I find this is rarely respected in the spiritual scenes I have encountered. Often people try desperately to act as though they are respecting the methods and choices of others, while simultaneously desperately trying to shape others in their own image. This kind of spiritual homogenisation is, in my opinion, juxtaposed to the growth of life, which thrives in harmonious diversity.snowheight wrote:Each seeker accepts or invents a method which suits him
This is how I feel about my own journey. I came across people who called themselves enlightened and who tried to shape me like themselves. Who acted like my experiences were "not to be sneezed at, but not 'it'" conveniently, they knew what 'it' was but they couldn't possibly describe 'it', so it was implied I'd have to struggle in the darkness of my ignorance with the occasional blessing of this divine being who had 'it'. How lucky! It was valuable going through that confusion. It helped me see that everyone is living within their own subjective reality. No matter how many titles or experiences someone has, they are still operating within their own subjective reality. That's true for higher beings as well as humans. All they can express in their opinion. And no matter their experiences, their experience of being me will never match up to my own. I am the master of myself. I am sovereign of my own independent (and connected) subjective reality. Having experienced the effect such constraining, judgmental and manipulative teaching had on me it's changed me. If I ever began to teach people my focus would be on nurturing them in the ways they choose to explore themselves - not in saying I am a spiritual archetype, become like me - f*&k that! Become like YOU!!!snowheight wrote:The true teacher, however, will not imprison his disciple in a prescribed set of ideas, feelings and actions; on the contrary, he will show him patiently the need to be free from all ideas and set patterns of behavior, to be vigilant, and earnest and go with life wherever it takes him, not to enjoy or suffer, but to understand and learn.
It's funny looking back on my past experiences. How confusing everything was. It still is sometimes, but not in the same way. The potential of what can happen in the future is utterly magical!