A few months ago, I received another inquiry seeking advice about entering
into the metaphysical world. This was not the first time the question
has been asked. I’ve put a lot of thought into providing some
helpful advice. It would be easy to say this is a glamorous life and
there is lots of support. That is not always how it is. Our world is
a competitive place, and having the job of spiritual teacher is no different.
The business of spiritual healing also exists in a world where nothing
is the way that it appears to be. Before considering this profession,
you should go through a lot of personal surrendering. In my opinion,
metaphysics has inter-woven ties to the religious world and all of those
belief systems. It is necessary to be goal-oriented and very focused
on what you choose to teach and create.
Being a professional in every way is so important. Think about being
a famous singer, actor or author. Look at the many stories of hardships
for many before finding their place of success. Your message carries
the most importance. Sharing about guides, angels or some being outside
your realm will be more popular than a technique on self-empowerment.
There are actually only a small number of people who may be open to
new ideas or beliefs and ready to fully take their own power. The victim
vs. savior duality is very old and we constantly look at this issue
in metaphysics. More than six billion people on this planet, yet the
United States consists of only approximately four percent of that population.
Within the United States, how many are actually spiritual - open to
really feeling your message? Unless you are ready to teach a few people
at a time, you may at first become disappointed. When you still have
to earn a living however, you really need more individuals to show up.
The greatest challenge is not to compromise your message for more popularity
and greater financial rewards. Easier said than done. The important
viewpoint is - it is your path and you are sharing so others can awaken
something within themselves.
Just about every thought and concept has already been taught in one
way or another. It’s necessary that you find a new way of sharing
your information; one that can be seen and heard differently than what
is already ‘out there’. If you have ever attended a Gregg
Braden workshop with the music, slide show presentation, his speaking,
dress and stage presence - then you’ve been to the best. Gregg
is a true professional, a master of the material that he shares. As
a participant, you can feel his total dedication throughout your entire
being. He has perfected the art of ‘show biz’ to spread
his message. Metaphysics is, after all, part show business.
Your ability to be creative will be very important. There have been
many very popular authors that were not comfortable being on a stage.
They had no practice with public speaking and found themselves suddenly
in the public limelight; yet remained uncomfortable with groups and
their dynamics. It showed. Does that matter? Yes, it will in the long
run. A good public speaker continues to attract people over and over.
An author or workshop facilitator who is not proficient on stage will
not continue to draw crowds. There was one occasion when I watched a
popular author at a public gathering. There were probably 1,000 people
in the room. He felt that the lights on stage were too bright, so he
asked them to be lowered. During the entire hour, all you could see
was his shadow. Public speaking is very important; this is after all,
a business. You at least need an opportunity to get your message out
and this is one way.
Practice - practice. It is so important. Your consistency is what will
set you apart. Trust that you are the best of the best in what you share.
That is a vibration you will have that others can feel. It is the goal.
The polarity of being right or wrong and being judged is something that
one never gets used to; no amount of compassion will help others to
release their ideas or judgments of your message. You are already different.
I find the judgment of other teachers in their belief that what I share
might have an effect on their own message to be challenging. They feel
threatened, as it their livelihood could be affected. That is why I
have said it would be easier to have another source of income. Then
the energetic dynamics of others will not be as difficult. Where I got
caught was the judgments of others on my spiritual truths. I had naturally
thought I would be treated in a spiritual way. For me, the hardest part
was the indifferent feelings of others in response to my work. Those
emotions may be normal when someone is being challenged; I was just
not prepared. After a while it no longer bothered me. While having a
great deal of compassion for them, I remained on my path, staying away
from judging others. That can be tough, for I believe all of us, In
our heart of hearts, would love to be part of a spiritual family, and
call other teachers brother or sister.
The best way of dealing with the information you share may be to just
give it out and cut it loose. Some parts of your message will stick
and some of it will not. Until people are ready for what you have to
offer, they may not remember you. They will however, connect to the
insights you share and will remember who they are themselves and the
connection to their own Higher Self. Guess what? You did your job and
would like to have that pat on the back. Yet who actually knows how
well you did? I think that is why the spiritual path feels lonely. It
is after all, only you and God in Oneness.
I get the greatest high when I share and the group ‘gets’
the full intent of my message. I feel like I could almost fly. I cherish
those moments - because the next day I have to start all over again.
Think of yourself as a one man or one woman show. The audience pays
good money to see you, so they will have an opportunity to judge your
performance. Remembering that fact, I always work at giving more than
what the participants come for - I am just not sure that is right. Probably,
I ought to withhold some information or teach less so everyone wants
to come back for more. This will be something you have to decide for
yourself. Unless you are really good, totally dedicated to Spirit and
your work, willing to give everything up, it might not be something
you want to begin. You just have to trust in that quiet unknown voice
in your heart and let everything else go. Metaphysical people are in
their own process most of the time. The intensity of their journey can
appear bizarre or strange. For many people, that will be too intense.
After all, everyone is only doing their very best, while being totally
out of control, fighting for power of the unknown. This is not a pretty
picture. It is better if you get into spiritual work slowly - attempting
to complete your understanding of the physical, mental, emotional and
spiritual layers as you move forward. The driving force is that continual
voice in your heart, the something inside of you that continues to search
and explore. You almost become obsessed to find that connection; sometimes
with something you do not yet know. Going to many workshops, listening
to lots of teachers, reading every book you can get your hands on; all
in an attempt to understand what that feeling or connection might be
and how to keep it or control it.
