I once asked Namgyal Rinpoche if trust was awakening. His response was: ‘Complete trust is complete awakening’. So the question may be, what (or whom) are you trusting?
We need to remember of course that the ego only trusts itself, which is a very poor choice, as the ego by its nature is tied to samsara.
On the other hand, every teacher has a personality, which a student may or may not care for. Does one get fixated on the personality, or can one perceive the awakened mind behind or within that personality?
In a sense you need to trust ‘your own’ awakening in order to trust ‘theirs’. If one can do that, then spiritual unfoldment happens much more quickly, with moments of awakening occurring more frequently.
By Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat.