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Georgia Gwynne-Gruber Georgia Gwynne-Gruber rapper. screenwriter. devotee.

Georgia Gwynne-Gruber was a rapper/singer in the rock band Weapons before arriving in Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting. Her science fiction trilogy Darklight is presently in development.

I was 21 years old when I was sentenced to nine months in prison for a small recreational drug offense. Less than a year earlier, I’d graduated from Oxford University with a law degree. The irony didn’t escape me.

That seemingly “small” offense changed my entire life. The former Georgia died. Inside prison, she reached a point, inside herself, where the entire human situation seemed pointless. It was a moment of profoundest despair – the space Zen Masters call serenity, the space that must be felt before spiritual practice can truly begin. In that moment, when my fear, sorrow, guilt, remorse, and anger burst their bubble, I was transported to a space where tears of laughter overwhelmed my being until the peace of surrender outshined all the shadows.

It was years later, when I met my Spiritual Teacher Adi Da Samraj, that I realized I’d been given the gift of positive disillusionment. I’d reached a place where I knew in my heart that a conventional life would not be enough to bring me happiness. For true happiness, there had to be realization, and for the realization of happiness to be ultimate instead of fleeting, I would need to learn the art, science, and love that is devotion.

The practice of devotion may be difficult, but the rewards are immeasurable: devotion to serving others, devotion to happiness (not merely seeking happiness, but practicing being happy, regardless of what arises), devotion to spiritual practice, devotion to creativity, devotion to family, devotion to loving when it’s most difficult.

During eight years of globe-trotting as a freelance journalist, and later as a TV producer for an international travel show, I filmed and spent time with spiritual teachers. From those experiences and the ten years I’ve spent in relationship to my own guru, Adi Da Samraj, the thing that stands out about these enlightened teachers is that their happiness, intelligence, wisdom, and ability to positively affect others comes from a deep place of unwavering devotion.

The secret of devotion seems to be a heart willing to surrender to The Great Mystery. When I remember to feel and breathe the Mystery and to be the Mystery, I’m happy, and all kinds of more-than-wonderful events occur. And when I feel happy, I’m in a much better position to help and love others. To be happy and to love … what greater joy is there?

– Georgia Gwynne Gruber

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