Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I'm Not Spiritual, I'm Simon

Someone commented on a friend's wall on FB questioning why healers and mediums charge for their services. His argument was that spiritual teachers should teach through example and have faith that the universe will provide. He mentioned Buddha, monks, and shared a philosophical story about an old lady and a bag of precious stones.

The post was promoting one of my links, but I didn't join the fray. My friend and a couple of others spat chilli sauce in his eyes – she doesn't cook, so I was surprised she had some with her – and carved oi, oi, oi into his chest with a nail file, and he confessed that he had spent the last three years being fed and housed by strangers. He repaid those people by doing household chores and impersonating Oliver Twist, “Please Sir, I want some more.” In Australia, we call that free-loading, and if the chores aren't being done it's called raising teenagers.

My friend unfriended son of the highest, and in the spirit of, I beg therefore I am, he bombarded her inbox with accusatory messages. Sadly, this behaviour in varying degrees is common in the spiritual community. Come on, be honest. We've all talked about or judged another's behaviour. No one's innocent.

I appreciate that he thought I was a teacher, but he was mistaken to believe that I'm spiritual. I'm not, I'm Simon. By definition I work in a spiritual field, but I'll never confirm to the ideals of spirituality. I'm human. My views about spirituality and religion are the same: I won't suffer the guilt of not adhering to an impossible manmade and self-imposed dogma.

The business of spirituality is as cut throat as any other business. I've mingled with, and entertained hundreds of spiritual people, and it's rare to find genuine humility, compassion, honesty, and generosity. That rare breed will smile when they read this, the rest will chatter about the ego mind, not realising that that darkest of human traits – I feel sorry for Eddy Ego – is what's making their lips move.

I don't pretend to be anything I'm not, I'm perceived to be something I'm not. I'm the guy that people love or hate, there seems to be no middle ground, and I'm fine with that. I unsettle a lot of healers and spiritual people because I break all the 'rules'. I'm fine with that also.

There isn't a day or a healing that I'm not grateful for. I feel blessed that spirit has chosen me for this, and they did choose me. Sometimes I wonder if they chose the right person. I know that I'm an exceptional healer and teacher and every day I learn something new about myself, spirit, life, and healing.

I also live in a country where economy governs. No one called it an energy exchange when they payed me for unblocking their toilet. I'm still that guy. This guilt that everyone feels about charging for spiritual work needs to be quashed. Call it what it is: a business.

This isn't spiritual work, this is my career. Energy healing isn't a divine gift, it's not a gift at all, it's an example of potentiality, and that resides in all of us. This may be a tough observation to hear for someone who has studied a modality of energy healing, but the best healers I've found are those who've had no prior knowledge or interest in metaphysics or spirituality. You don't need a diploma to heal and communicate to spirit.

In this field accreditation doesn't guarantee professionalism or expertise. I'm sorry, it doesn't, and how do you accredit being spiritual? I regularly see savvy business people offering accreditation through universities and colleges they've created themselves. I could join a dozen organisations for a fee, and they all are worthless. It's a business people.

I'm in the business of story telling because that's all I'm certain of. This industry is filled with uncertainty, mystery and never ending questions: how, why, what? It's terrifying and liberating to not know. My life is filled with joy and wonder, and I'm not spiritual. I'm Simon.

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