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Depression is a happening that many people would love to see an end to when they experience it.  In this invitation, healing depression is really an invitation to meet what is happening in the moments that you are aware of that happening.

A very tricky part of dealing with depression is that it has become a ‘something’ to get rid of to fix, rather than a way that a person might feel in a moment.  Seeing this as a ‘something’ tends to make it much bigger than it actually is in any moment – makes it look like it is happening in more than a moment, and then that gets magnified and confirmed into more of a ‘something’ to get rid of and people react to it.

The reaction is usually an attempt to get away from feeling depressed; looking for something to divert oneself from what is actually occurring, to distract yourself or override it by doing something. Sometimes this can alleviate the feeling for awhile, as you divert yourself away from what you are feeling.  However, this does not address the energy itself and so it will show up again and again and may even intensify.  This is often seen as people get more and more depressed as they medicate themselves to not feel it or attempt to ‘be happy’ and do uplifting things to get rid of feeling depressed, and nothing ‘works’, of course, because the person is attempting to get away from themselves.

Depression is a happening that has occurred in my own life.  After attempting suicide when I was 15 and finding out from that attempt that I did, in fact, want to live, whenever I felt depressed after that, the idea of getting rid of myself to stop the feeling just wasn’t an option for me. If such thoughts would present themselves to me, I couldn’t take them seriously so I decided to find another way to respond when depression showed up.

When you can diagnose yourself and say:  ‘I feel depressed’, instead of looking for some way to get away from feeling that way,
1.  stop, sit down and close your eyes.
2.  breathe deeply for a few breaths.
3.  look inside of yourself to see where energy is held down – for where you feel ‘depressed’ – there will be some area of you where you can feel energy being pressed down, being de-pressed in actuality.
4.  continue to breathe, relax your body open and feel the energy that is being depressed, just feel it, do not attempt to change it.  Relax open and Be With this happening and see what happens.

This number 4 step can feel enormous.  You can support yourself to feel what is happening by remembering that this energy is already ‘in’ you, it is not being created by the space you are giving it, it is already there. This means that you are already ‘able’ to be with this – even if it feels like it will engulf you, you are already with it so go for it.  It has been held for you, like in a parcel, or gift, just waiting to be opened….this is the opening to the present, to that gift.  Trust yourself to feel what this is that is already with you.

I have worked with many many people over a 20 year span  who have experienced depression.  People who are very aware of themselves energetically, and those who haven’t been even looking at:  “How do I actually feel right now?” or looking at life as anything more than the mundane happenings.  No matter how subtly or not subtly they know how to be with themSelves, they are  always are able to find where energy feels depressed inside if they have said:  ‘I feel depressed’.  This is 100% of the people who I have coached to look to see and feel the energy that is being depressed in the moment, they find the energy.  You can too.

‘You’ are waiting for ‘you’ in the form of these energies that are being pressed down inside.  Welcome to more of yourSelf, receiving the gift of the moment.

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‘You’ are waiting for ‘you’ in the form of these energies that are being pressed down inside.  Welcome to more of yourSelf, receiving the gift of the moment.

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Love is not a commodity, not a happening that you ‘earn’.  It is an experience of life in the moment which already includes Love.  Relax open to That….Love is Here.

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This was written in response to a question a person asked via email:  What do you mean by ‘Unfolding to yourSelf”?
Unfolding to yourSelf.
Awareness is always expanding and exposing itSelf to itSelf… Consciousness is revealing itSelf to itSelf in each moment.  That is the happening called life.  So as you expand, more of you will be revealed – expansion is happening with all that is at play here in each moment, it is not something that you ‘do’ AND you can go along with it… I call this the unfolding of yourself to yourself.  You, as Awareness, expand (unfold so to speak) revealing more of what is – both as a person inclusive of all held energies (gifts that you get to receive consciously as they release), as well as the energetics of what appears here as a ‘you’.
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The Question:

“Since years (for most of those) some heavy emotions – such as anger, sadness, depression, anxiety,…- linked in relation with members of my family, are dwelling in me, creating in me a very obscure view of reality. Trying to take care of those and get free from them, I tried many things. Just to name a few, denying them, distracting myself or using positive thinking or suggestion only leaves me with the feeling of betraying myself or putting some stuff over “what’s there”, just pushing it further in me. Rationalizing or opening to the view of the others has helped a bit in broadening my view, but still, these emotions are staying there in my field, living through my thoughts, words or acts. Talking to the persons concerned, as tried, left me with the feeling that in most cases, this is something impossible and I then need to take care of it alone on my side.

