Manual for Teachers: Section 17 . . HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS? . . . . . . . . . . . page 44 paragraph 1

Section 17

HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS?

page 44, paragraph 1

HOW DO GOD'S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS?

HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS

DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS?

HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS?

1. This is a crucial question both for teacher and pupil. ²If this issue is mishandled, the teacher of God has hurt himself and has also attacked his pupil. ³This strengthens fear, and makes the magic seem quite real to both of them. ⁴How to deal with magic thus becomes a major lesson for the teacher of God to master. ⁵His first responsibility in this is not to attack it. ⁶If a magic thought arouses anger in any form, God’s teacher can be sure that he is strengthening his own belief in sin and has condemned himself. ⁷He can be sure as well that he has asked for depression, pain, fear and disaster to come to him. ⁸Let him remember, then, it is not this that he would teach, because it is not this that he would learn. (ACIM, M-17.1:1-8)

Magic

It’s obviously very important that we learn to deal with magic thoughts, for our own sakes as well as those we teach. We always get what we give, and so if we teach magic, we learn magic. It is these magic thoughts that keep the illusion in place and prevent us from awakening from this illusion.

I know that I am listening to ego when I am upset in any way. I was trying to think of an example this morning because examples from my life help me to see more clearly.

Story-Magic-Attack

Looking for a story to explain my unhappiness is magic thinking because the story is the result, not the cause. I will never find the cause in the story; therefore I will never fix the cause. The cause is in my mind, my thoughts and beliefs Sharing in someone’s delusion about anything is magic thinking and only adds to the illusion, increasing their fear and their belief in what is not true and doing the same to myself. In both these cases I am teaching a lie and therefore learning the lie, so I am doing double harm. Holy Spirit, I understand that when I am not extending love, I am attacking. Please help me as I watch my mind for this kind of thinking.

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