I. Right Teaching and Right Learning, P 1
1 A good teacher clarifies his own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them. Teacher and pupil are alike in the learning process. They are in the same order of learning, and unless they share their lessons conviction will be lacking. A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches, but he must meet another condition; he must believe in the student to whom he offers the ideas.
This is exactly what I do! Here is how it often works for me. I begin each day with writing in my journal, asking Spirit for answers and writing down what I receive. Sometimes it is a reminder, and sometimes it is an “aha” moment. Often I have an opportunity to teach what I learned that morning. Sometimes it is a formal teaching situation and sometimes it is a conversation, or an action or just a thought in a particular situation.
What happens is that in the situation, whatever form it takes, I have the opportunity to give what I was given and that giving is the way I receive it, so it becomes stronger in my mind. It shifts from a concept I think is true, to a conviction of the truth. In sharing I am asking Holy Spirit to give me words, so, I often receive even more as I discuss and clarify.
When this happens I am not the teacher as one who knows all and is imparting information to one who does not know. I am the teacher sharing with another teacher, a student sharing with another student. We are all teachers and all students. This is very clear to me because of the learning I am doing even while taking the role as teacher. The moment I see myself as “greater” than the student, I have lost the connection with my Teacher, and so I am no longer learning or teaching.