About Ken Russell - Ken's View
My work is simple. It is to give people the tools and understandings they need so that they can see and experience themselves with increasing clarity. The very act of seeing liberates us from our conditionings. It is these conditionings that create our suffering and separate us from our true nature. My function is to ensure that students learn whatever is necessary for them to become their own teachers, to guide themselves. Toward this aim, virtually all of my work is with individuals as this, far more than group work, fosters self-reliance and autonomy.
It is most important to evaluate a teacher based on your actual experience of her or his ability to assist you. I am not talking about how the teacher may make you feel in his or her presence or through his or her words, but what positive changes actually occur in your life because of your interaction with the teacher. I tell my students that what matters is not the sessions with me but their lives between the sessions.
Background and training do not guarantee that the person is both competent and caring. However, for those who would like to have background information, it is provided in Ken's biography. You will see that I have experienced much, both as a teacher and as a student. What really works for people, however, is unbelievably simple. Always bear in mind that the real journey, the inner one, cannot be captured in words.
I have deliberately avoided talking about my inner experiences because talking about them can be highly misleading. I have observed that people become unduly influenced or impressed when others make their inner experiences known. While some of those experiences are real, many are simply fabricated or greatly enhanced or just imagined. They may lend unwarranted legitimacy to someone's teaching. This allows anyone to begin teaching based on a reported experience of, let's say, enlightenment. Others' experiences are potentially distracting because everyone is unique and everyone's experience is similarly unique. It is all too easy for the mind to mimic or fabricate similar experiences or to apply undue significance to them. Even when authentic, the experience does not automatically confer the ability to teach or even to know deeply. What is important is what a person does with the experience. Is it allowed to ripen and deepen? In the Zen tradition, practitioners may spend ten to twenty years meditating and working on themselves after their "kensho" or breakthrough. Similarly, Ramana Maharshi, the great Indian sage, spent many years in silence before attempting to teach others.