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MEDITATION/SATSANG
At some point in each human being's life, he or she loses fascination with their own "story" and begins to wonder if it is possible to move beyond the day-to-day drama.
Imprisoned by identification with the role they plan and the problems they face, people long to break free.

Gopita offers meditation classes through monthly Satsangs (See Calendar of Events), and also offers private instruction. It is through this one-on-one work where Gopita believes she can be of most use to the students who come to her for spiritual help. Often student and teacher find together that it is in the silence where they find that what needs to be revealed is done so simply, with astonishing clarity and simplicity. Often the need for further sessions is eliminated completely after only one session of meditation.

Both teacher and student are humbled by the beauty and awareness brought by sharing Silence and Presence together, and often little remains for interpretation. Gopita may then offer support through phone mentoring, or counseling sessions, but encourages her students to go home and practice, relying not on a teacher, but the silence of the mat and their own inner awareness, now kindled to reveal more of what they are already beginning to know.

Gopita has meditated for over 35 years, and has studied many modalities of meditation, from Zen to TM to Shambala Buddhism. She not only works with her students in understanding the science of meditation, she guides each student in setting up their practice, the focus on breath, on mantra, or on any technique for focus which resonates with the individual intention of her student. She has found that the first "fruits" of meditation include clarity of thought, better relationships, more grounding, and certainly more balance and equanimity around emotional states. Giving oneself the gift of practice in a comfortable and disciplined form is essential to modern life, and Gopita gladly shares her knowledge with anyone who comes to her. She is willing to "go the distance" with each and every student. She is thrilled to go the distance with each and every student! OM SHANTI SHANTI OM!

Come, come
Whosoever you are!
Wanderer, Worshiper, Lover of Leaving,
It doesn't matter if you have broken your vows
A thousand times or more.
Life is not a caravan of despair.
Come and yet again come.

Rumi
Thirteenth Century


ENERGY MEDICINE
Alternative Medicine Therapy and Training
Los Angeles Alternative Medicine Therapy Services

Gopita is honored to offer healing sessions in Energy Medicine, through her seven years of training with Donna Eden, surely the world's most gifted and brilliant healer and clairvoyant of our time.

Gopita's alternative medicine therapy sessions are often one to one and a half hours in length, and consist of diagnosis through applied kinesiology, and work on a table in a variety of modalities, including tracing and flushing meridians, chakra clearing and balancing, and holding neurovascular points on the head for long periods, what some clients call similar to Cranial Sacral technique.

Gopita has had much success healing difficult patterns in her own history of illness, and has seen literal miracles in her clients, including breast lumps which disappear in fifteen minutes of chakra clearing, a stubborn Bell's Palsy remit quickly within half an hour, and many, many more difficult cases which are not only treatable through the electromagnetic fields of the human hand, the client learns quickly how imperative it is for them to take over their own energetic abilities! Gopita insists that her clients never leave her office unless they learn how to work with their own energies and begin a program of self-healing. She is never one to foster dependence of any kind, believing that we are all our own natural physicians.

We are in a hurry! Life is getting more and more complicated and "busy". We are vibrating quickly, and we can only keep up by balancing our own energies. It is easier than one can imagine, and so very empowering!

"She cured me. What else can I say?"
- R.M., Pasadena, CA

Gopita's knowledge of nutrition also helps her clients balance quickly, and she will often make recommendations from her knowledge of acid/alkaline balancing, and the theories of yin/yang applied to certain organ systems in the body.

Gopita's sessions, hardly what one might call "orthodox", might see her running to the kitchen for Kukicha Twig tea while the patient lies on the table, holding his or her own Acupuncture Sedating Points!

Gopita also offers weekly Study Groups of Donna Eden's work, focusing on the book, Energy Medicine, which may be purchased from Donna's web site, www.innersource.net.

These groups fill rapidly, and are a fun and amazing way to imbibe the work quickly, as students learn by practicing on one another. The groups meet on Wednesdays from: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Level II Classes are being held at a time to be announced. Groups are a five-week commitment and cost $125.00, payable before the first session.

