Step Two Hundred and Fifty-Four
As you learn to receive your teachers, you will learn to receive their approach to life. In this, they will give you harmony, balance, power and direction. You cannot respond to honesty dishonestly. You must learn to respond to honesty with honesty. You must learn to respond to direction with a desire for direction. You must learn to respond to commitment with commitment. Thus, in your response to your Teachers, you learn how to respond. You learn to value what is valuable, and you learn to release or overlook what is meaningless.
As you trust your teachers, you will trust yourself. Remember this upon the hour. In your two times of great refuge and happiness, in meditation, return to your Teachers whom you now trust. In stillness and in silence they will abide with you, and you may bathe in the depth of their love. You may experience their universal affection and receive their grace, which will only stimulate your Knowledge, for only your Knowledge will be stimulated.
Practice 254: Two 30-minute practice periods. Hourly practice.
I trust my teachers, just sometimes I wish I had a more tactile or visual relationship with them. I remember reading books in the past about spirit guides, the authors describing their interaction with them, meaning they would actually see them, as though in the room with them, talk to them, go places with them, be shown things. I have never had experiences like that. Maybe because I am too chicken? Maybe I would freak out if a teacher actually appeared “in person” before me?
So I conjure up comforting images in my mind of loving beings who have my best interests at heart, support me, put their arms around me when I come and sit beside them around the campfire, nod their heads in approval when I ask them about the latest idea I have.
On the whole though, I can vouch for the fact that I feel my teachers' presence, I feel their power, I trust them.
I want to share this exercise that I found helpful at one time. Jean Houston describes how to get in touch with the entelechy within each person, the Higher Self, and feel its love and support.