The Power of Great Teachers

Would like to meet great Universal teachers to answer your life questions?

If so, the chances are that the great teacher(s) you desire are already in your life right now.

No, they are not necessarily the ones featured in “The Secret”… although they could be.

No, they aren’t necessarily coming down from the Himalayas in flowing gold robes…although they could.

Great teachers do not necessarily have a book, audio product, program, or other product to sell you…although they may.

The truth is most (and in some cases all) of the greatest teachers are in our every day life, but we often do not recognize them as such.

They can come in the form of our significant others, friends, family, co-workers, and the wide assortment of people we encounter at restaurants, coffee shops, the market, and in our daily life.

“The surface traits of God’s teachers are not at all alike. They do not look alike to the body’s eyes, they come from vastly different backgrounds, their experiences of the world vary greatly, and their superficial ‘personalities’ are quite distinct. They come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion. They are the ones who have answered ‘the call.’ ‘The call’ is universal.” – A Course In Miracles

Definition of a Great Teacher

For me, a “great teacher” is actually just a great reminder of the truth and potential already present within each of us. In their own unique and varied ways, each great teacher recognizes this truth and potential within us and as a result, helps us to recognize and experience it too.

The Power of Great Teachers

I am grateful for the power of the many great teachers that have touched my life.
Some of my greatest teachers include the following:

  • My Grandfather
I know that I am fortunate that I have not only known all of my grandparents (three of them are still alive), but also four of my great-grandparents and one of my great-great-grandparents. My last surviving great-grandparent passed away over two years ago at a youthful 103 years of age.

Of all the grandparents in my life, my maternal grandfather David was one of my greatest teachers. For this reason, I include his name (and my middle name) in the “byline” of all of my published writings, to pay tribute and honor his significance in my life.

On the outside, my grandfather was a humble and simple person. He loved his family and had a very funny sense of humor. He was a mechanic who loved to fix things and could often be found happily working at his tool bench in the garage.

What I learned from him was the power of just being. He was the type of person who allowed everything, regardless of his own personal preferences. As a result, despite his humble beginnings and approach to life, everything seemed to fall into place for him physically, materially, relationally, etc., usually without effort.

I am grateful for all that I learned from him.

  • My Mother
My mother is another great teacher who has taught me to identify my passions and always follow them…no matter what. She has also taught me to be independent, especially in my thinking. For this, I am grateful.

  • Physical challenges in childhood
I was a sickly child. I had severe allergies that required weekly shots and a very restrictive diet. In addition, I required additional “booster” shots every 6 weeks. Even with all this, I still got really sick on a regular basis.

As I entered my teenage years, I made the decision that I was not going to be sick ever again. Now, it did not happen overnight, but within a few years I was off all shots and I did not get sick like that ever again.

This experience of being sick as a child was one of my greatest teachers because it eventually became a catalyst for my energy healing work and my passion for wellness and well-being in mind, body, and soul. This site that you are reading now is one expression of this passion. For this, I am grateful.

The Greatest Teacher of All

There have been many other great teachers in my life, but in truth, they are all reflections of the greatest teacher of all: my Higher Self.

The Higher Self (a.k.a., our “Inner Being,” the “Holy Spirit,” or the “Divinity Within”) already knows all of our needs and desires, as well as our greatest joys. Its purpose is to guide us to the path of the full expression of these greatest joys.

Whenever we do not hear its Voice or guidance within us, it will send books, people, situations, coincidences, etc. to get our attention. If we miss these “signs,” then often we experience problems, challenges, and resistance that will force us to change and move in a different direction. When this happens, we are not being punished. Actually, we are being guided back again to the path of happiness and our greatest joy.

Learning from the Greatest Teacher of All

Here are tools that have helped me learn from the greatest teacher of all:
  • Meditation
The easiest way to hear the Voice and guidance of our Higher Self that I have found is through daily meditation.

In the book “Ask Your Guides” by Sonia Choquette, she shares a simple 15-minute meditation for contacting your Higher Self.
  1. Go to a place where you won’t be disturbed, sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
  2. Breathe in for a count of four, hold, and then breathe out for a count of four. Continue and let your breathing fall into this rhythm and pattern.
  3. Next, while remaining in this breathing rhythm and pattern, mentally say “I am” as you inhale and “at peace” as you exhale. “I am (inhale)….at peace (exhale).”
  4. Continue for 15 minutes.
  5. If your mind wanders (and it will), simply bring your attention back to your rhythmic breathing and the phrase “I am at peace.”

  • Program Your Subconscious Mind
In her book, Sonia also suggests:

- After awakening every morning, begin your day by saying:

“Subconscious Mind, let my Higher Self and only my Higher Self, lead me this day.”

- During your day, if you ever feel anxious, upset, insecure, angry, hurt, confused, vengeful, insignificant, or your peace is disturbed in any other way, take a deep breath and release it (and any tension or resistance you have), then say:

“Subconscious Mind, take me now and always to my Higher Self.”

Quotes on Teaching and the Power of Great Teachers

Here are what others have said about teaching and the power of great teachers:

“A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Author Unknown

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

“Example isn’t another way to teach, it is the only way to teach.” – Albert Einstein

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adams

“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Kahlil Gibran

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” – Mark Van Doren

“Teachers teach more by what they are than what they say.” – Author Unknown