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Finding the Guru Inside of You

Updated on November 16, 2012

Finding the Guru Inside of You

The word guru is a compound of two words, gu and ru. Gu means darkness and ru means light. That which dispels the darkness of ignorance is called guru. The energy and action of removing darkness are guru. Guru is not a person, it is a force driven by grace."

— Swami Rama

Being a guru means being a master or teacher of something. Many equate a guru with a deep spiritual discipline. Images of the emancipated guru in a mountain abode come to mind, or an incense filled room with sitar music in the background. While working with a guru in either one of these settings might be an amazing experience, there is another that can become the greatest teacher of all. You.

You might be feeling that if you were such a great teacher and master you would not feel the need to seek out help from another. Certainly, this article is not a persuasion to keep you from getting help from someone else should you continue to feel the need to. But it is important to know that you also have the means to become a guru in your own special way.

There is within you, an innate and deeply wise spiritual soul. This soul contains all the answers you seek because it is connected to a much greater wisdom, which is the Source of All. Your inner guru is this voice of the spiritually wise that is within us all. Many may call this intuition, or inspiration, or compassion – but whatever you want to call it, this inner guru is available to you to solve all human problems.

Suffering comes in all forms and many different degrees. Each one of us can attest to this. But the only person that can really understand your specific brand of suffering is you. So, there is no better source to reach out to than your own inner guru. Within our own suffering, which is the result of the “other” voices we hear in our heads, the voices of unworthiness, guilt, lack, fear, shame, emptiness, or anxiety, we feel compelled to define the reason for the suffering, thereby feeling we can handle it better. In almost every case of suffering, there are two paths of painful contemplation. One that focuses the blame for the suffering outward; and one that focuses the blame inward. It is while we are engaging in these painful contemplations, which is when our emotions become deeply engaged, that we want to activate our inner guru to help.

Giving yourself guru power to assist a suffering soul is the first step. You may want to think about yourself as an outside observer to the suffering this poor soul is going through (which is you of course), and thereby take a look at the entire problem from a helpful outside perspective. Your inner guru will tell you that you must always start with the inward path. This is almost never the path most people choose without the help of their inner guru.

As your own guru, your job is to teach and heal through compassion and a deep wisdom. Looking at your stories of suffering or confusion with the comforting presence of your inner guru, we begin to see that when we work within, slowly but steadily, the results of our guru work affect the outward feelings and emotions in a positive way. Though the stories of suffering may be practically branded into our minds and feelings, the guru compassionately and patiently listens without judgment. The deeper your inner guru can take you into your story, the more fully you can find new compassion towards yourself and see that, at the time, you did the best that you could possibly do, and that now, it may be time to let go of the story. You inner guru may introduce you to new ideas about gaining strength and hope about your situation. Your inner guru may also help you find great moments of peace and relief.

Your inner guru may recommend that you do all sorts of practices to help you see the unfolding and releasing of your suffering story, like meditation, time with family, prayer, nice long walks, or good guru learning books. Your inner guru’s job is to keep you grounded, while the rest of the world may be spinning around you, and to help you see that your deepest core, is always loved, compassionate, peaceful, and 100% complete.

Listen to your inner guru when he/she tells you that “This too shall pass”. There will be trying moments, but reach out to your inner guru to feel the wisdom and strength of someone that has gained much wisdom from life experience and a deep connection to the divine. As you work with your inner guru, you are bound to discover many new things about yourself and your inner guru.

Pleased to Meet You

Joleen (Bridges) Halloran is the author of Finding Home - Breaking Free from Limits. This book represents over 10 years of research and inspiration in the topics of personal and spiritual empowerment and provides readers with a pathway to overcome limits and discover authentic divine qualities in their lives and to live a life of unlimited freedom. .

Beyond Joleen's professional life, she is an avid reader and researcher of books related to her special passion, which is metaphysical and spirituality topics. You can find out more about Joleen's book at her books website, Additional articles of a spiritual and inspirational nature can be found at the book's website as well.


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      Joleen 5 years ago from Lee's Summit

      Thank you bittoo 106 - And, I agree with your comment wholeheartedly.

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      bittoo 106 5 years ago

      Very nicely written! Once inner Guru is discovered, It must bring out compassion and self confidence.