Recognize the Other Person Is You: Yogi Bhajan’s First Sutra for the Aquarian Age

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Editor’s note: Updated June 2018 for clarity and additional resources.

In the video below you can watch part of a lecture I gave on the Kundalini master Yogi Bhajan’s Five Sutras for the Aquarian Age.

This video features my talk on the first sutra: Recognize the Other Person Is You.

This is a very powerful message today as issues of separation are brought to the surface. As you apply this sutra in your own life you can come to realize that what you admire in others is a part of yourself that may not be developed or expressed yet.

You may come to understand that what you don’t like in others is a disowned part of your own shadow.

Watch this video for guidance on how to release separation in your relationships to others. Keep reading for further guidance on how to heal separation and recognize the other person is you.

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  1. “when the student is ready, the professor will appear” or in this case, the lesson that I needed for today… Thank you so much for sharing this powerful message, Gabrielle. I have been struggling for the last days with a sense of disconnecting, and couldn’t switch off this envious hatred mood against some people, but now, I feel inspired, relaxed and feeling oneness again.

  2. I love this. Reminds me of a class I took where the teacher explained that in one part of Africa, people greet each other by saying “hello, good morning” and the person who responds says, “I see you.” Imagine if we took the time to actually see the people who surround us.. We would be so much more united.

  3. Speaks volumes with few words. Have been practicing this after I heard you mention this in reference to someone trying to help you at the copy machine. “She is me” you heard. It softens everything. Thank you Gabby.

  4. This is the biggest most profound truth for all of us and the entire world.

    Way To Go Gabrielle


  5. Thank you Gabrielle ! I was just reading about this in Spirit Junkie ! Before I was afraid of the spiritual part because it has been used in so many wrong ways but deep down I’ve always known that we are all ONE ! So as you shine I see the light in me as well ! Namaste 😉

  6. Beautiful…and powerful. I’m inspired to make every effort to look at each person who is ‘assigned’ to me – for a moment or a lifetime – and say, “I see that you are me. I pray that you have everything I want for myself”. Thank you.

  7. This is powerful! I find myself turning away from eye contact so much, but I feel challenged and inspired to begin connecting. Thank you for this beautiful message of light <3

  8. This is so beautiful. I have been listening to it over and over all morning. It reminds me that not only is the other person that I am having difficulties with me, but there is a reason we have been drawn into each other’s lives. What great understanding will arise from the reflection we see of ourselves in each other–if only we open our eyes?

  9. Thanks for sharing this. This message caught me right in the middle of being upset with a close friend.

    But thanks to your timely message I was able to see myself in her and the anger faded just as quick as it came on.

  10. Hi Gabby

    that was a great talk in just a few minutes, you have made me realise how I was not projecting love and light to someone, Its hard this spiritual path, thankyou.

    love and light angela 🙂 xx

  11. You are a light and love.I accept the challenge and will work on connection with other and see the other person is me.. I am very grateful for the powerful message. Thank you, Lisa

  12. Dear Gabrielle

    I read your book ” May cause miracles” and is an amazing experience because I have been so broken in my life, I want to be just myself but I attached my hole life to false protections and never have an effective relationship and want to have one that fulfill my life. I would like to ask you if you ever will be in CT.

  13. Wow…that was…something. Made me really emotional. I thought about all of the times when I didn’t look long enough at people because I was afraid of them getting too close to me. I also remember actually looking a new friend in the eyes and opening up completely, and us connecting instantly…as if we were old friends. It was quite amazing. Something I’m working on. Good stuff Gabby.

  14. Gabby! I love you! Your book ‘fell off the shelf’ and now I follow you regularly. I am loving your blogs but this one was so powerful and I think the hardest work of all. I have an in law that I must practice this with ASAP and I know it will help…b/c on some level I had done it before with him, but lost my love and patience for him, and oneness, clearly.
    I can’t wait to meet you in July in NYC- bringing my husband as our anniversary gift. Bless you! Xoxo Gilly

  15. Gabby, I love hearing you speak your truth. Your authenticity shines through more and more. Love this and love you! xo

  16. That was beautiful, I think I saw this at the perfect moment tomorrow I have to train staff that will work with newly arrived refugee children form around the world. I was looking for away so say exactly this. Thank you for sharing and giving me the words I was searching for.


