“Nic speaks from the depths of his heart, sharing the profound and ancient message of non-duality in a simple, human, and very down-to-earth way. He doesn’t just lecture about Oneness; through his work in mental health he has been ‘putting theory into practise’ for many years now. With incredible patience, Nic meets with all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds who are often in profound distress, and brings deep listening and loving presence, which I believe are the foundations of true healing.” ~ Jeff Foster

Meeting you where you are, my one-to-one work is tailored to you. We explore your present experience and identify the apparent blocks to living the life that you are.

 

My name is Nic Higham, I’m a nondual therapist based in Leicester, UK offering nondual therapy, spiritual mentoring, psycho-spiritual counselling and coaching both online and in person.

Suffering is part of the human condition and can be a catalyst for spiritual insight if we are able to mindfully hold and attend to it. Sometimes we need the help of a caring teacher, helper, guide, healer or therapist to safely and effectively do so. With facilitated inquiry and someone to compassionately hold space, we find that our suffering consists of thoughts, feelings and mental images of desire and fear, and ultimately a sense of separateness. These can naturally loosen and unfold if given understanding and space. Stored trauma can be released and you can find greater clarity, harmony kindness and peace in your body and mind.

The way I work with clients is based predominantly on the teaching of the great Advaita teacher Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 – 1981), specifically what he called Nisarga Yoga. This kind of yoga is not a physical practice, but a blend of simple and effective principles of meditation and self-inquiry which I bring into a therapeutic space. For Nisargadatta, the greatest yoga is the knowledge of the true Self. My work is guided by the principles within books like ‘I Am That’ and ‘Consciousness and The Absolute’. I’m also inspired by Ayurvedic Psychology.

Nondual therapy is a safe space for bringing the layers of our conditioning and suffering into awareness and listening to the wisdom they have to offer.

The pressures of human life produce internal reactions, of which we are completely unaware. By identifying and meeting internal ‘energetic knots’ (bundles of feelings, sensations, images, thoughts) consciously, we soften or release their effect in the unconscious. By shifting the focus of awareness from the conscious body to the whole psyche we liberate symptoms of their need to call out to us in painful ways and reveal what they are trying to communicate. We no longer fight, avoid or reject the parts of ourselves that need attention, and in the process, we uncover our natural wholeness.

“My home is in the unchangeable, which appears to be a state of constant reconciliation and integration of opposites. People come here to learn about the actual existence of such a state, the obstacles to its emergence, and, once perceived, the art of stabilising it in consciousness, so that there is no clash between understanding and living.”

“This is what I call nisarga yoga, the Natural yoga. It is the art of living in peace and harmony, in friendliness and love. The fruit of it is happiness, uncaused and endless.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

What is nonduality?

As I write in my nonduality book, Living the Life That You Are, in a multitude of ways we seek an end to the brokenness we experience and with which we have wrongly but innocently identified. ‘Nonduality‘ simply means ‘not two’, or ‘one without a second’, and points to the fundamental wholeness of life.

“Nonduality” doesn’t mean “against duality”; it’s not meant to imply that duality is bad. Instead, nonduality is both the Deep Knowing of inseparability and an entire embrace of passing paradox. It’s the supreme balancing of the opposites. It’s authentic connection. It’s realisation. It’s unconditional love.

We rarely see that the parts of life we favour wouldn’t exist without their “complementary” aversions. This is the play of duality. It’s what gives life colour, texture, and meaning. Therefore, it’s not the diverse expressions of life that cause our suffering but our attempts to pursue one oppositional extreme—either yin or yang, not both. Yin and yang, however, are seamless counterparts and perfectly embodied by their context.

There is a life that lies beyond the laws of conditionality and linearity, beyond time and space, beyond the dualistic stories we tell ourselves. Sadly, we hide this life from view by guarding against the extinguishing of our individuality. We – you – are that very life.

 

My approach to therapy

“We are slaves to what we do not know; of what we know we are masters. Whatever vice or weakness in ourselves we discover and understand its causes and its workings, we overcome it by the very knowing; the unconscious dissolves when brought into the conscious. The dissolution of the unconscious releases energy; the mind feels adequate and become quiet.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Therapy is about healing, which is the compassionate movement needed to return to naturalness and wholeness. Nondual Therapy is a process which supports the release of energetic contractions in the psyche back to the Source qualities out of which they were formed.”

“Therapy involves connection beyond the isolation of the Separate Self. It draws on the healing elixir of awareness, through the art of silence and listening. Conflicts are received, seen and shared, and this has an immediate healing effect.”

