“The way you grow is to always be a beginner… never an expert. Come every day seeking to learn especially if you are leading and guiding others.
Always be a student. Then, the more you learn, the more you understand, the more you realize there is much more to learn. It’s when you put on the garments of expert, celebrity and high achievement that you cease to grow intellectually and spiritually.” – Guru Tua
A beginner mindset is an asset in many situations. This is especially true in the area of spiritual exploration. As a student you are open to new ideas, new methods, new solutions. This contrasts with the mindset of the expert.
A beginner mindset is an asset no matter how long you’ve been on the path. Its often characterized by a curious, humble and helpful attitude. This beginner mindset keeps you open to new ways of looking at the world. It enables you to connect with people where they are. A beginner asks a lot of questions, instead of stating their opinion. And, it enables you to learn as much from others as you impart to them.
If you are a teacher this mindset is indispensable. A good teacher asks a lot of questions too. A good teacher often learns as much as the student. As a Guru (teacher), you’ll gain a deeper understanding of any subject through the process of teaching. This is especially true with spiritual technologies of seated and moving meditation and energy collection.
Characteristics of a good Guru
Guru is not the goal. Anyone who establishes himself as a guru to be worshipped is not a guru. Guru is like a boat for crossing the river. It is important to have a good boat and it is very dangerous to have a boat that is leaking. The boat brings you across the river. When the river is crossed the boat is no longer necessary. You don’t hang onto the boat after completing the journey, and you certainly don’t worship the boat.”
― Swami Rama
If you are seeking a spiritual teacher seek someone who projects competence by virtue of their humbleness and willingness to be of service. At the same, time seek out someone who is selective about who they teach. This shows they want to be able to give quality individual guidance. Also, seek a teacher that has isn’t seeking followers. You want a teacher that makes other teachers and then sends them out in the world.
What to avoid
Avoid people who need to be catered to as a celebrity. Look out for the self-proclaimed expert. Most importantly, trust your gut instincts. For example, if someone says they’ve discovered a completely new way to meditate or anything in the spiritual realm, be skeptical. The human nervous system hasn’t changed in eons. Generations and generations of people have been investigating how to alter, expand and reach higher states of consciousness. The spiritual technologies that have been proven by time need no improvements. In our experience, this is simply a ploy to sell something.
One last point. No matter how much you learn or how long you study, if you have an eager-to-learn beginner mindset you’ll go further. Always strive to be a beginner, never an expert.
If this article resonates, there are more on our blog. Also, you may be interested in learning about our blended learning process. This is our curriculum which we use to teach several mind-expanding tools. It also aligns the Hero’s Journey. This is the term Joseph Campbell gave the pattern of consciousness development. Our learning process is available in two forms. You can take part in the virtual learning module or in our workshops.
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