“Who am I? What is my purpose? What is this life for? What is real and eternal? What is left, when all else falls? What ends suffering and leads into happiness? What is true love?” These are ancient questions at the bottom of the heart of humankind, the one all come to ask at some point. Many spiritual traditions provide beneficial roadmaps home and the journey for each is unique at the same time. Wise guidance, supportive community and consistent spiritual practice can open the way through the maze of endless delusions. In the end, truth is simply found in everyone’s heart.
AWAKENING: The Ascend and Integration
Some experience genuine awakenings every day, for others it happens at once- sudden and powerful, for some it is a gradual discovery and a more ordinary journey. To realize or glimpse what is true (God, enlightenment, love, compassion, true nature…There are many names for what is ultimately beyond words) is a tremendous grace and gift in life.
Like, a shaft of light pours through the rocks of the ages. Or great love strikes and brings you to your knees, an insight comes to you that you have long searched for, or you have dug long and hard and finally fall into who you truly are. A deep pain turns to compassion, you are simply present with another, a sunrise might awaken in you for a moment profound reverence for the sacredness in all of life…
EMBODIMENT: The Descend and Integration
With an awakening, a remembering or a pearl of wisdom comes the invitation to embody what has been uncovered. To live it moment by moment, here right where you are, through your body in everyday life. That is where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Or where truth stays not merely conceptual, but becomes living water flowing through your body and everything is touched. This is where love is made real and lead turns to gold. This also means to be willing to kiss the dirt and face your shadow, to heal wounds, to learn to be centered in your body, and align your life to walk with integrity.
ENGAGEMENT: Living in the World and making a Difference
True Spirituality implies to be of service, to engage from our nature in the market place of the world. Our actions are the fruits, where realization becomes actualized. It means to walk in a new way, where we engage with others, at work and in life with awareness and lovingness. We practice to expand your heart in action to include the wellbeing of others and yourself as well, to be mindful in communications, to discover your calling and make a difference, to dare to live what is true and loving – in this world right where and as you are…. Simple, real, alive and connected.
This is what I received with Nicola: “When everything is stripped away, the cloak of expectation from around you, the foundation of untruth from beneath you. And you stand naked. Only you and the sunlight, love and truth. And with a first breath your soul is free.” Susan Barclay
“Like a soul ninja, Nicola has the incredible gift to reach through suffering to the very heart and truth of a person. She guides into freedom so our light can shine forth. Working with her is an exceptional blessing that opened my heart and transformed my life in a real way”. Star Hanson
“Nicola is an amazing person and her work is life changing. She has the ability to cut through the surface and get to the source, the core of your being. She holds a presence of compassion that opens the heart at a very deep level. She has surpassed all expectations, and led by her gifted intuition, she has taken me into some very fertile ground. Working with her is a blessing and I give her the highest recommendation.” ~ Leonard Leinow, Woodacre
“I have attended satsangs lead by Nicola with incredible heart, perception, inspiration, and humor. I was moved to see Nicola for individual sessions – best thing I have done for my personal growth and well being for years. She has helped guide me on my spiritual path, break through emotional blocks, and open my heart to trust and love again.” ~ Michael Reppy, Mill Valley, Marin County
“This retreat was just the medicine I needed for my life. You are a very gifted and gracious teacher. Thank you so much.” ~ Sherri Kimbel, Forest Knolls,California
“The retreat was truly enlightening for me. I was able to connect deeply with myself, nature and the whole group. The energy and authenticity was inspiring.” ~ Katie Byram, Martinez, California
I just wanted to thank you for an incredible experience at the retreat. It was truly transformative for me. I spent much of the day reflecting and writing about a recent breakup that was extremely painful and has left me in a very dark place for the past ten months. I experienced a lot of healing that day during the retreat, thanks to your guidance. During the meditations I felt a seed of compassion was watered in me, rather than resentment and anger, and I think that was really key to the healing process. For the past few weeks I have felt very joyful and free from the heavy weight of grief that I was under. I feel lifted out of the darkness I was in, and ready to move on with my life. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to each of you for helping me to heal and transform.Thank you for your inspiring words, your calming presence, and for creating an atmosphere of healing.” ~ Annalies, Berkeley
“Nicola, you are such a gifted teacher, and it was a privilege to be with you on the retreat. Your guided meditations were inspired and show your deep integration of very profound teachings. I am so fortunate to have been present and look forward to learning more from you in the future.” ~ Fayne, Marin
“Nicola is a genuis teacher. I love how her teachings flow from deep compassion, knowing and is real. She embodies spirituality and is fully human.” ~ Kristin Crowly, MFT intern, Berkeley