  17. Thank you Gabby. Your vlogs and books are so helpful. They are such a great reminder to me. Stay connected, be easy and go with the flow. I am so grateful to have come across your website.

  18. Hi Gabby,
    Such an important message and I thank you. Your work means the world to me and I’m working really hard to get past emotional blocks and hardships. The trouble that I’m having right now is in separating from a “special” person- my husband and I are separating, despite prayers that we could heal together, and I’m having the worst time accepting and dealing with the separation, the loss of him in my life, and the acceptance of this situation. I feel myself falling into a spiral and don’t want to go down those roads again. I keep re-reading all the things that you say about relationships in Spirit Junkie and MCM but I’m in this place of feeling “stuck” and emotionally in such pain and kind of an inability to accept it. Your work has helped me tremendously and I hope you may have some additional help for me in this matter. Maybe someone else out there has the same question <3
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything that you do. So much love to you. <3 <3 <3

  19. This is so powerful! As I think and reflect on it, I realize that if we all lived like this, it would change the world. Thank you so much for sharing this clip! Is there any way to access the rest of the talk that you did?

  20. Goodness. Here I am cooking dinner for my 8 year old son while I am checking out this Vlog.
    HELLO! Emotional openness at its finest.
    Thank you, from my heart.

  21. Ahh Gabby 🙂 ! this was so good. really made me smile and laugh. I love how you suggested the tools to test drive, it makes this very beautiful spiritual concept into a practical and very possible application into my day. sending you love from israel!

  22. Thanks Gabby for your work.
    I had a colleague at work who I absolutely could not stand. I had to do a lot of work to love her and accept her from a distance without telling her anything and I can tell you the relationship is soo much better. We are not best friends but she doesn’t stir up crazy emotions in me any more.

  23. Thank you so much Gabby! As usual your words are amazing and transforming. I have been practicing my ability to see why some people really make me angry or mad.. And once you realize it is because of some hidden traits of yours you are ashamed of – most of the time – it releases the relationship from tension and brings more love to others and yourself. Thanks

  24. Sorry if it’s a duplicate, I posted a comment earlier but it seems it did not work.
    Thank you so much for your work and your words Gabby. They are so transformative…
    I have been trying to see the other in me as you say and it is life changing. When you realize that what bothers you in other is actually a shadow part of yourself you can release all tensions in the relationship and bring more love to the other person and yourself.

  25. Thank you so much for being brave enough to venture the world teaching others wisdom that is not well established in the western side of the world. I think we need it, but speaking for myself, I need it. Much love and appreciation, Namaste. I use your teachings in my own life, and try my best to apply them well.
    Keep doing your thing! Your inspiration will serve as inspiration in other peoples life’s, the next generation ( as I am apart of it).

  26. This such a beautiful vlog thank you so much for sharing, your work really inspires me every day to live a much happier life xx

  27. Absolutely beautiful! I just started ACIM and some of it can be tough to wrap my ego centered mind around. I am so grateful for this practical loving message that sums up the most important part so perfectly. Xo

  28. Hi Gabby,

    I saw u on SSS with Mastin who’s emails I have subscribed to for a while now. After seeing you speak with Oprah I thought I’d check your vlogs out. This is the first one I came across and loved what you had to say, in about a space of 5 days I have watched a lot of your content. Last night I bought spirit junkie and am only 20 pages in and feel like I am reading the story of my life so far. Thank you for writing this book, i am very greatful for finding it especially right now in my life.I cannot wait to read on! Much love, Sarah

  29. Came at a moment where I’m really struggling with my boyfriend (possibly not my boyfriend anymore just had another huge fight – and this is probably the end of us) – saw your link in my AstroTwins horoscope and you’re totally right. He is me and I am him. The roots of the issues we have are the same and stem from the same abuse we have suffered in our lives. But it feels like while I am trying evolve and be better than who I am today and was in the past, he isn’t and I get pulled down in the wave of anger he brings my way. Its so frustrating. I don’t know what to do because I love him. I can see how incredible we are and can be if we could just BE. Just be happy. Just support each other. I responded to his anger last night with anger this morning and….idk. I don’t know how to continue on like this and at the same time I don’t want to not be with him. i feel lost.

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