Ronald L Mann, Ph.D.’s Blog

  • Have you tried meditation, but it did not work for you?
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I have been practicing and teaching meditation for almost 50 years. I have selected the best audio and video programs I have created in my work as a spiritual teacher, sport’s psychologist, Executive Coach, and healer and created an online meditation training program for basic to advanced meditation training.

 

People often tell me that have tried meditation, but it does not work for them. It turns out they are not using good techniques that actually work. If you don’t have proper training and good techniques, you will not get the results you want.

 

The Mindfulness Meditation program has more than 4 hours of guided meditations which provide training for mindfulness, chakra energy awakening, stress reduction, end of life support for Hospice patients, personal awakening and more!

 

This program is worth more than $300.00 and I have offering this for only $24.95! 

 

If you would like to learn more and hear a sample, please go to https://ronmann.com/courses/meditation/.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me at mannr@ronmann.com

 

Blessings of Peace and Love,

Ronald L Mann, Ph.D.

I was recently part of a summit on Mindfulness and Creativity and the host mentioned on a couple of occasions that I was not afraid to talk about spirituality and that people often fear to reveal their true beliefs and experience because they are afraid of being judged and viewed as some woo-woo weirdo.   She seemed to imply that there was something special about me because I was rather forthright in my expressions.  I don’t feel there is anything special about me, rather I made a choice to honor my direct experience and attempt to align myself what I perceive to be “truth.”  Let me explain.

 

Sankhya Yoga Philosophy discusses two levels of mind: manas and buddhi.  Manas is the state of awareness or mind that exists when consciousness is identified with the body and physical senses. Most people live in this state, and it consists of the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind. Western psychology focuses upon this state of being. You can refer to my book, “Sacred Healing: Integrating Spirituality with Psychotherapy,” for a greater discussion.

 

Buddhi is the state of awareness that exists when consciousness is identified with the soul and the life force energy is elevated to the higher centers in the brain. This is the superconscious and more subtle perceptions arise from this state. A discrimitive intellect and enhanced intuitive perception arise from this state.  Sankhya philosophy regards this level of being as our true state and the perceptions from manas as grounded and identified with delusion.  This view suggests that Western psychology is more focused on the delusion of physical/material reality being the true existence. We know now that modern quantum physics reveals that everything is energy and thought and that the essence of reality is not material, but consciousness itself.

 

Truth exists at different levels. There is psychological truth: that might be called the authentic self. Many people are afraid to reveal their true feelings and find their voice because of fear–fear of loss. They are more concerned about fitting in and not being judged than honoring their true self. We pay an enormous price when we make this choice. We lose a depth of creativity, emotional intimacy, and personal power. The spoken word has more power when we speak the truth. Our ability to manifest is increased when we align ourselves in thought and deed with the truth. People can often sense when someone is not authentic, and therefore are not trusted. Our greatest standup comics, artists, and actors have found a real and authentic connection with their “Self” and it shows in their expression. We are moved and honor them.

 

Truth also exists on the subtle realms of consciousness and spirit. Not everyone is privy to these subtle perceptions. There is a beauty on the subtle realms and this reality is marked by a profound sense of peace, love, and joy–even bliss if you go deep enough.  Life takes a magical turn when perceptions from this level are honored.  Our ability to perceive this subtle realm and directly experience consciousness as energy enhances our intuition, our ability to heal others, and perceive wisdom beyond the mind.

 

For those who have done the work and are blessed with this level of awareness, it is painful to deny this reality and live in the world of fear and delusion. Personal power is lost, the heart is filled with pain, and a sense of isolation and separation results.  Awakened Consciousness lives in a state of unity. Spirit is experienced in every aspect of creation and all circumstances. Joy is found within, not from one’s outer circumstances that give temporary fulfillment of one’s desires.

 

So, I suggest it is a simple choice to honor one’s true nature. We might wonder, what gives people the strength to express their deeper spiritual beliefs and reality. Let’s be honest, it is not an easy choice. It does take courage to be authentic at every level. Humanity is filled with judgments, envy, greed, anger, and a lust for power. The “ego consciousness” of “manas” does not take kindly perceptions of truth.  It is threatened by this higher reality and attempts to undermine this more enlightened level of being.

