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As We Teach God’s Lessons of Joy and Hope, Our Learning Finally Becomes Complete

1 – Convince Ourselves of What We Are Not?

“Everyone who follows the world’s curriculum, and everyone here does follow it until he changes his mind, teaches solely to convince himself that he is what he is not. Herein is the purpose of the world. What else, then, would its curriculum be? (M1 – M2)”

The ego is the important point to note here, for it is the ego that has us trying to convince ourselves that we are as we are not. The ego would have us believe that arrogant independence, standing alone, is the way to be strong and valiant. But A Course in Miracles shows us that we were never meant to be all alone and lonely. Our way to God is the pathway through our relationships. When we reach out to others, we are supporting them at the same time that we are allowing them to support ourselves. And forgiveness of our brother/sister is our way home.

2 – World’s Curriculum

The world’s curriculum also teaches that judgment of our own is a criterion for success in the world. We are led to believe to we need to hone our judgment so that we make better and better decisions as we grow older. Yet A Course in Miracles teaches just the opposite, for ACIM affirms that we cannot judge accurately, because it is impossible for us to know all circumstances—past, present, and future—that might affect a given decision. ACIM encourages us, above all, to place reliance in our guidance from the Holy Spirit. And we are led to understand that we will come to know through an inner knowing (and there are many ways to come to an inner knowing). Our way home is prepared by the guidance that we hear, and follow, from the Holy Spirit. And this knowledge, for it is knowledge and not perception, is contrary to what the world’s curriculum seeks to teach.

3 – Teachers of God

“Into this hopeless and closed learning situation, which teaches nothing but despair and death, God sends His teachers. And as they teach His lessons of joy and hope, their learning finally becomes complete. (M2)”

Jesus says elsewhere that the world needs us now. It is in a bad way, as all of us know who listen to the daily news. It is a “hopeless and closed learning situation,” and Jesus is looking to us to change the situation to something better.

4 – Teach. . .and Learn

As we teach, we learn. As we have been saying, there is no other way. When we teach that joy and hope are our rightful inheritance, we too learn this. We are traveling farther on the pathway to Awakening.

5 – Jesus’s Teachers

We are Jesus’s teachers (once we have completed the workbook of the Course). May we let our own neuroses drop away, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and may we do our part to save the world and all people in it from unhappiness and hopelessness.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know that as I teach joy and hope to a desperate world, I will find that my learning has become complete. Thank you for this reassurance.

May I turn to the world and seek to help the people in it in their distress. Jesus needs me, and to believe so is not arrogance, but the truth.

Thank You for Your many blessings. I can’t say that strongly enough or often enough. You have given me many, many good things for a good life throughout a lifetime that has included some challenges. All of us have problems, but when we recognize that Your solution comes with the problem, all is well able to be resolved. Thank You.

Amen.

Teaching Goes on Every Moment of the Day, and Continues into Sleeping Thoughts as Well.

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.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

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.

Amen.

Your Worth Is Not Established by Teaching or Learning

degas - ballet“Your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth is established by God. As long as you dispute this everything you do will be fearful, particularly any situation that lends itself to the belief in superiority and inferiority. Teachers must be patient and repeat their lessons until they are learned. I am willing to do this, because I have no right to set your learning limits for you. Again,–nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. (T-4.1.7)”.

Affirmation: “My worth is sure, established by God.”

Reflections:

1 – Conditional Love

Children who have been subjected to conditional love, and that includes most people (young and old), are not likely to grow up to have a sense of worth that is recognized as separate from achievement. Only children and first born children are especially susceptible to the false idea that they must “do” to establish their worth. Indeed, many feel that they will not be loved if they do not measure up to the ideal that their parents have inculcated in them. If good grades are encouraged, a child may feel that he/she will not be loved unless those good grades are brought home. And there are many variations on this theme of unworthiness, or of worth that has to be proved by deeds.

