Manual for Teachers: Section 3: WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF TEACHING? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 7, paragraph 2

Section 3

WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF TEACHING?

page7, paragraph 2

WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF TEACHING?

WHAT ARE THE LEVELS OF TEACHING?

What are the Levels of Teaching?

2┬áThe simplest level of teaching appears to be quite superficial. 2It consists of what seem to be very casual encounters; a “chance” meeting of two apparent strangers in an elevator, a child who is not looking where he is going running into an adult “by chance,” two students “happening” to walk home together. 3These are not chance encounters. 4Each of them has the potential for becoming a teaching-learning situation. 5Perhaps the seeming strangers in the elevator will smile to one another; perhaps the adult will not scold the child for bumping into him; perhaps the students will become friends. 6Even at the level of the most casual encounter, it is possible for two people to lose sight of separate interests, if only for a moment. 7That moment will be enough. Salvation has come.

Commentary

This paragraph has made such an impact on me. I used to treat casual strangers as if they did not exist. I looked away from them. When they were waiting on me, I acted like they were machines performing a function. After reading this paragraph, I saw what I was doing and it changed everything.

Salvation Opportunity

I still get wrapped up in my little story sometimes and fail to notice an opportunity for salvation, but I make a point to not do that. I have started thinking of everyone in my life as a potential for a holy encounter, a chance to put aside my separate interests, if even for a moment, and acknowledge our oneness with at least a smile.

Chance Encounter

At first, it was just a thing I did, but as my mind healed more and more, it has become a blessing that I bestow and receive. It is not just a gesture, but a real connection. When I fail to take advantage of that chance encounter, I regret the lost opportunity. I understand now, that it just seemed like a chance encounter. It was really a gift that I either accepted or rejected.

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