1 – To Teach Is to Learn
“The course. . .emphasizes that to teach is to learn, so that teacher and learner are the same. It also emphasizes that teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well. (M1)”
2 – Simultaneously
Teaching and learning occur simultaneously. When we teach, we are teaching ourselves as much as another person. Indeed, we are often teaching ourselves even more, for by teaching a given truth, we have accentuated its validity in our own minds.
3 – All the Time
Teaching goes on all the time (ACIM tenet). We don’t recognize that when we act badly, we are then teaching as well. So if we are to be good examples, we need to watch carefully. Learning also goes on all the time. Teacher and student are only separated by time, and time does not really exist (ACIM tenet).
4 – No Choice
“The question is not whether you will teach, for in that there is no choice. The purpose of the course might be said to provide you with a means of choosing what you want to teach on the basis of what you want to learn. (M1)”
5 – Teaching All the Day
When we go through our days, we are teaching–whether consciously or otherwise. And what we teach we learn. Not only, therefore, are others affected, but especially ourselves as well.
6 – Teach Something Good
This passage recommends that we make a choice to teach something good in our lives. In so doing, we are learning something good. There is no other way.
7 – All Are Teachers
All of us are teachers; whether or not we are a teacher of God is very much our own choice. The Course says that we cannot claim this title until we have gone through the workbook, because we are learning through the teachings recorded therein (and in the Course as a whole). May we choose to teach God, not the ego. May the Holy Spirit guide us.
8 – What We Teach
“Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. No more than that, but also never less. (M1)”
We are talking about teaching in everyday life; we are not teaching in the formal classroom. The classroom, if we wish to think of it this way, is the whole world. And we expose ourselves in our daily lives with our teaching. By so doing, our relationship is enhanced. We do not have to be so private all the time. Sharing ourselves actually steps up the relationship by allowing us to see what we are like on the inside. They trust us more when we let them in.
9 – The Teaching Underlying What You Say
“It is the teaching underlying what you say that teaches you. Teaching but reinforces what you believe about yourself. Its fundamental purpose is to diminish self-doubt. This does not mean that the self you are trying to protect is real. But it does mean that the self you think is real is what you teach. (M1)”
Several themes play through this passage. We are, in whatever we say or do, trying to reaffirm our self, or, more precisely, what we think is our self. This does diminish self-doubt. But we may become certain of the wrong things, for the self that we teach may not be our real self.
10 – Displaying Our Personality
If we pay attention to what we are displaying as our personality, we may reassess this persona. We may decide that we really don’t want to present a shabby self-image. This need is particularly important so long we are in the grip of neurosis. If we second guess ourselves, hesitate to speak up at reasonable times, and cringe when someone corrects us, it is likely that the ego has developed a neurotic persona for us.
11 – Jesus
Jesus can and does heal neurosis. Studying A Course in Miracles is one of the best ways that I know to develop a positive persona. As long as we forgive, and we see a reason to forgive, other people, we will walk a smooth pathway. It is when we hold grievances and resentments that our way seems so tough. And our persona so negative. Let’s vow to give up negativity today.
May I teach what I want to learn. May I be led by the Holy Spirit to know what that good teaching is.
Help me to be clear about what I want to learn. This will help me to teach the right things to my brothers and sisters. May I have Your guidance as I make my choice of what to teach.