Being You

Are you still looking for a guru?

June 03, 2011

Are you still looking for a guru? Someone to be your guide on your path to enlightenment? How’s that working for you? How many gurus and paths have you tried, only to be disillusioned in the end?

Could an Un-guru Be What You’re Really Looking For? What if an un-guru would work better? Gary Douglas, founder of Access Consciousness and best-selling author, could be a good candidate. One reason for this is that “the last thing I ever wanted was to be anybody’s guru,” he states again and again.

His target is consciousness, and he doesn’t care how you get there. In fact, in his point of view, there’s nowhere to get to. Why would you require a path to enlightenment when consciousness itself is what you ARE? Since consciousness is who you are, enlightenment is who you already are. One of Douglas’s main jobs as an un-guru is to free you to remove the blocks from your perceiving knowing being and receiving that you already ARE consciousness itself.

Douglas is definitely not an anti-guru. For one thing, he has observed that resisting and reacting to something, anything, means you are just as much in its thrall as someone who totally aligns and agrees with it. “Resistance and reaction and alignment and agreement are two sides of the same coin,” he notes. Neither allows you to have any freedom as you are constantly choosing your points of view and actions based on someone else’s rather than your own.

Douglas is even willing to be your guru if you require one to discover the consciousness you are. It was a huge step for him to be willing to do this. He only became willing when he asked some questions and realized that some people actually required it of him in order to make the choices required for them to have and be consciousness.

He likes to tweak their points of view on gurus at every opportunity, by referring to porn flicks and sprinkling his workshops with words some consider improper. “I love to stir the pot,” he says. He uses controversy on purpose to light a little fire under people’s willingness to examine their own points of view.

So what’s an un-guru then? Douglas looks at the energy of words, which he notes allow more clarity on what’s really being said than the definitions we may assume. Black, for example, is not the opposite of white. Unwhite is the opposite of white. An anti-guru implies opposition to being a guru, just another polarized position Douglas has given up. Like white and unwhite, unguru could be considered the opposite of guru.

As an unguru, Douglas is not interested in having you make him more powerful or significant in your own life than he is. “I don’t want to run your life,” he says. “I’ve got enough going on in my own!”

His target is to empower those who do his classes and read his books to choose for themselves what they would like their lives to be. In other words, his target is your greatness, not his own. Being secure in knowing his own greatness already, he has no need to prove it to anyone.

Might an un-guru be just what you’ve been looking for, without your knowing it?