Thanks so much for all of these thoughts. I too have experienced prejudice regarding my path, but the stigma is slowly lifting the more we speak about these possibilities for human experience.
A big yes to the fact that the authentic teacher knows it's about you--including when you get triggered and how to hold that space. One of the biggest issues today is that many teachers who haven't really walked the path long enough only want students to feel happy and uplifted, when in fact the students will have to face their shadows. And of course people naturally gravitate to what makes them feel uplifted, so they can sometimes orbit teachers who make them feel good but are ultimately depriving them of the gift of going deep within and facing the parts of ourselves we don't want to look at.