Eli Jaxon-Bear. · Rating details · ratings · 12 reviews. Your true nature is happiness and bliss. Ramana Maharshi Everyone wants to be happy. This is a. Eli Jaxon-Bear is an American spiritual teacher and author. He lives in Ashland, Oregon with His first writings and teachings on the Enneagram emerged in He was a keynote speaker at the first International Enneagram Conference at. I would direct anyone who wants to know the Enneagram in detail to read From Fixation to Freedom: The Enneagram of Liberation by my teacher Eli Jaxon-Bear.

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Eli Jaxon-Bear born Elliot J. Zeldow in is an American spiritual teacher and author. He lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife, fellow spiritual teacher Gangaji. Poonjainhe was best known for his work on the spiritual dimension of the Enneagram.

Following his meeting with Poonjaji he continued to teach, carrying his teacher’s message to the West. Jaxon-Bear was born in Brooklyn, New York.

He attended the University of Pittsburghgraduating in In he was part of a group of students who went to Montgomery, Alabama to take part in the civil rights marches. Finally, I had to give my life fully to getting on the bus for freedom without a thought of getting off. He was part of the student strike committee that shut down the university in Jaxon-Bear’s eighteen-year spiritual path began after the May Day Protestswhen he became a federal fugitive during the Vietnam War.

As he described, “I was brought face-to-face with death. Through grace, I passed to the other side: I awoke to the truth of my own nature as empty, immortal consciousness. Also during that time, he studied the ancient Sufi wisdom teachings of the Enneagram. His first writings and teachings on the Enneagram emerged in His talk was entitled “The Enneagram and Self-Realization”.

Poonjawho is called “Papaji” by his followers. A few months later, he took his wife, Antoinette Varner, to meet Papaji. She too became a devotee and Papaji named her Gangaji. Jaxon-Bear’s teaching focuses on the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization.

Today, Jaxon-Bear offers the living transmission of silence received from his teacher Papaji. He also helps students address egoic identification using the Enneagram as a vehicle for self-inquiry and realization of true freedom. What Papaji called “stopping the mind,” Jaxon-Bear called “ending the fixation. It shows the veiling of pure, pristine consciousness by habits of egoic identification. The second volume of Wake Up and Roar followed in The Enneagram of Liberation [14] to reflect the evolution of his teaching of the Enneagram in light of his teacher’s transmission.


Poonja, a fully awakened satguru called Papaji. Ina new edition of Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with Papaji was released by New Morning Books. Jaxon-Bear established the Leela Foundation, a c 3 non-profit organization. The organization offers events, books, videos, audios, and outreach programs dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization.

They spent their first five years together living on a small farm in Bolinas, California. Inthey were married in a cave in Haleakala Crater on Maui.

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In OctoberJaxon-Bear admitted to his wife Gangaji that he had recently ended a three-year affair with an adult female student who was at the time employed as the executive director of his organization, the Leela Foundation.

After a brief separation, Jaxon-Bear and Gangaji reconciled in December In Octoberhe disclosed the extramarital relationship to the Gangaji Foundation jaxoon of directors and staff. The repercussions of this betrayal are reverberating in ways that were never imagined, but are very painful. The deepest truths do not excuse or justify our failures and betrayals as human beings.

Gratefully though, without minimizing or spiritualizing the damage done, love remains and sustains all. It is only in love that we can truly meet the pain that comes with being human.

Ever more so, we can commit ourselves to the compassion that love provides and to tell the truth more clearly and honestly to others and ourselves. Following the disclosure, Jaxon-Bear publicly apologized for the pain he had caused his wife, the woman he became involved with, and his community. At that time, Jaxon-Bear resigned from teaching. He and Gangaji held open meetings to heal the wounds experienced in their spiritual community, as well as holding retreats on the subjects of disillusionment, betrayal and relationship.

Subsequently, in an interview with Bertrand Coquoz of Wegweiser Magazin in Germany, Jaxon-Bear said of his affair, “My worst mistake thus far in this flawed life was allowing myself to be in an intimate relationship with two women at the same time.

They were the two loves of my life and they both loved me deeply and truly.

But it was an impossible situation for all three of us. I caused suffering to the two people that I loved most deeply. That first mistake led to my lying about my affair. This was a enneagraam mistake.

I had never lied to my partner over our thirty years together and it was a terrible mistake. It was shocking to see that I was capable of this. Bearing having caused suffering and falling into the trap of lying was the greatest pain that I have ever experienced in my life. It burned a holy fire in a place that had not yet burned.


As I tried to satisfy my obligations to both my partner and my lover I continued to make many mistakes. Injaxin suffering severe bone pain, Jaxon-Bear was diagnosed with last stage multiple myelomajaxkn severe form of blood cancer that attacks the bones.

He underwent surgery for multiple fractures of his spine and participated in an experimental treatment protocol that included tandem stem cell transplants at the Myeloma Institute in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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