 

This inner courage and strength is often the result of love. An individual who has been touched by this higher state of being is also touched by love from Spirit. It is this love that motivates individuals to honor themselves as a direct expression of Spirit. Life takes on greater meaning when we open to the hand of Spirit and learn to align our will with the will of God. Surrender and devotion are the keys to this unfoldment. It does take maturity, good intuition, and the capacity for critical thinking to find our way on this challenging path.

 

In conclusion, I encourage you to reflect and introspect and determine if you are honoring your true, authentic self and have the courage to speak up when it is appropriate. You can be a great force to inspire others and offset the tremendous amount of darkness, fear, anger, and delusion that is present in everyday life.  Your life will have greater meaning and purpose when you do.  Your presence as a conscious being can have a great impact. Consciousness is energy and your authentic connection to Self and Spirit can have a positive impact on this world. You don’t even have to say anything–just be present in an authentic, loving state.

 

Finally, if you want to deepen your connection to Self and Spirit, find some time to meditate daily–quiet your mind, go inside, and open your heart to Spirit. The Bible states, “Ask and you shall receive.”  It all starts with a simple heartfelt request: Reveal Thyself, Reveal Thyself!

 

If you are new to the spiritual path and would like some direction, you can find many resources at https://ronmann.com

 

Coronavirus: Keep Your Immune System Strong

Dear Friends,

As you know, individual and national reactions to the Coronavirus are ramping up. There appears to be an increase in stress and anxiety as we are forced to change our behavior and common everyday routines. Stress and anxiety only make our situation worse as they weaken our immune system. The best advice is to stay calm, maintain good health practices, wash our hands, and keep some social distance to minimize any chance of getting or spreading the virus.

I know some people laugh at all this and think it is “just the flu.” Well, if you believe science, physicians, and the CDC, this is a little more than the common flu. It is easier to spread and has a mortality rate 10X the normal flu. Our seniors with some underlying medical issue are at the greatest risk. Those under 60 who are healthy and younger individuals do not appear to be at risk for any serious outcome. However, anything we can do to help slow the spread and keep people out of hospitals, the more we are helping our more senior citizens and protecting our health care system. Any precaution we take is really a selfless act of service for others.

Based upon people’s buying patterns, i.e. toilet paper is sold out along with hand sanitizer and the mass buying of food, there appears to be a lot of anxious behavior. The best defense we have right now is a strong immune system. Anxiety and stress will compromise our immune system and lower our resistance. There are some very simple and proven things we can do to enhance our immune system.

1. Eat well. Get rid of the processed food and eat fruits and vegetables along with protein. Cut down on sugar and excessive carbs. Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum.

2. Exercise. If you can do some aerobic exercise, great. Even walking 20-30 minutes a day will help you.

3. Meditate to quiet your mind, lower your blood pressure, calm down, and dramatically reduce your stress.

If you have training and techniques for meditation, then I hope you are using them every day. If not, you can find some great meditation instruction on my website at www.ronmann.com.
These guided meditations are in MP3 format and downloadable. Here are five that I recommend to keep your stress level down and stay rested in times of need.

It is possible that we might need to spend some time in seclusion in self-isolation, quarantine, or general lock down if the spread gets too large. Many people become very anxious at the thought of being forced to isolate and lose contact with their normal worldly activities. A change in thinking can help to turn this activity from the idea of torture to one of spiritual practice.

A spiritual retreat, one in which people actually pay good money to attend, is designed to turn one’s awareness away from the distractions of the outer world to the depths of their soul. During a few days to a few weeks, a person is encouraged to take a vow of silence, refrain from watching TV, turn off cell phones, and perhaps even fast for a few days only drinking water, teas, and juice. This can be a very powerful and life changing experience. The first couple days can be a bit rough until consciousness moves within away from the surface of the ego into the soul. The reward is a state of peace and even joy or bliss. Our true nature is found within and it takes a conscious effort to discover it. Once we calm down and go within, we will find a powerful energetic force of light that can impact every physical cell.

