Arjuna Ardagh is the founder of the Living Essence Foundation in Nevada City, California, a nonprofit church dedicated to the awakening of consciousness within the context of ordinary life. He is the author of Awakening Into Oneness, The Translucent Revolution, Relaxing into Clear Seeing, How about Now, and The Last Laugh (a novel). He is the host of the Awakening Into Oneness DVD series and the creator of Let Yourself Go, a six CD audio set; the Living Essence Audio Series; Living Essence Live; and many other audio and video products.
Ardagh was educated in England, at Kings 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 he began to practice mediation and yoga at that time. In his late teens he trained as a meditation teacher. After graduating from Cambridge, Ardagh devoted himself completely to the call he felt inside, and studied and lived with a number of great spiritual teachers, both in Asia and the United States. In 1987, he founded the Alchemy Institute in Seattle, Washington, and trained several hundred people in a transpersonal approach to hypnotherapy.
In 1991, he returned to India for a period of prolonged meditation and met H.W.L. Poonjaji, a direct devotee of the great sage Ramana Maharshi, with whom he went through a radical awakening. After returning to the United States, he began to share this awakened view with other people at Poonjaji's request, facilitating a dramatic shift in awareness for thousands of people throughout the United States and Europe. In 1995, Ardagh developed the Living Essence Training, which prepares people to be facilitators of this shift in consciousness and to cultivate translucence.
Ardagh and his wife Chameli were invited to the Oneness University in the winter of 2005. They now integrate the Oneness Blessing—also called deeksha—into their work. Ardagh speaks at many international conferences, and has appeared on TV, on the radio, and in print media in twelve countries. He also teaches the Deeper Love seminars with Chameli, his Norwegian wife. They live in Nevada City with his two sons.
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