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. How to Recognise a Sage?
  5. The Hidden Side of Spiritual Practice
  6. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy


Participants in New York, 2011

1. 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,


2. 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,


3. 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 your individual and personal consciousness there is the greater consciousness of the soul and the over-soul.

Here first, you install a presence of the greater consciousness in your mind. Next, you involve it in your affairs. It will develop your ‘truth sense’ and give you the guidance you need. Then you will not be easily misled by the tendencies and wishes in your mind, or be deceived by the people in your environment.


  • The basics of mysticism: the relationship between your personal consciousness and the God consciousness
  • The technique of mysticism: making a personal God and learning to attune with it
  • Devotional exercise: making God a reality in your life; living for God’s sake; stages in the awakening
  • The levels in the practice; the doctrine of the mystics

Duration: 8 hours

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,


4. 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,


5. EKS: A Growth and Success Strategy

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

The Course Contents

Part-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.

Part-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 Part-1 and Part-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. Restore your Health Naturally
  5. Living by intuition
  6. The Spiritual Tradition of the Ancient Hindus
  7. The Biochemic Way to Health
  8. How to Recognise a Sage?


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 skilful, 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. Restore your Health Naturally

A Simple Solution to your Health Problems

Your health depends mainly on you; on your lifestyle, diet and eating habits. However, these days you are given to believe that your health depends mainly on doctors and the health care system. Thus, you have become very dependent on the medical profession. And at the same time the health care system has become very expensive, highly specialised and too technical for your comprehension. So you naturally feel vulnerable, helpless, and confused.

However, there are alternatives; they always existed! Your health is not something that depends on the progress of modern science. There are much simpler ways. They talk in terms reducing the toxaemia in the body and strengthening its vital force. Here we you learn to use these alternatives. Believe it or not here you will learn how to detox your body and restore your vital force naturally – WITHOUT depending on medicines or the medical profession.


  • Holistic healing: healing vs. curing; health in terms of the vital force; how toxaemia develops;
  • Simple ways to detox the body: Diet, nutrition and eating habits; fasting and the healing crisis
  • Water therapy; cleansing diets; and the ‘no breakfast’ plan
  • Healing the body by changing the consciousness; correcting emotional disorders

Duration: 8 hours

The workshop is based on Prashant’s book ‘Healing without Drugs’ and ‘How to Restore your Health Naturally’.

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.


  • Introducing the law of karma; whatever happens is justice
  • Dharma; freedom and contentment got by practising dharma
  • The modern world as seen through traditional eyes
  • Marriages modern and traditional; the method of traditional learning


7. The Biochemic Way to Health

In the 18th century, Dr. Schuessler analysed the ashes of the human body and found the presence of twelve mineral salts in them. He called them the ‘biochemic tissue salts’ and showed their value in the healthy functioning of the body. Whenever a deficiency of any of these salts arises in the body tissues, certain typical symptoms arise. You can use these symptoms to identify the specific tissue salt deficiency. 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 find its way to return to natural health.

Here you learn how to use the book: The Biochemic Prescriber for finding your remedy. You can treat common everyday ailments and simple constitutional disorders with these Biochemic Tissue Salts. The method is simple and safe. You can use it to help yourself, your family and your friends and overcome your helplessness in health matters.


  • The principles of Biochemic Remedies and Holistic Healing
  • The functional disorders of the body, and their relationship with the ‘biochemic remedies’
  • Treating constitutional disorders and some everyday ailments with the Biochemic Tissue-salts

Duration: 4 hours

The discussion is based on Prashant’s book: “The Biochemic Prescriber, 8 hours


8. How to Recognise a Sage?

This course is based on wisdom of the book: Tao Te Ching. The Tao is a universal awareness that underlies all things. Hence, by aligning your ways with the way of the Tao you can attain inner freedom, transcendental peace, and deep contentment in your life. However, the Tao is very subtle. It can only be grasped with a mind that is without personal motives. So, how can you pursue the Tao?

