Yukio Answers Questions About Radical Awakening
I've done so many seminars which gave me great experiences, but none which
permanently ended my longing and search for more. How is Radical Awakening different?
A radical awakening is not an experience. It is a fundamental
realization of the Self. This is a shift in knowing who you are, not just
a single experience of it. So, even when you think you "forget" after your
awakening, there is always a deeper knowing that you've never left the
Self. This is a freedom that few people have felt.
I am skeptical. How can such a powerful, permanent shift be enabled by
just one weekend?
Yukio's teacher, H.W.L. Poonja (affectionately called Papa-ji),
stated, "To be your Self is the easiest of all things. It requires no
effort and can be realized in one quarter of a second." The late Zen
master Suzuki Roshi, with whom Yukio studied early on, stated,
"Enlightenment happens in a moment...it is an occurrence, like an
accident." Radical Awakening sets the stage for a split-second
realization, where you are "accident prone."
What actually happens in Radical Awakening Intensives?
We start with inquiring into who you are -- your self-identifications
which lead to suffering. Working with these inquiries, Yukio guides people
in exploring realms of awareness and consciousness. Meditation, stories,
sharing, and transpersonal processes "set the space" for a Radical
Is this enlightenment?
No. You can think of an enlightened being, a "janai," as so rooted in
the Self that every expression and action consciously expresses his/her
full realization of Self. However, after Radical Awakening, there is a
spontaneous and moment-to-moment deepening and maturation into That.
Follow-up support in a community nurtures the maturation.
Is Radical Awakening someone's new "good idea?"
Our foundational teachings come from one of India's greatest saints of
this century, Sri Ramana Maharshi. The 2,500 year old Advaita teachings
that inspired him are some of the earliest recorded spiritual teachings.
Advaita, the philosophy of non-dualism, is a specific branch of the Hindu
Vedanta that was buried amongst the ancient stories (purnas) and scriptures
(vedas). In most translations of the stories, it was edited out since it
was felt to be too esoteric and not essential to the story line. It is
also important to understand that realization of Being cannot be "learned"
from any teaching, philosophy, or book. It occurs in the silence, as a
transmission that goes from person to person, from spirit to person (as
from the still present energy of Ramana Maharshi), or directly from the
What is this "transmission"?
There is a "resonant frequency" which opens the space for realization
of the Self. Sri Ramana Maharshi was such a powerful carrier of this
frequency that it "jammed" competing frequencies, giving people access to a
silent mind where realization occurs. The current was transmitted by
Ramana Maharshi to Papa-ji, who
transmitted it to several individuals, telling them to pass it on. Yukio
is one of those individuals. He is a conduit of this energy. Basic to
Radical Awakening is the fact that every person who is "awakened" becomes
to some degree a conduit for this transmission.
How do I know that I can receive this transmission? Can everybody receive it?
Papa-ji stated that there is a "readiness" which is associated with
listening to the truth of who you are. He said that what is required is
the desire for freedom, and that if one desired this above all other
desires, there could be complete realization. Papa-ji also stated that it
is only grace which brings you the truth, yet one's openness, earnestness,
and desire for freedom, along with continued exposure to the transmission,
sets the stage for reception.
Radical Awakening: An Overview by Yukio Ramana
Radical Awakening, which is what I call the work that I have developed,
affords a sudden and impacting shift in one's conscious awareness
of Self. People report that it is akin to entering a state of effortless
After experiencing my own Radical Awakening with my teacher Papa-ji,
some years ago, this Awareness has remained fairly stable. In this
consciousness, I still feel (and sometimes act out) a full range of
-- anger, fear, joy, compassion, hurt. Yet, with all of these feelings,
is always an underlying knowing, a conscious awareness of something
deeper which is ever-present.
I have been using different formats to take people to their own
personal Radical Awakenings -- private sessions, small group
meetings, day-long and weekend intensives. The results have been
astonishing. People have reported their false illusions of self
being dispelled in an instant. And they report a relaxation of
demands for things to be any certain way -- there is a flexibility
in instances that previously were problematic. The people who
have experienced Radical Awakenings are in a maturation process
that is occurring spontaneously and naturally. They are open to a
spaciousness and inner quietness which seems to have no limit to
how deep it can go.
Testimonials from those who have experienced Radical Awakening
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