2 – Do / Think / Wish / Make

What a welcome change the passage for today can make in the minds of those who first come to A Course in Miracles, and especially for those who read the Text first. (Note: There is not prescribed order in reading the three volumes of ACIM.) “Nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth.” Jesus uses four verbs in this sense, as though he wishes to cover all the territory of our false thinking about worth.

3 – Fear

Farther on, Jesus indicates that if we cling to trying to measure up to be worthy of God, everything that we do will be fearful. And fear is of the ego. Here he is beginning to set down the limits of what the ego can do for us. And the limits are enormous; in fact, innumerable. The ego has led us down a false path, and we will be the better for it only if we learn how to turn aside from the ego. The ego is here defined as a part of our belief about ourselves (from the Text), but it is the coalition of false values. The ego is constantly being undone, because we cannot have both Awakening (toward which we are headed) and listen to the ego. The ego will always mislead.

4 – Emphasis

Jesus repeats these words about worth to emphasize, I think, their importance to the undoing of our thought system. To my way of thinking, this particular passage is one of the more important in all of ACIM, because it goes to the heart of our self-image. We are children of God, and we are already worthy because of that status.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You so much for this lovely, lovely passage. It is one of the most helpful, for me, in all of A Course in Miracles. I learned that I don’t have to achieve to be loved. I learned that You accept me just as I am, Your child. Thank You for the knowledge of this great blessing.

May I fret no more about conditional love. That is all in the past, and the conditional love was from individuals who only meant well, wanting me to live up to my potential. May I forgive completely and totally.

Be with my brothers and sisters who are struggle under conditional love. You love all of us, completely unconditionally. We don’t have to “measure up.” We are alright. You are transforming the mistakes into the pathway that You would have us walk.

Thank You.

Amen.

Love Cannot Be Taught

“What love is cannot be taught.  Remember that your task here is to remove the barriers that keep you from realizing what love is.  That is the learning goal of this course–your awareness of what love is–and no earthy course can take you beyond this goal.  It is only your willingness that is required.  (A Course of Love, 11.5)”

renoir - womanAffirmation:  “May I love today.”

Reflections:

1 – From ACIM to ACOL

There is a movement in these words of A Course of Love that goes beyond A Course in Miracles, which had as its goal the bestowing of forgiveness of ourselves and others.  While love was certainly not absent from ACIM, the focus was on the mind and the ego, while A Course of Love looks to the heart, and, ultimately, the mind and heart in conjunction with each other.

2 – Intuitive Knowledge

We know intuitively that love cannot be taught.  We experience love, and we experience love most often as a function of the heart, without the involvement of the mind and the intellect.  We love someone, and we don’t know why–we just do.  Our emotions are involved, and the emotions, in our understanding, are heart-sent into our lives.

3 – Heart Is Central

This is why we cannot be taught love, because if we could, the mind would be the central player (an interpretation, not stated in ACOL).  And the mind is not.  We sometimes love in spite of ourselves, though often this is in special relationships.  After they turn, with our help and God’s, into holy relationships, then we come closer to the wholeheartedness that Jesus extols in A Course of Love.

4 – Love at the Center

Do not despair that love cannot be taught, because it can be learned, though perhaps not of the mind.  When we ease up, we are in a better position to allow love to overcome us, to grab us.  And then we have placed love at the center of our being, where love belongs.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I offer love its central place today, in my heart, where love belongs.  I can intellectually choose to love somebody; it doesn’t work that way.  We cannot will love into being, and sometimes we love almost against our will.  

But love we will, for it is crucial to our being, the center of our being.  We may not express that love well, but even the most despised of human beings on our earth have loved, in the limited way that they knew.  Love is like a light that will not be extinguished.  And it is the way that joy comes into our lives.

May we all express love today to those closest to us.  May we receive the love that is offered to us.  And may we express and receive in totality.  You are with us always, and, today, when we need You most, You will be there for us, in love.

Amen.