Friend Not Guru
I’m an ‘authority’ on world spirituality … at least, that’s what it says on the back of my books! But the truth is I don’t see myself as an ‘authority’ figure at all. I’m simply a passionate explorer of the deep mystery of life, reporting back from my expeditions into the uncharted regions of consciousness, to offer a route map to my fellow explorers who fancy making the trip themselves.
I certainly have no interest in setting myself up as some sort of ‘guru’, dispensing wisdom from a supposedly exalted state that ordinary folk can’t hope to emulate. This is an out-dated approach to awakening that inhibits rather than helps our spiritual evolution. When a teacher is elevated, given a special name, overly honoured, it is bad for the student and the teacher, as evidenced by the sad history of spiritual cults.
I’ve spent 4 decades exploring the deep awake life, but I still feel like a child taking my first teetering steps. How else could I feel in the face of the infinite mystery? My journey hasn’t led me to some ‘fully realised’ state and I don’t believe it will, because I’ve come to see the very idea of special enlightened people as completely misconceived.
I’m not special in any way. At least no more special than you or anyone else. I’m a family man with all of the pressures and pleasures that come with being a responsible father and husband. I possess many admirable qualities, but I also have my faults … just ask my wife and kids!
Nevertheless, I do experience the deep awake state and I am very good at sharing it with others. But I don't want disciples ... I want friends who are co-explorers. I don't want you to be in awe of me. I want to inspire you to discover the awesome depths of your own being and empower you to authentically share yourself with the world.
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