A spiritual teacher is certified to teach only by way of Grace – Tony Cuckson
The first thing in learning to be a spiritual teacher (which is a paradox) is to understand that you cannot learn “How to be a spiritual teacher.”
You can learn to be a teacher of religion but that is a very different journey.
Learning to be a teacher of religion is not such a difficult journey. It doesn’t require that much courage and you can do so without any real need for radical change of life direction.
It’s different with the individual who has a longing to live in God. In Christian terms this is the invitation to “Abide in Me.”
In order to be a spiritual teacher you have to die. How popular is that invitation?
This doesn’t mean the death of the body. It means dying to the core idea of who you are as a separate personality. Most of who you think you are is a combination of other people’s knowledge. It is your story as a separate sense of self.
The creation of the personality is a necessary step in this dimension of time and space. It is the experience of the separate sense of self called “I am.”
The spiritual teacher invites the KNOWING of the experience of “I AM.” This is the KNOWING of what the Christian mystic Thomas Merton referred to as “The True SELF.”
To be open to the possibility of learning how to be a spiritual teacher you have to be willing to come to the point where you accept that you KNOW nothing.
This doesn’t mean you give up all knowledge. You will still know how to drive a car, cook a meal, get to a given destination, go about your everyday work.
What you will come to realise is that you do not KNOW what it is to live in God or to be still and KNOW God.
This is the difference between religion and spirituality.
The religious teacher whatever their tradition is happy to teach you to believe in what you do not KNOW and what they do not KNOW.
The spiritual teacher KNOWS that you do not KNOW but KNOWS that they cannot give you the experience of KNOWING.
However, a true spiritual teacher has one focus. This is to point the way o the experience of KNOWING the Divine within yourself.
Be still and KNOW that I AM God – Psalm 46:10
A true spiritual teacher is really a NO-BODY. They have nothing to teach you, but they KNOW the treasure that is available to you.
The true spiritual teacher is a PRESENCE. They are not out to convert you to some belief system.
They allow the perfume of the Divine to emanate through them. They KNOW the real Law of Attraction. The real attraction is the KNOWING of the truth of who you are.