Conscious Coaching, Dialogue & Non-Duality.
Return to Being.
If our thinking is fragmented, how can we run efficient systems?
There are those who speak of the crisis in communication. My concern is the loss of selfhood.
True human nature is where an authentic state of harmonic unity with all and everything presides. All our ancient spiritual paths invite us to meet true being and a life of purpose, fulfilment and lasting happiness. So what happened?
From my perspective, at the age of five I had a clear and distinct recognition of there being a reality behind what was being presented by everyone around me and I had a sense of a puzzling, fundamental lack in the material world. It was the first trap of the ego, the illusion there is a separate ‘I’.
I spent my formative years trying to escape, to shake the mould and yearning for that first recognition and a deeper life using consciousness shifting techniques such as yoga, alternative paths and plant medicine. I then spent over 20 years in a strict full-time Sufi order, undertaking several overland pilgrimages and retreats including a 40-day khalwa (solitary seclusion), during which I realised the truth that those early childhood glimpses were pointing to. Further arduous training in Vipassana (silent insight) and Atma Vichara (Self-enquiry) led eventually to seeing the separate self as a mirage, and the searching stopped: we have to search in order to know that searching is futile. I invite you to explore this paradox in my regular open dialogues.
Societal reintegration produced a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and ADHD and I apply this contextual knowledge directly into support work for neurodiversity. I am fortunate to have trusted colleagues and work with several organisations.
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In 2017 I began working with autistic people and their allies in the community, in the form of dialogic enquiry. This proved to be a way to increase cohesion across communities and organisations and provide some recovery and empowerment for autistic people. In 2020 a group of us formed Dialogic Action CIC, to provide dialogue facilitation, coaching and mentoring to organisations and in the community.
The Autism Dialogue Approach® is applied at all levels of society. Autism is from a Greek word literally meaning ‘self’. Supported by set of easily learned skills (underpinned by professional membership organisations), we facilitate mindful enquiry to help restore wholeness and sense of self to individuals and their organisational systems. Dialogue (also from the Greek roots ‘through / relational’) facilitates deep, collective communication to address fragmentation and the return to selfhood. In coaching we understand the complexities of the oppressed minority stuck in fragmented systems. The approach reduces anxiety, improves personal wellbeing and restores harmony to the whole, to instil a sense of deeper potential and cohesion. Autism is a catalyst for the greater legacy of Dialogue work; a deep, sustained enquiry that ultimately aims to address the human crisis of communication and loss of selfhood.
Whoever you are, we invite you to the Dialogue.
“I have lived on the lip of insanity, wanting to know reasons, knocking on a door.
It opens. I’ve been knocking from the inside.” – Rumi.
Clients have included many individuals, from students to executives, and both private and public sector organisations.