teacher of God
One whose function is to teach others on behalf of God; a bringer of salvation, a savior, a miracle worker. This term is used only in the Manual for Teachers, which is written for experienced students of the Course who are ready to take on their special function. The Manual mentions two forms that this function may take. One is that of a healer, who goes to physically ill patients to extend the healing power of the miracle. The other is that of a spiritual teacher, who joins with pupils and teaches them his path of awakening. The following process of development is described:
- A beginning teacher of God is one who has made one deliberate choice in which he saw someone else’s interests as the same as his (see M-1.1). His pupils then are drawn to him and join with him in the common goal of learning the same spiritual path (see M-2).
- Through these holy relationships he becomes an advanced teacher of God who acquires the ten characteristics of God’s teachers (see M-4).
- He finally transcends the world and becomes a Teacher of teachers (see M-26.2). From his position beyond the body he now will guide and inspire those teachers who are still in the body, working through them to save the world.