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When the Student is Ready...

By Edwin Harkness Spina


In October, I was on the Ascension Panel at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles. I offered to give everyone who stopped by our booth later that day a "hit of energy" so they would feel what higher vibrational energy was like.

Close to a hundred people took me up on my offer. Most of them signed up for my free series of lessons and I sold all the copies of my book, Mystic Warrior that I had. It was a great day for everyone. 

A few weeks later, a reader wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed meeting me at the expo and reading the lessons, which she described as "amazing." Then she told me that she had me "looked at" by her energy healer.

Her healer told her that there was negativity connected with my energy path. She made it clear that she would not purchase any of my products, unless I could "win over" her healer.

I wrote back that one of the primary lessons that any true mystic teaches is to listen to your own inner master. While it's often valuable to solicit outside advice, your ultimate source of wisdom lies within. I told her that if she enjoyed the energy boost and found my lessons "amazing," she would likely appreciate my books and CDs, but that she would have to decide on her own. I was not going to "negotiate" with her teacher.

This is not the first time I have come across a student who has come to over rely on his or her teacher. In some cases, I've watched as students, far more gifted than their teachers, gave away their power to them and let them direct every aspect of their lives.

In one extreme case, I listened to a "teacher" complain, "The hotel people can't do anything right," "I'm not getting any support from my staff," and then yell at her assistant for not waking her up when she had "obviously overslept."

I explained to her, "You get more of whatever you complain about." She was disempowering her students and training them to be victims. My words fell on deaf ears. As Dan Kennedy, a popular direct marketer, once said, "Most people are running around with their umbilical cords in their hands looking for another place to plug it in." Relying on anyone to direct your life is contrary to the mystic path that I was taught.

My first mentor, "Sophie," made this exceedingly clear to me. She is a true master who "chooses" her students when she deems them worthy and ready. You cannot buy her services at any price or even find her, unless she decides to be found. My earnestness attracted her attention. She opened me up energetically and advised me on numerous subjects.

You can imagine how lucky I felt to have such advice. But as soon as she decided I was at the level where I should be "self-sufficient," she disappeared, leaving no forwarding address or phone. I couldn't even connect with her in my meditations. The message to me was painful, but clear: do not become reliant on any source of wisdom, other than your own inner master.

Krishnamurti was another master who did something even more dramatic. At the height of his popularity, when he had thousands of devoted followers, he disbanded his organization. He wrote a beautiful, open letter to them all, in which he explained that he didn't want his followers to become reliant upon him.

A few years ago, while on a tour of Tibet, I met two Buddhist monks, who had been monks for 8 and 14 years, respectively. During our final dinner, I decided to celebrate by drinking a local Tibet Green Barley Beer. The less experienced monk told me, via a translator, that my violation of the law against drinking alcohol had me headed for a future life as a dog.

I laughed and politely disagreed with him, arguing that all laws must be interpreted spiritually, that there was no absolute rule in this area. The ultimate master lies within. The more experienced monk agreed with me and added that it was one of the most difficult lessons that new monks must master.

To her credit, my new reader emailed me back after I drafted this article. She is trying to reconcile the advice of her "infallible" teacher and what she experienced.

Most people give up and leave the dissonance to fester in their mind, unresolved and awaiting a new, more painful trigger, one which will eventually force them to deal with the issue. She is persistent, however. If she goes within and contemplates her situation, she may come to an acceptable resolution. Hopefully, she will choose to rely on her own inner master.

As a corollary, since I'm the one who introduced the dissonance and "forced" her to think, she may throw away both me and my teachings. However, that is not my concern. Throughout history, people are famous for "shooting the messenger," i.e., deriding the bearer of bad news.

In my view, the role of the teacher is to inspire their students to go within, seek answers themselves and become self-sufficient.

It occurs to me: when the student is ready the teacher will appear; when the student is sufficiently advanced, the teacher may disappear.


Edwin Harkness Spina is an award-winning author and speaker. Ed is dedicated to presenting practical mystical techniques to improve people's lives and expand their minds. His workshops and seminars emphasize the practical application of these techniques to help others manifest their dreams. If you would like to increase your potential for intimacy by clearing your energy centers, please visit Energy Center Clearing


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