Guest Profile: Arjuna Ardagh
Arjuna Ardagh is the Founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a non-profit organization dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How About Now, The Last Laugh (a novel), The Translucent Revolution and the creator of the Living Essence Audio Series.
Arjuna was educated in England, at King's School Canterbury, and later at Cambridge University, where he earned a Master's degree in literature. Since the age of 14 he has had a passionate interest in spiritual awakening, and began to practice meditation and yoga. In his late teens he trained as a meditation teacher. After graduating from Cambridge, he devoted himself more fully to the call he felt inside him, and studied with a number of prominent spiritual teachers. In 1987 he founded the Alchemy Institute in Seattle WA, and trained several hundred people in a transpersonal approach to hypnotherapy.
In 1991, after returning to India for prolonged meditation, Arjuna met HWL Poonja. With his help, the author went through a radical shift of perspective. Rather than attaining anything of what he had dreamed of, he had the profound realization that he had been seeking for what he already was, and always had been. He realized that it was in the abandonment of seeking and wanting that the heart found its fulfillment.
In 1992 Arjuna returned to Seattle and began to share with other people what he had recognized to be true. He quickly discovered that this same realization was easily accessible to anyone who was willing to look in the right place, and that this had a profound effect on simple day-to-day life. He has been traveling, both in the U.S. and Europe, for the last 12 years, facilitating this kind of shift, and reflecting with people on the art of living life from this recognition. Arjuna has experienced that the shift is becoming progressively easier for ordinary people, with no formal preparation, and he has met with many other teachers and writers who have come to the same discovery.
Arjuna has also developed the Living Essence Training, which prepares people to be facilitators of this shift in consciousness with others, and to cultivate translucence. He and his staff have trained more than 450 practitioners in the U.S. and Europe. He speaks at many international conferences, and has appeared on TV, on the radio and in print media.