Hello fellow tribe member of the “ordinary guru seeker community.” I thought I’d take on the role of just an ordinary kinda guru with Tom, and share it with you. I received this email from Tom, and with his permission I am sharing my answer.
I don’t have an ordinary guru story to tell you yet, but I would like to turn you into an unassuming guru for a moment by asking you this: What is meant by the saying, “There is no other teacher but yourself?” If that’s the case, then are we our own best unassuming gurus? I appreciate how you explain things. That’s why I’m asking you.
Thank you, Tom L
Let’s make this the topic of the Monday blog. Yes it is spoken often that all real growth starts from the inside out, meaning that no matter what you learn from others, at some point you have to be your own guru and teach it to yourself a second time so it sinks in.
Whenever you hear something new and then accept it as true (that’s inside work), it becomes part of your belief system and has an impact on your personality. The process of growth and development through upgrading our beliefs is ever-evolving in each of us, and ever-unfolding in our personalities.
The child drops his identity as a crawler as he begins to see himself as a walker. He is taking on a new belief (perhaps his parents encouraged), but for it to finally sink in, the child had to do inside work and visualize it happening.
The child drops his identity and creates something new many times over as he nears the tween-age years, and again he drops that identity as he becomes a rebellious teen, and then a young adult, a fully functioning adult and finally a wise elder. It seems we die a thousand deaths as we evolve through the years, and all of the dying begins on the inside.
As we change our perspective of ourselves, growing from infancy to a wise elder (hopefully), we also change our point of view about the world in which we live. The purpose is to get a clearer understanding of ourselves and come up with healthy ways to be a productive part of the community. Your success and happiness depends on it. If you do not figure it out on the inside, your outer world will be forever a mess.
Simply put – the more work you put into looking inside of you for the gifts you have to share with the world, the more unique are your demonstrations of yourself that you share with the world. And the happier you feel.
Nothing can satisfy your deepest yearnings like exploring more and more of your hidden talents and strengths. And if you are to explore them, you have to be your own guru so you can go deep inside where they reside.
I hope this helps you, Tom
Blessings & love, Rob White
Did the rest of you folks ask, “What’s this got to do with me?” I hope so. Yearn to learn, then yearn to meet the greatest guru you can greet – YOU!
Blessings and Love to all of you, Rob White
PS – Until a person changes on the inside – nothing changes on the outside