I’d so much like to let go of these, “knowing” at some level that this is just scenarios, just the dream I built, and that my soul would have chosen these parents and family as the best soil for me to learn what I need to learn. Still, once again, “knowing” this doesn’t make these energies disappear and that’s some big things in which I feel stuck, without knowing how to manage them.
What I really want is to see the Truth through them (once again, I see enlightenment as the only real cure to this!). So these last days, I stayed alone, making my best to face this and feel them in my body. I know they are in my field, but I couldn’t locate (feel) them in my body. Just some scenarios often coming back on spinning in my head and that’s it, while I was, as usually, going back to the sensations in my body. Then, how can I manage those (to let them go, if that is what has to be)?”
S.C., Montreal, Quebec Canada

The Response:

Dear S.C.,
Thank you for your question.
Firstly, I feel to applaud your willingness to ‘hear’ what is really going on with all of this as well as your explorations up until now!  And, as you can see, Love will not desert you until the Truth of what is being invited is known or met – Love is with you in your curiosity and pursuit of the Truth of what this is all about.  So beautiful….

I like and agree with what you point to:  that your parents and family are the best soil for you to learn what you need to learn….why else would Consciousness arrange you to be born into this particular family with these particular parents?

Life is so beautifully and intrecately woven – a fabric made of one moment leading into the next with the weaver being Love itself.

All of what is occurring has its place in the Universe, in each moment, if it is Here.  The way we can know this is that it exists – obviously it has its place as it could not show up if not – it actually takes up the space (its part of the absolute) in the moment of its appearance as itself.  Yes, even Self that shows up as anger, sadness, depression and anxiety…they are equally part of the fabric of the moment if they show up, if they appear.

Love is calling, getting our attention if anger shows up…something matters to you if anger shows up.  (I will just use ‘anger’ as the example to respond for now).

Often what happens when the energy of ‘anger’ shows up, is our focus goes to the details of whatever gave rise to the anger, rather than allowing the focus to be curious about the energy of anger itself.

You share that you have felt the sensations as they rise, yet I am guessing that you have not done so with complete surrender yet.  This means that there can be no goal to feeling the sensations/energies – as if you will ‘get rid’ of them by feeling them.

Any little bit of an attempt to ‘get rid’ of any bit of what appears in the moment will keep it here as that push away (the attempt to get rid of it) is the exact energy that it will push back and continue to be here…with the side effect being the spinning thoughts about the scenarios.

Love will not desert you, it will not let go or disappear until you receive the Love of That.

This is very literal, in this case:  Love expressing itSelf as anger because something matters to your heart.  Anger would not show up otherwise.  It is handy to know this so you can look to see what it is that is ‘mattering’ to you in the moment that anger rises.

To do this, you do not need to actually be with your family members that happen to trigger anger alive in you, you can simply remember any time that this has occurred in what looks like ‘the past’ and the anger will show up.  You can consciously call on it to become present by using the mind to remember what happened in the apparent past when anger rose.  The details will appear freshly in the moment that you call them alive…that you invite them into the moment by thinking of them.  In this way we can make use of the mind.

Then (breathing deeply throughout) look to see what matters about the scenario to you, look to your heart for this.  This may come in layers, keep going until you feel totally satisfied that you have found out what matters to you about these details, then open to that – open to your own heart and feel the energy, perhaps pain or hurt, that might be there around these details.  Lay yourSelf down With these energies, give up attempting to change or get rid of them and instead feel them, exactly as they are – surrender to That (the expression of the energy might be anywhere in what appears as the body, not necessarily just the heart area).

You will only know if the surrender is complete, by bringing up the original scenario that enticed anger alive and see what happens.  If more anger, then follow that where it will lead you inside of yourself, keep with this process until Love is exposed… the energy will transform itself.

In this way you will find out, as a side effect, what Love has been attempting to share with you – the gift of the moment.

Thank you S.C. for asking this question, both for yourself and I imagine that many people who receive this Satsang Invitation will resonate with this.

