262. Unmani – 2nd Interview

UnmaniUnmani is originally from the UK, but has lived a nomadic life in many countries around the world from the age of 18. Unlike most people, since she was a child, Unmani never identified with being a ‘person’ in the world, but she felt very lost and alone in a world that everyone else seemed to take so seriously. She spent years traveling around the world trying on different roles and identities to see if any of them fit. Disappointed with each role, she continued searching to find a way out of the pain she felt. She spent some time in the Osho centre in Pune, India, and there discovered meditation, free expression, and other insightful wisdom. But although this brought her more relaxation, it did not seem to get to the root of her search. Some years later she met the German Zen master, Dolano. 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. She no longer needed to try to fit in or be someone, because Unmani had finally acknowledged the truth of who she really is. Unmani began holding meetings and retreats 3 years later. She is the author of two books ‘I am Life itself’ and ‘Die to Love’ and is now writing a third book.

Meeting with Unmani is meeting with yourself in the most real and alive way. It is not about chasing sweet spiritual experiences that come, and then sadly go. Dialogues with Unmani are a fundamental and intimate enquiry that cut through all philosophies and belief systems. Unmani encourages people to truly face their deepest fears, to no longer blindly buy into dreamy hopes, and to wake up to the reality of life.

Unmani holds meetings and intensives all over the world, and also online. These are aimed towards people who are genuinely willing to risk losing what they think they know, to courageously take a step into the alive unknown.

Website: die-to-love.com

Interview recorded 10/26/2014

1st Batgap interview with Unmani.

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

YouTube Video Chapters:

  • 00:00:00 – Introduction to the Interview with Inmani
  • 00:02:08 – The Evolution of Lived Experience
  • 00:04:27 – Being an Instrument for People’s Evolution
  • 00:06:31 – The Role of an Ordinary Life
  • 00:08:33 – Embracing Paradoxes in Life
  • 00:11:04 – The Paradox of Human Experience
  • 00:13:10 – Knowing the True Nature of Reality
  • 00:15:56 – Embracing the Human Experience
  • 00:17:24 – The rejection of the person and the journey back
  • 00:19:04 – Embracing the Human Experience
  • 00:21:07 – Letting Go to Know Real Love
  • 00:23:15 – Moving from Description to Prescription in Spiritual Practice
  • 00:24:54 – The Exhaustion with Holding onto Beliefs
  • 00:26:48 – The Motivation for Practice
  • 00:29:05 – Growing Attunement and Sensitivity
  • 00:31:10 – Reading and understanding emotions
  • 00:32:58 – The Importance of a Safe Container
  • 00:35:12 – The Transformation of Ordinary Lives
  • 00:37:26 – Discovering Your Inner Power
  • 00:39:33 – The Pursuit of Profound Awakening
  • 00:41:04 – The Nature of Awakening
  • 00:43:07 – The Love of What Is True
  • 00:45:04 – Unique Journeys to Enlightenment
  • 00:46:49 – Recognizing Your Real Authority
  • 00:49:03 – The Unique Expressions of Consciousness
  • 00:51:06 – Unravelings and Adventures of Consciousness
  • 00:52:43 – The Nature of Thought
  • 00:54:20 – Living on the Move
  • 00:55:29 – Catching Up with Unmani
  • 00:56:56 – Buddha the Gas Pump Website Tour
  • 00:58:35 – End