Kumare, False Gurus, and the Power of You

An old friend of mine was recently visiting New York, and we went to see a very great movie called Kumare. If you haven't already, go see it! It's about the uselessness of gurus, and gives an extremely useful message: the only guru we ever need is already inside each one of us.

This got us talking about how we all have limitless creative power. Really? My friend often makes jokes about his height. He's not tall. So, with my limitless creative power, can I grow taller?

This is one of those common ideas we all know: we have great abilities inside us already. We're great! It's worth exploring what exactly does this mean and how do I get in there??

1) You can change your mind in an instant. There's more than one way to go about this. Sometimes people get together in support groups and yell "I'm fabulous and you're fabulous!!!" That's one way. Another is to change your mind about you. Understand that you have creative power. And then most important, do the work that brings about change in your life, based on belief in yourself.

2) Your body follows your mind. What you think and believe creates and shapes you. For example, if you think vibrantly good health is beyond your reach, your body listens to that thought, very carefully. Another way of saying it is, you look like how you think. Thoughts are powerful, and we get to choose them.

3) Your mind, body, and life are all the same thing. They are all connected and follow each other. We aren't a collection of disjointed parts. We're all one connected holistic being. What we practice in any part of our lives - for better or worse - ripples throughout everything we are. That's creative power, and it's at work all the time.

So does this make my old friend taller? Not exactly. Our number of inches, along with living on planet earth, may be in a very tiny set of somewhat less movable parts. But there's still movement there. In creating a life you love - a you that you love - you don't think so much about whether you can see over that next wall. You get to just climb right over, or open up the door.

Michael Taylor

Co-Founder Of Strala Yoga & Tai Chi Expert
Mike Taylor is the co-founder of Strala along with his wife, Tara Stiles. He studied mind-body medicine at Harvard and complementary medicine at Oxford. Mike has practiced Eastern movement and healing, including tai chi and qigong, for more than 30 years. In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. His record established the strength of finding your own way in your own body rather than copying the techniques of other people’s traditions. As he got older, Mike continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the United States and England, he left his health care roots for a little while. As the first internet boom was getting started, he joined the startup team of one company, then founded a couple more. Now through Strala, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, enable their lives, and become their own best caregivers.Mike has climbed some of the world’s largest mountains in Alaska, the Alps, and the Himalayas. He’s now a cyclist and runner and spends as much free time as possible exploring the backcountry on foot, skis, and snowboard. He lives in New York with his wife, Tara, and baby, Daisy.
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