On our search for spiritual growth, we come across a lot of information. The internet is teeming with spiritual sites, new books are released at higher rates than previously and new “gurus” are popping up everywhere. In lots of ways, this can be a fantastic time for you to be on a pursuit of knowledge. The majority of us have now been trained to find this knowledge outside ourselves. We’ve delegated responsibility for our learning how to others; our parents, our teachers, our boss, the media, or some guru who appears to have all the answers. “Just tell me things to believe” is apparently the mantra of the current knowledge-seeking individual. We search for the one source, the one book, the one philosophy that will give us all the answers. Then we can just relax. We’ll contain it all figured out. But how do we realize who the very best spiritual teacher is? How do we realize who to be controlled by?
There’s a problem with assigning the responsibility of our learning how to others. They’ll always offer their knowledge from their perspective. Especially when it comes to spiritual matters (although certainly not limited by them), another person’s truth is certainly not likely to be your truth.
It isn’t that others don’t have anything of value to teach us. They do. The issue occurs when we turn off our personal brains and take an “all or nothing” approach. Either the individual has nothing of value for people, or we assign them the status of guru and believe everything they say.
Realistically, however, that’s not quite just how it works. Everyone you meet, every book you read, anything that gets your attention has something of value to provide you. Not everything they say will do the job, but there’s always a nugget of truth there for you. You just have to find it. You’re not really searching for anything new. All you should do is remember everything you know, deep down inside.
How will you recognize it? You can feel it. There’s resonance once you hear or read something which rings true for you personally, a rush of energy course in miracles author, an atmosphere in your gut. It feels good. It feels right. And you just know that it’s true for you. Haven’t you ever read something or heard someone speak words that seemed to expressing something you’ve always seemingly known? It’s like they were taking your thoughts and simply organizing them in ways you hadn’t previously had the opportunity to do. It felt like they weren’t really giving you new information, but alternatively reminding you of something you already knew. Which was a bit of your truth.
There is nobody guru, book, website or other things that will give you ALL the answers. No one can give you all the answers, because nobody is having exactly the same experience that you are. We’re all unique individuals, living our personal unique lives, and having our personal unique experiences. And all of us have our personal unique truths, our personal unique group of answers.
With this in your mind, I encourage you to always use your personal guidance to find out which information is right for you personally and which isn’t. You are your personal best spiritual teacher. You may find some information on the web or in books (wherever) that you accept and some that you don’t. Some things will “resonate” with you, you’ll feel it in your gut. This really is you remembering everything you already know. Some things will evoke no reaction at all. Some may evoke an adverse reaction. You may be thinking a few of it is a bit “out there” ;.
I encourage you to take that which resonates with you and leave the rest. Look for whatever sources you’re interested in, be it books, websites or other people. Once you begin to pay attention, you’ll observe that the answers to your questions are typical around you. You may overhear a snippet on radio stations, have a relatively chance encounter at the grocery store or see a write-up in a newspaper that sparks that feeling of resonance, of recognition.
Take those things that resonate with you and leave the rest. There’s nothing wrong with that information, it just isn’t for you personally, or may not be for you personally right now.
You are your personal best teacher. You are alone who knows what’s right for you personally and what isn’t. Listen to that particular inner voice, think on your own and don’t delegate the responsibility of deciding what’s true for you to anyone else.