We spend a lot of our lives looking for role models, mentors, teachers and gurus to guide us on our path. There is nothing wrong with this. Sometimes, finding the fight person at the right time can really help. BUT it is important to realize that in the absence of such a figure, we can safely rely upon ourselves…. Yes, you heard me right… ourselves!!! We carry within us everything we need to know to make progress on our paths to self-realization. The outer world serves as a mirror. (Yep, those gawd awful mirrors again.) Our inner world has a magnetic force that draws to us what we need so we can go to our next “step”. All we need to do to see that we already have everything we need is to let go of our belief that we need to seek in order to find.
The path of the spirit is often defined as a journey with a “goal” such as the fabled pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this story, a person begins a search for something they want but do not have and then they find it…… However, most of us know that getting what we want only makes us happy for a moment and then the happiness passes until something new presents itself. Joy is a permanent aspect of our inner selves and is not separate from us at any point. We do not have to travel to find it or imagine that it resides only in the body of someone else. Most of the “best” gurus, masters and teachers, point this out to us all the time… this “elixir” is something we already possess.
So when we find ourselves on our path, not knowing which way to turn and wishing for guidance, we can turn to ourselves. We may not know the right answer rationally or intellectually, but if we simply ask, let go and wait patiently (????)…an answer will come. The more we practice this and trust this process, the less we will look outside ourselves for teachers and guides for we will have successfully become our own.
But alas, I must look outside myself a bit…. I need to find some coffee…..