Catherine FenskeJOY TO YOU!Grand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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FENSKE: You are your own guru

"Within you is a higher vibrational field that holds the wisdom of the evolutionary process from even before time began. In this field, this Essence, are the answers to all of your questions if you simply ask and then listen." - Catherine FenskeI watched a documentary called "Kumare," the true story of a false prophet who impersonates an Indian guru to see how difficult it would be to build a following and to expose many gurus as frauds. Even though he makes up everything he says and does with bogus chants and yoga practices, he finds it startling that there are so many people desperate for a "guru" to give them guidance and answers. He is utterly surprised how easy it is to be accepted as a real guru.As the film progresses, so does the character of Kumare. His disciples put all of their trust and faith in him and he soon realizes that he has actually become their guru. He attempts several times to tell them that he is a fraud but they don't believe him.It's interesting because what he teaches is not morally wrong. He teaches them meditation techniques, albeit phony, that really bring peace and transformation to the people who come to him. He teaches them that they really do have their own answers and that they just need to trust their knowing. All in all he's a pretty good guy even if he was acting out of a lie.I won't tell you how it ended because you might just decide to watch it for yourself. I do think, however, that the film had some good messages about how gullible we can be, how we really don't believe we have wisdom within us and how we rely on others for advice and guidance. I'm not saying that a good counselor or coach isn't helpful sometimes when we feel stuck because they are. A good counselor or coach will gently guide you to your own answers and give you the tools you need to succeed. A good counselor or coach will help facilitate the reconnecting with your inner wisdom, your Authentic self. And then a good counselor or coach will cut you loose with the knowing that you are your own best guru.If you seek guidance be mindful of who you approach. If they act superior to you, beware. If they come from any other place other than love and a real desire to help you, beware. If they have a history of keeping clients for long periods of time, beware. Once again, depending on the situation or diagnosis, there can be exceptions to this. Just be cautious. Trust your own resonance when choosing someone to work with. If it feels good, it is good. If it doesn't, it probably isn't a good fit for you.Most importantly, know that you truly do have the wisdom of the ages within you. If you take the time to get to know yourself and trust that wisdom, you will be your own guru. My teacher and mentor, Alan Cohen, taught me this. He asked, "How do you spell guru?" Well, it's "gee, you are you!"This week I challenge you to go within when faced with a decision or have a question about something going on in your life. Ask for an answer and see what shows up. See how fulfilling it is to be your own guru. Have fun with it and with the evolutionary process that is happening in you!Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or email at Visit or her blog at

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