Attempt number 2 at expressing this concept may be better.
The erroneous ways in which the ego responds to Masters in order to obstruct learning seem to fall into two basic categories. Each one is based on a different form of level-confusion.
Denial of the master's attainment
The thought behind this one is something like "everyone is the same". Anyone who claims to know more than you, is perceived as arrogant. In this way the teacher is brought down to your level, where they have no power to transform you.
In making this error, it becomes impossible to learn from anyone who knows much more than you.
Like all obstacles, the error is kept in place by imagined guilt. If the student were to accept how far ahead the master is, they might attack themselves for being relatively so far behind. The reality of their decision, about which they unconsciously feel enormous guilt, might be exposed to them.
Those making this error are not ready to find out exactly how wrong they are.
This error is applying level 1 ideas such as "everyone is the same" and applying them to a situation requring a level 2 distinction, coming up with "everyone is equally enlightened" or "nobody is enlightened".
"There's nothing to learn" is this same error.
Denial of your kinship with the master
The second error, when the student truly recognises how much wiser the master is, is to think that the difference between them is permanent; that such a state is beyond them. What must be recognised here is how easy the path between one state and the other is, and how alike the student and the master are in Reality.
This error applies a level 2 distinction "there is a right mind and a wrong mind" and applies it to people to conclude that the student only has a wrong mind, and the master only has a right mind. But really everyone has a wrong mind and a right mind. The only difference between the master and the student is that they are currently making different choices.
How Jesus puts it
bold = affirms Jesus' advanced state in contrast to our own.
highlighted = affirms our kinship with him.
T-1.II.3 Awe should be reserved for revelation, to which it is perfectly and correctly applicable. It is not appropriate for miracles because a state of awe is worshipful, implying that one of a lesser order stands before his Creator. You are a perfect creation, and should experience awe only in the Presence of the Creator of perfection. The miracle is therefore a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. He is also entitled to love because he is a brother, and to devotion if he is devoted. It is only my devotion that entitles me to yours. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.
T-1.II.4 "No man cometh unto the Father but by me" does not mean that I am in any way separate or different from you except in time, and time does not really exist. The statement is more meaningful in terms of a vertical rather than a horizontal axis. You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of "rising up," I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other. My devotion to my brothers has placed me in charge of the Sonship, which I render complete because I share it. This may appear to contradict the statement "I and my Father are one," but there are two parts to the statement in recognition that the Father is greater.
T-1.II.5 Revelations are indirectly inspired by me because I am close to the Holy Spirit, and alert to the revelation-readiness of my brothers. I can thus bring down to them more than they can draw down to themselves. The Holy Spirit mediates higher to lower communication, keeping the direct channel from God to you open for revelation. Revelation is not reciprocal. It proceeds from God to you, but not from you to God.
I'm pleased-ish with this post. Good to have it done at least. I hope someone will enjoy my hilighting of the text.
How I originally described the two errors in my notes (which I didn't manage to work neatly into this post):
- Reacting to someone who says they are ahead or above you and showing you up. Not wanting to discover you're wrong and learn things.
- Mistaking their ahead or aboveness for true/permanent difference. Idolising their form instead of seeing their content as potential in you.
There's lots more I could say on this subject and maybe I'll come back to it, but right now I'm it seems important that I learn to rest.
Could be a lot clearer.
Also can be made more general. It's not just about teachers. These two types of level confusion apply to many different areas and between them account for all the disguises of unwillingness. At least, I cannot think of a single example to the contrary.