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On our quest for spiritual growth, we come across a great deal of information. The internet is teeming with spiritual sites, new books are being released at higher rates than ever before and new gurus are popping up everywhere. In many ways, this is a fantastic time to be on a quest for knowledge.
Most of us have been trained to look for this knowledge outside of ourselves. We’ve delegated responsibility for our learning to others; our parents, our teachers, our boss, the media, or some “guru” who seems to have all the answers. “Just tell me what to believe” seems to be the mantra of the modern knowledge-seeking individual. We look for the one source, the one book, the one philosophy that can give us all the answers. Then we can just relax. We’ll have it all figured out.
But there’s a problem with assigning the responsibility of our learning to others. They will always offer their knowledge from their perspective. Especially when it comes to spiritual matters (although certainly not limited to them), another person’s truth is not necessarily going to be your truth.
It isn’t that other people don’t have anything of value to teach us. They do. The problem occurs when we shut down our own brains and take an “all or nothing” approach. Either the person has nothing of value for us, or we assign them the status of guru and believe everything they say.
Realistically, however, that’s not quite the way it works. Everyone you meet, every book you read, everything that gets your attention has something of value to offer you. Not everything they say will work for you, but there’s always a nugget of truth there for you. You just have to find it. You’re not really looking for anything new. All you really need to do is remember what you already know, deep down inside.
How do you recognize it? You can feel it. There’s resonance when you hear or read something that rings true for you, a rush of energy, a feeling 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 be expressing something you’ve always somehow known? It’s like they were taking your thoughts and simply organizing them in a way you hadn’t previously been able to do. It felt like they weren’t really giving you new information, but rather reminding you of something you already knew. That was a piece of your truth.
There is no one guru, book, website or anything else that will give you ALL the answers. No one can give you all the answers, because no one is having the exact same experience that you are. We are all unique individuals, living our own unique lives, and having our own unique experiences. And we all have our own unique truths, our own unique set of answers.
With that in mind, I encourage you to always use your own guidance to determine which information is right for you and which isn’t. You are your own best guru. You may find some information on this site (and others like it) that you agree with and some that you don’t. Some things will “resonate” with you, you’ll feel it in your gut. This is you remembering what you already know. Some things will evoke no reaction at all. Some may evoke a negative reaction. You may think some of it is a bit “out there”.
So, I encourage you to take that which resonates with you and leave the rest. Seek out whatever sources you’re drawn to, be it books, websites or other people. When you begin to pay attention, you’ll notice that the answers to your questions are all around you. You might overhear a snippet on the radio, have a seemingly Chance Encounter at the grocery store or see an article in a magazine 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, or may not be for you right now.
You are your own best teacher. You are the only one who knows what is right for you and what isn’t. Listen to that inner voice, think for yourself and don’t delegate the responsibility of deciding what’s true for you to anyone else.
It’s my sincere wish that as you spend some time on this site, you’ll find resonance with some of the information. But I don’t expect you to agree with everything I write and say. Pay attention to what feels right to you, and leave the rest for others. Pay attention to your truth. Because, you really are the only guru you’ll ever need.