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Influencer Verses Teacher

In each of our lives there are those people who guide us to become what we ultimately become. In some cases, these people are far off messengers. Maybe we have read their written words, heard them speak via some pre-recorded method, or listened to tales told about them. Then, there is the teacher. The person we interact with face-to-face. Though we can learn from both of these sources, it is only when we personally know our teacher can a direct transmission of knowledge be passed from them to us.

The influencer, the person out there, is held in a place of regard. This regard may be well deserved or it may be based in a false presentation of Self. If you don’t personally know the person, you don’t personally know them. If you don’t personally know the person, you can never truly see their flaws.

No person is perfect, though some people do project the definition of perfection to the world. The reason this projection of perfection is so commonly attributed to a person, as in the case of the influencer, is that individual is off there in the distant: the way they supposedly live their life; the things they say and they do seem so idealistic. But, any thing that is not personally experienced is only an illusion. If it is not personally known, then it is not personally known.

Interaction with a true teacher is, however, based upon experience. It is based upon you being in their presence and witnessing who and what they truly are. Though they may obviously possess flaws, though they may obviously have faults, though they may say the wrong word or do the wrong thing every now and then, by witnessing this and still accepting them as a teacher you can come to understand the true reality of reality.

Knowledge passed secondhand is never true knowledge. Though you may gain understanding by reading a book—though you may find your own realizations from something you read or you heard, but without the personal passage of knowledge, understanding is left to subjective realization, which is most commonly simply based upon ego and not a true understanding of actuality, “I know! You do not.” This is why there are so many false prophets in the world—people who decide that they know, take to the pulpit, but have never truly passed through the process of direct learning from a true master of the subject.

Ask yourself, “What do you know and why do you know it?” “What do you believe and why do you believe it?” “From who have you learned what you know and how did they pass that knowledge onto you?”

If you don’t know, you don’t know. But, how many people think they know—how many people proclaim they know but when questioned they hold no true transmission of knowledge from a greater source?

People are people, they each possess their own individualized flaws. But, if you are not close enough to a teacher to observe their individualized flaws, you were not close enough to learn from them.

Know your teachers. Know the source of your knowledge. Experience the good and bad, from this you may truly claim to possess a basis of understanding.