Most importantly, and ever since I was a teenager, developing and deepening my relationship with God/Goddess has been and always will be the most important aspiration I have.
Our beginnings never know our ends.
I have been teaching Meditation, Intuitive Development, numerous Healing modalities, perennial wisdom and metaphysical subjects for over twenty-five years. As well, I have been doing intuitive counseling for the past twenty years. I am certified in numerous holistic methods and have studied and practiced many esoteric wisdom and healing systems.
The primary focus of all my work is to help people experience the “still, small voice within” or as I call it: “The Embrace.” For it is here in “The Embrace” where I believe that all true healing originates. It is here where we find the “Ground of Our Being.”
About thirty years ago I was blessed with an experience of profound “Embrace” while in meditation which radically changed my life. Since then it was crystal clear to me that I not only wanted to deepen that experience for myself, but also wanted, even more, to help others find it for themselves.
This “Embrace” was an experience of feeling and being totally One with all of Creation, with all of Consciousness and with the Void. It was an all-consuming, visceral experience and from it I came to view myself, others and the creation from a totally different perspective. As a result of the experience I could literally see the “golden thread” that weaves us all together as One.
I saw that we are not separate beings. As well, I no longer felt that I was alone and I no longer experienced everyone and everything as “other” than me. Now I experienced us all as truly One. I saw that we were all connected at the Heart.
As best as I can tell, when all is said and done, we are all held in this “Embrace.” We just need to remember.
So, over the past twenty-five years, because of this experience, I developed and taught numerous programs in Intuitive Development, Meditation, Perennial Wisdom Teachings and Self-Mastery. My work has been focused on helping people to experience this Divine “Embrace” and to integrate it and the Divine Feminine into their lives internally and externally.
I am married thirty-four years to my soul-mate and dearest friend, Jaime. We are very blessed to be the parents of our wonderful, master-teacher of joy and of “living in the moment” twenty year-old son, Sean.
I have published six books, numerous articles, and three Meditation CDs. As well, I have created certification programs in Meditation and Intuitive Development. I have also created a very popular program in Self-Mastery entitled: Mentor with the Masters®: Spiritual Mentoring Classes in the Tradition of the Ancient Mystery Schools.
I have published the award-winning book and audio package entitled: Magical Keys to Self-Mastery: Creating Miracles in Your Life. For a while it was Amazon’s # 1 best-selling Kindle book on Meditation.
I am the co-author with Susan Apollon of a book, audio and online course entitled: Intuition is Easy and Fun: The Art and Practice of Developing Your Natural Born Gift of Intuition.
The other books I have written are:
How to Use Your Intuition to Find Your Purpose in Life: Joyfully Live “On Purpose” and “In Passion”
Meditation: The Art of Practicing Peace
The HeArt of Meditation: Quiet Your Mind and Open Your Heart
When You Remember Who You Are; You Forget Who You Weren’t: Words of Inspiration and Embrace.
My Meditation CDs are:
Peace of Mind is a Breath Away: Breath Meditations
Peace of Mind is a Thought Away: Mastery Meditations
Peace of Mind is an Image Away: Visualization Meditations.
In addition, I have produced an inspirational flash movie entitled: Living from the Inside Out (www.insideoutjourneys.com/movie.html) and numerous tele-classes, papers, email courses and online mini-courses on Intuition, Spirituality and Self-Mastery.
As well, in the 1980’s I was the Director of a major inter-faith, ecumenical association that organized conferences all over the world. The conferences ranged in size from 12 to 1,000 participants. We brought together scholars, ecumenical religious leaders and college age students to explore the common threads that are shared by all the traditions and cultures. It was a very gratifying and ennobling work to be a part of. It deeply touched me and it expanded my heart, mind and view of the world by introducing me to the beautiful kaleidoscope of cultures and religious/spiritual traditions in our world.
After seven years of grueling travel, constantly being on the go and always being the main point person, I decided to stop and take a break from doing this kind of work, but somehow that “break”lasted almost 30 years! Nonetheless, recently I have reconnected with a number of my colleagues from the 80’s who have been and still are involved in the interfaith work (now “interspiritual” work) and as a result, I am happily and enthusiastically getting involved again. In January, 2016 I presented a paper at a conference entitled “Exploring Silence, Words & “Practices of Compassion.” The conference was being held in Hyderabad, India. It was sponsored by The World Buddhist Culture Trust. There I met up with some of my interfaith colleagues from the 80’s and after the event I traveled a bit in India and meet with a few others. I am one of the editors of a volume of essays that is being published from the proceedings of this conference. It will be published in early 2017.
As well, I am taking a very active role in the rapidly expanding, pioneering, activist “Inter-spirituality” Network and its outreach in the arenas of Eco-Spirituality, Interfaith, Integral Philosophy, Health, Healing, Indigenous Peoples’ Wisdom, Science, Sustainability and Social Justice. Also, I am the co-editor with Dr.Kurt Johnson of the newsletter entitled: “The Eco-Activist: Eco-Spirituality and Eco-Ministries.”
Even more recently I became the North American Regional Director for The Convergence Academy–an online educational platform; The India Mystic Express–a spiritual immersion journey to India; and the worldwide Interspiritual Musical and Cultural U Day festivals we are organizing all around the world–unity.earth.
