Manual for Teachers: Section 4 WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I: Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A: Development of Trust . . . . . . . . . . . page 11 paragraph 8

Section 4

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?

page 11, paragraph 8

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD’S TEACHERS?

A. Development of Trust

8 And finally, there is “a period of achievement.” 2It is here that learning is consolidated. 3Now what was seen as merely shadows before become solid gains, to be counted on in all “emergencies” as well as tranquil times. 4Indeed, the tranquility is their result; the outcome of honest learning, consistency of thought and full transfer. 5This is the stage of real peace, for here is Heaven’s state fully reflected. From here, the way to Heaven is open and easy. 6In fact, it is here. 7Who would “go” anywhere, if peace of mind is already complete? 8And who would seek to change tranquility for something more desirable? 9What could be more desirable than this?

Practicing Forgiveness

I can only talk about this part to the degree I have achieved it, so I will describe my experience of it so far. I don’t know how this works for other people, but for me, it has been as gradual a process as the other stages. As I released more ego beliefs my mind became calmer, more peaceful and I became happier as a result. I am not happy and guilt free 100% of the time yet, but I will be as I continue to look with the Holy Spirit at whatever shows up in my mind so that I can do this as quickly as possible. I wonder what will show up.

Heaven

As I understand this, I will one day be completely free of guilt and fear and my mind will be in a state of Heaven. That is, it will be completely tranquil. There will be no Heaven to go to, it will be here now in my mind. I have had what Jesus calls honest learning and as a result, I now have some consistency of thought. This is leading to full transfer. The process has already advanced and I can experience it at times. I know people who have achieved that state and so I am encouraged and inspired by that.

Thought Watching

All I did to get this far is to do what Jesus suggests to us in the Course and to do it more and more consistently. I watch my thoughts, I realize that I want only the thoughts I think with God and so I ask the Holy Spirit to remove everything else. I forgive all grievances and allow the Holy Spirit to transform all relationships. I never think the world is at fault; I never blame anyone else for my problems. I always turn it around and heal in my mind what I see with my eyes. I do these things without exception, and if I fail to do so, I simply do it when I notice my failure.

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