Transmission... such a remarkable process. In this picture I am trying to learn from my teacher, things that he was taught by his master. Despite a handful of good stories over the years, can I really ever understand what or how my teacher was taught? Yes and No. But retracing the movement, loyally and repeatedly, some of the essence of that teaching is distilled, becoming a part of my own movement.
The form I am learning I had seen before, but then it was shown in a slightly different manner. By refusing to stop, no matter what hardships lie in the way, you eventually get to a point where by training with the teacher, layers and layers of the form are peeled away, until the truth is revealed.
The teacher has a great responsibility, because he must always be truthful yet careful in how the teaching is transmitted. Too much before the student is ready and the learning process will crumble. He must know how to portion it out over time and wait for the student to pick up the bait. But he must never lie or deceive. When you as a student reach the point where the truth is revealed, you will understand that the final form was there the whole time. Your world has been expanded. You, yourself, have more to give to the world.
Many things in life can be understood by this process. Please think about this, and remember that the most important things in life are not easily acquired, but once you have them, they stay with you forever.