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When the Student is Ready

In his book, “The Book of Awakening” Mark Nepo quotes Parker J. Palmer who writes, “The spiritual life is about becoming more at home in your own skin.”  Nepo says, “The aim of all spiritual paths, no matter their origin or the rigors of their practice, is to help us live more fully in the lives we are given.”  This is contrary to most contemporary spiritual approaches which are too often rooted in emotional greed, resentment, or what Chogyam Trungpa called, “Spiritual Materialism”.

There is another saying older than Palmers, “When the student is ready the teacher appears.”  Here the reference to the “teacher” may or may not necessarily be a person.  We are to understand that, “Life” as it is showing up in our lives and in the world is “the teacher”.  As a young Catholic I remember the Sisters and Priests often saying, “God never gives us more than we can handle.”  If both sayings are true, and I believe they are, then the only matter left is whether or not the student is going to attend class.

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