On our quest for spiritual growth, we come across a lot of information. The internet is teeming with spiritual sites, new books are hitting theaters at higher rates than ever before and new “gurus” are popping up everywhere. In lots of ways, this can be a fantastic time for you to be on a quest for knowledge. Most of us have now been trained to consider 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 seemingly have all the answers. “Just tell me things to believe” appears to be the mantra of the modern knowledge-seeking individual. We search for the main one source, the main one book, the main one philosophy that may give people the answers. Then we are able to just relax. We’ll contain it all figured out. But how do we realize who the most effective spiritual teacher is? How do we realize who to be controlled by?
There’s a problem with assigning the responsibility of our learning to others. They’ll always offer their knowledge from their perspective. Especially in regards to spiritual matters (although definitely not restricted to them), another person’s the fact is definitely not going to be your truth.
It isn’t that other folks don’t have anything of value to instruct us. They do. The problem occurs when we shut down our own brains and take an “all or nothing” approach. Either the individual has nothing of value for us, or we assign them the status of guru and believe everything they say.
Realistically, however, that’s nearly the way it works. Everyone you meet, every book you read, everything that gets your attention has something of value to supply you. Not everything they say will meet your needs, but there’s always a nugget of truth there for you. You have to find it. You’re certainly not searching for anything new. Whatever you should do is remember what you already know, deep down inside.
How do you recognize it? You are able to feel it. There’s resonance when you hear or read something which rings true for you personally, a rush of energy, a sense in your gut. It feels good. It feels right. And you only know that it’s true for you. Haven’t you ever read something or heard someone speak words that appeared to expressing something you’ve always seemingly known? It’s like they were taking your thoughts and simply organizing them in a way you hadn’t previously had the oppertunity to do. It felt like they weren’t really giving you new information, but alternatively reminding you of something you already knew. That has been a piece of your truth.
There is no one guru, book, website or whatever else that provides you with ALL the answers. No one can give you all the answers course in miracles books, because no one is having exactly the same experience that you are. We are all unique individuals, living our own unique lives, and having our own unique experiences. And most of us have our own unique truths, our own unique pair of answers.
With this in your mind, I encourage one to always use your own guidance to find out which information is right for you personally and which isn’t. You’re your own best spiritual teacher. You may find some information on the internet or in books (wherever) that you accept and some that you don’t. Some things will “resonate” with you, you’ll feel it in your gut. This really is you remembering what you already know. Some things will evoke no reaction at all. Some may evoke a poor reaction. You may be thinking a few of it is really a bit “out there” ;.
I encourage one to take that which resonates with you and leave the rest. Look for whatever sources you’re drawn to, be it books, websites or other people. Once you begin to pay attention, you’ll notice that the answers to your questions are typical around you. You could overhear a snippet on radio stations, have a relatively chance encounter at the supermarket or see a write-up in a newspaper that sparks that feeling of resonance, of recognition.
Take those issues that resonate with you and leave the rest. There’s nothing wrong with that information, it just isn’t for you personally, or may not be for you personally right now.
You’re your own best teacher. You’re the only one who knows what is right for you personally and what isn’t. Listen compared to that inner voice, think yourself and don’t delegate the responsibility of deciding what’s true for you really to anyone else.