Norman Scrimshaw | Awakening to the Heart

Norman Scrimshaw

About Me… 

I began a search for wisdom and truth around the age of twenty. My search spanned more than 30 years, as I investigated philosophy, psychology and my spirituality through academic study, various books and personal growth seminars, living in ashrams, trips to India, and commitment on spiritual paths with Indian gurus. Despite all of this, something was still missing.

In the summer of 1999, I had the good fortune to meet my teacher, Adyashanti. It was a powerful time of meditation and inquiry. In the process of life itself, I saw thoughts losing their power to dictate identification with fear, emotional pain, and anger. I awakened to the living experience that the truth and essence of my being was found not in any thoughts, but in the awakened presence of my heart. In 2003, I was invited by Adyashanti to teach and share the Dharma (realization of one’s true nature) and to share the source of joy that lives within me. Beginning in California and then after moving to New Hampshire in 2004, I offered Satsang and teachings inspired by Adyashanti, and the nondual traditions of Zen and Advaita. 

In late May of 2019 I had a stroke, leaving the right side of my body greatly weakened and reducing my cognitive ability. For a period of time, I even lost my ability to meditate effectively. This was to be the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I was gifted the discovery of the teachings of Paul Muller Ortega, PhD and Neelakantha Meditation, and my return to strong re-engagement in my exploration of consciousness.

Paul Muller Ortega, PhD is passionate and devoted to teaching students how to access their truest Self, and to offering the knowledge base to understand and support that experience. He teaches from the Kashmir Shiva tradition. Neelakantha meditation and the wisdom of Paul’s teaching work together in a delightful synergy. 

In August 2019, I received formal initiation into the practice of Neelakantha Meditation (link on our website).  From the very beginning, my meditation ability was restored with glimpses of great beauty and bliss. With a commitment to daily practice, my experience is beyond what I could have imagined. It has been the most effortless and effective meditation practice I have ever found. And, I have experienced healing of mind and body with increased clarity and ability to integrate and share this in my teaching. Limitations of my body continue, but I am able to meet its challenges with increased inner vitality.

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I continue to teach from my experience with Adyashanti and from personal insights and experience as a student of Paul Muller Ortega. In addition to my personal practice, I have begun the lengthy and intense study to become a teacher in Paul’s tradition. 

I offer my teaching through Satsang, gatherings that include meditation, a dharma talk, dialogue with spiritual inquiry, and Kirtan—the expression of Bhakti Yoga (the practice of love and devotion—all hearts meeting as one with sacred songs and mantras). 

Satsang is also an invitation to let go of who you think you are in your thoughts, and begin to touch, feel, and live from your true nature, which is an awakened heart... 


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It is not from the mind and our thoughts, but through the heart and the love we bring to Life, that we find our true nature—the essence of our being.   
                                                                           ~  Norman Scrimshaw

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