• Patrick Phillips

Be Your Own Tour Guide: Rediscover Your Ontological Destiny

Updated: Jun 24

Inspiration: Make the connection between the presence of a tour guide, nature and yourself as your own ontological destiny of being in the world.

When we take someone on a tour, we are not just taking them to be in the presence of nature, we are also taking them on a tour through the unique presence of ourselves. We are very much part of the ethical experience. There is an essence within us waiting to be revealed and presented to the world. It is, fundamentally, a collaboration between us and nature and those we guide. Sense and enjoy the interaction ... what do you notice?

Our presence is not just a question of the image we seek to project but instead our being in the here and now with those we guide - an eternal presence. Presence is everything. Nature exemplifies this over and over, every day for us. Another example for self-practice, are we being courteous during a tour? Are we being patient? Are we talking too much? Are we allowing enough space to come into our tours? Are we remembering at all times that the tour is about those we guide and their place in nature?

Our aim should always be for a more loving presence towards ourselves and everyone around us. There, we will find something (and therefore a connection), as the beginning of your own ontological destiny.

Today the world is changing ... and it's changing fast. But before you interpret the ‘world is changing fast’ as a prompt for fear, recognise that the world is in fact returning to something of a more intrinsic state, an essential planet to our being in the world. The point is this – rather than resisting, let us go with it. Rise to the challenge. Be bold. Be fearless. Be your essential and eternal self.

Beyond Ecotourism

Our ontological destiny is not about successful business transactions or the maximisation of profits, fundamentally instead in our daily exchanges (or gestures) we are looking for the opportunity to propose a new way of being in the world, which can only be achieved when you are being your essential self, the eternal you.

Everyday interactions with people are all contributing to your unique presence in the world, whether your experience of them is bad or good. Have faith.

For example, I often find myself taking a stranger on a tour without realising. I'm not looking for payment or an acknowledgment (I have already been rewarded). You see, the more we improve the experience of life for another, the greater the world will become today and tomorrow. Never underestimate your own power not only in the here and now but within your own community; therefore, improving social proximity.

Furthermore, our ontological destiny isn't only or always defined by human relationships. It can also be realised through our connection with nature. Once again, we spread like a sower the essence of our being around us, each day and every day. Notice how this will improve an intimate relationship, friendships and family interaction. Let us bring back the sacred into our everyday interactions and connections with other people (not only when we are guiding others on a tour).

What will my ontological destiny lead me to? Ontological unity – the very reason we are here and want to be.

And if we want to go further, we should make it our daily focus for everyone else to achieve their unity too. This, of course, is the journey of life – it doesn't happen overnight. Therefore, let our ontological destiny be the focus of our being. We should try each day to become our unique, essential and eternal selves in the world. Once achieved, notice how more and more of our eternal self is revealed, becoming an ever greater and more powerful presence.

Remember . . .

Destiny is in our being, presence.

Let that be our new daily focus...

Patrick Phillips (C) 2021

I would like to thank Dr. David Richo PhD, MFT a psychotherapist, teacher, workshop leader, and writer who works in Santa Barbara and San Francisco California for his inspiration to write this article. You can visit his website here.

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