WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?
page 10, paragraph 6
A. Development of Trust
6 Now comes “a period of settling down.” 2This is a quiet time, in which the teacher of God rests a while in reasonable peace. 3Now he consolidates his learning. 4Now he begins to see the transfer value of what he has learned. 5Its potential is literally staggering, and the teacher of God is now at the point in his progress at which he sees in it his whole way out. 6“Give up what you do not want, and keep what you do.” 7How simple is the obvious! 8And how easy to do! 9The teacher of God needs this period of respite. 10He has not yet come as far as he thinks. 11Yet when he is ready to go on, he goes with mighty companions beside him. 12Now he rests a while, and gathers them before going on. 13He will not go on from here alone.
We have just gone through a period of a lot of work! Up to this time, we were learning what has value and what does not. We were learning that we don’t want to keep the valueless and how to let it go. Often there were many steps in this process and a lot of retracing our steps before we were really done with the valueless. We have earned a respite, a time of settling down.
Complicated or Simple
As we have learned all these valuable lessons, we have also learned that what the ego made complicated in our mind wasn’t really complicated at all. It is really very simple. We have many thoughts that come from mistaken beliefs and those beliefs cause us to suffer, but we also learned that letting them go ended our suffering. We learned that to let them go all we needed to do was to give them to the Holy Spirit, and to the degree, our decision was unopposed by a conflicting desire, it was done for us. Truly, very simple.
Sometimes we mistake a rest stop for the end of the journey. It feels so good to be here, so much better than life before we did this work that we think we are done. But this is not the end; as good as this feels, it is going to be so much better when we go on and finish the process. It is at this point that we gather our mighty companions before we proceed. Some of these companions will be unseen and some will be teachers, writers, fellow students, anyone who is going to support us on our journey and help us move forward to the end.