ecoTrain QOTW 9.9: "DO WE NEED A GURU OR TEACHER IN ORDER TO GROW SPIRITUALLY?" by @pablo1601
The decision to take life to a spiritual realm is a need that arises from within our being and is adopted as a philosophy of life.
As a child I used to believe in certain people who become our references and generally we all want to imitate. They could be super heroes or why not our own parents?
As I grew up and matured I have realized that many of the beliefs or idealizations that we have as children are a product of the purity and innocence characteristic of that stage of life.
Personally, I never believed in a leader, guru or spiritual master, as I believe that this often leads to not being able to see what we have in front of us. I do not believe in the idealizations of certain characters, even though from them you can learn a lot.
Throughout my life I have had very bad experiences with religion, since in many opportunities they have shown me that they are great spiritual leaders from their words, in their speeches, but in their actions those words are forgotten. Obviously these experiences have made me stop believing in the church as an institution formed by men that many times are not up to the circumstances. This does not imply that one moves away from God, my faith and my closeness to him are intact, but today my contact is direct with him and not with those who call themselves his earthly intermediaries.
I believe that the figure of teachers or gurus in all areas of life, not only in the spiritual plane, may not be entirely positive for our growth, for the expansion of our minds because many times by blindly following certain people we lose the ability to see other things, other points of view and it may also be that we may lose some ability to think and discover new things, new sensations.
As I expressed in the first paragraph of this publication, the decision to lead a spiritual life is born as a need of our inner self and it is only necessary to know how to listen to ourselves, to give ourselves the time to achieve that connection that makes us see life from another angle, to see the things we live in our daily lives with another perspective.
One day, some time ago, I woke up very early, I raised the blinds, opened the windows and felt something special. That shy sun coming out of the horizon and that fresh breeze that flooded the bedroom felt different.
Since that day I am no longer the same, I felt that I grew from the personal, from the spiritual. My days were transformed and many of my worries were expelled from my mind and it was fantastic.
Since I was a child I had a very good connection with nature, animals and plants and I think it may be because of the development of my spiritual plane at a very early age.
Today I try to feed my soul, my spirituality by listening to many people with great wisdom from whom I always get good things, but who are far from being great teachers.
My spiritual references are "Mother Teresa of Calcutta", Pope "John Paul II" and the recently deceased "Naty Petrosino".
I am not going to tell you much about Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II, because they are personalities known not only for their messages of love, peace and spirituality, but also because those words were embodied in their works during their time on this planet.
The figure of Naty Petrosino emerged many, many years ago in my hometown Bahía Blanca, Argentina. She was a very wealthy person who at a certain point in her life, after a serious illness and coming back to life after having been clinically dead, decided to make a complete change in her life.
After that episode where she claims to have had contact with God, she decided to abandon her life of luxury and put herself at the disposal of those who have less. She did a great work with the native communities of my country doing a work very similar to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, but obviously on a much smaller scale.
Life is very beautiful if we learn to live it and especially if we learn to connect with our inner self.
Enjoy walking under the sun, the gentle breeze that ruffles our hair, walking in the rain. Contemplate the sea and its immensity, that deep blue sky. Listen to the music and the wonders that nature gives us.
Well dear friends of #ecoTrain, so much for my presentation for the QOTW of the week!
I leave you a big hug!