Manual for Teachers: INTRODUCTION: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 1, paragraph 1

Introduction:

1. The role of teaching and learning is actually reversed in the thinking of the world. 2The reversal is characteristic. 3It seems as if the teacher and the learner are separated, the teacher giving something to the learner rather than to himself. 4Further, the act of teaching is regarded as a special activity, in which one engages only a relatively small proportion of one’s time. 5The course, on the other hand, emphasizes that to teach is to learn, so that teacher and learner are the same. 6It also emphasizes that teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well.

Thought Reversal

It is so typical that everything in the world that I think I understand I have backward. I used to think that I was afraid because something happened to me. Then, I learned I had it all turned around. Here is what was really going on. Something happened to me because I had fear in my mind. This fear is then projected outward where I would see its effects. Using what my eyes showed me I would convince myself that it just happened to me rather than acknowledging that I did it to myself. I know better now.

Teaching and Learning

Jesus says I have had teaching and learning backward, too. I used to think that I knew something. Then I would teach that something to someone. Then I would stop teaching and go on my way, doing something else. But what actually happens is this. I teach something to someone and as I do so, I am learning what I teach. I noticed this is accelerated if I teach what is coming through me rather than using my thinking mind.

And when I am through teaching… oh, wait, I am never through teaching. I teach continuously. I cannot stop teaching and, therefore, I never stop learning. My only choice is what I teach. If I teach from love, I learn love, and if I teach from fear, that is what I learn. It never stops. Even while I sleep, I teach and learn. That’s why I ask the Holy Spirit to help me Awaken while I sleep.

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