A sample of Gopita's study group syllabus follows:
Energy Medicine Study Group Syllabus
FOR SAMPLE PURPOSES ONLY:

Week 1 - The Five Minute Energy Routine, consisting of:
The Three Thumps The Cross Crawl (We will explain Homolateral Patterning and why this is so important to the Cross Crawl)
The Spinal Flush
The Wayne Cook Posture
The Crown Pull
The Hook Up
The Zip Up

We will also use Separating Heaven and Earth, Belt Flow, and Heaven Rushing In, just because I think they are particularly useful, and Donna stresses them a great deal. We will give and receive Spinal Flushes, and review basic Energy Testing, using Stomach and Spleen Meridian.

Please plan to commit at this group to do the five minute routine twice daily for the remainder of the six week study group in order that we may discuss how this may have made a difference in your lives.

Week 2 - We will spend this study group flushing and tracing meridians on one another, practicing energy testing, and if time permits, we can begin to work with sedating and strengthening acupuncture points.

Week 3 - Review of the Five Minute Energy Routine, Basic Energy Testing, tracing and flushing meridians, and sedating and strengthening points. Beginning work on Alarm Points.

Week 4 - Schedule to be provided.

Week 5 - Schedule to be provided.

Week 6 - Schedule to be provided.

Energy Medicine is the science and the art of optimizing your energies to help your body and mind function at their best. Controlling your chemistry by managing your energies is the fast track for helping your body evolve and adapt to the challenges of the 21st centry.

Top 4 Questions About Energy Medicine

1. How is Energy Medicine Practiced?
Energy Medicine utilizes techniques from time-honored traditions such as acupuncture, yoga, kinesiology, and qi gong. Flow, balance, and harmony can be non-invasively restored and maintained within an energy system by tapping, massaging, pinching, twisting, or connecting specific energy points (acupoints) on the skin; by tracing or swirling the hand over the skin along specific energy pathways; through exercises or postures designed for specific energetic effects; by focused use of the mind to move specific energies; and/or by surrounding an area with healing energies.

2. How Does It Work?
Energy Medicine recognizes energy as a vital, living, moving force that determines much about health and happiness.
To maintain vibrant health, the body needs its energies to:
- Move and have space to continue to move — energies may become blocked due to toxins, muscular or other constriction, prolonged stress, or interference from other energies.
- Move in specific patterns — generally in harmony with the physical structures and functions that the energies animate and support. "Flow follows function."
- Cross over—at all levels, from the microlevel of the double helix of DNA, extending to the macrolevel where the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side controls the left.
- Maintain a balance with other energies — the energies may lose their natural balance due to prolonged stress or other conditions that keep specific energy systems in a survival mode.
- Conversely, when the body is not healthy, corresponding disturbances in its energies can be identified and treated.

3. Is Energy Medicine Spiritual?
Entering the world of your body's subtle energies is a bridge into the domain of your deepest spiritual callings and your eternal essence. While no particular belief system, allegiance, or religious affiliation is associated with Energy Medicine, many people find that energy work touches into the realms of soul and spirit.

4. Can anyone do it?
Absolutely! Working with your energies is your birthright!
Students of Energy Medicine include:
- Ordinary people with no experience in self-healing or healing others
- Anyone who wants to learn to engage their energies for health and vitality
- People who want to study techniques to help themselves, their family, or a close friend
- Massage therapists, nurses, acupuncturists, doctors, and others in existing health care careers who are looking to supplement and enhance their training
- Health care professionals looking for courses that offer professional CE's
- People of all ages and all walks of life who want to embark on a career in Energy Medicine


