational conference including powerful and insightful clinical workshops in addition to ground breaking presentations and energizing workshops. Below is the Conference Program outline. To register, please click on the PayPal link above. Join in June's festivities as we celebrate and embrace the flowering of Nothingness together!

Full Program: paradoxica.ca/index.php/conference
Main Website: paradoxica.ca

Thursday—June 17

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks

9:15 a.m. Gary Nixon, Ph.D. University of Lethbridge, Alberta. At The End of Your Rope In The Nondual Journey: Resolving the Paradox of Seeking the End of Seeking.

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. Psychologist, Pleasanton, California. What's In Your Backpack? How Emptiness/Surrender is Seen in the Illusory, Empirical World and the Absolute

Title: What's in Your Backpack? How Emptiness/Surrender is Seen in the Illusory, Empirical World and the Absolute.

Summary of the Presentation:

In the movie Up In the Air, George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham, a corporate road warrior/downsizer who conducts employee firings for cowardly employers, gives motivational talks to corporate audiences asking, “What’s in your backpack?” Clooney’s character presents a backpack and asks his listeners to notice how it is filled with “necessities” as a metaphor for the meaning of life. He advocates carrying an “empty backpack” and ditching extra “baggage” in their lives, like possessions, family and relationships.

Near the film’s end, Clooney’s dispirited character cannot continue the charade and walks out leaving his backpack prop behind. The nirvana of “a relationship-free life” is revealed to be bogus, leaving him with no sense of who he is. Having experienced the joys and disappointments of relationships, he feels a gnawing emptiness that cannot be filled by an airline pillow or bag of peanuts.

In this context, we explore how emptiness/surrender is seen, both false and true, from within three levels/realms of reality—the illusory/dream, empirical/transactional world, and the Absolute. It is typically seen through the ego-mind’s lenses as a deadening, fearful existence culminating in annihilation. This illusory realm is projected onto the empirical world, given that in both realms nothing happens in the past or future, but rather in the present. Emptiness in the relative world can also be experienced as a springboard to awakening by honestly surrendering all that you are not, leaving purely all that you truly are.

Inside the Absolute, of which no one knows anything, everything is ultimate Truth, fascinating, whole and real. Emptiness is now revealed to be a vast empty fullness with nothing to surrender. What is left in the backpack?—nothing and everything, neither and both. There’s no backpack to carry, nothing to do, other than to look, listen, and enjoy the flow of life-energy.

Presentation: My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own!
Dr. Will Joel Friedman talks on Mindfulness, Witnessing and the Only Freedom Worth Living

To awaken to sanity in being who you truly are—the True Self—is the only freedom worth living, the promise of human freedom fulfilled. What does it mean to be present? How do you access the past and the future in the present? What remains when you see your mind for what it is? Success and joy in work and private life naturally unfolds in a wonderfully sane way.

When: Thursday, May 28, 2009 from 7 PM to 8 PM
Where: Pleasanton Public LIbrary, 400 Old Bernal Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Contact: (925) 931-3405 or (925) 931-3400

Cost: No cost to the public

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Pleasanton specializes in Presence-centered psychotherapy and mindbody approaches like EMDR.


Presentation: My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own!—Attuning to the Present Moment

In his interactive and experiential presentation, psychologist Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. will help you stop, look and see for yourself a whole dimension of life that often escapes nearly everyone.

When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 2 PM to 3 PM

Where: Dublin Library, Program Room, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568

Special Needs:
Dublin Library is wheelchair-accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided with at least 7 days' advance notice. Call (925) 828-1315 or TTY 888-663-0660

Contact: (925) 803-7286

Cost: No cost to the public. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dublin Library

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in Pleasanton, specializing in Presence- centered therapy and mindbody approaches like EMDR.


Presentation: My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own!

In his interactive and experiential presentation, guest speaker Dr. Will Joel Friedman will help you understand a whole dimension of life that often escapes our awareness. He will discuss how being who you truly are is the only freedom worth living, and how this self-awareness will help success and joy in work and private life naturally unfold in a wonderfully sane way.

When: Thursday, August 6, 2009 from 7 PM to 8 PM

Where: Livermore Public Library, 1188 S. Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550

Contact: (925) 373-5500

Cost: No cost to the public

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist practicing in Pleasanton, specializing in Presence- centered therapy and mindbody approaches like EMDR. Presence-centered therapy is a conscious attuning to the richness of this present moment (sometimes called mindfulness) along with witnessing, that is, observing what the mind is up to from outside of it. Free the ego-mind, and you are free.


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Workshop: Coping Well With Financial Stress Here and Now
Being Present is 90% of Adaptively Handling Stress to Achieve Success

Question:
Given the difficult economic times, how do I quiet my worried, agitated mind?

Question:
How do I reconcile my circumstances with a vision of thriving and abundance?

This workshop can be a game-changer in how you perceive and cope with challenging financial times. Anxiety tends to increase with uncertainty and less information, while greater information and clarity tends to lower anxiety, including with financial stress. In this 2 1/2 hour interactive experiential workshop, participants will receive:

  • Active support through empowering participants to share concerns and be fully heard, as well as be present and witness their minds with serenity
     
  • A wealth of useful information, adaptive coping skills and workable strategies to enhance stress-coping, resilience and effective joyous living

Mind or ego cannot see itself, and requires witnessing in presence, that is, looking from outside the thinking mind at what the mind is up to now, to see it in the moment. Participants are given an opportunity to see what has not been seen—the under-the-radar ego and the present—and to use this direct awareness to access the reality of this moment. The possibility of a shift from insane, fearful existing to sane, joyous living is an intriguing prospect. Sparse and plentiful times come and go; who you are remains.

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 9:30 AM to 12 PM (noon)

Where: Asbury United Methodist Church, 4743 East Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550

Contact: (925) 447-8366

Cost: Suggested honorarium of $10 per person, $15 per couple, with scholarships available

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. is a seasoned psychologist specializing in Presence-Centered Therapy, 32 years in the field and 21 years licensed in California. His private practice in Pleasanton focuses on inhabiting this present moment, witnessing and "buying out" of the ego-mind's unworkable patterns, desensitizing root emotional charges, and gaining effective tools to thrive in the world. He works with couples, adults and adolescents to address relationships, stress, anxiety, depression and traumas using cognitive, behavioral, systems, and inquiry/mind-body approaches like EMDR and belief deconstruction.

 
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