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Arjuna Ardagh: Coaching Toward Awakenıng


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Rabbi Rami: Your new book, Better Than Sex: The Ecstatic Art of Awakening Coaching, lays out a powerful and practical model for living. Let’s start with the basics. What do you mean by “awakening”?Arjuna Ardagh: The essence of awakening is extremely simple. Right now you hear a sound or see an object, but who is this “I” that hears and sees? When we look into this “I” we discover consciousness, awareness. It has no boundaries. It is silent, still, and full of creativity and humor. It is the solution to our problems. It is love; it is love itself. Awakening means realizing who you really are, and recognizing the nature of consciousness itself.Is that what Awakening Coaching is all about?This is only part of it. Our coaches support people to come into direct recognition of that true nature of who they really are. We call this “Radical Awakening.” It is a tool that we use which makes this kind of recognition highly predictable and reliable. But this isn’t sufficient? We have found that there are mechanisms within the psyche that make it very difficult to stabilize this awakening. We have too …

The founder of Awakening Coaching Training, Arjuna Ardagh is devoted to “the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life.” He spoke with Rabbi Rami Shapiro about his new book, Better Than Sex: The Ecstatic Art of Awakening Coaching (Awakening Coaching, 2013).

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality. He also hosts our podcast, “Essential Conversations.” Listen here.

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