Most people in Western societies are reluctant to the idea of accepting a spiritual guide, teacher or guru into their lives. However they have no problem having supervisors at work, fitness trainers, health, cooking or sex coaches, NLP gurus, financial masters and so on. And still when it comes to genuine spirituality, people believe that accepting guidance means a submission of their own freedom.
In my view, the field of spirituality encompasses everything, from our life and survival in the physical body, to our emotions, thoughts and the highest realms of our souls. If we cannot figure out our way in a gym or a new city without some guidance, how could we ever discern the right path in the jungle of all spiritual beliefs, teachings, books and myriad practices?
A spiritual teacher is a guide that shows as the path of life, supports us through all its hardships and makes sure we have the right equipment at the right time. It is up to us, though, to follow his wise and loving advice, and to walk the path.
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My teacher, Grieg (Gregorian Bivolaru) has been a guiding light in my life since I was 18, when I first met him. I have learnt from him much more than from my own parents, in all aspects of life. He always amazed me with his simple and humorous insight that always seemed to know the deepest corners of my soul. Even when tough in his guidance, I could always feel his unconditional love and his ardent desire for me (and all his students) to evolve as true human beings and rise above selfishness, hatred, jealousy and violence.
He was never wrong in his advice, even when I revolted against it sometimes like a rebellious child. He never disappointed me and was always present to help me anytime I needed it. My heart always feels his presence as a warm embrace of golden light, anytime I think of him.
I have seen his entire work and life denigrated by corrupted social leaders in Romania, who were afraid of the deep awakening that he inspires in his students. I have seen his house and belongings torn apart and set on fire by police raids. I have seen him forced to seek political asylum in another country. And still I have never seen him lose his Olympian peace, deep compassion and steady humor. His love and teaching continued to flow towards us no matter what.
In my courses and seminars, I am only teaching what I have learned from him and what he has helped me directly experience in my spiritual practice. It is my wish that I succeed to pass on his amazing presence and spiritual influence towards the people I meet.
I feel blessed and eternally grateful to have him as a part of my life.