A true spiritual teacher has the realization, the understanding, the aptitude, and the effective means to support others. That combination is rare even among teachers.
My first spiritual teacher of consequence was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I had what had become a rare opportunity to ask him a few questions at the end of a 6 month retreat. It was a powerful experience because his direct attention was like standing in a high wind. This took my mind off-line so there was no one to hear his response. (laughs)
Maharishi’s goal was to awaken the world. To enable that, he set out to get as many people started with a technique for samadhi (TM) as possible (the effective means). He created thousands of technique teachers in all parts of the world and millions learned. But this meant he wasn’t available as a personal teacher. He was a world teacher rather than guru-style.
In the 70’s, research discovered that when 1% of a population began TM, the crime rate, accident rate, hospital admissions and other markers of quality of life took a spike down. In the 80’s, they discovered that when the square root of 1% of a population did advanced practices together, they had the same effect. Not with an intention but by doing their meditation together. They did various experiments around the world to test the formula. Practitioners would gather in places like war zones. When they did their practice together in the region of the conflict, the fighting would end while they were there. But it restarted as soon as they left. Real solutions required a sustainable group.
While this was going on, many others engaged in spiritual practices through many other spiritual groups, adding their own contributions.
The TM organization never developed the support structure to assist with a full unfolding, yet the basic approach and understanding was very effective. Millions transcended and a surprising number have matured and have become very ripe or have shifted. As consciousness continues to rise from more people waking, more are shifting.
It turns out we’re living in a time where it’s more about the collective than the teacher. It is the rising collective that’s bringing awakening. Many are waking up outside any teaching. Some say that the avatar Kalki is coming as the collective, not as a form like Krishna. The experience here is that he’s been present since the 70’s.
We’ve needed people of vision to restore understanding and quality techniques. But they set the direction. They haven’t needed to hold our hands. Now many of the awake are helping to facilitate what a teacher may have done before but without the formal role.
In recent years, a new stage has become clear. A gathering of people in Unity+ stage. Not doing anything in particular – just sitting together, amplifying each other’s presence. We might call this the Enlightenment effect. In time, groups will gather to help raise the whole and sustain it.
But again, this is a collective. It’s through coming together that the fullness of light will descend. The messiah is us.