I. The Message of the Crucifixion, P 6
6 As I have said before, “As you teach so shall you learn.” If you react as if you are persecuted, you are teaching persecution. This is not a lesson a Son of God should want to teach if he is to realize his own salvation. Rather, teach your own perfect immunity, which is the truth in you, and realize that it cannot be assailed. Do not try to protect it yourself, or you are believing that it is assailable. You are not asked to be crucified, which was part of my own teaching contribution. You are merely asked to follow my example in the face of much less extreme temptations to misperceive, and not to accept them as false justifications for anger. There can be no justification for the unjustifiable. Do not believe there is, and do not teach that there is. Remember always that what you believe you will teach. Believe with me, and we will become equal as teachers.
I will always teach what I believe and what I teach will be reinforced as a belief. And I am always teaching. I don’t want to teach that I can be persecuted so I must stop believing in persecution. I do this by being vigilant for thoughts of persecution and looking at that belief with the Holy Spirit. I then ask for healing and accept the healing.
It is very simple and easy to do and I do it all the time, except when I get hooked by some situation that still seems real to me. These are the times when I choose to justify an exception to the rule. When I believe I have been attacked, and then try to protect myself, I teach myself and everyone else that I am vulnerable. It is not God’s Will that I be vulnerable and so it can’t be true, but if I protect myself, that is what I teach myself that is what I will learn and what will be real for me.
Every time I turn around I see an ad recommending that I rush out and get a shot to protect me from shingles. I see it in magazines, at the pharmacy. My customer got shingles and did a good job of scaring me with his tale of woe. Each time I see a reminder to get immunized against shingles I feel afraid and want to do it. Then I feel safe and peaceful about the whole thing, and I remember that my safety lies in my defenselessness. I am conflicted because I am listening first to the ego voice and then to the Voice for God.
I can get the shot of I want to. Getting the shot will not make me guilty. However, getting the shot will teach me that I am vulnerable. Is this what I want to learn and to teach? What I am doing now is watching my thoughts about it, watching as fear speaks to me and as I turn from fear to hear the Holy Spirit. I ask for the Atonement in this situation.
This is my job, my part in the Atonement. I look with the Holy Spirit, I ask for healing, I accept the Atonement. I do this as I am able and I continue to do it when it becomes obvious my willingness is still weak. I trust that as I do my part, the Holy Spirit will do His part. Avoiding shingles through a shot or through mind healing is not the purpose; allowing my mind to be healed as I look at my fears and doubts is the purpose. Being a teacher equal to Jesus is my purpose, so I am giving my willingness to believe as Jesus believes.