If we are forced by current circumstances to stay home, we can turn this seemingly time of torture into an opportunity to awaken to higher states of being. How we approach our circumstance can determine the final outcome.
Here are some tools to support your journey. You can listen to samples of these programs at https://ronmann.com/shop-mp3

Inspiration for Meditation
This guided meditation focuses upon the life force energy in the spine. The breath and mantra are used to develop concentration and redirect the life force energy away from the outer senses into the deeper and higher centers of the brain. This method is from the Yoga Tradition that works with the subtle energy in the spine. It is considered a more advanced approach to meditation and can quickly change one’s state of awareness. This meditation is used by individuals all around the world with great success!
https://ronmann.com/training-aids/meditation-training/
$8.49

Self-Hypnosis for Stress Release
An intensive hypnotic induction helps you to totally relax and release stress. The process focuses upon entire body relaxation and visual imagery for a safe haven in nature. The music is beautiful, the pace is slow and inviting. You will learn very useful techniques for deep relaxation.
https://ronmann.com/produ…/self-hypnosis-for-stress-release/
$8.49

Healing in the Light
This guided meditation begins with the induction of a gentle trance state and then calls upon visual imagery to activate the presence of inner light. This subtle force is used to direct healing energy into the cellular structure and the immune system. Directions are also given for a direct intuitive, internal communication to discover the underlying cause for any disease process.
https://ronmann.com/product/healing-in-the-light/
$8.49

Stress Reduction for Corporate America
This is a short 5-minute guided meditation that you can do at work. It will help you relax your body and mind, get you focused, and create new energy. When you are busy and don’t have a lot of time to meditate, this is the program for you. It is also good for beginners who want to develop some concentration skills.
https://ronmann.com/…/stress-reduction-for-corporate-ameri…/
$5.09

Healing in the Light
This guided meditation begins with the induction of a gentle trance state and then calls upon visual imagery to activate the presence of inner light. This subtle force is used to direct healing energy into the cellular structure and the immune system. Directions are also given for a direct intuitive, internal communication to discover the underlying cause for any disease process.
https://ronmann.com/product/healing-in-the-light/
$8.49

Sleep
You need to have a good night’s rest. Dr. Mann creates a hypnotic induction which puts you to sleep. Suggestions are given for a wonderful, restful, healing sleep in which your unconscious will work to solve any problems you might have. Few have actually heard the end of the program.
https://ronmann.com/product/sleep/
$8.49

All these products are inexpensive, however, because of the greater need we are all facing to remain calm and healthy, I have reduced the regular price by 15%. You will see the price has been marked down as being on sale.

In closing, I hope you are healthy and stay healthy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. This is a short-term issue that will be resolved. We will get through this. Do your best to stay positive and trust the Divine presence within you. The next 3-6 weeks should give us more information about how this is going.

Eternal Blessings,
Ronald L. Mann, Ph.D.

 

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The EMPeaceLABS 2013 Conference in Jalgaon, India is about to occur. The Mann Consulting Group continues to support this 5-year program. The full details are provided in the attached PDF brochure. We have been very active in designing the Leadership Development aspects of this program along with the Leadership Academy for selected previous participants.
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The Leadership Academy is a special mentoring program for individuals who have participated in previous EmPeaceLABS and have demonstrated individual initiative in creating local projects for community development and leadership development with regards to agribusiness and sustainability.

The Leadership Academy was designed as a way to further the leadership skills of these individuals through continued participation in the EmPeaceLABS 2013. They will receive more direct coaching and training, become a part of our leadership team and play a significant role in facilitating team discussions during the EmPeace LABS workshops.

You may view the various Leadership Development training videos for free. You just need to register to have access. Register Now

Here is one of the six training videos.

Bouncing Back: How to Recover When Life Knocks You Down has some great information. Here is a short piece from my discusssion with Major League Baseball catcher, manager, and coach, Buck Rodgers.

 Thoughts from Buck Rodgers

Buck had a very successful career in Major League baseball. We were talking about change and adjustment, and I asked him how he helped his players learn to adjust.  I wanted to understand his approach to coaching.  Buck offered this advice:

            “I think it was just a matter of, you sit and talk to people and show them the way you think it should be done and say, ‘What do you think about that? Does that make sense?’

“And I’ll always say—whenever I wanted an answer, I’d say, ‘I don’t want you to say yes or no to this.  This is what I think it’s going to take for you to be successful. I don’t want you to give me an answer right now. I want you to go home and think about it, and then you come in tomorrow morning and talk—but I don’t want a reaction, I want a thought process to go through this, and see if you think you’ve got a better way to be successful, this way or that way. And then tomorrow, you come in and tell me your answer, and then we’ll go from there.’ ”

            Buck’s simple process is really quite powerful.  Too many times people try to change other people. They talk louder and longer, over and over again, hoping to wear the person down and by using the power of their will to influence and change another person.  Personally, I find this style extremely obnoxious and totally ineffective.  At best, you usually get someone to passively agree and then not comply with you later on down the line. At worst, you get a strong person who argues, resists, and fights back.  What a tedious, useless waste of energy in this battle of egos!

