It's possible half of the stuff I blog about comes to me through my dreams.
So, I find myself writing this after having woken up at 3 a.m. from a dream.
It's been said that waking up at that time is ideal, for the world's still asleep (at least in my part of the world), your thinking is fresh, and the air around you is "fresh" and "clear".
I dreamt I was teaching.
I know that's inevitable.
My whole life has been preparation for such.
The dream awakened my own mind to the concept of teaching and what makes good teachers.
And I can only think of one:
A good teacher is one who extracts brilliance from you.
Only because most of us have gone to school and have been taught by many different teachers.
Even life -- particularly life -- had been a great teacher.
Education, for a long time now, has been some form of "indoctrination".
We were "fed" what to think and not "invited" what to think.
More so, we had not even had been given time to "digest" the new idea, much less taught "how" to think, and we were asked to move on to the next lesson.
There was no time to "savor" learning.
I can imagine many miffed egos and ruffled feathers upon reading this.
But hey, that's my personal experience at school and in life.
I was born paying attention to everything and I merely re-view and document things.
For me, all have been indoctrination, unless they are like Christ who "disturbed" all that indoctrination.
He challenged all popular concepts and, of course, He became greatly unpopular.
Time and time again, when the world needs to wake up, you can expect Heaven to send new teachers and new teaching.
The really great teachers invite you to think for yourself.
They don't ask you to "parrot" stuff.
They "invite" you to do your own thinking.
And when you start thinking for yourself, they become pleased and move on to others who need some "inviting".
And one day, you will become a great teacher in your own right and "invite" others, too!
Perhaps, "education" is not the right word to use in teaching.
"Invitation" is a friendlier word, a more respectful word.
If we are all Facets of the One, True Creator, then that shows we are all intelligent and gifted souls to begin with.
Better yet, we are all "sacred" souls -- all a reflection of the God in us.
A great teacher will have no arrogance in his humble being and will not knowingly or unknowingly "manipulate" or "contaminate" such sacred souls.
Instead, a great teacher will "invite" the following:
Sometimes, we forget what we "used" to know. A great teacher will intuit how much we remember and how much we've forgotten and cause remembrance upon our minds, souls, hearts, and beings as guided by Spirit. Teachers are merely "open" channels for such.
2. New learning.
Yes, it's also true that we don't know everything. Only God Knows Everything. So He sends the proper teacher or situation to teach us. If you can think like a five-year-old, you will welcome such "teachers" eagerly. There is always joy and humility in learning.
3. New thinking.
We're all intelligent, but sometimes we become stubborn and hold on to thinking that doesn't seem to work anymore. Or we've embraced the world systems and let them do the thinking for us. All "new" learning stems from "new" thinking. The old cannot hold the new.
The great teachers merely show the way.
It is up to you to walk the rest of the way.
Remember your own "brilliance".
A "facet" of God always has his own "brilliance".