Become The Teacher
As your spiritual awareness grows, you’re going to feel led to share your wisdom with other people. You’ll begin to notice, that as you “teach” other people what you know, you’ll be teaching yourself, as well.
As you begin your ministry, you’ll likely discover that the person who benefits the most from your message is you! That was definitely the case when I left the radio industry. Leaving a particular career (and daily schedule) after ten years was quite the jolt. Being able to have a platform (via my blog) to express my thoughts was incredibly therapeutic. I was able to channel the emotions I was experiencing into something that provided value to my readers.
When I first started my spiritual journey, at age 22, I was simply trying to understand all these new ideas. I read book after book, trying to absorb the life experiences of the authors. Most of the authors I read were in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. My main influence at the beginning of my spiritual journey was an author who was in his 60’s. I was essentially downloading 60 years worth of wisdom into a 22-year-old brain.
It took several years—and countless books—before I began to have a comfortable grasp around my spiritual beliefs. In fact, I’m still learning today. I’ll always be learning. That’s another important thing to remember: Just because you’re capable of “becoming the teacher,” you should never forget to remain a student. As long as you keep your mind open, you’ll always be able to process new information. Processing new information gives you new experience. New experience becomes wisdom. Wisdom can be distributed to your “students,” and applied to your own life.
Teaching and learning should be a never-ending cycle. When you teach, you learn. What you learn, you can teach. Learning and teaching should be a never-ending cycle. When you learn, you can teach. When you teach, you learn. Remember the wisdom from Chapter 62 of Follow the White Rabbit? Life is circles.
I believe we’re all destined to be teachers. There will always be someone who’s less-aware than you. Your role in that person’s life is to help them reach higher levels. That’s the purpose of all human relationships: To serve one another—creating mutually-beneficial experiences.
I teach every person who comes into my life. I’ve put a lot of energy into learning how to cultivate consistent joy, peace of mind, and inner strength. Ultimately, I believe that’s what every human is searching for; it’s their reason for being. Many humans don’t realize that this is their reason for being, so I help them awaken to this possibility.
I try to help them understand My Truth: No matter what vehicle you’re using to fill the void (sex, drugs, alcohol, career, relationships), you’re really searching for consistent happiness, peace of mind, and inner strength. I try to help them understand that an appreciation for simplicity is the easiest way to get there. Non-attachment to ego, or the “things of this world” will help you experience this realm—this kingdom.
I invite them to meditate on Paul’s words in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This is my message, My Truth. Your life-experience will lead you to your own wisdom, your own truth. This will become your message. This is what you came here to teach. Share what feels true for you, according to your own experience. Modify your message as your life-experience evolves into “new truths.”
For example: At one point in your life-experience, you may determine that drinking alcohol from time to time is an acceptable truth. As you get older, and your priorities shift, you might discover that you no longer have the desire to drink alcohol. Share the truth of your experience. Explain why it worked for you at one phase of life, but no longer works for you at this phase.
Allow your message to be transparent; it will produce a much more powerful effect than some “sugar-coated” feel-good message. You weren’t born perfect. If you try to teach others by using a “holier than thou” approach, it won’t be effective. Your students will sense your lack of integrity and won’t respect you. The ones who can’t see through your facade will likely reject it anyway—because it seems too hard.
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