As of this writing, 15 people signed up for my offer while one dropped out leaving 14 students.
Though this is much more than I expected (two or three), it is still quite workable and I expect others to drop out soon (or be dropped due to inactivity).
As this develops, I’m often surprised by the beauty of how this is unfolding.
For example: My first question to each student is to tell me about their spiritual background—what they believe, follow, subscribe to, or are drawn to.
Their answers, and every question or comment made by either of us, is stored in a private “stream” (in Google Plus) shared only by the two of us (the student and myself).
We—both of us—have access to this private, recorded history so that it is easy to talk on the same playing field. They know where I’m coming from (from this blog), I know where they are coming from (from their Stream).
One-on-one, targeted and informed spiritual guidance. You won’t find that at a satsang, class, conference, or retreat. It’s just not practical.
The Stream is a beautiful thing.
Another beautiful thing about the Stream is I can hold students accountable for their actions. Once the journaling phase starts, I’ll be able to use their beliefs, desires, and ideals against their egoic actions—their conditioned Mortal fears.
In other words—and this is what is meant by the guru being a mirror—I’ll be able to point out where they are not walking the talk, which is the key to true spiritual growth, and why I stress so much that you need to live as as Soul (or Radiance or Oneness) and not just talk about it).
Note to Students
This has come up a couple of times already, so I’ll answer it here. The way I use Google Plus is this:
- I log in and click on the HOME icon
- On the left, under STREAM, I click on the private circle I want to focus on (yours)
- All conversations between me and you (since I only have one student per circle), appear in the main (center) panel.
- Because I’m “focused” on your circle, I know that any comments or posts I make there go only to you (and vice versa).
- You and I can review all our “history together” simply by scrolling down our Stream of posts.