I want to start a thread about which spiritual teachers/inspiring people have helped you the most, and maybe I can learn about some more.
These are mine. They’re in no particular order,and are all on you tube.
James Arthur Ray
If I remember more I will add them.
In regards to any information, take what most resonates with you and discard what doesn’t. There is no right or wrong, just what isn’t right for you.
Bashar!!!! Fuck yea.
I like your list. Especially Gregg Bradon (Bradon is what you meant right?) and Alan Watts.
I would add
Neale D. Walsh
+many many channels(same thing Bashar does) which are also inspiring
edit: did you mean David Wilcock or David Wilcox? I don’t know the latter.
Thanks guys all corrections updated :)
Yes Jesus Christ is definitely a good one, usually overlooked due to religious connections.
Neale D. Walsh, Terrence McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck YES! Love them
I’ll check out Peter Russel & Victor Wooten (Russel Peters is a hilarious comedian)
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Uell Stanley Andersen (just recently found out about him and his brilliant writings. His work is from the 50s-60s but never got the real credit he truly deserved. To call him a pure genius is an understatement.)
Look both of them up :)
Leonardo Davinci is not considered a spiritual teacher but his take on living life to its most satisfying potential, balancing intellect and emotion, a life of serious science, art and tomfoolery, greatest example of a human I could ever suggest to anyone.
I’m going to simultaneously bump this thread up to the top and suggest that people check out Infinite Waters on youtube. This guy has an awesomely chill attitude and inspiring words of wisdom. I don’t know his name, but do a search for Infinite Waters or Kemetprince1 is his username.
Emanuel Swedenborg (Svedberg)
Yashuah bin Hur (Jesus)
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
I’m also going to encourage everyone to check out The Spirit Science people if you haven’t done so already.
The Atlantis King
Pheonyx Roldan Smith
All of these guys have great things to say and its awesome watching them all work together.
We remind the reader that, as we said in Section 14.1, concepts in spiritual teachings are used as pointers to Reality rather than as concepts to be believed. In practical terms, this means that the function of a concept is to facilitate disidentification. This results in a sense of freedom and peace, and in release from suffering. This is its only function. If it fails to do that, the concept is useless at best, and at worst, it strengthens identification. An analogy often used by spiritual teachers to illustrate this point is that a concept is like a finger pointing to the moon (Reality). When one sees the moon (when awakening occurs), the finger is forgotten.
However, a common mistake among spiritual seekers is to regard the concept itself as truth, and thus to cling to it. This is like worshipping the finger rather than looking at what it is pointing to. In doing so, the ego averts a threat to its existence. For example, if a religion regards its concepts as truth, it is worshipping the finger (see Chapter 14). Another mistake is to look at a spiritual concept and to disregard what it is pointing to because of resistance to the concept itself. Again, the ego averts a threat to its existence. Most materialists and many scientists make this mistake when they refuse to question the reality of “objective reality”.
Question: Have you ever observed or experienced an example of worshipping the finger rather than the moon?
Different spiritual teachers use different concepts, but always for the same purpose. A seeker is usually drawn to a teacher who uses a conceptual system that is acceptable to him/her in some way. Acceptability usually means that the concepts are consistent with the seeker’s intuition and experience. However, as a seeker matures, the concepts used by a teacher may be less and less useful for disidentification. Indeed, they can even begin to generate more suffering than they relieve because they can begin to produce more and more conflicts with the seeker’s intuition and experience. In such cases, the seeker scarcely needs to be told to find another teacher. However, this can be easier said than done if the seeker has developed a strong personal relationship with the teacher, or if the seeker is deluded by the teacher into thinking that staying with him or her is the only way to salvation. This kind of delusion is responsible for the many stories of seekers having clung to a teacher long after the teacher’s usefulness has faded. Probably the best attitude to take towards spiritual teachers is to use them as resources, without regarding any one of them as one’s only avenue to salvation. The spiritual marketplace is no different from the commercial marketplace in this respect, so, even here, the guiding rule is caveat emptor.
Question: Have you ever outgrown a religious or spiritual teacher or have found him/her no longer helpful?
20.2. What is direct seeing?
For a few seekers, merely hearing the right words from the right teacher is enough to catalyze deep understanding and awakening. However, those seekers are rare, and for most people, active inquiry is necessary to see what the words mean. This inquiry can take the form of questioning the teacher, which is what happens in satsang, or it can take the form of inner examination and observation. Inquiry is a scientific investigation into what is true and what is not. It is scientific because it is based on observation, and both the method and the results can be communicated to others who can then verify them for themselves (see Section 1.1). More accurately, only what changes and therefore what is unreal can be observed and communicated, while what is Real does not change and therefore cannot be observed or communicated. Nevertheless, through inquiry It can be known to be true. Inquiry is discussed in detail in Chapter 23.
The practice of inquiry (see Chapter 23) allows us to see directly that there is no “I”. Direct seeing is also the technique of Buddhist mindfulness meditation (see Sections 14.6, 24.2). In these practices, we see directly that there is no mind, there is only a mental process; there is no body, there is only a sensory process. (Quantum theory shows this conceptually, see Section 9.1). Direct seeing reveals that what seems to be real is not, so realization of What-Is can arise. Direct seeing is also the main thrust of Wei Wu Wei’s books, which tend to point out what is not true rather than vainly attempting to say what is true.
Great list. You should check out Edgar Cayce, very few people I know have heard of him but he is one of the most profound individuals I’ve ever learned about and there is plenty of information on him seeing that he is the most documented “psychic” of the 20th century.
Stopped reading at Joe Rogan. If we’re counting any asshole with an above average IQ and access to youtube then that list should be about 100 million people long.
He is awesome, no doubt, but he’s just a stand up comedian that spreads the message and is attempting to ‘awaken’ humanity. My definition of a spiritual leader is someone who has dedicated their entire existence to enlightenment or a particular school of thought predicated around bettering our race.