My guides say that learning is a lot like filling a glass with water. One experience fills the glass with a little water. The next experience brings the water level up some more. Gradually the glass becomes full – when it reaches the top, that is when we have the aha moment. That is when the learning from all the experiences sustains and truly gets integrated in our consciousness.
In other words, repetition is how we learn. Through the years I have found this image very comforting. We tend to make the same mistakes over and over – understanding the nature of learning can help us be patient and compassionate with ourselves.