"The Door is Open." This month Gangaji speaks to the egoic prisons we live our lives in, and how it is possible to recognize the door to freedom that is already open. How can you discover freedom and peace exactly where you are right now, in your current circumstances, without changing anything?
In this episode, Gangaji reads a letter from a former prisoner who she first met in prison in 1994. The letter she reads was sent to her after his release in 1997.
Established in 1994, the Gangaji Foundation Prison Program offers programs that support men and women living behind bars in furthering their spiritual inquiry. Regardless of anyone’s personal circumstance, it is possible to discover the peace and freedom that is alive within all of us.
Discovering freedom inside is the first step in ending the internal wars that can drive our minds, emotions, and unnecessary personal suffering. When we know who we are at the core, we can take real responsibility for our own happiness and our own choices. We may not be physically incarcerated, but the egoic prisons or mental prisons that we live our lives in are not really any different.
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This month on Being Yourself, we return to the summer of 1993 in Boulder, Colorado. Gangaji speaks about the opportunity to break the trance of fear by directly experiencing fear itself.
“This is a kind of contraction against life. Direct experience is the medicine, the remedy. When you really experience fear, fear is not fear.”
“If your attention is on the story of how you do not deserve what is being offered, this is the continuation of self-denial. There is an open door in this jail, in this prison.”
When we seek freedom on the spiritual path, it is often freedom from our mind or mental activity. In this podcast, we focus how we can lock ourselves up inside a mental prison, not recognizing the door that is always open.
“To play the role of yourself, which is the transcendent role, the role of freedom, you have to trust something unknowable.”
The themes of belonging, freedom from identification, and trusting our direct experience come together in this month’s podcast. This powerful interplay of themes opens the mind to the heart and invites an inquiry: What does it mean to be free? Where do you belong?