About Renate

Wholeness creates the force of life.

Some years ago, I walked inside the Nidaros Cathedral, a grand cathedral in Trondheim in the middle of Norway. The high arched ceiling, the massive stone walls, and the beautiful stained glass windows made me pause. The dimensions of this ancient stone structure are designed to make people like me fall into a state of peace. Through many centuries, the cathedral has stood, while history unfolded outside its thick walls. Amidst the stone columns, I discovered that there are two experiences of time: Outside, seconds rushed swiftly by. Inside the walls, time did not exist. All that existed was timelessness.

Outside the walls, I lived a hurried life, running more than walking. Inside the walls, I sat on the benches to rest in the light streaming from the colorful glass windows. As I sat there, I could feel life unfolding at a timeless pace. I caught glimpses of something precious, something that vanished as quickly as I had found it. The experience slipped through my fingers as I stepped out of timelessness and back into the rush!

In the years that followed, I sought out places that brought back the sense of timelessness. In those moments when I succeeded in being in stillness, I could slide into an experience of just being. Raindrops fell to the ground, grass swayed in the wind, and trees stood still in the forest. Even though I had seen raindrops, grass, and trees before, I had never seen them through the lens of timelessness. The world became completely silent, simultaneously filled to the brim with life. I could feel the raindrops on my skin, smell the grass, and see the bright green leaves on the trees come alive. It was as if I were born into life anew. All thoughts ceased to whirl, my breath calmed, and I fell completely at peace within myself.

With much practice, I brought timelessness into my everyday life. It no longer occurred in fleeting moments but wove itself in as the main ingredient in my life. Gradually, the experience of timelessness became a sense of vibrant presence within me that I hadn't known before. I suddenly understood that timelessness wasn't something external; it was a state of peace within myself. Silence became my inner center, transforming my life.

This is what I learned:

  • Wholeness

The sacred feeling I found inside the cathedral emerged because I felt whole. It's inherent in the word "holy" - whole. We live such hectic lives that we often overlook what lies just beneath our own surface. When we feel whole in the moment, a sacred sensation arises where we are one with everything. We are not just our thoughts; we also consist of emotions, sensations in our bodies, and our minds. By choosing to live through wholeness, you choose to accept life exactly as it is.

  • Balance

Our four dimensions - body, thoughts, emotions, and soul - need to be in balance for wholeness to arise. This gives rise to something we can call congruence. When we are congruent, all four dimensions move in the same direction. If we are incongruent, we diverge in all directions. Congruence occurs when we are in balance; both physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. This creates a flow, completely free from blockages.

  • Life force

The life out there and you are one and the same - not separate from each other. Life is not something outside of yourself. You and life are one. The life force is found as a living force in the moment. I call it the sense of being. You can feel your own being; your own presence as a tangible force in the body. When you are present in the moment, timelessness enters. When timelessness enters, thoughts fall away. That's when you can feel that you are truly alive.

In the years that followed, I began teaching others to discover timelessness. Through all the experiences I went through, I discovered that many people sleep through their own lives. Many complain about the world, but continue recreating the same problems year after year. But you, who are here, want something different. You are on a quest for something else because you deeply feel that there is something more in life. You want to discover what happens when you truly take yourself and your own needs seriously. The moment you start listening inward, you discover that you are something more. You have timelessness within you that opens the door to a sacred place. You have potential within you that longs to be set free.

However, we all encounter blockages. They can arise in the body, in the mind, in our emotions, and on the soul level. We limit ourselves in various ways. In Buddhism, we learn that suffering arises when we attach too strongly to something; we humans struggle to let go. But when we enter the timeless state, we master the art of letting go. We release everything that is out there for a moment. In the tales of Green Tara, a female Buddha, she would remove blockages through love and compassion. By being present in the moment with an open heart, small miracles happen. Fear disappears. Restlessness dissipates. Thoughts find rest. The experience of living in flow fills us. It changes our perception of the physical world; the Earth we live on. Our Gaia.

When I was searching for a name for my business, the words Tara Gaia emerged from nowhere. 

Tara Gaia stands for living holistically in connection with nature, allowing balance to emerge and then letting the life force flow freely. My work is based on the understanding that:

Wholeness creates the force of life.

As we learn to see ourselves as creatures that co-create the world, we open up to understand that the whole world is interconnected. In the tales of Green Tara, we learn that there are 21 Taras; each with different colors and qualities. Throughout millennia, different people have focused on each Tara in isolation. We do the same when we single-mindedly focus on a fixed idea. We cling to it as if it is the only idea that exists. But we can open ourselves at any time to see new perspectives - and gain new ideas. Instead of focusing on a single side, we lift our gaze and see that the one side belongs to a diamond with many facets. Light enters from many sides simultaneously, and we can see the rainbow with all its colors. The 21 Taras together create the rainbow, forming a holistic Tara. Namely, Tara Gaia. Tara means a female Buddha. Buddha means "The Awakened." Tara Gaia means the Awakened World. 

When we get locked into our thoughts, we find ourselves stuck in the illusion they create. But when we look beyond, a deeper insight arises. This opens up for a holistic awareness. We are aware of our own wholeness. It leads to an experience of being whole, connecting with a timelessness that makes us realize we are much larger than our thoughts. It's not about religion for me - but about pausing and embracing life - and then merging with the experience of life entirety.

The experience of being embodied in wholeness led me to create a program to study holistic consciousness. Because all parts are interconnected within a greater whole, we study humans and the world by examining the interplay that occurs when we view the world through many lenses simultaneously. We explore the facets that arise when larger patterns come together - creating holistic consciousness.

So, what is holistic consciousness? Imagine an elephant covered with a blanket. Someone comes in to study the trunk, but doesn't see the rest of the elephant. Someone sees the tail, but doesn't see the trunk. But when we remove the blanket covering the elephant, we see all the parts at once. We can see the whole. Then we have holistic consciousness!

With my heart, welcome!