In an atmosphere of authenticity, the great teachers can give their students direct exposure to the principles of life. Likewise, the true students do not hesitate in the face of hard work. If it involves intellectual concentration or physical challenges, the teacher and student meet the lessons with willing enthusiasm. In my own years as an apprentice, it was always a great honor to serve my teachers, their clients and the community at large. The opportunities to learn and develop inspired me to the point that late nights, early mornings and heaps of dirty work never discouraged me.
But as soon as there is consideration of profit, there will be no end to the wavering, complaining and disputes. It has been said that money is only a problem where there are no values. Based on my personal experience, the exact same thing can be said about labor, sex or any other human activity. When we lose sight of service and focus only on the outward mechanics of any endeavor, we become corrupt and despicable. Living the medicine means demonstrating an authentic devotion to service. This is the building block of invincible community.