GF Topic: The Story of Me

Our Relationship to Change

Our Relationship to Change Change

Gangaji speaks about how we try to keep peace and freedom, or the things we like about ourselves, and try to change what we don’t like. She examines what is underneath our desire to change or keep anything, the freedom that is life—naturally, effortlessly, changelessly. Recorded February 11, 2007, in San Rafael, CA.

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Refuge from the Storm

Refuge from the Storm Refuge from the Storm

February 15, 2009, San Rafael, CA

When there is a storm of challenging circumstances raging around you, do you know where to take refuge? In this meeting Gangaji encourages the recognition that no matter how challenging circumstances may be, it is always possible to find that refuge that is always present deep within: Silence.

“Silence is love. Silence is peace. Silent awareness is who you are. Your body, your history, the events of your life, are appearing in that, yet the silence remains at peace, in love and conscious of itself. A silence filled with so much of itself that there is nothing else.”

The End of Not Good Enough

The End of Not Good Enough The End of Not Good Enough - Gangaji and Man with hands in Namaste

August 17, 2019 AM ~ San Rafael, CA

For some, the fear of not being good enough can be as big as the fear of death. But what is not good enough? By what standard is that measured? Here Gangaji exposes the inner grim reaper of “not good enough,” and turns it into an ally for freedom.

“If you can take a moment to be absolutely and completely not good enough, then the conversation is finished, and there is a great discovery in that. It’s a shift that affects everything. You don’t want the fear of not good enough to keep you from living your life freely and following the direction of your soul.”

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt Avoidance of Hurt - Gangaji Smiling Holding Letter April 25, 1999 ~ Marysville, Australia

April 25, 1999 PM ~ Marysville, Australia

Everyone has experienced some measure of pain and hurt, but do you want to live your life in fear that? In this video from the archives, Gangaji takes us on an exploration into our common defense mechanisms to avoid being hurt, the cost of which is living a life free to love without restraint.

“If the preciousness of life is being lived in avoidance of hurt, the result is a dead life filled with unnecessary suffering.”

 

 

Stop Trying To Fix Yourself

Stop Trying To Fix Yourself

“If you think you have to fix yourself to come home to yourself, I’m telling you this is not true. It’s a dangerous lie that will cause you to suffer unnecessarily. When suffering becomes your business, your allegiance to it steals your lifeblood and whatever time you have left.”

Are you aware of the mental habits that cause you suffering? Especially the habit of trying to “fix” yourself? Gangaji asks us to stop trying to fix what will always be subject to change, to put down the burden of business as usual, and discover the capacity we have to meet it all. Whether you see yourself as the victim or the perpetrator in your own story of suffering, you can stop trying to fix it. You can say “Ha! I quit!”

What Are You Telling Yourself?

What Are You Telling Yourself?

In this clip Gangaji stop’s someone in the midst of her story of me to ask, “Is the innocence that was present when you were a child still here.” The surprising and fresh answer is “Yes.” Gangaji give us the permission to stop following the flow of conditioning and take one twelfth of a second to discover, in an instant, what is here. Consciousness is present, aware of itself, overflowing a joy.

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