How To Quickly Learn From Others While Maintaining Your Own Course

Drink of their knowledge; not their beliefs.

My incarnation’s driving engine is to aid and assist in the upgrading of this civilization. As a means to this, I am always eager to learn helpful skills and integrate new dimensions of knowledge into my awareness.

Even though "vertically" I have penetrated into the Absolute—the Final State of Existence Beyond Everything—and need no further learning from anyone to sink into that truth; "horizontally"—for the body and mind on the relative plane of this Illusion—learning and disciplining my self never stops for as long as I choose to operate within this illusion.

And thus, I have found that learning specific relative knowledge aids in the efficiency of the execution of this mission.

The same applies to you, and this article intends to help you streamline your journey of learning while maintaining your unique spark of the Creator.

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Be eager and humble - yet maintain your unique shape

In order to acquire expert knowledge in a wide variety of intellectual, spiritual and physical fields, rapidly and at a young age, I have learned one needs to be able to be able to be humble at all times.

I will often play the fool, the ignorant, or the child when in the presence of someone I recognize I can learn something from, even when the totality of their awareness is not beyond that of my own, just so that I pose no threat to the ego of those who have valuable knowledge to share; and thus they'll share more freely since they'll feel more confident and 'dominant' in that dynamic.

Empty your cup when in the presence of a teacher, but maintain the unique shape of your own cup.

But what I've found to be super important, is to never take over the cup of the teacher; only try out its contents and see what about it sticks to the unique shape and purpose of your cup. Don't turn into a whiskey glass if you've been born to be a tea cup. However, try out holding the whiskey in your cup and learn from that unique experience. Enhance yourself and your service.

Feel no obligation to take on everything that's expressed, either. Again, drink from their knowledge, not their beliefs, purpose or theme in life.

The same goes for when you're in my presence learning from me. Or even reading this article... Maintain the unique value of your own shape, but try on the contents of what I'm conveying here if it resonates as helpful.

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Learn to be a good teacher and student simultaneously

Outwardly; know when to be the teacher, and when to be the student. And inwardly--behind the scenes--know yourself to always be both simultaneously, for one cannot learn without teaching or teach without learning.

But outwardly, assume the role that is most conducive in that scenario or context to benefitting your expansion. Often I have found that emptying my cup even when my cup sees more than the other person's cup overall, is most conducive to extracting new learning, connections and experience at a faster rate.

For example: In my own line of work I am on stage many days in a row, teaching very directly and without making any concessions on the high-octane knowledge that comes through... I do not take on other people's opinions, feedback or knowledge at that timing. Not usually anyhow. It's simply not the most powerful way to transmit spiritual ascension/expansion. I have found that the most powerful effect in the raising of the vibratory field of the consciousness of the audience in this field, occurs when the teachings are delivered outwardly as a one way street; from teacher to student, even though inwardly, the teacher, too, learns from the experience inevitably.

However, when I'm off stage, I am more often than not, in the role of the eternal student. I learn from everyone, rapidly. There is nothing you can tell me that I will not absorb and learn from in some way shape or form.

I soak up as much knowledge and experience as I can, even if I am personally already beyond needing that knowledge for my own freedom and well being.

I generally no longer learn from people when it comes to attaining greater happiness; I have learned that so sufficiently that I can do that better on my own than through anyone else's instructions or life experiences at this point. In fact; that's what I teach and why I can teach it to others; how to more directly attain happiness and realize inner freedom. 

However, learning laterally, relatively, horizontally... is a never ending game, because the physical and even the higher mind are limited vehicles that can only perceive so much at any given time. And as such, it needs to gather more experience in order to learn certain skills, dimensions of knowledge, etc.

In order to be the best I can be at upgrading this civilization, I recognize the usefulness of learning horizontally, and integrating as many different points of view as I possibly can on a relative level of my being as well.

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Letting go of pride allows for faster learning

Learning rapidly from others while wanting these others to recognize/respect/acknowledge your own level of awareness or adeptness, rarely go well together. So to learn faster, one must continuously humble oneself and let the validation-seeking sense of self dissolve more and more.

Elders often find pride in their age, their accomplishments, and their knowledge. One cannot blame them for this; it seems to be the way of this world. They do not always appreciate that what they see is but a thin slice of the pie, for not all those who carry great knowledge are truly wise. In fact they rarely are. However, everybody contain a unique angle and helpful information/experience to soak up for the eager learner.

By playing the fool, the innocent child looking for knowledge, they will be able to feel on top of their game. Unchallenged, they generally give more of their knowledge.

