Teaching What We Need to Learn

Requesting Input for a Landmark Interview Series

What teachers of personal growth and spirituality would you most like to hear sharing their own personal triggers and challenges?

The idea of permanent enlightenment is harmful. It creates a false perception that something is wrong with, or missing from, someone who hasn’t yet reached such a state. It also can create a sense of entitlement in personal growth and spiritual leaders that leads to egregious abuses of power.

Therefore, among the greatest gifts that such leaders can give their followers is transparency. When a teacher allows his or her students to see the human foibles and challenges that inevitably exist “behind the curtain” of projection, it makes that teacher more vaulable, not less. In fact, only then can the deepest transmission take place.

In that spirit, in 2012, I’m launching a series of interviews with some of the most popular and impactful teachers of our time. It’s called, “Teaching What We Need to Learn.” Together, these teachers and I will discuss what challenges us, where we still get stuck, and how our own triggers get in the way of pure presence and realization.

You’d be surprised at some of the luminaries who’ve already agreed to take part in the series (more on that soon). You probably wouldn’t be surprised that many turn down the invitation. When someone is invested in being perceived as an expert, authority or master, it can be very uncomfortable, even threatening, to share so personally.

Which brings us to you. I’m excited to reach out to a wide array of teachers. Anyone who offers great principles and practices for healing, growth, empowerment, success and realization is a potential guest.

So – who do you love? Whom should I definitely reach out to? Please email me with any and all suggestions.

Plus, if you have a direct line to anyone on your list, or know how best to get through to the person, please include that as well.

This isn’t about how a particular leader met a challenge in the past and came away with a teaching story. It’s about what’s happening now for that leader, in the rawest, realest sense.

Thank you in advance for helping me create an offering that highlights what we all share. Thank you for contributing to a new model of mastery for the 21st century, one in which the greatest power emerges from honoring our greatest, and most precious, vulnerability.

Please stay tuned for information about when and how to tune in. Please forward this email to spread the word, and share with via social media.


About Raphael Cushnir

Raphael Cushnir is a popular contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine. He has also been a teacher, activist, screenwriter, and film director. His own heart was rekindled after a period of profound grief. His first book, Unconditional Bliss: Finding Happiness in the Face of Hardship, was twice nominated as Best Personal Growth title of the year and introduced the "Living the Questions" process. His second book, Setting Your Heart on Fire: Seven Invitations to Liberate Your Life, is used as a teaching tool in churches and spiritual centers around the country. His third book, How Now: 100 Ways to Celebrate the Present Moment, was named one of the "Best Spiritual Books of 2005" by Spirituality and Health magazine. Raphael shares his work in talks and workshops worldwide. For more info: www.livingthequestions.org; www.heartonfire.org; www.hownow100.com; www.innermanagement.biz.
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