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A Course in Miracles – Manual for Teachers – 1. Who Are God's Teachers?
M-1.1. A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. 2 His qualifications consist solely in this; somehow, somewhere he has made a deliberate choice in which he did not see his interests as apart from someone else's. 3 Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction is sure. 4 A light has entered the darkness. 5 It may be a single light, but that is enough. 6 He has entered an agreement with God even if he does not yet believe in Him. 7 He has become a bringer of salvation. 8 He has become a teacher of God.
M-1.2. They come from all over the world. 2 They come from all religions and from no religion. 3 They are the ones who have answered. 4 The Call is universal. 5 It goes on all the time everywhere. 6 It calls for teachers to speak for It and redeem the world. 7 Many hear It, but few will answer. 8 Yet it is all a matter of time. 9 Everyone will answer in the end, but the end can be a long, long way off. 10 It is because of this that the plan of the teachers was established. 11 Their function is to save time. 12 Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. 13 And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it.
M-1.4. This is a manual for a special curriculum, intended for teachers of a special form of the universal course. 2 There are many thousands of other forms, all with the same outcome. 3 They merely save time. 4 Yet it is time alone that winds on wearily, and the world is very tired now. 5 It is old and worn and without hope. 6 There was never a question of outcome, for what can change the Will of God? 7 But time, with its illusions of change and death, wears out the world and all things in it. 8 Yet time has an ending, and it is this that the teachers of God are appointed to bring about. 9 For time is in their hands. 10 Such was their choice, and it is given them.
TEACHERS OF GOD
YOU ARE BEING CALLED
The Characteristics of God's Teachers
M-4.1. The surface traits of God's teachers are not at all alike. 2 They do not look alike to the body's eyes, they come from vastly different backgrounds, their experiences of the world vary greatly, and their superficial "personalities" are quite distinct. 3 Nor, at the beginning stages of their functioning as teachers of God, have they as yet acquired the deeper characteristics that will establish them as what they are. 4 God gives special gifts to His teachers, because they have a special role in His plan for Atonement. 5 Their specialness is, of course, only temporary; set in time as a means of leading out of time. 6 These special gifts, born in the holy relationship toward which the teaching-learning situation is geared, become characteristic of all teachers of God who have advanced in their own learning. 7 In this respect they are all alike.
M-4.2. All differences among the Sons of God are temporary.
2 Nevertheless, in time it can be said that the advanced teachers of God have the following characteristics:
1 Trust 2 Honesty 3 Tolerance 4 Gentleness 5 Joy 5 Defencelessness 7 Generosity 8 Patience 9 Faithfulness 10 Open Mindedness
Manuel For Teachers, ACIM
-1.III.2. "Heaven and earth shall pass away" means that they will not continue to exist as separate states. 2 My word, which is the resurrection and the life, shall not pass away because life is eternal. 3 You are the work of God, and His work is wholly lovable and wholly loving. 4 This is how a man must think of himself in his heart, because this is what he is."
A teacher of God is not someone who teaches great things or does great things in the world. Rather, a teacher of God is someone who has accepted his purpose in this world as learning forgiveness. When the Course talks about function, it is not talking about anything external. It is talking only about accepting a function of forgiveness. And ultimately, of course, we do not forgive the person out there. We forgive ourselves.
Once we accept forgiveness as our purpose—not once we have learned it, but once we have accepted it as our purpose—then we are established as teachers. And then I will see that everything that happens in my daily life, as well as what happens in the course of my whole life, is part of a classroom in which I learn my lessons of forgiveness. So it does not matter whether things go well or things do not go well as I evaluate them. I will realize they are all the same because they all share the same purpose. The Course says the only question we should ask about anything is: what is it for? (T-4.V.6:7-9). If we listen to the ego, then everything is for establishing that we are victims or somebody else is a victim. And everything in the world is seen from that point of view—the whole theme of victimization is alive and well in this world. And that, of course, keeps the ego alive and well.
The Holy Spirit, in contrast, sees everything in this world as serving the purpose of undoing that belief in victimization—that is what forgiveness does. Once we accept forgiveness as our function, we become teachers of God, who see everything in this world as enabling us to learn the lesson that there are no victims. And as we learn it, the Love of the Holy Spirit and of Jesus extends through us. And that teaches others. It is not our words or actions or behavior that teach—it is the Love of God through us that teaches simply by its presence.
What It Means to Be a Teacher of God: Excerpts from the Workshop held at the Foundation for A Course in Miracles, Temecula CA
Kenneth Wapnick, Ph.D.
As in many other areas of its teachings, the Course talks about a teacher of God on two levels. It is clear in the introduction to the section on the characteristics of God's teachers that the characteristics belong to what the Course refers to as the "advanced teachers of God" (M-4.2:2)—those who have already learned some of the more basic lessons of forgiveness. Once those basic lessons are learned, then we share in the ten characteristics.
On another level, however, we are all teachers because we are all learning. On this level, being a teacher of God does not mean that we have mastered all the lessons. In fact, a point is made in the text that is repeated in the characteristics of God's teachers, which should always be remembered as a comfort: readiness does not mean mastery (T-2.VII.7, M-4.IX.1:10). We can be ready to teach without having mastered the curriculum. If that were not true, none of us could do anything because, obviously, none of us has mastered the curriculum of the Course.
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C-6.1. Jesus is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, Whom he called down upon the earth after he ascended into Heaven, or became completely identified with the Christ, the Son of God as He created Him. 2 The Holy Spirit, being a creation of the one Creator, creating with Him and in His likeness or spirit, is eternal and has never changed. 3 He was "called down upon the earth" in the sense that it was now possible to accept Him and to hear His Voice. 4 His is the Voice for God, and has therefore taken form.
