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Souldish NYC Events: January 23 – 29

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This week in New York City, bundle up and check out CoSM’s Entheocentric Salon, The Alchemy of Love, Sitar, and more.

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=====Save the Date=====

Reality Sandwich & Jivamukti Yoga School Present…

Saturday February 2, 8pm – 4am

What happens when America’s most visionary city starts building a new world by living out its dreams?

Take an overnight journey into a realm of new possibilities with otherworldly music, performance, ideas, art and alchemy. Drift through a labyrinth of rooms full of enchanted activities, glowing and pulsing artwork, exotic performers, magical chill caves, futuristic playgrounds, and endless spontaneity.

Featuring: Globesonic’s (Fabian Alsultany & Derek Beres) electrifying melting pot of Afro-beat, tabla, drum ‘n bass, global trance, dub, hip-hop, and house. Haj (Resident DJ of Sub Swara & Freek Factory) and his “low-end monkey business that’s more about journey than genre.” Hercules’ (Safetycan) Hobo Tech, Freshstep and Deep Electrofunk.

Glass Bead Collective’s “Spaceship Inflatable,” Peripheral Media Projects’ {E}volutionary {E}volver Printing, Scott Draves’ “Electric Sheep,” Blinky Art by Fort-Da/Image Node, Dr. Brainwave’s “Mind Machine,” Face Painting by Kostume Kult & Friends, “Gastronome Cache-Cache: The Masked Meal,” Bill Kennedy’s gaggle of dream geese, Future Unincorporated’s “Poll of the Future” by Cassie Thornton, “Entheogenic Plants of the World” with Nat Bletter, chakra balancing with Lisa Paul Streitfeld, “Restoring the Revelation Dream” with Rodger Kamenetz, C. Eule Dance: “Flight of Fantasy” with video by Yuliya Lanina, ecstatic drumming with Jay Michaelson, hula-hoop instruction with Stephanie Radia, “INFINITY” mannequin installation with Kundalini Couture/Wearable Art by Selma Karaca and video by John Knowles., “Chakracise” with Kiana Love, interactive light installation by Seej, Michael Robinson’s “Universus” project, video art by Love Intelligence Group and The Housewives’ Guide to AnatomyD… And, of course, that bold beautiful dreamer – YOU!

Evolvitorium, 8:30p: “Asanas and Ayahuasca”
In this talk Sharon Gannon (co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga) and Reality Sandwich’s Daniel Pinchbeck (author of “2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl”) compare and contrast yoga and shamanism and how these ancient techniques might just save our world today. Opening by Jivamukti co-founder David Life.

Communion Square Cafe: Courtney Weber – MC and Astro Hour with musical accompaniment by Eric Holloway, sitar and Sufi poetry with Dawoud Kringle and Asad Khan, Divine Drum & Bass Hip Hop with Naada, fantastical storytelling by Martin Dockery, David Life live, Jessica Star’s Burner-Country music, Michael Brownstein’s “Must Not Sleep,” and Bill Kennedy on the mike. Yummy vegan food, sumptuous smoothies, & fair trade coffee.

Dreamy Costumes Highly Encouraged! 18+ with ID or all ages with a parent. No alcohol will be served. You’ll need to take off your shoes when entering the dream so don your funkiest socks or slippers and make yourself comfortable.

This is the first in a series of freakishly fun experiments from Reality Sandwich. Their goal is to spread ideas, connect people and reinvigorate life with creativity and spirit. As the seasons change, expect more invitations to participate in reality-changing events.

If we can build it here, we can build it anywhere. So, let’s get together, New York, and start dreaming.

Saturday, Feb 2, 8p (doors) to 4a
Jivamukti Yoga School
841 Broadway, 2nd Fl. (between 13th & 14th St. at Union Square)
$15 advance tickets, $20 door
Tickets: /

=====Thursday, January 24=====

Your Papers Please: What the Real ID Act Means for American Values

Join the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the New York Alliance Against the Real ID Act and the New York Civil Liberties Union for a forum on the Real ID Act. New York was the first state in the country to sign a contract with the Bush Administration to implement a national identity card. Join a group of experts including Udi Ofer of the New York Civil Liberties Union, Jim Harper of the Cato Institute and New York State Sen. Eric Schneiderman, (D-Upper West Side) as they discuss what a national ID card would mean in New York. What does a national ID card mean for New Yorkers’ privacy? Would spending millions of security dollars on a national ID card make us safer? What can New Yorkers do to stop the Real ID Act?

(7p, free)
New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 W. 64th St. at Central Park West; 212.607.3358
[email protected].

