In this column ASK KALA, intuitive and ancient wisdom teacher Kala Ambrose, invites you to email your probing metaphysical, spiritual, esoteric and paranormal questions. Due to the volume of email she receives, she won’t be able to answer back individual e-mails. Instead, she’ll choose interesting questions and answer them here. This question is from David in Osaka, Japan.
David writes – Dear Kala
I have been reading your book “Nine Life Altering Lessons”
One thing you write is that it is important to have a teacher on your journey. I agree with you. In fact this is something I have heard many times.
I live in Japan though and have little access to any teacher who I can understand. Except for books, podcasts and the occasional Reiki course with an English-speaking teacher when I travel abroad, I have little communication on this topic.
What would you suggest to someone who cannot find a teacher?
Thanks for writing and for reading my book, 9 Life Altering Lessons, I hope you enjoyed the book. David, you ask a great question.
There is an old Buddhist proverb which says ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will appear’. Frustrating I know to hear, but there is great truth behind this teaching. You may have also heard people say, ‘You only find love, when you are not looking for it‘ and the same wisdom applies here. Many people share their stories of looking for love everywhere, and only when they stopped looking, did love find them.
I have two suggestions for you….
The first is, do not look for a teacher, rather, allow the teacher to find you. To do this, you must relax and remain watchful and open. As you do this, you will find that there are teachers every day in your life, as we are all teachers and we are all students, each person has great wisdom to share. Allow the interactions of your day with each person, to teach you more about yourself as a spiritual and human being. There is great reverence and depth of understanding in allowing each relationship to teach you more about who you are. There is also much to be said about simplicity of action to create honor and inspiration in each moment. If you remember in my book, I talk about how monks are taught to find the joy and reverence in each act, such as sweeping the floor or other simple mundane tasks. While focusing your energy on learning from each and every person you meet and interact with on a daily basis, your mind will open and your consciousness will expand, which allows for the wisdom of the universe to come pouring into you from the great repository.
As you know from reading 9 Lessons, I say in the book, ‘I am not hear to teach you anything, I am only here to help you remember what you already know’. You, on the higher soul level, already know the answers you seek. The teacher is only a guide, to help you reach within and remove the veil which has covered these answers. Believe that the answers you seek are coming to you now and they will appear.
Second, you are a man of action and purpose, both of which I respect and admire. I understand the desire to seek, look and move forward on your path to enlightenment. May I suggest that the Universe, in its Divine Order and Wisdom, has provided you with a rare opportunity that many do not have offered to them in a lifetime. In the ancient wisdom teachings, talk was considered to be very cheap and I think this still rings true today. All that was accomplished by the Initiate students was through action and inner enlightenment. Here, you have been placed in a foreign country, where language has created a barrier for you. May I suggest that this language situation, rather than being a barrier, has offered you the unique opportunity to study and connect energetically without the language to inhibit or slow the process.
How about taking a martial arts class, where you connect with your chi and allow your body, mind and spirit to enter the movement and spirit of the teaching, which transcends beyond words? Perhaps you may find a teacher, who can offer much to you in this time honored tradition, opening you to who you are on a deeper level, regardless of the words spoken.
David, the energy of Japan has called you to be with her at this time. Ask her spirit to guide you and nurture you during your time spent with her. Meditation and connecting with nature can be a very powerful teacher. If you have difficulty meditating in silence, try a guided meditation, which is why I created the meditation trilogy of sacred sites, intended to open the mind, heart and chakra bodies. As well, don’t forget to ask your guides to come to you, in your dreams, your meditation practice and if asked, they can also help to lead you to the teacher you seek.
Much love and enlightenment to you on your journey,
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