GF Topic: The Story of Me

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.

What Are You Doing?

What Are You Doing?

Gangaji asks, “What have you been doing? Have you been telling yourself a story?” Our stories of what we have or don’t have, what we need or don’t need, our stories of our freedom or bondage, our lack or our bounty, our grief or our joy, are what we believe to be who we are. Are you willing to stop telling your story? Before she met Papaji, Gangaji had a story of being a victim. But she didn’t know it was a story. She thought it was the truth. But whatever you are telling yourself, it is a story. It is not the truth.

Yes That Is It!

Yes That Is It!

How do you cross the line into doubtless self-confirmation of the truth of your being? How does self-doubt, which Ramana called “the last obstacle,” appear? Can you live with all the ups and downs of being human and still be conscious of, and nurtured by, the truth of who you are? Yes!

In this clip a young woman reports on her direct experience of truth and Gangaji delightedly confirms that experience.  When we are free to treasure such a moment, without objectifying it, and to live freely in the fullness of surrender, then how is life lived? As Gangaji says, “See what this life is drawn to… follow the heart… live the heart.”

Are You Still Searching for More?

Are You Still Searching for More?

When you have had a glimpse of the unimaginable truth of your being, there is a freshness and innocence that naturally occurs, a wonder and a curiosity of “What is this?” But when you recognize you are looking for more, or you notice with great disappointment that your suffering has returned and you try to get get away from it, then there is a loss of innocence and openness.

The drive for more is part of the human condition. The possibility of inquiry is to stop in the midst of this thrust to get more, whether is it more peace, more knowledge, more experience, or more alleviation from suffering, and ask yourself, “Has stillness gone anywhere? What is always here regardless of what comes or goes?”

When this impulse is fully met, then innocence is no longer naive. It is mature, multi-leveled, and rich, but still pure and still a surprise.

Can you recognize where you are looking for more? What are the mechanisms that drive the impulse to seek for more or different or better?

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