A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 16 The Forgiveness of Illusions

III.  The Reward of Teaching

1. We have already learned that everyone teaches and teaches all the time. You may have taught well, and yet you may not have learned how to accept the comfort of your teaching. If you will consider what you have taught, and how alien it is to what you thought you knew, you will be compelled to realize that your Teacher came from beyond your thought system. Therefore He could look upon it fairly, and perceive it was untrue. He must have done so from the basis of a very different thought system, and one with nothing in common with yours. For certainly what He has taught, and what you have taught through Him, have nothing in common with what you taught before He came. And the results have been to bring peace where there was pain, and suffering has disappeared to be replaced by joy.

2. You may have taught freedom, but you have not learned how to be free. I said earlier, “By their fruit ye will know them and they shall know themselves.”  For it is certain that you judge yourself according to your teaching. The ego’s teaching produces immediate results because its decisions are immediately accepted as your choice. And this acceptance means that you are willing to judge yourself accordingly.  Cause and effect are very clear in the ego thought system, because all your learning has been directed toward establishing the relationship between them. And would you not have faith in what you have so diligently taught yourself to believe? Yet remember how much care you have exerted in choosing its witnesses and in avoiding those which spoke for the cause of truth and its effects.

3. Does not the fact that you have not learned what you have taught show you that you do not perceive the Sonship as one? And does it not also show you that you do not regard yourself as one? For it is impossible to teach successfully wholly without conviction, and it is equally impossible that conviction be outside of you. You could never have taught freedom unless you did believe in it. And it must be that what you taught came from yourself. Yet this Self you clearly do not know. And do not recognize it even though it functions. What functions must be there. And it is only if you deny what It has done that you could possibly deny Its Presence.

4. This is a course in how to know yourself.  You have taught what you are but have not let what you are teach you. You have been very careful to avoid the obvious, and not to see the real cause and effect relationship that is perfectly apparent. Yet within you is everything you taught. What can it be that has not learned it? It must be this part that is really outside yourself, not by your own projection, but in truth. And it is this part that you have taken in that is not you. What you accept into your mind does not really change it.  Illusions are but beliefs in what is not there. And the seeming conflict between truth and illusions can only be resolved by separating yourself from the illusion and not from the truth.

5. Your teaching has already done this for the Holy Spirit is part of you created by God, He left neither God nor His creation. He is both God in you, as you are God and Him together. For God’s answer to the separation added more to you than you tried to take away. He protected both your creations and you together, keeping one with you that you would exclude. And they will take the place of what you took in to replace them. They are quite real, as part of the Self you do not know. They communicate to you through the Holy Spirit, and their power and gratitude to you for their creation they offer gladly to your teaching of yourself, who is their home. You who are hosted God are also host to them. For nothing real has ever left the mind of its creator. And what is not real was never there.

6. You are not two selves in conflict.  What is beyond God? If you who hold Him and whom He holds are the universe, all else must be outside, where nothing is. You have taught this, and from far off in the universe, yet not beyond yourself, the witnesses to your teaching have gathered to help you learn. Their gratitude has joined with yours and God’s to strengthen your faith in what you taught. For what you taught is true. Alone, you stand outside your teaching and apart from it. But with them you must learn that you but taught yourself and learned from the conviction you shared with them.

7. This year you will begin to learn and make learning commensurate with teaching. You have chosen this by your own willingness to teach. Though you seem to suffer for it, the joy of teaching will yet be yours. For the joy of teaching is in the learner, who offers it to the teacher in gratitude, and shares it with him. As you learn, here gratitude to your Self, who teaches you what He is, will grow and help you honor Him.  And you will learn His power and strength and purity and love Him as His Father does. His Kingdom has no limits and no end, and there is nothing in Him that is not perfect and eternal. All this is you, and nothing outside of this is you.

8. To your most holy Self all praise is due for what you are, and for what He is Who created you as you are. Sooner or later must everyone bridge the gap he imagines exists between his selves. Each one builds this bridge, which carries him across the gap as soon as he is willing to expend some little effort on behalf of bridging it. His little efforts are powerfully supplemented by the strength of Heaven, and by the united will of all who make Heaven what it is, being joined within it. And so the one who would crossover is literally transported there.

9. Your bridge is built stronger than you think, and your foot is firmly planted on it. Have no fear that the attraction of those who stand on the other side and wait for you will not draw you safely across. For you will come where you would be, and where your Self awaits you.[1]

Today in our devotional text, Jesus is telling us not to worry about our inner conflict.  It is no more real than the illusion of separation.  In every single way in which our mind may seem to be divided about what we are studying, what we know to be true, what we are sharing – we can shrug it off.  All things that are not true, are not real and therefore have no meaning.  What is not a learner, and a teacher of truth is learning nothing that matters, has any worth or eternal value.  We are either in and know it or we are in and don’t know it.  Either way we are in the arms of God. 

Of course it is better not to entertain doubts, uncertainty, or prolong our stint in time by holding on to that which is nothing and trying to make it something!  Sooner or later, Jesus says we are all going to have to bridge the gap between our two imagined selves.  The Sonship in me is going to have to bridge the gap between what opposes Sonship in me.  It is going to happen – and every little effort we make to return ourselves to oneness all that is Heaven and in Heaven and of Heaven rushes to assist and support and bless our every effort. 

In today’s devotional text, Jesus lets us know beyond any shadow of doubt what we really are and what we are about.  We are one with each other, we are one with Christ, we are one with Holy Spirit, we are one with God.  Any other conception of who and what we are is illusion.  Illusion is not of us, it is not in us, it does not define us, and it cannot captivate us unless we choose to let it.  God is not angry, God is not vengeful, God is Love and He calls us back to what we really are beyond the finite which is as nothing into the infinite which is everything. As we learn to give no concern to resistance, to see beyond this world with the eyes of Christ, to teach and acknowledge God’s love and power, so do we build the bridge that takes us home to our eternal, holy Selves enveloped in love and joy and peace of all Creation.

[1] A Course in Miracles Chapter 16 The Forgiveness of Illusions III The rewards of teaching. Foundation of Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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My love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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