To begin nurturing our inner guru, we recognize that all people possess the innate wisdom and understanding to discern how best to live their lives. As Dr. H. Emilie Cady, a holistic pioneer and New Thought Christian writer and teacher noted in Lessons in Truth (2003 edition, p. 5):
“All joy and strength and good spring up from a fountain within one’s own being, and if we only knew this Truth, we should know that, because God in us is the fountain from which springs all our good, nothing that anyone does or says, or fails to do or say, can take away our joy and good.”
As we believe and claim this truth for ourselves, we begin to embrace our own lives and our personal power to choose how we truly wish to live. We also acknowledge responsibility for our choices – all the stuff we like and all the stuff we don’t.
Fortunately, the spiritual journey provides many do-overs, even though we can’t travel back in a time machine or rewrite our pasts. As long as we’re willing to examine our own choices, recognizing things which worked and things which didn’t, we have the opportunity to begin again, as we are, wherever we are. We have the joy – and the challenges – of fully participating in our own lives without giving away our personal power to someone else by following what they recommend, say, or do – or don’t.
To nurture our inner guru, we subtract (or release), all life-draining emotional, spiritual and/or mental baggage. This is a slow, deliberate, divine journey of self-awareness and self-discovery, filled with tears, laughter, and many Ah-Ha moments. It requires not only aligning ourselves with God, but also “unfollowing” what no longer truly sustains our lives. Which is perhaps why many people give up before they even begin.
So, begin slowly, gently, by considering these questions:
- What, of your true heart’s desires, have you enjoyed from your bucket list? What are you doing to enjoy more?
- Which books, newsletters, posts, and feeds do you think you “should” read? Are they truly providing the education, training and/or wisdom you need?
- Which projects truly “must” be done? Are you the person to do them? Do they actually need to be done at all?
- Which people truly listen to you and support you in living your dreams and passions? Which people try to catch you in their nets of drama, gossip and hassles?
- When you request advice, do you understand what is said? Are you supported in determining your own needs, or does the advice-giver act as if they are the “only” expert, following the “only” path, offering the “only” offer there ever will be?
Only we can answer these questions ourselves. Trust that the answers reveal themselves, as we honor the still, small voice which is our inner guru, inviting us – sometimes urging us – to listen.
In Part 3 – Adding “listening” time, embracing silence, and resting in meditation.
© 2016 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.