Buck is an intelligent man who understands people.  He knows that people have to want to change if something is really going to happen. Motivating a person to change is more of an art form than simply bullying someone into behaving differently. Transformation of character comes from the inside out, not from some external, coercive force. If you force someone to change, you will pay for it later.  They will resent you, becoming openly hostile or passive-aggressive. You will certainly not generate loyalty and respect from that approach.

Buck is also skillful here because he does not ask for a response in the moment. Most people tend to react to external situations from an emotional perspective.  A knee-jerk emotional reaction is usually not the most enlightened response. Buck helps to keep the situation more low-key by creating a space where his players can go home and think it over.  He gives them the opportunity to consider his proposal and asks for their input—a sign of respect.

If you are coaching players or raising children, you first need to open the mind before change can happen. If you learn how to approach someone and facilitate a process that opens the mind to other possibilities, then you have made a great start in the change process.  Everything starts in the mind. If you can engage the intellect and create an interest in the realm of possibilities, then you have the skill to be a successful change agent. A coach or parent is a teacher, and a great teacher helps others to open their minds and experience new levels of success.

This is a great YouTube training video for Executive Coaching. This was made in Taiwan in December 2012 at the University of Culture. We were training trainers for the continuing education program. This scenario uses a situation regarding leadership transition.
Click here to view YouTube video or just view below.

Chinese Cultural University Training Group

Chinese Cultural University Training Group

I have returned from the international conference in India and want to bring you up to date.  This was a very valuable and productive experience that brought people together from India, Africa and the United States.

The main organizers from the Arizona State University were Dr. Marek Wosinski and Dr. Rimhjhim Aggarwal.  The Arizona staff did a fabulous job in making this conference a reality and were open and flexible during the week to create a very dynamic, interactive event that created a lot of inspiration and vision for the future.

Dr. Rimhjim Aggarwal at opening ceremony.

Dr. Wosinksi

Dr. Marek at opening ceremony.

We were hosted by the Jain Irrigation System, Inc. and were provided wonderful accommodations and gourmet vegetarian food at the Jain Learning Center.

Jain provides training programs for thousands of individuals each year in irrigation and agribusiness. They have a large staff and really took care of us.  No one got sick from the food or water and the accommodations were very clean. The staff was attentive and selfless.

They have a few thousand acres, which includes the Gandhi Research Institute.

Dr. Jain also built a boarding school on the property that consists of 1,000 acres.  We had many opportunities to spend time with these students and found them to be very bright, friendly and extremely well mannered.  India is education and training future world leaders.

Dr. Bhavarial Jain

The program was organized into three main components: Gandhi Philosophy, Jain Irrigation Systems, and Leadership Development. The purpose was to integrate various approaches and areas that have typically been separate: empower of women in leadership, agribusiness, food production, water conservation, non-violent approaches to peace, and leadership development. All these facets were discussed and integrated into a global approach for developing countries like India and Africa.

There is a comprehensive website at http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/blogs/public/empeacelabs2012injalgaon and you can join the university partnership there.  The blogs details the purpose and beginning meetings so well,  I am just quoting it here.

There is also another post at http://ucpsarnet.iglooprojects.org/blogs/public/twodaysatempeacelabs2012articlebyfrankkrishner that is excellent and I encourage you to read it.

“The past century has been the bloodiest in history, and the morning news bulletins in the first decade of the twenty first century haven’t given us much hope of things getting better: conflict appears to be spreading across every corner of the known world. The developing countries across the globe are facing the forces of fragmentation and frustration on an unprecedented scale. In India, in Africa, and elsewhere in South Asia serious conflicts have arisen around issues of land, water, and food security. Every disaster, whether man-made or natural, sets back development indicators several notches, and the resultant poverty further fans frustration and more conflict. It’s a vicious cycle.

The United Nations, at the turn of the century had propounded the Millennium Development Goals, a comprehensive strategy for poverty alleviation. However, these goals cannot be attained in an environment of hostility and mistrust. But how does one break this vicious cycle of poverty, frustration, and fragmentation?

