What Am I?
Our special theme says, “We are the holy messengers of God who speak for Him, and carrying His Word to everyone whom He has sent to us, we learn that it is written on our hearts.”
With these words, our special theme points to one of the objectives for Gentle Healing Year 2. I don’t mean that we are going to become evangelizers. In fact, I feel it is a mistake to overtly or covertly attempt to convert someone. It’s better to allow everyone to be as they are.
What I mean when I say that our special theme points to a Year 2 objective is that we will use words to discover “that [His Word] is written on our hearts.” Or said another way, we will use contemplation and writing to discover the clarity that lies within us.
Our first year has been focused on learning from teachings that appear outside of us. Although learning has a place on the spiritual path, learning can only take us so far. The real purpose of the spiritual path is to learn who we are. A part of learning who we are is realizing the wisdom that lies within us.
Over the past several days, I have asked you to select an excerpt from our daily lesson and write based on that excerpt. In Year 2, daily writing will be a key component of the curriculum. Each day you will contemplate a thought from Thoughts of Awakening: 365 Thoughts for Contemplation, and you will write with inner wisdom based on that day’s thought. The purpose of this writing is to discover the wisdom that is waiting to be discovered inside of you. (Speaking into a recorder is also an option.)
Although there are similarities in spiritual paths, no two awakening processes are exactly alike. Each one walks a unique spiritual path. Your way is written on your heart, and so you must go within, find it and follow it. Your inner wisdom is your teacher, and it is the key to your awakening.
Nisgargadatta Maharaj referred to the outer guru as “time-bound” and “not forever.” He said the outer guru “fulfills his purpose and yields his place to the next.” He continued, “The outer represents the inner; the inner accepts the outer—for a time.”
We could say that the outer guru is like training wheels, which help to get us started but limit how far we can go. When one is ready and the training wheels are removed, one soars to previously unimagined heights with the inner guru.
I do not feel I would be a truly effective teacher if I did not help you become Self-reliant with your inner teacher. Although it is nice to be appreciated, I hope to make myself completely unnecessary within two years. In fact, I hope to make all outer teachers unnecessary for you. For now, I hope you will trust me and do as I say, because it is my intention to effectively hand you off to your inner teacher.
Truth answers every call we make to God, responding first with miracles, and then returning unto us to be itself.
Please read today’s workbook lesson in full. Notice a phrase, sentence or excerpt that you feel particularly attracted to and go into it more deeply through writing.