For the most part, we have been taught through social engineering that teachers (in classrooms, family settings, churches, etc.) teach us and one cannot learn without them -- that one should thank and praise, or in some cases, even worship our teachers for our learning abilities and successful outcomes. There is certainly nothing wrong with this humble perspective, and indeed, we need teachers in our relative world and humble ourselves to their skills and education.
In Buddhist proverbs (Zen Kōans), the concept of a "student and teacher" is simply a metaphor. When the student is ready the teacher will appear is one from within. In divine wisdom, this means that when we are truly ready to learn (awaken), then we will teach ourselves to learn, regardless of the outside teachers in our relative world, for we can only awaken the student and teacher from within.
"You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself."
- Galileo Galilei 1564-1642
Ancient Egyptians were awakened to this self-empowerment as they taught themselves the knowledge and wisdom of the universe and built the great pyramids which, in today’s modern science, cannot fully be explained or taught. Before the invention of the telescope, great intuitive minds such as Nicolaus Copernicus and Giordano Bruno looked inward and up to the stars as the students and teachers who taught themselves the knowledge and wisdom of the universe that set the foundation for modern day astronomy. Galileo believed that you cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
"You are both student and teacher" - Dr. Deepak Chopra, Rudolph Tanzi, PhD
Therefore, while we humble ourselves to the complements of our messages as teachings and the relative world of teachers and education, and recognize that without them, this website and its finding would not be possible, we do not necessarily think of ourselves as teachers. In the actual sense, we see ourselves as messengers or wayshowers delivering our divine intuitive messages that resonate for us as students and teachers from within. What you learn or what resonates or not with you, from this website and beyond, is of your journey – not ours.
Out of the back room of a patent office as an Assistant Examiner who once despised school and many of his teachers, taught himself physics that would change the world and his name would become a household name, Albert Einstein. Steve Jobs, who dropped out of Reed College, and Bill Gates, who dropped out of Harvard University, would one day utilize Einstein’s concepts of physics by ultimately and intuitively stepping out of conventional education, and relying on their student and teacher from within to create technologies that would change our world.
In other words, ultimately we can teach you nothing only you can teach yourself, for when the student is ready the teacher will appear is one -
Nevertheless, there are those that believe not that you should or anyone else that this notion alone of giving all the acknowledgment to an outside source for our inward learning and ultimately self-teaching abilities, particularly in our divine awakening in spiritual wisdom, can be illusive, disempowering, and even cause suffering and death.
Then there are some of the greatest spiritual messengers, from Buddha, to Jesus, to Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. to Mother Teresa, who inspired millions with their intuitive messages by humbling themselves to their inner student and self-teachings.