It’s difficult for me to write about Stuart in any great length as I don’t want to ‘puff piece’ things up. I like to keep it pretty low key. But I wanted to touch on something that may address some people’s questions and feelings — I get lots of emails.
One that stood out the other day was from George who said that since Stuart Wilde left the earth plane things haven’t been the same. He said that beyond his flaws there stood something amazing.
George is spot on. When touched by the teachings of Stuart one never looks at the world in the same way again. Since his passing the sense of loss we feel is that something extraordinary has left us which can never be replaced.
Because Stuart was outrageously larger than life, for me it illuminated, in big bright lights, that we stand inside the triumph (or is it glory?) of our own seemingly preposterous existence.
He showed us the nature of living a life that is grandiose and out of this world, but the journey also embodies a marked spiritual grace where all is sacred.
This was very special. No person held these two seemingly contradictory aspects together like he did. The loss we feel teaches us about the preciousness of this energy and how we can make the best of our own contradictions.
I often get emails from people who ask if there is a group or a gathering or a study manual of his teachings. There is none. It would be like asking a sage for a manual about living a spiritual life. She would tell you to stop being silly and go and walk in the forest.
Throughout the decades that I knew Stuart, he always said that his teachings were ephemeral. At various times an energy came forth, coalesced into something profound and then quickly dispersed.
Because of the intensity and sheer extraordinary creativity of his seminars they could never be sustained for very long. Eventually each show had to be wrapped and packed because not only did Stuart lose the energy for it, everyone involved became sticky. It was entirely natural.
The hardest thing for a teacher to do is to tell the people to leave and become normal. But few spiritual teachers can because they are sustaining their own self-importance with their so called higher learning. The students or followers are not being set free, rather their egos are being massaged to sustain the teacher. It all becomes dark and manipulative.
In his later years Stuart often talked about life being a process of becoming normal. I was intrigued by this as his life seemed anything but.
However It wasn’t a call to become pedestrian and boring. I understood it to mean two things.
Firstly, as people get more and more removed from their natural selves, they get more and more bonkers and less normal. Normality is a move back to the centre, back to authenticity. The grace and poise of being human.
Secondly, becoming normal is to step back from the teaching, understand it for what it is and go back to the people and do whatever it is that you do. Be a unique individual that has one confident and assured foot in the fringe and who also has something to offer humanity (and remember to look them in the eye and tell them what you want).
So we kind of absorb the ambient spirit of Stuart Wilde. We feel the loss, acknowledge it and use that feeling to be at times a little outrageous, to be creative and a little wild; constantly reminding ourselves of the sacredness in all things.
At the same time step up and live a normal life so we can offer something to the world without it driving us completely nuts.
It’s good that we are always learning about new things and updating our information. Stay in touch. If you feel you need a bit of inspiration or a reminder of what Stuie was on about then pull out that book or recording.