Master Lao Tzu gives the clues: First, follow the law of heaven and purify your motives. Next, find a Sage, a living master. Then, track the ways of the Sage, for the Sage naturally follows the Tao. However, there is a difficulty since the Sage does not show himself in society. So, how can you recognise the Sage? Here we address this issue.


  • Who is a Sage? How does he behave? What are his guiding principles?
  • Why does the Sage value things differently? What is his true attainment?
  • What strategies does the Sage adopt? How are his ways different from the ways of ordinary people?

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,


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.

Spiritual 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 is this process accomplished through Yoga? Does it unveil the mysteries of the cosmos? Here we explain this process in terms of your growth in consciousness. It will also help you understand the Hermetic Wisdom and the Emerald Tablet.



  1. The world as consciousness
  2. Our personal consciousness
  3. The human situation
  4. What is Bondage?
  5. What is Separation?
  6. What is Purification?
  7. The Alchemical Marriage

1. The world as consciousness

Consciousness is the basic stuff and the creative essence of the universe. Movement of consciousness has created the universe and all that is in it. The same consciousness that manifests as the universe is also the Self, the spiritual essence, of every individual being that arises in it. Hence, the metaphysical structure of the world is like a ‘woven fabric’, wherein the subject consciousness (the essence) is the vertical thread, and object consciousness (the substance) is the horizontal thread.

Since consciousness is everywhere, everything in the cosmos can be known. The consciousness in one form can connect with consciousness in another form and come to know things from inside out. This is direct knowing.

However, in human beings consciousness is identified with the mind and body. Due to this identification the power of pure consciousness (the Self) is reduced to a ‘level of perception’ in the human mind. The particular level of perception would depend on what the consciousness is attached to or associated with, and on its conditioning in the individual. Hence, the human mind can only know things INDIRECTLY, through inference and interpretation. This semi-conscious and roundabout way of figuring things out is called ‘mental knowledge’.

Alchemy speaks of purifying Lead and transforming it into gold. In the spiritual context, it is the process of changing the consciousness from being a narrow and inferring mental-consciousness, to becoming a wider and directly aware consciousness of the Self.

2. Our personal consciousness

When consciousness identifies with our body, we experience physical fears and sensual desires. When it identifies with our mind, we experience its tendencies, beliefs and conditioning. All these things put their limitations on consciousness. They cloud the transparency of pure consciousness in our Nature. Hence, we do not experience the world with a pure consciousness, but with a personal consciousness.

The personal consciousness generates a duplicate-self, called the mental-self. It creates a personal world from our thoughts and emotions and keeps us constantly engaged with them. So, we think in terms of ‘me’, ‘my story’, ‘my likes’, ‘my fears’, ‘my desires’, ‘my way’, and ‘my possessions’.

3. The human situation

When we look deep into ourselves, into our subjective experience we find two parts of our being: One part is a consciousness that is totally calm. It quietly sees and observes. We call it our Soul. The other part is a consciousness that is active. It thinks and does. We call it our Nature.

In the beginning of our spiritual quest these two parts of our being seem to be separate; they stand apart. The ‘observer consciousness’ is always calm and reflective, whereas the ‘doer consciousness’ is always restless and doing something.

We can understand the process of our growth in consciousness by relating these two parts of our being.

4. What is Bondage?

At first the two parts of our being seem to stand apart. The Soul observes the activity of our Nature and quietly mirrors its actions in the pure consciousness of its being. The Nature or the doer consciousness, on the other hand, acts out of its own impulse, not caring about the will of the seer, the Soul. Thus, our Nature dominates, and the Soul has no say in the decisions and actions of our Nature.

On careful observation we find that these two parts of our consciousness are connected. The Soul observes the decisions and actions of our Nature, but it is unable to accept all them. But since the Soul is still passive it has to endure what it cannot accept. Thus, the Soul considers its association with our Nature as bondage.


5. What is Separation?

On further observation we find that although our Nature can act out of its own impulse, to carry on in this way it needs the acceptance of the soul. When the Soul was passive, our Nature took this acceptance automatically. However, once the Soul is awake, it can refuse to grant acceptance.

