A la Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That, page 88-9:
The Eastern Way is to get a guru.
The Western Way is to seek the grail.
"The mythological Grail was not inside any Church, and
only the person who had a certain character could find
it." The knights of the Round Table took a vow that
"since they thought it a disgrace to go forth in a group,
each should enter the forest at the point where he found
it darkest, and where no other path existed."
Is there a middle way? What about taking a teacher, a
role model, a 'master', learning what he has to teach,
and moving on-- perhaps to another teacher, etc. etc.,
until one is prepared for the search for the grail.
Re Christ: guru or teacher? Maybe both. Maybe some
will never develop the character to seek the grail, at
the darkest spot. Maybe some will.
Is Christ your Saviour or your friend? Have you grown
up into the fullness?
Guru or Grail: we need debate.