We teach and learn the truth of the Atonement, or we teach and learn the illusion of the separation. It’s either one or the other.
Jesus’ view of teaching is quite different than the world’s view. In the world, a teacher or professor is separate from and superior to his or her students. He’s the expert. He knows more than they do. He imparts his knowledge and wisdom to his pupils. But that’s not Jesus’ view. In the “Right Teaching and Right Learning” section, he says: “A good teacher must believe … in the students to whom he offers the ideas” (T-4.I.1:4). This means that a Teacher of God (which, again, is each of us) must trust in the Holy Spirit within his students’ minds. When I’m in a teaching role on a conference call, for example, I trust that the other students can access the Holy Spirit just as I can. In other words, I’m not giving them something they don’t have. We all have Holy Spirit.
We are all equal as teachers and as learners. That’s why, as those who participate in our study or phone groups know, I don’t always jump in right away to answer somebody’s question. As the teacher or facilitator, I don’t have a monopoly on the answers. We have no gurus or groupies here! The Holy Spirit is the real Teacher. Each participant has the still, small Voice within. Often times, I’ll hang back and see what Holy Spirit says through someone else. Or I’ll wait to see what the group says as a whole. We’re all connected to the Voice for God. Each of us can plug into that Wisdom. Each of us can access the information needed. The Voice for God speaks in every person, and if you doubt that, it’s because you really don’t want to hear It. Denying Holy Spirit in another’s mind reflects your fear of hearing Him in your own mind.