It’s so tempting to want to look to others to figure out what to do. I have always admired Krishnamurti’s teachings, for he proposes we need to carve out our own path, and learn through experience. “I maintain that Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect..The moment you follow someone you cease to follow Truth” he says. I think teachers are brilliant guides, but we cannot follow exactly as they say, as they do, for that is their path, not ours. To turn only to one person for guidance and follow exactly as they say, will take us only so far. It’s much harder, more challenging, to hone our intuition, to learn to trust ourselves and to flow within our own slipstream of life, but the reward is great. It’s not to say we don’t learn from teachers and mentors, I personally can only imagine the incredibly longer way that would have been for me, but we can’t cling to every word as gospel. It doesn’t make it ’Truth’.
So in this navigating our own slipstream, asking ourselves the following can give us some guidance.
Where are you holding yourself prisoner to an ideology that no longer fits, or a set of beliefs that are now disjointed?
Where perhaps do you need to liberate yourself, and turn to new teachings if some well worn ones are now dusty for you?
Where are you holding onto an idea that ‘it can only be found here’?
What might your life look like if you expanded well beyond ideas, all ideas, and learnt through raw experience?
Written with love,