You. You. You.
When I say that you are the real teacher, what do I mean by "you"? Which you do I mean?
Let's do an experiment for a few minutes.
First, take a moment to become aware of your body. Just do a quick scan of your body. Go from the soles of your feet slowly up to the top of your head. Think about your toes, your ankles, your calf muscles. Concentrate on your knees, your quads, and your hips. Allow yourself to think about your belly, your torso, your chest. Relax your shoulders, your forearms, and your hands. Shake them out if you like. Now your neck, your throat, your jaw, your nose, your forehead, and the top of your head.
Is there any part of your body that feels tight? If so, let it go. Is there soreness or stiffness anywhere? Breathe into that. Does anything feel particularly good? Do you feel tired or alert?
Now, take a look at your emotions (or take a feel at them). What are you feeling right now? Fear or excitement? Confusion or contentment? Are you calm or irritated? Is there sadness about something? Anger towards someone? Do you feel love?
Most people feel their emotions around their heart in the center of their chest. Some feel them lower in their stomach. What do you feel there?
Finally, notice your thoughts. What are you thinking? Listen to your mind as it goes through its thought process. I remember reading somewhere that we think about 1,200 words per minute. How in the world they counted that I do not know. How they managed to translate all of the visual and sensory thinking being done into a word count like that...I do not know.
Still that number gives us a sense of the continual chatter going on in our brains. Some Eastern traditions call this your "monkeymind". Listen to all that chatter for a moment.
So...who did that? Who was aware of your body? And who noticed you were feeling those feelings? And who thought about you thinking those thoughts?
I think that was you -- which means that you are not your body, you are not your feelings, and you are not your thoughts.
You're bigger than your body, more powerful than your emotions, deeper than your thoughts. You're something else.