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

Section 3


page 7, paragraph 3




3 It is difficult to understand that levels of teaching the universal course is a concept as meaningless in reality as is time. 2The illusion of one permits the illusion of the other. 3In time, the teacher of God seems to begin to change his mind about the world with a single decision, and then learns more and more about the new direction as he teaches it. 4We have covered the illusion of time already, but the illusion of levels of teaching seems to be something different. 5Perhaps the best way to demonstrate that these levels cannot exist is simply to say that any level of the teaching-learning situation is part of God’s plan for Atonement, and His plan can have no levels, being a reflection of His Will. 6Salvation is always ready and always there. 7God’s teachers work at different levels, but the result is always the same.

First Glance

At first glance, this paragraph doesn’t seem to say anything to me. As I sit with it, I glean at least this much; levels of teaching is like time in that neither exists except in the illusion. Because I believe in time and therefore experience time, it seems that I learn and teach or teach and learn and then I learn more and finally, something happens and I wake up altogether. It seems like this all started with a decision and then unfolds over time from there.

Now, not gradually

I have just a glimpse of the truth that I only seemed to make that decision and my awakening process only seems to take place a step at a time. In actuality, there is no time and nothing of God happens gradually and at levels. It is simply done because it is His Will that it be done. My mind stretches it out and I experience it as if it is a gradual process over a period of time. How really strange this feels to a mind that is firmly attached to time and to levels.

Guaranteed Success

I think the reason this is important for me to know is that it encourages me to accept that I cannot fail because I have already succeeded. It is the light at the end of this dark and confusing tunnel, and it keeps me on a straighter and narrower path than I would have taken otherwise. It also helps me to understand that my part is one of simple acceptance of what is done. Otherwise, it takes a lot longer as I try to use the ego mind to do what it is not my function to do.

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