How does one become a spiritual guide?
What did you do? How does it all work?
This is a Big question, I can offer a quick answer, from my perspective: What I notice about it when I look right now, reminds me of ‘the Mountain’ image so many use to speak of spiritual life…
Like a Mountain Guide, one devotes large swaths of life to exploring– not in theory, in reality: the main paths the side paths, the deer paths; getting lost and getting found; braving the elements. Doing the Mountain. Being the Mountain. One starts to Know the Mountain, and then one is chosen/chooses to share the Mountain with others.
The guide sees who each traveler is, where they are, where they want to go and offers assistance along the way. The guide works with the traveler to build muscle, to deepen into the practices and abilities needed to go to the next level on the Mountain. The guide encourages, informs and tries to share perspective with the traveler.
One cannot in any way do anything For the traveler. IF and when they are willing to hear, they still may or may not actually apply what they heard. Sometimes folks get in challenging positions, and that is necessarily fine: people get what they get on the Mountain, just as the guide does. Sometimes the traveler enjoys it and sometimes they don’t enjoy it: often both. Regardless, being on the Mountain is its own reward; there is no ‘winning’, anyway.
Being a guide is often hard, uncomfortable, expensive on many levels, and relatively thankless:
When the best leader's work is done the people say,
'We did it ourselves!' — Lao-tsu
And if these kinds of experiences on the Mountain sound like the most exciting way to invest one's life, then being a guide can be the best ‘job’ on earth!
in Life, wendy
PS - And the above is more of the physically-focused answer. My belief is, here is really the spiritual answer:
It is all about Matching - one could say Resonating more and more with God. with spiritual reality (what Jesus called the Kingdom of God), and less and less with 'the world'. You may call it other things, but we learn from each other by spiritually matching each other: by matching how we run, hold, deal with our energy spiritually.
When I have the chance to play with kids I see this so obviously - they learn most everything through 'monkey see, monkey do'.
That is how all of us learn from each other spiritually: Matching, Resonating, Shifting to be more in alignment with Spirit.
So the most important of the spiritual guide's 'jobs' is to continue to do our own 'work': heal, deepen, learn, grow, be present, keep practicing, match Jesus... allow our vibration to rise:
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus,
the champion who initiates and perfects our faith
- Hebrews 12;12
with Jesus, as Jesus leads, we:
enjoyment of Spirit,
invitation of high and light vibration.
attachment to physically-focused/hooked energy,
invitation of low and heavy vibration.
Everyone profits from these shifts that we allow God to make in us, and everyone can more easily allow God to shift them, as well.
As an example, my favorite Christian teacher, Dr Bruce Morgan, used to talk a lot about morphic resonance, which is one way to try to explain this concept: (one of many possible links)
; ) w