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Awaken to Your True Nature with The Diamond in Your Pocket by Gangaji

If we are constantly searching for happiness, we will never be satisfied, according to spiritual teacher and writer Gangaji.

In that quest, our true nature is overlooked, and happiness can only be found when we discover our true selves.

In The Diamond in Your Pocket (Sounds True), Gangaji posits ideas that will change the way people think and act as they find their way along their spiritual journey.

Referring to the precious jewel we all carry with us, The Diamond in Your Pocket is a reminder to all of us to live in the present as our true selves.

Spiritualist Focusing on Self-Inquiry

GangajiIn the early 1970s, Antoinette Roberson Varner started on a quest of spiritual fulfillment. Her routines involved practicing Bodhisattva vows, as well as Zen and Vipassana meditation. Working for a Buddhist Meditation Center and running an acupuncture clinic, Varner continued to carry with her the feeling of unfulfillment, regardless of her spiritual practices and daily routines.

Varner travelled to India in the 1990s where she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji), a spiritualist who shared with others about the true nature of the path of self-discovery. Varner, now known as Gangaji, continous spreading Papji’s message today as she shares her spiritual enlightenment.

Today Gangaj is a teacher, author, and speaker who travels internationally, sharing her experiences and inspirations she acquired from Papaji. Gangaji has assisted thousands of people with her words, specifically discussing the discovery of one’s true fulfillment, who you really are, and what this revelation really means.

Finding Fulfillment Within Yourself

In The Diamond in Your Pocket, Gangaji presents ideas and topics that encourage individuals to contemplate their spiritual path in a new way. People are on a constant quest for fulfillment. Gangaji strives to assist people with letting go of the constant need to control every aspect of life, and rather refocus the mind on what’s truly important.

Book Cover for The Diamond in Your PocketThe Diamond in Your Pocket also encourages people to be vulnerable at times and embrace experiences with the “unknown.” Gangaji teaches individuals that it’s okay to let go of the suffering, or the drama, that gets carried around throughout life. By doing so, one puts his or herself in a better position to truly understand who they are.

Anyone in search of ways to fulfill their life will be captivated by Gangaji’s wisdom.

She reiterates that it’s not the constant search for happiness that will leave one eventually feeling fulfilled, but only when one stops to live in the present moment and to appreciate their true nature will fulfillment happen.

The Diamond in Your Pocket is available as an audio download, on CD, or as a paperback book.

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Gangaji Reflects on Searching for the Perfect Future

About the Gangaji Foundation

Established in 1993, the Gangaji Foundation is an educational, non-profit organization that “serves the truth of universal consciousness and the potential for the individual and collective recognition of peace inherent in the core of all being.” The Foundation organizes events with Gangaji, publishes spiritual and inspirational books, and contributes to numerous outreach programs.

The Gangaji Foundation also funds a scholarship program that assists people to attend an event featuring Gangaji, so her words can be heard by as many people as possible. The scholarship is provided by donations, fundraising, and event fees.

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The Pendulum Experiment

As we spend time with our friends and loved ones, it is easy to notice many conversations include similar comments such as: “Gee, life sure has been intense lately,” or, “I sure have been experiencing a lot of challenges,” or “Things seem to be speeding up, and events have been pretty difficult.”

From one person’s perspective, current times could seem to be presenting pretty chaotic life events that are unrelated but full of unfortunate circumstances. From another vantage point, one could imagine an inner connected dance that gains momentum as it weaves through everyone’s experiences.

The following is a demonstration of a pendulum wave that was initiated by a single movement, and offers an example worth reflecting on.

A Pendulum Wave

In this demonstration, a single motion started the movement that affected each individual pendulum. If we viewed each ball separately, we would notice its movement and not think of its connection to the other balls. We would never notice any synchronicity. But when viewing all the pendulums, we can see how one action affects all the balls both individually and as a whole. At some points, the pendulum’s movement completely seems chaotic. However, it quickly becomes obvious they are connected as the movement flows into a pattern.