– Georgi Y Johnson

“To reach the deeper layers of suffering you must go to its roots and uncover their vast underground network, where fear and desire are closely interwoven and the currents of life’s energy oppose, obstruct and destroy each other… This is the great work of awareness; it removes obstacles and releases energies by understanding the nature of life and mind.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Reality cannot be perceived in a true state if the individual is too heavily invested in the dream of his or her own life script… The role becomes everything. The whole world is exclusively filtered through the lens of a single, personal narrative. Though all the associated dramas and events are ultimately fictional, it doesn’t matter; it feels like the real thing.”

– Neil Kramer

“We must go to the origin of all outward manifestation, the source of all ingress and egress. It is a journey of truth, consciousness, and spirit. It leads to a place of supreme equilibrium. Only from there can the game be unmade. The purer the mind, the deeper the consciousness that passes through it. This purity naturally arises from the practice of the unfoldment: the clarity of the inner work, the power of conscious will, the manifestation of authentic heart. Strictly speaking, such things can only ever come from experiential encounter. They rarely, if ever, can be grasped from the secure hermitage of purely theoretical study. Once more, we have to do it before we can know it. Only by getting our hands dirty can we develop the discernment necessary for true unfoldment.”

– Neil Kramer

“Deep within the human spirit… there is a search unfolding—for a new vision of why we are here and what we may become… Spiritual practice, when cut off from the rich feeling-textures of personal life, can become dry and remote, just as personal life becomes narrow and confining when cut off from the fresh breezes of spiritual realization… [This new vision] can bring in focus the vital connections between mind, heart, body, soul, and spirit, so that we may recognize them as inseparable facets of a single, living whole. And on a practical level, it may also help us develop a more integrated approach to spiritual growth, health and well-being, relationship and human community.”

– John Welwood

“Good therapy is generally based on helping us get in touch with and express our emotions… The balancing point and natural alternative to inappropriate suppression and expression is releasing, or letting go… [Every] feeling that has been suppressed is trying to vent itself, releasing is merely a momentary stopping of the inner action of holding these feelings in so you can allow them to leave, which you will find they do easily under their own steam.”

– Hale Dwoskin

Testimonials

“I’ve started having sessions with Nic Higham less than two months ago and I already feel the good impact that it is having on my life, especially on my spiritual path. Nic offers and shares an accepting and loving space in which emotions, thoughts and sensations are free to flow, unravelling layers upon layers of conditioning, beliefs and deeply ingrained patterns. His openness and his first-hand experience in the non-duality field as well as in psychology permit him to wisely guide you in that space of open and curious awareness that you already are, always respecting your pace and your level of understanding. The human experience is not negated or bypassed, on the contrary, it is observed with deep respect and curiosity and regarded as the sacred and vibrating manifestation of Life that it is. From my experience with him, I can say that even if you already practise some form of self-enquiry his guidance can really help in going deeper, precisely toward the knots of suffering or emotional discomfort that more have the need to be held by our loving awareness. I warmly recommend Nic Higham to everyone who wants to explore some aspects of their life from the standpoint of non-dual wisdom as well as to everyone who wants to go deeper into this wonderful exploration.” – MP

“I have a deep interest in non-duality, I wanted help in dealing with the emotional baggage that prevents us from experiencing the benefits of a spiritual path, that the intellectual understanding is not enough, we have to experience and hence be able to apply the theory in our day to day life. Nic Higham has perfectly balanced the addressing of these emotional blocks and also included the non-dual perspective through discussions to help unfold the journey of self-discovery and self-love, which is what we are all here to discover. He has a good understanding of non-duality and along with his experience in mental health and qualifications is able to provide an effective support system for anyone embarking on this type of journey.” – AL

“When I first began my sessions with Nic Higham, I did not know what to expect, but I was desperately seeking a healing method that would go beyond a simple band-aid. Within 2 sessions I recognized that Nic is insightful, thoughtful and compassionate, and has a wide repertoire of techniques that helped me look into myself, visualize and strengthen my own ability to heal myself. That is real progress. This is not a canned approach by any means – I feel his method will go beyond healing and help with finding true inner peace and stability.” – PS

“Nic is an extremely clear non-duality teacher but also a great therapist and he combines the two perfectly, helping one find Truth and freedom in even the most painful or mundane everyday problems.” – PD


Book your appointment

Cost: I offer a sliding scale of £40 to £100 per 50-minute session (in person in Leicester UK, or online via Zoom). You can choose the amount in that range that best meets your financial circumstances.


Professional Qualifications:
– Level 4 Higher National Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling

– Certified Results Life Coach

– Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

– Neurological Re-patterning

– Ericksonian Hypnosis

– Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Skills

– Foundation Course in Groupwork (Group Analysis / Group Analytic Psychotherapy)

Professional Membership:
– Individual Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

– I’m also a member of the spirituality and private practice divisions of BACP

 


Read more about my approach to nondual therapy and coaching:

Click here for a detailed overview of my approach 

I am a facilitator of the Guna Inquiry – click here to learn more