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Perspicacious perspectives.
I teach what I have learned and what I continue to perceive, ever deeper.

Once you awaken to the reality of who you are, perceive your interiority, become aware of the now present timeless moment, hear the elusive silence as tangible, experience actually being, you have an opportunity to gain a perspective on life which is perspicacious and truly balanced.


I teach awakening.

Awakening is becoming aware of who you really are, by leting go of who you are not; it is about bringing to light, presence, joy, love, and creativity. All that is required is your openness.

Awakening usually begins with a crisis, when our conditioned program crashes. Otherwise we rarely change. Crisis is an opportunity to open our mind, because it is as shocking as realizing any truth.

My process of awakening began 43 years ago, unknowingly, on the brink of suicide. I was hopelessly depressed and suffering; desperate for an escape when the thought of suicide occurred to me. I was strangely consoled by this idea. I was deciding how to end my life, when I arrived at a perplexing conundrum. I believed I knew everything, but I could not correlate knowing everything with my solution to kill myself. Amazingly, I opened my mind to the possibility that perhaps I did not know everything! This was the first time in my life I consciously doubted my thinking. This one insight began my awakening.

I provide guidance, insight, meditation methods, and encouragement that awakening is a reality. If you have been in the process and are stuck, I can assist you on your way. If you are suffering, I help you realize that your pain indicates valuable lessons yet to be learned.

I am Arthur D. Saftlas, also known as Nirvan, a name given to me by the great master, Osho. I am a Relationship Counselor, a Meditation Teacher, and a Zen Master.

I do not diagnose you, prescribe medications, or commiserate with you endlessly about issues twice a week for twenty years. The people who come to me usually have been down that road. They are often desperate for change and are open to hear truths I share from an intuitive and insightful gift of communication.

I work in person in the San Francisco Bay Area, and by email, Skype, and by phone. I am open to answering your questions, feel free to contact me.



You may know you are your own worst enemy, but do you know why or how this has come about? Would you like to change this?

The cause of this phenomenon everyone suffers from is attachment to ego, a survival mechanism that on one hand serves us and on the other does not. It serves by providing us with an identity, a sense of control, and a feeling of security and safety from abuse in a hurtful world. Ego, however, provides this service at the cost of how we feel about ourselves, because much of it was forged by abuse.

Our ego is what survived an upbringing we may not remember or think about as abusive. The innate open trustful intelligence of most children is killed by age seven through betrayals, comparisons, and imposed ideals of behavior. Children integrate negative beliefs into their being; they accept blame and are taught to repress feelings. So, until we deal with the emotions we repressed, and let go of our ego perpetuated negative beliefs, we unconsciously remain our own worst enemy.

Meditative awareness is all that is needed to awaken from our programmed negative conditionings.

from "Moments of Lucidity", my book of insights.