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, and has lived in over 35 homes as of 2017.
As a child, she suffered severe racial prejudice and isolation from the bigotry shown to her parents in London, and endured the damning shame and outcasting from the Britain of that uncompromising era when mixed-marriages were an absolute taboo, and illegal in some countries. During her childhood she would regularly hum AUM and fall into spontaneous samadhi without understanding the profundity of what this would mean to her later in life.
Dislocated as neither a European nor Indian child in London just 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, God and inner peace led her finally to realise the answer to the question, “Who am I?” when she experienced a dramatic spiritual awakening in response to relentless emotional trauma – a dissolution process which took over 4 years to re-integrate as she coped with the monumental re-wiring of her energetic system when the energy field of her illusory self had fallen away.
A Jnana yogi from birth, she is a connoisseur of life and master of the art of poise and elegance, having partied in London, Paris, New York, Milan and Berlin, and has been an irrespressible nomadic explorer from childhood who would think nothing of jumping in a car on a whim and driving across Europe to see the Mistral on the Cote d’Azur – with baby in the back. An attempt to fly round the summit of Everest was vetoed vehemently some years later by the same baby. Equally, she has spent time in the simplest of huts on the Indian subcontinent, the land of her father, and specifically in Bangladesh in its most remote and rural spots.
Her driving passion for adventure, before the days of the Internet and cell-phones, took her to swim with dolphins in the Red Sea and chase marlin in the deep waters off Hemingway’s Africa. She has trekked in the Himalayas and stood on the Great Wall of China – surveying the actual possibility… She has spun her Mustang on the New Jersey Turnpike and steered her car through the Brandenburg Gate just after the Wall came down in a British right-hand-sided Golf – just to see what would happen.
During the Cold War, she crossed underneath Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin in a blacked-out subway through the Russian Sector into East Berlin, and emerged the other side. took in the sights from the other side, and simply ordered a coffee and a sandwich. She says this is one of the most memorable events of her life.
At the time of the Bush administration, she rang up the White House and asked for Bill Clinton’s New York telephone number and was told it immediately (!) and when it comes to presidents, nothing stops her: she refused to vacate the beach when the President of India and his family were visiting her hotel, informing his security that she was quite happy for the esteemed VIP’s family to paddle in front of her, but she planned to swim her daily 2 miles regardless.
She is a honours graduate in Art History and Philosophy, and Patron of the Arts. She trained as a classical guitarist; speaks 4 foreign languages and has a great love of music and art, and possesses a lifelong understanding and knowledge of Western rational thought and Eastern culture, with its mystical and spiritual teachings.
She worked in the Banking Sector, Corporate Marketing and, because of her command of language, she was in demand as a Copy-Writer for the Beauty Industry and other related sectors. She was a Creative Consultant for many charitable projects and artistic endeavours, and these are constant and ongoing.
She has written throughout her life; sometimes professionally, other times for the pure joy or comedy of the written word. She is known for her intellectual and incisive ability to pin down a subtle spiritual concept and minimise its complexity to deliver its exact meaning in uncomplicated terms, both in the written and spoken word. She particularly loves to write poetically to inspire and uplift from suffering into beauty and joy. She has also been a single parent for over 20 years.
Selima feels that her work after realisation is to show, through example, how we can evolve as humans by breaking through social conditioning to discover our magnificent authentic natures and immense energetic power to create an evolved humanity to save our planet. She sees it as a gender-free principle – Selima comments that she happens to be female – this is for man and woman alike – the Ultimate knows no distinction in its boundless joy and abundant expression.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu honoured her perspective by becoming patrons of her Foundation in 2006 and 2009.