“When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear”

I have been writing about my experiences of my spiritual journey for a few years here and on social media. I’ve also written two books: one was a short story based on my spiritual journey and another about dreams and dream recall. Writing about my experiences has not always been easy for me (I’ll share that in a future blog) but whether I want to or not, spirit sends messages and guidance to encourage me to share my story. And so, I have been inspired to tell you about one of my first and more influential spiritual teachers.

It began in 1990, the searching for…something…something else or something more. Not knowing what that something was or where to find it I looked on the self-help shelves of a local bookstore. From past experience I knew that religion wasn’t the answer. Neither was drinking alcohol with the wrong people. I recall looking at the bookshelves hoping something would pop out or fall off one of the shelves and into my hands. Since I didn’t know specifically what it was I needed to fill the void within me I was hoping one of the books there in the bookstore would. One book did look familiar to me from recent television commercials: Dianetics . After some contemplation I decided to give it a try. I tried it for about two chapters and decided that it didn’t resonate with me. Trusting my gut was crucial. This wasn’t the book I was looking for.

Very shortly after that, I had the book in hand when I met H.B. someone who was introduced to me by my sister Angela. When he asked about the book I was holding in my hands I explained how I had been looking for something to fill a void or give my life meaning. Honestly, I didn’t really know what to call it or how to articulate what seemed to be missing or what I needed to find to fill that…something. H.B.asked me to follow him and when I did he handed me a book. Apparently, what I needed was in a book. This book was another familiar book. ‘Out On a Limb’ by Shirley Maclaine. My initial reaction was “Oh.”

I was familiar with Shirley Maclaine. Her name was synonymous with UFO’s in the early 1980’s when her book first came out. I recall feeling a little freaked out by her story then. But as I held the book H.B. had given me I didn’t feel freaked out at all. About a month or two later while I was on vacation I started to read it and couldn’t put it down. Believe it or don’t – and I knew people who wouldn’t believe it – this book resonated with me. I didn’t really get everything she spoke about but I was intrigued by the references to the Bible’s alterations and the channel, whose name was Kevin, if I recall (In the movie version of this book, the actual channel is in the movie).

The next book H.B. gave me was Edgar Cayce’s “There is a River”, the life story of the sleeping prophet. His book “Reincarnation” absolutely fascinated me and set me off on a life long passion of past lives. Apart from books, we attended seminars together and visited two psychics and talked a lot about spirituality.

If I had not selected the book that didn’t resonate with me, I would never have met H.B. and started off on the next leg of my spiritual journey and eventually find another spiritual teacher. And then another and another. Whenever I am ready to grow spiritually another teacher always appears.

When the Student is ready, the Teacher appears


I was reading a self help book when I met my first spiritual teacher. The book, purchased from a bookstore was something I thought I needed in my life at the time. After reading less than half of the book I realized that it did not resonate with me. It was not what I was looking for after all. My sister had invited me over to meet him; she would be meeting her boyfriend there as well. The book I was reading was in my hands when I was introduced to him, although I can not recall why I would be carrying it around with me. But the Universe did.

After introductions, he asked me what I was reading. Prenaturally, he must have known why I was reading it and asked me to follow him inside. From a book shelf he chose a paperback and handed it to me and said I should read it. It had helped him. The book was ‘Out on A Limb’ by Shirley MacLaine. “When the Student is ready the Teacher will appear”, he said. I had never heard the Buddhist saying before but when he said it I got goosebumps. Something inside of me pinged. It was a knowing.

I was a little skeptical about this book having recalled what I had heard of it and her at the time. Less than 10 years from the time it was published I had her book in my hands and read the books description on the back cover. I waited about a week before I actually read it, unsure if I was really ready to read it. It changed the trajectory of my life. My spiritual journey had begun.

Just like different phases of schooling we go through in life, so did my spiritual journey. When I had completed the book, I read another my new friend had shared with me. This one was ‘There is a River’ by Edgar Cayce. My life was transforming and I wanted to learn more about New Age spirituality as it was called. When I was ready, the next teacher on my journey appeared. And then the next. And then the next. And I am still learning.



Astrology

20170701_211602.jpgI suppose my jumping off point into metaphysics was astrology. As an adolescent I was intrigued and completely fascinated with horoscopes and made a point to commit to memory all the signs and their characteristics, as well as their constellations.  I see a lot of astrology mentions this time of year, not surprisingly, as we are coming upon the season of prognosticators who will be predicting what may be happening in 2018. Let’s hope that it is a better year all around.

“What’s your sign?” was the classic pick up line a few decades ago. When I was learning to be a radio broadcaster,  a fellow classmate asked me if I was  a Gemini, not because of my chosen communications profession (Gemini’s ruling planet Mercury rules communication), rather she said that I was energetic and impulsive. She assumed that I was a Gemini.  She was very surprised that I was not a Gemini and insisted that I must be, the description of the Twins fit me.

However, she wasn’t  entirely wrong. Many years later during my self-education of numerology I discovered that my life path is in fact Gemini. I have learned that our life path zodiac signs are almost as influential as the zodiac sign we were born into.

Although I don’t claim to be a numerologist, or an astrologist, I did learn about numerology from the Astrologist Linda Goodman whose books ‘Star Signs’ and ‘Love Signs’ were very popular. (Her books are still sold in book stores). She says  the name we are given at birth – the letters in our name correspond to a numerical alphabet; the day in the month that we are born,  and our birth date added up as a mathematical equation. All of these numbers and our astrological sign combined represent who we are. So, are we just a group  of numbers?

For example: the day of the month that I was born is 12. 1+2=3. The number 3 corresponds to the sign of  Sagittarius. A Fire sign.

The numbers of the name I was given at birth add up to 33. 3+3=6. According to Linda Goodman the number 6 is the number assigned to the signs Libra and Taurus because they have the same ruling planet, Venus.  So, Air and /or Earth.

Next my life path numbers add up to 23. 2+3=5. The number 5 corresponds to Gemini,, an Air sign.  Gemini represents communication, movement, and intellect.

It was Edgar Cayce who said that we chose the astrological sign that we wanted to be born into for certain lessons and experiences that we wanted to have here on planet Earth.  Everything is planned meticulously: our name, date and time of birth, as well as who we choose to help us on this journey and where our experiences will take place, et cetera.

Apparently,  I chose to be born into the zodiac sign of Capricorn.