There is a Zen saying to the effect, “That When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear.” There is much truth to the saying but there is an even deeper truth contained within: The Teacher is ALWAYS There; the lesson is always there to be learned, yet we are not always ready/willing to learn.
Being willing to learn means staying open to challenges and being willing to quiet your mind, still your restless internal chatterbox, and deeply, wholly, fully listen. Most of all, it means being willing to change, to release old ways that no longer serve you or the universe, to embrace new ways that lead you higher. You must release the rung below to grasp the rung above.
“Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside.” – Steven R. Covey
“This is a course in miracles. It is a required course. Only the time you take it is voluntary. Free will does not mean that you can establish the curriculum. It means only that you can elect what you want to take at a given time.” – A Course in Miracles
“If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.” – Saint Augustine of Hippo
“Walking through the Gate of Change takes but a moment; getting ready to walk through takes as long as you like.” – Unknown/NSC
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier