And with every class I teach, it’s so awesome to see how many breakthroughs people have. To see them wake up to their own brilliance. To see them step into their power and claim their dreams back.
Nothing could be a greater gift for me than this.
And with every class also comes the criticism. I’ve gotten used to criticism, because I believe that it’s healthy for anyone who is teaching this stuff to be criticized – or maybe not criticized, but at least questioned and not believed just because they say something.
It’s important to make up your own mind about your personal growth and transformation.
I’m a HUGE advocate of being skeptical until trusting a teacher. Trust with someone who is going to take you on a spiritual or personal growth path is HUGE. Without trust there can be no transformation.
What’s so interesting though is that the majority of the criticism I get has mostly nothing to do with me.
As Don Miguel Ruiz reminds us, we must take nothing personally because what other people say and do is about their story in the world. Deepak Chopra also reminds us that people will always react from their own level of consciousness.
A piece of criticism that I got most recently goes like this:
“[I felt Mastin] was worth checking out.
Frequency re-alignment please! Mastin may have been on Oprah, he may be enamored with his own spiritual journey, but he was remarkably UN-aware of the broader audience that he requested money to serve.
Perhaps Mastin needs to take his own advice.
From my perspective, he did not generate anything NEW or insightful outside of primary 101 spiritual teachings and basic processing. Rather than inspire, he advertised himself and was remarkably void of the defining humility that great teachers always demonstrate.
With all due respect, please unsubscribe me from the Daily Hype, I mean Love…”
This is a classic response from about .01% of the folks who read TDL or take a class.
What’s so funny to me is that if you know me, if you read the blog, you will understand that ALL spiritual teachings are at a 101 Level, because the truth is simple.
But the thing that I want to point out and the reason why I am writing this blog is because feedback and response like this is part of the path.
Am I perfect? Oh hell no. Do I call myself a great teacher? Never once. Simply, I am a guy who is going through life and sharing his beliefs.
They might be right.
They might be wrong.
They might be right now and wrong later.
Or wrong now and right later.
And with every email like this that I get, I also get positive feedback (I will include some tweets at the bottom of this blog for you to check out).
At the end of the day, however, this person’s experience of the course, which was “negative,” and the experience of the course for folks who have a “positive” experience is all about what they are bringing to the class, to the blog.
At the end of every blog I make sure to point out that you can take what resonates and leave the rest.
When you decide to shine, when you decide to put yourself out there – get ready for people to not agree with you. Get ready for people to echo your deepest darkest fears. Get ready for criticism. Get ready for negativity.
Why? Because when you put yourself out there – the world will respond. And not everyone will respond with hearts, smiles and flowers.
I do believe that the “positive” and “negative” reactions I get are here to teach me. There is truth in both, and I always learn from the feedback. But that’s just what it is, feedback – information. Nothing more, nothing less.
And this feedback, this information means nothing other than what I want to make it mean. I could easily beat myself up. I could easily condemn this person. I could easily want to make them wrong.
I no longer do this. I just take it all, positive and negative, as feedback and information and move on.
The message is that we must shine, we must put ourselves out there – and no, we are not always going to make other people happy – but we can surely do our best to serve in the way that we believe is best.
Can you put yourself out there, knowing that you will be met with resistance, doubt, and also Love and encouragement?
This is the path.
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Mastin Kipp is the founder and CEO of The Daily Love. Follow him on Twitter here.
Take what resonates with you in this blog and leave the rest.