My favorite teacher, William Samuel, he had a charming sort of down-home sense of humor; childlike, simple, honest, I'd say, and brilliant at the same time-- he was a great teacher who could bring the student to touch down on the Living Presence, to bring us Consciously to be the Peace and Joy he spoke of--and then to maintain It.
Anyway, here is one of favorites, among many--it seems to sum up the Truth so well in such an amusing sort of way --and I've probably pasted this around the internet a millions times but here it is again:
"Every teacher, book, writer, practitioner, sage, guru or peanut vendor, by whatever name, title or label they go by, is an aspect of the Awareness (Identity) "we" are. We take the book from the shelf most likely to render a specific service at a given moment. Exactly so, we have appeared to go to the philosophy, teacher, church, friend, stranger or peanut vendor that has unfolded as sufficient for the moment--but that philosophy, teacher, church, friend or stranger is WITHIN the awareness WE are. So is the peanut vendor. We are forever looking at our Self.".....William Samuel
You are not finished, until you play in that meadow and live there. You can, you know. But only you can take yourself there.