Advanced Workshops

By Prashant S. Shah,


  1. The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy
  2. The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times
  3. The Way of the Mystic
  4. The Wisdom of the Tao
  5. The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice
  6. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

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The Cosmos according to Occult Philosophy

This workshop gives you an insight into the place of the human being in the cosmos. Here, the human being is a microcosm, a miniature of the cosmos; and the growth of the human being is related to the development of the inner bodies and faculties on the interior planes of the cosmos.

The questions for the workshop are: What is the spiritual purpose of our human life on earth? What are the inner worlds? What is the correspondence between the inner worlds and our subtle bodies? What remains of us after death? How do we grow on the inner planes? What is the cosmos in occult philosophy? What is the law of correspondence? What is the place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life? What is the nature of occult experiences?


  • How Charles Darwin made a monkey out of us. The evolution of consciousness. The four stages in the evolution of life in the cosmos.
  • The occult constitution of the human being. The inner planes and how we function on them. What develops as we grow spiritually?
  • Occult cosmology: Placing a human being in the cosmos. Microcosm as the little world. Using astrology to illustrate the law of correspondence.
  • The place of ‘the occult’ in spiritual life. Understanding occult experiences.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. An excellent exposition with many sets of examples symbols and charts. Paul Czkevianianc,
  2. (It was) a great course, but there is lots to digest. Very insightful. It gets better and better each time I do this course. Elizabeth,
  3. Prashant’s physical presence and his simple way of saying it wins my trust. The course answered many questions and raised many more! David,
  4. This course was an eye-opener. The discussion was very profound and subtle. I enjoyed the discussion on the correspondence between the planets and the emotional energies the most. Carmen,
  5. Everything was very clear. You have retained the flavour of ancient things while making them accessible to the modern mind. Frank,
  6. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy,

The Cosmic Cycle and the Sign of Our Times

Modern humanity, in the age of science, has made a lot of progress; we all can see it. However, we don’t see what humanity has lost in the process of making this progress. In this workshop we begin by showing this. We evaluate the progress in the modern world from the point of view of the spiritual purpose of human life. The aim is not to be critical of modern developments, but to make you aware of the nature of the challenge that is coming in the near future.

In particular, we show that the world is on the brink of a change in consciousness; and we, as human beings, can either participate in making the changes in ourselves and in society, or we can resist these changes. Further, to participate in these changes we have to prepare ourselves, since the new era demands ‘higher level’ solutions of a different kind. The message of this workshop will be most valuable to people who wish to serve as spiritual workers for the new era.


  • Introduction: The two basic levels of human consciousness; the cosmic cycle; understanding the ‘men of antiquity’; why the present time is called the Dark Age.
  • Spirituality lost: What makes an idea sacred or profane; what is more important, knowing the whole or knowing the parts? Uniformity as the opposite of unity; the false supremacy of reason.
  • Counter spirituality: The decay of religions; confusing the super-conscious with the subconscious; mistaking the occult for the spiritual; the mushrooming growth of pseudo-cults.
  • The New Age: The ending of an era; how to participate in the coming of the new era; towards a change in consciousness; some expected changes in society.

This program is based on the speaker’s book: The Crisis of Modern Humanity.

Some Opinions received:

This was the most vibrant of all the teaching I experienced this time around. It felt as if you reached me directly with no filters. It helped to bolster my optimism about what is coming. I am thankful to be in a state to receive this powerful message. Frank,

The Way of the Mystic

Behind the superficial existence of a leaf there is a greater existence of the tree; in the same way behind our individual and personal consciousness there is the greater consciousness of our soul and then over-soul. The mystics hold that we are spiritual beings, and so our greatest purpose is to bring the soul (our spiritual being) forward in our everyday life. In this workshop you learn how to do that.

You learn to install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind and involve it in the affairs of your life. When you can do that, you will be guided by the promptings of a spiritual intelligence. It will show you that way; and you won’t be lead astray by the desires of the mind and body. Here we show the issues that arise on the path of mysticism.


  • Basic assumptions of mysticism; relationship between the personal consciousness and the God consciousness
  • The technique of mysticism: making a personal God and learning to attune our mind with it
  • Devotional meditation: making God a reality in our life; living for God’s sake
  • Stages in awakening; stages on the path; dying to the personal self; the doctrine of the mystics

To know more, read the book: ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ by Prashant S. Shah. The URL is

Some Opinions received:

  1. This workshop has reinforced my spiritual practice. Now I turn to the Deity often. It has led me to see things from a totally new perspective. Frank,
  2. This is my favourite course. It has really made me go for it. I could rename it as ‘mysticism for practitioners’. Ferdinand,
  3. I have taken this course several times and it has become a major basis of my spiritual practice. Bob,

The Wisdom of the Tao

The Tao is the universal awareness that underlies all things. By aligning our way with the Tao we attain inner freedom, transcendental peace, and deep contentment. However, that is not easy to do since the Tao is very subtle and it can only be grasped when the mind is without personal motives. So, how can we pursue the Tao?

The book ‘Tao Te Ching’ by Lao Tzu points the way: It says, first follow the law of heaven and purify your motives. Next, find a Sage or living master. Then try to follow the ways of the Sage, for the Sage naturally follows the Tao. However, the difficulty arises because the Sages remain disguised in society. So it is not easy to find or recognise a Sage. The master, Lao Tzu, guides us in overcoming this difficulty. He addresses the questions: How do the Sages behave? What is their guiding principle? Why do the Sages value things differently? What is their true attainment? What strategies do they adopt? How do the ways of the Sage differ from those of ordinary folk?


  • On the origin and interpretations of Tao Te Ching; The Taoist concepts
  • Comparing Taoism to other systems; the nature of the Tao; the law of heaven
  • The way of the Sages; Taoist leadership and strategies; and
  • The basic Taoist practices; the need for a spiritual master; spiritual experiences

This course is based on the insights that are developed in the speaker’s book: The Ways of the (Taoist) Sage (under publication) see under Books.

Some Opinions Received:

The old Tao translations I own come nowhere near this exposition. This is seamlessly connected with the rest of the teaching I have been privileged to attend. Frank,

The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice (Sadhana)

Spiritual practice is not about worshipping Gods, performing rituals; or following some moral precepts. The main aim is to clear the impurities from the mind so that you can mirror the calm, intelligent and balanced state of the higher consciousness.