Filling The Space with Your Light

Heart CenterWhen I reflected on the pendulum experiment, it got me thinking about the effects of being happy or unhappy.

When we are unhappy and stuck in a fearful state due to what we notice out in the world, what we broadcast to those around us is that we live in a pretty scary place.

What if instead we punctuated our fear by embracing how we feel and then moved into a heart space? We could then take a deep breath, and move our fear into a lighter place that is capable of transforming our state. Then, with a sense of our inner light, we could turn toward another and share our light. It makes sense that this light would ripple and have an impact on others.

To help, take a moment and breathe in your fears. As Alana shares in the Seven Sacred Steps, place your hand on your heart, and let your heart transform these fears. The following video provided by WildDivine is a delightful reminder to also shine your light.


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Inspiring Anthology Promotes Balanced Leadership of Women

Modern day feminism is the key to today’s need for environmental and social progress, as is promoted in this book featuring a collection of essays.

Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart features the words and ideas of women (and a few men) who are pioneers in various areas of achievement and guidance.

Through the text, readers are exposed to the ideas that to inspire change and to be an effective leader one needs inner awareness, respect for self and others, and a goal to be sought after with determination.

Progressive Thought on Women Leaders

Author Nina SimonsNina Simons is the co-CEO and co-founder of Bioneers, a nonprofit organization created in 1990 with the intention of starting discussions on environmental and social issues, encouraging progressive research in these areas, and positing solutions to these problems.

Simons strives to promote women and leadership in modern “feminist” ways and seeks to strengthen the effectiveness and authority of women leaders from around the world and within every field.

Anthology Features Essays on Leadership, Justice, and Change

With this goal, Simons served as editor for an anthology of essays written by well-known leaders and achievers from different walks of life. Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart (Park Street Press) consists of 37 thought-provoking essays from mostly women and a few men, ranging from topics political or economical in nature to self-transforming ideas.

Each essay in Moonrise has the goal of making the world a better place in some way. And how is this done? Through leadership that seeks a balance of compassion and caring, or more feminine qualities, with the assertive tendencies of the masculine.

Inspirational Book

Book Cover for Moonrise AnthologyI was pleased to come across the essay contributed by Eve Ensler, a creative woman’s activist whom I admire. Ensler’s essay, “V to the Tenth,” represents how pushing past a fear or a supposed taboo can blow the doors open and start conversations even in areas least expected. It just takes one person to start it. “Saying the word I was not supposed to say is the thing that gave me a voice in the world,” writes Ensler.

Although she writes how speaking up can help one reclaim power in their life, she also points out the areas where society lacks in supporting women’s safety and addressing violence. “The only point of having power, it seems to me, is to give it away, and inspire other people to have it.”

Another essay I enjoyed was “The Color of Sustainability” by LaDonna Redmond, a food activist with a passion for universal accessibility to healthy food. An advocate for “being part of the solution to the issues,” Redmond shares her personal story on becoming a food justice expert—from sustainable agriculture to health food preparation—and the ecological connection between African Americans and farming. Redmond notes that sustainability is not a social welfare issue, and requires diversity and inclusion in order to be attainable.

Moonrise provides for readers an inspired vision. This inspirational book offers concrete evidence in the power of women’s dreams, goals, and accomplishments. While obviously, it’s a must-read for any woman, professional or not, Moonrise is also an essential perspective for men to gain in their paths throughout the world.

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Wonder-When Process: 4 Steps for Finding Purpose

What if you were soon to become aware of wonderful treasures which exist within you?

What if you have incredible inner resources that can easily be activated to enrich your life and help you with life purpose?

What if you you have lived many times before and have mastered many things?

What if all of your resources from past, and future lives, are available to you right now?

Wouldn’t you be more apt to be successful at attaining your goals?

You Do Have …

Well, here’s my experience:

  • You do have wonderful treasures within you.
  • You do have incredible resources within you.
  • You have mastered many things and have these skills and learnings available to you now.
  • You exist in all times at once, therefore having access to your full mastery (a bit mind-boggling perhaps).

