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The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience

  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

What is the nature of the human experience? We learn early to formulate our personal experiences in ways that validate the world as it appears to us. We divide experiences into “me” and “others," creating a dualistic view of the world. However, at some stage in life, we become aware that this duality mindset does not reflect our true experience or serve us, and that our lives are deeply connected to each other and the world. We are not “either/or” but actually “both/and."

This 4-session study of The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience by Rupert Spira will look clearly and simply at the nature of experience. The book is a series of contemplations that will guide us to understanding that our essential nature is neither body nor mind nor object nor subject, but rather presence, peace and the intimacy of oneness. The course will use sampled sections of the book, meditative inquiry, and other readings that explore the concept of "non-dualism," considered by some to be the ultimate experience of pure consciousness.

In preparation for the first class, please read p. 1-57 of The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience and bring a journal!

Jesse Rabinowitz, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in awareness work. He has led courses for Chrysalis in various topics exploring mindfulness & spirituality. Jesse's background is in Gestalt, Existential, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic approaches to therapy. He also has a theatre background and enjoys helping people maximize their creativity.

Dates & Times
Tuesdays, September 11 – October 9 (NO CLASS ON SEPTEMBER 18) 

$75 for Chrysalis members

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