Though I speak in particular regarding martial arts, this seems to hold true for every topic I've been blessed enough to encounter 'teachers' in. I've noticed a very strong trend in some of the most talented and/or 'powerful' people strongly hold to the guise they are not. Some take this idea to considerably more extreme lengths than others.
To kill the character minimum requirement because this isn't actually that 'lengthy' of a question: a specific example of what I'm referring to would be an instructor showing the fundamentals of where one would begin in training in one particular style, skill, art, whatever topic. You can see by the way they move or behave they're quite capable, yet they demonstrate the fundamentals as if they were beginners themselves.
Is there some unwritten rule that the masters of any particular skill must act like 'common folk' or do I just encounter a strong trend of modest / quiet types who have a strong aversion to letting anyone know about their talents?
asked 03 Aug '13, 02:18
True masters are humble and patient for they have walked the talk and know to teach others you have to start at the beginning. By teaching like a novice the novices themselves will feel more comfortable and eager to learn.
If the master had to teach like an expert and show off his skills the pupils will be uneasy and feel intimmidated.
A clever master knows how to teach by respecting the fact that should he show his prowess too soon he might scare his students away. He will humble himself to make his students feel good.
This of course goes wheather in the visible or the invisible world.
answered 03 Aug '13, 10:36
Masters appreciate reality. They have peace within, they can feel the unity and perfection of life within, so there is no need to try to "change" things by revealing who they are.
However, if one asks they WILL respond due to compassion.
When one understands The All and how everything connects, there is no longer a need to change there is just pure appreciation, and yet, law of attraction will continue to respond to that vibe of Appreciation and keep giving even more to appreciate.
answered 03 Aug '13, 12:48
There are masters that explore the collective unconscious, that higher part of us all, the mass of consciousness that's far more powerful than any individual unconsciousness (higher self) ... that's why Picasso said "good artists copy, great artists steal", meaning to explore the larger part of human nature you go in hidden behind a symbolic shield and explore what you wish without direct contact. A symbolic shield can take many forms
Maybe it is not really a disguise. It is a state of being that, to us, seems like a disguise. If a person has the power to create miracles, why does he need to do so?
True masters have self confidence and little need to show off. The also don't really care what other people think about them, but they are often interested in other people.
"I already know about me, so I am more interested in hearing about you."
EDITED: @jaz has an interesting point about Picasso, and I think, germaine to the question of disguise. Much of Picasso's work was influenced by his study of African artifacts. I use the term "artifacts" and not "Art" because the people that made them had no concept of "art" as we do. Their artifacts were working tools to contact Source.
These Africans had little or no written language, so there "language " is/was one of symbols. In a sense this is a more "pure" connection with Source. To name a thing is to lose it.
But their symbols can cross boundaries of languages and reach a deep chord within us because they speak a powerful common language. All great artists are in touch with Source (or Collective Unconsciousness), but do they steal from Source? Can they? Is this the story of Prometheus? To steal the fire of the gods?
I don't think so. @White Tiger understands.
Handel in composing the "Messiah" said it was like having his fingers plugged into God.
Perhaps the "disguise" of Masters is that they realize the connection with Source is all-important, much more important than public approbation, than fame. And that is where they put their focus.
Perhaps some of them like the fame, and that is OK also. There may be a bit of "ham" in Masters, an enjoyment of creation, an enjoyment of drama. We are all here to experience contrast.
And the crowds never hinder a Master. If they could, a Master would not be a Master. So, Masters, like all of us, for we are all Masters in varying degrees of disguise showing the world what we want to show.
hmm ... actually quoting @Michaela quoting Euripides
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This is the price of fame you are talking about. We could go back to the days early America in the West. One guy wanting to be the fastest and most accurate gun man. Next thing he knows is he is famous with admirers! But..... There is a terrible price to pay. Every day he is challenged to see if someone can beat him in a shootout! He has no peace, he has to keep watch constantly.
The same could be said for the days of the Samurai. The same could be said for any legands.
There was a Twilight's Zone episode staring Jack Klugman and Johnathan Winters. It was about a pool hustler that wanted to be the best. But to be the best he had to beat the best. Johnathan Winters character was the best but he was dead. Somehow Jack Klugman's character gets to play against him. Winters says to him careful you may win more than you bargain for if you beat me.
I'll let you watch it to find out what happens for your self.
It fits with everything I was just talking about.
I don't want to constantly have to prove myself when all I really want to do is enjoy a day out like everyone else gets to.
If I come to you as a thief what is it to you? Do I have to make my self popular in this world? Or can I share some truth with you to a level that you can understand? You are not in darkness any more. Let there be light, be the light that you can be, experience and enjoy.
answered 04 Aug '13, 15:26
To quote Donnie Darko (or really Frank): Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
The one to whom Master applies is found within. Seriously, how do you deem another master, and know they are teacher/teaching unless those traits are first seen within? Without seeing it within, the traits of the master would not be known or would be confusing, as a male might be confused by actions of a female that he deems as 'nothing like me.'
On the other side of the coin, the idea that the Master is truly within does make it plausible that one person's charlatan is another person's master, and vicey versey. For we project outward what the perfect traits of a master must be, and if the form appears close to that perfection, it is seen in form first, then as content.
As we are all divine, and our Creator has (therefore) sent 'nothing but angels,' then the disguise of the Master will be as elusive as one who points to 'you' and lets you know that the Master is within.
All of this though is the philosophical perspective. The practical one where Master is identified by skill set and sense of expertise, is based on similar perception (if not the same) with the significant difference that student/apprentice forgets or downplays the experience that takes one from learner to teacher. And as the learner thirsts for knowledge that advances, the form of masters and teachers will be trusted if the student can say, 'this person is capable of great teaching as they have demonstrated ability to come down to my level and raise me up.'
answered 07 Aug '13, 12:45