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On Teachers and Learning Without Limits

Q: It is very tempting to me to hold a teacher of high regard as an idol. The ego will use spiritual teachers and books and writings for its own goal if you allow it. "He is your only example of one who has successfully completed the work you are putting so much time, effort and sacrifice into!" the ego raves and rants "If he has not reached your goal, you might as well give up because how do you know it's going to work?"

I find it best to "come back to the breath" as I learned from meditation in different areas, which really means don't follow the mind, return to the Truth. Continuously returning to the Truth is showing me that I am becoming much more peaceful in situations that a few years ago would have really stirred me up while I protected myself and attacked in retaliation.

Faith in God is all that I need to follow in the path back to Him. Faith in man will only lead me into illusions. Faith in your brother does not mean in what he says or does but in the Truth about him. His innocence. This is the way home, In my belief.

I have learned so much in what seems to be such a short period of time that I am truly grateful to all I have the opportunity to learn from... and that is all. Whether it's one of my 16 year old students who surprise me with a forgiveness opportunity that I don't see to often now, or a "Spiritual" teacher who shows me a lessons in the standard way, or a way that I would not usually expect like this.

Thank you again all for showing me the specks of dust on the altar and thank you Spirit for the duster I have in my hand called Forgiveness! In other words thank you all for all.

Love.

A: Thanks for sharing the private thoughts and emotions that were bubbling to the surface of consciousness for healing. It is truly an inside job, and I always have said don't follow the flesh - follow the Spirit within. Jesus taught me the one right use of judgment (How do you feel?) as a tool of coming to an authentic transformation of consciousness and emotional honesty (a State of Joy!). This I now express freely, and if that seems to inspire someone to forgive and be happy that is a blessing beyond measure.

I no longer identify with the 'roles' of teacher/student or leader/follower or guru/devotee, for I rest in the Present Moment and am content to simply Be.

I was always inspired by these sections from A Course In Miracles Manual for Teachers, so I offer them as Comfort now:

II. Honesty

M-4.II.1. All other traits of God's teachers rest on trust. 2 Once that has been achieved, the others cannot fail to follow. 3 Only the trusting can afford honesty, for only they can see its value. 4 Honesty does not apply only to what you say. 5 The term actually means consistency. 6 There is nothing you say that contradicts what you think or do; no thought opposes any other thought; no act belies your word; and no word lacks agreement with another. 7 Such are the truly honest. 8 At no level are they in conflict with themselves. 9 Therefore it is impossible for them to be in conflict with anyone or anything.

M-4.II.2. The peace of mind which the advanced teachers of God experience is largely due to their perfect honesty. 2 It is only the wish to deceive that makes for war. 3 No one at one with himself can
even conceive of conflict. 4 Conflict is the inevitable result of self-deception, and self-deception is dishonesty. 5 There is no challenge to a teacher of God. 6 Challenge implies doubt, and the trust on which God's teachers rest secure makes doubt impossible. 7 Therefore they can only succeed. 8 In this, as in all things, they are honest. 9 They can only succeed, because they never do their will alone. 10 They choose for all mankind; for all the world and all things in it; for the unchanging and unchangeable beyond appearances; and for the Son of God and his Creator. 11 How could they not succeed? 12 They choose in perfect honesty, sure of their choice as of themselves.

III. Tolerance

M-4.III.1. God's teachers do not judge. 2 To judge is to be dishonest, for to judge is to assume a position you do not have. 3 Judgment without self-deception is impossible. 4 Judgment implies that you have been deceived in your brothers. 5 How, then, could you not have been deceived in yourself? 6 Judgment implies a lack of trust, and trust remains the bedrock of the teacher of God's whole thought system. 7 Let this be lost, and all his learning goes. 8 Without judgment are all things equally acceptable, for who could judge otherwise? 9 Without judgment are all men brothers, for who is there who stands apart? 10 Judgment destroys honesty and shatters trust. 11 No teacher of God can judge and hope to learn.

IV. Gentleness

M-4.IV.1. Harm is impossible for God's teachers. 2 They can neither harm nor be harmed. 3 Harm is the outcome of judgment. 4 It is the dishonest act that follows a dishonest thought. 5 It is a verdict of guilt upon a brother, and therefore on oneself. 6 It is the end of peace and the denial of learning. 7 It demonstrates the absence of God's curriculum, and its replacement by insanity. 8 No teacher of God but must learn,–and fairly early in his training,–that harmfulness completely obliterates his function from his awareness. 9 It will make him confused, fearful, angry and suspicious. 10 It will make the Holy Spirit's lessons impossible to learn. 11 Nor can God's Teacher be heard at all, except by those who realize that harm can actually achieve nothing. 12 No gain can come of it. M-4.IV.2. Therefore, God's teachers are wholly gentle. 2 They need the strength of gentleness, for it is in this that the function of salvation becomes easy. 3 To those who would do harm, it is impossible. 4 To those to whom harm has no meaning, it is merely natural. 5 What choice but this has meaning to the sane? 6 Who chooses hell when he perceives a way to Heaven? 7 And who would choose the weakness that must come from harm in place of the unfailing, all-encompassing and limitless strength of gentleness? 8 The might of God's teachers lies in their gentleness, for they have understood their evil thoughts came neither from God's Son nor his Creator. 9 Thus did they join their thoughts with Him Who is their Source. 10 And so their will, which always was His Own, is free to be itself.


V. Joy

M-4.V.1. Joy is the inevitable result of gentleness. 2 Gentleness means that fear is now impossible, and what could come to interfere with joy? 3 The open hands of gentleness are always filled. 4 The gentle have no pain. 5 They cannot suffer. 6 Why would they not be joyous? 7 They are sure they are beloved and must be safe. 8 Joy goes with gentleness as surely as grief attends attack. 9 God's teachers trust in Him. 10 And they are sure His Teacher goes before them, making sure no harm can come to them. 11 They hold His gifts and follow in His way, because God's Voice directs them in all things. 12 Joy is their song of thanks. 13 And Christ looks down on them in thanks as well. 14 His need of them is just as great as theirs of Him. 15 How joyous it is to share the purpose of salvation!

VI. Defenselessness

M-4.VI.1. God's teachers have learned how to be simple. 2 They have no dreams that need defense against the truth. 3 They do not try to make themselves. 4 Their joy comes from their understanding Who created them. 5 And does what God created need defense? 6 No one can become an advanced teacher of God until he fully understands that defenses are but foolish guardians of mad illusions. 7 The more grotesque the dream, the fiercer and more powerful its defenses seem to be. 8 Yet when the teacher of God finally agrees to look past them, he finds that nothing was there. 9 Slowly at first he lets
himself be undeceived. 10 But he learns faster as his trust increases. 11 It is not danger that comes when defenses are laid down. 12 It is safety. 13 It is peace. 14 It is joy. 15 And it is God.

and...

Except for God's teachers there would be little hope of salvation, for the world of sin would seem forever real. 2 The self-deceiving must deceive, for they must teach deception. 3 And what else is hell?
4 This is a manual for the teachers of God. 5 They are not perfect, or they would not be here. 6 Yet it is their mission to become perfect here, and so they teach perfection over and over, in many, many ways, until they have learned it. 7 And then they are seen no more, although their thoughts remain a source of strength and truth forever.

In gratitude for God's Eternal Love that simply Is,
and is ever available as the Source of Help within,



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