The path of enlightenment is the pathway home. Those with more awareness can help guide us back to that source. We have a long history of putting “spiritual” teachers on pedestals as opposed to seeing them as our reflection. This leads to an unbalanced co-dependent relationship.
There was a time when I put female spiritual teachers on pedestals. My admiration for powerful women led to me doubting my own intuition. I would put on my rose colored glasses and deny the flaws I recognized within unbalanced perspectives. I did not want to accept the “Goddess” as being anything less than perfect. I would take everything being said as “truth” with a false confidence lacking discernment. Once I decided to take more responsibility for my own inner knowing, I broke the “guru” spell.
Allowing your intuition to be eclipsed by people you admire can lead to you being taking advantage of. This is the foundation of popular “cult culture.” If a teacher reacts with anger because you disagree with something being shared, this is a sure sign of dictatorship. More awareness should to lead to more freedom, not more restrictions and control. Heart based spiritual leaders will respect your choice of free will and allow you the space to come to your own conclusions. After all, experience is the greatest teacher.
The following are a few ways to recognize if your teacher is heart based.
• The Respect of Free Will: Does your teacher share without expectations of you resonating with the lesson? The truth does not need validation. The ego does.
• Soft Eyes: Does your teacher have a soft look within their eyes? The eyes reflect the lightness of the heart. The lighter the heart, the more aware the sage is.
• Honor and Integrity: Does your teacher walk with honor and integrity by treating everyone as a self reflection?
If we want to truly evolve as a collective, we have to let go of the “guru syndrome.” We put too much emphasis on looking outside of ourselves for the answers. A righteous teacher will always lead you back to self for inner discoveries that lead to a higher level of awareness. They will never be ashamed of sharing their stories of failure, disappointment and pain as well as their triumphs. Their teachings will supersede the concept of clinging to a infallible image. No one is perfect and being vulnerable and authentic is a reflection of that truth. The dismantling of spiritual pedestals will alleviate the common flaw of worshiping the messenger and lead more towards focusing on the messages that resonate instead.
By Ascension Lifestyle Writer Jason Hairston
Jason Hairston’s personal desire to become a better human was the catalyst for years of soul searching and reflection which lead to his discovery of many profound self mastery tools. As an international spiritual teacher who incorporates his powerful and successful techniques through speaking, energy healing and self mastery coaching, Jason’s passion for helping other has not only been life changing for those he works with, but for himself as well. He has learned that students teach teachers as much as they learn from them and this realization has created infinite possibilities for transformation in his practice. Through a symbiotic relationship with clients, the necessary tools for personal growth manifest as the healer also becomes healed. By encouraging others to find the strength of wisdom and love that live within experiences of hardship and struggle, the fostering of deep and lasting personal evolution is found.
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