=====Also on Thursday=====

Booksigning “The Weiser’s Concise Guide to Alchemy.” Brian Cotnoir

Learn what Alchemy is and how to unlock its secrets. Discover the relationship between physical and metaphysical science and how to perform actual physical experiments and formulas for work in the herbal and mineral kingdoms. Brian Cotnoir is an independent researcher. He has been studying and experimenting with alchemical procedures for 35 years. He has published articles on alchemy in Parachemy: Journal of Hermetic Arts and Sciences, the alchemical bulletin of Frater Albertus. He is author of “The Weiser’s Concise Guide to Alchemy.” He recently presented two papers on Alchemy in Granada, Spain.

7 – 8p, free
East West Cafe
78 5th Ave.

=====Friday, February 1st=====

Book Signing

About The Five Spirits are the Taoist map of the human psyche. The system provides a mythical view of the nervous system and forms the basis of Chinese medical psychology. It also describes a precise and efficient technology for spiritual transformation, the process through which a human being rediscovers their essential wholeness and innate connection to the divine. The Five Spirits can be understood as the Taoist version of the Chakra System of Vedic India. Like the chakras, the spirits exist as centers of consciousness in the subtle body rather than as structures in the physical body. Just as each chakra relates to a particular level of consciousness, each spirit relates to a particular aspect of human awareness, a particular vibration or frequency of psychic energy. An understanding of the Five Spirits is the key that opens the doorway to the mysteries of Taoist psycho-spiritual alchemy. By taking advantage of the discoveries of Western archetypal psychology and new discoveries about the mind and nervous system, we can decipher the Five Spirits and reorganize the system in a way that has proven to be clinically invaluable in treating psychosomatic, emotional, and psychospiritual distress.

(7p – 8p, Free)
East West Cafe
78 5th Ave.

=====Saturday, January 26th=====

CoSM Entheocentric Salon

8p-10p Discussion with Alex Grey “Strength Through Peace” then, live painting with Alex an Allyson Grey, Gizem Bacaz, amy Angeles and Sharon Fulcher. Live Music performances by The creamsicles, mikio, alien ambassador, spiro and in the Hall of Spirits, Radio Free Static and DJ cloud. Environmental Deco by Phantomime. The Entheocentric Salon events are always pleasing and inspiring. I highly recommend this event.

(8p-3a, $20)
Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
542 W 27th St. 4th Flr

=====Also on Saturday=====

Reading: Debbie Nathan “Pornography”

While the sexual and moral compass here in the U.S. generally points toward ‘porn is bad’, demand and access to pornography has grown to unprecedented levels. Journalist Debbie Nathan takes an objective view on the social issues surrounding it. Thoroughly researched and written in friendly language for a young audience, Nathan’s “Pornography” explores how young people take a critical approach toward this medium. Step out for a lively and important discussion, ’cause we ask, we tell, right?

(7p – Free)
Bluestocking Bookstore
172 Allen St btwn Stanton and Rivington; 212.777.6028

=====Also on Saturday=====

Alchemy Performance

The Alchemy community is a collective of dancers, both students and professionals, who study with Sarah Johansson Locke. Come join us for a vibrant evening that will showcase tribal fusion improvisation, new choreographies, and more. Performances by Alchemy Dance Theater, the Alchemy Tribal Collective, and Alchemy students.

8:00p, $10
OM Factory
265 West 39th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) 17th floor

=====Also on Saturday=====

Bedouin Soundclash with Westbound Train and Beat Union

Great psychedelic and reggae inspired sounds. Pray for snow, but if your wish doesn’t come true, why not go down the shore for the weekend?

The Stone Pony
Doors: 7:00 pm | Show: 7:30 pm
913 Ocean Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ; 732.502.0600

=====Sunday, January 27th=====

Sitar Performance with Dawoud Kringle

This is an important concert where Dawoud will premier some new music, in a theatrical setting at New York City’s legendary Living Theater. Dawoud has performed at CoSM during several Full Moon Celebrations. His music is exquisite, he is a true master Sitarist. This should be an amazing show. I highly recommend this event.

($5, 7p)
The Living Theater
21 Clinton Street

=====Also on Sunday=====

=====January 27th=====

Life-Shifting: The Art of Self-Renewal
with Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. and Judith Fox, M.S.

Join two experts in making more powerful life choices for an information-packed four hour program designed to help you kick-off 2008 renewed, refreshed and revitalized! Psychologists Dr. Jeffrey Hull and Judy Fox will share with you transformational principles from their forthcoming book, including powerful practices guaranteed to help you move with ease through the inevitable upheavals of 2008.