In this task the techniques of concentration, prayer, meditation, breath control, gazing, etc. can only help you to an extent. To have a real breakthrough you have to overcome the forces inside your nature that RESIST the ways of the higher consciousness. Here you do not work to learn new things. Instead, you work to unlearn many things and to break away from the mindset that binds you to the lower consciousness.

In this workshop first you understand the psychological side of spiritual growth. Next, you observe the mental tendencies that seem to obstruct your spiritual awareness. Then, you learn to overcome these tendencies and clear up the faults in your perceptions. When this work is done you will be able to see yourself, the people and the situations of life better. You will not merely see things as they show themselves, but you will see them as they really are.


  • Introduction: The nature of spiritual quest; quantum learning; place of purification in spiritual life.
  • Working with emotions: Observing the emotions; balancing your perceptions; emotions in relationships.
  • Working with thoughts: The outer mind and its deceptions; introspection and disillusioning.
  • Cleaning the subconscious: The conflicts inside the mind; breaking habits; releasing suppressed emotions; overcoming the mental-self; towards direct awareness.

Some Opinions Received:

  1. This is a great course that makes us aware of where we really are and where we can get to. It has made me aware and watchful of many things. It has removed so many of my illusions! Elizabeth,
  2. (It was) an extraordinary course with a superb presentation. The need to control the emotions instead of justifying them impressed me the most. Some of the exercises were remarkable and I can see some positive changes in me. Carmen,
  3. This course was AA++. There is an immediacy about it — a direct connection, like being plugged into a live source of energy. Frank,
  4. (This course was) very interesting. I pointed out the gaps in my practice. When you say these things they seem to be so simple, but when we do the practice we find it is a lot harder. Ludy,

EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

EKS is a ‘holistic approach’ to managing your affairs in an ‘open system’. It shows you how to conduct yourself so that you can have sure growth and remain always wanted. This method was originally devised by Wolfgang Mewes of Frankfurt. It is a concerted (simultaneous) application of the energy laws, cybernetic control and a benevolent strategy. An outline of EKS and how we do it is given under ‘TALKS’. Click here

The Course Contents

Course-1: The Basic EKS

Session-1: Introducing Cybernetics and Systems Thinking.

Session-2: Using Strategy and the Energy Laws: Growth, concentration and gap behaviour.

Session-3: Energy Laws continued: Developing into the depth; bottleneck orientation; settling on a target group.

Session-4: Leaning to value of intangible assets; centralised versus cybernetic control; deciding your growth strategy.

Course-2: Advanced Applications of EKS

Session-5: The hierarchy of problems; Specialization; The growth spiral.

Session-6: Socially oriented specialization; finding your social basic-task; demarcating your target group.

Session-7: Locating the bottleneck; having outward looking behaviour; motivation through feedback.

Session-8: An overview of EKS strategy and problems solving.

DURATION: Each session is of two hours. The total duration of Course-1 and Course-2 is 16 hours.

About the Program:

This course was originally devised by Prashant Shah to assist students of the ‘Advanced Management Diploma Program on Energo-Cybernetic-Strategy’ (called EKS), which was then conducted jointly by the Baroda Productivity Council and Mewes Systems of Frankfurt, Germany.

Over the years he has conducted this program for many groups in India and USA. He uses this EKS method to help people solve their personal, professional and business problems. This method is very striking, simple to understand, and easy to use. The best part, however, is that if you follow it consistently, it always works.

What Our Participants Say:

  1. You got all of us charged up. Now we use ‘bottleneck’, ‘concentration’, ‘gap’, ‘feedback’, etc. in our routine discussions. We look forward to having a refresher program when you visit next year. (Asheem Aggarwal, Chief Guru, New York).
  2. I took your workshop only because a friend had recommended it very strongly. I expected to get some up-to-date ideas. However, I was totally amazed. This is a totally new way of looking at the issues of growth and success. Your presentation was very clear and enjoyable. The catchy words that you use make these difficult concepts easy to grasp. I’m happy I took this course. (KS, Management Consultant, Bombay).
  3. This systems approach to management makes the issues of our business extremely clear. The program was much superior to the other (management) programs that we’ve had. It has really boosted our confidence. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  4. Your course was very insightful. In many places it consisted in simply putting already known, but disparate concepts, in one cohesive framework… It has opened my eyes to the fact that things happen of their own, and more often we are facilitators to a process that is happening with or without us! (A.H., Partner in financial business, New York).
  5. Your words are now engraved in my mind: “Develop your unique strength, grow into the gap between others, find superior solutions to the problems of your target group, and concentrate your efforts on removing the bottleneck.” Truly, I feel very confident. Thank you very much. (NMD, Works Manager, Bombay.)




Introductory (Spiritual) Workshops

Participants in New York, 2011

Conducted by Prashant S. Shah,


  1. Understanding Karma and Destiny
  2. Concentration and Mind Training
  3. The Art of Succeeding with People
  4. Holistic Health and Healing
  5. Living by intuition
  6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus
  7. The Biochemic Way to Health

 1. Understanding Karma and Destiny

People often ask: “Why are we born in a particular country or family? Why are some people healthy, rich or successful whereas some others are handicapped, poor or unfortunate? Why do we easily forge bonds with some people and find it so difficult to get on with some others? Why do some of us have an easy life while others have to struggle all the way?”

You can understand many such things by considering the Law of Karma. The law tells us that much of the destiny we experience today is the result of what we had done in the past; that we have all along been shaping our destiny, but earlier we were not aware of the process. In this workshop you understand the law of karma and how to use it to remove the unnecessary suffering from your life.

When you are ignorant of this law you make mistakes that violate the law. Then you suffer the consequences. As you develop some awareness of the law you conduct yourself better. Then you make fewer violations, and it reduces your suffering and helplessness. When you acquire mastery over this law you become the CAPTAIN of your ship. Then you can steer around the obstacles in your life and become a source of happiness to yourself.

The discussion is directed to the questions: What are the causes behind the events of my life? Is there natural justice or do I have to fight for my rights in society? When I faced with different choices, what criteria will guide me in making the correct choice? How can I learn to live a happy, meaningful and a fulfilling life?


