Man with a Swiss Army Knife

June 13, 2017

I need different spiritual teachers for different needs.
One size does not fit all.

For example, if I’m down and out, with no hope at all, a big dose of TD Jakes will get the job done.

He will put everything he has into one of his sermons: loud voice, quiet whispers, large gestures, singing, dancing, music, personal stories, metaphors, spiritual stories, all while sweating up a storm. Whatever it takes.

TD Jakes is like the spiritual equivalent of one of those things in the emergency room they zap your heart with, to bring you back to life. “Clear!” “ZAP!” “CLEAR!” “ZAP!” “The heart is beating doctor!” Good!

TD Jakes will come down to where you are, lying in squalor, and pick you up by his bare hands. Hold you up and take you to the shelter for some warm soup. He’ll be your personal hype man. Not every spiritual teacher will do that, as you’ll see.

Next level up is some Joel Osteen. He is that pick-me-up when you’re really drained but not down and out. Less emotion and animation here but still good.

Then there are the intellectual spiritual teachers.
If I want a Buddhist flavor, I go with Pema Chodron. Maybe a little bit of Thich Nhat Hanh.

For a Western flavor, I go with Byron Katie or at rare times Eckhart Tolle.

I won’t get any emotional upliftment here, this is more of a brain thinky thing. They help my thinky brain think its way out of quicksand, if that makes sense. Or they teach me to completely avoid paying attention to thoughts altogether and pay attention to the gaps.

There are the motivational speakers like Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, and Jim Rohn. These guys sometimes use spiritual stories but mostly focus on personal development and inspiration to pick us up, with a focus on career advancement.

Then there are super folks like Louise Hay, Florence Scovel Shinn, Catherine Ponder, Edwene Gaines, Tosha Silver, Doreen Virtue, and such that fall somewhere on the spectrum.

You may prefer a bit of Wayne Dyer, Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, or Joe Dispenza, depending on your taste. Maybe a bit of Indian fusion from Ram Das and Krishna Das.

I absolutely love the Indian mysticism of Paramahansa Yogananda and consider him to be one of my gurus.

There are a lot of really great teachers out there.

At the highest for me is Abraham-Hicks.
Their teachings are great, but if I’m feeling down and out, they will NOT come down to pick me up.

If I’m depressed, I can listen to their audio all day long but not even hear one word. We’re on different wavelengths.

They are soaring high up there like those eagles on country highways.

To join them, I have to pick myself up by own bootstraps and flap my wings. I could do that with my own thoughts and feelings, or with a little help from the other teachers.

Once I’m flying high though, there’s absolutely nothing better than Abe!