[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]
As I said a couple of days ago in my general CCC blog, I have been greatly inspired by what Robert has discovered about miracles from Helen’s Shorthand Notebooks. I was especially affected a comment that he made in his blog, “Let’s Start Identifying with the Word, ‘Miracle'”:
Surprisingly even communicating words and ideas can be miracle working… Teaching students is supposed to be miracle working.
This deceptively simple comment has stirred into flame something deep within me, and I think it is bound to change the way I look at being a teacher, as well as how I teach. It has already had a powerful affect on me. I can’t look at teaching my students and pupils in the same way as before, knowing that teaching them is supposed to be miracle working. Not just “can be” but “is supposed to be”!
I am here only to offer them miracles, and in some very everyday ways:
- To share the miraculous words of the Course with them;
- To let the Holy Spirit teach them through me;
- To be kind and caring;
- To be warm and welcoming;
- To be truly helpful to them;
- To listen to them without judgement;
- To bless them and not blame them (or not “curse” them, as Jesus put it);
- To share my understanding and experience with them and supply their [temporary] lack;
- To recognize their value and the light in them;
- To see and love and treat them as myself;
- To be gentle and patient with them;
- To appreciate their good efforts and overlook their mistakes;
- To not get angry with them for their magic thoughts
- To forgive them;
- To go out of my way for them;
- To reach my hand out to them when they falter;
- To pray for them;
- To recognize that I have no interests apart from theirs
The list could go on! What other everyday miracles can you think of offering?
Knowing now that teaching is meant to be miracle working has moved my thoughts about it onto a different plane. I am here not only as a beginning teacher of God, a messenger, or a minister of God, but also as a miracle worker! I am here to represent God and reflect to my students the miracle of His Love. This may not change what I do on a practical level, but I am sure that this new awareness will infuse everything I do and say with new meaning and importance. I see teaching now as a truly holy endeavour, one that is meant to bring not only new understanding and awareness, but also salvation. What an honour and responsibility! I am responsible to my brother in a whole new way. In one of our TRP readings this week, Jesus talks about having faith in our [holy relationship] brother:
You have assumed your part in his redemption, and you are now fully responsible to him. Fail him not now, for it has been given you to realize what your lack of faith in him must mean to you. His salvation is your only purpose. See only this in every situation, and it will be a means for bringing only this. (T-17.VIII.5:-8)
The significance of this is enormous: With every word I speak and action I take, I have the opportunity to bless my students and pupils with a miracle. I have the opportunity to help change their perceptions and bring light into their minds, to show them the truth about themselves. If I see every teaching situation as an opportunity to offer miracles in all these everyday ways, then it will be a means to bring salvation to my brothers. The only purpose of my teaching is their salvation!
I don’t want to make too much of this, nor do I want to downplay it and underestimate its significance. I am really looking forward to discussing teaching as miracle working with you and hearing what you think about it. For starters,
- How do you feel about your teaching being a form of miracle working?
- How can you see yourself starting to identify with the word “miracle working” as what you are supposed to be doing?
- What does seeing yourself as a miracle worker teacher mean to you?
- What thoughts and feelings does it bring up?
- How can you see this affecting your role as a teacher, both with students in a group setting and with individual pupils?
I am so grateful to Robert from doing this immensely important work and sharing it with us. I hope these newly found words of Jesus will “fan into flame the gift of God” in all of us! (2 Timothy 1:6)