I have been spending the small amount of spare time I have in promoting the book and have not had
time to start Book Three [in "The Immortal series]. Many of the readers have expressed
disappointment that there is not more for them to read so this forum may be a good medium for us to keep
feeding the soul until another book comes out. I do plan on starting Book Three very soon
and hopefully it will be done in about six months. If I didn't have to work like crazy to make a living (the self-employed will understand), I could probably
finish it in a month. But we must always plow with the horses we have.
I've received comments from time-to-time from readers who wish they could learn from a teacher like [the character of] John in my book "The Immortal." Many readers want to continue to go forward after reading the first two books, so I am hoping this mailing list will fill the void. Instead of answering your questions about the student-teacher relationship individually, I've decided to write an article about it and post it here for everyone.
This concept of the teacher-student relationship has two extremes associated with it. To understand it completely you will need the second "lost key of the Buddha," revealed in Book 3, but what I give here will be a big help to those who already register this key internally.
The one extreme is the idea that goes something like this:
"Me teacher -- you student. You do, think and act exactly as I command if you want to learn or be anything."
The other extreme is:
"There are no teachers and no students for we are all teachers, and we are all students. One person is not above another and everyone's words have equal value."
Even though people in these two camps see each other as an agent of evil and opposite to themselves, the concept espoused by each has the same effect.
And what effect is that?
Too turn the student into a non-thinking animal, or "beast," as it is called in the Book of Revelations.
The Illusion of "Follow The Teacher"
There are many problems associated with the illusion of following the teacher.
We will talk more about principles and facts in future books and posts.
An example of an extreme failure of a student from this mindset is the religious fanatic who will kill himself and others with a bomb tied to his back so he can secure a place in heaven. Another example would be the Jim Jones group who committed mass suicide. Still another is the group that goes to the mountain top to be raptured (because their teacher set a certain date) only to discover that Jesus seemed to have changed his mind because they were just not good enough.
These are extreme examples, but all who follow the black-and-white approach of the teacher of the first extreme have their progress tied up to some degree in actions of a similar degree of ridiculousness.
The Illusion of "All Are Equal"
This is the "feel-good" extreme -- the seemingly safe extreme -- the "we are not judging each other" extreme. How could this extreme be bad if the intent is to establish equality? Remember the other extreme that tried to establish equality -- Communism (or Socialism)? The ideal of equality sought in Communism has nothing wrong with it, but because it diffused individual thought and soul contact it turned into a great evil. The great illusion of "all are equal" is that the basic ideal is good, but the ideal is attempted through illusion.
True equality can only be achieved through truth -- not illusion.
In the reality we are presently in, the truth is there are teachers, and there are students. Even though there is equality on the soul level, we are very diverse on the physical, emotional and mental levels. To fully understand this concept we must define what a student and teacher is. The student and teacher are each symbolic of the two basic energies of the universe: positive-negative; yin-yang; male-female; light-dark; hot-cold; and finally, giving-receiving. These two energies are called the dualities. Wherever there is form there exists positive-negative, giving and receiving. Thus, in any relationship of two people one will be polarized as the teacher (giver) and the other as the student (the receiver).
You may object because in your relationships sometimes you are the teacher or giver, and other times the student or receiver. It seems egotistical to think of yourself as always the teacher. It is true all of us have within us the giving and receiving (positive-negative) principles, but we are talking about polarization here. If you are polarized as a male, this means you have more male energies within you than female. It does not mean that you do not have female energies available. In a relationship, you both give and receive, but the giving and receiving is NEVER equal in this world. If you are giving more than receiving, then by default you become the teacher in the relationship. Because this statement is true and truth must be recognized to escape from this veil of illusion, then this student-teacher relationship must be recognized before true equality can even be dreamed of.
Let us take the relationship I have with Rick. Overall I am polarized as his teacher, but the true teacher will always be open to receiving from the student when the opportunity permits. Rick gave me that opportunity by presenting the idea of a mailing list. Now if I saw that this was a bad idea I would have remained in the teaching position and taught him why it was a bad idea; however, I could find no reason to object and I became obligated to become the student for a time. As long as the direction Rick is going registers well with my soul I am obligated as a disciple of truth to follow.
