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Supposedly infallible outer authorities are a great danger to the truth seeker for they promote dependence.
All helpful spiritual teachings will assist the seeker to become independent in their own knowing. For Christians this independence comes from their own contact with the "living spirit" within, for Buddhists their connection with their "Buddha nature", and for New Agers their connection with their "higher self".
Although different traditions have different names for this source of "inner knowing" it is the connection with this inner knowing by the conscious mind that must be fostered. This enables the self to achieve true spiritual independence in a world where almost everyone else is leaning on some outer authority to understand life.