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What to Expect From a Meditation Teacher

The following points may sound like common sense but I believe it is important to be clear and honest about where responsibility lies in any relationship. This is just a guide and I'll be the first to say that no-one is perfect and even your teacher is always learning (if they are paying attention). Advanced states of awareness do not come with an instruction manual and so these points below are not strict rules, they are simply my observations about what approaches tend to best support the teacher to student dynamic.

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  1. Your teacher should conduct themselves in a professional way, respect confidentiality and show duty of care.
  2. You should be able to contact your meditation teacher regularly. How you communicate is between you and your meditation teacher.
  3. Your teacher is there to give you practical meditation guidance. With advanced states of awareness they can be more psychic and energy aware which means they can provide insights into things like your health, future prospects, relationships etc. But while it's OK to ask for general advice don't fall into the pattern of looking to them to make your big life decisions for you or to take responsibility for your life. Ultimately their job is to teach you how to develop your own awareness so you can access intuition and get your own answers. Asking your teacher "what should I do?" puts an unfair burden on them. Instead ask them something like "how do I learn how to get more clarity on my decisions?".
  4. You should never feel stuck with your teacher. You should only work with meditation teachers you are comfortable working with. And as you evolve you may wish to explore other teaching styles. I worked with about 7 different teachers along my own journey. Sometimes changing because I moved locations and sometimes because it felt appropriate to do so.
  5. Teachers are also just people who are doing the best they can and if the teacher doesn't feel it is appropriate they don't have to accept you as a student and if they feel it is no longer appropriate to teach you then they will let you know and can end the teaching relationship. In reality this seldom would happen, but making it clear that both parties are free to start or end the relationship means no one gets taken for granted and the relationship is more productive.
  6. Your meditation teacher should be able to discuss your meditation and what you are experiencing and give appropriate meditation advice for where you are in your journey. Your teacher's advice could include practical guidance as well as esoteric/philosophical teachings.
  7. Your teacher may offer to progress you to more advanced forms of Light and Sound Meditation. For advanced meditation teachers it is the ultimate reason they teach. Just because your teacher offers it does not mean you have to accept, only when you want to. Remember it is always your choice.
  8. The content of your meditation teacher's teaching should be focused on where you are in your spiritual journey. It is an unwise teacher who would discuss too much information about their own level of awareness and corresponding phenomena, if you have not experienced it yet. It would not help you, even if it is fascinating. This is because too much information just creates expectation which can hold you back in your meditation. The job of your teacher is to guide you to make these amazing realisations for yourself. A good teacher would not show off and try to impress you with stories of their own realisations!
  9. Your teacher should be more experienced than you. How else can they prepare you for the next stage of your journey if they have not already been there themselves. This is why only an Enlightened teacher is really in a position to prepare you for Enlightenment.
  10. There is no certification of Enlightenment and there never will be. Enlightenment is not an experience, it is a definite state of being. As such there are no formal qualification as this would be like having a qualification in moving your limbs, or breathing! Either your teacher is Enlightened or at least has access to spiritual Light and Sound Energy or they do not. Either they have the ability (directly or indirectly) to initiate you to Light and Sound Energy or they do not. Anyone who talks about being qualified by paperwork does not really understand advanced meditation. The only qualification you can judge is the time they have spent meditating and the change other students personally experience from working with them. A good meditation teacher will be able to help you meditate better in a very short time. It does not take weeks, months or years to learn to be stiller. An advanced Light and Sound Meditation teacher must be able to initiate you into Light and Sound Energy, or introduce you to someone who can.
  11. It is perfectly acceptable for a meditation teacher to charge for their time. So many people have misguided ideas about spirituality and money. At this time in human evolution money is the manifestation of value, we demonstrate we value something by paying for it. Personally I generally work for free out of kindness and charity, but I also value my time and will charge when appropriate, for example if teaching at a company.
    It is important to understand that spirituality can not be purchased. When giving the gift of money (showing value) to a teacher it is for their time, advice and personal experience, not to buy the states of awareness that they can reveal within you.
    Having taught for many years I have witnessed first hand the attitude of "easy come, easy go". When someone pays for teaching, then they may value it more and hence get more from it. Conversely if something is free and hence having no perceived value, then some people don't really get into it as they see it as not having value. This is human nature. Although I work for free or on a donation basis, I respect other teachers rights to charge for their time if they feel it appropriate.
  12. Meditation brings so many natural health and wellbeing benefits that it's only natural that your teacher may give you practical health and wellbeing advice. However unless your teacher is suitably qualified (ie a doctor, nutritional therapist, practitioner etc.) then please treat this advice as just friendly advice. Always seek qualified medical advice for health issues and remember you are responsible for your own wellbeing.
  13. The best way for you to evaluate the ability of your teacher is on the results of their teaching. When learning meditation with them do you feel you are actually making progress? Is the meditation advice they give relevant and helpful to you or is it just generic, the kind of thing you'd read in a book? Do the other students they teach stick with them and seem to be happy? If they have been teaching for a while then is there evidence that people are actually progressing? Have they got testimonials from their meditation students you can see?

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