From the beginning, I could tell that the master perceived things differently than I did. I'd say "at a different level," but that's not exactly what I mean. I mean in an entirely different way, from a different perspective, a different world-view.
It felt like there was some sort of barrier, or curtain, between where I was and where I wanted to be, that I would only really see once it was gone. I could only recognize the change after it happened.
Turns out, this was true. Some things now seem easy, simple, obvious, that I couldn't begin to grasp before.