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?
If we want to ascribe any values to it, non-duality is unconditioned, compassionate awareness, the ultimate ‘place’ of healing reconciliation and return.
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. 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 plants, 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. I had to search in order to know searching is futile.
“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.
Further integration at social level produced a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and ADHD and I apply this contextual knowledge directly into support work. I have been fortunate to have several true guides including Sheikh Nazim Adil and more recently Peter Fenner and Ariana.
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In 2017 I formed Dialogica, a non-profit company working in the service of neurodivergent and autistic people, and to increase cohesion across autism communities and systems. We provide dialogue facilitation, coaching, mentoring and training.
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, we facilitate mindful enquiry to help restore wholeness and sense of self to individuals and their organisational systems. Dialogue facilitates deep, collective communication to address fragmentation and the return to selfhood. In coaching as well, 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 instill a sense of deeper potential and cohesion. Autism is viewed as the catalyst for the greater legacy of Dialogue work, that ultimately aims to address the human crisis of communication and loss of selfhood.
Clients have included many individuals, from students to executives, and both private and public sector organisations.