1948 - 2024


Winter 2007

GIST Magazine
Partial view on the campus from "the cave"

In This Issue:

God's Pocket
It All Comes Back To Mental Attitude

Being A Monk

EJ Shares
Crazy Grandmas

Practitioner Letter


EJ Shares - Winter 2007 Issue

Crazy Grandmas

EllenIN THIS SPECIAL century of spiritual awakening where scientists confirm metaphysical wisdom - we truly live in an ageless time. Grandmas are called grandmothers - not because of their apparent age but because they are GRAND MOTHERS, great special beings!

Though my children’s children call me grandma, (actually nonna, in their Italian mother language) they look at me in their mirror of eternal youth. Melissa, my youngest grand child, now 9 and Marcello, the oldest 20, as well as Giacomo 11, Martino 14, Michaela 17 and Mattia 18, everyone of them sees my youthful, alert, happy, dynamic spirit, mind and body. There is no other way for me to be - my divine creation! So we have fun in sending each other e-mails to share our many exciting life experiences and are ONE as everlasting happy kids.

At my visits in Switzerland, it is normal that I run and play in and around the house with them and to participate in their smart youngster games, their unconditional gift to keep me in the flow.

One summer my grandchildren came to visit me here on the UNI-campus. The weather was just as lovely as we are used to enjoy it in golden California - a perfect time to unplug the wires of every day’s obligations and to clown around in the perfectly temperatured outside swimming pool.

The inviting crystal clear water lit in all of my kids the fuse of great excitement as they jumped and splashed around, steaming up their fun water games. Just by watching, they stirred up my playfulness and YES I was ready to kid around with them.

It did not take me long until I too plunged into the water animated by their exuberance. Even jumping in with my clothing - forgetting all about being dressed - I swam, dove, submerged, giggled and laughed and played in uninhibited childlike craziness. Though my soaked shirt and trousers were hanging hefty on me, I did not even think about it as I was having fun.

Until today, my grandchildren call me: the "crazy" grandma who does not know limits and takes life in a playful way.

There are thousands and millions of grandmas like this, who are free spirits, living in the now. Their natural focus is on being themselves, living in a healthy, agile body. Their mind is inspired and guided from within. Their attitude is savored with wit and spontaneous actions while their body reflects their youthful positive thoughts.

I know an 87-year young grandma who just recently bought herself a new horse. It is Peggy’s greatest pleasure to ride.

There are many "crazy" grandmas who live their ageless life. 97 year young Doris, recently sharing my table in a restaurant, tells me - that though a rich medical doctor wanted to marry her, she prefers to live alone in her own 3-bedroom house. To remain in the practice of driving, she drives every day to the stores to run her errands. She loves her own company and is autonomous to family or friends. Her only desire is - she tells me - to learn computer in order to pay her bills on-line.

Phyllis, another fun grandma, in her seventies, recently visited the UNI-campus. The two days she stayed with us, she felt in paradise. Her greatest attraction at the campus was REX, the almost 100 pound Golden Retriever, Dr Beierle’s dog. Rex fell in love with Phyllis and Phyllis fell in love with REX. The show for all of us was at meal times as Rex regally, with perfect manners, sat next to Phyllis, his head just reaching the height of the table. Phyllis and Rex became close buddies, sharing every bite of food together: one spoon for Phyllis, one for Rex, one for Phyllis, one for Rex - both using the same spoon nontheless! Crazy grandmas? Certainly - another nonjudgmental, un-conditional, nonpossessive free spirit!

—Dr Ellen Jermini