Dial Your Inner Lama
18 Jul 2011

Dial Your Inner Lama

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“ …???… ”
-Dalai Lama

It might have been the most profound experience of my life.

But it wasn’t.

I could have been inspired to change my life, to view the universe from a different perspective, to grow, or heal or both!

But I wasn’t.

In fact going to see the Dalai Lama speak yesterday at the UIC Pavilion here in Chicago was a grave disappointment.

No, it’s not due to the things he said, as I’m sure they were profound and probably facilitated all the marvelous things for others I would have welcomed for myself.

It is due to the simple fact that I could not understand a thing he said. Literally.

I sat for two hours straining, squinting, sighing, and looking around the room for a sympathetic eye. Nada.

Seems like the old pavilion had a sound system problem and the speaker in my section not only offered faint wisps of the Tibetan spiritual master’s message, those wisps were garbled like the sounds coming out of my first clock radio in 1976. Ever listen to Wings from a clock radio?

I was instantly relieved to find a growing number of similarly frustrated spiritual seekers in the lobby, displaying their credit card receipts and noting that any similar event where the fans couldn’t hear the band would have led to a riot. I suppose angrily waving one’s ticket in the face of a woman selling mandala T-shirts is better than a riot.

It’s funny, really.

The notion of seeking out someone else in order to enlighten us is as old as humanity. We have sought after seers and prophets, gurus and rabbis, shamans, teachers and talkers throughout our time on this rock, always hoping they will offer us the nugget, the kibble, we need in order to propel us to the next level of our spiritual unfolding.

I am certainly no different. I have spent more than twenty years seeking, traveling, paying and prostrating in the hope that a teacher will inspire me to understand yet another shadowed sector of my consciousness.

The silliest thing about it is that I learned long ago that I could not rely on any one else for spiritual sustenance. If I am to learn, grow and transform my consciousness I must not only find the right rock in the desert, I must find the right holy staff and then hit it just right…

Sure, it’s great to get support from others, especially those whom I admire and who have apparently passed a similar marker on their own journey of transformation. I suppose I still hang out with the guru/shaman/teacher folks because it is the reminder and reassurance that I, too, am on “the Path” that I appreciate while in their presence.

And yet, at this point on my journey, the things they say are typically things I have heard others say in the past. The words are words I, too, have read, written or translated. I suppose, in a lot of ways, there is little different in the messages of most spiritual teachers and religious leaders I have encountered.

Once you turn the sound down, all you see is a sweet, friendly person in robes chuckling to themselves. It’s all a great reminder for me that when it comes down to it, if I turn the sound down on myself, what am I really saying? What’s the message of my actions, movements or expressions? Who am I being on the most basic level?

Maybe I won’t ask for my money back after all.

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2 Responses to “Dial Your Inner Lama”

  1. Reply Anne Glover says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would have gone on to read your other posts but time unfortunately doesn’t permit it!
    I identify with your sentiment. I have spent all my life wondering about the purpose of life – even as a child I would gaze into the sky day or night and ask questions of a God/Spirt I just knew was there.
    I won’t presume to know what you’re searching for but I do understand that eternal questioning and search from masters to teach us. Even when we have the answer we ask for more. I wonder if it’s because it’s a lonely road and what we are really looking for is not just like-minded people but guidance and a support system that just doesn’t seem to be available on this planet. I’m still building the complete picture and feel like it’s a game of ping pong ball, making slow progress but I believe it’s of my own making, my human frailty and emotional reaction so to read your last paragraph was wonderful as it puts it all in perspective. Take life a little more lightly with a chuckle. I will add this to my pot now and somewhere down the line I’m sure it will help me piece together my bigger picture.

  2. Reply Jeffrey Sumber says:

    Thanks for your insight and input, Anne! I can tell you are a sensitive soul who also likes to explore the universe and unlock doors! All the best to you, Jeffrey

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