089. Karen Richards

Karen RichardsFrom Karen’s site: In February 2008 at the age of thirty-three, Karen experienced a sudden and radical awakening. Prior to this realisation, no teachings or practices were followed – in fact at that time the terms non-duality and awakening were completely unfamiliar. This spontaneous realisation presented itself during a period of intense emotional suffering and when demands in life exceeded Karen’s physical capability.

Karen attempted to persevere in the face of these challenges, the consequence being a severely debilitating illness that affected physical functioning on every level. Although the illness had a devastating effect on life as it was then known, it seemed to create a space for a deeper reality to be recognised.

As her state of health was so poor, Karen was unable to return to work – meaning that she spent a significant amount of time confined to her home. The effect of this period of solitude was profound surrender, allowing the realisation to become deeply integrated into daily living. Two and a half years after the initial recognition, someone Karen didn’t know approached her for guidance, which really was the beginning of sharing in a more active way. Karen now shares openly with all those who wish to enquire into the true nature of reality.

Karen grew up in a small town in the heart of England and was born into a non-religious family. After a somewhat turbulent childhood and unsettled early adult life, she trained as a nurse in 1993. After qualification in 1996, Karen went onto practice nursing in the NHS full time for twelve years, gaining experience in many specialities including general surgery, urology and medicine before specialising in intensive care. In the years prior to the realisation, Karen has experienced challenges and disappointments that seem common to many. She is also a certified life coach and that, coupled with her nursing career has given her considerable experience of working with people from a variety of backgrounds and circumstances. This has endowed her with the ability to empathise and understand life as it is to commonly experienced, making her easy to communicate with.

Following the realisation, Karen’s experience of illness – coupled with her extensive experience of healthcare, enabled dis-ease / illness to be seen from a different perspective. Misperception of what we are and the stress that can ensue in direct relation to that misperception, means that we are often in a state of persistent resistance to life as it is. This negative state of functioning is the foundation for many of our health challenges. The rediscovery of who we are is fundamental for the transformation of the human life experience. It means that the peace that is already here is recognised and experienced directly, having potentially profound healing effect on the mind and body.

Realisation – from a human perspective – means that the unity beyond apparent diversity is remembered. Life can then be embraced fully and authentically – without contamination from the lens of the conditioned mind, bringing relief from all psychological suffering. An inevitable consequence of this recognition is the arising of compassion, love and respect for life in all of its appearances – having an ever deepening impact on the human experience. This has the direct consequence of transforming the world we see literally before our eyes, having a powerful healing effect on the planet as a whole.

‘May you rediscover who you truly are, for in that knowing lies liberation, peace and wisdom. You are THAT for which you have been seeking’

Much love, Karen Richards

Interview recorded 9/25/2011

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

49 thoughts on “089. Karen Richards

  1. Rick,
    You and Karen mentioned a sort of uncertainty that has been discussed. I wonder if this can become an obstacle or an unnecessary source of confusion for those who have experienced a fundamental awakening yet do not comprehend the simplicity of it. In other words, their conditioned mind is experiencing a lingering doubt even though the identity has shifted. Is this what you are talking about in that interchange? I had not come across this discussion in any of the other interviews I have viewed. Could you or Karen elaborate further, either here or in your next interview? Thanks.

  2. Hi Erick,

    I’ll save your post and bring up the point in our next interview. I’ll have to listen to this interview again to be really clear on the point to which you’re referring.

    Thanks, Rick

  3. The section I mentioned above is (on Facebook) Part 3, 11:27…

    In reviewing it I got the gist of it better. The uncertainty is in the nature of the knowing. But I’d still love to hear an elaboration on the point. It is good for people to hear.

  4. Hi Rick,

    I want to thank you for your beautiful interviews.
    And I want to say thanks to both you and Karen for this one.

    For my part I am an “oozer” of an awakener … but anyway all these interviews are such helpful encouragement, and confirmation, and also give helpful practical tips. I particularly liked when Karen said (maybe a fusion of several quotes):

    “The difficulties that arise from the momentum of old conditioning
    are opportunities to SEE them clearly, and allowing them to be without trying to change them. And when we see them clearly
    with relaxed [calm, alert] vigilence, they are allowed to run their course and drop away.”

    Also: “That IS the bliss: To be in the depths of despair, and yet have it be ok. Because it is cradled in unshakeable peace.”

    For me, that is still brutal. I HATE my despair and pain.
    That is why I became interested in spirituality. Yet, my hatred is an attachment. It seems each time I go through a painful
    episode (every few months), the attachment has to be seen;
    the story that is believed has to be seen. If you see and
    question the belief of every story, or relax the focus on the story
    (as Benhito M puts it) then all that is left is a feeling in the body
    and THAT is what can run it’s course, once it is disconnected from the story which was believed and not seen. The believed story IS the propagation device for the negative emotions, it is how they continue to try to live on and on in you.

    Yet, how difficult to do in the midst of pain … For the story may include: “I am trapped in this pain and I cannot see.”
    This pain will utilize any thoughts to survive; and you
    believe those thoughts, because at that moment you ARE
    that pain, you WANT that pain.

    I liked the analogy of ripples on water as well: “If we TRY to smooth the water, we create more turbulence; instead we can allow the waves to run their course in their own time and return again and again to this recognition.”

    I sympathize with those who feel confused or lost. I’d like to offer a little advice, which like all advice is more or less difficult to follow according to who you are, and how you can reflect and integrate it it into your own experience. I recommend you
    relax: Don’t worry about anything that doesn’t mean anything to you. Key in on the simple things that make sense to you, and especially those which give a heightened feeling of aliveness.
    This is not really about understanding anything with your mind, it is about relaxing your desire to understand and noticing something very simple: your own beautiful presence.

    Much love and best wishes

    -Joe

    PS You know another taboo in these nonduality circles?
    It seems to be taboo to mention the name of Eckhart Tolle. Is he just too main stream, too obvious? :)

    For me he has been the most powerful and clear teacher again and again. Yet of course certain view points may be clutched at
    if one takes his teachings too, too seriously (for example one could hope for a sudden awakening like his). :) I agree with Rick:
    It is very helpful to look at several teachers and view points.
    For is it not attachment to view points that we wish to see clearly?

    PPS I apologize for overlong comment, even though I lengthen it
    with this apology. :)

  5. Karen seems to struggle to shift her mind to what Rick is saying, rather she is fixated on her story and her message. Being in the moment means you can drop your story and be with what other people are saying. Rick offers a lot of wise references in which Karen seems utterly uninterested.

  6. Hi Karen. Today I spent some time and sent Rick some audio for my upcoming interview, took a nap, and am sitting here now listening to your interview. Having an awakening experience myself, the interview is like listening to everything familiar. Thanks for taking the time. Wonderful. Clark.

  7. karen, i think you have a huge issue with criticism, you seem to delete comments that are realistic where the opportunity occurs on the web for them and you have the ability to do so!

    still being semi-young and pretty is only going to carry you so far, or is that even backwards ?

    when the wrinkles come and men distain you what then?

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