You may have had an unfortunate experience with a trusted teacher or
a group you thought held the key to your spiritual information. You
gave yourself about 110% or more to be a part of this group, only to
find out later about the human factor - like sex, control, power - rock
and roll. Then you realized you were giving your energy away. Not understanding,
you begin asking questions of the group or teacher and the response
you received was anger, criticism or judgment. What happened? You began
taking back your power. The teacher was upset and the group felt threatened
by your self-empowerment. So you were asked you to leave. My clients
have related virtually every version of this story. The human factor
will be the hardest to bring in to your spiritual awareness. One difficult
lesson is: you learn by looking at what you fear. Your fears therefore
will become your strengths. How do you then look and understand your
fears without becoming trapped in this old quagmire of karmic quicksand?
So forward you go, one step at a time and do not look back.
Here are some important things you might consider before you start
a spiritual teaching career:
1) Be financially supported outside of the metaphysical world with two
or three years of savings
2) Be healthy, look good and feel good about yourself
3) Practice public speaking. You want to be good at this. Learn about
group dynamics, body language. The toast masters may be a club you want
4) Understand the information you share. Be aware of what others are
teaching. Find a good way of explaining your message without being critical
or passing judgment on other teachers. The more you know, the easier
this will be.
5) Do not be afraid to say ‘I don’t know’. Study and
read other philosophies, writings and theories, especially those that
are in alignment with your own message. Go to workshops and see how
successful teachers are sharing. Find out how do others advertise? Look
at magazines and publications in your area to start. Who sponsors other
teachers? Find a group you feel can support your message. See if you
can help each other. At least 35-50% of my time is given away. How do
other teachers present themselves? How do they dress? How do they handle
questions? It is helpful to study the best so you will not have as many
challenges in the beginning.
6) You will need someone to help you. It takes a full-time person to
keep me on the road. Have a website. Create an information tape to give
away - one that explains your work. Share your information willingly.
Prepare a good flyer or brochure. Get professional pictures taken in
good lighting (look spiritual)
7) Be sure to get help in any way that you can to look professional.
It’s okay if you are not great at everything. You may need help
with your advertising. Be effective with each of your dollars. In a
lot of cases if you advertise in local spiritual publications they also
allow you to write an article. Try not to get too complicated with your
message - keep it uplifting.
8) Write a book . It can be just a small one, only 100 pages. Use print-on-demand
- there are several companies on the internet that can help you self-publish.
It may cost as little as $400.00 to publish your book. Order a small
quantity. Some companies can put it on Amazon.com or other popular internet
9) Be open to giving free talks. Write articles for magazines. Check
out speaking on different radio shows. Give yourself the time to get
the exposure. Being patient is not always easy.
10) People will want to volunteer their time to help you. Be open and
yet cautious of their motivations. Keep a good balance with those you
work with and do the best you can not to take advantage of their help.
Again, it is good to be an author. Those teachers that are very good
in the spiritual community are those that stay with the message that
people want in their inner being and hearts.
Keep your personal life personal. Stay away from getting involved with
anyone; it’s good not to complicate your own life. The physical
world may feel like it is coming after you like bees to honey. Just
remember, it is not you. It is only that suddenly you are thought about
as a holy man or woman. I recommend always saying you are happily married
or in a long term relationship. There will be lots of projections onto
you. It is high energy and easy to fall into various addictions. You
may want to review this chosen career in a three to five year plan.
You may have to give 50% of your time away in order for other people
to even want to know you. Have a normal job where people won't judge
your spiritual life. You may even choose to keep your spiritual life
a secret. Don't tell anyone at your real job what you are doing in your
personal life. Look for a job where you get off half a day on Fridays
and have flexible weekends so you can teach classes or workshops or
do healing work.
If you have a family, a wife, husband, children – this work could
be pretty hard on them and on you. There is a demand that you will not
believe when people outside of your family become needy. Have good boundaries
with yourself and with others. People comfortable in their victim/savior
role may want you to save them. It is easy to become stuck in that type
of energy for it is older than time and endless. It always helps to
remember that you are not responsible for the creations of others.
Always be professional and businesslike. Don't judge. Do your best
to be compassionate. Have good business hours - never take calls after
eight o’clock at night or during late hours. You will need to
be good on the computer, have a fax machine. A 1-800 number is always
good, or a number that is easy to remember.
I have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into my work and dedicated
my life to follow my own spiritual path. Trust what you know and believe
in it to the point that others can feel your words when you speak; feel
your teachings to be honest and clear and feel that your work is genuine.
Good luck and God Bless your path.
Here are some recommended books and helpful links supplied by Egan
Sanders (who prompted this newsletter – thank you, Egan) –
his website is: www.egan.byregion.net
“How to market your Holistic Health Care or New Age Business
like a Pro” by Otto Collins
“New Age Marketing Idea Brainstorm” by Otto Collins –
“Creating an Abundant Practice: Spiritual and Practical Guide
for Holistic Practitioners” by Andrea Adler –website: www.holisticpr.com
“Creating Money: Keys to Abundance” by Sanaya Roman
“Spiritual Growth: Being Your Higher Self” by Sanaya Roman
– website: www.orindaben.com
InnerSelf magazine: www.innerself.com
Links and Search Engines: www.byregion.net