"An open heart, and a silent mind; this is how to be a true friend." ~Eli
All of those listed as True Friends have been certified and approved as Leela Practitioners by Eli, having attended the requisite levels of Leela Skills Training with Eli and having been through a period of testing where sessions are offered, reported on and evaluated. All are grounded in silence; the most essential requirement of a Leela Practitioner which Eli has exemplified.
I met my beloved teacher Eli in 1999 and discovered freedom here and now! My first big awakening! My life changed forever...
At my first Enneagram retreat in 2000 I put my life at Eli’s feet, at Ramana’s feet. I had found what I was looking for my whole life, the bliss and gratitude was overflowing. In that moment I gave my life to this truth, this freedom and life has been a blessed mystery ever since. I am forever at the feet of my master.
Joining the 3 yr group back in 2001 has been a sweet process of deepening, surrendering, opening of the heart and mind. I am so deeply grateful for this gift of true happiness. It’s magical how it passes on, how people catch it – this is my passion and most fulfilling work.
My background is in the healing arts: for over 20 yrs I’ve been practicing various styles of massage and energy healing, I teach at the massage school and my own seminars in Kunlun, an ancient Taoist practice of internal Alchemy. Using the wisdom of the Enneagram and Leela Therapy skills, I am also available for phone sessions. Growing up in Switzerland, I am fluent in French, German and English.
In the mid '90's I found myself in Bolinas at the feet of my beloved Master, Gangaji. Through her grace I was introduced to Eli and enrolled in the 3 year program. With Eli's loving attention, I have been encouraged to pursue a deeper involvement, participating in the Leela School and becoming a Leela Therapist. I am a mentor in the current 3 year group, and I have a small practice based out of Ashland, Oregon.
I am so grateful for the blessing of this community that is an offering of true support in surrender and awakening.
Until Satsang came into my life in the mid 1990s, the best thing I had found was psychotherapy. I had just started studying psychology – and almost dropped it again, when the freedom revealed through Satsang made it seem superfluous at first. But as overwhelming and blissful my meetings with Papaji were, I would drop back into my old subconscious patterns of suffering. It was through the grace of meeting Eli, his uncompromising presence and the skills and insights of the Enneagram and Leela Therapy, that these habitual mechanisms were seen through and the integrity was built to stop indulging them – and that I re-discovered the use of psychotherapeutic tools, now in the service of awakening. Ever since, this has been the focus and fulfillment of my life, studies and practice.
I attended the first two 3year-groups in the US, and as I have been as lucky as to be able to translate for Eli and Gangaji in Germany, I got to attend all their events and also participate in all 3year-groups here. Throughout the different stages and forms of the Leela School over the course of the years, I have been involved in various functions and benefited immensely. I finished my studies at the university with a masters degree and thesis on “Satsang and Psychotherapy”, was assigned Leela Therapist by Eli in 1999, and have started building my private practice since. This has now taken the form of an office, the “practice for meditation and self-inquiry” in Hamburg, and the “Bodhisattva School”, both together with my partner Torsten, in which we pass on these precious gifts.
I met Ganagaji on Maui in 1995, and was stopped in my tracks. Then, in 1999 at my first Enneagram Retreat with Eli, I saw with horror the tremendous suffering my 7 fixation was causing myself and others. I vowed to do whatever it takes to end the suffering. I spent 7 years in the Three Year Program with Eli and trained to be a Leela Practitioner. With Eli’s love and support, I discovered that this was truly my life’s work.
I have been joyfully working with clients since 2001, supporting them to deepen in the Silence and to inquire into the patterns and conditioning that are still causing suffering. I am so grateful to Eli and Gangaji for bringing the teachings of Ramana and Papaji into my consciousness and for teaching me how to use my skills as a therapist to support others in their Awakening.
I work with clients from all over the world, using skype and the telephone. I am happy to offer a complimentary session to anyone who would like to experience working with me. It is through Ramana’s Grace that I am able to do this Sacred work, and it is Ramana’s Grace that, thankfully, can be transmitted through computers and phone lines. This is Sacred work, and I often feel that I receive more than I give. I am so grateful!
