I have this picture of the Dalai Lama on the wall in my office.
I sometimes gaze at it while wondering what to write about or how to handle some situation in life. I have conversations with it. In the picture, the DL is making a really cute happy face, so in my mind he has a cute happy voice. I ask him questions about what’s on my mind, and his answers are always half-chuckle. His advice is always very simple and given with a smile (admittedly, this is because he’s frozen that way in the picture).
The entire conversation is happening within my own head, of course. The DL is not telepathically communicating with me. Rather, the picture of him is a symbol that helps me access a seemingly wiser part of myself. There’s the part of me that’s wrapped up in my day-to-day stuff, and then there’s the part that can step outside myself to get a better perspective when necessary, and that part sometimes hides in a picture of the Dalai Lama. I think of the DL as someone who embodies many of the traits I aspire to like wisdom and compassion. He’s also a relatively down-to-earth figure I can picture having a conversation with. I can imagine the sorts of answers he would give me, and I try to use that mentality as a guide when I feel stuck.
To be clear, I’ve never met the man. I may have his voice all wrong. I may be totally off base with the answers I imagine him giving. Nonetheless, the part of me that uses his voice is a part of me I like. It’s kind and wants me and everyone else in the world to be happy. And though it might surprise you, this part of me gives pretty solid advice even when the rest of me is suffering from cranio-rectal inversion.
As an experiment, I asked the DL if there was anything he wanted to say to the blog. In my head, this is what happened.
Him: Now you’re just being silly.
Me: *shrug* Seemed worth a try.
Him: Tell them to meditate.
So that’s that. My inner guru doesn’t perform for audiences, and he thinks we should all meditate.
Have you checked in with your inner guru or guide lately? If you’re in need of a little clarity (and aren’t we all?) maybe you should.