Be Your Own Guru, The Answers Are Within You (where the hell else would they be??)
I recently decided to do something pretty radical in my life (even for me). It’s something that might not seem like a big deal to lots of folks, but it’s rattled the structure of my inner landscape enough that I feel compelled to write about it. I know the pay-off will be huge, but it’s still like, woah, here I go: I’ve taken off the training wheels and have, for the moment, stopped listening to spiritual teachers altogether (one in particular that has helped shape a lot of my ideas about myself, the world around me, and the Universe at large), and am blazing a new path for myself towards following the clear signal of my own inner guidance.
Don’t get me wrong: one of my favorite things about this time in history is that there is such an abundance of teachers who are preaching a message of unconditional love, alignment with source energy, and living happily ever after. Certainly, I have discovered many wise sages along my path, and certainly, they have offered tons of benefit in helping me figure shit out, get my priorities straight, and most of all, realize that I’m not totally crazy in having some of the experiences I’ve been having.
But as with any guidance that is coming from the outside, there is a point at which it starts to limit us; as much as we “resonate” with it, or find benefit in applying whatever we have studied, it’s still inferior, simply because it’s not our own. I have always taken great pride in my resolve to be my own sovereign being, formulate my own opinions, and conduct my own experiments, but recently found myself in a bit of a situation where I became too dependent on the teachings of one particular channeled being. Now, this particular teacher has always made it clear that the ultimate goal of their work is to help turn people on to their own guidance (not blindly follow their teachings), and since they have never offered me any poison kool-aid or tried to steal money out of my bank account, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. Yet, I still found my inner voice playing the question over and over again, “What would they say/do?” or “What would they think about this situation?” Instead of navigating the waters of an experience with the clarity own intuition, I’d relinquish my own guidance for the guidance of a teacher.
I think we are all looking for answers on how to best go about our life experience, and sometimes we get used to looking for those answers from the people around us who seem to have everything figured out. But as one of the greatest spiritual teachers of all time once said, “If you see the Buddha in the road, shoot him.” No matter how wise they may be, all the gurus and healers and shamans and philosophers and sages and sacred texts in the world are no substitute for the perfection of your direct connection to Spirit, source energy, God—whatever you want to call it. So please, don’t listen to me. Conduct your own experiments. Have your own experiences. Be your own Guru, the answers are within you.
With love and mischief,