I have been associated with Eli, Gangaji and all incarnations of the Leela Foundation for the last 28 years. I met Eli and then Toni Varner at a month long hypnosis training at the Esalen Institute in 1989. I was fortunate to have been at ground zero, attending intensive trainings on Maui in the spring of 1990 and 1991, immediately after Eli and then Gangaji’s initial contacts with Papaji. I attended some of Ganagaji’s first satsangs during these years, and received certification as an Enneagram trainer, NLP trainer, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Leela therapist as I trained with Eli and Gangaji.
I am an owner and the clinical director of a counseling organization that started out with 5 therapists, offering 24hr in-home crisis services to at-risk families in Central Pennsylvania as our initial function. The naturally arising principles of True Friendship have enlivened and preserved a service organization that has grown to 60 therapists and 20 paid support staff, offering a range of permanency planning programs and resources for families. In a field where turnover is the norm, approximately a third of our therapists have been together for 20 years and another third have been here for at least 12 years. Four of the original six therapists are still together. Our staff thrives in an atmosphere of Empowerment and Self Realization, where stress is consistently seen as opportunity.
"Being Present" is my practice for inner journeys in Amsterdam.The most beautiful work I could imagine. http://www.journeytherapeut.nu/
About my life
This life has been about being strong, independent and free. Working on the market in old Amsterdam I earned my studies, travels and a living for my family.
Pain was often there in former relationships and made me search for Truth in many ways, for a lot of years.
Thank God Ramana Maharshi's loving eyes pierced me when I was completely broken in divorce. His tender Love braught me to Eli, a Holy connection I surrendered to.
I really saw my fictation and how it works. Since then (2009) this behaviour gets clearer. And I can choose for a natural live instead of a survival technique. So fresh and new. Being Still. A Miracle unfolding. I can only serve This, which I was always looking for; Holy Connection, Home.
Every last Friday of the month we (Henk&me) have an open Eli-videosatsang in Bussum Holland. Be welcome!
May all beings be happy and free.
Born with the desire for my teacher and freedom, I had tried many traditions and spiritual paths before I met, through grace, Eli in 1999. Here my search came to an end. All the spiritual experiences and awakenings which I had experienced were nothing in comparison to what I found with and through Eli. He lead me to myself.
The Leela Therapy techniques and the participation in the 3-year training group, which I have participated in since 2000, have been supportive in my development as a person and therapist. I work as an alternative medicine practitioner with specialization in chiropractic work, osteopathy, classic homeopathy and counseling. I've given various forms of self-development courses in continuing education schools and privately since 1990.
The ocean in me flows with the tides of the universe
The rising sun of my heart follows the night
From antiquity to entertain you
Until I am exhausted and tired from the effort
I fall into your arms
And in the depths of your gaze disappear
In 1997 I met Eli in Satsang and in a private session, since then I fell in love with my beloved teachers Eli and Gangaji and committed myself to truth.
After several Enneagram retreats and 10 day retreats I started the European Three Year Group in 2002 and I am still attending it. In 2012 I took the first opportunity and did the Leela-Therapy certification in Baden-Baden. Since 2010 I also enjoy being a member of the Bodisattva-School with Torsten Brügge and Dipl. Psych. Padma Wolff.
Since 1990 I have been working as a self-employed kinesiologist and with meeting Eli and Gangaji my work is now based on their teachings; I support people in silence and as a true friend in sessions.
I am open to everyone who turns to me.
After having had a serious car accident in 2009 I met Eli, who pointed me back to the present moment. Eli invited me to welcome everything: even fear. "Things are perfect as they are. So simple. There is no next moment. It´s always here. The more you welcome everything – the deeper you can sink into yourself“.
Ever since I feel like my life is in service of love. I am so grateful for having met my beloved teacher and having enrolled in the 3 year program. With the skillful means I learned in following Eli for years, I love to accompany others in discovering the beauty of the present moment and inviting what ever wants to be invited and met.