Gopita and her husband attended Donna's first workshop in Los Angeles in 1999 and it was love at first site! In fact, after then attending an Esalen workshop soon afterwards and a 5 Day event with Donna in 2003 in Costa Rica, Donna asked Gopita to be a Teaching Assistant and Gopita was fortunate enough to work closely with Donna and her wonderful group for several more years after that. Donna and Gopita have remained close friends and Gopita considers it an honor to teach and offer Donna's energy work in her practice. Energy work segues nicely with Gopita's spiritual psychotherapy, kinesiology and nutritional practice: in fact, she recommends to each client that they practice Donna's Daily Energy Routine no matter what their presenting issue. This alone, she feels, does wonders to change habits which may affect psychology, immunity, trauma, thought patterns, physical problems, family of origin issues, etc.
"Gopita, you are meant to be a healer!!!"
- Donna Eden, Holistic Health Pioneer
Author of Energy Medicine

ENERGY PSYCHOLOGY
Energy Psychology is based upon the work of David Feinstein, Ph.D, Donna Eden and Fred Gallo, Ph.D.
Building upon conventional therapeutic methods, Energy Psychology utilizes techniques from acupressure, yoga, qi gong, and energy medicine that teach people simple steps for initiating changes in their inner lives. It works by stimulating energy points on the surface of the skin which, when paired with specific psychological procedures, can shift the brain's electrochemistry to:
• Help Overcome Fear, Guilt, Shame, Jealousy, or Anger
• Change Unwanted Habits and Behaviors
• Enhance the Ability to Love, Succeed, and Enjoy Life
"Dear, Sweet Gopita makes me cry for all her honesty and willingness to teach us what has been given to her. She lives her life right before her eyes, and you can't get more spiritual integrity than that."
- T.B. Covina, California



SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE / SPIRITUAL MENTORING
Gopita offers counseling sessions of 55 minutes per visit.

She endeavors to focus on re-framing her client's personal stories in the context of spiritual awakening. It is her firm belief that each and every person who comes to her office - a phenomenon which occurs never by accident - is a "mystic without a monastery", and she encourages her clients to re-visit their personal lives in this context.

She believes we are on this earth to awaken to our true nature, and there is never one right way. There are as many ways to "awaken" in this world, in this realm, as there are individual souls, and the excitement in exploring this with each unique individual, without rigid concepts, without one right way! or wrong way! is what Gopita uniquely offers.

"Her crazy wisdom and sharp mind, coupled with gentleness beyond anything I have experienced, brought me to recognition of my true Self unlike anything I had ever known. Thank you, Gopita, thank you, and thank you!!!"
- Y.D., New York City, N.Y.

Gopita studied Family Systems and has great reverence for any stage of exploration in family-of-origin work. She has specialized in ACOA issues (Adult Children of Alcoholics), and particularly in dysfunction and the family system. Again, all of these interpretations are framed within the context of spiritual emergence.

Each session with Gopita is kept at a cost that is about the same as a psychotherapy session. It is essential to pursue this work with dedication, and for this reason, Gopita keeps her rates low, but insists on dedication to weekly sessions.

Telephone sessions are available for a separate cost schedule.

PayPal is accepted (no credit cards please!)


THE WORK OF BYRON KATIE
The Work of Byron Katie is a deeply transformative process of inquiry that is helping people around the world approach their problems from a perspective of clarity and inner peace.
As a species, we human beings tend to put our happiness on hold until something changes. We'll be happy, we think, when we get what we believe we want or need: more money, a healthier body, a more attractive or understanding partner, a loving mother, children who behave. Many of us spend our lives trying desperately to get the world and the people in it to satisfy our desires. No wonder we don't feel any lasting sense of peace; mentally we're continually engaged in war with reality.
And Katie says that reality is always kinder than the story we tell about it. Haven't you noticed? In 1986, Byron Katie experienced the profound realization that without any story about how life is supposed to be, we are left with peace far beyond what we hoped to find through wish fulfillment. On the other side of our myths about reality is reality itself, indescribably joyful-and unknowable as long as we keep trying to change it. Only when we give up "what should be" can we experience the perfection of "what is."This "giving up," however, can't be achieved by the thinking mind. (Hoping to give up attachment, the mind subversively attaches to a concept of liberation.) The remedy that brought Katie her freedom is something she calls The Work, a penetrating inquiry process of four questions and a "turnaround." By exposing unconscious beliefs to the clear light of direct investigation, the mind wakes up to its innocent mistake and drops its losing battle.
"Gopita, you are one of the kindest hearts I know. It is an honor to sit with you."
- Byron Katie
Author of Loving What Is, with Stephen Mitchell, and Founder of The Work

Katie's web site, www.TheWork.com, is a rich resource of samples of this brilliant, radical way of questioning the mind and ridding ourselves of the confusion brought on by our self-limiting concepts. And everything is a concept. But only everything. And the only real suffering in this world, according to Katie, comes from confusion.

