My journey into coaching mastery

Dec 11, 2017

A child sees a mountain as a pile of rocks, the sea as a mass of water. As we grow, we see the mountain, sea and everything else we encounter the way we want them to be. The realized one sees the mountain once again as a pile of rocks and the sea as a mass of water, no more no less.  

–  A Zen saying

Learning processes need to simplify, not complicate, demystify, not confuse.

My foray into coaching was accidental. I was an executive leader who journeyed into organized spirituality and wanted out. A casual reference to coaching triggered learning at sixty. I credentialed as the third ICF PCC coach in India.

As an executive, my leadership response was telling people what to do. Coaching was the other end of the spectrum (it’s all about asking). As an executive, I was the center of my universe. In coaching, my client needed to be the center.

I realized that my coach training was boxing me in with multiple rules. I needed to assume an avatar that was not I. Passionate about evangelizing professional coaching, I became a coach trainer. I started molding learners with coaching rules, little realizing that coaching should not require a personality change.

I also read Carl Rogers – this helped me delve deeper into Jung, neurobiology and multiple pathways into OD in addition to my passion for eastern spirituality. This renewed journey in self-discovery turned into an ICF MCC journey. Help from multiple mentors through multiple attempts finally helped me reach that milestone – MCC.

In the final lap of that journey, mountains became a pile of rocks and the sea a mass of water. It was about being natural, curious, client-centered, spontaneous and non judgmentally mindless, no longer mindful of competencies and rules. This was my evolution, my homecoming.

This is what coaching is about. This mastery need not be a struggle one undertakes to prove something about oneself. It is an effortless flow into discovering who you are, reveling in that self-realization. It is about letting go, not learning more.

This is what Coacharya’s mastery journey is about: a joyous exploration reaching into yourself, allowing you to reach out to others. The label is incidental. It happens.

Our new Mastery cohort starts in January. Please contact us if you’d like to continue your coaching journey with Coacharya.

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Ram Ramanathan, MCC
Ram Ramanathan, MCC


Ram is the Founder and a Principal at Coacharya. As the resident Master and mentor coach, Ram oversees and conducts all aspects of coaching and training services offered under the Coacharya banner.

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