  • Law of cause and effect. The necessity of making the correct choice.
  • Justice and the law of exchange. The moral law, laws of nature and man-made laws.
  • Predestination and free will. Karma in public life. Karma and the art of living.
  • Karma in relationships; nature’s memory; karma and reincarnation; the law of providence

Some Opinions received:

  1. I see some karmic debts that I have to repay and I’m going to set right some balances. Frank,
  2. This course has great wisdom. It’s very well organised and you explained these very subtle issues in a very simple and interesting manner. Ludy,
  3. Excellent – I understand that we are not here to move around as an unwinding doll. There is a cause and effect for everything and we how we play always makes the difference. Carmen,
  4. This is my favourite course. I’ve done it again and will do it again in the future. It has put my whole life in perspective, and now I understand how to give direction to my life. David,
  5. Each time I do this course I hear it from a different angle and so it has grown to be much more valuable. Bob,
  6. This course shows how our current thoughts and actions create our destiny. Hence, we can overcome anxiety of the future by exercising control over our present actions. The course is deep and profoundly transforming. Madanda, mgmachayya

 2. Concentration and Mind Training

The fine art of succeeding with yourself

In this workshop you learn the art of concentration and use it to develop your inner life. The inner life is important since your happiness and well-being depends more on your thoughts and emotions, and less on your external circumstances.

First, you learn to concentrate and take control over your attention. Next, you become aware of the influence of thoughts and emotions in your life. Then you exercise your control over the negative thoughts and emotions that occupy your mind. It will develop your ability to think clearly, to understand things better, and to be more focused on whatever you do.

In this workshop you learn to:

  • Concentrate the mind through chanting
  • Use concentration in everyday life
  • Develop your will-power through steady gazing
  • Deal with negative thoughts
  • Use thought power
  • Overcome negative emotions

This program is conducted in 8 hours (4 sessions of 2 hours each). If you need assistance in implementing these ideas, kindly read Mind-Training and Meditation under ‘Correspondence Courses’. We also have an interesting book on the subject: ‘Solving the Problems of Life’ by Prashant S. Shah; the URL is

Some Opinions received:

  1. Shah is a cheerful teacher who shares his knowledge in a light hearted and easy-to-learn manner. I highly recommend his sessions. Edrina Rush,
  2. Shah is a true master of his teachings. You have to see to believe. Yvette Koshab
  3. I’m very happy with the delivery and content of this workshop. I got a lot of benefit from doing this workshop. Shawn Edwards,
  4. The topic was difficult, but it was delivered very simply and very well. Tokes Coker,
  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and recommend it highly for life enhancement. Jessica Hothersall,
  6. This course on spiritual yoga was actually what I was seeking for furthering my spiritual journey. Now I’m really looking forward to the advanced course. Beryl Ross,
  7. Shah is the real deal. He is precise and has crystal clear clarity of thought. It is a great program for those who are ready for it. Marcus Ubl,
  8. The speaker was very clear and concise. I think I will be able to use these practices to bring changes in my life. Please organise other workshops with this speaker. Sri Spencer,
  9. This was the best speaker. Dr. Shah puts over complex ideas in an interesting way that allows them to be easily grasped. Linda Camping,
  10. I was surprised at how useful the course content was. The whole concept of dealing with thoughts and emotions was mind-blowing. Shana,
  11. This course made me appreciate many things that I used to take for granted. Elizabeth,
  12. Now I have a clear focus — yoga is for achieving something greater than the ambitions of the mind and body. It is like going beyond the mind. Ludy,
  13. I understood the importance of withdrawing from the outer noise and focusing on my inner life. I think now I know how to put my inner things in order. Carmen,
  14. You’ve given us a very refreshing and unusual insight into Yoga. I’m eager to put all this wisdom into practice. David,
  15. This time (third) it was a relearning experience. It has inspired me to renew my commitment to my practice. Bob,

 3. The Art of Succeeding with People

Learning Interpersonal Skills

Most of our life is an INTERDEPENDENT reality. We have to work with people, live with people and deal with people. At work we work with partners, in teams and with associates. Very often our situation is that we share responsibility with others, but we don’t have the authority to direct them. Hence, if we are not skillful, we experience many difficulties in getting things done through others. The saying is: “The people problems are the worst!

Skill in dealing with people is very valuable for everyone in society — for a businessman, a professional, a colleague, a housewife, and a member of any group in society. This ability becomes increasingly important as we occupy the higher positions in the social system. Businessman J. D. Rockefeller once said: “I will pay more for that ability (to succeed with people) than for any other under the sun.”

In this workshop you learn the art of dealing with people effectively to generate win-win solutions. Further, you learn to leverage your skills such that the rewards are much greater than the effort. The guidelines are easy to understand, but they will make a BIG DIFFERENCE in your relationships at work and in your personal life only when you apply them consistently.


  • The importance of interpersonal skills
  • The psychology of the other person
  • The art of negotiation
  • Man and woman relationships
  • The win-win option
  • The stages in maturity
  • Teamwork

Some Opinions received:

  1. This was the best course. I got the most from it. It really answered the questions that have been puzzling me for years. This workshop was practical, useful and a lot of fun. (Robert Leyster of Lester Watson Inc. New York.
  2. I’ve stopped wanting people around me to change to fit to what I want. Now I try to see what they want of me. I also see the importance of giving space to other people to be as they want to be. Frank,
  3. This workshop goes far beyond the obvious. I’ve learnt to be more tolerant, tending and caring. Elizabeth,
  4. This course was really empowering. All my faults in dealing with others have become obvious. Now I’m going to change some things. Carmen,
  5. This is the second time I’ve done this course and I am glad to say that it has really helped me in fine tuning my ability in deal with people. It has made me much more effective. David,
  6. You really tied up these things very well. I’ve been reading this (self-help) stuff for a long time, but your course has cleared up most of my doubts. The ideas are very clear now and I feel confident that I can get them to work. (N. C. Mehta, CEO, Bell Ceramics, Baroda).
  7. I like your style of presentation — very direct, precise and to the point. You made these very complicated and confusing things seem very simple. I really enjoyed both of your programs. However, I wish I could have you convey this message to my boss! (KYA, New York)
  8. I found this course to be very revealing. I’ve read many psychology books, but the understanding that you provided here was very clear. I felt you were speaking directly to me and addressing my issues. (S. Gopalkrishana, Plant Superintendent, Baroda)

4. Holistic Health and Healing

A Simple Solution to your Health Problems

Your health is always your concern and not the doctor’s concern. However, today people are given to believe that their health depends on doctors and the medical system. It has made them very dependent on the medical profession. On the other hand the health care system has become very expensive, highly specialised and too technical to be comprehended by the common man. Hence, the people feel helpless, confused and vulnerable.

