How do you not drown in the plethora of information out there and conflicting voices that all claim to have found the way and you ‘should’ follow them? Everyday there is a growing number of people who are educated in what they’ve come to learn as the path of wellness. The more charismatic and certain someone is, the more knowledge they can espouse with fervent conviction, the more they are able to draw numbers of those suffering and less certain about which path to take.
Too many Gurus, Too much confusion.
Almost all the guru’s out there believe in the greater good, doing good and helping others. With influence comes power and that power is a responsibility, to guide people to what is right for them, not that of a personal agenda no matter how noble or altruistic. To get people to grasp within themselves to live congruently with their value system, will in the long term create more global harmony. I’ve seen people twist themselves into a stressful bind to drastically change their diets and lifestyles not understanding the full ramifications to their way of being adapted over decades, their strong emotional ties to foods, rituals and how the drugs in foods serviced addictions brought on by some form of emotional avoidance. Take the drug away without the process to manage that emotional avoidance and you create turmoil and angst that can lead to a different sort of disordered eating and self loathing for not living up to someone else’s idea of how they are meant to be living.
It is often when people are facing a fearfully compelling diagnosis that they are compelled to change overnight, cancer, heart disease, diabetes or a myriad of other debilitating conditions plaguing our affluent culture. Unless the shift is deeper and we get to the cause of our sickness, the imbalance in our thinking that led to the physical behaviour that manifested the illness, the change is still superficial and often temporary. Often if the condition eases due to a change in lifestyle or medication that treats they symptoms people often revert to the very lifestyle that caused the problem in the first place unless they work through what is below the surface creating the imbalanced perspective driving behaviour.
What is it about our culture that seeks out the need to find a guru, an answer outside ourselves? Beyond that we are spawning a culture of people who wish to be guru’s, the internet is teaming with millions of people offering advice to those seeking the answers outside themselves. When the flaws of a guru come to the surface as every guru is intrinsically flawed (unless you are the mythically perfect messiah of some incarnation), the followers seek to find another voice or their ego now speaks to them declaring perhaps they are the new messiah (not just a naughty boy).
I believe the true guru is not one voice but rather two voices that synced create a beautiful harmonious cacophony of reason, beauty, wisdom and intelligence that is so compelling is draws us to it, fills us with insight and wonder. It is ego less, timeless and complete.
It is the voice of nature that is my guru and the guru of those I admire most through history, Emerson, Thoreau, Einstein, Aristotle and Suess. Nature is the one constant with a record of intelligence that is far more complex and wise than any human o collective of humans I’ve observed.
Nature is both my church and teacher, where I go to when I need guidance, the cleaner and more pristine the natural environment the stronger sensation of calm and healing I experience, the more clarity I am able to attain, I am both energized and grounded and humbled. It is easy to sit in a lecture room and allow your ego to expand, I’ve not only done this, I’ve experienced it in many others who are seeking validation in the adoration of others and so the follower and guru get their needs met, it is like a drug for both parties, one who’s sense of power is increased from giving the life force ‘koolaid’ and the one drinking in the drug as they abdicate responsibility for their true education. There is the innate laziness of humans to find the quickest route, don’t teach me how to think just tell me what to think as it is all to confusing to learn all of this myself. I know this well from experience.
Don’t get me wrong, teachers are invaluable. True teachers that teach you how to think versus those that wish to manipulate you by telling you what to think no matter how good their intentions are, they fail you because a gifted teacher will guide you to the answers yourself, to use your incredible gifts of intellect, intuition and instinct. It is the teach a man to fish principle, if you teach people how to think you create independence, if you teach them what to think you create dependence and in many cases sell more products.
When it comes to health the gift lies in learning to be still, listen to your body, get a sense and feel what it is that nature and your environment is communicating to you, what has worked for millennia and how deviating from that is making us sick. largely since we got this notion in our brain that we are smarter than nature and when we don’t like of fully understand how she works, we can change and improve on her system. I all cases creating more problems than existed in the first place.
Gather data by all means but understand without context data is noise, it is only when you take that noise and place it in context, in harmony with the big picture and you have beautiful music to your ears, your mind, your heart and soul. When you learn like this, it is transformative and the gift you present to others in knowledge from this space, without agenda is harmonious with nature, our environment that universally serves the globe, not just one guru or a few followers.