Manual for Teachers: Section 16 . . HOW SHOULD THE TEACHER OF GOD SPEND HIS DAY? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . page 40 paragraph 4

Section 16

HOW SHOULD THE TEACHER OF GOD SPEND HIS DAY?

page 40, paragraph 4

HOW SHOULD THE TEACHER OF GOD SPEND HIS DAY?

HOW SHOULD THE TEACHER OF GOD SPEND HIS DAY?

HOW SHOULD THE TEACHER OF GOD SPEND HIS DAY?

4. This course is always practical. ²It may be that the teacher of God is not in a situation that fosters quiet thought as he awakes. ³If this is so, let him but remember that he chooses to spend time with God as soon as possible, and let him do so. ⁴Duration is not the major concern. ⁵One can easily sit still an hour with closed eyes and accomplish nothing. ⁶One can as easily give God only an instant, and in that instant join with Him completely. ⁷Perhaps the one generalization that can be made is this; as soon as possible after waking take your quiet time, continuing a minute or two after you begin to find it difficult. ⁸You may find that the difficulty will diminish and drop away. ⁹If not, that is the time to stop. (ACIM, M-16.4:1-9)

Course: Sleep

Gary Arnold is a long time Course teacher and a friend. The last time I went to a workshop given by him he told me that he plays the Course at night while he sleeps, and he finds it very helpful. So I decided to try it. For a while now, I have been turning on my iPod and falling asleep to A Course in Miracles.

It is absolutely penetrating my sleep. My dreams have changed and are often teaching dreams. Or they are dreams that are impacted by Course principles. I wake up to the Course and I lay there listening for awhile. In even this short time, I notice a depth to my understanding that was not there before, and an appreciation and gratitude for what is being said. I also wake up happy.

Communion

Another part of my morning routine is that after I make my coffee I sit down at my computer and open this document, or another part of my journal with the Course. I then get quiet and ask the Holy Spirit what He wants me to know about this paragraph. And then before I read the paragraph I sit for a moment or so allowing myself to feel my love for God.

Guidance

These are my routines, at least for now. I remain open to change and I love this process, but I am not attached to it. Because it makes me happy it feels like guidance, but if I were to feel that it should change then that would be good too because I know that any change would be something that brought me peace and happiness. I trust that.

When I travel, which I haven’t been doing much since the virus, I remain in God even when circumstances interfere with my routine as it did during the evacuations after the hurricanes. The Holy Spirit is in my mind no matter what is happening in the story. I love my routine because it is helpful, but I know it is not vital to my awakening or to my happiness. No matter what is going on I can take at least a moment to connect, to experience God in some way. As long as I do that, my day begins perfectly.

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