However, if you don’t look upon your health as something that depends on the progress of modern sciences, you can think holistically and learn simple ways to heal yourself and maintain your health. Here you learn how to maintain or restore your health WITHOUT depending on medicines or the medical profession.


  • Holistic healing: healing vs. curing; the complications that arise from suppressing symptoms
  • Understanding the process of healing in terms of the vital force and toxaemia
  • Simple ways to detox the body: Fasting; water cure; the cleansing diets; and the no breakfast diet

The workshop is based on the book ‘Healing without Drugs’ by Prashant S. Shah. The URL is

Some Opinions Received:

  1. (It was) a very interesting presentation; a most welcome and rare insight into the science of health and healing. I say it is A++. Elizabeth,
  2. I’ve read of the concept of toxins before, but now I really understand its implications on my health and recovery. David,
  3. The effect of not eating the right kind of food and the consequences of increase in the toxin level in the cells was very well explained. This certainly becomes more important in old age. Carmen,
  4. (It was) a superb discussion — very practical and accessible. Frank,
  5. Both the book and the course presentation were very good. However, the presentation filled in many gaps that arose when I read the book. Now the ideas have become very clear and more workable. Ludy,

5. Living by Intuition

Intuition is the guiding voice of the soul. When we listen to our intuition, our life becomes more interesting; we see a purpose to everything; and we feel a sense of wonder. Although everyone is intuitive to an extent, this ability can be greatly enhanced by doing some spiritual practices.

The basic step for becoming intuitive is to shift the focus of our life from our ordinary nature, which is governed by mental preferences, to our higher nature, which sees the ways of the soul. Once we get into a condition where we can spontaneously call for intuition, we can allow it to guide our actions and give a deeper meaning and purpose to our life.


  • Installing the spiritual seed; creating the necessary mental space; some preparation & results
  • Considering intuition as coming from a higher intelligence; how to make your intuition reliable
  • Purifying the mind and correcting the disturbances arising from the mental-self
  • The place of self-consciousness & intuition in occult philosophy

6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus

Traditional wisdom is concerned the knowledge of the higher worlds and its attainment; and insight into the higher purpose of human existence. This knowledge was originally uncovered through the higher faculties that were developed by the ancient Sages. They passed down this knowledge through a tradition, and the people know of it as doctrines, beliefs and practices.

The past century has seen explosive developments based on a materialistic attitude. Correspondingly, the interest in pursuing the spiritual goal of life has become lost. The light of the spiritual heritage in humanity has become dim, and it may become lost to future generations. However, what was so great about this heritage that it had been fancied by many great men through the centuries? Here we show the tradition of the men of antiquity that prevailed in ancient India.


  • The law of karma; whatever happens is justice
  • Dharma; freedom and contentment through dharma
  • Situating the modern times; seeing the modern world through traditional eyes
  • Marriages modern and traditional; traditional learning

7. The Biochemic Way to Health

Biochemic medicine was discovered by Dr. Schuessler (a homeopath) over a hundred years ago. From the ashes of the human body he identified twelve mineral salts that are essential for health. Whenever there is a deficiency of any of these salts in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms arise. You can use these symptoms to identify the specific mineral salt related deficiency in the body. Then all you have to do is to supplement the tissue-salt in a dynamic form (6X potency), and the body will on its own return to natural health.

Here you learn how different kinds of functional disorders arise in our body and how to relate them to the specific ‘biochemical remedies’. We take up some typical cases (common disorders) for discussion and show you how to use the book: The Biochemic Prescriber. (Kindle online store: and on Amazon online store:

The book can be read within one hour; you can begin to use it immediately to treat common ailments and constitutional disorders. In this way you can help yourself, your family and friends.


  • The concept of holistic healing and how the system of biochemic tissue salts fits in
  • An outline of the guiding symptoms and the leading remedies for common ailments
  • Treating constitution disorders with biochemic tissue salts. Some practical cases


A Pilgrimage Into the Higher Worlds

Copyright © 2010, Prashant S. Shah;

Our mind directs our attention outward, towards things in the external world. Hence, we do not see interior world or understand the realities of inner life. And as a result we are confused about what we have come to do on earth. To understand the deeper purpose of our life and the mystery of the interior worlds, we have to journey into our interior, into the deeper realms of our own consciousness. What happens when we undertake this journey?


  1. What is our condition at the beginning?
  2. How can we get control over our attention?
  3. What is the subconscious?
  4. What do we see in the subconscious?
  5. What happens when these entities are overcome?
  6. What is spiritual awakening?
  7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?
  8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?


1. What is our condition at the beginning?

We begin our journey by withdrawing our attention from outer things and directing it inward, towards our interior. At first this is very difficult to do. Our mind is like a restless monkey. It continuously distracts us with outer things. As a result our attention keeps on jumping from one subject to another. In this condition our awareness is superficial since we cannot dwell long enough on anything to really understand it. Our attention is continuously distracted by the hopes, expectations, cravings, aversions and fears in the mind.

2. How can we get control over our attention?

We change all this by learning to concentrate. The practice of concentration brings together all the scattered forces of our attention and integrates them with our will. And that develops our power of intention.

As our concentration improves we get better control over our attention. Then we can begin to exercise our control over the thoughts and emotions that dwell in our mind. We can accept the thoughts and emotions that we want and reject the thoughts and emotions that we do not want. Whatever we reject cannot hold on in our mind. With this practice we can remove many distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from our mind.

Gradually we get concentrated at will. Our mind becomes calm and alert. We can dwell for a longer period on any thought and observe it carefully. Further, we can begin to look into the mind-set of ourselves and anything.

What happens when we can observe our mind-set? We can see the habits and tendencies that decide our behaviour. We see how the forces inside our mind decide how we think, feel and believe. Now we know that before we can perceive things truly we must become sufficiently free from the influence of the habits and tendencies generated by our mind-set. If we are not sufficiently free, the habits and tendencies will generate illusions that deceive us.

So we try to change these habits and tendencies through the force of intention. However, initially we succeed in only making some superficial or cosmetic changes. This happens because the forces at the surface of the mind are rooted in the subconscious, where we do not see clearly. Hence, we are unable to use our will power effectively in this region. We can change some things, but we are unable to uproot them.