Trying to change someone is as useless as trying to teach a pig to dance. It is a waste of time, and it really pisses the pig off.

Gopita delights in helping with self-inquiry, and the process of dropping all "story" and asking only Katie's four questions:
• Is it True?
• Can I absolutely know it is True?
• How do I react when I think that Thought?
• Who would I be without the thought?

Often one enters a realm of peace and truth and laughter, one's true nature, trimming concept after concept after concept, with love, like a kiss. Then, the thought is turned around, and one sees, usually with astonishing clarity, that the opposite is also true, or as true, and the need for further conversation drops away as naturally as a morning breeze just effortlessly appears. The mind rests in its own still nature, until another thought thinks it, waiting, like a sweet, inquisitive child, to be held and questioned.

Faciliations are one hour in length and cost $125.00. Credit cards are accepted. Call 818.248-7258 for a free ten minute consultation.

It is highly recommended that a client read Katie's book, written with Stephen Mitchell, Loving What Is, and download several worksheets from Katie's web page, www.TheWork.com before setting up an appointment. This makes full use of our hour together, as guided inquiry leads us both, facilitator and client, to our freedom again and again and again.




LIVING ESSENCE
Gopita offers counseling sessions of 55 minutes per visit.

Sessions in the Living Essence work allow a sacred space which honors and encourages your own natural state to reveal itself. As we notice together old habits of identification, you will be guided into a deeply relaxed state where you can easily dissolve old patterns of duality and separation.

These states of deep relaxation, often called trance, are used to resolve phobias, undo habits such as smoking or overeating, but more importantly, each session can give the client a sense of their true Self, their true Spaciousness and Vastness. Often a silence so profound fills the room, I am left in awe and deep reverence for the power of this work. It is truly liberating.

"What is unique and unbelievable about Gopita is her range of healing modalities. She devours books. She can tap into her knowledge about non-dual scripture, or clinical hypnosis, or acid/alkaline balance in nutrition, or quantum physics! Not to mention her brilliant psychological insights due to her years of study as a psychotherapist. She is meant to be a healer in this world. She can do it all!!"
- T.K., La Canada, California

At times a client may experience deep energetic catharsis, and I am not only trained in, but am comfortable in many modalities of somatic release. I find it an honor to facilitate any level of injury or trauma as these may be expressed in these sessions.

I am deeply humbled by the many clients who have done this work with me in my office.

This work is for more advanced clients. It is recommended that one have been a psychotherapy patient for some time in one's life, have done a reasonable amount of family-of-origin work, be reasonably settled in one's life, and not be on any antipsychotic medication when doing this work. If one is in a 12-Step program, at least 90 days of recovery must pass before a session of this type may be employed.

States of mind are sometimes very fragile, and since we go deep into these states together, it is best to be reasonably intact. I therefore reserve the right to do an intake interview before Living Essence Sessions, and reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. I may make referrals to other therapists, or even to medical doctors. I may suggest another form of work with me, or with someone with similar training.

Sessions are two hours in length, and each session is $245.00.




STOP SMOKING NATURALLY
Our Natural Quit Smoking Program

This program works only with 100% commitment to the three-session program as explained and with complete attention to the required homework.

This program is about releasing the need to try to quit smoking. It is about awareness, or reality, or God.

It is about noticing "what is", and that the story we tell of what is happening is less kind than what is actually happening. So we work with the part of you that wants and needs to smoke, and the part which smoking enhances. As this is questioned and brought to acceptance, we see that smoking falls away, on its own. Any resistance to what is so presents an obstacle to love.

