In the interests of transparency, I think now might be a good time to introduce myself to you, to tell you about my background and credentials, and to let you know my motivation for why I do the work I do in the fields of yoga, tantra, and meditation through the lens of Kashmir Shaivism.
Spirituality is an interesting and unregulated field. There are many self-proclaimed yoga and meditation teachers, and this is because, in many instances, qualifications are not required. "Degree of Enlightenment," anyone? The ability of someone to teach meditation is supposedly often about esoteric transmission, how you feel in the teacher's presence, endorsement by their spiritual teacher or lineage etc. etc. In my view, this can present various problems, particularly in this day and age. There is too much scope for abuse of power, for continually asserting control, for monetary gain, for prestige, for more followers, more adoration, and more property. In short, unless the teacher is careful, it can become a massive ego trip! No matter how spiritually advanced a teacher or guru may be, they are still human. The danger lies when they are idealized and deified by their students. If the teacher buys into this, it is only a matter of time before their "Degree of Enlightenment" translates into degrees of damage.
Now, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t real teachers; in fact, I count myself lucky to have met one. What I am saying here is that spiritual teachers and Gurus, like anybody else, are human, are flawed. It can’t be any other way. Imperfection must be part of perfection; otherwise, that perfection is still limited. So, after 20 years of sustained meditation practice, a practice that is still ongoing, I have come to this understanding: the Guru is in You.
It took a while for me to understand this, many years of living in rel