3. What is the subconscious?

The subconscious is a dark region of our mind. It is called ‘dark’ because it is filled with forces that we cannot observe clearly from the surface mind.

Thus, when we take a superficial view of our nature, we cannot understand the complexity of the task. We cannot know how our thoughts, emotions and desires connect up inside the mind to keep their hold on our nature. We cannot see the forces that have developed our mind-set. We find it easier to assume that we are just made like that. And that attitude allows the forces in our subconscious to have a ‘free play’. They resist change and decide our behaviour, urges and philosophies!

However, once the power of our concentration is sufficient, we can take the light of our awareness and the power of our will into the subconscious. Then we can observe and act upon these forces.

4. What do we see in the subconscious?

The subconscious is filled with our hidden desires and suppressed emotions. These forces are involved with us, and hence we indulge in them from time to time and justify having them. And that further empowers these forces.

To change a small tendency may seem to be a simple task from the surface mind. However when we can see working of the forces in the subconscious we begin to appreciate the complexity of it all. We see the connections, associations and alliances the force has made in the subconscious.

Once our concentration is sufficient, we get the power to withhold our attention from thoughts and emotions. And we can use this power to entangle the web of forces in our subconscious.

We begin by observing these forces disinterestedly, without getting swayed by them. What do we see? We see the ‘entities’ or parasites that dwell within us. We see how they feed on our attention and the hold they have over our vital urges, inclinations, imagination and mind-set. When we can see this clearly, we can begin to exercise our control over them.

To control these forces, first we have to isolate them. We must find their connections in our mind and disconnect them. It will reduce their power. Initially these entities live like lions inside our subconscious. But as we reduce their power they become like mice. We cannot throw out the lions, but we can close up the mouse holes. Then these entities lose their power to move us by their suggestions; they cannot decide our behaviour or to make us dance to their tune.

However, these entities will not give in without putting up a fight. They may try to seduce us into believing that a life without indulging in them will be dull, dry and uninteresting. If we get taken in by such suggestions, we once again begin to entertain the related thoughts and emotions and give them power. Then these entities get the right to continue or persist. It is expected that there will be many battles inside the mind and for some time we have to endure the struggle.

5. What happens when these entities are overcome?

When we overcome some of the entities in our subconscious, it adds power to our will. Then it becomes easier for us to overcome other deep rooted entities within our nature. The process must continue until we have overcome all the contradictory forces inside our subconscious.

What happens when we overcome these entities? Then our internal conflicts, aversions and reactions disappear. The forces in the subconscious do not project illusions that deceive us and scatter our force. There is no wish or fear projection to disturb our perceptions. The light of our intellect will pass through the subconscious and allow us to see things as they really are, without adding to or subtracting from them.

In the earlier stages of our spiritual practice we had to make an effort to concentrate. Now our attention is free from the blind forces in the subconscious. Hence, the effort ceases. We can get into the concentrated state ‘at will’. Gradually our mind stays in the concentrated state.

6. What is spiritual awakening?

The concentrated state gradually develops a ‘Separate Awareness’ within us. Something separates within our consciousness and we can mirror it. Through it we become aware of everything from a wide and multidimensional point of view.

Initially the ‘separate awareness’ remains in the background and we can only access it by concentrating upon it. We use it to clarify our thoughts and get intuitive directions in our life situations. However, the intuition in the early stages comes to us in flashes or pieces. Then, we try to put the pieces together logically. However, in this attempt we often make the mistake of filling in with our preconceptions.

Our intuition becomes more reliable as we learn to function with the separate awareness and depend less on our mental inferences.

7. What is the main purpose of the separate awareness?

The separate awareness greatly enlarges the field of our knowledge and action. It allows us to observe the ‘mind of things’. We can perceive the inner quality and hidden motives. We can also act upon the balance of forces on the inner plane and influence the events that are trying to happen.

However, the true purpose of the separate awareness is not to get lost in the phenomena of the outer life, but to attune all the forces within our nature with the ways of the higher consciousness. This process lifts the state of our being and changes how we function inside.

8. What happens when our awareness goes beyond the mind?

As we progress spiritually our awareness begins to recede inward. It makes us more conscious of the interior world. Gradually subtle faculties arise and we can consciously travel in the interior worlds. The journey passes though many stations. At every station a new mystery is revealed, and our consciousness becomes more integrated and is less bound to our person.

At a certain point in the journey something turns over within our consciousness and we begin to see from behind the veil. Now we do not merely reflect the separate awareness, but are able to awaken in it. We find that this consciousness is a whole and complete, and that it is not limited by our personal nature in any way. Now the automatic subconscious processes of our mind get discontinued. Earlier we were led by social values and mental-inferences. Now we do not require them to function. We can draw contentment from the inner life and are not obliged to seek it through things of the outer world.

Alchemy through Yoga

Adapted from the book ‘The Art of Awakening the Soul’ © 2011, Prashant S. Shah;

Alchemy is the process of transforming lead, your ordinary nature, into gold, a spiritual being. How does Yoga accomplish the task of Alchemy? This article describes the actual process of transformation in very simple words. It will help you understand the Hermetic Wisdom as described in the Emerald Tablet.



  1. The world as consciousness
  2. What limitations arise due to identification?
  3. What are the two parts of our being in Alchemy?
  4. What is BONDAGE for the soul?
  5. What is SEPARATION in alchemy?
  6. What is PURIFICATION?

1. The world as consciousness

Consciousness is the basic stuff and the creative essence of the universe. The movement of consciousness creates the universe and all that is in it. The same consciousness that manifests as the universe also manifests as the soul of every individual form that arises in it. Hence, the metaphysical structure of the world is like a ‘woven fabric’, wherein the subject consciousness (as the essence) is the vertical thread, and objectified consciousness (as the substance) is the horizontal thread.

Since consciousness is everywhere, all true knowing is by consciousness in one form relating with consciousness in another form. Everything can be known in this way. However, in the human condition consciousness is limited due to its identification with the activities of a mind and body. With this ‘bound consciousness’ or the mental consciousness, we cannot become aware of anything directly.

Thus, with the mind we can only know things INDIRECTLY, through inference and interpretation. This indirect, semi-conscious and roundabout way of figuring things out is called ‘mental knowledge’. It reduces the awareness of our inner being (soul) to merely a ‘level of perception’. The particular level of our perception will depend on what our consciousness is attached to or associated with, and on our conditioning.

