For someone to be able to make use of the inner teacher, do they have to have a certain degree of confidence in knowing that what they’re getting is from the inner teacher?
What builds that confidence is validation over time—it requires duration plus positive experience with the inner teacher. It’s like anything else, you’re building a muscle. But this is a very different kind of muscle because it’s invisible and the results are, to a degree, intangible. It’s not like lifting weights where you can visually see you’ve developed a muscle. When you develop an intuitive muscle, it’s invisible and it’s hard to get feedback to know that “Oh yes, that was right” rather than “Oh yes, I was right.” It’s not you; it’s a knowing that comes from out of the blue. So, it’s not that you know this, rather knowing enters your consciousness. And then you recognize it. It’s a very different way of experiencing knowledge because you can’t book-learn it.
The insecurity that people have are questions like “How do I know whether I’m making it up and I’m just fooling myself? How do I know if I’m crazy? How can I be sure it’s not the devil or something evil?
The first thing you want to do is look at the content you’re getting. Is it just wish fulfillment? Is it a cognitive bias? Is it just reaffirming what you already think and that’s a pattern-recognition thing? Or is it something that has a degree of wisdom and value to it, which is the strongest indication that you have tapped into your inner teacher.
It’s very important in the beginning to access the inner teacher through mindfulness, through meditation because you’re setting the stage and the conditions for the experience that you want to have happen.
You’re not saying All-ie, All-ie, in free –anything and everything that’s around come on in. You’re being very specific that you want to connect with this inner teacher, this all-that-is knowingness that is going to help enrich your life and help guide you along your spiritual path.
The confidence you are more likely to need is a commitment to your path because you’re walking a path that people are going to want to push you off of and to make you doubt yourself.