I don’t know when exactly I decided to become a “teacher of God.” I know that somewhere along the way I did choose it. According to the Manual for Teachers, anyone who has consciously chosen to see another’s interest as connected to him, anyone who took a holistic approach to a problem is a teacher of God. (“He has seen someone else as himself.”)That seems very broad. Not at all what many of us might consider the criterion for becoming one of God’s teachers, but the Course makes it pretty clear that one needn’t even believe in God to qualify. In that sense, it is really a question of what that person is teaching. Anyone who is teaching love is one of God’s teacher, even if they are an atheist. (“He has entered an agreement with God even if he does not yet believe in Him.”)
I love that. I love that God loves His children so completely that He doesn’t hold our screwed up beliefs against us. We can be horribly misguided and still we are not condemned. I also love that the Course doesn’t care what curriculum is used. “There are many thousands of other forms, all with the same outcome. They merely save time.” So studying the Course isn’t even a prerequisite. It’s not like those of us who answer the call now need to go convert the rest of the world into Course students. That is good because as passionate as I am about A Course in Miracles, I have no desire to proselyte. The Manual says, “They come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion.” I like that. I have always been of the opinion that one doesn’t need to have religion to be a good person. The only real reason for church is community. It is helpful to be surrounded by like-minded people to keep your priorities straight, but there are others ways to accomplish that.
This is where I am in the Manual for Teachers:
1 A teacher of God is anyone who chooses to be one. 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. Once he has done that, his road is established and his direction is sure. A light has entered the darkness. It may be a single light, but that is enough. He has entered an agreement with God even if he does not yet believe in Him. He has become a bringer of salvation. He has become a teacher of God.
2 They come from all over the world. They come from all religions and from no religion. They are the ones who have answered. The Call is universal. It goes on all the time everywhere. It calls for teachers to speak for It and redeem the world. Many hear It, but few will answer. Yet it is all a matter of time. Everyone will answer in the end, but the end can be a long, long way off. It is because of this that the plan of the teachers was established. Their function is to save time. Each one begins as a single light, but with the Call at its center it is a light that cannot be limited. And each one saves a thousand years of time as the world judges it. To the Call Itself time has no meaning.
3 There is a course for every teacher of God. The form of the course varies greatly. So do the particular teaching aids involved. But the content of the course never changes. Its central theme is always, “God’s Son is guiltless, and in his innocence is his salvation.” It can be taught by actions or thoughts; in words or soundlessly; in any language or in no language; in any place or time or manner. It does not matter who the teacher was before he heard the Call. He has become a savior by his answering. He has seen someone else as himself. He has therefore found his own salvation and the salvation of the world. In his rebirth is the world reborn.
4 This is a manual for a special curriculum, intended for teachers of a special form of the universal course. There are many thousands of other forms, all with the same outcome. They merely save time. Yet it is time alone that winds on wearily, and the world is very tired now. It is old and worn and without hope. There was never a question of outcome, for what can change the Will of God? But time, with its illusions of change and death, wears out the world and all things in it. Yet time has an ending, and it is this that the teachers of God are appointed to bring about. For time is in their hands. Such was their choice, and it is given them.
Now the tricky part is the whole time thing, because try as I may, I can’t fully wrap my head around it. “Yet time has an ending, and it is this that the teachers of God are appointed to bring about. For time is in their hands.” I know time is an illusion, just like this is a dream. Essentially, we are all just trying to become lucid enough to recognize the illusion and tell the “others,” so we can all wake up and realize we never left God; we only thought we did. But there is still a part of my mind that freaks out a little at the thought of time ending, even though in reality there is no death and there is nothing to worry about; it still feels scary.
Yet, as I become more practiced, it’s not quite so scary. I have confidence that the deeper I get into this, the better I will get at deferring to the Holy Spirit. Right now, there are still times when I feel like I am asking for help, but I can’t seem to hear the answer, and so I know there are still blocks within that are clogging the channel. Because I know that it is there.
I am making it more difficult than it needs to be. The Course tells me this, “For truth is true. What else could ever be, or ever was? This simple lesson holds the key to the dark door that you believe is locked forever. You made this door of nothing, and behind it is nothing. The key is only the light that shines away the shapes and forms and fears of nothing. Accept this key to freedom from the hands of Christ Who gives it to you, that you may join Him in the holy task of bringing light. For, like your brothers, you do not realize the light has come and freed you from the sleep of darkness.”
The light has already come. So, I just continue practicing surrender. I continue reminding myself that my will is God’s will, so there is nothing for me to resist. But I would be lying if I said I had mastered all this. Yet, one day, I know I will remember. “3 To remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there. You do not make what you remember; you merely accept again what is already there, but was rejected.”
I am a teacher of God. I don’t have to have mastered anything to say yes to the call, I only have to be willing.
(“God will do His part if you will do yours, and His return in exchange for yours is the exchange of knowledge for perception. Nothing is beyond His Will for you. But signify your will to remember Him, and behold! He will give you everything but for the asking.”)
And I am willing. I am.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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