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helping men and women behind bars to find peace within themselves regardless of their past, present, or future circumstances.

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NO ONE IS BORN A PRISONER

Prisoners are people who, like many of us, have had experiences of trauma and emotional and physical abuse.

For most prisoners, self-hatred and low self-esteem are at the root of why they are now behind bars.

No one is born with self-hatred, it is taught and learned through experience.

“l knew that l was not going to be allowed to stay free on the

outside until I was free inside.”     – KW

“l knew that l was not going to be allowed to stay free on the outside until l was free inside.”  – KW

“l knew that l was not going to be allowed to stay free on the outside until l was free inside.”
– KW

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the benefits of the freedom inside program

“l’m choosing to stop suffering here and now. l’m willing to end that emotional roller coaster of pain, tormented suffering… l am much more aware of my choices even while l’m presently incarcerated”           – TS

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what is the essential offering?

Like all of us, prisoners have had all kinds of experiences that continue to influence how they see

themselves and respond to the world around them.

Unlike us, they are behind bars, continuing to be traumatized, possibly continuing to traumatize others.

It is possible to end the unnecessary suffering that is generated through our fixation on our past history and our imagined future.

“l had to find a power that would not only get me through my current sentence,
but would free me from prison forever.” – KJ
“l had to find a power that would not only get me through my current sentence, but would free me from prison forever.” – KJ
“l had to find a power that would not only get me through my current sentence, but would free me from prison forever.” – KJ

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Through guided self-inquiry prisoners can interrupt the cycle of self hatred and unnecessary suffering.

We cannot prevent the experience of pain in this life, but we can prevent the experience of unnecessary suffering.

Human caused events begin as reactions to anger and fear, or deep grief and despair. Self-inquiry is an investigation into the weight of hatred and fear.

We investigate the narratives that we repeat to ourselves over and over that create our mental prisons. We look at the emotions that give stories life and discover how our emotions often nest one into another.

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“l have to tell you that this is probably the most helpful and insightful course l’ve come across in the 36 years l’ve been down. l’m finding the material to be a healing balm of sorts since it brings to light the many stories of pain that l’ve avoided most of my life only to find that they cannot hold up under the Light of self-inquiry.“     – Fred

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what is included in the freedom inside program?

FREEDOM INSIDE: A COURSE IN SELF-INQUIRY is designed specifically for prisoners to address the trauma at the root of their current situation.

VOLUNTEER CORRESPONDENCE PROGRAM pairs prisoners with volunteers for letter writing about their ongoing self-inquiry and discoveries.

MONTHLY CURRICULUM is mailed each month and includes topical articles, letters and reports from other prisoners, and inquiry worksheets.

POST-RELEASE SCHOLARSHIPS offers former prisoners scholarships for online retreats, live online monthly meetings with Gangaji and subscriptions to the video library.

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finally, it’s all about love.

Unravelling a story of unnecessary suffering frees a person to live from love instead of living from fear and hatred.

The positive viral effect of planting seeds of self-love can have an extraordinary impact on our society as each prisoner’s entire experience shifts to love and peace. And that love has a ripple effect.

The ripple effect of this work far exceeds the individuals who receive it. We do this for the sake of all of us, so that we may live in a world where we all discover that peace and love are never absent, never lost, always present and available to everyone.

“lf you are willing to accept yourself, you love yourself,  if you are willing to truly know yourself, you see  yourself everywhere. What you love you attend to, you  don’t abuse. When you love with clarity of attention you  are free to take responsibility for yourself on this  planet.”

– Gangaji

Meet the Team

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Shanti Einolander

Shanti edits, designs, and sends out each month’s newsletter.
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John Midgley

John responds to all prisoner requests and administrates the correspondence program.
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Patty Klauer & Kenny Johnson

Patty connects with prison chaplains, resource managers, and librarians. Kenny is the founder of This Sacred Space.
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Kat Miller

Kat supports correspondence volunteers and fundraises for the program.
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Christiane Gude

Christiane donated her photography and designed both FI workbooks.
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Barbara & Gangaji

"It is a joy to lead a team that has such dedication to this community."
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Ashland Mailing Team

Our beloved Ashland Mailing Team is on hiatus during COVID, but plays a key role in production of each newsletter.

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