Why Hands-On Living is Your Best Teacher
I rarely feel a desire to teach other people how to live or love. Why is this? I experience each person I meet as already “being Love”; as already being intelligent, whole, and with the ability to discover for themselves who they are and what life means to them. I find it more meaningful to simply love others, to listen without judgment and to infuse them with so much joy, laughter, tears and passion that we both are left hungering for Life. When we hunger enough, we find our own way.
I believe we are all born fully knowing. It is often only a matter of trusting that we know, trusting that we are already whole. All too often we doubt our born-with intelligence. We give up our power to teachers, gurus and books. We stop listening to our passionate hearts.
Often when we can’t find a reflection in the world of what feel, we let doubt take over, and we abandon ourselves, insights and creativity. I often think of something my father once told me.
Robin, listen to your heart and always trust it. Remember, if you ever seek confirmation from others about what you feel – people may not be able to see something in you that they’ve never experienced themselves. So if you go by their reaction or ability to see you, you may be limiting yourself. You must trust your heart and be who you are, even if no one sees you. You may have insights that no one has ever had before. That’s why it’s important to trust your heart.
I can’t give someone something they don’t already have. I can only create a space of love for them to experience who they already are. I would rob another of their birthright, invade their sacredness, and disempower them if I told them that I know “the” truth. All I can say is, “This is my experience, and this is what I’ve observed. This is my story.”
I can only offer the words that Life speaks to me: “Your life awaits you. Have the courage to live it. Dare to take risks. Dare to make mistakes and embrace them with love and compassion. Spend time in solitude so you can hear your precious heart. Get to know yourself and the world around you.”
Life will teach you many things as long as you don’t fill up the void with other people’s beliefs and judgments, other people’s knowledge and wisdom, no matter how well intended, no matter how brilliant. You must still live your own life. You must ultimately experience Life yourself to know who you are. Allow your spirit this freedom and your soul this exploration.
You are more beautiful than a thousand galaxies of stars. Your path is so unique, it is unlike any other. Have faith in yourself. Trust yourself. You do know. You have always known. You are Life itself, discovering itself through all your mistakes and successes.
Robin Easton is a speaker, a nature photographer, musician, an adventurer and the author of Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest. For more great inspiration, please visit InspireMeToday.com.