Why I Don’t Trust Gurus
Copyright (c) 2009-2012 Scott Bywater
When I was around the age of 21 or 22 I bought some rust-bucket of an old car and decided to take a visit to Byron Bay.
And when I got there, I felt great. The sun. The lifestyle. It was awesome and Byron Bay has quite a magical feel to it.
And then I fell into this group which was based around some passive Indian teachings which where all of his followers (including me) were walking around saying “It doesn’t matter” and “you are that” and all sorts of other nonsense.
Now don’t get me wrong, just like any spiritual group, this guy did have some good things to say.
But I grew to hate the group dynamic.
The way everyone believed what everyone else believed. The way everyone hung on this guys words because they thought he was “enlightened.”
I look back at this stage of my life as a big learning experience… a seeking for something deeper… a time when I trusted others above myself.
And it felt awful.
In fact, I can remember a defining moment over that time when I heard this ‘gooroo’ say “there is no free will.”
My heart sank.
My stomach twisted.
And the life inside me was slowly sucked out like a tube with blood draining out of my heart directly into the drain.
And this emotional reaction turned into the physical.
I ended up with glandular fever. I got very, very, very tired. I ended up having to go back to my dad’s house in Coffs Harbour to rest for months.
It was horrible.
And that’s why I loved the quote I saw on twitter from my friend Niro (who really is my friend – @myfriendniro – met him years ago at a Brad Sugars seminar) recently when he said…
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined look before they cross the road”
My girlfriend at the time, who was a passionate, loving German girl… insisted it was true (about no free will)… and I couldn’t remain with her. It would have been like marrying someone from a religion you totally disbelieved in.
Anyway, I eventually got my health back when I stopped believing in all of this and I started trusting myself. Started listening to my own “gut instinct.” Began tappping into my own inner wisdom.
That was a turning point in my life – it’s also why I cannot stand gurus.
And ever since then I have found when I tap into my own inner guidance… and listen to my heart… the right guidance comes.
But when I try and listen to social mores… what should be done… or follow someone elses path, it doesn’t feel right and doesn’t work out.
And this “gut feeling” and “listening to yourself” works in business the same way it does in any other area of your life.
For instance, when I started writing these emails and building my email list many years ago, I had a strong gut feeling it would pay off.
I also have strong hunches about certain clients… about which courses and programs to buy in order to take my business to the next level… about who’s advice to listen to.
And I find that when I follow this advice, things run smoothly.
So listen to your hunches today and reap the rewards.
About The Author:
Scott Bywater is a direct response copywriter and the author of “Cash Flow Advertising” and “More Customers Made Easy”. Although Scott is accepting very few clients, he generously shares his experience on copywriting at his web site at http://www.copywritingthatsells.com.au/
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