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3 | RAMANA – Spiritual Teacher, Radical Awakening

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Ramana has been teaching and maintaining a private psychotherapy and healing arts practice since 1978. He resides in New York and India. Since 1997, he has been traveling throughout the United States, Canada and the East sharing his work, Radical Awakening and the Opening to Heart Consciousness, and has trained hundreds of practitioners in it.

He started his study of meditation and psychology in 1967 with Zen meditation and Gestalt Therapy. His studies continued through the 1970s with a Taoist Master, Chu Fong Chu in Berkeley, California. In 1977, he was certified as a biofeedback therapist. He pioneered a Rolfing/Biofeedback study which confirmed in 1977 that the Rolfing work was stabilized with Biofeedback. In the early 1980s, he co-founded the Fellowship of Awakening, teaching creative visualization, affirmation, rebirthing, biofeedback, and principles of clearing consciousness. He then obtained Master’s degree is in Psychology and Transpersonal Studies from Norwich University, New Hampshire. In 1990, Ramana co-founded and was the Education Director of the Transpersonal Hypnotherapy Institute, where he brought his skills as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an NLP Master Practitioner Trainer’s Trainer, an Ericksonian Hypnosis Master Practitioner, and a Certified Biofeedback Therapist to help make it one of the top three hypnosis and hypnotherapy professional training schools in the United States. In 1993, Ramana studied with a great Indian saint, Hari Lal Pooja (affectionately known as ‘Papaji’) in the Punjabi district of India. Papaji was a direct disciple of one of India’s greatest saints, Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Check for satsangs and workshops in your area.
Ramana Website

Ramana’s mission: “Knowing yourself and sharing yourself as pure love consciousness.”

Ramana’s one-line message to the world:I only have one religion. And that is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

The SUE Speaks Blog Post about Ramana
  • ​Growing up Christian and Buddhist
  • Combining the spiritual with the psychological — putting together disparate religious philosophies
  • Radical Awakening: “Never take another workshop to find yourself again.”
  • Working with Papaji (disciple of Ramana Maharshi) — Papaji sent out messengers
  • The awakening of the heart: compassion, goodness, tenderness, love, generosity, kindness
  • Mission: knowing yourself and sharing yourself as pure love consciousness
  • Stripping the illusion that you’re less than you are
  • Vital that we never give up


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Comments · 8

  • Sasha · December 14, 2019

    I totally resonate with this mission! My passion is learning about cosmic wisdom which is based on the idea of unconditional love, joy, and kindness!

    • suzanne · December 17, 2019

      I’m forever grateful to Ramana for the ‘radical awakening’ to that core of myself that is in total acceptance of reality, no matter what, but operationalizing that Christlike awareness in everyday life is a life’s work. It’s heartening to see how much is being done, though, about kindness, which is an attitude we all could unconditionally practice. So much education is going on about this, from preschool programs to what’s happening in universities: see my blog post, Kindness is Coming into Vogue: https://suespeaks.org/kindness-is-coming-into-vogue.

  • Renee · December 13, 2019

    I Love this!

    • suzanne · December 17, 2019

      Come up the street to meet him in person net time he breezes through L.A.!

  • Marina · December 4, 2019

    This is such a deep spiritual conversation. Eye opening!

    • suzanne · December 5, 2019

      Working with Ramana’s Radical Awakening was eye-opening to me. It was such a simple process that led me to a place I’d never been that I can access anytime.

  • Loren Lewis · November 26, 2019

    I loved this interview! I appreciated Ramana speaking about Papaji’s believe that the purpose of life is to know yourself as pure love and pure consciousness and having that bring about an experience of peace, and the purpose is not only having that but sharing it. And, furthermore, that he didn’t believe in teachers, per se, but that we all have knowledge that can be brought to the surface so he sent messengers, and also that your life becomes your message. Truly beautiful and inspiring!

    • suzanne · November 30, 2019

      I always bring to mind what Ramana says Papaji said about “seeking” being what gets in the way of “finding.” Easy to say, but the beautiful thing about Ramana’s work, that I’ve done, is that he opens you to the experience and not just the intellectual understanding about the position he takes.

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