anyone wrote:Hi all.
I live in Ukraine. I once had a dream ...
Where should I start and who to turn to for guidance?
I'm glad to hear you give credence to dreams. Please continue to do so and perhaps watch for other things also. Strange thoughts perhaps? Or in fantasy conversations with something you think of existing only in your imagination. One day while reading some book i suddenly got up, went to my desk and started writing. When it was finished i sat back and read the page and immediately thought, "This is not mine!" I wondered if that was something like automatic writing was about. I had heard of it but wasn't into that sort of thing at all. Nothing like this had ever happened with me before.
Here's a tiny part of it -
"The truly great walk this earth unheard, unseen, unknown,
Save for those who have the ears to hear, the eyes to see, and a heart that knows."
It was like a set of directions, in a sense, of where to look for my teacher. Up till then i hadn't been looking for one. There were to be more directions to come in various other ways defining exactly what to look for. Very specific really. So much so that it wouldn't be the same thing for everyone. Before I was always checking credentials for everything. If a psychologist wrote a book, before i read it i would check for the Doctorate degree, and it had better have been ivy league or the ilk, say Oxford. As the sentence above implies, a great teacher may not have credentials of any kind, no pieces of paper, no teacher of his own, no lineage, no ties to any particular school. Think about it. Why would they need them?
However, that doesn't mean either that one won't have all these things. But the test of a teacher isn't in how big a celebrity he is, how many popular books he's written, how big his teaching centers are, or many disciples he has, or the length of his lineage, etc. So look and ask but don't throw out your own dreams and intuition for what may appear as authoritative knowledge. Dharma is Dharma, the recognition lies within you, thus you'll find your path and your teacher among many.
By the way i too live out pretty much in the middle of nowhere. As it turned out i didn't have to go anywhere. There was something unknown about quietly transpiring, growing in the community. From the smiles and nods from the sangha members when things like dreams, visions and strange experiences were mentioned in conjunction with a persons arrival at the sanha, i think most had undergone similar expediences.