As a spiritual teacher, I have learned that some people take my messages lightly and others really take them to heart–sometimes too seriously. This is why I choose to often say things in a funny way. It’s to get people to lighten up. I like to share deep concepts and then lighten things up so the message enters the soul of the listener instead of merely entering their head–which is likely if they take me too seriously. So I add a little levity to break the trance that some people get into with the messenger. This way they get the message but remain a little detached from the messenger. It also helps to add a little humor about myself or my own life.
If you read this carefully or listen to my teachings carefully, you will see a theme: I know the truth about things but I also respect the illusion. For example, I know the body is an illusion and yet I truly believe and advise that people eat well, exercise, and get body-work done on a regular basis.
Also, in my teaching, there is a theme of balance. For example, when I see people ignoring the importance of making God a priority in their life, I will get serious and “tell it like it is.” But then if I see people getting too serious about the spiritual path, I will make fun of it. It’s my way of teaching that as soon as we make something into a “sacred cow,” it’s no longer real and authentic. It’s now a false idol and must fall. On the other hand, if we take things too lightly and fail to keep our priorities straight, then we might very well be allowing mundane distractions to get the best of us, which is worth laughing at so we can see it for what it is and get back on track–but without shaming ourselves.
So, although it could look like I am contradicting myself, I am actually using purposeful paradoxes in order to teach a balance. Here are some examples: Continue reading