About Gina Lake
In 1999, Gina Lake awakened to her true nature and has since written numerous books, including From Stress to Stillness, Trusting Life, Radical Happiness, Embracing the Now, Choosing Love, Ten Teachings for One World, Getting Free, Living in the Now, Return to Essence, Anatomy of Desire, A Heroic Life, In the World but Not of It, and The Jesus Trilogy (Choice and Will, Love and Surrender, and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality). The focus of her writing and teaching is on helping people be in the present moment and live the happy and fulfilled life that is possible and on shedding light on the ego and other programming that interferes with that. Her teachings are most similar to Eckhart Tolle's, Byron Katie's, Adyashanti's, and A Course in Miracles. She is also a gifted intuitive with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty years' experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her most recent books, The Jesus Trilogy, A Heroic Life, and In the World but Not of It, were received from Jesus in the same way that Helen Shucman received A Course in Miracles.
On a more personal note, here is Gina’s story:
In 1986, I realized I could pose a question mentally and get an answer mentally. Three years later, a very beneficial relationship with a wise nonphysical being began, who has been my inner teacher, mentor, and healer.
Throughout most of the 90s, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was a writer, a metaphysical teacher, an astrological counselor, and a serious spiritual seeker. I spent much of my time meditating and doing inner work. However, although I experienced deep peace in meditation, as soon as meditation was over, I was back into my ego, with all its stories, problems, and issues. I didn’t realize at the time that the experience I had in meditation was an experience of who I really am. I thought of it as my Higher Self—something out there and not present in my life. It was something “I” was devoted to.
In 1998 my understanding shifted as a result of meeting Adyashanti, a teacher in both the Zen and Advaita tradition. With only a few words, he cut through some key misunderstandings I had as a spiritual seeker. One of the points he made is that awakening is possible for anyone. And I thought, “If this unassuming young man can awaken, then I can too.” At that time, Adyashanti wasn’t very well known, and only six people were at this particular satsang, or spiritual meeting.
Six weeks later, during an intensive, while asking the classic inquiry question, "Who am I?" I had a spiritual awakening, which I define as a permanent identity shift from the ego to Essence, or the true self. It was then that I deeply realized that I was that which I had experienced so often in my quiet moments. It was no longer something that “I” experienced, but rather who I am. The “I” that I had thought myself to be was gone, left behind, like a pile of clothes on the floor, like a lifeless, abandoned costume. It was as if my identity popped out of being “me” and entered into Presence, or Beingness, or what I now call Essence. Following this shift, my egoic mind stopped for five days. To my surprise, I was able to function normally without it. Eventually it came back, but not as before, and I was filled with joy and peace for a honeymoon period of about a year.
Two weeks after that shift, I met Nirmala, a nondual teacher who had come to the Bay Area to give satsang. (The Intelligence that we are has perfect timing!) After a brief stay, he continued his travels around the U.S. We talked on the phone regularly for almost four months before we saw each other again. Over those months, we fell in love. In 2000, we moved to Arizona together and married.
For five years after awakening, I had no drive to teach or write, which was very strange to me, since I'd always been highly motivated to do those things. During those years, I did some art and counseling and created the book Nothing Personal from transcripts of Nirmala's satsangs. This was a period of dryness in my spiritual life. Although I wasn’t suffering, I also wasn’t in joy. It was an in-between place: I couldn’t go back to being “me” (whoever that was could no longer be found), but I also wasn’t firmly established in Essence. A part of me missed the juicy drama of suffering and having problems (I’m a Pisces and a four on the Enneagram), but I couldn’t do drama anymore. Eventually my consciousness deepened, and I began to embody Essence more fully, as chunks of conditioning fell away slowly, one by one.
In 2004, I began writing again, and the result was Radical Happiness: A Guide to Awakening followed by many other books about living in the moment. 2004 to 2012 were very productive years, as I wrote and published more than a book a year. At the end of that period I experienced a health crisis that forced me to slow down, and this led, I believe, to a deepening spiritually that occurred in 2012. At that time, I became closely connected to a circle of Ascended Masters, including Mother Mary and Jesus, who asked me to write for them. Ten Teachings for One World: Wisdom from Mother Mary was the first book to come from this relationship. The next three books, which were completed in 2014, were from Jesus and have been combined in The Jesus Trilogy. The books in the trilogy are also available individually: Love and Surrender; Choice and Will; and Beliefs, Emotions, and the Creation of Reality. Next came A Heroic Life, also by Jesus. Then in April 2016, In the World but Not of It: New Teachings by Jesus on Embodying the Divine, was released. More information about my relationship with Jesus and how I write these books is here.
If you need help deciding which book is right for you, a list of all books with their descriptions and publication dates is here. The book From Stress to Stillness and the Waking Up online course are especially good entry points to these teachings, although you can start with any book or course you feel drawn to. By the way, the online courses are very user-friendly!
Nirmala and I live in Sedona, Arizona. Nirmala’s website is endless-satsang.com, where you can download his free spiritual e-books, watch videos, and listen to audio recordings of him. He is also available for spiritual mentoring over the phone.
An interview about Gina's spiritual journey, recorded in 2012, before Gina's work with Jesus by Rick Archer of batgap.com (120 min.)