We are interrupting this discussion on midlife, menopause and the dark night of the relationship to explore another critical topic that is also relevant to the midlife journey (and beyond). Relevant to midlife is the search for our Soul – the uniquely gifted part of ourselves through which we find meaning, purpose and fulfillment and the way in which we contribute to the betterment of the world. In order to discover our Soul, we need to take time to listen and hear the whispering voice of our truth. In distinguishing the voice of our truth from the voice of our ego (which is comfortable with status quo and will at all costs resist the voice of our truth) it is sometimes, maybe even critical, to have a teacher. Today’s blog asks the question, Who is your teacher?
Authentic teachers have worked hard at their own self-actualization and in the birth of their soul and are happy to guide and support others along that same path. Sometimes our teachers are living. Sometimes they have passed and guide us through their spiritual presence and through sacred teachings which they have left behind. Sometimes our teacher is simply the intimate relationship we have developed through our higher power, or that which some might call God. Whatever form our teacher takes, it is their job to guide and support us in the journey of discovering the voice of our Soul – the divine truth that lives within us – and finding ways to live that out.
As a way of helping you identify your teacher/s, I want to share a bit about mine. My ultimate teacher, is that which I call God. I’m not talking about the old man in the sky God, my God is way too big for that. My God is the ultimate source of all that is and all that is coming to be. As such, my God is neither male nor female, but simply is. Also, my God doesn’t live in a heaven light years away, my God is in everything, including me (and you). It is ultimately to this indwelling aspect of the Divine where I go for guidance, direction, comfort, support, healing and inspiration. God is the voice of my truth, urging, encouraging and compelling me along the path of my Soul. Being raised Catholic, the way in which I came to know God is through my other teacher, Jesus. Jesus was my first teacher and while I have explored the teachings of other holy men and women, it is always to Jesus that I return. I have found through Jesus, teachings and guidance which are universal and which transcend the limitations of dogma and orthodoxy. Jesus figured it out. He found his way beyond the veil of separation into the universal flow of compassion, love and peace. In piercing through the veil, Jesus found his true self – his Soul- that which provided him meaning and purpose and through which he contributed to the betterment of the world. Jesus, at first, led by example, and then left behind teachings to help others in their own journey toward peace. And to those who turn to Jesus for personal guidance and support, he is here as the Christ, the spiritual presence of the man who once lived, and who is able to be with us in intimate and personal ways as teacher, guide, healer, friend and guru.
Now, who is your teacher?