Letting Go of “Control” with Gangaji

I would like to make the distinction here between control and support, since much misery is experienced in the belief that one can control, and great joy is experienced in providing support. To support the health of the body, to support the health of the planet, and support the awakening of all beings is joyous and natural. But to futilely imagine that you can control the health of your body, that you can control the health of the planet or the awakening of all beings, actually creates suffering.

In the hope of controlling, your energy and attention are always on some desired outcome, always checking: “Is my body healthy? Are their bodies healthy? Is the planet healthy? Are they waking up? Am I waking up?”

Your energy and attention are focused on an end rather than on providing support in this moment. When you shift your attention from control to support, you gain release. You experience fullness as you give up hope of control, and this fullness can be used to lend support.


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Gangaji is an American-born spiritual teacher dedicated to sharing the path of freedom through simple and direct self-inquiry, as taught by the legendary sage Sri Ramana Maharshi of India. In 1990, Ga...


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