Awakening into Oneness
The Power of Blessing in the Evolution of Consciousness
by Arjuna Ardagh
In Awakening into Oneness: The Power of Blessing in the Evolution of Consciousness, Arjuna Ardagh attempts
to explain a new phenomenon that is spreading among people who are seeking enlightenment. The Oneness Blessing,
or deeksha, is given, usually in person, from someone trained to give the blessing, but it can be sent from a
distance. It is the touch of divine enlightenment that can heal the body, bring peace to the mind and soul,
increase creativity and passion, attract prosperity, and eventually change society and the environment. Brought
to the world by two South Asian teachers, Sri Bhagavan, and his wife, Sri Amma, this phenomenon is affecting
people in business, the arts, politics, and the ordinary. It is something that can bring people results
immediately or many months later.
Adragh fills 200 pages with anecdotes from people who have been affected by the Oneness Blessing. He tries to
explain how it works on the brain, and how that then sets the stage for the other blessings of peace, creativity,
healing, and prosperity that follow. Like Michael Harner, who explains the spiritual experience of shamanic
drumming as the effect of sound waves on the cerebral cortex, Adragh also looks for a scientific reason for a
I found the scientific evidence slim but interesting, and wondered at our western need to prove that something
spiritual works. The reports by people who have been affected by the deeksha, however, were what I expected to
hear from people undergoing profound spiritual change. Yet, those statements were intriguing and even a bit
seductive. The change looked like something that I might want to experience someday. However, I am always a bit
skeptical when a teacher/guru/saint comes out of nowhere with "the answer."
I donít know that Ardagh actually accomplished his goal to explain what this phenomenon is. Let me first say
that I have the deepest respect for anyone who is seeking and experiencing spiritual renewal. I myself was curious
to find out what the Oneness Blessing was that I kept hearing about and wondered if it was for me. Unfortunately,
I came away feeling that I had been reading a book that was offering me something -like a religious tract or even
an infomercial- but I had to seek that something out from another source. Many people who read Ardaghís book will
take that next step. Iím not sure Iím there yet.
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NOTE: Reviewer Janie
Franz is the author of Freelance Writing: Itís a Business, Stupid!and co-author of
The Ultimate Wedding Reception Book and The Ultimate Wedding Ceremony Book.
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