If you had to choose one book, or one teacher who has had an incredible impact on your Life, who would it be?
If you’re anything like me, that a helluva hard question to answer. Not for the lack of influential books and teachers, but for the Abundance!
What is it that makes a good teacher?
I think it’s the way they empower you; the way they demonstrate such prestige in their field, yet so earnestly convince you that the only difference between us and them is a few years of focused practice.
A good teacher is a mentor in a particular skill or area of Life that you have both decided to focus on.
A Master is something else.
A Master is a Mirror that Reflects the Eternity Within Us.
A Master is a person who has broken through the limitations of their humanity and found communion with The Source.
Masters are often NOT good teachers.
They’ve attained a level of Wisdom and Understanding that transcends language, so often the best they can do is speak in Riddles, Analogy, and Metaphor.
By their very existence, however, they prove the reality of that which lies beyond consciousness, and can serve as a lighthouse on our own journey toward enlightenment – if we believe in our own ability to achieve it.
“Seek Not the Masters; Seek What the Masters Sought.”
In the rare case of a Master who is a Teacher, it can often be difficult to keep our role as a student from transforming into a role as a disciple, or worshipper.
Take Jesus Christ for example.
Jesus taught Life Philosophy that has many parallels in the Buddhist and Daoist teachings of the far East.
He was a Master, like the Buddha, who devoted his Life to helping others cultivating Enlightenment and Joy in their own Lives.
He taught for a few months, then was crucified for political reasons.
Somewhere along the line after that, though, the crucifixion became the point of his existence and his teachings secondary.
All the Wisdom that he had learned and made his own was frozen in time with him, because nobody else had the belief in him/herself to take up the torch.
A Master is just someone who has discovered how to answer all their own questions.
A Master-Teacher is someone who has discovered how to answer their own questions, and create parallels between their questions and the questions of others.
They speak in terms that can simultaneously hold meaning for them, and an entirely different meaning for each person that hears or reads what they have to say.
This is why the Bible and other religious texts cannot be taken literally; The Words are meant to be template for each individual’s own Spiritual Process.
Mastery is Personal.
We can all become Masters of Ourself, for that is all Mastery is.
Want to become a Spiritual Master?
Find your own meaning within the words that other Masters have asserted to be Spiritual Truths.
If one person found their answer in certain words, you can too. You just have to remember that yours is different, since your question is one that only you can ask.
Want to become a Master Songwriter?
Learn the songs of those you look to as Masters. Find your own meaning in every word, then you will know how to write songs where the Meaning is there before the words are.