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 (M-1.1:1-3).
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. S/he’s the expert. S/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, for example, I trust that the 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 in-person or online studies and classes know, I don’t always plunge in right away to answer a question that has been presented. 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 expresses 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.
When we can accept the Voice in everyone, then we are lighting the way home.
How can we become the demonstration of a Teacher of God and be the voice of calm in the middle of the world’s chaos?
Jesus tells us in ACIM, that is for us to follow him means to stand with him in the circle of peace. “I stand within the circle, calling you to peace. Teach peace with me, and stand with me on holy ground.”
We are here to teach peace. Teaching is a demonstration. It is by our example that we teach and by which we learn. The world needs Teachers of God. Are you ready to accept your calling?
Our program for 2020 is titled, “A Circle of Peace” inspired from this quote. Our year will be spent in deep dedication of learning what it is to be a teacher of God and how we can embrace the characteristics of God’s Teachers. Each month we will envelop a characteristic with full support of materials in audio, video, and written form. This can be done do so either through self-study or group classes. Private mentoring sessions are also available as well as community support. Either way, the devotion spent to learning to live the Course from the heart and not the intellect will prove valuable to each and every one of our participants, myself included.
To enroll in the program, you can choose the self-study version of $20 monthly or the weekly class version of $50 weekly. If you cannot make the weekly classes, I will meet with you in private sessions to enhance your learning.
Make the commitment today to join us in the Circle of Peace. Learn more here.