And so I drink gratefully of their experience and knowledge—but not their beliefs.

This is important to understand: knowledge expands your window of possibilities and enhances your ability to execute your unique purpose. Beliefs, on the other hand, collapse the field of infinite possibilities into a particular solidified reality—and I wish to choose a reality of my own, according to my own intuition; not borrow and endure the catalyst that others have attracted to themselves for reasons entirely their own.

So, in a nutshell: learn to extract knowledge humbly, gratefully and thus quickly; but get out of their reality-view in time to not let the parameters set by their belief systems infiltrate and limit your own consciousness. And generally do some type of energetic release and cleansing when you've been in the presence of person that you've accepted as temporary teacher for a while.

Get back in your own groove frequently, especially after an intense period of you being the student absorbing new views and experiences from another. This often just means you need to take some space and time to yourself.

When we have space and time to ourselves, the natural self-cleansing and re-aligning mechanism built-in to our auric fields and our consciousness can do its job.
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Allow the teacher to open up its gifts to you

Knowledge is born of experience, but rarely will people truly admit that their experience is a reflection of their beliefs; not necessarily a reflection of how reality is or has to be. Many elders that I've met and learned a lot from, assumed that the way it has been for them is the way it's going to be for me. Thank you for that projection, but no thank you.

You'd be hard-pressed to find an elder truly willing to fully admit that they attracted their experience for personal reasons, rather than because that's simply the way reality works. Everyone generally believes that they've learned from reality as it is, rather than from a version of it they have attracted by means of their own limiting points of view.

After all, if reality is not as they experienced it, what then is their personal investment in their knowledge worth? Nothing. This is threatening to many elders or experts in their field who carry a lot of helpful knowledge. The only exception you'll find to this is in those teachers who have truly been able to let their egoes become transparent, or in the super duper rare case (think 10-people-world-wide level of rare); non-existent.

And so, again, to the point of this article: Have them share as much of their inside knowledge as is possible, by respecting them, seeing their beauty and greatness, being of service to them in whatever way seems relevant and appropriate (or at least offer to when appropriate) and not challenging them unnecessarily or showing off with your own knowledge (detect the limiting desire in you to want to be recognized by them, and relax it/let it go). 

All the while try to maintain a 360 degree awareness of yourself to ensure you're not taking on the viewpoints that generated their challenges to begin with! 

Don't unnecessarily repeat their path; just imagine it and learn from what it has taught them, so you don't have to manifest it for yourself in order to learn from it--for you already learned from it through them!

How amazing. Be grateful. But don't stay there. Continue to expand and learn from others.

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This is the balance of independence and perhaps necessary cockiness and humility that I've developed early on in my intense youthful seeking years, and it has served me and the fulfillment of my mission greatly, and so I recommend you learn from this article in the same way it suggests you learn from others.
 

Catch and release

If you understand the elder’s need to believe that reality is as they have come to see it, you will find their gates to knowledge remain wide-open. In this way, I move swiftly through many different realms of experiential expertise without getting stuck in someone else’s expectation-loop, belief-system, parallel reality or trajectory/timeline.

In this way I am attracting the best of the best in many useful fields, absorbing eagerly and humbly... only to distill my own wisdom and choose evermore freely, truthfully and compassionately in accordance with my own Higher Self’s vision and intuition.

Respect your elders and teachers, yet forgive their limitations and honor them by using their experience to create a better—a more enlightened—world for all. Rather than copy their beliefs, assimilate their experience to enhance your own purposeful direction instead. 

Don’t just look at the giants of our world—stand on their shoulders, as well. This is the truest way to honor their efforts and their Soul, whether or not their ego-minds are transparent enough to acknowledge this truth. It does not matter.

Be in relationship with the Creator in them (your teachers); do not let their own personalities and filters distract or impress you.

The only way to honor the truth in your teachers is to build upon what they have distilled, not to copy their beliefs—because along with their beliefs comes also their reality. And you were not born to experience what they have already experienced. You came into the physical focus to carve out an exciting new path. Use what works, discard what is not.

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If you get stuck in subservience and mistake that for respect, devotion and honor, then you have failed to build upon their knowledge and you have failed to honor their breadth of experience and the challenge they agreed to endure to extract their unique knowledge. You have become stagnant and done-in by their beliefs, rather than becoming inventive, creative and authentic learners of their experience. 

In closing: Always keep seeking the Creator directly; never stop your search for the Infinite One at the feet of another human being. Exhaust your teachers, and move on to evermore directly knowing your union with the Infinite Creator. You are God. Know yourself.

With Love,
Bentinho

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