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How To Find Your Teacher

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“I believe that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. Choose a teacher that is living, at least to the best of their ability, with integrity, with alignment, with truth.”

Growing up, I remember my physical ed teacher that to this day has no idea how much he impacted my life. He was a man of discipline. Finding the right teacher is hard, but if you are willing to learn, the right teacher will appear. Listen to this episode to understand how the biggest lessons of your life will come from the people you surround yourself with and choose to learn from.

Some Questions I Ask:

  • How do you know the right moment to ask for guidance?
  • What are the signs to recognize that this person would be a good teacher?
  • How can you trust that this is the right teacher?
  • What if you choose a teacher that is not aligned with you?
  • How many teachers can a person have in their life?

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • Three keys that will help you choose the right teacher for your growth and development.
  • How to recognize when your teacher has appeared.
  • How we choose teachers that will show us ourselves and reinforce our own identity.
  • The first and most important lesson to learn from any teacher.
  • What is the right moment to ask for help.
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Lessons from a willow tree: Why nature is the best teacher of life

willowtree Lessons from a willow tree: Why nature is the best teacher of life

If you embark on a journey of personal growth or spiritual development, at some point, you’d want to have a teacher to guide you through your that labyrinth. Some people hire coaches, some look for mentors, and there are those who even travel to places like India or Tibet to seek counsel from yogis, gurus and monks. But many people believe the famous Buddha-associated quote, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” In my case, that teacher came—but not in the form that I expected.

“That one!” I exclaimed to the man showing us plants and trees. I was pointing to a fully-grown six-foot potted tree standing in the corner of his greenhouse. We had just moved to a new house half a year prior and we were looking for new plants and small trees for our small backyard. I had a list of what I wanted to get so I don’t get swept up by the beauty of all the plants surrounding me and end up buying impulsively.

But this one was different. How this specific tree—which looked neglected and out of place like a mangy dog among pedigrees—caught my attention. I didn’t even know what kind of tree it was. And I didn’t even occur to me to ask. Even with its sparse leaves and lack of growth in the middle of summer, I felt strongly drawn to it and carried a sense of pride in taking it home. I knew exactly where to put it in our backyard.

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What is the significance of having (or not having) a guru?

What is the significance of having (or not having) a guru?

I find that in this culture, every time I say I have a guru, I feel like I am holding up a red flag to people, because they say, “Well, I wouldn’t want that,” or, “Why don’t I have one?” or something else, so all I’m doing is creating suffering every time I mention it. It’s hard to have something you treasure so much, that you can’t share with people for fear of the impact it’s going to have on them. But I see that what I have to get rid of is my own reactivity to that issue. I am a member of this culture also, strange though it is.


The words that come to mind are that true surrender is no surrender, and the way it was put to me by one of my teachers in the old days, Baba Hari Dass was, “You can’t rip the skin off a snake. When it’s time, the snake sheds its skin.” If it’s a situation where somebody says,“Surrender to me” and you say, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” forget it. It’s not gonna work anyway, because even if you say, “I’m surrendering to you,” that’s ego saying, “I’m surrendering,” which is not surrender. There is a point where your surrender becomes just so obvious and absurd, that you’d be a fool not to – it’s not something where you decide, “I will surrender.”


It’s very interesting that my relationship to my guru is not one that my rational mind shows. In fact, the whole thing was very abhorrent to me in the beginning. When I met Neem Karoli Baba, the whole idea of a Hindu guru was absolutely absurd. I didn’t like Hinduism. It was day-glow paint and calendar art and I didn’t like it, you know… I liked the cleanliness of Buddhism. I mean I was really, you know, a Southern Buddhist. And here I meet my guru, you know, a big fat guy in a blanket, and what the hell is this all about? The fellow I was with was lying down touching the man’s feet and I’m sitting with my arms crossed standing there thinking, “I’m not gonna touch his feet.” You know, I mean, it was just, that symbol of the whole thing, and I wouldn’t do it.


An hour later it was all I wanted to do.

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