You do not need anyone’s permission to be free, to be yourself. If you did, you wouldn’t be free.
To see another as in any way above you is a trick that first lifts you up, then abases you, and finally lifts you up again, this time for good, for real.
A spiritual teacher (and group) provides a very effective support system in lieu of the Soul. Once you get in touch with your Soul, however, you must disconnect from the support system.
There’s a corresponding drop, and then a lift. Now you are ascending under your own power.