Integration and Planting Corn
Many people are reading and studying all kinds of great spiritual material and teachings. This is a boon for increasing awareness. But for the majority of people I encounter, these teachings are kept at a conceptual level. For teachings to truly make a difference, they need to be integrated into your life.
Most know the teaching of being present in the experience that you are in. I have heard this in countless intellectual discussions. But how many people integrate it into their lives? Are they willing to look at what prevents or distracts them from being present? Are you willing to confront the fears and karmic patterns that underlie your tendency to drift away from being present. Are you becoming more present? Until then, the teaching has limited value.
My teacher constantly challenged his students' spirituality with, "If it doesn't plant corn, what good is it?"
To progress further in our spiritual evolution, we have to go deeper. We must be willing to honestly look at ourselves. We have to create a practice or program to integrate the concepts into our lives.
This is why I utilize sharing circles in workshops and personal programs in coaching sessions. Modalities like these allow integration by allowing you to experience the truth for yourself and understand how it applies to your life. Then it becomes your truth- not Eckhart Tolle's or Pema Chodrons's. It makes the material the student's own.
Then you walk with and embody the teaching. This what true teachers do. Your integrated truth touches everyone you encounter. It makes a difference naturally on a day-to-day basis.
And it plants corn.
Posted on Mon, November 2, 2015
by Michael Hoffman filed under