Alchemy speaks of purifying lead and transforming it into gold. In the spiritual context, it is the process of SHIFTING our awareness from being a narrow and inferring mental-consciousness, to becoming a wider and directly aware soul-consciousness.

2. What limitations arise due to identification?

Identification with the body causes us to experience physical fears and sensual desires. Identification with the mind imposes its habits and conditioning upon our awareness. Further, the mental-self that arises due to this identification keeps us engaged with personal thoughts, which reinforce our separate identity. Hence, in this (normal) condition we helplessly focus on ‘me’, ‘my story’, ‘my likes’, ‘my fears’, ‘my desires’, ‘my way’, ‘my possessions’, etc. All these things reduce the transparency of our mind and the clarity of our awareness.

3. What are the two parts of our being in Alchemy?

When we carefully examine the subjective experience inside our mind during spiritual practice, we can notice two distinct parts of our being. There is something that sees, which we take to represent our SOUL and there is something that thinks and does, which we take to represent our NATURE. We find the observer consciousness is calm and reflective, whereas the doer or thinker consciousness is restless and constantly trying to do something. We discuss the process of spiritual alchemy by relating these two parts of our being.

4. What is bondage for the soul?

In the beginning of our spiritual pursuit these two parts of our mental consciousness are connected, wherein the nature or the doer consciousness is active and acts out of its own impulse. Hence, our nature dominates and the soul merely acts as a witness of the actions performed by our nature. Thus, the soul is passive, like a helpless observer. It has very little say in the decisions and actions of our nature. In this condition the soul has to endure its association with our nature. Hence, it is the condition of BONDAGE for the soul.

5. What is separation in alchemy?

As we continue the spiritual practice, at some stage we become aware of the true nature of this inner relationship between our soul and nature. We find that although our nature acts out of its own impulse, it seeks and must have the attention of the soul. In the initial stages it would take or draw this attention automatically. However, once the soul begins to awaken inside our mind as a consequence of inner maturing, we find that the soul has the power to withhold its attention. We can identify with the soul and withhold our attention. Then we can also remain peaceful and unaffected by the movements of our nature.

To experience this soul consciousness we have to find something within us that is independent of the continuously changing forms of life and begin to associate ourselves with it. It will give us the power to withhold our attention from the movements of our nature. By keeping a hold on our attention, we can SEPARATE ourselves from the activities of our nature and become unaffected by it.

6. What is purification?

Once we have experienced the soul, we know that it is an independent consciousness, whereas our nature is a derived consciousness that arises from it and depends upon it. The new situation is that our nature needs the attention of the soul to sustain itself, whereas the soul has the power to withhold this attention. Once we know the power of the soul and the dependency of our nature, we can use the ‘seeing of the soul’ to approve or disapprove the actions of our nature.

Thus, whenever our nature acts against the wishes of the soul, the soul can disapprove and reject that movement. Our nature may resist our decision, but it is ultimately bound to obey and correct that movement.

In practical terms it means that we can PURIFY or refine the ways of our nature by withdrawing our attention from the predispositions generated by our body and mind. In this way we can make our nature act according to the wishes of the soul. Thus, we can use the power of observation to correct and remake the habits, tendencies and conditioning of our nature.

Spiritual Alchemy uses the alternate processes of ‘separation’ and ‘purification’ to TRANSFORM the ways of our nature.

7. What is transformation?

Gradually our nature begins to act according to the wishes of the soul, and the soul begins to sanction and accept all the actions that our nature performs. We must continue the process until there are no contradictions within us that divide our consciousness. Then our soul and nature dance to one tune. An inner unity arises in which the soul and our nature act with one consciousness. This process unites the divisions within our consciousness, and hence it is called ‘MATING’ in consciousness.

Alchemy uses this inner mating to break down all the divisions that exist within our consciousness. At a particular stage of this process a new and undivided consciousness arises, which is totally different from our earlier mental consciousness. Here the processes of thinking, willing and feeling that earlier sustained our mental activity become separate and our awareness is LIBERATED from bondage to the mind.

The Purpose of Our Life

© 2010-17, Prashant S. Shah,

There is a spiritual presence that stands behind our person and oversees our activities. It understands all things, and it also oversees the happenings in the world. We can learn to relate with this spiritual presence and bring it forward in our life. This is the spiritual purpose of our life.

Here, we refer to it as our higher-level consciousness. We contrast it with the ordinary (mental) consciousness to show what happens as the higher consciousness awakens in our (inner) life. Then we address the issues of finding our purpose in life and the conditions under which we are to do it.


  • The two levels of consciousness
  • The process of spiritual growth
  • The purpose of our life
  • The coming of the New Era
  • How can I participate?
  • On promoting a Spiritual Mission

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The two levels of our consciousness

Throughout our life on earth our mind reflects two levels of consciousness (the ordinary and the higher level). The ordinary level mainly reflects the desires in our mind and body; and the higher level mainly reflects the impulses got from our soul and the over-soul or God.

When we function at the ORDINARY level, we are attached to our mind and body. We experience ourselves as a ‘mental-self’, which is simply a self in the mind. This mental-self causes us to live mainly to satisfy the desires in our mind and body. Hence, we keep looking for comforts, pleasures, possessions and recognition in the outer world. We want to own a posh house; we want to eat tasty food; and we measure our success by how well we stack up against others.

In society, at the ordinary level we experience our ‘GROUP IDENTITY’. When we serve the group identity, we move beyond the boundaries of our personal selfishness and include the feeling of others in our group. In this way we identify with our family members, with our work associates, with the followers of our religion, and with the people of our community. Thus, the group identity enlarges our concern, and that causes us to think that we are serving the higher consciousness. That can happen sometimes, but more often the group identity merely replaces our personal selfishness. And the group identity can also make us behave in ways that are more degrading than mere selfishness (as in terrorism).

What happens when we can function at the HIGHER level? Then we experience a ‘sense of unity’ and we hear the ‘voice of our conscience’. The sense of UNITY makes us feel that as human beings we are like children of the same father. Thus, we feel kindness towards others; we cannot be cruel or insensitive towards them; and we cannot solve our problems by making them someone else’s problems. Even the idea of competition makes us uncomfortable. So we try to replace it with the feeling of cooperation and coexistence. The voice of our conscience on the other hand gives direction our motives. We learn to live a disinterested life and serve a higher purpose in whatever we do.