The Wonder-When 4 Step Process …
Smiling Girl Sitting on Grass

Imagine how you could fuel your life purpose and create positive motivation for accomplishing your goals.

You can discover these resources for yourself. Here’s a simple four-step process:

1) Pick a word that represents one of your inner treasures that you would like to discover or deepen. A short list of some of my favorites are: boldness, clarity, compassion, confidence, contentment, cooperativeness, courage, creativity, dependability, dynamism, efficiency, energy, flexibility, freedom, generosity, gentleness, goodness, gracefulness, harmony, honesty, humor, independence, integrity, inventiveness, kindness, love, loyalty, motivation, openness, patience, persistence, practicality, radiance, sensitivity, sensuality, strength, thoroughness, uniqueness, and wisdom. Pick one word from this list or come up with one of your own.

2) Write down the following sentence on a small piece of paper: “I wonder how soon it will be before my inner <fill in your word> begins to express itself in my life?”

3) For the next week—longer if you wish—repeat this phrase with as much enthusiasm as you can bring forth. You can say it out loud and to yourself; quietly and with lots of volume; quickly and slowly; or with sacredness then silliness. Just say this magical affirmation in as many different ways as come to mind. The more you speak these words, and in as many different ways, the more you will be evoking your inner treasures.

4) Expect the resource to come forth! How could it not?!

If you enjoy this process, repeat it many times, using a new word each week. Without a doubt, this is the most powerful affirmation process I’ve ever used. I hope you enjoy bringing forth the wonders which exist within you. May you achieve success in realizing your goals and be on a path for expressing your life purpose.

Tips for Getting Paid to Play

I was corresponding with a friend regarding her career and life purpose. She’s very intuitive, talented, and hard working. However, she’s had many job struggles—like most of us—bridging into work that truly gives her joy.

It’s important to remember that it’s just an illusionary perception that one’s purpose and making money are opposites. Polarity perceptions like “business = money” and “spiritual = poverty” create confusion.

Read on to discover some of the insights we discussed.

Gleaming Hints of Joy

When you have hints regarding what brings you the most joy—your purpose—and take consistent, playful action, you begin to move the energy toward creation.

Your life’s purpose often isn’t what your mind perceives it to be. You can’t know what it is until you’re immersed in the energy of pleasant action (yes, there are sometimes “hard” parts too).

When you are moving in the fun of what you love, the next steps open up from there—and they’re most often a surprise.

Letting Go, Moving Into Play

Person Making PotteryAt first, let go of any business model or structured plan. Creative career healing begins as you move toward mastery of activities you love to do. Then, as you lay the foundation by becoming skilled at thoughts and actions that bring value to others, others will pay you well to play well.

People love to flow money to people who are doing what they love, and thus providing positive benefits. But don’t focus on providing positive benefits at the outset. Start with immersing yourself, as much as you can, in experiments that give you feedback on what you LOVE to be, do, and have.

You may think you know your purpose, but perhaps your mind is in the way. You have hints, but too much thought and too little action create a kind of mental constipation; analysis paralysis. Our minds don’t really have a clue at first. Ask your mind’s money-making worries and previously-reinforced strategies to sit quietly on the sidelines and . . . watch. Then, as you continue creating with the energy of enjoyment, your mind will move from passive observer to excited fan!

The world is full of people with money who will pay you well to play, since they will receive positive benefits from your expressions.

Using Your Enthusiasm to Build Energy

Perhaps you need “a job” to pay the bills as you explore. So be it. Do that job each day with as much positive, enthusiastic energy as you can muster to avoid job struggles.

If that job is funding your “life purpose discovery experiments,” do that job well and create gratitude for the opportunity. Find ways to do your current work exquisitely and with joy. This energy will act as a powerful magnet to attract work that you will find to be even more fulfilling.

The key is to discover what you LOVE to do by taking small, experimental action steps each day, and then doing more and more of what feels really good to you.