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For greater insight, let your experiences teach

Posted May 13, 2006

Q. How do I find a good teacher to help me gain deeper spiritual insight and understanding? -- V.P., Boca Raton

A. Teachers come in many forms: perhaps a dream, a piece of art, a song, an animal that crosses your path, an insight that arises while washing dishes.

The traditional concept of the "teacher" is what you may be seeking, but I see an opportunity to explore the concept more deeply.

Kahlil Gibran's insights are most intriguing. He said, "No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge."

As we awaken and identify with our spiritual essence, we begin to sense the interconnectedness within ourselves and with our world. By monitoring our interpretation of the events surrounding us, and by querying our projections, we open the doors of perception and gain deeper understanding.

Our soul beckons us to embrace our experiences as the teacher: to be here now and use each moment as grist for the mill.

As for teachers, you may require a guide while on this journey called life. It is important to recognize that teachers are learning, too. As you seek someone to guide you, remember to consult yourself first.

There is a familiar saying: "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." If you truly seek a physical teacher, ask those you admire whom they recommend.

Oscar Wilde said, "Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."

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