What It Means To Be Your Own Guru


  • noun ~ gu-ru ~ /‘gooroo/
  • : an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader.
  • : a teacher that you trust
  • : a person who has a lot of experience in or knowledge about a particular subject

"You are your own guru. ”

Whaat?? Countless times I've heard this phrase, yet never actually believed it or understood it in the least.

How could I, indecisive college student me, actually know what’s best for myself in the long run? Sure maybe deep down there if i connect enough in meditation or actually sit and think know the answer, but doesn’t a friend/psychic/parent/counselor/ANYONEBESIDESME have more experience? Can’t they tell me the “right” answer?

I wish I could say yes - wouldn’t that be so easy? then we wouldn’t have to deal with the dirty work of actually listening to our feelings - time, effort, opening to those feelings we’d rather not address, etc.

But the truth is that we all come to this earth as our own guides and teachers because you came here with a soul map - a sort of guideline of what you are to learn in this lifetime and how you might learn it. We are equipped with all of the knowledge needed for this lifetime and for all of the decisions that comprise our paths. All we must do is listen.

Deep down we know the answers to our challenges, whether they’re as minuscule as what to have for dinner or as huge as wtf do I do with my life. Your higher self knows, but first we must trust

Trusting yourself as your own guru means not only consulting yourself for guidance rather getting the opinions of 50839 others but also knowing that what you feel intuitively is what your soul needs you to hear. 

 The challenge is that so many times our brains spin crazy trying to phone a friend for their opinions or second-guessing our gut feelings, that we never truly honor the part of ourself that KNOWS.

But you see, that intuitive knowing is how our souls get in touch with us. Our higher self, or guru-self or your inner-buddha or goddess/god, has a broader perspective of your entire path, and knows where to go for more expansion. That gut feeling you had earlier when xyz happened? Yeah that’s your higher self calling.

In honoring our higher selves, we open up a WORLD of knowledge and love that is unknown to us humans. It cannot be grasped from the physical world, but rather it is the love and guidance that only comes from a higher power. You are more knowledgeable and more courageous than your human self can comprehend. 

Only you know what is best for you. Let love and light and kindness guide the way. Its the truth and its here to show us the way. Trust that you are your own guru. 

Love n gratitude,