[Excerpted from Michael Speaks: Year in Review 2014]
A Scholar in Knowledge uses the past as a means to understand and expand into the present and future. A Scholar in Theory uses the past as a way to escape or deflect the present and the future.
So if one finds he or she is deflecting, ignoring, resisting experiential navigation of the [Scholar] year, resorting to only what is already known, familiar, and presumed true, then one is likely in Theory.
If one embraces experience, takes on new challenges, and allows room for risk, he or she is likely trusting in past experiences as a way to help navigate new experiences.