The Process of Spiritual Growth

Both the ordinary and the higher level of consciousness are always reflected in our mind. However, initially we function mainly at the ordinary level. That is, we serve the mental-self. It simply keeps us preoccupied with physical activity and egoistic pursuits.

Our spiritual being also shows its presence by mirroring a higher level consciousness in our mind. However, we give so little attention to it that in most of us it appears as something vague, hesitant or far removed. And as a result we do not experience the ‘unity principle’; our ‘truth sense’ is weak; and we cannot perceive any ‘deeper purpose’ to our life.

To grow spiritually, we have to REVERSE this situation. How? We can do that by simply changing our ‘point of view’! Instead of looking upon everything from the ordinary level, and giving an ordinary meaning to higher things, we have to begin to look upon everything from the higher level, and try to give a greater significance to higher things. When we can do it sufficiently, it changes our ‘level’ our perception. It changes ‘from where’ we see and ‘what depth’ we see from.

Gradually we begin to see everything as a part of a much LARGER PICTURE: We are able to situate everything correctly; we can find the proper place for each thing; we can look deeper into the happenings in our life and in the world; and we can recognise the true motives behind the actions of people and happenings. As a result we are not easily deceived by outer appearances.

The Purpose of our life

When we can mirror the higher consciousness in our mind we can intuitively sense a deeper purpose to our life, but when we function mainly with the ordinary consciousness, we only hear the voice of our mental-self. It says: “Play it safe and do as others are doing. Don’t try to be original or take unnecessary risks — you may face rejection or fail.” However, when we follow the ordinary consciousness we live as a pretender or worse, as a commuter — someone who gets up every morning with the crowd and does the job just to earn money to pay the bills. We may have a comfortable life, be able to pay our bills on time, and do everything by the book. But after doing all this we still feel that such a life is not worth living. We do not feel enthusiastic about living in this way.

On the other hand when we reflect the higher consciousness in our mind we feel happy to know that there is much more to our life than being a commuter; there is some deeper purpose for which we have come to earth, and unless we can find it and serve it, we cannot be at peace with ourselves or feel fulfilled. When we feel like this sufficiently, we ask: “What is the deeper purpose of my life? What is my mission? What is the work I have come to do?”

Most people think of finding life’s work in terms of career choices. However, truly speaking it is more like involving the higher consciousness in our work or in the tasks we do. The aim is to simply make our mind receptive to the higher consciousness so that we can use it to reorganise our inner-life. The task is complex and each one of us has to uncover the complex answers, not intellectually, but through the process of actually living the life. We begin by finding the answers to our more proximate issues and, after our understanding has matured through this process, we can focus on the ultimate issues.

When people take up spiritual practice they often ask: “What happens if my practice is not successful?” However, when you pursue the goal sincerely, failure or success is not the issue. The task is to simply serve a higher consciousness. As you do that the effort itself becomes sacred, and the work itself becomes a privilege. Failure or success is only a mental judgement that you make against some expectation. In the true sense your failure is not pursuing what you have come to do here on earth!

The Coming of the New Era

In the book ‘The Crisis of Modern Humanity’ we had written extensively about the Cosmic Cycle and the Signs of Our Times. We indicated that the modern trend is to negate the spiritual or make it seem ordinary or psychological. This trend was expected to reach a ‘critical point’, at which a radical change in orientation was expected. It would transform the conditions and purposes with which people live on earth. Something similar has also been declared by many visionaries over the past century. We return to this discussion because the critical point is close. Our purpose is not to frighten our readers, but to help them prepare and the world through them for a smooth transition into a new era. We expect that the fear based systems that prevail today will be replaced in the next era by systems based on the conscience and higher perceptions.

At present the world is dominated by the ordinary-level consciousness. It can be seen in the selfishness, greed and falsehoods that prevail in our modern society. However, such traits are not expected to survive in the new era since the new era will be founded on the higher-level consciousness, which expresses a higher-level truth and the unity in human consciousness. Hence, to participate in the new era, we have to cultivate these spiritual qualities in our inner life. If we remain motivated by selfishness, greed and falsehood, we will naturally find it difficult to be sharing, caring and sincere. The extent of our difficulty will depend on the traits we have developed so far and on how enthusiastic we are in making the necessary changes. Thus, our difficulties will not be caused by the new era. They will arise due to our attachment to the ways of the ordinary-level consciousness, which is the modern life-style.

Today all kinds of practices thrive under the banner of ‘New Age Practices’. To name a few, you have past-life regression therapy, psychoanalysis, tantric sex, scientology, pyramid therapy, magic and elaborate ritual practices. Many shops have come up that sell the ‘New Age Products’ and there are many ‘New Age Gurus’ who market their ‘brand’ of spirituality. The symbols and techniques that were once used for bringing about spiritual purification have today been hijacked by people who use them with the opposite motives – to pursue their egoistic and mundane goals. The title of ‘New Age’ has also become a brand for generating business opportunities!

Much of the ‘New Age Information’ is propagated through the internet. Much of it is cleverly distorted and adapted to promote commercial interests or to gain cheap popularity. It is sometimes asked: “Why do you hold that true spirituality cannot become popular with the masses?” Popularity requires a wide base; and the masses, particularly in the modern times, are most uncomprehending. Hence, if something has to be made popular, it has to be brought down to the level of comprehension of the masses. Instead, spirituality seeks to lift up the level of consciousness; and that naturally makes it unpopular with the masses. It is admitted that the people who live by selfishness, greed, sensuality, corruption and falsehood will certainly find it difficult to function in the new era. Their personal value system will collapse and they will find it difficult to adapt themselves to the new (higher) value system. Hence, they will fall out.

However, there are many people who are willing to accept the terms of the new era. They want to participate in the change that is happening without getting disoriented. Here we address them. When the critical point arrives each one of us will have to make a DECISIVE CHOICE. Either we go along with the spirit of the New Era (by overcoming the obstructions caused by our lower nature and our attachment to the ordinary life) or we continue to live according to the ordinary-level consciousness. If we choose the former, we shall catch the current and be lifted. If we ignore this choice, we can face rejection.

How can I Participate?

Many of our students have asked us this question in one way or another. They want to know how they can participate in the arrival of the new era. Perhaps this is question is common to our readers, and hence we attempt to make a reply.