I am working as a judge, mediator, yoga teacher and coach and give stressreduction workshops (The miracle of mindfulness).
From the first moment I met Gangaji and Eli in 2006 I foundHOME: my true heart, surrender and silence.I attended all of Eli’s Enneagram retreat, and I’m a certified Leela therapist. Since 2009 I’ve been part of the European 3-year group. In addition, I am a member of Padma Wolff’s and Torsten Bruegge’s group of Integral Supervision.
Eli’s work becomes more and more the foundation of my therapeutic practice. I was educated in adult education and psychology. Since 20 years I’ve been working as a licensed psychotherapist (person centered therapy, psychodrama, Focusing, EMDR), and coach in my own practice in Hamburg. (http://www.praxis-kastanienhof.de/). Furthermore, I manage a company called: “Profittraining-Seminare & Coaching”(http://www.profittraining.net/).
For years my strongest identification was with being successful at work. My recent practice is on being effortless and on celebrating love in everything I do.
I am married and live in Northern Germany at the coast of the Baltic Sea near Eckernförde. My greatest teachers besides Gangaji and Eli are my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease, nature and the miracle and truth of life itself.
At the end of the 90s at a Satsang meeting in Hamburg I experienced a deep letting go of what I believed to be “I”. Awareness beyond thoughts filled me with causeless joy.
How is it possible, that a construction of habits and emotional tendencies demand attention over and over again? To find the answer to that provided me with a thorough exploration of freedom and awareness.
Eli supported me, through his loving and unmoving presence at the 3 year meetings, to meet the desire of my heart: to accompany people with an open heart and a silent mind to meet what truly wants to be met or show up. Loving, clear, simple and quite
I offer session as an Alternative Practitioner, Psychotherapie and Leela Coach in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstsein (near Mölln) http://www.koerpergeistundmehr.de/
I met Gangaji and Eli in 2003 and my life has changed, I was home. My longing to be a therapist had always been present in my life, and in meeting Gangaji and Eli it has got ignited in a different and deeper way. Later when I heard of Eli’s Leela therapy I was deeply touched and knew that I found what I had been looking for. I joined Eli’s Enneagram Retreat, the Lifting the Veils Retreat and the Three Year Group and became a Leela therapist in 2012. I deeply dedicate my life to the ever deepening love and silence that I have discovered to be myself and I am grateful to be part of this sangha and to be able to support others with an open heart and an open mind through Leela therapy.
I currently offer Leela therapy and Video Satsangs in the Eastern part of Hungary, in Hajdúszoboszló.
In 2007 I met my beloved master Gangaji for the first time and knew I was home. The years after my life chanced completely. Trough Gangaji I came to knew Eli and joined Eli’s Lifting the Veils Retreat, the Enneagram Retreat and was enrolled in the Three Year Group. In 2012 I became a Leela therapist.
I am a Psychologist, have a Diploma in education sciences with focus on counseling and psychotherapy and I am trained in Journey Therapy. Being born in South Tyrol (Italy) I am currently living and working in Austria (Innsbruck/Tyrol).
This life is deeply dedicated to the love and silence that we are. I can only serve This. I am so grateful to be part of this community and be able to support others with an open heart and a silent mind as a Leela therapist.
Ray, a ten-year student of Eli and the Leela Foundation is a Certified Clinical Hynotherapist, a licensed NeroLinguistic Programmer, a Certified Trainer of the Enneagram, and also a ten year student of Transactional Analysis, has trained with several renown teachers at Esalen Institute.
His resume includes instruction Foster Parent, Group Home Staff, Alcohol and Drug, the Enneagram, and Personal Growth classes as an Adjunct Faculty in the California Junior College System as well as teaching intern Psychiatrists in the art of Hypnotherapy at Napa State Hospital.