Perhaps an answer can be found in the philosophy of the greatest advocate of peace in modern times: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known in India as the Mahatma. For Gandhi, the key to lasting and sustainable development was to be found in the uplift of the village communities, through enabling each village community to develop and manage their resources. In Africa, as in the Indian subcontinent, it is food security that is of major concern, and the issue can be addressed through the empowerment of the farming communities.

 

Empowerment of farming communities for peace is at the heart of the EmPeace LABS concept. ‘Empowerment for Peace through Leadership in Agribusiness and Sustainability’- that’s the idea and the objective is the eradication of poverty in rural communities.

 

EmPeace LABS 2012, that kicked off on Saturday morning drew participants from Cameroon, Ghana, Gambia, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda, and Zimbabwe as well as panelists and experts from JISL (Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd), ASU (Arizona State University), and GRF (Gandhi Research Foundation).  It’s an international leadership-training workshop that aims to develop the participants’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills, to build sustainable practices in agribusiness and water management through working sessions and ‘hands-on experiences’. This will create peaceful, prosperous communities.

EmPeace LABS aims to connect various community youth leaders, especially women, with corporations within their communities and with their local governments to co-design and implement sustainable projects, through a ‘multi-stakeholder approach.’ As Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University puts it, “We believe that through research and freely shared knowledge, we can create a socially, economically, and ecologically responsive society – a global community that understands the consequences of our actions and acts accordingly. Community led innovation can help solve food security challenges at the local and global scale. When farmers and local leaders engage in agricultural development and agri-business, communities prosper. This prosperity and stability dramatically improves long term prospects for global peace by reducing the strain on food systems, especially for the rural poor.

The speakers at the inaugural session emphasized the Gandhian values of ‘truthful engagement’ in the developmental process. Dr Marek Wosinski of UCP- SARnet, who was one of the initiators of a unique community based College of Social Work project in West Champaran, India at the site of Gandhi’s first ‘struggle for truth’ and development in rural India, said that the need of the hour was to liberate Gandhi from the textbooks and the museums and bring Gandhi into practice in the villages of Bihar. Dr Bhavarlal Jain, founder Chairman of Jain Irrigation Systems, spoke of the incorporation of values in business that would serve to empower and sustain all living creatures, and of his own group’s continuing efforts to put Gandhian principles into sustainable practice.

Justice Dr. Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari

Justice Dr. Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari

Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, Chairman Gandhi Smarak Nidhi and Gandhi Research Foundation spoke about the need to incorporate truthful dealings in aspects of commerce, and emphasised that the pursuit of rampant consumption led to an unsustainable lifestyle that is ultimately destroying the earth. He expressed a hope that the young leaders who congregated at Jalgaon for the first ever EmPeaceLAB would study use their insights and enthusiasm to adapt Gandhian thinking to lead their communities and countries to prosperous and peaceful future. “

There is a lot of information about this conference on the UCPSARnet website, so let me give a more personal account of my experience.

I found the Gandhi influence very inspiring as it was integrated into everyday life. All speakers from the Gandhi Research Institute talked about sustainability in a way that made a lot of sense. Sustainability was about creating programs, businesses and relationships that would last over time because all stakeholders were valued and respected.  Relationships were grounded in honesty and people were not viewed as things to be used and resources to be consumed. The earth was regarded with respect and our human relationship with the earth was discussed as we learn to manage our limited resources for some kind of intelligent design.

The participants were very bright, dedicated and interested.  I made a great relationship with Adeyemi Damilare, a young man from Nigeria. He is very interested in connecting Coaching the Global Village with the African Union Youth Council.  We spent a lot of time meditating together and designing plans to roll out coaching for leadership development of African Youth.  He was also very interested in the BrightHeart program for children that has been initiated in Uganda.

There was a lot of interest in leadership training from a variety of countries. The team from Madagascar consisted of a very dynamic woman Zo who translated everything for her three woman team.  Zo was one of the most active participants and had tremendous leadership skills. She is very interested in continued training for young leaders in Madagascar.

Zo

Rohiit Jain is another fine young man I met. He is from northern India and has a Master’s degree in Communication.  Rather than move to the city for some kind of IT job, he has chosen to remain in his local village and create a collective farm that is successful in producing and marketing food in his area. He is creating a sustainable agricultural business helping his local community and finds great personal value in doing so. I am interested in exploring the development of a micro loan group to help him with his program. He has a successful track record, a great set of values, and is a smart guy who is worthy of trust and support.