The ordinary-level consciousness that dominates the modern world today will become dysfunctional in the new era. When we function at the ordinary level without the higher–level influence, we become selfish and cunning. This trend in the modern times has dehumanised the social life. It has mechanised the life in society and generated monstrous growths that that are seen in the form of insanity, cruelty, corruption, and vulgar entertainment. These monsters are not due to the ordinary-level consciousness itself, but they arise from below. The ordinary-level consciousness only serves to cut off from person from a higher influence. Then the ‘natural sense’ is lost and the person is easily swayed by the influences that arise from below (from the neither worlds). Accordingly, many strange new things have arisen in the modern world, and they are being justified in the name of freedom! Such things only show the decay in spirit, the decay in thought, and the decay in public life — at least from the spiritual point-of-view.

We have to begin by reversing this trend within ourselves. Then we can extend ‘our presence’ in the society we are involved with. The tendency to pervert reverses automatically when we keep open our mind attached to the higher-level consciousness. Then the narrow concern, the inability to discriminate in matters of life, and the cruelty that is generated by the ordinary-level consciousness of our times quickly gets replaced by the wider concern, the truth-sense and the kindness that arises from the higher level.

The KEY idea of Spirituality is that wisdom and the higher values of life arise naturally in our mind when we make it responsive to a higher or spiritual consciousness. Thus, wisdom is not the result of developing our ordinary consciousness, as in modern education! It is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to the higher consciousness. No amount of supervision or legislature can curb personal and social evils. It can only be brought about by involving the higher consciousness in our life. And we can do that by learning to serve the higher consciousness rather than remaining indifferent to it. The higher consciousness will then lift our thinking, our values and our inner worth. It will help us in reorganising our nature and use our presence to transform the social systems we are involved with. In this way we can participate in establishing the higher consciousness on earth.

On Promoting a Spiritual Mission

The primary aim of any mission is to spread its message so that it can REACH the people who are capable of using it. The auxiliary aim is to provide a ‘support service’ to those who want to IMPLEMENT the message in their life.

However, for a mission to remain genuine, it has to also employ means that are in harmony with its aim. And that raises the question of motivation: “Should the mission be run as a business for profit or as a non-profit (not non-profitable) organisation?

What is the difference? When a business gets focused on generating profits, it attract profiteers and people who side-track the organisation onto selling. A non-profit organisation, on the other hand, can focus on providing genuine value without indulging in false promises or deceptions just to improve the numbers. However, it will lack the means (money) to carry out its mission.

What are the implications? You have to invite people who want to ‘serve the cause’ and not encourage those who come with the ulterior aim of using the opportunity for business. The people should be shown the qualitative benefits and not the quantitative (financial) rewards. If their motivation is insufficient, it is better they don’t join. When people with ulterior motives are involved, many contradictions arise. Then, the ends seem to justify the means employed.

Counselling with Vedic Astrology

© 2013-17, Prashant S. Shah

We use astrology to provide valuable advice and NOT to make predictions. We provide two kinds of services: ‘Advice for Decision Making’, and ‘Guidance for Problem Solving’. What is the difference?

When you want to find a suitable marriage or business partner; when you want to find the kind of work or study that would really suit your nature; or when you have to make a choice from your options, you need advice in decision-making. However, when you want to overcome a problem that is recurring you first need to have a clear diagnosis. Only thereafter you can formulate your strategy for overcoming it.


Advice for Decision Making

Your horoscope is a map of the planetary forces that existed at the time of your birth. From this map an astrologer can know your predispositions such as your likes, dislikes and individual peculiarities. All these forces combine in your nature and have a marked influence on the happenings in your life. Thus, from your horoscope an astrologer can know your nature: what suits you, what would be your natural preferences and what kind of things are likely to work out for you. In addition, the astrologer can also access if the time is agreeable or disagreeable for a certain undertaking. If the present time is not agreeable, he can find a time that is more agreeable so that you don’t have to struggle very much to push for what you want. In this way astrology can help you in making the correct choice.

People usually use this kind of advice to find a suitable marriage partner; to find suitable work, study or orientation; or to make a decision in a specific matter.

Guidance for Problem Solving

Sometimes you have a problem or situation that keeps on repeating. That happens because the problem is somehow connected with your nature. To overcome such a problem, you need to take advice from someone who can look at the situation from outside your frame of reference. They can show you some things that you cannot easily see or recognise by yourself.

Here the counsellor questions your assumptions and examines the faults in your line of thinking so as to locate the root cause of your problem. First, you have to clearing up the faults in your thinking that has given rise to your problem. Then you can decide on a suitable strategy for overcoming the current problem. People seek this kind of guidance to solve problems relating to their job, business or career; to resolve their conflicts in marriage, family or personal life; and to overcome health related problems.

If you need specific advice or guidance, visit our Site. Professional advice will cost you a little, but it will be money and time well spent. You will not have to search for impractical solutions or in the wrong places


Who do you take your Advice from?

Should you take your advice from your friends, from family or from colleagues?
OR should you seek it from a professional – a coach, a guide or a mentor?
What is the DIFFERENCE?

© 2005-17, Prashant S. Shah;

Third eye-2The guidance you get from your friends, family or colleagues will not be the same as the guidance you can receive from a professional. The reason for this is that more often your friends, family and colleagues have a set idea about you. Hence, they are not likely to examine your issues or the situation fundamentally or in great detail. Instead, they will make some suggestions according to the image they carry of you in their mind. And that advice is unlikely to be what you really need.

Further, they usually don’t adjust their suggestions according to the feedback you provide them as you try to IMPLEMENT their advice. Instead, they may even judge your performance as good or bad against the advice they had given.

Discussing your affairs with a coach, guide or mentor will be a totally different experience. They want you to get things right. Hence, they will go into the details. They will examine your assumptions, your values, your beliefs and your actions so as to diagnose your problem; to know where exactly you are stuck; where the bottleneck point on your way is. Then they will suggest what you need to do right now to get your matters moving. Then further, as you continue to consult them, they keep a track on you. They will help you to navigate through your difficulties – making you more aware and more capable

Then why do people prefer to take their guidance from friends and family? The guidance from friends and family is usually convenient and free; whereas advice from a professional can be inconvenient and will cost some money. However, if you measure the cost in real terms, which is in terms of the value you actually receive, the professional advice will usually turn out to be much cheaper. Professional advice will clear the confusion in your mind; it will give you the direction that you need to overcome the difficulty that you are actually faced with. Further, professional advice is not always expensive. There are many benevolent professionals who consider the success of their client to be a part of their reward or success.