I was at an evening with Davidji, he is a meditation teacher with a great sense of humour and a lovely energy about him. He said several things that got me thinking. He talked about how Louise Hay was ahead of her time, writing her first book “You can heal your Body” in 1976, and because nobody would publish it she created her own publishing house. Now that publishing house has built up into Hay House which is considered to be a world leader in Mind Body Spirit Books. He then mentioned Deepak Chopra and Echart Tolle, and Marianne Williamson as great spiritual leaders of their time, all coming from Hay House. And then he suggested they got the coverage because they went on Oprah, Oprah waved her magic wand and BAM! their books sold a million copies.
Before she wrote her book, Louise Hay spent time in the First Church of Religious Science, studied the works of Florence Scovel Schinn and Ernest Holmes (one of the last books Louise published was a reprint of Florence’s great work “The Game of Life and How to Play it”. Louise became a Religious Science Practitioner and she also studied with Maharishi Mahesh doing Transcendental Meditation. Deepak Chopra teaches the principals of Ayurevedic medicine and Vedanta, Vedanta is the basis of all the Hindu teachings and Ayureveda is one of the oldest whole body healing systems, thought to be at least 3000 years old.
Have you ever heard of Helen Schucman? Didn’t think so! She’s the author of A Course in Miracles, a channelled text written in the 1970’s. This text is the basis of the work taught by Marianne Williamson (and Gabrielle Bernstein, and Robert Holden, and many others).
Echart Tolle took his name from Meister Echart, who was a great philosopher in the 1200’s, and he draws his teachings from there, weaves in Buddhist philosophy, amongst many other things.
Davidji also quoted Hafiz, the great Sufi poet who said “I am a hole in a flute that the Christ’s breath moves through…..listen to this music”
Don’t we get carried away with the flute?
My point is this – Echart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Louise Hay, Deepak Chopra do great work with the wisdom that they draw from, putting their spin on it, and most of the time that makes the work easier to understand and much more accessible. But they MUST BE the hole in the flute and the wisdom then becomes Hafiz’s “breath of Christ”. It is the breath that is the wisdom, the flute that is the person and the music that is the teachings. It is so easy to become confused between which is which.
We must let go of our attachment to celebrity. We are all human beings.
There are many people making incredible music out there in the world that are not revered as celebrity, not discovered by Oprah or published by Hay House, and their music is just as sweet or even sweeter than what you see in the media. The teachers who’s names you’ve never heard of. Listen to the man selling fish at the market, he studied Vedanta and meditates daily, always has some great philosophy to share but you may never know that because you didn’t ask him.
And no, I’m not writing this out of resentment because the teachers I mention have sold more books than I have. And they have, and that’s okay with me, because I’m here to work with you and connect to Spirit, I’m happy to be me and I do not want to be put on a pedestal. I speak my truth and I cherish the freedom that I have so that I can do that. And I want to offer that to you. I believe that we need to change our cultural attachment to celebrity because it gives our power away and makes us always look outside of ourselves for the answers. Spiritual teachers have become celebrities, it doesn’t mean they are any better than anyone else. You can read the books, go to the talks and workshops….. I do when I feel called. There is always more to learn. But know and understand that you have access to the same wisdom as everyone else. There is nobody who is more worthy than anyone else. They worked for what they know, they didn’t just wake up and know it. If you want it too, it’s there. Do you want it?
I believe that our Soul Purpose is not linked to a career. It is to empty, to become that hole in the flute, so that the wisdom, the breath of Christ can come through us, and we can uplift those around us with the beautiful music that we make. A holy life, excuse the pun. And that’s what we are searching for – a deep connection to Spirit so we can draw down that breath of Christ, and bring it into form in our everyday lives.