I’ve been fortunate enough to have a number of great teachers in my short span here – those who have not cared whether or not I loved them as Teacher, but rather did I love the Teachings! To properly do the work of a Teacher is not to be a friend – it is to be witness, to challenge, to push and to ask for more than is present or current.
To paraphrase Yogi Bhajan – ‘I’m here to poke you and provoke you; then we can illuminate and elevate!’ We have to break it up in order to get down to it – this is a wake-up call! Or, perhaps your chance to find the feeling of being ‘full-filled’ is by having the experience of being ‘full-emptied’. You want a glass of fresh water? Well then, pour out that stagnant pool you carry at the bottom of yourself!!
Poking and provoking to get the issue present; then we are presented with skills to rid ourselves of that emotional stain. Get empty, and then you may be filled! Not with your teacher’s ego, but with the Teachings… teachers, asana, space and time – these are conduits for the prana. Don’t mistake the faucet for the sweet water; don’t kiss the radio when you like the song…
Teaching is a calling – it’s done because the Teachings are that vital that they need this conduit for expression… however, recognize – the work is hard, the struggles surface daily and we find our steadiness and sweetness in the practice not as often as we seek it.
When the Teacher provokes, when the reactions flare, when the issues surface – first, give thanks and praise! Then, know the work is there and do it - exhale, release, acknowledge and bid farewell. Only then will the illumination banish shadow and the elevation lift perspective. Let your Teacher poke and provoke, let the Teachings elevate and illuminate – get out of your own way and take the earned gift.
Give thanks and praise, and get completely Pranified while you are doing it!!