An audio recording of an online interactive satsang with Adam Chacksfield, hosted by Open Circle Center in February 2018.
A recording of a live interactive online satsang with Adam Chacksfield, hosted by Open Circle Center July 2017.
A recording of Adam Chacksfield’s live interactive online satsang hosted by Open Circle Center in March 2017.
An audio recording of an online interactive satsang with Adam Chacksfield, hosted by Open Circle in March 2017.
An audio recording of Adam Chacksfield’s opening meditation for the live interactive online satsang hosted by Open Circle Center in December 2016.
A recording of Adam Chacksfield’s live interactive online satsang hosted by Open Circle Center.
Rick Archer interviews Adam for his popular online show “Buddha at the Gas Pump”. You can watch this video by clicking on the image above.
We’re delighted to post another interview with Vera Condivisione. You can see this video by clicking on the image above, or on this link.
The “Five Minutes of Opening to the Whole Field” video shares the esssence of falling open beneath the words. It is a powerful invitation to return to the direct experience of the whole field. It was recorded live during a Falling Open course meeting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhMFkNNErMM&feature=youtu.be
This new video is a clip from the final session of the first Falling Open course. The video starts with Joseph, one of the course participants, speaking to me. You can see the video by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/ighJ1LDGvDI
or on the image above.
This video is the first part of an interview by Vera Condivisione (Italian for True Sharing). You can see the video by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwszCWcuAvk&feature=youtu.be or the image above.
This video was recorded during a live satsang as part of my Falling Open course. It starts with me responding to a participant’s question. The image is frozen during the first few seconds of the video. You can see the video by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3P8SqHe_n8 or the image above.
This new video was recorded live during the Falling Open course. The video starts with one of the course participants speaking to me. You can see the video by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eijEIVDsfKQ or on the image above.
This new video is from the final session of the Falling Open course. The video starts with Joseph, one of the course participants, speaking to me.
Receiving The Whole Gift
At an early age most of us were taught to distrust ourselves. We learned that some of our feelings were not at all welcome here, and that only parts of us were worthy of love. To cope with this we’ve developed habits of numbing ourselves, contracting our bodies, and hiding parts of us to try and convince ourselves and others that they don’t exist.
We typically find it hard to allow feelings of neediness, anger, or grief, and we rarely want to acknowledge how wild and unpredictable our feelings are. So we try to ignore what is being felt with endless strategies of distraction and pretend that our thoughts are in charge. We’d rather shut down and be dull, than be bad and unworthy of love.
But is it really true that what we feel can make us bad? What does your heart want for the one experiencing needing, frustration, or sadness?
We are invited to receive the full gift of life by simply opening to whatever we are given to feel. When we fall open to this felt experience, a deeper and more subtle universe of sensation appears that is far beyond anything the mind can grasp with its clunky labeling system. We get to fully taste innumerable flavors of life energy moving through us, mixing, and mutating without any regard for the mind’s “shoulds” and “shouldn’ts.”
At this point, our trained distrust of our true nature often raises fearful objections, like “if we surrender to our life energy rather than asking our minds to move us about, what will stop us hurting or killing people?” Such questions can only be satisfyingly addressed by feeling the truth of our actual experience. It is only in such direct experience that we can start to sense how compassionate, wise, and authentic action spontaneously arises when we are available to everything moving through us.
Actions that are guided by the heart, and energized by the inspiration behind them, require no additional validation. There is no higher authority. Participating in such action is worth more than any amount of the goods that the mind pushes us to seek by cutting off parts of ourselves.
But believing all this is not the same as actually receiving the full gift. To receive, we simply turn to the gift that is here right now: these felt sensations, just as they are, regardless of whether the mind says “gift” or “yuck.” When we feel into what is really here we’re leaving behind the realm of what the mind thinks it knows, and exploring the fresh and wild terrain of this moment. We don’t need to establish any new mental categories of “feelings good” – “thinking bad.” Instead we can just taste full the flavor of the moment, regardless of whether thinking is happening or not.