Monday, August 20, 2012
We're Always Teaching Something
My last post was about the ‘love of God….’ What ‘love’ is, exactly, and ‘God’ is, exactly, is a mystery; the great cosmic mystery. There are many formal, structured, dogmatic religions that claim to know, exactly. But in truth, no matter how beautiful the ritual or compelling the dogma, no one knows for sure.
However, we can experience ‘the love of God--It loving us, and we loving It,’ and feel It animate and vibrate through us. It’s just that it’s difficult to define It from ego—while we believe we are bodies. Actually, it’s impossible to do so. We of ourselves—our ego selves, are not capable of doing it. What we are capable of doing and what the Course is trying to help us do, is undo the interferences to the remembrance of ourSelves. We don’t have to put the ‘love of God’—the peace, compassion and inclusiveness into things, we only have to remove the blocks within us to Its expression thru us.
The ego is such a block. The ego speaks first and is always wrong. We want to learn to use the ego’s symbols within its framework but for a totally different purpose. That purpose is to teach the truth of the at-one-ment and our reality as spirit, not by preaching or explaining, but by accepting Its principles and living them, by allowing the ‘love of God’ to extend thru us. “Teach not that I died in vain,” the Course quotes Jesus as saying. “Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you.”
Our lives are always demonstrating and ‘teaching’ something. “The question is not whether you will teach,” Ken Wapnick says, “for in that there is no choice.” The question is who are you teaching with—ego or spirit, and what do you want to learn, because we always teach what we want to learn.
It’s our choice. Monitor your experience. If you’re feeling fear, worry, pain, blame, guilt and hate, you’re teaching with ego. Watch what you’re doing and shift. No blame, no guilt, just, ‘oh, there I go again, teaching with ego,’ and shift. This monitoring and shifting is a constant process, so don’t feel ‘bad’ if you find yourself doing a lot of catching and shifting. In fact, doing a lot of catching and shifting is ‘good’ ‘cause it means you’re making progress!