We have to be careful. Teresa was a personality all her own. It is true that she learned a great deal from her Franciscan mentors, but she does not deviate from the original Carmelite hermits. What she learned from the Franciscans, especially Francisco of Osuna and Pedro of Alcantara was the power of prayer. However, her theology is her own.
I have always said that she drank from the same well as the Franciscans, but the outcome was very different. If we look at a Discalced Carmelite monastery and a Poor Clare monastery there are remarkable differences.
Clare leans more on Francis, while Teresa leans more on Albert. Clare’s focus is on poverty and Teresa’s focus is on contemplation. Teresa uses detachment as a means to contemplation. Clare uses contemplation as a means to detachment.
Br. JR, OSF