I've heard this phrase over and over again growing up, by teachers, my parents, and many other people that seemed wise at the time, but whom couldn't actually define the phrase when I challenged them. When asked what that means they often all give me a sheepish grin and pretend to be some kind of spiritual leader giving me an aloof catch phrase and hiding the meaning. Many would say, when you discover that, you will be ready for the teacher. Even at 8 years old I knew they were full of it. To me this is a cop out. Often those that told me this seemed to have very little grasp of handing "teachers" (explained later in this article) that came their way so they didn't even practice what they "preached".
Decoding: When The Student Is Ready The Teacher Will Appear - Defining What This Means Exactly
This Phrase Is Well Known To Many, But Few Really Know What It Means or Why It's Likely One Of The Most Important Things You Need To Know To Truly Become Enlightened In Life!
The Teacher Is Always Ready And Waiting...
I don't agree that being aloof about this phrases true nature, definition, and philosophy is the right way to help enlighten someone. People tend to say things they heard that sounded cool or that they saw helped someone else find insight, but when they spout it out as just a catch phrase and can't explain exactly what it means it's of little value to anyone.
I suspect half the people that said it, themselves didn't truly know or comprehend it beyond it's more obvious meaning i.e. when I'm ready "someone" will appear to show me the way. The meaning is very easy to understand as it's a literal description of an intangible awareness, but without certain other awareness's it may not make sense.
I hope this brings someone peace of mind and helps you to find your way if you feel lost in this complex world. In this article I will break this saying down based on my research, experience, and comprehension of it.
What Does This Mean? Who Is The Teacher? How Does The Teacher Know To Appear?
Deeper down the rabbit hole...
My Ford Probe '93
You ever buy a car you never even expected to buy, say it was a friend selling theirs for a price YOU could afford so you became a bit obsessed with that model of car? Started seeing it everywhere? Why do you think that happens?
To put this concept into perspective, when you have a friend who is obsessing over a model of car you never really noticed before, although they are everywhere you never gave it a second thought but now that they have talked about it and you've been to the dealership with them looking at this car in detail you will notice that there are actually A LOT of these all over town.
You will see them and realize you never really noticed them before, as if all of a sudden they are everywhere you go. They were always there but now your open to seeing them more clearly, focus is sharpened and now you almost feel like your actively looking for them.
When the student is ready:
This basically means when you're open to the information, or growth. The teacher will appear: This means that you will be able to accept and actively seek out the people, places, and information that will help you towards enlightenment. It also means when your eyes open, your interests change, or something becomes important to you; it changes your awareness and focus and you start to focus on it and "see" where you were "blind".
I bought a Ford Probe, 93' GT (above picture) and started to notice them all over the place where before I didn't see a single one. Do you think all the Probe owners stopped driving just around me before? Of course not.
Until writing this actually, 3 years later (I'm editing this article again in 2012) I owned that Probe, but it was stolen in 2011 never to be seen again. Now I realize I haven't seen a single Ford Probe around town in over a year! Just owning the car means you will likely see others. Like attracts like.
When you're not ready to learn something you're closed off to the information. Your mind is closed (and opens or closes with intensity equal to your interest and desire or even need), and you don't correctly perceive it unless it's appropriate.
We Actively Manifest Awareness Of The Teacher.. Who Was Standing There The Entire Time Waiting For Us To Accept Its Existence.
When you're ready your mind opens up and is thirsty to learn more. You're perceptive to the information and thus you start to do things that attract the right resources. Your actions, your decisions and your very stimulation externally with the environment and the outside world, people; everything generates reactions.
A severe belief that an "angel" is following you around saving you will likely one day manifest in your "seeing" one. It doesn't mean it will really be there or that you'll even see a "real" angel- but your mind will make it real, and you may see one and rationalize that it's an/the angel that's always saved you.
You may see a glimmer of something in the corner of your eye and think that was the angel. You may smell something and think it was the "angel's" perfume. Some people force hallucinations out of belief alone- but the very reality of your "chasing" the truth is the teacher in action as well!
Every action creates an equal and opposite "reaction". This is the secret to "the teacher will appear". The awareness makes all these things, these "teachers" like breadcrumbs to your destiny, or whatever it is you're chasing. Your destined path self-inflicted.
Perception is reality...
The teacher is perceptions
The teacher is powered by your own intuition
When you align yourself especially with people who are knowledgeable about things they can sense your dedication and are happy to help you out, to teach you, to offer you assistance. You find ways to "teach" them as well as they may be partially your teacher but you are partially there because they needed you as well in another area.. the universe works in mysterious ways..