So, when our Nature acts according to the wishes of the Soul, the Soul accepts all the actions of our Nature. It does this by mirroring them in the pure consciousness of its being. However, when Nature acts against the wishes of the Soul, the Soul can withhold its acceptance. It does this by refusing to mirror the actions of our Nature.

The Soul is an independent consciousness that lives in the spiritual world. When we identify with the Soul, we can separate ourselves from our Nature. Then the contents (thoughts, desires and emotions) of our mind become like objects; we can look upon them as separate things and stand back from them. Then we remain unaffected by them and their actions. In this condition we are liberated from bondage to our mental existence. We have a mind and body, but we remain independent of the mind and body.

6. What is Purification?

The Soul is an independent consciousness, whereas our Nature is a derived consciousness – it arises from the Soul and depends upon it for its sustenance. The Soul has power over Nature and it can exercise the power.

The Soul sees the actions of our Nature and quietly mirrors them in its consciousness. By mirroring them it sanctions them. However, once the Soul is awake in our life, it can also refuse to mirror the actions of our Nature that it does not approve. When the Soul disapproves, our Nature has to change its ways to get the sanction from the Soul. Hence, the seeing of the Soul is like giving a command to our Nature.

To experience the Soul consciousness we have to find something within us that is independent of the continuously changing thoughts and forms of life. Having found this consciousness, we have to identify with it. Then we can know the right movement; we can know what the Soul wants our Nature to do. Then further, by approving or disapproving the actions of our Nature, we can purify it.

7. The Alchemical Marriage

Alchemy uses the alternate movements of ‘separation’ and ‘purification’ to know and change the habits, tendencies and conditioning of our Nature. As our Nature gets purified we overcome the contradictory energies and divisions within our consciousness. Then the Soul and our Nature begin to dance to one tune; our Nature acts according to the wishes of the Soul; and the Soul accepts all the actions performed by our Nature. This is the Alchemical Marriage or ‘MATING’ in consciousness.

This mating gives birth to a new consciousness in our being, which is undivided and totally different from the earlier ‘mental consciousness’. It is neither subjective nor objective, but something all inclusive and beyond. This consciousness holds the key to the mysteries of the cosmos.

The Purpose of Our Life

© 2010-18, Prashant S. Shah,

There is a spiritual presence that stands behind the activity of our mind. It oversees our activities and understands us deeply. It also oversees the people and happenings in the world. Although this spiritual presence remains a mystery to us, we can learn to relate with it and bring it forward in our life. That is the spiritual purpose of our life.

Thus, our true purpose in life is not concerned with improving the living standards or achieving power in society. Such things can only have some contingent value. The real thing is the kind of person we are becoming and the extent to which we are able to involve the spiritual presence in our life.

Here the ‘spiritual presence’ is called a higher-level consciousness. We contrast it with our ordinary (mental) consciousness; and then we show what happens when the higher consciousness begins to awaken in our inner life.

We also address the issues of finding our purpose in life and the conditions of the world in which we have to do it.


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

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 reflects the impulses got from our soul and the over-soul or God.

HigherOrdinaryNatureWhen 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 of 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 it so little attention that it has become something vague, hesitant and far removed. The result is that 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. 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 ‘from what depth’ we see.

Gradually we 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 for a deeper meaning 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 Spiritual Purpose of our life

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 insightful or take unnecessary risks — you may have to face rejection or failure.” But when we follow the ordinary consciousness we live as a pretender or worse, as a commuter — someone who has to get up every morning with the crowd and do the job just to earn the money to pay the bills. We may live comfortably, 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 really worth living. We cannot feel enthusiastic about living in this way.

PrintWhen we can mirror the higher consciousness in our mind we intuitively sense the deeper purpose of our life. We feel happy to know that there is much more to our life than being a commuter. We feel that there is some deeper purpose for which we have come to earth, and we want to find it and serve it. Unless we do this we cannot be at peace with ourselves or feel fulfilled. So, 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 the work we do. The task is to simply make our mind receptive to the higher consciousness so that we can allow it to guide our actions and reorganise our inner-life. This task is complex and each one of us has to find our answers, not intellectually, but by actually living our life. First, we have to find the answers to our ‘proximate issues’. Only thereafter we can look into the ultimate issues.

