“Resign as your own teacher. Accept me [Jesus] as your teacher and accept that I will teach you the truth. Find no shame in this. You cannot learn what I would teach you without me. You have tried in countless ways and can try still again. But you will not succeed–not because you are not smart enough–not because you will not try hard enough, but because it is impossible. (A Course of Love, 1.10)”
Affirmation: “Jesus is my teacher.”
1 – No Shame in Dependence on Religion
Jesus asserts in this passage that he is our teacher, and that there is no shame in this. So many of us have spent at least some time in our lives being ashamed of our dependence on our religion, thinking that we were not strong enough to make it on our own. But that was surely the ego talking (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM or ACOL).
2 – ACOL Names Jesus
Jesus makes it even clearer in A Course of Love that we must “accept” him. This will be a stumbling block to some of us. There are individuals who study A Course in Miracles and do not think too much about who originated it, who channeled it. But we are told, later on, in A Course of Love, that there is no getting around the necessity to accept Jesus as our teacher, and then as our equal (once we are past learning, and he resigns as our teacher).
3 – In ACOL, the Primary of Jesus
A Course in Miracles says that there are other teachers, for would God leave us without someone who could speak to our different cultures? But if we are to follow A Course of Love, we indeed must accept the primacy of Jesus in our spiritual life. He is our chosen leader, though others are free to choose a different teacher. But to choose differently, to gloss over our dependence on Jesus, is “impossible” in A Course of Love. May we find solace in this assertion and not find conflict.
I find it easy to accept Jesus’s primacy in our lives as a result of reading A Course of Love. But my religious pathway has been primarily Christian, and so Jesus has always been central. I worry about those who cannot see the value of ACOL because they reject the notion that someone must choose a leader, and, for students of ACOL, that leader must be Jesus.
This does not rule out, as A Course in Miracles does not rule out, that there are other legitimate teachers, founders of other religions and other pathways toward which we can find God. This is simply one pathway out of many, and God speaks to all people, taking them where they are and giving them a way home.
But it is simply a given that those of us who find in A Course of Love a particular pathway that appeals to us must accept that Jesus is the channeler. There is not getting around this this time. We can read and learn, perhaps, but we will never fully understand all that ACOL holds out to us if we reject Jesus’s primacy in these words.
Let all of us consider that Jesus may have made a point here that will lead to great benefit for all who are attracted to A Course of Love.