We are, by nature, students and teachers. I am convinced that learning and teaching has no end and that we will be learning and teaching until the last moment of our physical existences, and, who knows, even beyond.
I see evolution of consciousness as a never-ending journey.
In my attempts to learn and teach how to live a more joyful and fulfilling life, I have been blessed by the knowledge and wisdom of many amazing teachers who came before me; I read their books, listened to their recordings, watched their videos, attended their workshops, and experimented with the different practices they suggested. I recognize how tremendously important they were — and continue to be — in bringing me to where I am in my life, and I look forward to the amazing places they will be taking me in the future. They made and continue to make me better, and I am grateful to all of them.
Not only those who have written books that I have read, or facilitated classes that I have attended, were my teachers. My friends, especially those with whom I have deep conversations, have taught and continue to teach me a whole lot. Conversations about our explorations and our findings are very inspiring. I remind myself that reading a book is another type of conversation; in a way, when I am reading, I am having a conversation with the author. It is now very clear to me that we are all teachers to each other, and that everyone we meet can be a teacher to us, as long as we approach all situations with reverence and a sincere desire to learn.
The source from where lessons come is inexhaustible, and the flow of lessons is unstoppable, simply because abundance is the very nature of our world. With the constant progress in technology, more and more information is produced and made available to us. Teachers keep showing up all the time: some of the lessons they bring are already known to us, some are improved versions of old lessons, and some are entirely new ones. I consider that we are fortunate for having such easy access to all this wisdom, and I am grateful for that.
But the exposure to all this information, without clarity on how to process it, can become a source of bewilderment and anxiety. We must realize that the amount of available information is already immense and will continue to grow without end. No one will ever be able to process all the information contained in all the good books, audio recordings, videos and courses that exist already, plus the ones that are coming out every day. They are all good for our growth, but we must realize that too much of a good thing can be bad. Imagine, for instance, a reckless glutton who overindulges in eating. We shall not allow our insatiable hunger for knowledge — our desire to know it all — to drive us crazy.
A sane approach to processing information demands a few guidelines. Here are seven that serve me, and that I submit to your consideration, hoping they can serve you as well:
1 – Choose wisely.
Since there is more information available than you will ever be able to process, be selective. Consider that a lot of the life lessons are pretty much the same. Many times, what you think is new is just the same old lesson presented in a different way by the same teacher, or a new one. What you have to do is to ask yourself if what you are learning resonates with you. Does it excite you? Do you feel compelled to share it? Does it produce new insights? Does it produce a spark of creativity? Does it help you move forward in your life? Does it make you better? If so, stick with it. These are all signs that you are receiving what you need at the stage of life you are currently in.
2 – Be aware of change, and release what doesn’t serve you anymore.
We are constantly evolving. Maybe some beliefs and practices that made a lot of sense in the past, don’t resonate with you anymore. That’s OK. Let them go.
3 – Don’t be judgmental.
Don’t condemn others. Consider that wherever they are on their journeys it’s where they ought to be, and that, eventually, if it is to be so, they will see what you see, as you see it, although this is not really important. Look back and, if it is the case, say to yourself, “I too have been there and done that. I too have, in the past, believed what they believe now. It was good for me then, but it doesn’t serve me anymore. I am at a different place now. What I know now, I didn’t know then.” Accept others wherever they may be, and gently help them to move on to better grounds, if they so desire.
4 – Don’t be worried about what you don’t know, or you think you don’t know.
Don’t consume yourself trying to know it all. Consider that you know more than enough already, and that what you need to do now is to ponder what you already know and put the good advice you have received to good use. Consider that whatever else you need to know will spontaneously come to you.
5 – Be aware of the difference between collecting information and exuding true knowledge.
Consider dedicating less time to the frantic collection of information and more time to calmly processing what you already have acquired. Don’t satisfy yourself in remaining on the surface and being a mere regurgitator of someone else’s ideas. Take time to go deeper. Study, analyze, reflect, internalize the concepts learned, and make that knowledge your own. The widespread availability of good information is a good thing, but information alone, no matter how much of it is available, or how easy it may be to access, will not change our world. Only the diligent daily practice, by each one of us, of what is being taught by the masters will change minds, and this is what will change the world. The world changes when we change. Remember that only actions bring about results. Information alone will not bring about change. Change comes from action, so practice what you have learned.
6 – Follow whoever you want to follow, but be ready to not follow anyone.
The true master will tell you, “Don’t follow me. Stay with me for as long as you want, but know that the day will come when you will have to leave me, and I will have to leave you. That will be the day when you realize that the guide you have been waiting for has always been with you since the beginning. The sage is within you. The guru is you. Turn inward and get directions from the master who lives in you.”
7 – Move your focus from the outside to the inside.
Stop looking for answers outside and begin finding them inside. Recognize that there is a a place of quiet, silence, stillness, and peace that is found beyond the incessant flow of thoughts. Meditate. Go to that place of knowing, to that inexhaustible source of intelligence and creativity that resides beyond the thinking mind. Pay attention. Be alert. Know yourself. Find your own voice and speak your own authentic truth. From all the knowledge and wisdom that already resides within you, allow something new and beautiful to be born. Don’t look back. Look forward. Envision the great days that are going to come. Bring out your unique messages to the world. Be of service to others and give your contribution to bring about a better world.
My spiritual teachers have taught me to seek the silence, go within, and ask myself, over and over again, “Who am I?” They guided me to become the silent observer, the witness of the conversations taking place inside my head. They taught me how to slow down my hyperactive mind, and calmly stay in the here-now. Their command is clear: “Know yourself.”
I can’t deny that the works of great masters have taken me to higher levels of consciousness. Learning from them has been a great blessing, but I have realized that this journey is less about accumulation of information and knowledge, and more about my own intuitive and direct experience of who I am. More important than accumulating information is to continuously and sincerely ask myself, “Who am I ?” I have access to unlimited amounts of excellent information that keeps coming my way all the time, without interruption. But over and over again I was taught that the treasure I am seeking is not elsewhere; it is inside my own dwelling all the time. So, at this stage of my life, I am trying to limit my exposure to external stimuli. The external stimulus that I am receptive to is the one that guides me to silently observe the internal chatter inside my hyperactive mind, the one that calms me down, and brings me to rest in the present moment in the peaceful center of my being.
I am turning inward and dedicating more of my time to hear, so I may speak with my own voice. If it is the right time for you, then turn inward and find your own voice.
Namaste. ~ Piero
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