The New Teacher/Student Relationship

zodiac_signs_aquarius_004071_by Michael Maciel

It stands to reason that the Age of Aquarius would bring changes in all areas of life, including the time-honored traditions of the teacher/student relationship. Perhaps especially in this area, since Aquarius represents a major course-correction in all things authoritative.

Yes, authority is the issue. Specifically, it is the usurpation of authority by any person who takes on the authority of God as if it were his own. Sure, you have to step into those shoes if you want to be effective in the world. But, if and when you forget that it is God’s authority and not yours, you will become, and I mean this in all sincerity, an insufferable pain in the ass.

Here is the new law about the teacher/student relationship. It’s not a rule, but a principle. And it’s not new, strictly speaking, because it’s always been in play. It’s new in the sense that it can no longer be ignored. Here it is:

Teachers learn from their students.

Now, if this seems like something you knew already, well…of course you knew it already. But what you may not have known is that many students do not know it. And this is where the playing field is changing. Every teacher/student relationship in the past has been based on the contract of “I will teach, and you will learn.” This is straightforward enough, and every teacher has taken comfort in its simplicity. The problem is that it’s an entirely top-down affair. It is hierarchical—linear—with no room for feedback or the living system that feedback provides. The new contract, which both parties must enter into with eyes wide open, is “We will learn together.”

This is going to rankle the hell out of a lot of people, not only teachers, but students as well. Why? Because it ain’t the way things are s’posed to be. Why fix something that ain’t broke? Well, guess what…it is broke. Every teacher who has set himself up as the ultimate authority in a student’s life has only created a new issues that the student will eventually have to work through, just like most parents do with their children.

The problem with this is that if you see your students as children, they will behave like children. They will abandon every shred of common sense that they have learned in their lives, prior to meeting you, in order to fit your preconception of them. Instead of getting what they need in order to live independent spiritual lives, which is ostensibly what you are trying to give them, they will adopt your idiosyncrasies and personal traits, which for them are inappropriate.

Why corrupt the good stuff with your stuff? Why inflict that on them?

Here’s why this has become an issue. The Age of Aquarius is bringing in a new level of energy. Spiritual growth is happening faster and more spontaneously. In the words of the prophet, “No man will have to teach his neighbor, saying here is God, for all shall know me from the least to the greatest.” Our task now is to help students cope with what they are experiencing already. God is becoming part of the landscape, as bright as the noonday sun. And most people don’t need to be told what the sun is. They already know. Your job is to help them deal with the accelerated spiritual environment.

So, this is it. This is the new program. It doesn’t invalidate what you know, neither does it put the student up on a pedestal. It makes the relationship real. We have always learned from our students, and we always will. Why try to keep that a secret? Deep down, the student knows it anyway. If we hide behind our robes and our rank, all we do is teach him how to pretend. After all, we’re not in the business of creating clones. We want to help the student reveal themselves, not mimic us. Thinking that we already know who they are can only lead to cloning. If we think our spiritual sight is that good, we are kidding ourselves. It’s not. Only God knows the true potential of each living soul. Teaching is a process of revelation—for everyone involved.


About Michael Maciel

Michael Maciel has studied the Ancient Wisdom Teachings and symbolism since the early 1970’s. He was ordained a priest in the Holy Order of MANS in 1972. Check out Michael’s YouTube channel The Mystical Christ with Michael Maciel, along with The Mystical Christ Academy on Patreon.
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7 Responses to The New Teacher/Student Relationship

  1. dorrie says:

    oh how I know a few of these “pains in the assess”.lol

  2. Kathy says:

    There is only one teacher…

  3. Kristi says:

    Thank you, this is refreshing to say the least, and also revealing and helpful, thank you for insight and well, your teachings, I am so grateful!

  4. Your welcome, Kristi! I think the teacher/student relationship needs refreshing, if not rebooting!

  5. gary markley says:

    Hello Michael* once upon a time when i began the TOL lessons. The chapters on communication were my favorite.(all else are very close 2nds!) The Good tidings of your communicative gift are much cherished . Broader than mere words it tis! I recall in my youth playing baseball,and those “chosen” 1st and 3rd base coaches. They could view the whole field, while all the other players are watching the ball and batter. i loved that game. I see spiritual “Teachers” as elders and Life coaches in the game we call Life. But even grander is that the field is enhanced for all of us!

    • Thanks, Gary, for the compliment! As to your observation, using your experience with baseball as an analogy, it’s a great insight. If my writing can induce such insights in my readers, then my time is well-spent.

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