Thank you for sharing this. For people who have been on a spiritual path this is a very useful post. It is easy to get stuck in our beliefs and patterns not realizing why all our hard work seem to result in little change. When we awaken to the magic and beauty present in every living being from planets to bacteria and beyond (that includes us, everyone) then we are no longer seeking or following but fully living.
The elders, masters, teachers and gurus can be sign-posts, they can give us maps and books to go by but each path is unique. The map is not the territory, the menu is not the meal;-)