The Life-changing Power of Self-enquiry

by | Aug 1, 2018 | Interviews

The Primal Happiness Show, Episode 194, 2018 This week’s show is Eli Jaxon-Bear, the author of An Outlaw Makes It Home. A life long search for freedom took Eli around the world and into many spiritual traditions from a Zen monastery in Japan to a Sufi circle in Marrakesh, among others. His search ended when he was drawn to India (1990) where he met his final teacher, Papaji; a direct disciple of the renowned Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi. Confirming Eli’s realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization. Eli infuses his teaching with his teacher’s living transmission of silence and peace.  He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. His life is dedicated to passing on the transmission of his teacher. Eli founded and currently teaches through The Leela Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization, as well as The Leela School. In this conversation, Eli shared the power of self enquiry – what it is, how it works and what it can help you to discover. As a bonus, Eli has an incredibly fascinating story himself which illustrates what he’s talking about – we explore his time as a revolutionary, LSD and immortal consciousness… It was quite a trip! I’d love to know what YOU think about this week’s show. Let’s carry on the conversation…  please leave a comment below.

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • Knowing oneself is the way to have the most fulfilling and happy life because we’re not consumed with escaping suffering and pursuing pleasure.
  • We aren’t stuffed into these human bodies, we’re immortal consciousness that’s evolved into an array of feeding tubes which are accessorised with an array of arms, legs and antennae! We think we’re special and separate because we’ve developed the ability to be reflective and to think and communicate in complex ways. 
  • Self enquiry is about looking for what’s unchangeable rather than what’s changeable. Eli said “What’s unchangeable is what’s real.”

Listen to the interview:


“When you can recognize who you are not, then there is a possibility to wake up and discover who you really are.”