This program entails three sessions of hypnotherapy, spaced over approximately one month. This protocol may not be changed for any reason. I endeavor to work with the client according to a realistic schedule, but under no circumstances will I work within a time frame longer than five weeks.

The session and payment schedule is as follows:
• Session 1: Two hours + $300.00, payable in full at the time of session
• Session 2: 1 ½ Hours - $225.00
• Session 3: 1 ½ Hours - $225.00

Client may elect to pay instead; the cost of one year's smoking, in full, which will be greater. Some clients prefer to do this, as the incentive to money already spent makes quitting even easier. The cost for a year's supply is easily over $3,000.00.

In Session 1 the client agrees to all homework requirements which include buying a notebook, journalling each cigarette smoked as will be explained, to buy certain different brands of cigarettes, to drink a specified amount of water daily, to do breathing exercises, and, after Session 3, to use self-hypnosis a minimum of four times daily.

The therapist agrees to be available for phone support during the entire weeks of sessions and agrees to follow-up sessions should there be relapse in the first 90 days.

A tape will be provided during the last session, and it is required that this be utilized, also.



SERVICES PRICE LIST
Schedule of Services and Fees

Counseling/Spiritual Mentoring (and Skype):
Individuals, 55 Minutes: $165.00
Couples, 55 Minutes: $175.00

Living Essence Sessions/Hypnotherapy:
First Session: $245 (Two Hours)
Subsequent Sessions: One and one half hours: $195.00

Complete Nutritional Workup:
Two Hours: $450.00 (includes one month follow-up, email and phone)

Private Cooking Class:
(Up to three people only – four hours): $450.00 plus cost of food

Energy Work:
First Session: $240.00 (One and one-half hours+, including diagnosis)
Subsequent Sessions: One hour - $165.00
One and one-half hours - $185.00
Two hours – $210.00

Study Groups:
$120.00 per Six–Week- Session

Self-Inquiry Facilitation (The Work of Byron Katie):
One Hour: $125.00

Ear Candling with Foot Reflexology:
One Hour: $125.00

Gua-Sha with Energy Balance:
One Hour: $125.00

Travel:
All travel beyond 50 miles: $500 fee + sessions

(Non-negotiable – Please see separate schedule for Workshop Fees. Local travel negotiable)


POLICIES
Office Policies and Procedures

Gopita Katharine Manning, M.A., M.S.W.
EIN#: 01-0671399
Updated and Revised: January, 2015

Welcome!
I am delighted to be your psychotherapist/ spiritual mentor/Energy Medicine practitioner/nutritionist/kinesiologist/pastor/life coach/hypnotherapist, etc. My hope is that this document will answer any questions you may have about my professional services.

The following are some very general guidelines to my work with you. Please read this document carefully.

Your weekly appointment time is yours to keep. Your fee for my services is $____________. Should you cancel or postpone without a minimum of 24 hours notice, you will be charged the usual fee. If possible, an alternate appointment may be scheduled at a mutually convenient day and time. The fee for canceled appointments is due and payable at the beginning of your next scheduled appointment.

Therapy may be terminated after two consecutive cancellations at my discretion.

Should you require additional sessions, or longer sessions than the usual one- hour counseling sessions, I will do my best to schedule the time with you.

Fees
PAYMENT IS REQUIRED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH THERAPY SESSION. That means I require that you hand me a check in advance. The reasons for this are numerous. Please ask. I do not generally use a sliding scale, so please inquire about fees before we begin, so that there is no misunderstanding or disappointment. I raise my fees $5 per hour at the beginning of each new calendar year. Please see a price list of my services, if you have any questions. A $25 fee will be charged for any returned check.

Insurance
If you have health insurance, your visits may be partially reimbursed by your insurance company, although I generally do not qualify as a provider. Please request a SUPERBILL from me and you may submit the paperwork directly to your insurance company. Your insurance company requires diagnostic and treatment information before reimbursing you. I will release information to the insurance company WITH YOUR PERMISSION ONLY.

