Manual for Teachers: Section 17 . . HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS? . . . . . . . . . . . page 44 paragraph 3

Section 17

HOW DO GOD’S TEACHERS DEAL WITH MAGIC THOUGHTS?

page 44, paragraph 3

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?

3. It is easiest to let error be corrected where it is most apparent, and errors can be recognized by their results. ²A lesson truly taught can lead to nothing but release for teacher and pupil, who have shared in one intent. ³Attack can enter only if perception of separate goals has entered. ⁴And this must indeed have been the case if the result is anything but joy. ⁵The single aim of the teacher turns the divided goal of the pupil into one direction, with the call for help becoming his one appeal. ⁶This then is easily responded to with just one answer, and this answer will enter the teacher’s mind unfailingly. ⁷From there it shines into his pupil’s mind, making it one with his. (ACIM, M-17.3:1-7)

Dis-ease Source

Pam calls me every week and we talk about the difficult relationship she has with her husband. Very gently we explore this relationship and each time she realizes that her husband is not the source of her unhappiness, and she ends the hour with a renewed desire to focus on her own mind, and each week she forgets this. Each week we start the process over again and it appears as if we are not making any true progress.

If I listen to the thinking mind I will wonder if we are wasting our time. I will wonder if I am doing something wrong and maybe I should suggest someone who would be better able to help. I will think maybe I should say something to her, something that would give her a mental shake, get her to try harder or be more serious about moving through this.

Extending Love

If I were to listen to the ego mind and act on those thoughts I would be attacking my student. I would be making the problem real for her by telling her that she needs to work harder or do something to make a change. Right now, those thoughts are just passing through my mind and I can just let them pass through. But if I began to focus on them, I would say something whether I planned to or not. Even if I didn’t say something, our one mind would be affected by the belief.

Shared Goal

When Pam and I first started talking we shared one goal; we wanted to join in healing the mind. If I listened to the ego impatient mind, we would no longer share a single goal, because now I would have a different goal. I would have a perceived best outcome and I would have a timetable, and I would think the goal would be to get Pam to that outcome and to do so in a timely manner. In my mind Pam’s goal would be to meet my expectations, and my goal would be to succeed in getting her to do that.

Shared Interests

If I were to take that attitude, whatever I said to Pam to encourage this goal of mine would be an attack, and would engender fear in Pam that she cannot do this, that maybe she cannot heal and be happy. And it would engender fear in me that I wouldn’t be successful in helping Pam and so would be a failure. If carried too far, I would start to project my fear onto Pam and believe it was her fault I was failing and that I felt so bad.

There is an alternative to listening to the ego’s counsel. I could turn to the Holy Spirit for help, instead. If so, instead I would see the thoughts and ignore them, and stay true to our one shared goal. I would trust the Holy Spirit to guide my words and actions. I would wait for His answer to be in my mind before I said anything. Without a perceived outcome and without a need to make something happen, the counseling would move at a pace and in a direction that is not my concern. I would trust that Love would find its own way in its own time. Pam could not fail and neither could I because our goal is one and Love cannot fail.

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