“The seeker sets the goals in response to their own needs, their own inner calls. Mentors provide the perspective of long experience and study, help seekers understand obstacles, and make suggestions for further progress.” ~ Judy Harrow, Spiritual Mentoring: A Pagan’s Guide
When reading this originally it resonated so deeply that I immediately highlighted it and wrote notes on all the people in my life I wanted to send it to. I even sent it off to the Principal of a new type of school, as he doesn’t have teachers, only mentors. It resonated with his vision, with my own beliefs, with those of so many people in education that I know, that is made my worlds meld.
This book is required reading for one of my lessons at Sacred Mists. I am working on my 3rd degree Priestess course and my own personal callings have now been completely melded. I am going to be saving money to start school online (as I mentioned when I began the blog) to be a pagan spiritual counselor and teacher. I cannot even begin to describe the contentment in my soul when I began reading this book.
As a teacher/mentor I am always a seeker. I think that is one of the most important things to know about those who have a calling for this life. We never stop learning, about ourselves, others, things that interest us. In addition, we want to share the knowledge we have and the experience we have gained. We have a knack for it, and we look for those we feel we could help. The nice thing about that is the energy we put out often draws in those who need us the most.
As I am reading this book, I am not even opening my lesson. I don’t know what questions will be asked of me, or what I am supposed to be answering. I don’t feel the need because this book resonates within my soul, within my energy and completes me in a way that I never expected. I know the answers will simply be there when I need them. The knowledge is now attained and I don’t need to worry.
I am also looking at my teaching for this year. Am I truly doing what I am being called to do? Am I applying this the way the students need? The answer is no. Not with my younger classes. I can see what they need, but they can’t. It makes it difficult when they don’t know what they need. I am doing my best, and I am going to be looking at things with new eyes as I continue through the book, and even read it a second time. How can I apply these to where I am and the students I come into contact with daily.
I need to view them as seekers, even if they don’t really know what they are seeking.