Confidentiality
Information disclosed in a session is confidential, except when related to physical or sexual abuse of a minor or an elder; or when there is a possibility of physical or sexual danger to the self or others. In the case of family or adolescent counseling, I will share information with other family members with permission only, providing a breach of confidentiality is not indicated for legal reasons.

Terminations
I have an ethical responsibility to continue our relationship as long as it is reasonably clear that you are benefitting from the relationship. We will need to discuss termination if you are unwilling to comply with my therapeutic recommendations or if you do not maintain your agreed financial payment. While I normally request that you schedule a minimum of six and a maximum of eight sessions with me after formally announcing a plan to stop treatment, at the very least please do not announce a plan to terminate over the phone and be willing to participate in at least one to two sessions in person to bring closure to our relationship. Termination can be a constructive and useful process and I request that you consider carefully this request before signing this contract.

Telephone
I do not charge for calls, and encourage my patients and clients to call me and make use of our relationship in this way. Should calls become too numerous and lengthy, we will discuss the appropriate protocol and need for reimbursing for this service.

Using Telephone Counseling in Lieu of In-Person Office Visits
Sometimes clients live a great distance and cannot make it in for a weekly counseling session. I am willing to schedule a session by telephone for 45 -55 minutes to avoid travel time. This has been of great benefit to my clients and I encourage you to take advantage of this option if we are in weekly sessions and work or illnesses intervene in our relationship.

Skype
Since 2012 I have utilized SKYPE as a means to work with clients and patients who are not local. This is also an excellent service for people who become ill or who cannot make a regularly scheduled appointment due to illness. Please inquire. These services are priced accordingly and are listed on my PRICE LIST. I utilize PAYPAL and invoice directly via email unless other arrangements have been made.

E-Mails
Please, under no circumstances, communicate with me through email. I see dozens of clients weekly, and I am unable to read, open, or respond to personal emails. Please do not schedule, cancel, or change an appointment with me through email (or in the rare case you have been given my cell phone number, by text). Any changes MUST be done by telephone. Sometimes you will receive a flyer or advertisement from "me", because you are on my mailing list. These "Email blasts" are sometimes executed by an assistant. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THEM.

My Services
As I do not work under the strict licensure of certain bureaus or protocols, I maintain firm boundaries and decorum, yet I do have many "dual" relationships. It is important that my clients know this, and understand that many of my clients see me professionally in many venues – as private patients and clients, as students, and/or as group members. I also consider anyone who sees me a friend. While I do my best to maintain some level of confidentiality and decorum, certain things will be revealed in this type of pastoral- type care, and it is important for new clients to realize that this may be different from other types of psychotherapy or treatment they may have had in the past.

Furthermore, anyone who signs a disclaimer, even and if they do not specifically enlist me at the time for Energy Work, allows me to touch their bodies, unless they specifically state otherwise in a written disclosure.

In Closing
My services to you may include nutritional advice, spiritual counseling, and other advice, but I in no way intend to provide medical or psychological counseling, and my services do not relate to, and are not offered or intended to provide these forms of treatment. My primary objective for you includes having you receive my support in the AWAKENING OF CONSCIOUSNESS. Hypnotherapy clients may receive clinical support for issues such as weight-loss, phobias, or the cessation of cigarette smoking, but these are goal-oriented sessions, and my desire remains primarily to frame all sessions in the light of spiritual counseling and spiritual awakening.


I acknowledge and agree with all the terms and conditions set forth in the above contract. For good and valuable consideration received, I do hereby release and discharge "Gopita" Katharine Manning from any and all claims and demands of whatever nature which I now have or may have in the future, relating to the counseling, advice or other services provided by Gopita Katharine Manning.

Client Signature______________________________________________

Print Name__________________________________________________

Date________________________________________________________

Policies and Procedures Addendum, January 2010, Updated 2013

© Gopita Katharine Manning, M.A., M.S.W. DBA Southern Fried Spirituality
818.248.7258

Pasadena Office: 444 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 9441

La Crescenta Office: 2361 Chapman Road, La Crescenta CA 91214

All Counseling and Psychotherapy Sessions are 55 Minutes and cost $165.00.