At the present Ray conducts Enneagram groups, Za Zen meditation, along with one on one therapy at The Center for Higher Learning in South Lake Tahoe CA. tahoetherapist.com
Ray and his daughter Kathy Rem have been published with a memoir, “Parallel Journeys”
I met Eli in 1999 at a retreat in Berlin, Germany and my life changed. I knew I had to dive deeper into what was calling me home so I moved to Bolinas to be close to Eli, and within a short time became Executive Director of the Leela Foundation. I had the honor of being by Eli’s side for 4 years in which time my heart cracked open wider and wider to Love. I have found this process to be never-ending and I am eternally grateful for the Grace that continues to flow through my life.
I currently have a private practice and run groups in San Rafael, CA where I guide true seekers into their hearts using mindfulness and embodiment, hypnosis, NLP as well as various movement practices. The work I am offering is for anyone who is committed to telling the truth and aligning with their life purpose.
Or visit my website: www.theresponsivebody.com
When I met Eli for the first time my heart was deeply touched and immediately broke open. Here was the Teacher of the Heart I had not been looking for, at least not consciously…
Then, it took more than ten years until the mind could finally follow the heart and surrender to Reality, to Freedom and true Peace.
This precious time of ripening and deepening in Eli’s loving and unwavering, unmoving presence offered and continues to offer the opportunity to stop and to see through the habits, illusions and fears of this structure and to discover and recognize without a doubt who we really are – That which is eternally present.
“All we have is our attention” says Eli. The grace of resting my attention deeply and single-pointedly on and in That is revealing in one instant and ever more deeply: my attention is That. I am That – there has never been and will never be anything else but That.
What takes a lifetime can change in an instant.
No matter how far we travel in search of answers, what stands in our way is the limitation of our own perception. What we look for outside is innate, already existing, within. Only willingness is needed to make the change, to see through what limits us in truly being, to realize who we really are, and know in that our real potential.
After many a journey, learning, teaching and guiding, having joined the Three Year Group in Baden Baden, following Eli’s Enneagram-, Silent-, Weekend and Lifting the Veils Retreats in both Europe (Germany, Holland) and
on Maui, I became a Leela therapist in 2012.
If you are willing to make that change, or feel the need or wish to contact me for a session, why not right now:
Amsterdam/Harlingen, the Netherlands
In first meeting Eli in 2002 a spontaneous opening happened.
I was flooded by Love, Silence and Vastness in a way I never had experienced before.
Years of deepening followed, beautiful experiences came and went, many tests in which I always felt supported by Eli’s unmoving presence.
In my work as a cranio therapist and osteopath, I have been able to use much of what Eli is offering so generously and time and again, I am witnessing how deeper recognition is happening in the willingness to stop for a moment and see. That whatever we might be looking for is always and has already been here.
One of my favored sentences come from Papaji : “Don’t deny your own majesty.”
I’ve heard it many times until at a certain point absolute clarity and certainty appeared.
There is nothing to get, there is no search and no seeker… There is only this unspeakable awareness that I am and the free choice to always and uncompromisingly dedicate my full attention to that and to surrender myself ever more deeply.
In meeting Eli I came to a halt.
The journeying and searching finally stopped.
Through the powerful techniques Eli offered,
and with his loving guidance I learned to know my Self.
The wounding healed in silence.
From that silence, I am here to meet you.
Harlingen and Amsterdam, the Netherlands
I never knew I was looking for a particular teacher until I met Eli in 2009. Those loving, piercing eyes looking right through the idea of “me”, instantly seeing and making me see who I am. The discovery of “I” has been deepening ever since.
I enrolled in the three year program and am ever so grateful for the simple tools that were taught. Things were learned and mostly un-learned and what remains is being a true friend. Being a true friend means being fully present with an open heart and quiet mind and asking the right questions in order to penetrate the lies we constantly tell ourselves. What is left is here and now and the realization that there is nothing wrong with the present moment.
If you would like to have a session with me please contact me:
I would love to work with you.