With Love,
Canela

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Wonderful Ramana Maharshi made this question stand out across the ages: “Who AM I?” It can be used as a means to support a direct experience of that which is unknowable and indescribable yet we can be conscious of – That.

In looking for ‘I’ in the moment, one may find the vast, open nothingness and yet the person still remains in play as a person.

What can make finding the ‘nothingness’ elusive is often some aspect of ownership, as if there was a someone, (an ‘I’) who owned a mind, owned a body, owned a house.

It is very tricky because ‘owning’ being you is also essential to embodiment. This type of owning is not the same as if some bit of ‘what is’ is separate and can be held.

Owning in this case is a willingness to go along with all that is without grasping at that which appears here in any moment as if it were ‘yours’. We can be practical about this because we know that there is nothingness when you look for the ‘I’, so who could possibly own anything?

Residing fully with the human system as it appears in the moment (as That is) yes, this owning is supportive – to relax into this ‘Being you’, without owning it in a way of grasping it as if separate.

On the other hand, this grasping at ‘stuff’ that appears here as if separate can also be a great exercise. Not attempting to find the grasping, instead really go for grasping 100% so you can see how it is that ‘you’ do that. You become more conscious of this aspect of the play of you.

As many have pointed out over the years, there is only one way for you in being consciously conscious – your way. Seeing how it is you might grasp at what appears here, (really allowing yourself to play with this so you can see how you do that) can give you the perfect information to be able to stop grasping in any moment if you so choose. Without knowing how it is that it is happening, it can be very difficult to stop the action of that.

As per usual, this is only an invitation – a Satsang Invitation – to play with this question, to play with ownership, to play with grasping….to see what happens. Supporting you in finding the nothingness at play, simply as you, this human being that you are.

(If you do not understand any part of this Invitation, please do write and ask about it. Your questions are never printed or shared without your permission so it is a private happening.)

Newsletter

1. Thank you to everyone who joined with us for the weekend of Transformational Satsang in Victoria, and thank you to Karsten and Jyoti for hosting us and the Satsang gatherings!

2. Many people joined with us on the on-line Awakening as Love Retreat – thank you for attending from all over the world!! The retreat was recorded, you can watch it here:

3. Also, thank you to all who attended the Satsang that happened in White Rock on Nov. 8th and to Kevin for hosting!

4. Canela Michelle will be offering Transformational Satsang in London England with Nonduality London in April and in Brighton in May 2015, and yes, she will be in Prague in May as well! 🙂 Check out the details for those events here:

5. The electronic version of Canela’s book “Right Here, Right Now Meditations – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness”, foreword by Isaac Shapiro, is now available all around the world for your laptop, iPad, iPhone, androids, kindles, etc. Check it out here:

5. There are a few spaces left for individual Satsang sessions with Canela prior to her departure for Mexico. She will be off-line for awhile once in Mexico. Contact Canela to book a session or for any questions about this Newsletter through the contact page at: wwww.canelamichelle.com

6. You can check out the letters from people who have tasted this ‘flavor’ of Transformational Satsang groups and individual sessions: http://www.canelamichelle.com/letters-feedback

7. Canela goes where she is invited, consider inviting her to offer Transformational Satsang in your area or write to her to find out more info…follow your heart and all details will fall into place!

Sent to you with Love from Avalon, Bowen Island, BC, Canada

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This email is being sent to you from Avalon, Bowen Island, BC, Canada
Satsang Invitation
Your feedback and responses are welcome!

Today’s Satsang Invitation invites you to be newly with yourSelf – Newly You. The fact that you are new in each moment, just like a snowflake, doesnt matter much as that is how it has been and always will be. What does matter is whether you recognize this newness…in you, with you, all around this appearance as it is – this universe.

Since all is a play of energy, it is always moving, vibrating fast enough to make an appearance of solidness, as if you are solid. It’s this rapid movement of the atoms that creates this appearance. So we know that what we perceive is not solid but only appears this way in each moment.

In this constant movement, nothing remains the same…the hair is growing, or there are flakes of skin that are drying and being replaced by new skin in the case of baldness (how inclusive hey?!…lol…) the food is digesting, the blood is moving through out the system carrying the nutrients from the food. The whole mechanism is meeting each moment with the meeting of these atoms as they journey along, the domino effect, one bit changing the next bit, flowing. What a play…Awareness at play, with all of this. Where does it begin? Where does it end? It keeps on playing.