(11a-3p, $75)
Life Shifting: The Art of Self Renewal
East West Yoga (Yoga Studio West)
78 Fifth Avenue

=====Also on Sunday =====

Gaian Mind presents Healing Ananda: Benefit/Release Party @ Libation, NYC

Come out for an NYC Sunday stompfest courtesy of Gaian Mind! Starting at 3PM and stretching to midnight, don’t miss this rare opportunity to rock out with Gaian Mind — including live sets from Aphid Moon and Kenji Williams — and all with keeping your circadian rhythm on track for the week ahead. All proceeds from this event go to Healing Ananda, daughter of Gaian Mind founder Allen Milletics & wife Melanie. Visuals by Severyn and Guillaume If you’re unable to attend but would still like to offer support, your prayers, awareness, and sponsorship are graciously welcomed. Also — the Healing Ananda benefit compilation is soon to be released. Tracklisting at the bottom!

Main Room:
DJ Knife; KenjiI Williams – Live Set!; DJ Andrew light; Grains of sound – DJ/VJ Set!
Progressive Room (6 pm – 12 am):
DJ Gavin; DJ Earthian; DJ Karmakanik; DJ Luis; Aphid Moon – Live Set!
Chill Out Room: -Kid Friendly-3 pm – 8 pm

(3p – 12a, Minimum donation at the door is $30, orvisit 28thday for $25 advance tickets.)
137 Ludlow Street

=====Monday January 28=====

Wealth Without Poverty: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel with Acharya (Master Teacher) Eric Spiegel

Eric Spiegel is recognized as a Master Teacher (sanskrit, Acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, of which he has been a student since 1971. Please join us for his return lecture at the Interdependence Project. Despite all of our teachings telling us how fundamentally wealthy we are, we seem to continue to struggle with Poverty mind and its twin, Pride mind. How can we actually start to integrate these teachings into our lives? Acharya Eric Spiegel combines his experience on Wall Street and his practice of the Shambhala dharma to teach on wealth from a Buddhist point of view. Eric’s unique personal journey has included a 22-year career on Wall Street, becoming treasurer of a private investment firm. When the firm was acquired in 2000, Eric took advantage of his freedom and good fortune to explore new opportunities for practice and teaching. This journey has taken him to Shambhala Centers across the US; he has taught at Seminary (month-long intensive study and practice retreats) programs at Shambhala Mountain Center in Colorado, Karmê Chöling in Vermont and at Dechen Chöling in France. Eric has been involved in an ongoing contemplation of death and dying as part of his life and practice. He has worked extensively with people with HIV, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, helping them explore the nature of mind as their physical conditions evolve. This has often resulted in pastoral work helping family and friends of those who have died to connect with the raw and wakeful tenderness of impermanence. Eric spent several years as treasurer of the Stonewall Community Foundation and has recently taken a more active role teaching dharma in the gay community through the groups Queer Dharma and Diamond Metta. His background on Wall Street has inspired him to explore the Buddhist teachings on wealth. As a certified yoga teacher he is experimenting with programs that combine meditation and yoga and often incorporates movement into his teaching. Acharya Spiegel teaches on understanding the transitions of Life and Death, and on relating with the power and energy of Wealth from a sane, empowered view point – and on the general lack of insight into this topic that pervades our culture.

(7p – 9p, $15 or $10 (students/unemployed))
Lila Center
302 Bowery @ Houston St., 2nd fl.; F/V, D, 6, R/W trains all nearby

=====Tuesday, January 29th=====

Tibet House’s introductory meditation classes were featured in New York Magazine’s top picks (4 stars).

Intended for All Levels – No Meditation Experience Necessary. Tibet House Shrine & Gallery will be open for Silent Individual Meditation @ 6p – Instruction Begins at 7p. Each Session is intended to Stand Alone. One of America’s leading spiritual teachers and authors, Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Sharon’s latest book is The Force of Kindness, published by Sounds True. She is also the author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience, published by Riverhead Books; Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness and A Heart as Wide as the World, both published by Shambhala Publications; and co-author with Joseph Goldstein of Insight Meditation, a Step-by-Step Course on How to Meditate (audio), from Sounds True. She has edited Voices of Insight, an anthology of writings by vipassana teachers in the West, also published by Shambhala. Sharon Salzberg is cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts. She has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. The ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (mindfulness) and metta (lovingkindness) are the foundations of her work: “Each of us has a genuine capacity for love, forgiveness, wisdom and compassion. Meditation awakens these qualities so that we can discover for ourselves the unique happiness that is our birthright. -S. Salzberg This is a Walk-In Class. Please Call Day of to Confirm Session is being held. Suggested Donation: $10.00.

(7-9p, $10)
Tibet House
22 West 15th St.; (212) 807-0563

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