You can’t think yourself into a more spiritual and meaningful experience of your life. Classes offered by “spiritual teachers” are great primarily for one purpose; expanding the mind. In that purpose, they are inspirational and beautiful catalysts to the ever- expanding personal journey of the individual. However, both the teachers and the students falter when the subject involves any kind of qualitative or blanket statements about the peculiarities of how this awakening can/does/or will occur in an individual. It is the nature of being a student that causes one to immediately judge one’s own success or failure to the examples given, or to the personal philosophies of a particular teacher. If a student’s personal process is not in alignment with what is being “taught”, then self-doubt, the great destroyer of intuition and expansive thought, creeps in.
In my past I have heard questions in classes from students who are already connected to the spiritual realm (obvious by the stories of experiences shared in class) who raise a hand to make sure the way messages, images, etc are received is “okay”. I am crestfallen when I hear a teacher express doubt to such individuals. I am equally disappointed to witness such a bright and enlightened student hand over their power, in a sense, to such a teacher. A student will jump into his or her head to scan the experience, comparing it to what he/she has been taught, and then decide whether it was a valid experience. One step forward, two steps back.
Spirituality isn’t mathematics. In math class we need to learn how to run formulas and equations a certain way, most of the time, in order to come up with the proper number. The teaching of spiritual awareness must allow for the individual’s learning style as well as the particular way of intuitively knowing that is most natural to that individual, no matter how separate from the teacher’s experience it may be. The more “rules” a teacher spews forth, the more blocks to success/growth are created for their students.
We are deeply invested as a society in believing that amazing skills and talents only come about, if they come about at all, through either an innate in-born tendency of which we are immediately aware, or a complicated process and hard work. We just love to expound on the virtues of hard work and studying! Here is what I know: the more that people can learn to understand their own minds, bodies, and behaviors–the more they can become self-aware–the better they will become at tapping into intuition and inner wisdom. Once individuals learn to tap into and to trust the intuitive side, then the “hold” and influence that certain teachers, teachings, and truly anyone will have will be greatly lessened. It is then that an expansive and enlightened experience of life can begin.
I am honored and enlightened every day by those who share their journeys with me.