Ameeta was born and raised in Mumbai India and recalls two predominant family themes which influenced her formative years: intellectual curiosity and devotion to God. She was educated and conditioned to aspire to conventional success, which pursuit dominated the first three decades of her life.
She consciously experienced the first stirrings of her deepest yearning following the cancer diagnosis and subsequent death of her father in 1999. Questions opened up in her like “What is life?”, “What is death?”, and “What is going on?”.
From then on, Life orchestrated a series of events and experiences which placed her and nurtured her, on an overt spiritual journey. The major influences along the way were Ken Wilber, Byron Katie, and Adyashanti. It was with Adya that she finally found what she was looking for, in terms of his spiritual guidance which has always resonated in her being, in terms of his living example which continues to inspire her, and most especially in terms of what those two brought alive and online within her.
What she now sees clearly is that it was the Heart Sutra teaching of Emptiness is Form and Form is Emptiness, which is the meta-story of her life and existence.
In 2017 she received her Soul name of Moving Mountain in Taos. And this opened a new facet on her journey, where she experienced deep communion with Nature and a tangible connection with Goddess.
Ameeta’s path has been gradual and studded with many life-altering realizations, which illuminated her self-knowledge, and which continue to translate into how she lives and relates in the world. She likes to say she is eternally a work-in-progress.
Over the years she has been sharing her experience with small groups and coaching spiritual seekers one on one. Now she is called to share her message more broadly through Moving Mountain Academy.
Main points discussed:
- Ameeta’s background and spiritual path, including her irresistible shift from businesswoman to spiritual seeker.
- Ken Wilber’s influence in reconciling the battle between her spiritual and intellectual lives.
- Adyashanti’s influence.
- Healthy and unhealthy teacher/student devotional relationships.
- Primordial fear and its falling away.
- Having a teacher ‘carry the present being awareness’ until one is ready to hold it for oneself.
- Teachers are ‘custodians of what the student has not yet recognized’.
- Ameeta’s relationship with Taos mountain and how it helped her recognize the spiritual progress she had made.
- Embodying what had been realized.
- The underlying direction of Ameeta’s journey: form is emptiness, emptiness is form.
- Different paths enrich one other and contribute to the whole.
- We “stand on the shoulders” of past spiritual pioneers.
- The value of ancient traditions and innovative modern ones.
- Spirituality vis-à-vis formal religious systems.
- Direct vs. progressive paths.
- Fear of life and embodiment.
- Individuals are more powerful than they realize, and choices more consequential.
- The significance of spirituality in dealing with the world’s problems.
- Listening to opposing viewpoints is a way to test one’s realization.
- Love and empathy for humanity.
- The importance of closeness to nature. The universe is talking to us.
- A fundamental shift in consciousness is happening now in the world, without which, attempting to solve problems on the level of symptoms would fail.
- Presenting spirituality in ordinary language.
- Depression, anxiety, addiction, etc. are cries for help. People know there’s something deeper and are dissatisfied with surface values.
- Ameeta’s program to help people experience that there is something much vaster than the thinking mind.
- The mind-body system is a portal to unboundedness.
- Including but transcending rationality.
- Understanding can help us recognize previously unrecognized experiential shifts.
- The importance of and distinction between knowledge and experience.
- The correlation (or lack of it) between health and spiritual development.
- Using ‘free will’ to align with life’s flow.
- The relationship between science and spirituality.
- Integration of our boundless essential nature with the boundaries of individual life.
Discussion of this interview in the BatGap Community Facebook Group.
Interview recorded April 3, 2021
Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.