All Energy Medicine Sessions are constructed as follows:

One Hour Sessions ($165): The initial 15-20 minutes are spent in dialogue. The final 40-45 minutes are on the table, in silence. It is essential to note, for all EM sessions, that, during the dialoguing part of the session, I am actively observing hand gestures, meridians, and taking note (sometimes literally writing) of all facial observations. The lips, nose, eyebrows, eyes, tongue and especially the ears reveal more about the individual than most anything. My first observations are the most valuable. I am not only using my mind to engage, I am using my body as an alchemical tool. Once you are on my table, kinesiology and muscle testing are used to validate what I have already seen and intuited, for the most part.

One and a Half-Hour Sessions ($175): The initial 30-45 minutes are spent in dialogue. (Please see the explanation of the importance of this, above.) Often, clients discharge energy in speaking. It is a highly individual phenomenon. But I will not allow anyone to talk more than 45 minutes, and I insist on silence for the final ½ hour, as the contract you are requested to sign, explains.

Please understand, I am not necessarily giving you a psychotherapy session if I respond and counsel you during our initial dialogue. You are perfectly entitled to request "no feedback." But I find that most of you do not want silence, and most of you want a spiritual analysis of what you are saying to me, whether you have recognized this, or not.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS
2017 Calendar of Workshops and Events

LET'S TALK ABOUT GOD!

Monthly Satsang, (Meditation, Chanting, Dharma Talks, Dialogues)

February 18, 2017

March 18, 2017

April 15, 2017

(See below for details)

Workshops in June and September about THEORIES OF CREATION: THE BIG BANG, THE RIG VEDA, GOD’S BREATH: HOW DID IT ALL COME TO BE? (Dates and time TBA)

It should be a good year!

Very ancient scripture, called the Spanda Karakas, or Doctrines of Vibration, predicted about five thousand years ago, that modern time would be called KALI YUGA, the dark ages.

These scriptures got as specific as saying that hairstyles would become more important than spiritual practice, and that we would see enormous greed and superficiality.


The scriptures (from Kashmir) went on to say, however, that there was hope for us. Not on a grand scale, but on a small scale.

We were advised that if we could keep satsang in our heart, paying attention to God and not to the drama-de-jour, realizing that where we placed our attention we built an altar:

WE WERE PROMISED PEACE AND A DIRECT CONNECTION TO GOD.

Turning away from the karmic nonsense of the so-called world, and turning within through meditation and good company, becomes a lifetime practice of liberation and joy. It is our birthright, the promise of a benevolent universe just waiting to fulfill itself.

Come and meditate in a group and feel this power each month. Drink from the well of satsang.

SATSANG WITH GOPITA

WHEN:SATURDAYS, February 18, March 18, April 15, 2017 (third Saturday evening of the month) and continuing monthly, as time and interest allow

WHERE: Gopita’s home, La Crescenta, CA

COST: $40.00 per person, or $45.00 at the door. Pay for 3 for $100.00!

TIME: 7:00p.m. until 9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Details: 818.248.7258 for details and to register. Please pay by check to Katharine Manning, 2361 Chapman Rd., La Crescenta, CA 91214 or www.SouthernFriedSpirituality.com

Please wear comfortable clothing if you want to meditate on the floor.

Workshops in June and September on THEORIES OF CREATION, TBA

 

Did you know that if you had osteoporosis and visited a Chinese Doctor, your KIDNEY MERIDIAN would be treated?

Did you know that the kidneys and heart produce the same hormone called erythropoietin, and that this is the hormone of choice for cyclists who want to cheat in a race? This is the hormone that determines if you have enough oxygen in your blood. The HEART AND KIDNEY are linked in Chinese medicine.

Did you know that if you are a man with sexual problems – premature ejaculation, inability to maintain an erection, low or high libido – you would be talking about KIDNEY problems?

Did you know that if you have a swollen, puffy face – especially under the eyes – you are talking about KIDNEY issues?

