Haven’t you heard it said “when the student is ready, the teacher will appear”? Good words I think. It doesn’t matter if the best teacher on a subject of my interest is in the room with me, if I’m not ready for the message I will not learn anything.
I call myself a “seeker” because I have a thirst for learning and growing that has kept me open to listening to ideas from many teachers. I have had many teacher along the way, and they have all been wonderful in that they brought me the answer that I was searching for at that specific point in my life, and I appreciate them all.
I used to say and think that if I wanted to learn something then I should find the best teacher on the subject and learn from them. I thought that there was no point in learning from people who had not demonstrated the pinnacle of success in their subject matter. I wanted to learn from the gurus and I would turn down opportunities to learn from and listen to people around me who did not fit into this lofty category.
As I grew, I began wanting to teach. I started with counseling friends and family and now helping people with their issues is my professional calling or the means through which I earn my living. I realized that I was very far from being “the” expert, and yet there were many people I could help. I also realized that the best was often not the best known! It doesn’t matter where you think you are in life, there are many people who are trying to reach that place and you can help them.
By far the most important thing I have learnt is that the teacher doesn’t have to be the expert at the subject matter. In fact, the teacher has to be the expert in holding you the student as the focus of their attention using the belief that you have the capability to learn and excel.
And so now I know that the teachers who teach my children at school and at university don’t have to be the best in their subject. All they have to do is to believe that my child is capable of learning and excelling. And as they interact (co-create) with my child with this belief they will draw the best out of them and my child will find all the material they need in order to learn and excel, that they will surprise and delight the teacher and the whole world. It is not the teacher who injects the knowledge into the child. It is the teacher who hold the child as the center of their attention with love and belief in their abilities and the child does all the learning on their own. How wonderful is that?
So the best teacher for me is one who believes in my ability to learn. One who inspires me by sending me the vibration that I can have be or do anything I want. Just like anything else in our lives, our teachers are brought to us by the Law of Attraction.