There is a great difference between a Master and a Guide. A Guide operates within us, and even when it can be represented externally, there is a way that it also becomes configured internally. If Jesus is my guide, for example, when I communicate with him, I automatically configure that image within me, in my space of representation. The subject becomes an internal representation and for some reason that I am just discovering, that kind of image operates differently. Silo represented as a Guide has a completely different flavor than Silo represented as a Master, at least for me.
The Guide orients while the Master teaches. The Guide’s attributes of wisdom, strength and kindness are within reach and can be internalized, while in the Master those attributes remain as external qualities that we admire.
The allegorical image of the Guide of the heights or the Guide of the mountain has a strong appeal. He carries a message from the heights that we locate in a different internal space from that of daily life, in the upper regions of the earth in our space of representation. His message is a message that makes human beings happy and free, a message of hope, a message of profound love for humanity, nature and the spirit. He brings the connection between human beings and their best internal qualities. He orients those who search so that they might find what they seek in the depths of their own consciousness and in the depths of their own hearts. He carries an inward message. He orients our look toward the internal realm.
The Guide does not teach, the Guide simply orients us towards our experiences. The Guide leads us to our shipwrecks, where reconciliation is possible, and also to those regions in which we make contact with the divinity that exists within us.
The Guides exist within us, and that is such a powerful image. For the first time in human history our look is being shifted toward the internal. When we recognize our failure, that is when we search in those vast internal places. When we feel defeated, that is when the internal world is revealed.
To ask and to receive can be very unitive when we connect it to the attributes of the Guide. To be grateful when a great joy overwhelms me and to remember at that moment to give thanks inside me is to generate unity within me. It is also to have and to ask for kindness, strength and wisdom, which can also be translated into a daily attitude of peace, force and joy.
There is a lot to say about the Guide. What is most important is to recognize the need to be guided, the essential necessity of a path and a direction for our lives. I was born without an internal compass and I have craved one since I can remember. I was given many external options, practices, rituals and beliefs. All of them were interesting, but it wasn’t until I found the Message of the Guide of Mount Aconcagua that I knew with an enormous certainty that I had found in his words that which resonated internally with my searches.
There is so much more I can say but I feel I have said enough.
These images / drawings are from a collection called “Weekly Reflection”. Most of the time the text is related to the photo or the drawing and is a “poetic” interpretation of the image. All the images and drawings are made by Rafael Edwards, all the texts are created by Fernando Aránguiz and all the English translations by Trudi Richards.
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