Did you know that VITAMIN D (which is only absorbed through sunlight) turns into a substance called calcitrol after it is metabolized by the kidneys? The endpoint of transformation of this important vitamin and hormone is the kidneys?

Did you know that the adrenal glands - which sit on top of the kidneys - are actually part of the kidneys?

Did you know that the right kidney houses the powerful and mysterious "gate of vitality"¯ - the MING MEN?

Did you know that the phosphoric acid in soda will not only cause bone weakening but will destroy your kidneys, causing a severe imbalance in the kidneys' ability to maintain a balance of sodium and phosphate in the blood?

Did you know that the hormones adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, epinephrine, cortisol, renin, and erythropoeitin are secreted by the kidneys?

AND FINALLY, DID YOU KNOW THAT KIDNEY IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WATER ELEMENT AND BECAUSE THE KIDNEYS FILTER WATER FROM THE BLOOD, IF THERE IS ANY IMBALANCE, THE CRYSTALS THAT THE KIDNEYS FORM FROM THE ELEMENTS IN OUR BLOOD TO MAKE OUR BONES WEAKEN . THIS CAN CAUSE OSTEOPOROSIS, (NOT TO MENTION TISSUE SWELLING AND EDEMA...and madness and poor choices and sexual problems and, and...)

And finally, finally: In Chinese Medicine if you have weak kidneys, or JING, you will certainly be crazy. "The Kidneys store JING and JING houses willpower."

Our Workshop will only hold 12 Students. Reserve a place early and pay a $6 discount!

Where: La Crescenta

When: Sunday, November 13, 2016

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Noon

Cost: $75.00 ($69.00 if paid by 10/15)

Send a check to “Katharine Manning” to 2361 Chapman Rd., La Crescenta, CA., 91214 Or PayPal,

February 28, 2016
THE GOOD NEWS: YOU CAN ONLY DO GOD'S WILL!!!

An After-Valentine's Day Workshop for Your (True) Beloved

There was such a good response to my Christmas newsletter about the "Good News" that I have decided to have a workshop on this subject. How many of us feel like "we did it wrong?"

How many of us go into shame or guilt when we think we did something we might have done better? What if you could be assured there could never be anything that happened "wrong?" What if you could be assured - AND YOU CAN BE - that everything, absolutely everything that happens in this world - is perfect and meant to be? That means nothing happens that is not perfect or meant to be. Mind blowing!!!

This workshop will be quiet and contemplative as well as active. Bring a notebook and pen and comfortable clothes. We will be doing sitting meditation, Vipassana, (walking meditation), and we will learn techniques to quiet the mind in daily life, like japa and dharana. We will learn the quality of bhavana (right attitude) and how this can aid our realization. We will also learn how to inquire into stressful thoughts.

Come with an open mind and a willing spirit. Come and be willing to realize that your true lover has been inside you all the time. Come and let God do the rest. After all, isn't this what happens anyway?!

Come, come,
Whosoever you are!
Wanderer, Worshiper
Lover of leaving.
Yours is not a caravan of despair;
Even if you have broken your vows a thousand times or more,
Come,
And yet come,
Come again.

- Rumi

Register and pay in full by February 10 and pay only $69!!
February 28, 2016, Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
$75.00
La Crescenta, CA

April 27 - May 1, 2016
Advanced Class with Donna - Radiant Circuits

Information for this event is coming soon.

Sunday, May 15 2016
FIND YOUR FIVE: HOW ARE WE DOING MID YEAR WITH THOSE NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS?

Here it is mid-year; time to check up on those commitments we made January 1, when many of us decided to make changes in our diet, exercise plan, spiritual practice...right? We ALL knew we would stick to those New Year's resolutions - this time.


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Cancellation Policy
Amount of refund at 100% if cancellation is in writing and received seven days before event for which a participant is registered. If the request is issued up to six days before the event, a partial refund may be offered at the discretion of the Instructor. Absolutely no refunds for no-shows or cancellations 72 hours prior to any workshop.

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2015 Monthly Workshop Series
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Katharine Manning
2361 Chapman Rd.,
La Crescenta, CA 91214

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