When seeing a picture of Sri Ramana Marharshi years ago the inexplainable longing that I had felt for a very long time finally found it´s silent answer.
By grace I then learned about Eli & Gangaji and met them in Germany in 2002.
Since then I´ve been participating in the Enneagram Retreats, Silent Retreats and 3-Year-Group Meetings of my beloved teachers, both in Europe as well as in the US wehre I became a Leela Therapist at the Leela School.
I am eternally grateful to Eli for the loving support in presence and clarity, unmoving and with an open heart. So that It became possible for me to open, to recognize, to stop, to deepen... .
To direct my attention to what is already free now, shining from within.
To then unexpectedly fall into my warm free heart. So simple.
And surprisingly, there is so much Love and all the effort of being a someone crumbles into nothing but Joy.
I am so grateful to Eli and Gangaji because they taught me to look into that direction at all.
As a true friend I pass on this blessing and be available.
Being a True Friend
Laying down all distractions in body, mind & heart
Laying down person, age, gender, past & future
Falling in rest, floating in deepness
Vigilant in the freedom of
Not knowing, not doing & not moving
Meeting what never moves,
What’s always Here
To abide as That
In the glow of full attention
Truth is revealed, healing occurs
So simple, easy & ordinary
Meeting without difference
Meeting Beyond the Beyond
In gratitude for Eli
I may offer you this service of
Being a True Friend
It is a privilege and an honor to play the role of a True Friend and Therapist to those who are seeking support. The gift of the surrendered mind and the open heart that Eli gives to all those who come to him seeking truth, seeking peace and love, reverberates out through the community. Eli taught me the bliss of not knowing, not fixing, and not changing anything, whilst being committed to the deepest integrity and vigilance to psychological freedom, happiness and love. I offer myself in service to this deep support that Eli offered me.
After finishing my first 3 Year Group, acting as the Regional Coordinator for the Leela Foundation in Australia, and organizing the Australian tours for Eli and Gangaji since 2010, I began offering private sessions, as well as teaching the enneagram and holding retreats around Australia and NZ.
When I met my teacher Eli, I recognised his unconditional love.
I was afraid of his love.
This fear has led me into this freedom. And I am so Happy!
Eli showed me that I don’t know anything, that I don’t have to do anything.
He always said to me, “Be a Nobody”, and here I am…. A Nobody
He showed me that I am perfect with my imperfection , so I am not perfect at all,..
Being a true friend gives me an opportunity to share my love with other people .
I live in the Netherlands, I offer sessions as a true friend, and fysicaltherapist.
I met Eli in 1999 in Switzerland.
Looking in his deep loving eyes, I immediately realized that was Home, back to my- the heart .
Grace had brought me at my teacher feet. Huge gratitude.
I joined the 3 years group for many years till Eli’s sickness stopped him teaching , then came back to Eli’s sangha. I followed the Enneagram and Lifting the Veils retreats.
In 2012, I got certified as a TRUE FRIEND, Leela coach.
I currently offer sessions, and small group workshop in Monthey, close to Montreux and the swiss mountains, in the french part of Switzerland. To me, there is no more beautiful work one can wish for, sharing Eli’ s powerful tools together with Ramana and Papaji Grace. This sessions are a possibility to discover the emotions, beliefs, conditionings which veil our true nature. A path to more Consciousness, Peace and Joy.
Welcome. In love and gratitude.
When I first met Eli in 2002 I already had had experiences of stillness and stopping inside. My first question to Eli was "how can I deepen silence?" and his answer was "by falling in love with it". I didn't understand it then but Eli also gave me the gift of deep trust. By sticking with "falling in love with silence" and surrendering to it everything has deepened in wonderful ways.
Out of that silence and into that silence I invite you as a True Friend to see what wants to be seen. To meet, what has to be met. And - without me knowing what you will discover - to realize what you truly are.
I am availabe for sessions by telephone and Skype as well as in person in and around Speyer, Germany.
Every Monday in Speyer I offer an open hour with a guided meditation followed by silent sitting. You are most welcome.