The true teacher can not teach you anything ..
but does remind you of what, on some level
you already know

Life, Love and Learning

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· Coincidence
· Teachers and Masters
· This I have learned
· The Dance
· Understanding

The Master does not teach. The Master does give words for the learning or insist on a specific expression .. the Master does not give exercises and homework like I was given in school and at University .. the Master, through sharing, teaches an essence that transcends words.

The Essence of the Dance

My experiences have led me to those who helped me overcome my inhibitions to a point where I could allow my expression as movement in response to the music .. an expression of my own inner drum beat.

Not so long ago, a group of Tibetan Gyuto monks visited Hobart to share their toning demonstrations and construct a special sand mandala. Like thousands of other "Tas-maniacs" I went along to see them .. and like them, heard the words spoken through a translator.

However, unlike many of the people who attended their workshops, I was able to read the essence of their words from the spoken Tibetan without the aid of the translator.

This was enlightening for me because I found that, although the translation was technically correct, it was not able to convey the essence of what they were demonstrating .. and the full body of their message.

One day whilst I was sitting in silence watching the construction of the mandala, the head Lama of the group came over to me and handed me a very brief message

"you will translate what you know for the world .. and for the children .."
           it was signed by HH the Dalai Lama ..

This was a kick in the backside for me because I had known this for some time .. but was avoiding putting the words into print. I have been very good at avoidance .. and sometimes it hurt.

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Coincidence

But .. I had learned to accept the beauty of co-incidence. This was just another .. and I have also learned that when there is a manifestation of my knowing like this, I'd better take notice. I ignored my knowing for a long time .. the last time (10 years ago) I lost my house through a property settlement, was retrenched from my job, my car blew up and my girlfriend decided she wanted to follow a different path .. and this happened in the space of 4 days..

The foundation of everything I was attached to .. that I obtained support from .. was ripped from under me .. By not hearing myself, I created that ..

Teachers and Masters

There are teachers and there are masters. There is a difference. Throughout my own search I have come across both types.

The words written by Gary Zukov, Anthony Mellor jr and a number of others are certainly true.
"The true teacher can not teach you anything ..
but does remind you of what on some level
you already know"

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This I have learned.

Once I gave up the quest for knowledge .. once I gave up the quest to learn from the teachers and the books .. once I stopped seeking words as a panacea for my inner dis-ease and turned my focus to developing an understanding of myself , there came about a complete change in the circumstances of my life.

People started to appear from seeming nowhere .. I started to hear what they were saying rather than listen to the words .. I found myself in the company of people others write about (or talk about) in hushed tones ..

The Master does not teach. The Master does not give words for the learning or insist on a specific expression .. the Master does not give exercises and homework like I was given in school and at University.

My experience is that the Master, through sharing, teaches an essence that transcends words.

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The Dance

The experience is much like learning to dance.

You can learn to dance, like I did .. firstly from a book because I was shy .. secondly you can join a studio and take instruction in a group from a teacher .. thirdly, you can take individual instruction from a teacher ..

and ultimately you can find someone who will encourage the free expression of your body to move with the rhythm it experiences in response to the music ..

My experiences have led me to those who helped me overcome my inhibitions to a point where I could allow my expression as movement in response to the music .. an expression of my own inner drum beat.

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Understanding

One day I was walking through a park in Sydney and there was a young man practicing the violin. Now, I know nothing about violin playing .. nor did I like them as an instrument .. but I walked up to that young man ad just said to him "would you caress a new born baby like that ..?" and walked off.

Several years later, I was sitting in a coffee shop and a man got up from a table across from the other side of the room and came to sit at my table ...

"Remember me ..?" he said. I did not. He continued .. "One day I was sitting in the park practicing my violin and you asked me if I would caress a new born baby like that" .. vague memories stirred in me.

"Well," he went on, "I was practicing for an audition .. and what you said felt right .. so I went to the audition and the whole feeling of what I was playing changed. "I am now a lead violinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra .. what you gave me in that moment was something that none of my teachers have ever been able to explain to me .. you changed my life .."

This is the essence of The Dance
 

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"Spiritual Teachers and Masters - Love Light and Learning, the Essence of the Dance"
was written, published and © Transpersonal LifeStreams®, Tasmania, Australia.
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Updated January, 2005

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