Hi folks … I hope you’ve joined the village by signing up on my email list? Let’s keep the theme of everyday, ordinary, unassuming gurus going, okay? Here’s one:
Question it all
My student became my guru. Karen told me she was very gullible. If someone told her something was true, she believed him or her.
I asked Karen if she knew what caused gullibility, and she said, “naivety.” Well, that was a great answer, but I explained to her that it was her unwillingness to investigate. She preferred to assume everyone only spoke the truth rather than expend the energy to go deeper.
Karen pondered my response for a moment and replied, “I think I am intimidated. I don’t dare investigate because I fear being rejected if I find he is wrong and I say something.
I explained to Karen that if she was to grow into the person she dreams of being, then she was going to have to learn to “question it all” – even question the belief you are holding onto that has you fear being rejected. The thought that other people’s thoughts about you can harm you is silly. They can’t harm you unless YOU allow them to.
“What scares you about being rejected?”
“What is the rejection saying about you, according to your belief system?”
Karen, with absolute clarity, said – “I think I run away from any kind of pain. In fact that’s why I try nothing new, and am bored with my life. I hate feeling inferior and pain makes me feel inferior.”
Wow! That right there was a great lesson for me. Karen had become my everyday, ordinary, unassuming guru with that one statement.
There was a time when I ran away from anything that gave me pain – especially failure. During those times, I got very little done when it come to growth and development. I sacrificed growing to avoid feeling inferior. And not growing intensified that very feeling! I am glad that Karen reminded me of those days so that I may avoid thinking that way anymore.
“Bring it on,” I now say. “I can handle it. And if I can’t, I will come up with a way.”
Ask yourself, “What’s this got to do with me?”
I suspect if you probe deep enough and question everything, you’ll find a fabulous lesson in this.
Blessings and Love, Rob
Ps All of your emotions are forces of energy that are under your command – take charge! By the way, have you signed up on my email list yet – lot’s of extra stuff will be coming your way.