Over the generations, humanity progressed through plenty of methods that included at least two paths. You either learn through your own experiences – through trial and error. Or you can learn from the mistakes and experiences of other people. That would lessen the failure rate and help you fast forward through life and achieve goals much faster.
But there is one learning path that transcends the ones mentioned and we are going to dedicate this article to explaining why. It is using a teacher or a mentor to help focus your direction in life. It will help you by using both experience of other person and the guided practice he provides.
Learning alone versus learning using mentorship
The most important part is choosing the right path for your goals. Learning to judge yourself is the first step toward progression and getting ideas on what you really want to attain. Everything starts with your Self and then progresses through your ego (me, myself and I).
That which learns alone by the old terms is called a hermetic. Lone wolf, an introvert scientist. There are two sides to every experience in the flow of life. You can learn certain things through the hermetic path being alone. That experience is connected to an abstract, spiritual realms of Self, uninterrupted by other people. When there is no observer only your Self, you can achieve various mystic experiences and analyze the core of your existence.
However, learning with other people adds an alternative layer to the Self and now you can connect your brain power to generate the middle point. Two ideas create one idea – that which is only possible by these two people getting together in one room. When you are sitting in the room full of people, your thoughts pick up theirs and unknowingly you are now learning through the gravity of social circumstances.
Learning through mentorship is somewhat both of the first two, but transcends the method of approach. Mentor differs from a teacher, because it works one on one, and the teacher works with a lot of scholars at once. That is a very important thing to know before going deeper into the human learning patterns. Mentor is someone much farther away from you in the expertise and experience of a thing you are seeking. You have to fully submit to his will to progress more faster. Now, when you are in a one on one situation with the mentor, he works as a gravity which pulls you up toward his level of attainment. But that is not enough – everything depends on your will to learn and having faith in the mentor.
Now that we have the basic idea on how mentorship works, we can continue to a methodology of his teachings.
Learning ways of the mentor: there are shortcuts
When you first learn about the mentor and have shown your desire to learn under them, unknowingly you have already started the process of initiation. Usually the mentor will test you by giving you contradicting ideas. You might start thinking that they are teasing you, but they are just trying to take you off the guard and make you more willingful and persistent.
Mentor knows the best way to reach what they are good at, through their own experience and it allows them to guide you through the narrow paths. You can call this method a shortcut to your desire, by total willingness to give yourself up for the mentor.
When your and the mentor’s Self are in coordination, you can start working clearly without any distractions. It works as a meditation until you tap into the deep trance and unleash your inner creativity. In that situation you are in the same vibration with your mentor.
The truth is, that mentor is learning through teaching you, too. And they are temporary until the scholar outgrows the mentor. You have to use mentorship as a step toward your goal, a shortcut, not the means of an end. Once you have outgrown the mentor, you have two choices – continue mentoring others, or try to put everything in practice through your work in life.
Knowledge and potential without action is nothing
It comes in life a point when you are surrounded by many walls, nowhere to go. It seems that everything you have learned so far is at its end and there is nothing more to it. The only thing you can do is to teach the subject to other people until they reach the same level and be stuck, or you can apply the knowledge in other ways of life.
There is no one truth, there are many different truths, just like flowers or snowflake patterns. Now, by learning the subject fully, your best choice to progress toward the illumination, is to find another passion and path. That is where your wisdom comes into practice. A student in math and sciences can be very useful in programming, philosophy or even painting. Everything that we do is connected through different interfaces and we only learn to work with a few of them through our lives.
Conclusion and forward movement of the flow
Now to find the truth in the flow of life and achieve illumination consists of a few key points. If you want to learn the ways much faster, you must use mentors and teachers. Do not be afraid to let go of things and move around in life freely. Everything you do, as long as your main goal is to achieve progression, is in those moves you make. Even if it seems like a labyrinth, it is a good one with many lessons to learn.
Nothing in life is the final subject, there are no means to an end. You will only learn that while learning many other things, until realization strikes. Everything is the same one interconnected existence. You and me are one in different forms of Self. Same happens with the subjects you learn. If it takes five things to master until you learn that they are all of the same one universal bubble, ultimate creativity which is life itself, then do not give up. There is a future for all of us, the path that leads to unity, that leads to division.
Take action and watch the pattern unfold before you – literally. We can only see the patterns from the past, but it never means that they will occur again if you change the approach. Doing the same thing over and over is a definition of insanity, so be smart, stay strong and see you at the top!