We live in a world, or rather inhabit social media platforms on which everyone is a self described "guru". It's come to be a word synonymous with "expert" but with a bit more of a marketing flair, and bonus points if its alliterative (see Gaming Guru, Glamour Guru, and Gardening Guru). I want to define the term a bit better and limit it to its truer definition, which is that of a prophet, a channeler of truly divine wisdom. In my own definition, any of us can be a guru - just as any of us can be a buddha...it's just that many of us aren't. Uncovering that inner buddha, that internal and ever present guru was the purpose of my first solo book Inner Glow Up. A guide to help you uncover your inner guidance, the inner gps that can help you answer your own deepest questions.
Life is in many ways a mystery. The outer cosmos is beyond a shadow of a doubt a mystery. If it truly is an expanding universe, then where it at all - where does it expand to? What is beyond the reaches of what we understand the universe to be. What was in the ether before the universe was formed. Who formed it and for what purpose?
On a more personal and humanistic note: Who are we? Are we simply each a body with a name? Then how do some people end up born with it all, and others toil away and never achieve much? Why do some children get chronic and life threatening diseases at a very early age and yet others with very bad willful poor habits live for a very long time? What is it that we are each destined to do in this world? For me, the last question was the most burning one, as an Aries I wanted to know how to determine exactly what I was meant to do. All that I learned about HOW to answer that question for yourself, is in Inner Glow Up.
For what purpose is there so much misery in the world? Why do we feel love for some people, and feel pulled to loathe or have apathy for others? What is the thing, the path that will most satisfy us in this life? What is the true point to each human life, and furthermore what is the point to this individual life as it moves on from the prior life, and what will be the cumulative point as it moves into the next life? There are many questions and questions upon each question in each of our minds. Every religion and spiritual practice has its own take on these questions. In India at least, it is taken to belief that The Guru is the one who can help lead you to answer these questions for yourself.
Who is a Guru? Based on Indian scriptures, Guru is God taking the form of a human body. In other religions this is believed and taken as an "enlightened master", in some disciplines and belief systems its an enlightened human being on their last human life. He or she comes to this earth to help liberate people from broken thinking, to lead them closer to the divine within them. A Guru should not be confused with someone who has a scholarly taken on religious or spiritual texts and mythology - there is a key difference between intellectual consumption of texts and wisdom, and channeling it more free form and helping others to apply it to their modern lives. There will always be learned persons or gifted speakers or writers of books. Yet, none of them is The Guru.
How to know that some one is a Guru? After coming in contact with your Guru, you will feel a change that is life altering; a sense that nothing is like it was before. The energy of the guru, and the things they illuminate for you into your awareness cannot be unknown now. To try to avoid the changes within you that the guru coaxes into being by helping you understand your self better, is like trying to put the smoke back into a cigar or trying to put the toothpaste back into the tube. It cannot be undone. The change within you cannot be described as simply as "I feel good. I feel at ease." lt is more like you feel more authentically YOU. Which is quite a paradox, as you've just spent time in the presence of a person and an energy that isn't you at all; yet in their presence due to their acceptance for your true self and their connection to the divine (which you too can master) you are able to become more connected to your higher self; your true self. A Guru brings about changes that can never be explained by you to others. I've met a few spiritual advisors who have helped me on my journey, and their patience and honesty is what helped me make little tweaks over time. Their ability to stand in their power as their truest self, is what helped me to finish coming out of hiding and own who I really am as well.
Not every spiritual advisor you meet will be your guru. I always explain this to skeptics and those who are naive and curious as well; many people do not have the gifts they purport to and instead will use trickery and nonsense to part you with your money. A true guru is someone who MAY accept payment from you, as this is their devoted life path and livelihood, but they will ALWAYS help empower YOU to become your own best guide and guru. Those with true gifts do not want you to become dependent on their wisdom and guidance, but rather want to equip you to be your best self and uncover your own gifts and discernment. It was from working with a few gifted women, that I determined I wanted to help others in a way similar to how I was helped. I wrote Inner Glow Up in order to help give others the tools I developed to uncover my true self, my true inner guidance, and truest life path.
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Hi! I'm Mischaela, AKA the "Glow Chief" (THE GC) the creator of Inner Glow Up!