The transmission of the Tao of Christ is done best through living teachers.
It reminds me of the old saying: Don’t do what the saints did. Instead, dream the dreams the saints had.
Merely reading books and following the written instructions of past masters is no substitute for direct contact with a living teacher. The Master does not merely lecture or instruct. He has to know and to analyze the inmost thoughts of the disciple. The most important part of direction is the openness with which the disciple manifests to the Spiritual Father not only all his acts but all his thoughts.–Thomas Merton
Contemplation in a World of Action by Thomas Merton (Doubleday and Co., 1973, p. 299)