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, Being Happy (Even When You Don't Get What You Want), All Grace, 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 and channel with a master's degree in counseling psychology and over twenty-five years' experience supporting people in their spiritual growth. Her most recent books, The Jesus Trilogy, A Heroic Life, All Grace, 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. This being was my inner teacher, mentor, and healer and behind my books up until 2012, when an important shift happened.
Throughout most of the 90s, while living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I was a writer, a metaphysical teacher, an astrologer, and a serious spiritual seeker. I spent much of my time meditating, doing inner work, and writing. 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 the true self. It was then that I deeply realized that I was that which I had experienced so often in my quiet moments. The “I” that I had thought myself to be was gone, left behind, like a pile of clothes on the floor, an abandoned costume. My identity seemed to have popped out of being “me” and entered into Presence, or Beingness, or what I often call Essence. Following this shift, the voice in my head stopped. To my surprise, I was able to function normally without it. After five days, the voice in my head 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 between 2004 and 2012 I wrote many books about living in the moment. 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 began to have numerous inner experiences of Mother Mary, Jesus, and a circle of other Ascended Masters appearing to me, in my mind’s eye, and speaking to me in words that I could clearly hear in my mind. The reason they gave me for appearing at that time is that I had reached a point in my growth and in my life when I would be working more closely with them. Specifically, they wanted to dictate books to me and give other teachings orally that would be helpful to those I currently touch through my work.
Here are a few of the inner experiences I had in 2013 with Mother Mary and Jesus, which I recorded in my spiritual log:
Jesus’s face materialized, just for a few seconds, and he began to talk with me. I saw this in my mind’s eye and I heard his words inside my head. He said that he and the others (various Ascended Masters) have always been behind my work and to know and trust that it was such a transmission and that I was meant to be a channel of their words in the world and that I’d prepared for this role for eons. He said they are healing the world through the words I write and the words of others and that words are especially powerful today because they can reach so many people. He said to trust that what I had written and would write would be very helpful to people. When he spoke, I could feel how huge Jesus is as a spiritual being. He is one of the main guardians of this planet. He has explained to me that he is available to all who are devoted to him and to anyone who calls upon him.
On another occasion, I felt and saw in my mind’s eye a circle of beings around me who were Ascended Masters. They looked like a circle of light-beings. Although they were indistinct figures, a sense of sacredness and holiness permeated the gathering. They were conveying intuitively to me a sense of celebration, like a birthday. There was a flame above each of their heads and above mine, as I stood in the center of the circle. The scene looked a little like a birthday cake, and I wondered if the candles on birthday cakes symbolized a new birth or new phase, as this seemed to. Then they conveyed: “You are one of us now.”
After a few moments, they began to leave, one by one, and only one remained. It was Jesus. He said, “Welcome, my beloved child,” and held out his arms. “You are part of this circle now. You have arrived at your destination. We will always be with you. You will receive training soon.” It was explained to me that the training that Jesus was speaking about was in being an instrument and transmitter of his teachings and of his energy and that this training would happen while I was asleep and at other times. More information about my relationship with Jesus and how I write these books is here.
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.
Interview about my spiritual journey, in 2012, before her work with Jesus, by Rick Archer of batgap.com