059. Nick Gancitano

Nick GancitanoNick Gancitano has spent most of his adult life delving into the mysteries of the ancient spiritual teachings and has undergone a conscious transformation that has made him a specialist in the field. Nick studied under some of its most respected sages and has traveled extensively around the world to deliver this teaching. In addition, Nick himself has been recognized for his simplification of the often complicated spiritual system of advaita (wisdom through direct insight).

After returning from his journey, Nick became committed to disseminating these teachings among friends and associates who became students and soon erected The Self-Inquiry Center for Conscious Living, where Nick now provides his lighthearted works to a growing population of devoted spiritual seekers.

Aside from being the spiritual director at the The Self-Inquiry Center, Nick was once an All-American athlete, corporate regional vice-president, and U.S. National Champion under the legendary football coach Joe Paterno. He later became one of the world’s leading experts on place-kicking, personally developing over forty collegiate Division IA athletes, including nine All-Americans. But his original background lay in physics, physiology and biomechanics, as he firmly states that all information recorded for spiritual scripture and scientific documentation should be based on one’s direct experience and not borrowed beliefs passed down through generations by the unknowing. Nick can be contacted via email.

Interview recorded 2/20/2011

Audio and video below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

23 thoughts on “059. Nick Gancitano

  1. LOL

    If it reveals itself as profoundness to you, then “let it be” (thank you, John L.).

    Be that as well.

    :)

  2. I love your biblical quote, snowleopard. It’s my favorite one in the bible. And I treated it as a personal koan for many years.

    Permit me to share my aha! experience, regarding that quote/koan, with you… with no expectation or desire that it be anyone else’s. It’s just a sharing.

    For years, I perceived that quote as an encouragement for me to be still. To rest in stillness; to abide in stillness.

    Until, that is, the aha! struck me right in the kisser… and caused me to laugh uncontrollably.

    Being stillness… is not the same as being in stillness.

    The latter maintains the subject-object appearance of separation. There is a you (subject) and stillness (object). And the appearance of separation between the two is maintained.

    Being stillness, on the other hand, causes that separation to dis-appear.

    I say this only to encourage others to “entertain” (thank you, Paul H., again) the distinction between the two experiences. And to not assume that there’s only one experience of that Biblical quote.

    Thanks again.

  3. The mention of having the face of Ramana Maharshi flash into your vision, is a similar experience that I underwent with one of his ‘3rd Generation’ disciples. I saw in a dream (in a picture frame, appearing as an emotional mixture of my face) the face of one I would later (having never seen him at that time) show up in my life (one named Mooji, a disciple of Hariwansh Lal Poonja). Before or after that, I do not recall, I came across a copy of The Autobiography of a Yogi (read it), and then, by nook and by crook, came to become aware of Mooji (his face and his ‘teachings’). I immediately recognized (intuitively speaking) my own face when I first saw him via YouTube and later remembered the picture of him that I had seen in my dream. These events have taken place within the last year (still being the year 2011, November), and since that time I have experienced various dreams concerning Mooji and I.

    I also played football, up to including some College ball, and also injured my knee.

    I found, early on in the interview Rick and Nick, that my own experiences, on some points, happened to me in reverse order, at times.

Leave a Reply