The Miracle Within
C-5.2. The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. 2 So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God. 3 The man was an illusion, for he seemed to be a separate being, walking by himself, within a body that appeared to hold his self from Self, as all illusions do. 4 Yet who can save unless he sees illusions and then identifies them as what they are? 5 Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. 6 And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions.
21 Let us undertake to learn this lesson together, so we can be free of them together.
I need devoted teachers who share my aim of healing the mind.
The Soul is far beyond the need of your protection or mine.
22 In this world you need not have tribulation because I have overcome the world.
23 That is why you should be of good cheer.
Chapter Four: The Root of All Evil
II. Right Teaching and Right Learning
ON BECOMING A TEACHER OF GOD
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A Course in Miracles – Chapter 18 – IV. The Little Willingness
T-18.IV.2. Trust not your good intentions. 2 They are not enough. 3 But trust implicitly your willingness, whatever else may enter. 4 Concentrate only on this, and be not disturbed that shadows surround it. 5 That is why you came. 6 If you could come without them you would not need the holy instant. 7 Come to it not in arrogance, assuming that you must achieve the state its coming brings with it. 8 The miracle of the holy instant lies in your willingness to let it be what it is. 9 And in your willingness for this lies also your acceptance of yourself as you were meant to be.
Reverend Devan Divine
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C-5.6. Is he God's only Helper? 2 No, indeed. 3 For Christ takes many forms with different names until their oneness can be recognized. 4 But Jesus is for you the bearer of Christ's single message of the Love of God. 5 You need no other. 6 It is possible to read his words and benefit from them without accepting him into your life. 7 Yet he would help you yet a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him, and leave them both to find the peace of God. 8 Yet still it is his lesson most of all that he would have you learn, and it is this:9 There is no death because the Son of God is like his Father. 10 Nothing you can do can change Eternal Love. 11 Forget your dreams of sin and guilt, and come with me instead to share the resurrection of God's Son. 12 And bring with you all those whom He has sent to you to care for as I care for you.
The principle criterion that establishes one as a teacher of God is that he sees joining, and not separation, as his reality. This is also a way of characterizing the difference between a holy relationship and a special relationship. In a special relationship, we always see our interests as different and separate and more important than anyone else's. In our minds, then, this justifies the murderous attack that is the underlying content of specialness. In a holy relationship, on the other hand, I do not perceive you as separate from me nor as having interests separate from mine. Rather, we go to Heaven together. This shift is not on the level of form—it occurs in my mind, so that I do not perceive my salvation as separate from or independent of you.
T-1.IV.4. The emptiness engendered by fear must be replaced by forgiveness. 2 That is what the Bible means by "There is no death," and why I could demonstrate that death does not exist. 3 I came to fulfill the law by reinterpreting it. 4 The law itself, if properly understood, offers only protection. 5 It is those who have not yet changed their minds who brought the "hell-fire" concept into it. 6 I assure you that I will witness for anyone who lets me, and to whatever extent he permits it. 7 Your witnessing demonstrates your belief, and thus strengthens it. 8 Those who witness for me are expressing, through their miracles, that they have abandoned the belief in deprivation in favor of the abundance they have learned belongs to them.
C-6.4. The Holy Spirit abides in the part of your mind that is part of the Christ Mind. 2 He represents your Self and your Creator, Who are One. 3 He speaks for God and also for you, being joined with Both. 4 And therefore it is He Who proves Them One. 5 He seems to be a Voice, for in that form He speaks God's Word to you. 6 He seems to be a Guide through a far country, for you need that form of help. 7 He seems to be whatever meets the needs you think you have. 8 But He is not deceived when you perceive your self entrapped in needs you do not have. 9 It is from these He would deliver you. 10 It is from these that He would make you safe.
Chapter Four: The Root of All Evil Section II Right Teaching and Right Learning
7 A good teacher clarifies his own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them. Teacher and pupil are alike in the learning process. They are in the same order of learning, and unless they share their lessons, they will lack conviction. A good teacher must believe in the ideas which he professes, but he must meet another condition; he must also believe in the students to whom he offers his ideas. Many stand guard over their ideas because they want to protect their thought systems as they are, and learning means change. Change is always fearful to the separated ones because they cannot conceive of it as a change towards healing the separation. They alwaysperceive it as a change towards further separation because the separation was their first experience of change.
STUDENT AND TEACHER ARE ALIKE
The Miracle Within Teachers
JESUS: THE MASTER TEACHER
A Course in Miracles – Manual for Teachers – 2. Who Are Their Pupils?
M-2.5. When pupil and teacher come together, a teaching-learning situation begins. 2 For the teacher is not really the one who does the teaching. 3 God's Teacher speaks to any two who join together for learning purposes. 4 The relationship is holy because of that purpose, and God has promised to send His Spirit into any holy relationship. 5 In the teaching-learning situation, each one learns that giving and receiving are the same. 6 The demarcations they have drawn between their roles, their minds, their bodies, their needs, their interests, and all the differences they thought separated them from one another, fade and grow dim and disappear. 7 Those who would learn the same course share one interest and one goal. 8 And thus he who was the learner becomes a teacher of God himself, for he has made the one decision that gave his teacher to him. 9 He has seen in another person the same interests as his own.
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Onefeather has been a spiritual advisor, working with spirituality using Tarot and Astrology since 1970. Possessing a foundation in Jungian psychology and having been initiated in mystical Native American methodologies by his grandfather during his youth (a full blood Potawatomi), Onefeather nurtures and supports his clients on both the physical realm as well as the metaphysical. For the last 20 years he has been a student and teacher of ACIM. It is his intention to align the seeker's earthly journey with their spiritual unfolding... so that the individual attains understanding and success in the most effortless way.
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The miracle is an expression of an inner awareness of Christ and the acceptance of His Atonement.