To round out a bit of my life experiences, for five years starting in the late 80’s, I was the Director of a medium sized book publishing company in New York City. We published about one-hundred books a year and I initiated its spirituality series.
In the late 70’s I was the Director and started and built from scratch a 100,000 volume library for an ecumenical, interfaith seminary in upstate New York.
As well, in the early 70’s I was a Rare Book Librarian at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Again, most importantly, and ever since I was a teenager, developing and deepening my relationship with God/Goddess has been and always will be the most important aspiration I have.
A Few Testimonials:
“The World is Blessed to have Yanni Maniates. Every once in a while, every once in a long, long while, you meet a person whose honor, kindness, spirituality and talents touch your innermost being. I was fortunate to meet one such person whose name is Yanni Maniates. Being around him gives you a feeling that all will be well. Reading his books, listening to his audios, or just watching his video productions fill you with hope and a feeling of peace and joy. I am fortunate to call this man my friend. The world is blessed to have him here at this time. Listen to what he has to say.”
~John Harricharan, award-winning author of the bestseller, “When You Can Walk on Water,Take the Boat” and the creator of the ground-breaking “PowerPause” system http://www.powerpause.com/
I have participated in Yanni’s “ self awareness” program for about 4 years, and have experienced immeasurable growth and expansion. His programs weren’t labeled “self-awareness”; but that’s what I ultimately gained through the process. Yanni is a fountain of spiritual knowledge and wisdom who gently exposes you to you, in your highest form. His approach is so inclusive that his teachings transcend any specific dogma or philosophy, in that it is older than time and doesn’t fit into a container.
I joined Yanni’s Intuitive Development Circles as, what I would label, an initiate. I had been exposed to teachings and environments, but Yanni helped me take it to another level. A level where I could comfortably experience energy, communicate with my higher self and those that surround me, along with developing a different sense of who “I” was when I looked into the mirror. His guidance, direction and thought provoking style have been a catalyst for my wanting to learn and connect. At a certain point I realized that my learning didn’t exist in books, but existed in me.
I thank Yanni for being who he is, and highly recommend his approach to anyone who is open to seeking the path of knowledge and enlightenment.
Linda Marshall, Yardley, PA
Yanni’s humility, gentleness and heart are what make him a unique and special teacher, a gift to me and all his students. If one is ready for a journey to the heart—to listen to the heart—to let our heart and not our head lead, he/she will find Yanni’s classes filled with spiritual/soul food that will nourish and assist him/her in living at a higher vibration, one that is filed with gratitude and love and that is joy.
After completing the Mentor with the Masters classes I found myself letting go of the “victim” way of living and replacing it with the knowledge that I am a master. Living this has increased the peace and joy in my life. “A true master will always return another to themselves,” this quote given to me in one of Yanni’s classes best describes how Yanni empowers us, the students. As he says; “If you follow anyone but yourSelf, you will surely get lost.” It has truly been a journey of love!
Susan DeLorenzo, Washington Crossing, PA
Taking classes with Yanni has been like taking accelerated courses in spiritual/intuitive growth and development. I was beginning to develop in those areas before taking his courses, but he has helped me open myself to skills and gifts I never even knew existed for me. My life has been enriched in ways I could never have imagined were possible. Sue Ludovici, Boulder, CO
I have known Yanni for over 15 years and have learned a great deal from him about how to truly enjoy life. His classes continue to bring me renewed awareness and happiness. Mike Burkhard, Randolph, NJ
Namaste Yanni: You have some very important assets as healers ~ the ability to listen without an attitude, the nurturing nature of a mother, and gentle good energy.
Anatol Zinchenko, Ph.D., Trenton, NJ
If you are experiencing burnout, stress, a depressed mood, feeling disconnected from yourself, others and God, and/or lacking self confidence and self worth, then, studying intuitive development with Yanni, a Master teacher, will re-empower you, while at the same time, revitalizing and replenishing you, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Yanni’s classes are warm, joyful experiences, filled with the most wonderful energy of unconditional acceptance and love. His meditations are as tender, gentle and loving as the lullaby a mother hums to her baby; yet, they have the power to enable you to transcend the present and carry you to the most sacred of all places, deep within your soul, where there is only truth, clarity, wisdom and love.
With Yanni, you come to recognize your own divinity, and, in the process, you find the secret to healing your soul and finding peace. The lovely thing about being on an intuitive journey with Yanni is that you can feel the presence of the Masters, guides and angels right there with you, at your side, guiding, supporting, encouraging and applauding your journey. Imagine how extraordinary and delightful this is!
Whether you study with Yanni or listen to one of his beautiful meditation CDs, you will be giving yourself a special gift – a priceless, precious gift for you and your soul. Enjoy!
Susan Apollon, Yardley, PA, author of “Touched by the Extraordinary.” http://www.touchedbytheextraordinary.com/
I have studied with Yanni for almost 4 years. He excels at teaching interesting & challenging ideas with ease. So many people struggle with understanding what life is all about. Yanni has made it so easy for me to understand & given me the self-confidence to use what I’ve learned. He has provided me with a safe place to learn & propelled me along my spiritual path. The simple art of meditation had always escaped me until Yanni taught me how. Now it’s a daily ritual that feeds my soul.
Lori Moynihan, Stuart, FL