30 Days of Yogi Wisdom – Day 24 featuring Swami Vivekananda
“No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things.”
Have you ever attempted to give someone advice only to realize they’re only half-listening? Like they’ve already got their mind made up? Have you ever had someone attempt to teach you something but only sort of pay attention because you’re already thinking ahead and trying to figure things out on your own? Ultimately, I think that for a learning to truly resonate with us we must uncover the truth on our own. We all know this. We see it in our children when they ignore our suggestions and choose to make their own mistakes. We see it in our partners (I’m guilty of strategically plotting so that my husband THINKS he has come up with an idea even though I may have found a way to plant that idea in his mind…). We see it in our colleagues and it the people we mentor.
Swami Vivekananda tells us that although we can offer to teach, we can give advice, and we can make suggestions, the learning ultimately belongs to the learner. They take the learning and digest it according to their perspective. It’s only when they’ve had this time to really process the learning according to their belief-system that they can truly absorb the teaching. This processing and perspective is ultimately the teacher. The inner wisdom that lies within each and every one of us is a greater teacher than any external source. Our ultimate goal then is to listen to this discerning inner wisdom. We must trust it’s processing so we can truly grow.
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