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Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story Hardcover – September 1, 2011

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"Gangaji is one of the smartest, clearest, and most poetic spiritual leaders of our time. Her writing in "Hidden Treasure" is compassionate, transparent, generous, and ruthless....[it] brings me home to the truth of who I am in seconds."--Alanis Morissette, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter

"This gently flowing but often disarming volume invites readers to examine the narratives that shape them, and is a call to pass beyond personal stories to find a deeper, more universal self."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Gangaji travels the world, speaking to spiritual seekers from all walks of life. A teacher and author, she lives with her husband in Ashland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585428876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585428878
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading Hidden Treasure gently drops the reader into the very state of consciousness that is being written about: the awareness of Truth. A teaching story about how we resist and react to our circumstances, and Gangaji's own personal stories that are sometimes raw-- always honest--provide a thread of connection for disrobing our personal story of how we define ourselves. With astonishing clarity Gangaji's words illuminate a path to the inner silence where we can experience the unchanging face of our existence. The practice of returning over and again to our core nature is not always easy or pretty, but always worthwhile if we desire lasting inner peace and contentment, we are reminded.

"How can we live lives, which most certainly are stories, and yet not be defined by these stories? We can be free in the story of ourselves, we can live free of any definition of ourselves. That freedom rests on the recognition of the nature of change and changelessness. The changeless is the conscious, silent awareness that is present regardless of any turn of events, regardless of any clothing. If we overlook changeless, silent awareness, we overlook that which is already free of all bondage, free of any definition of freedom."
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A book for our times, by a teacher for our times.
Gangaji distills her 20 years of teaching into these 207 pages.
Using the telling of her own life story, she guides the reader in uncovering and speaking the truth about their own life stories so they can open the doorway to the possibility of living freely and in truth, right here, right now
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I wasn't sure at first about this book. I love Gangaji, and in addition to attending satsang with her, have read or listened to many of her offerings. She is one of my favorite contemporary teachers (although she doesn't like the term teacher.) But when I first started this book, I was feeling restless, and a bit impatient with things I had 'heard' before. I am familiar with much of her life story already, as well as with her language for pointing us back to ourselves. I stuck it out though, and I am so glad I did. This book offers a transmission that I found deepened chapter by chapter. It isn't necessarily an easy read, and for those already familiar with her, and with inquiry traditions, it might not offer anything 'new', but that is really besides the point. In this day and age, the desire to receive new teachings, to gather more and more, is often part of the distraction that keeps us from finding source/truth/silent awareness ourselves.

By sharing excerpts from her own life story, and a parable (the Hidden Treasure of the title), and looking at both from different perspectives chapter by chapter, Gangaji shows us how to look at our own life story, our own 'I' creation, as a pointer to truth. She offers explanatory questions at the end of each chapter, as an invitation to inquiry. For those not already familiar with her and what she offers, it is an excellent introduction. It's worth noting that this isn't an autobiography in any traditional sense, however. She only shares experiences from her life to elucidate the themes she is exploring. They are all 'teaching stories', and she invites us to look into our own story in the same way. As the book progresses, I think the transmission deepens, and the invitation to discover this for ourselves does too.
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For me, this new book by Gangaji did not include anything new that I have not heard from her before. It has value as a reminder, as a pointer. There's nothing catchy about her writing style. It plods along. But I did read it through to the end. She is a valuable voice, an invitation to STOP telling the story and rest in the stillness that is always here.
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What is your life story? Has it created an identity that is not the real you? Are you suffering because of your story and wondering what you can do about it? In this soulful and heartfelt new book, Gangaji invites you to explore these concepts as well as others to help you discover the truth of who you really are and to find lasting inner peace and fulfillment. To assist you with your search for your true self, Gangaji offers the "naked truth" of her life story as an example of how she searched for and eventually found her true self. Her deeply personal story sets the stage for you to begin your inquiry into the story or narrative that may limit you. She encourages you to let those limitations go so that you too may discover your true self and lifelong contentment. Filled with insight, emotion and probing questions, this treasure is sure to please all conscious awareness seekers.
-- Kristy Musalo, New Connexion Journal
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Ive read her previous books they keep getting better although the message is the same it continues to be clearer.
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Gangaji's book Hidden Treasure is the book I have always been searching for. I found her through my study of the Enneagram. She is a 4 and owns the truth of her personality type in a charming and self effacing way while speaking universally of the journey to spiritual awareness.

If you are looking for a teacher who will challenge you and walk by your side, Gangaji is an incredible resource. You can see her on line. Sounds True has a couple of collections of her teaching on CD. She rings true.

Maybe you need to be sixty plus years old and feel like a worn out velveteen rabbit to be open to her message. It helps to get soul-tired of your own drama-rama. Then one can open to possibility of freedom beyond self.

I am reminded of Rumi's poem:

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing
there is a field.
I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about."

In that field we are one.
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