Imitate A Spiritual Master

I’m working with Heleo, a very interesting site that’s all about elevating ideas.

With them, I made a short video where I talk about one of my favorite happiness-project resolutions: Imitate a spiritual master. This exercise can help you know yourself better.

Who’s your spiritual master, and why? I’m always fascinated to see other people’s choices of spiritual masters.

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  • CGFSyncresis

    May every force in the universe, spiritual and material, forbid that I ever have a “master.”

  • HL

    What I didn’t see in your video, Gretchen, is WHY you/we should imitate a spiritual master. What does St. Therese do that you wouldn’t, and why would you assume that what she would do is superior to what you would do? The problem with choosing such a master is that we all are human, and trying to label someone else a spiritual master can set that other person (and ourselves) up for a dramatic fall when we idolize someone and they make a very human mistake. I wouldn’t want to do that to others or myself.

    • Stella Jervis

      She actually does address this: “We’re happier when we think about transcendent matters.” It’s just an interesting exercise, and a fun thing to contemplate. She’s not saying you should blindly follow or worship, but just imitate their teachings. And you know, seeing how someone else fails or makes a mistake, and then seeing how they recover from this can teach so much.

  • Flavia Werneck

    Very interesting matter! I like the idea of having a role model, someone who made good things for the humanity, so why not imitate these actions! I also know that I am too much of a questioner to just follow a master for the sake of it! I’ll question every single attitude and ponder if I agree or not, why do I agree or not and if the effort of imitate the ‘master’ worth it! I also know that I this person, was a person and committed mistakes, and in any form I would consider my master sovereign!

  • Mimi Gregor

    Although I wouldn’t use the term “master”… I’d probably say “adviser”, as the entity I’ve gravitated toward that has influenced my life with his wisdom… and I use the term “entity” deliberately…I would pick Seth, the entity Jane Roberts channeled in her Seth books. Some of the things he’s said that resonated with me are that we create our own reality by what we choose to focus upon. If you focus on the negative aspects of life, you get more of it. Ditto for the positive aspects. It’s ALL out there, but we only perceive what we decide to focus on. Something else he’s said, that seems to be a little more controversial is “if it’s not fun, don’t do it.” Our lives are meant to be joyful, and if you are doing something that brings you misery, stop doing it and do something else. Someone else will do the thing that makes you miserable, because what one person finds odious, another finds delightful — and vice versa. For instance, some people HATE cooking or cleaning out a closet. I like to cook and find closet cleaning almost recreational. On the other hand, some people love to travel, and I find it to be a form of torture.

    • Stella Jervis

      Thoughtful post! I have always been fascinated by Seth.

  • LM

    I love this idea!

  • LM

    I love this idea! Would you share any tips for finding a spiritual master?

  • MidwesternGirl4ever

    I have always been interested in reading a lot about Hillary Clinton and for some reason, I have this reoccurring dream that she and I are sitting down together, having very intense conversations about life. When I went through a career change, I dreamt that she encouraged me to “keep on fighting.” I think it is because I went to the same college as her, lived in the same dorm as her and took American Politics with one of her old professors. I interned at the Children’s Defense Fund because she worked there, and now I work within the progressive/social justice movement, similar to her. I can think of one or two other people I would consider special, but I would have to say, she is the clearest example.

    • Pax Lattimore

      When in the position to do something about it, she ignored calls for increased protection for Ambassador Stephens and revealed his location in the annex on her unsecured server which directly led to his assassination. Her “keep on fighting” platitude applies to those people that she has ignored: the women that she thanked for servicing her husband, the parents of the 4 slain heroes in Benghazi, and those informed citizens who await the FBI investigation in her very profitable Clinton Foundation. I suggest you keep reading about her.

      • lauriemitchell

        Very true, Pax. Personally, I could never have someone like HRC as a spiritual master because it goes against everything I fundamentally believe in. That’s just me, though.

  • Bonnie Roberts

    I don’t know if I’d use the term “master” but I greatly admire Imaculee Ilibagiza. Her love and light are otherworldly. The things she was able to forgive and rise above amidst the horrors of the Rwandan genocide are awe-inspiring. Although I can’t pray all day every day for 3 months like she had to to get as close to God as she is, her example makes me want to sacrifice to strengthen my own relationship with God.

  • I am fascinated with Amanda Palmer and her pursuit of creativity. When I read her books, her blog, or her tweets, I find myself inspired to find my muse and make more art. She puts me in better touch with my creative self and I feel excited to push through adversity. I know her songs, her lifestyle, and her business choices aren’t for everyone, but that’s okay because neither am I. Amanda Palmer makes me feel okay with the fact that you can’t please everyone, and furthermore that you shouldn’t TRY to please everyone. I am much happier after listening to or reading her words, and write much deeper material when I’ve played her songs. In that sense, I suppose she is the mentor to whom I most aspire to emulate.

  • Kris Koenig

    I read this book and it opened up my world. Thank you

  • Michael O’Hara

    Eddard Stark. He was so reasonable about everything, had a massive love for those around him, and loyal to the end…

  • Becca Smith Bachlott

    I’ve found inspiration in Julia Child and her tenacity to just be herself and live with wild abandon and not take life too seriously.

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