Hi there, I’m Arda. 

Welcome to Rise 2 Realize! I’m happy to see you here and looking forward to guiding you on your journey toward a better, more joyful, exciting and fulfilling life.

I’m an executive life coach, spiritual mentor and mindfulness based empowerment expert. Since 2011, I’ve guided close to 1,000 people and witnessed their rise above the challenges of life and achievement of their goals, dreams and aspirations, in their personal and professional life.

I have a very simple, practical and profound method, called Rise 2 Realize. It’s basically a step-by-step roadmap of personal transformation. It came to me when I was experiencing severe anxiety and mild depression toward the end of my corporate career in finance. To deal with the darkness I was experiencing then, I decided to extensively study Buddhism (Mikkyo Zen), Qigong, Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and various other modalities.

The practice of these teachings showed me the specific phases of self-realization path, which leads to how to live authentically according to one’s essence and purpose. As a result, I left my VP, Finance job in the corporate world, and embarked on my calling of being service to others, as a healer, as a coach. I feel extremely blessed and grateful for having experienced such profound discovery and personal transformation and be able to guide and teach this method to elevate mental and emotional suffering. 

You well know that life can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. And unfortunately, from time to time, you might also feel lost or trapped in this chaotic, out of control ride. However, whether you have experienced this before or not, in any given situation, you have an innate power to bring your best version forward. I have seen this many, many times with my clients. With the activation of your inner power, you can create the potential and capacity to have loving relationship with your spouse, communicate well and effectively with your kids, work in fulfilling jobs, and create a joyful and exciting life.  

In 2014, after having worked with hundreds of clients, I completed my research and studies on human psyche and published my findings in my first book, The Seeker’s Manual, wherein I outlined the transformative and systematic Rise 2 Realize method and its 7 distinct phases that lead to one’s full potential and create a joyful, exciting and fulfilling life.

Looking forward working together and guiding you to create a beautiful, joyful and exciting life for your Self.

With love and light,


Qualifications & Certifications:

  • Reiki Master since 2007, certified by Reiki Mastery Institute, California
  • Certified Hypnotherapist since 2008, certified by Palo Alto Hypnotherapy School, Palo Alto, CA
  • Qigong Master since 2008, certified by Master Zhao Institute, Fremont, CA
  • Vipassana Meditation Practitioner since 2010, Kelseyville, CA
  • Mikkyo Zen Buddhist Teacher since 2012, Saratoga, CA
  • Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner since 2012, San Francisco, CA
  • Heart Math Coach and Trainer since 2016, certified by Hearth Math Institute, Boulder Creek, CA
  • Yoga Nidra Level 1 Practitioner since 2017, certified by Dr. Richard Miller, PhD, iRest Institute, San Rafael, CA


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