A UNIQUE WOMAN OF OUR TIMES WHO broke free from EAST & WEST stereotypes by LIVING HER LIFE TO THE FULL
Selima Gurtler is a Eurasian born in London in 1956 to an Indian muslim and a British/French catholic. She has travelled the world for over 40 years, living on three different continents, expressing her unique and unusual life to the passionate full.
As a child, she suffered severe racial prejudice and isolation from the bigotry shown to her parents in London in the 1950s, and endured the damning shame as she and her parents were outcast by the Britain of that uncompromising era, when mixed-marriages were a taboo and illegal in some countries.
Dislocated as neither a European nor Indian child in London after the British Empire lost India, Selima sought to understand herself within her cross-cultural heritage, and this profound psychological search for her true self, through the eastern and western layers of conditioning to find God and permanent peace, led her finally to realize the answer to the question, “Who am I?”
This occurred at the age of fifty-five when she experienced a dramatic spiritual awakening in response to long emotional turmoil – a dissolution process which took over five years to integrate, as she coped with the re-wiring of her life-force when the energy field of her illusory self fell away. Memories of spontaneous childhood samadhis returned, and of early superconscious information flashed throughout her life appeared during the dissolution process.
“BE WHO YOU ARE. WHY be somebody ELSE? WHY DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE GOD?”
“I ADMIT, I BROKE EVERY RULE IN THE BOOK, BUT IT STARTED WITH MY BIRTH…”
Her life prior to this final surrender was fascinating, exciting and fabulous. Living in the fast lane for three decades, she is a true connoisseur of life, having partied in London, Paris, New York, Milan and Berlin.
Impossible to define and a natural rebel who could not take no for an answer, she has been an irrepressible explorer her entire life whose passion would make her jump into a car and drive across Europe to see the Mistral, to swim with dolphins in the Red Sea, and chase marlin in the deep waters off Hemingway’s Africa. She has danced with the Masai and meditated with monks in Katmandu, and has seen some of the remotest areas of the world before the Internet.
She has trekked in the Himalayas, climbed unknown mountains in Mexico and stood high on the Great Wall of China. She has spun her Mustang on the New Jersey Turnpike, and steered her British VW Golf through the Brandenburg Gate just after the Wall came down just to see what would happen.
“I lived every moment passionately until the day I realized life was living itself. I did not exist.”
“THROUGH THE EMPTY STILLNESS, I SAW THAT MY ENTIRE LIFE HAD BEEN GOD HAVING THE TIME OF HIS LIFE.”
During the Cold War, she crossed underneath Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin via a blacked-out subway through the Russian Sector into East Berlin, and emerged the other side. Silently taking in the sights, she simply ordered a coffee and sandwich. She says this is one of the most extraordinary events of her life – a life of unimaginable richness and unparalleled experience for a woman.
Her love of God and her spiritual search accompanied this exuberance for life and celebration of vitality, until the search abruptly ended. Her life since this time has been spent in contemplation and stillness, as life’s truest beauty revealed itself all within her exuberance which still remains.
It is her profound wish that people find complete freedom in this incarnation. She is a Master Yogi of the Jnana path (intellect) who will give an impromptu class wherever she is, teaching the spiritual path through the eyes of cultural fusion – through her unique eyes of East and West.
She is a Honours graduate in Art History and Philosophy, and a Patron of the Arts. A trained classical guitarist, she speaks 4 foreign languages and possesses a life-long understanding of the eastern and western spiritual search through her own experience.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu honoured her perspective by becoming Patrons of her foundation in 2006 and 2009.
This incredible and visceral account of her journey dispenses of any notions of glorious bliss and divine ecstasy, as Selima vividly and meticulously details the agony of spontaneous spiritual death.
In this short personal story, Selima Gurtler weaves the passage of her own early life as a solitary cross-cultured child born into a bigoted and racist London in the 1950s and her life search to find herself and to answer the question: “Who am I?”