As I wrote about recently, many things in life require action. Life is movement and flow. It requires activity to be sustained. We need to breathe, to eat, to consume, to move to live. If we want to move forward, more is required. We often need to experiment and seek advice for best ways of doing to get a certain result.
But if we’re planning to express higher values into life, we need a different approach that’s not driven by action. Spirituality is about being rather than doing. If we come to spiritual teaching as a person wanting results and fulfillment, we’ll entangle spirituality in our shadows.
Too many people have taken spiritual roles way too soon, before they’ve matured and cleaned house. Sure, a shift can be very inspiring and something we want to share. But we can do that as a friend without taking on the responsibility of a mantle prematurely.
Most people have deep, long-term traumas that cast a shadow over their lives and recreate circumstances repeatedly. This may show up as being regularly unheard, angry, abandoned, or whatever. It’s better to resolve this before acting it out with students.
If we learn to heal and surrender more deeply, we can more fully be a vessel of the Divine. Then we can allow the Divine to lead the process. When the higher calling comes, one of two things will happen. We’ll start acting to support it without realizing what’s unfolding right away. Or it will be quite obvious and overt. But when being rules, it can unfold more innocently and naturally.
I can use myself as an example. When I was younger, I had some expectation of becoming a teacher. Both my parents taught in university and I presumed a similar path. It was “in my blood.” Yet academics didn’t appeal. When I was exposed to a decent approach to spirituality, I became inspired to become a teacher. I learned to teach meditation and give philosophical talks.
However, that life was not supported in several ways. I tried for a while anyway but the signal got stronger. It became clear there was karma in the way. I finally let it go.
I later saw people get entangled in “spiritual” roles, acting out their stuff on students. Whole organizations can be entangled in the leaders stuff. Or there can be self-reinforcing group memes that entangle students. Beware the musts and shoulds.
Around the time I woke up, I got an unexpected calling to write and soon began blogging. Although I took awhile to clue in to what was unfolding, it was well supported. It soon became clear this was the right process. But I remained low-key as the old karmic pattern around teaching still showed itself occasionally.
Unexpectedly, academics arose and I got my grad degree, consolidating my education. As usual, there were many dynamics included in that process that helped clean up the past and move things forward. But further academics were not supported then.
In the fall of 2017, I spoke at SAND for the second time. During questions, a fellow from Malaysia referred to me as a teacher and I corrected him, saying I was a writer and that teaching is a skill some don’t have.
Yet now, with the advent of Higher Love, a close friendship has catalyzed many events. This is partly due to spiritual resonance and complementary energies. But also ancient past life connections bringing very old baggage to the surface to be cleared. I’ve not kept up with all the things that have recently shifted – both in the outer life and deep within. (laughs)
At the same time, a new law of nature has awoken. This and the above are calling for more use of the voice. Further, I’ve been called by multiple sources to teach effortless meditation again. And I’m moving across town this week. None of this was anticipated. I’m sure there will be more news to come. 🙂