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Teaching Others Comes From Our Own Direct Experience

Teaching other people a spiritual practice is a wonderful tool to share compassion and wisdom around the world. But how do we teach and where do these teachings come from? The most important element of teaching a spiritual practice is the teacher’s own direct experience of the spiritual practices he or she is teaching. This direct experience creates openness in their heart-mind through which the energy starts to flow more freely through their being. The more open their heart-mind becomes, the more this openness starts to emanate from their whole being. It might even become so open that the compassionate energy from the teacher’s heart-mind emanates throughout the whole meditation room. And this is the space where the real teachings come from.

The student now can entrain, or fall into rhythm with, the compassionate expanded luminous energy that comes from the teacher’s own direct experience of their true identity. Through this entrainment the students, if they are ready and open, can gain a direct experience of their own true identity. This direct experience cannot be expressed intellectually; we cannot point out to someone what is indescribable: their true identity. Yet the teacher can facilitate the space in which the student can rediscover this in a direct experience, without words or symbolic language.

However this can only start to happen if the teacher herself has a direct experience of her own luminous nature. Through dedicated meditation practices over time, the teacher has taken away the lampshades of worry, fear, anger, and attachments and therefore her light emanates all around her. Facilitating this kind of experience will take the students to a much deeper level than just the intellectual understanding. Intellectually we can understand how to cook a wonderful meal, but it is only after we have the direct experience of cooking and eating it, that it will become real. If the teacher is just repeating instructions on certain meditation practices which he learned, but only applied basically in his own life without deep and consistent practice, then he is just repeating what he has heard or read. This kind of teaching likely will not facilitate a direct experience of entrainment within the students.

Nowadays some teachers use words like oneness and emptiness, but these are just words. Oneness and emptiness only become alive when the teacher has had numerous direct experiences of this state of oneness and emptiness. Just intellectualizing is not enough; it needs to become a direct experience. A real spiritual teacher therefore will teach from her own direct experience so that her teachings will become alive with vibrant compassionate luminosity. Teachings like these will help students draw vibrancy, luminosity, wisdom and compassion into their own heart-mind so that they, in turn, can radiate these qualities out to others, and to the world.

About the Author
Frans Stiene

Frans Stiene


I love travel, teaching and writing, and have been teaching meditation internationally for over seventeen years. I am passionate about studying Japanese esoteric Buddhist teachings like Shingon, Tendai, and Shugendo, and then teaching them from a less strict viewpoint so that we all can benefit from these wonderful teachings. My main focus is helping people to remember their own true identity, because it is only through remembering this that we can start to create a world full of compassion and wisdom. My website. Other LEVEKUNST articles by the same author.

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    Exactly Frans! Without experiential/existential understanding teaching/guidance has no meaning…non effective. That is why such teaching is equated with “intellectual mastur*t*ing”

    99.9999% of teachers in all religions are just parrots (record players). That is why no positive effect of practices is seen in the practioners. Even if some positive effect is seen in some practioners then that is not because of these phony teachers but because of honesty, integrity and earnestness of the practioner. However, unfortunately 99.9999% of the so called practioners are just blind followers strongly caught in emotional attachments with teachers/guides.

    That is why Masters/Gurus, who have known/experienced, are more valuable than the teachers. But Masters/Gurus are like wells which do not go to the thirsties to quench their thirst but thirsties come to the wells to quench their thirst.

    On the other hand the teachers are just intellectually trained persons without any experience of what they teach. They are no better than the practioners.

    Unless one has not known/experienced the source/whole (existential intelligence)……means he/she (person/ego) has not extinguished, his/her teaching/sermon/guidance would rather harm in stead of benefiting the practioners.

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    Once again so simple but so powerful. Thank you Frans.

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