The highest of the Masters who have overcome physical death would see themselves polarized as a teacher in a relationship with any of us, yet they still recognize that we can do certain things better than they can. For example, most of us in the human kingdom understand that we are of much higher intelligence overall than any animal. No animal would have any concept about building an automobile or spacecraft as man has done. But on the other hand, a human can never build a beaver dam as well as a beaver. Beavers already have the knowledge to build them better and faster than we can. The relationship of the God Kingdom to man corresponds to the human kingdom and the animal. The attention of the Masters is set on many lofty ideas that man does not even comprehend, yet there are many things in the human world that man is more capable of performing well than is the highest of Masters.
This is the main reason we do not see more of the Masters, as the more directly they become involved by doing for us what we can do for ourselves, the more things get screwed up. The powers-that-be learned this painful lesson during Atlantis. During part of this period the Masters associated much more freely with humans and gave them much knowledge that they were not yet ready to handle. The result was that the entire civilization was destroyed and we had to start again from scratch. The Masters learned their lesson and this time have committed themselves to only helping us when we cannot help ourselves. They do assist behind the scenes, but only work through our personal desires and free will. The goal at present is to move certain groups in the human kingdom towards alignment with the Kingdom of God, so heaven and earth can be brought together. This will result in a truly beneficial interplay between the two kingdoms that will assist rather than destroy humanity.
Now getting back to the Teacher-Student principle: it is extremely important that this concept be recognized. Without it we will be polarized in one of the above extremes; and, the only way we will advance toward the soul in that case is through tremendous pain. Discovering your position in a relationship creates a detour around the pain and toward the greater light.
In the true student-teacher relationship authority is only recognized because it is earned. Let's say you want to learn Spanish and two teachers surface who say they can teach you. They both seem equally convincing, but the truth is that one of them knows the language well and the other one does not. If you accept either as an authority just because he or someone else tells you to, then you have a 50-50 chance of getting a bad teacher. What do you do? You test the teacher. Have him actually speak some Spanish. Give him several paragraphs from English and see if he can translate and then check out the translation for correctness. Finally, you will establish in your mind that one of them can truly teach you.
Once you have tested your teacher then you do not have to check up on him in every little detail; but when you have learned the basics and want to go to advanced Spanish, you do need to check again to see if he has anything more to teach you or if you need to move on to another teacher. This point is dangerous ground for the student, for sometimes his false ego will convince him that he knows Spanish as well or better than the teacher, when in reality he may not. In this case the student often goes off to teach before he has learned all the lessons.
To be a good student takes as much wisdom as it does to be a good teacher.
In the case of spiritual teachings, the ultimate test of truth is from the inner-self. This inner self, through the medium of the Soul, contacts and registers the Holy Spirit, which is capable of verifying all true principles. In short, this process is called "soul contact." Soul contact has little to do with facts, except in important circumstances, but it has much to do with principles. For instance, your soul may not verify to you what an inhabitant of Sirius looks like or how many there are, but it will verify within you the principle of life and its existence elsewhere in the universe.
If a man or woman comes forth and is presented as a spiritual teacher, you must not accept him or her (we'll say "him" for simplicity) just because a claim is made. You must test him. How do you test him? Listen to his words and test them with your soul. If your soul says no then drop him immediately. If your soul says nothing, then test some more until you receive an inner response. When you finally do receive an inner response does this mean you should now accept the teacher? Maybe yes, maybe no.
There is a true soul contact and a false one. There are many people who are sincere seekers who have never in their life received a true soul contact and mistake a high emotional feeling for soul. This can be very deceptive and can produce the type of person who suffers either from a harmless delusion, clear to the extreme of one who will destroy others for his master. If you are not sure you have ever received soul contact it means you have not, because when you do, you recognize it and know what has happened. It is like coming home. On the other hand, not all who are sure they have received soul contact have received it. Some feel a high emotional energy and are sure they have touched the aura of God Himself, yet are completely deceived.
Only those who have received true soul contact can know a thing for sure and can recognize a true teacher from a false one. The only way to know if another has achieved soul contact is to achieve it yourself. One person who has received this contact can recognize another who has received it. If only a small number have soul contact and you're not positive if you have, are you doomed to be deceived? No, you are not. Soul contact is available to all with pure intent who seek after it.
You do not even have to be highly evolved to feel it. But if you are not sure if you have received it yet, then here are some guidelines to keep you on the right course:
The teachers of "the wide gate" are legion and are easy to find. The teachers who lead to the life of the soul are few, but fortunately can be verified by the soul. As one who claims to present true spiritual principles, I invite you to check with your souls about me, for the only authority I will ever use will be the same authority that I am subject to. If the One Holy Spirit of Truth speaks through me and you together, we will be as one mind.
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