Meditation, it’s so much more than relaxation!

February 10th, 2018, 6pm -7:30pm, Mandala Hair and Wellness Studio, Santa Cruz 

For sure, meditation achieves many of the health benefits as relaxation: decreased blood pressure, reduced stress, treatment of insomnia, and so on. However, there is one fundamental difference between meditation and relaxation: meditation has a dynamic component of awakening that is not found in relaxation.

Meditation is about overcoming all mental limitations and discovering the giant inside – raising the voltage of consciousness.

In everyone’s life there are special moments when, perhaps under the pressure of external circumstances, the mind becomes unusually acute and clear, thoroughly focused, rooted in the here and now. The senses are sharp and precise. In a silent knowing of yourself, you draw from inner resources that are normally out of reach.

Suddenly, life has meaning. You feel AWAKE. Meditation, the inward path of awakening is independent of outer circumstances. Thought processes become fluid and speed up. The heart flourishes. Extreme life – a continuum of peace that is beyond anything the ordinary mind can comprehend. A completely new world opens in front of you. You are.

Moments like these are to the ordinary life what the waking state is to sleep – hence awakening.

Join us for a talk on the power of awakening and how meditation can transform you and the life you’re living.


 One Love and a Broken Heart

February 17th, 2018 at 1 pm, Pure Pleasure, Santa Cruz 


We all experience the excitement of falling in love and the hurt of a broken heart. These are the experiences that bring out the best of humanity in us… and sometimes the worst. Join us for a discussion on the energetic aspects of falling in love and of having our hearts broken.

Both these seemingly polar opposite experiences can bring profound openings and deepen our relationships with ourselves, our family, friends and ith spiritual connection, opening us up to the world in new ways.

We’ll dive into what happens energetically when we fall in love and when we lose love. Sharing ways to fully open to love, and techniques that will put us back together and heal the wounds of a separation.

 Death and Entity

February 25th, 2018 at 10 pm, Santa Cruz Waldorf School Eurythmy Room 


In this talk, we’ll jump into an exploration of energetic parasites, known as entities. And as entities are closely related to the process of dying, we’ll also have a lively discussion on death from a spiritual perspective.

Topics we’ll cover include:

Why are death and ghosts not as scary as we think?

What happens to us when we die?

What are these entities, or energetic parasites?

How do they affect our lives, health, quality of life – or do they?

Where do entities come from and how do they get lodged into houses, pets and people?

How can we prevent catching one and what do we do if we suspect we’ve caught one?

After a short talk on the basics, the format for this discussion will be primarily Q&A, please bring any and all questions.

Annie Upthagrove will be leading the discussion and will be sharing her knowledge and experience with us. Annie was initiated into entity clearing in 2005 and has made clearing entities a major part of her practice. For more information on Annie, please check out her website.


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