When people begin to pursue a spiritual goal they often ask: “What happens if my practice is not successful?” They are looking for some tangible result – perhaps for some psychic power. However, if the task is to simply serve a higher consciousness then achieving some tangible result becomes a non-issue. 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; and perhaps your failure is not pursuing what you have come here on earth to do!

The Coming of the New Era

In the book ‘The Crisis of Modern Humanity’ we explained the concept of Cosmic Cycle and showed the ‘Signs of Our Times’. We showed the modern trend is to falsify spirituality by making it seem ordinary or psychological; that this trend is expected to continue until a ‘critical point’ is reached. Then a radical change in orientation is expected. This change 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 themselves for a smooth transition into the new era. We expect that the fear based systems of the mental-consciousness will be replaced in the next era by systems based on the higher-level consciousness.

CrisisBkTo be able to participate in the making of the new era, we have to cultivate spiritual qualities in our inner life. We cannot allow fear, selfishness, greed and falsehood to motivate us. 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, the difficulties we may have to experience will not be caused by the new era; they will arise due to our attachment to the ways of the ordinary-level consciousness (or the modern life-style).

Today all kinds of practices have sprung up under the banner of ‘New Age Practices’. To name a few, you have past-life regression therapy, psychoanalysis, tantric rituals, scientology, pyramid therapy, magic and elaborate ritual practices. Many shops have arisen to sell the ‘New Age Products’ and there are numerous ‘New Age Gurus’ who market their ‘brand’ of spirituality. The symbols and techniques that were once used to prepare a person for spiritual living have today been hijacked. People now use them with the opposite purpose – 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. People sometimes ask: “Why do you hold that true spirituality cannot become popular with the masses?” Popularity requires a wide base; and the masses, particularly in our 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. On the other hand spirituality seeks to lift up their level in consciousness. And that naturally makes true spirituality 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 may not be able to adapt themselves to the new (higher) value system. Hence, they may fall out.

However, there are many persons 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 is reached, each one of us has 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 catch the flow and get lifted. If we ignore this choice, we fall out or face rejection.

How can I Participate?

Many spiritual seekers ask this question in one way or another. They really want to know how they can actively participate in preparing for the new era. Here we attempt to reply.

The ordinary-level consciousness that dominates the modern world today is expected to become dysfunctional in the new era. When a person works with the ordinary level consciousness without the higher–level influence, he or she becomes selfish and cunning. It dehumanises the social life; mechanises the work; and generates monstrous growths in society in the form of insanity, cruelty, corruption, and vulgar entertainment. These monsters do not arise from the ordinary-level consciousness; they arise from below after the human being is cut off from the higher-level influence. Without the spiritual influence of the higher consciousness the person can be easily swayed by sub-human influences, which arise from the neither worlds. Accordingly, the strange and new things that have arisen in the modern society were not totally unexpected. They only show the decay in spirit, the decay in thought, and the decay in public life — at least from the spiritual point-of-view.

Each person has to begin by reversing this trend within ourselves. Then we have to extend ‘our presence’ in the society we are involved with.

The KEY idea of Spirituality is that wisdom and the higher values of life arise naturally in the mind when we make it responsive to a higher or spiritual consciousness. Thus, wisdom is not the result of developing the ordinary consciousness, as in modern education! It is the result of disciplining the mind and making it responsive to the ways of 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 the individual and in public life. We learn to do it by serving the higher consciousness and by not remaining indifferent to it. The higher consciousness will lift our thinking, our values and our inner worth. It will reorganise our nature, and then we can use our presence to re-organise the social systems we are involved with. In this way we can participate in establishing the higher consciousness in humanity.

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. Such an organisation will lack the means (money) to carry out its mission, but it should not change its ways to find the money. You have to allow the higher consciousness to do what is necessary.

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 to grow their business. The people should be shown the qualitative benefits and not the quantitative (financial) rewards. If they lack the motivation, don’t encourage them to join. If you involve people with ulterior motives, many contradictions will arise and people will 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.