Rohiit Jain

Rohiit Jain

 

One of the most personally inspiring connections I made was with Professor Ramji Singh from the Gandhi Research Foundation. As a boy, he knew Mahatma Gandhi.  Professor Singh has a remarkable aura of peace around him. For a man of eighty nine, he was in great shape. He gave a fiery talk on the life, history and teachings of Gandhi. He wanted me to go by Ram as a spiritual name in India.  He was such a brilliant intellect and a profound yogi that Dr. Marek Wosinski was moved to ask him how he could integrate both a great mind and a personal level of development that was so pronounced.  Professor Singh simply responded that during his entire life he constantly strived to reduce himself to “zero.”  He response had a strong impact on me and the entire group. He was a living model of spiritual realization and the power that results when the ego no longer is the primary principal running the show.

Professor Singh with Dr. Wosinski

 

I was blessed to meet and befriend another unique individual, Pape Samb. We had great fun shopping together in the local town and discussing leadership and world change. Mr. Samb is the Director for Programs for Africa at Phelps Stokes.  He has a warm, open, joyful and inviting presence.  He spoke to the entire group and especially emphasized the importance of bringing people together and being a “relationship broker.”  He also emphasized the notion of sustainability by working for the benefit of others and working with others. He was very uplifting a emphasized the important of acknowledging others. He had a very interesting approach to enhancing one’s capacity to help others:  suspend assumptions and change questions. He advised us to always be a learner in order to create better relationships, as we must understand other people’s values if we are to successfully work with them. Finally, he discussed the Global Youth International Conference that addresses core values for youth: Trust, Accountability, Reliability, Growth, Empowerment and Truth.  These are core values that will help anyone.

Mr. Samb is one of the special people out there. If you every have a chance to meet him, your life will be enhanced.

Pape Samb with Ron Mann

Pape Samb with Ron Mann

One a personal note I was especially moved to be with him because he is a Muslim.  With all the bad press that Muslims get in today’s world, it was a blessing to be with such a wonderful man with great values.

One day we had a full field trip to several farms. We saw cotton, onions, papaya, and banana farms.  The Jain Irrigation staff have food production down to a science.  They can calculate the number of fruits a plant will produce and how much water it needs to do so.  Through the drip irrigation systems they have vastly reduced the amount of water necessary for production and greatly enhanced output.  They have a vision for water sustainability to see the conservation of water as a major concern for our future.  They are interested and available to take their technology which includes solar energy into Africa. There were many very precise presentations made about their work and projects, which ranged from irrigation, food production, farm management, solar energy, water desalination and pipe production.

Banana Field Trip

Banana Field Trip

In summary, the leadership development aspect of this project was well integrated due to the strong commitment and influence of the Gandhi Research Foundation. All of Gandhi’s philosophy was compatible with our coaching approach that is founded upon relationship building and self-empowerment. This conference stressed the importance of individual creativity, responsibility, and initiative.  The participants were education and informed about the latest technologies for food production and given basic tools and inspiration for leadership development and personal empowerment. Relationships were established that will continue across Africa. Coaching the Global Village was an important component for future training and support for all participants.

There were cross cultural presentations every evening from each country. Dancing was the common language that brought joy and bonding among the participants and the children from the local school.

Evening Dancing

Evening Dancing

Group at Gandhi Museum

 

I have posted over 100 pictures on my Facebook page. I encourage you to take a look at them at http://www.facebook.com/ronald.mann1

If you go to drronmann at youtube you will find a new video of this morning opening ceremony.  Pretty cool to see.

First day in India

Wednesday

India has changed a lot since my last trip here five years ago. The airport is very modern as any Western country with all the typical fashion design stores with designer goods. The roads have improved as well. New highways have been built and you don’t see so many cows on the road. It appears closer to the modern world,although that is a mixed blessing here. My local friends tell me that some people buy two bedroom condos for a million dollars and have to work so much they have no time for family or spiritual practice

My first day was very eventful. It began with the very practical: getting a local cell phone and a SIM card for my iPad. I am amazed at the low cost. I got a basic Nokia phone for $20 and a service plan for it, a sim chip for the iPad and a 3G connection for 800 rupees, that is about $15. (I am now at the Gandhi University/Gain Irrigation Campus and the connection is not as stable as it was in Delhi. Everything worked great there, but here not so much. It is 9:30 PM local time and the internet connection is great but not so good for email. I just added this on Friday evening) That sure beat AT&T international rates. After taking care of my worldly needs for high tech communication I went to the YSS. ashram. I was able to spend some time in their meditation room. Since I and Prasad, my tour guide, were the only ones in the room, I played the harmonium and chanted for an hour. I then had the opportunity to meet with the senior Swami, Amarananda. He was very sweet and gave us a waking tour. Yoganandaji’s presence was very strong there and the afternoon left me feeling very nurtured and joyful.