It is true that this is only a wee bit of the vastness at play that I am pointing to: hair growing, skin renewing, nutrients being received, and disbursed…change is happening. When looking at this small bit of the play, is it easier to see (when looked at as a flowing of energies) that it all moves together? That there is no separation within the play of it all?

You are new in each moment, and then new again in the next moment. Understanding that you cannot be stagnant, that even though there might be plays of Awareness (plays of Love in expression) that are uncomfortable, that it will change. Even though aspects of what appears here seem to be the same, they are not…look again, look for the newness. This can support a wonderful freedom as who could know how you are supposed to be?…You are new! Any idea of how you are life is supposed to be can be dropped…what a freedom.

Allow yourself more space for this newness of you, the newness of your heart and what That speaks to you, the newness of perception – how you perceive is also changing even though it may appear to not be. This is the same for everyone, so no need to stand by any judgements of yourself or others as if they will not change. You remembering the fact that change is happening, supports letting go of any judgement, gives more space, and therefore supports the flow of What Is…flow happens more easily, and because you are not separate (‘you’ are part of this flow) you feel more at ease too.

When you have felt stuck or trapped in some scenario, the reality is that there is newness that is happening. As soon as you look for this newness, this gives space for more newness, more space for you to relax with the flow of All.

Relax open and enjoy this new you, get to know yourself as the newness of That and this space will support expansion in all directions – without a push to change, change happens naturally with ease when you give yourself space and respond newly, freshly however you do. Start new again and again…as you are…go with That. Out of nothing this you continues to play here, this way and that way, however that is…it is a new play of you, a new play of Love.

Newsletter

1. Transformational Satsang with Canela is now scheduled for Oct. 24-26th, 2015 in Victoria, BC. Check it out here: http://www.canelamichelle.com/schedule

2. Canela Michelle has been invited (and she accepted) to be one of the teachers in the “The Awakening as Love Retreat” which is happening on Nov. 1st & 2nd. This is a free on-line retreat including Mooji, Gangaji, Nirmala, Gina Lake, Miranda Macpherson, Susanne Marie, and Tim Freke. Here is where you will find more info on that and be able to register: http://www.living-from-love.com

3. The electronic version of Canela’s book “Right Here, Right Now Meditations – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness”, foreword by Isaac Shapiro, is now available all around the world for your laptop, iPad, iPhone, androids, kindles, etc. Check it out here: http://www.canelamichelle.com/store

4. Including the info again in case you didn’t get a chance to listen to the interview of Canela Michelle by Jerry Katz on Nonduality Talk Radio. There are quite a few pointers within that interview as well as the felt sense of Satsang. You can listen to that here: https://soundcloud.com/tags/canela%20michelle%20meyers

5. Canela’s articles published in The Paradoxica Journal of Nondual Psychology:
Vol.5: http://paradoxica.ca/from-all-to-something-to-no-thing-to-all-that-is/
Vol. 6: http://paradoxica.ca/utilizing-the-story-for-embracing-self-by-canela-michelle-meyers/

6. Canela Michelle is still in Canada so Individual Satsang, and Couple Satsang sessions by phone or Skype (Canela calls you if by phone so no long distance charges apply) are available. Contact Canela to book a session or for any questions about this Newsletter & Satsang Invitation at this email address:canelamichelle@gmail.com You can check out the newly posted responses from people who have tasted this ‘flavor’ of Transformational Satsang groups and individual sessions: http://www.canelamichelle.com/letters-feedback

7. Canela goes where she is invited, consider inviting her to offer Transformational Satsang in your area or write to her to find out more info…follow your heart and all details will fall into place canelamichelle@gmail.com

Sent to you with Love from Avalon, Bowen Island, BC, Canada

Love is at the root of all of That which is occurring in each moment…no matter what it looks like!

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This Satsang Invitation: Harmonizing Corruption, is one that can be supportive to you in many ways.

Firstly, let’s look at corruption – what is that? To myself, corruption is when a person makes a choice towards an outcome that is not in alignment with their own Being, which would then not in the best interest of all.

