Once in a while, when reading English history, you come across the statement, "The King is dead! Long live the King!" At first glance, it sounds like one of those oxymorons; an apparently contradictory statement like, a "deafening silence," an "exact estimate," or "reality television."
What is meant, is that the old king has just died and been succeeded by the heir to the throne. So, the second part of the message, " Long live the King," refers to the new king.
Many spiritual seekers have witnessed decades of decline in the hierarchical, Old Reality concept of leadership. As The Shift progresses, more and more people look within for the ultimate guidance rather than giving their power away to self-styled leaders and gurus. Therefore, an appropriate statement for the concepts that apply to these times is...
"Guru is dead. Long live self-empowerment."
Guru worship is a currently-outmoded concept based upon the idea of hierarchies of power and control. The system of hierarchy was developed in medieval times when the leaders were those who had, basically, slaughtered their way to the top and then created a hierarchical caste system in order to choke off the competition and exploit as many peasants as possible. Today, in place of a feudal system of rulers and peasants, we have a self-empowered middle class, in nations which are represented by elected public servants.
Hierarchy, as a concept, is becoming rapidly redundant. In the New Reality, the concept of guru-ism is dying and, yet, the need for education and training still remains. Enter the concept of the facilitator.
A facilitator is a specialist who helps you achieve a specialized goal in education and/or self-development. Their task is to provide you with the resources that you need from them. Once you have gained the desired knowledge and/or skill, there is no need to remain with the facilitator because the task is now complete.
With your upgraded knowledge and skills, you will have acquired greater abilities and more personal empowerment than before. The next time you desire more training, it will likely be in a different specialty and, therefore, with a different specialist acting as your facilitator.
You could say that every non-fiction author or speaker is a facilitator because each one teaches their specialty. For example, because I have a wide range of interests, I have several partly-read books by different experts in their fields laying on my desk. Sometimes, because they're all so much fun to read, I have difficulty deciding which book to finish next. Right now, I'm in the middle of reading:
Centuries ago, when people lacked the education and personal development that they have today, there was a place for unquestioning obedience to a guru. Times have changed: the New Reality is a very different place from the Old Reality.
Today, unquestioning obedience to a power outside of yourself prevents the very spirit of inquiry that you need in order to become self-empowered. While you can always seek out facilitators to help you acquire specialized skills, the best answers to your questions will always come from within you.
Your inner being is your complete being. It encompasses all aspects of your mind. Your inner being includes your conscious awareness, the vast resources of your subconscious memories and the connectedness of your soul to your spiritual source and the entire universe. The best expert in the world on your particular situation is your own inner being.
Encourage communication with your inner being. Listen when its whisperings of intuition float subtly into your awareness. Keep a log of all hunches, whether you follow them or not. Then, when you review them at a later date, you will see, to your amazement, how accurate they can become with just a little practice.
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