WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?
page 10, paragraph 3
A. Development of Trust
3 First, they must go through what might be called “a period of undoing.” 2This need not be painful, but it usually is so experienced. 3It seems as if things are being taken away, and it is rarely understood initially that their lack of value is merely being recognized. 4How can lack of value be perceived unless the perceiver is in a position where he must see things in a different light? 5He is not yet at a point at which he can make the shift entirely internally. 6And so the plan will sometimes call for changes in what seem to be external circumstances. 7These changes are always helpful. 8When the teacher of God has learned that much, he goes on to the second stage.
I don’t experience a great deal of distress at necessary changes anymore. I am still undoing, but I am certain that I want to, and having seen that it is good to make these changes, I don’t hesitate to make them. When I first began the undoing process I did not have this certainty. I had to develop trust as I did the practice. When I was completely unsure that this was for my best good, undoing was indeed painful.
Imagine that you had the ability to levitate, but you didn’t know about the ability, had no idea you could levitate. I come along and tell you to step off a cliff. I tell you that you cannot imagine the freedom you will feel when you realize you don’t have to worry about falling ever again. And to know this extraordinary freedom all you have to do is step out.
Even though you might trust me, or know you should trust me, you would be reluctant to give up the “safety” of the ground that seems to support you and keep you from certain death. You would value this sense of safety and be reluctant to let it go, and yet this trustworthy person is offering you the chance to be forever free of your fear of falling.
The true change being offered is that you would be giving up the sense of loss, vulnerability, and fear. But the outward appearance is that you would have to give up the safety of the ground under your feet. It would probably feel very frightening and very painful to contemplate and no matter how much you trusted me, extremely hard to take that first step into air.
Imagine now that you did finally step out and discovered that you really could levitate. The next time I told you that you could do something extraordinary you might experience fear, but you would have developed some trust and it would not be nearly so hard. You would have seen that I mean you only good. Suppose the next thing I tell you is that you can walk through fire and be unharmed. You will still be reluctant to let go of the safety of the place that has no fire, but you will consider my words with less trepidation than when you had the first experience of undoing a belief.
After many experiences of undoing, I know that they are all for my good, and I do trust the Holy Spirit. I have learned that I value all the wrong things, and though I feel some trepidation at giving up some beliefs, I also know that I will. I have developed trust to that degree and so this process is not seen as being as painful as it used to be and it is not so protracted.