Today corruption is rampant. Changes in the world are happening rapidly and people will either be going along with it; making conscious choices toward support of all (including the earth), or they will be reacting in fear; attempting to stop change or grab onto something, anything, to attempt to soothe the fear (which doesn’t work of course).

The choice point is where the moment is such an amazing support. Looking at the choices right in the moment, feeling into the possibilities, will give a person the best feedback on which way to take action, or not to take action.

This is the point that gets passed over, most people are reacting to what is happening, knee jerk reactions, rather than responding to the details of the moment as they present themselves with the conscious inclusion of themSelves.

A great way to do this is to stop and consider the details – I like to call them the smorgasbord of the moment or the game piece (peace too) of Now.

To consciously include the details at play, feel into them, let them speak to you. Do this by relaxing open to them (breathe deeply) allowing what appears as the details to come inside of what appears here as the form of ‘you’. In this way you are meeting the details personally, consciously.

After giving some space, some moments, to the details, see what wants to happen now. From here, you would be responding, not reacting. It is a way of contemplation that includes the energetics of what is happening. It may instigate a number of investigations of energy in different directions – follow that, let it lead you along. It might even be that this is what the details at play were all about and it is not even about making a decision.

When we say that a file is corrupted, it means that it can no longer function as it was intended, and this is the same for a person. That corruption will be inside of the person and until they meet whatever the play inside is, they will be bypassing a huge part of the play, excluding themSelves, and their choices will be a reflection of that corruption.

Life will bring moments of decisions to such a person, again and again, until they choose to Be With the details intimately, in a way that includes themSelves, rather than that reaction that stays focussed on the details as if they are outside of themselves. When the details are brought in, sat with, and allowed, the natural response is given space to be seen, to be heard, and the person (who is a representation of the Universe) can take action from there choosing the way of inclusion of all, the natural choice.

Meeting yourself consciously, no matter what is happening, brings harmony to potential corruption simply by this conscious inclusion of Self.

Newsletter

1. “Right Here, Right Now Meditations – Satsang Invitations for Expanding Awareness”, foreword by Isaac Shapiro, is now available as an E-book! Only $7.77 in Canada & USA, and relative prices all over the world. Check it out here: http://www.canelamichelle.com/store

2. Canela Michelle was interviewed by Jerry Katz on July 12th, 2014 on his radio show. There are quite a few pointers within that interview as well as the felt sense of Satsang. You can find the link here: https://soundcloud.com/tags/canela%20michelle%20meyers

3. Transformational Satsang with Canela has been happening in North Vancouver, Chilliwack, and White Rock – thank you to all who attended these events and to Brenda & Jim (North Vancouver), Janet Newport/Amythyst Book Store (Chilliwack), and Kevin Diakiw (White Rock). What a blessing to Be With you all!!

4. Dates are now set for Transformational Satsang in the Czech Republic in May 2015, and are being organized for Bellingham, WA, USA in October, and Brighton & potentially London, England so far. More info here: http://www.canelamichelle.com/schedule

5. The Paradoxica Nondual Conference 2015 at the University of Lethbridge is set for June 18th & 10th. It is such a wonderful community and dynamic nondual sharing in Lethbridge, Alberta – gratitude to Gary Tzu for the existence of this Conference and all of the people who do so much to support it to happen!

6. You can find out what ‘Stories’ are in existence for in Canela’s article in The Paradoxica Journal of Nondual Psychology: http://paradoxica.ca/utilizing-the-story-for-embracing-self-by-canela-michelle-meyers/
7. Individual Satsang, and Couple Satsang sessions by phone or Skype (Canela calls you if by phone so no long distance charges apply) are available. Contact Canela to book a session or for any questions about this Newsletter & Satsang Invitation at this email address: canelamichelle@gmail.com Check out the letters from people (it has been updated since the last Invitation) who have tasted this ‘flavor’ of Transformational Satsang (updated often): http://www.canelamichelle.com/letters-feedback

Sent to you with Love from Avalon, Bowen Island, BC, Canada

Love is at the root of all of That which is occurring in each moment…no matter what it looks like!

Blue Skies Shining on You from Here, Snug Cove, Bowen Island.

** Please just send an email to canelamichelle@gmail.com if you would like to discuss Canela offering Transformational Satsang in your part of the world**

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