090. Unmani

UnmaniUnmani is originally from the UK, but has lived a nomadic life in many countries around the world from the age of 18. She has had no ‘home base’ for years, and travels around the world holding meetings and retreats relying on the generosity of people who have been touched by her message. Amazing people in so many countries have helped, supported and hosted Unmani over the years. She lives in gratitude to those who are willing to open their homes and their hearts to freedom.

Unlike most people, since she was a child, Unmani never identified with the role she seemed to be playing as a person living a life. However, she felt very lost and alone in a world that everyone else seemed to take so seriously. After years of searching to find a way out of this pain, she met a German Zen master in India. With her, Unmani recognized that what she had been searching for had always been right here. She woke up to the dream, time stopped and the search ended. Unmani began holding meetings and retreats 3 years later. Unmani is the author of two books ‘I am Life itself’ and ‘Die to Love’ and is now writing a third book.

Unmani’s website, Die to Love

Interview recorded 10/11/2011

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

7 thoughts on “090. Unmani

  1. The honesty that pours out of this interview is so soothing.. no agitated believe this-believe that/see this-see that, so humble.. so loving. All our mind´s concepts are the only problem.. that is what is conveyed to me.
    Very relaxing and empowering.. like the sun coming through on a cloudy (brainfoggy) day. Thank you all.

  2. Rick,
    I had that severe strokes( bi-lateral) that you speak about in the interview. Damn near died, and I did leave my body. But came back to same me with brain damage, miffed that others treated me like I was brain dead. All it did was make me want more out of life, and did temper me to some extent….and rolled out the path from this new beginning.

  3. The double entendre of ‘dying to love’ poignantly says it … Yet another tale of a ‘seeker,’ who upon trying to escape the inescapable, or find what can’t be lost, is brought to the knees in utter despair, so to speak, only to surrender to that which we always are, this paradoxical mystery, the infinite fulfillment, intimacy and expression of inexpressible emptiness.

    Thanks for that …

  4. I loved this interview. No pretentiousness, total honesty, and I was elated that she shared my experience growing up….why don’t I have opinions on anything?…Is something wrong with me?….I don’t care about anything. I was also totally drunk while listening, and I’ve always known that drinking drops me right into an Unknowing state, where everything is seen through. I cried, I laughed, I wanted her to love me, I wanted to make love with her, I felt permitted to seek, I saw the ridiculousness of the practices I’ve been doing, I wanted to hurt the woman who’s been recommending those practices etc. etc. Bottom line, I recognize that I am the unknowing brightness that pervades all things. I’ve felt that since I was a kid, but what a terrible ride I’ve had. All of the cold emotionless practices that stem from nondual philosophies! What a headtrip that denies the bright, warmth of the unknowing mystery. It’s love, not something cold and empty. Emptiness is perhaps reality filtered through nondual thinking. I feel that. What a cold, stern position to take….trying to separate the form from the formless, and introducing space insteading of filling it all in. At least that’s how a drunk, emotionally-damaged pervert sees it for now :)….but this fullness is the same bright fullness that I knew as a four year old, eating an ice cream cone on my great grandmother’s front lawn. Thanks Rick. I needed this one. Maybe I should drink more often.

  5. When I watch these interviews – most of them, that is – each one is my favorite one while I watch it. I am watching this one now. It is my favorite one. I love Unmani.

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