Focused Glow: Gita Posselt
During those chaotic years nature was where she found comfort and fun. “Nature was my playground. I would cry when it was time to come inside.” She loved learning and was interested in poetry and philosophy but didn’t go on to the university. “Nobody ever asked me what I wanted to be or do,” she says. She was resourceful and creative, finding work, whether it was selling to the local hospital bouquets of wildflowers she’d picked or working in horticulture, learning the art of grafting roses. She trained in secretarial skills and worked for executives in the garment business. After marrying she went back to school to become a chemical assistant and worked in cancer research at the University of Hamburg.
She and her husband left Germany in 1963, coming first to Illinois and later to Ann Arbor in 1968. Gita began waking up, asking big questions around this time…”Why am I here? What am I meant to do and be?” She took a yoga class at the Y taught by Barbara Linderman and they became close friends. After a professor she met at a party suggested she read the Bhagavad Gita, noting the connection to her name, she devoured the book and was thrown into an altered state. Gita summarized the message succinctly: All the answers are inside. She began to meditate, and teach hatha yoga for 8 years. At a yoga retreat she met her first teacher, Swami Pranananda. She was soon after initiated into a Vedantic tradition.
By now Gita and her husband were living on a 44 acre farm they’d purchased in 1972. They called it Goldenrod Farm. They reforested the cornfield with 4900 conifers, had a pond dug, grew their own food and lived as a spiritual community. Her husband became a student of Swami Muktananda. After ten years Gita decided to leave her spiritual teacher. She met her next mentor during a nine year environmental fight. It got her active in local politics. She was distributing literature door to door and intrigued by this one home in the woods with many birdhouses in the yard. Years later she found out she had met a shaman in disguise. He had cowboy boots, a bald head and just sitting with him would transport her. In her living room stands a beautiful wooden sculpture that he has carved. When I asked his name, she said, “I call him Shams,” who was Rumi’s teacher.
Gita is retired now, lives in Saline just 15 miles from Goldenrod Farm, which she and her daughter manage. Gita has four wonderful grandchildren whom she adores. With many decades of spiritual practice under her belt, she wishes to serve during this time of transition on the planet. “I’m here to help with whatever it takes.”
Whether that’s getting involved in politics or just beaming joy, Gita’s sense of purpose is in alignment with New Myth Works, to making the world more conscious.
By Sandra Finkel