Radical Awakening and the Opening to Heart Consciousness


Everpresent and Stable
Pure Awareness in a Weekend?

by Dan Drasin, New Dimensions Radio
Reprinted from Earth and Stars Magazine, September 1998 Issue

The literature caught my curiosity. It claimed that I could "wake up from the dream of false identification" in a weekend. The seminar's premise--and promise--was that "with a Radical Awakening, Pure Awareness" could be "ever-present and stable."

During my 25-year affiliation with New Dimensions Radio and other leading-edge organizations, I've had the opportunity to experience a wide variety of spiritual paths and psychological approaches. None had promised quite so much in so short a time.

Although I was skeptical, upon the strong recommendation of a close friend I attended an evening presentation by Ramana, the creator and facilitator of this seminar. (Ramana was named by his teacher, Sri H.W.L Poonja, after Poonja's own teacher, Sri Ramana Maharshi.) Soft-spoken and with a quick wit, Ramana put me at ease immediately

Ramana says he developed his own science of enlightenment, which he calls "Radical Awakening," based on the direct experience of Self catalyzed by his teacher, and also on his many years as a practitioner and teacher of various methods of transpersonal psychology, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

During the evening's presentation I witnessed several people shifting into a profound state of heightened awareness, including myself. I booked a private Radical Awakening session with Ramana that night.

In his private sessions Ramana employs a sensitive biofeedback meter that monitors subtle changes in the body's physiology as the subconscious moves through different states. In my own 90 minute session, Ramana’s skilled use of this device was invaluable in helping me access deeper realms of Self in a remarkably short time.

Ramana took my "story" (the past and present particulars of my personal life) as a starting point. But before I knew it, I found myself moving through finer and finer states of awareness until I was led to a feeling of wholeness and completion such as I had never before experienced. The "small self" that had always taken the credit (or blame!) for everything seemed to have dropped away. The "large Self" that remained seemed vast and refined, without a beginning or end in either space or time. What a feeling!

After the session I noticed that this profound awareness was continuing to maintain itself in the background of my daily life, shifting my perspective on each "ordinary" experience. A peaceful centeredness and alert relaxation seemed to pervade all events.

In next attending Ramana's "Radical Awakening" weekend intensive, I again witnessed him guiding individuals quickly into this same state of awareness. Ramana said that there was a "silent transmission of freedom" which had been passed from Sri Ramana Maharshi to his own teacher, Poonja-ji (affectionately known as "Papaji") and then on to himself... and that it could easily be passed from one person to another. "Waking up," he insisted, "need take only a split second." The weekend was set up to provide a supportive environment for that, and then to help deepen and stabilize it.

In the seminar's final hours, Ramana led the participants to "enter the cave of the Heart, from where all things arise." During this potent process we all began to understand how the awakened person lives fearlessly, surrendered to the Heart and love.

In effectively combining traditional and modern modalities, Ramana's work is clearly on the cutting edge of consciousness development in the west. After such a profound experience, I can only give him my highest endorsement for a truly amazing and innovative piece of work.




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