Why I’m not using “guru” anymore
I want to take a moment to jam on something that is important to me, something I recently learned, and how it’s impacting the work I’m doing here.
This year I’ve dived into the world of social justice, anti-racism, and being a true accomplice to BIPOC, LGBTQ+ folx, and other marginalized people. (I know I’m late, and for that I’m truly sorry.)
I’m trying really hard to decolonize, both personally and in my work, from white supremacy and a lot of the gross social conditioning that is the foundation of system racism and oppression.
This means that I am constantly questioning everything, doing loads of research, and educating myself so that I can be a responsible practitioner (and human), minimize any harm I may unintentionally cause, and restore the harm and course correct when I do mess up.
The past few weeks I’ve been learning about cultural appropriation, and I’ve done a lot of research on the origins of words, internet slang, spiritual terms, as well as spiritual tools and practices in general (I’m by no means an expert, and I’m always learning).
You may have seen a few weeks ago I introduced The Asshole Guru Oracle Deck, along with weekly digital card pulls. This is a way for me to work my sense of humor into TSC so we are all having a good time.
However, I recently learned that using the term “guru” (and potentially profiting off of it when I create the real card deck) is a form of cultural appropriation, since the word originates from Buddhism/Hinduism practices, and I am neither.
I want to apologize for this mis-step, and I promise I will strive to do better and be better.
I’ve changed the name of the deck to The Asshole Oracle Deck, and I’ve updated the graphics on my IG stories and blog.
I think part of anti-racism and social justice work is sharing it with others, as well as the things I’m learning, because we don’t know what we don’t know.
And, let’s be real, as much as we may have pure intentions, at the end of the day, it’s impact–not intentions–that matter.