“Once you realise that the person is merely a shadow of the reality, but not reality itself, you cease to fret and worry. You agree to be guided from within and life becomes a journey into the unknown.”
“Meet your own self. Be with your own self, listen to it, obey it, cherish it, keep it in mind ceaselessly. You need no other guide. As long as your urge for truth affects your daily life, all is well with you… This is what I call nisarga yoga, the Natural yoga.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
Is this you?
- You’ve read some nonduality or spiritual books and have listened to many spiritual teachers talk about awareness and awakening.
- You’ve had some glimpses of insight but feel lost or stuck.
- You want to move beyond an intellectual understanding.
- You’re not sure if you’re meditating or inquirying “correctly”.
- You want to take a deeper look into this stuff, get some clarity, and work through what seems to be holding you back from knowing, being and living your true Self.
- You want to embody the Truth pointed to through the message of nonduality.
You’re not alone. Nondual Mentoring could be perfect for you.
Nisarga Yoga as described in the book ‘I Am That’ is the ultimate search within, and to delve into our immediate sense of Being in order to connect with its non-dual source is the heart of Nisargadatta Maharaj’s approach.
Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuating states of the mind. With the essential help of consciousness, the mind acknowledges the limitations of its own nature and deconstructs itself through inquiry. The goal of yoga is to liberate consciousness from its embroilment with the mind in order to deepen and broaden our awareness of our true Self.
It’s possible to fine-tune the focus of immediate consciousness through the technology of meditation and Self-inquiry. The essence of meditation and inquiry practise is mindfulness. When mindfulness is radical, meditation has the potential to make clear that we are, and inquiry can make clear what we are. This fusion of “that” and “what” is powerful, transformative, and illuminating.
In Nondual Mentoring you will make our consciousness (aliveness, beingness, presence, I-am-ness, or whatever you wish to call it) your focus of meditation. “Meditate with your consciousness,” says Nisargadatta Maharaj, “not with the body.”
I will help guide you through meditation and give you access to some meditation audio you can use between sessions. With a commitment to remembering, this “coming back” surrenders the mind’s storytelling, analysing, and judging.
“The effort to understand yourself is Yoga. Be a Yogi, give your life to it, brood, wonder, search, till you come to the root of error and to the truth beyond the error.”
– Nisargadatta Maharaj
The body-mind is a vehicle and an instrument for manifesting consciousness—that palpable sense and knowledge of “I am”, beingness” or “presence” that we know either subtly or strongly. We habitually focus consciousness toward the mind and its contents, therefore emphasising them and distorting our fundamental sense of “I am.” Many people live from this perspective of self-consciousness, which is a localised expression of the full breadth of existence. They have no intention or inclination of looking beyond it. They may have glimpses of something expansive and beautiful—a more complete expression of consciousness—but they quickly push away these insights because of the awe and therefore angst of such an encounter.
Similarly, many spiritual seekers manage to grasp an intellectual understanding of nonduality but struggle to embody and live this truth. Many live in a frustrating state of ‘presque vu’ – translated as “almost seen.” This is the feeling of being on the edge of an epiphany or realization but never quite reaching it. Perhaps this is because truth is closer than they think; there already exists a deeply rooted non-intellectual awareness of that reality encoded into the very fabric of existence. Nondual Spiritual Mentoring will guide you to a place of direct recognition.
The immediacy of being—your presence—accompanies you wherever you go and whatever you do, only you’ve inadvertently attached countless ideas and beliefs to it, all of which are inaccurate, making your Aliveness seem static and perishable. At once you exist, then through the play of imagination which gets filtered through desire and fear, you exist as “someone” or “something.” Memory constructs continuity and solidity, and you end up enduring dualistic isolation along with its products of interpersonal isolation and interpersonal loneliness.
As you will learn in Nondual Mentoring, consciousness itself is nothing perceivable, or imaginable, nor is it caused—it just is. To be, and to know that one exists, is key to Nisarga Yoga. Just being itself is the only assurance and the only certainty needed. Being something is characterised by doubt and insecurity. There’s authenticity in the assertion “I am”; every other is a poor translation of Being. Nothing sticks to you. You are the Source of life, but none of your expressions capture your entirety as that Source.
In these Nondual Mentoring sessions, we focus on your sense of simple Being (I am-ness), however subtle or strong. You may come to recognise it as the presence that has been with you every moment of your entire life.’
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.