The next stop was at the huge ashram of Swaminarana. He was alive in 870 BC and was a Buddha/Christlike figure who became fully enlightened as a child. His property is enormous and has many different multiple shows explaining his history, mission and the legacy of India. There was a light, water and sound show outside in an area that seemed like the size of four football fields. There were a few thousand people and the spiritual vibration was very strong.

These two trips were a perfect way to prepare for the week.

Thursday

I made the flight down to Aurangabad and I and 7 other people made the four hour van ride to the University. It was a typical Indian travel adventure. The road was narrow with traffic in every lane coming head on until the last moment. The last two hours were after the sunset so the added challenge of darkness created more stress for some. Some were exhausted from the long trip from Africa and slept most of the way. Others stayed awake and watched with anticipation as the cars, scooters, busses, trucks and oxen driven carts made their dance through the night. We did see one young man with a head injury on the side of the road being administered to. It is a dangerous and treacherous place to walk or drive. We were all very happy to arrive alive, safe and sound.

The few people I met on the bus were mostly from Africa. One man, David French, is from Colorado. He has an NGO working with leadership programs for youth. They all seemed extremely nice, very smart and joyful. I believe this week will be a very successful experience for all attending.

 

I passed on the 9 O’clock dinner tonight. It is now 11 O’clock and I am in my room which is very nice, quiet and has a private bathroom. The Jain Irrigation training center, which is hosting this event, is quite expansive, with beautiful landscaping and clean architecture. Tomorrow is a free day and the conference begins on Saturday.

Friday

It is 4:00 AM and I am wake. I can feel the immensity of the silence. I am drawn into meditation and this stillness provides an avenue for a deeper look into my inner life and the areas of my ego that are present and resist dissolving into a deeper stillness. It is impossible to just go back to sleep because it took such a great effort to get here, it seems like a waste to throw it away with sleep. An hour meditation at 4:00 AM in this pristine environment to too good to pass up. We are out in the country on the 1000 acre property of the Jain Irrigation System. They are the founding supporters of the Gandhi University. There is very little static in the subtle realms.

Friday Day:

We had a nice walking tour around the property and it provided us an opportunity to meet each other. There are many very inspired young men and women from Africa (Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana) with a desire to learn and create avenues for business and agricultural development back home.

 

Adeyemi Damilare, Managing Director of Tender Heart Care Services is from Nigeria. He teaches at the University and is very eager to obtain more psychological training in coaching and leadership development. We have begun the discussion to create a program for him in which he can be certified and help others be more successful in their business development. We also began discussing the important to some universal approach to spirituality that would help people learn meditation, breathing and other skills to open their hearts, deeper their intuition, and empower them to be more effective in helping others. He was very excited to have a relationship with Coaching the Global Village and is eager to have us work with him.

As a note on coaching it is interesting that he suggest I send an email to him and outline our program. I am a big believer in developing a program based upon an individual’s needs. I suggested we talk and he tell me what he needs and what he wants to accomplish and we will design a program for him. It was the beginning of the coaching process. He was very clear that he wanted some type of certification because that is the only way he will be respected for what he has learned.

I had lunch with two lovely young women from Nigeria. We talked about women’s issues and the process of women’s development in that country. There were very positive and felt that gains were being made.

The Jain Irrigation System is an enormous corporation that is involved in many different programs, products, and projects from solar energy, food production, organic fertilizers, and irrigations systems. Their dried onions are in the pizzas at McDonalds.

 

My overall impression is that this is a group of very bright and eager young people. I think the next week will be very fruitful for them and I look forward to our continuing relationships over the years. There are very open to the coaching model and want to work together for support. The time here has been a lot of fun and we are only in the first day.

 

I am getting a lot of exercise as my room is far away from the dining hall and meeting area. It is a good ten minute walk up a steep hill. Given all the sitting on the airplane to get here, I am very happy to be able to do so much walking.

Tomorrow we have our first day. I look forward to it.