To stop doing what you are doing to perpetuate your suffering requires the willingness and the maturity to see what it is are you saying to yourself, and to stop that. Then you rest in enormous space that is your own consciousness.
GF Topic: The Mind
Meet Andrew Storm, a Sydney volunteer since 2005 who’s legacy to the Gangaji Foundation in 2018 passed to all of us the opportunity to rebuild Gangaji’s website, making Gangaji and her teaching more easily accessible and available to a global audience. Despite a long struggle with serious mental illness, Andrew was able to realize that none of that touches the truth of who he is.
From a retreat with Gangaji at Santa Sabina Center in San Rafael, CA. Gangaji asks us to inquire, what does it mean to trust yourself, what do you hope you will get if you do trust yourself? If trusting yourself is the surrender of your mind into the ground of your being, then it is actually realizing the truth of yourself.
There is so much suffering caused by the practice of desire. If you practice desire, you suffer…it’s as simple as that. Even the desire for happiness can turn your mind away from true freedom, into investigation. To want anything to last for ever is to overlook what is always here.
In this clip from an Open Meeting in Ashland, OR Gangaji explores the trick of our minds to deny or escape from what we don’t like or want to avoid. In the moment of recognizing the denial, you have a choice, a choice to surrender, and allow your mind to open to what it is that is uncomfortable or scary.
If what it is you want it to simply to be done with this woundedness then you will continue to search for something that temporarily at least makes you feel better. If what you want is really the truth of the matte, then you will have all support to turn and face what you have run from for eons, what all humanity has run from.
See what happens when you give up your allegiance to the thoughts that cause you suffering. In 2011 this women realized that her thoughts are essentially a load of “….”! Now watch her before and after, as 6 years later, she reports back to Gangaji and Eli Jaxon-Bear on their 2018 New Zealand Tour.
Gangaji in conversation with a man who has been living with chronic depression for much of his life. He comes from a family with a long history of mental illness. Three of his four grandparents committed suicide when he was growing up. It’s not an easy legacy to live with. When you meet him though, it is not the darkness that strikes you, although it’s there, but the light that is shining through. Gangaji has been a huge part of his healing journey.
If you could have just one wish what would it be? In this lively interchange with Gangaji in March 2019 one woman’s greatest wish is to be a compassionate being all the time (but not in quite the way you might expect…) This clip is about being willing to experience emotions directly, to stop reaching for something else, and to drop into the vulnerable awareness of the spaciousness of just being.
July 23, 2001 AM
Lake Tahoe, CA
In this video Gangaji speaks of the super-ego’s strategies for survival, sex, and personal power, and the desire that can arise in a certain lifetime that no egoic strategizing can fulfill. Here you have the immediate opportunity to ask yourself an essential question: “If all my known desires were fulfilled in this moment, does it really satisfy my deepest longing?”
“Our human conditioning is strong and deep. But there is something even stronger, even deeper, that will not be satisfied through any strategizing, any possessing, any attracting, or any controlling, and that is the desire for oneself, for truth itself, for Life Itself.”