Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Learning Factor


One of the biggest obstacles towards enlightenment and the esoteric studies of spiritualism is the "Learning Factor."

There are many things that stand between us and our ability to learn. The obstacles to learning apply to everyone, especially those of you who are interested in joining this group and/or walking the path of enlightenment. One obstacle is the idea that one already knows. The minute you think that, you stop learning.


This is one of the fundamental causes preventing people from learning. It seems that most people prefer to be right than to learn anything. Learning internally challenges opinions and beliefs and therefore requires great effort. Learning forces us to accept that we do not know. Most of us believe that we do know and therefore we are averse to learning. Once we think we have learned something, we then think we are right, and from that moment on we are likely to care more about being right than learning. This is a mistake that many make when attending our group.
It seems that most people prefer to be right than to learn anything. Unfortunately, being right means nothing. Being right and thinking we already know, prevents us from learning something new. It is important that we drop the idea that we already know everything. The fact that you are taking the group classes or reading this demonstrates that you are interested in learning. This is a good thing, but you may be tempted later to think that having taken the classes/sesions, you now know the truth which is not true. Change means resetting your old ways.

Even me as your Spiritual Teacher, we are still on our paths and we are all still learning everyday. Keep in mind the thought of Socrates when he said, "The only thing I know, is that I know nothing." This is the greatest wisdom because it prevents us from becoming arrogant. It also reminds us that we have the opportunity to learn from every person we meet and from every thing that happens every day.


Life is a journey of discovery. In order to discover, we must learn. The most important thing in life is our ability to learn, and to do this we must first humble ourselves and accept that we do not know. The search for truth must begin with the acceptance of the fact that we do not know the truth (This seems an obvious fact for if we knew the truth we would not seek it, now would we?). But obvious or not, we tend to think we do know the truth and then we try to impose that knowledge on others.



As I have stated at our meetings. Walk into my home and say, "I know nothing" and that is when you will start to learn. Do not destroy "I Don't know" with arrogance and ego and what you may think is the truth. So many people have walked through my doors making this mistake and they never return.
A humble teacher or guide and a humble student is the best combination there is.


Understand and learn what you read here.

hugz,

Jen-ai Gale



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