Teachers, when you are challenged by student feedback how do you respond? Are you (a) prepared to hear it and (b) what do you do with it? In the majority of cases of challenging feedback, students project their own issues onto teachers. It’s a consequence of our work. Yet, do you hold space for the possibility that student feedback can on occasion offer a gem for you own growth? How we receive feedback influences what we do with it.
In the modern spiritual landscape, we seem to be outgrowing abusive and hierarchical power structures and beginning to realize that we do not need intermediaries to stand between us and our own Divinity and Truth. The last few years have witnessed a letting go of archaic and often abusive power structures and a shift toward greater equality.
It’s a safe bet that everyone reading this article has read accounts of spiritual teachers engaging in questionable behavior. Many of you may have been on the receiving end of such behavior. It seems that almost every week, the transgressions of some prominent spiritual leader are exposed.
Jac O’Keeffe, Craig Holliday and Caverly Morgan will be discussing “Ethics and Spiritual Teaching” with Rick Archer moderating the panel at the Science and Nonduality Conference held in San Jose, CA this year.