This phrase I see going around of “spiritual expert” really, really bothers me.
My dears, there is no such thing. Anyone who claims to be one, is a liar and a fraud and you should get away from them.
There are people who have gained a lot of wisdom through experience and life. There are people who are actually experts in a literary or intellectual context, knowing things like mythology, folklore, religion and Shakespeare inside out, backwards and forwards.
Someone might seem like a “spiritual expert” because they know and understand more than you, have a lot more experience and insight than you, but that term should never be applied to someone in a spiritual, religious or exoteric context. A wise man/woman, sage or something to this effect, but never an expert.
It goes against everything “spiritual” to claim to be an expert.
With every secret unlocked and every mystery understood, only a million more then present themselves. Even if someone really, truly does reach enlightenment, then they still claim to not have all the answers to everything, or how to best go about doing something.
But they do all tend to agree on one thing: In the end, the only answer is always love.
Being on a spiritual path tends to mean giving up on trying to have all the answers, but being content on the search for them anyway. You have to understand and accept that you will never have all the answers, and that’s okay. But, when you are lucky enough to get some quality answers and input, it doesn’t make you an expert – it should make you wiser and kinder. If you are neither of these things after, then you’re missing the point and you’re most definitely then not an expert.
Thank you Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People for putting out there this:
“I am no master, I know nothing. But I am a servant, I know something.”
If you walk around claiming to know things and be a “spiritual expert”, you are in fact, still a servant and/or student. Any master worth their grain of salt will know that they know nothing. It’s how you react to the wisdom in that that makes what you have to say valuable.
Does that mean that you shouldn’t seek out teachers, leaders, wise men and women and learn from them? Absolutely not! As a matter of fact, you should! And from every different genre and subject you can. But my dears, words are important, especially names and labels. All I am saying is, be wary when the term “spiritual expert” is being used to describe a potential teacher, because it’s a bit of an oxymoron. To be spiritual implies to be on a search of wisdom, growth and evolution on the soul level, and to incorporate that into the rest of this life and existence. There is no one way to do this, there is no right way. There are dozens and dozens of different paths, but no two people will travel the same one, and that’s okay. So to call yourself an “expert” is not only limiting and delusional, it’s just plain silly.
So my dears, be cautious and questioning, be brave and truthful, be kind and considerate, be respectful and hopeful. But don’t ever, ever, ever feel the need to be a “spiritual expert”.