Outgrowing your teacher

QUESTION: Masters, recently our group did some public service. A few of us joined in the team at the last moment as we were unable to commit earlier due to work. The “reward” we got was unnecessary remarks telling us that we were the uncommitted ones, being there at the last minute just so that we could get the exposure and experience. I am now at a crossroad. I have been following this particular teacher for the past 4 years and recently am feeling a bit “out of sorts” in terms of his teaching, including unfair judgments handed down to his students. My heart tells me to move on, but the reluctance to move on is still playing in my head. Please give me a sign on what would be best for my highest good.       ~Joyce, Malaysia

ANSWER: The best always for your highest and greatest good is to honor yourself. It is possible with any teacher to reach a point of incompatibility with his student.

All souls in human form are subject to the influences of the third dimension, regardless of where they are on their spiritual path. People living on planet Earth are constantly exposed to ego-based judgment, and even if they had learned the lesson once, when tested they may fall back and become judgmental.

When it comes to finding the appropriate spiritual teacher for yourself, you must understand that one size does not fit all. Once you start studying with someone and advance your knowledge, you may need to move on to another who can allow you to continue to progress in a different manner. Whenever you find yourself uncomfortable it is because your internal sensors-your own essence-are telling you that this is not where you need to be.

Someone who has been important in your life for as long as four years is like a comfortable pair of well-broken-in shoes. You hesitate to discard them, even if they are worn out, because they have meant so much in the past. Since they are in disrepair they will only impede your progress if you still insist on wearing them.