Living Life Sideways: The Nondual Way
Empowering you.

You'll have landed here for one of four reasons:

- you feel stuck in life or relationships in some way, and you want help;
- you are interested in nonduality and you want to explore more, in a fresh, modern way;
- you are ready to play with life and work, and get the most from it all;
- you were looking for something else, and you came here by accident.

You are all welcome to stay and have a look around.
It comes down this - we want to be happy. Brilliantly, compassionately, authentically, unconditionally happy. That is your birthright, and your gift to the world.

Because when your happiness is unconditional, it stands as your foundation for truly inspired living - whether as a campaigner, an entrepreneur, a creative, a caregiver, a partner, a leader, a teacher, an adventurer - as YOU.
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Hi, I'm Sara. My job is to empower you in your relationship with yourself, with others and with the world. When we work together, it's not about me, it's about you. We'll address the things that don't sit easy with you and the things that look impossible. We're breaking free of expectation and assumption, both those put upon us and those we project. I'll hold space for your insight and your own realisations. We'll explore, establish and embrace what it is to be YOU.

Getting
Unstuck

Finding the power to be your own best friend. Addressing habits and patterns of behaviour in all relationships. Learning how to align your life with what matters most to you.

Always
Home

Exploring the nondual nature of being as a route into a deeply integrated life. Getting clear on who you are. Sparking the alchemy in your own soul that unlocks freedom, peace and joy.

Real
Spirituality

Living the apparent duality in the knowing it is not dual. Getting excited about being human, and all that it entails. Playing with possibility in all realms and dimensions.

Here's what I offer...

Individual Conversation

A one off zoom call or local meeting to talk about what you want to talk about. This can cover nonduality, resilient wellbeing, spirituality or normal life - anything within my scope. I use a variety of approaches, all focused on your needs. If you aren't sure, ask before you book.

Groups & Courses

From time to time, I'll host a real-time group, either online or in-person. There are also hybrid courses that you can follow at your own pace, with checkpoint conversations included. Moving forward, retreats (group and individual) will be offered here too.

Products

My first book - quintessence - was published by River Grove in 2019. It offers a poetic journey through the nondual teaching. The Complete Book of Awakening was published by Thoughtful Raven in 2022. I also provide a range of merchandise with a spiritual or nondual inspiration, including my hand-drawn Lenormand card deck.

Latest Article

Awakening, Enlightenment & Ritual

The thing about Awakening? It’s easy. Recognising who you essentially are is as simple as looking in the mirror. If you know you are aware, and you know this awareness is present, constant and primary (both transcendent and immanent), then that’s it.

Now I agree, getting to this simplicity might take a wee bitty time. There’s a phrase Helen Amery introduced to me as, “muck on the lens”. Which made me think of that quote from William Blake:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.”

The cleansing of the doors or lens is an enlightening process. Literally making the load lighter, letting more light in, enabling our perception of self to be clearer.

What are we cleaning off? The muck of accumulated now unhelpful conditioning. Even if it was once useful, now all it’s doing is surrounding us with rules to live by, judgments about the world, and definitions of who we are that are limiting or restrictive.

Some people spend years, decades even, working on clearing back the layers of muck through personal spiritual development – never really looking further than the glass until it gleams. Others rub a teeny pinpoint of light and glue their eye to it.

Both are extremes. The most common modern process is a short period of time clearing up the misconceptions and misunderstandings on the direct path to awakening – followed by a deconditioning process that enlightens every area of life.

In terms of tools for Awakening, there are none bar exploration at every level of experience – asking questions in self-inquiry and then applying logic to see how the answers can make sense in the world.

Enlightenment, on the other hand, has a gazillion ‘tools’. None are guaranteed. Not one is a panacea. Each path is different. Though the commonality is that each will, used appropriately, remove burden, increase lightness, and not add chore or duty.

Further out than both are practices or rituals that temporarily bring a lighter feeling that persists for a short time – which is is a lovely experience in its own right, and a great expression of who we are. But what they offer is not enlightenment, but rather the opportunity or opening for enlightenment and awakening. And this potential is all too easily missed when the activity becomes the goal.

Indeed, if your ‘awakening’ is reliant on certain repeated practices, it’s more accurately a temporary enlightenment that offers glimpses into awakening.

TL;DR: Awakening isn’t fancy. It’s a basic as existence itself. It is no more an no less than self-realisation. And it allows enlightenment to become part of life’s playground.


Which is why Helen and I wrote the book, “The Complete Book of Awakening” first. We don’t know where you are going to go from there. But we know having this foundation will support finding enlightenment in the most surprising places – and mean that rituals or practices you adopt will be as an expression of your true nature rather than an attempt to acquire it.

It’s why my core work is divided into the awakening conversation (via book groups and online courses) and the enlightenment conversation (getting unstuck from things that seem impossible, then learning how to navigate whatever life brings us). And it’s equally why my work with longer term clients is increasing about play, expansion and expression.

With Love, Sara


Photo by Andrea Enríquez Cousiño on Unsplash

Why "Living Life Sideways"?

Movie set facade and scaffolding
On old movie sets, it was common to create a facade, supported by scaffolding, instead of full buildings. From the front it looked real, but from the side you knew it was something else entirely. Knowing this doesn't change the enjoyment of the movie - indeed it might be enhanced by knowing what everything is made of. Having seen behind the facade of life, you can't be fooled by appearances any more - even as you willingly engage with what shows up.

I have one aim: to empower you in uncovering the innate peace, freedom and joy that will guide you in the full-hearted living of life.

Living Life Sideways supports your journey to an ever clearer expression of your own highest ideals and insights.

With you on the nondual way,
Sara

My work is not suggested to be an alternative to medical referral, psychological treatment or specialist training. It stands alongside and supports these modalities.