“As You Teach So Shall You Learn”

 

by Robert Perry

A favorite idea in the Course

As you teach so shall you learn. (T-5.IV.6:4)

As I have said before, “As you teach so shall you learn.” (T-6.I.6:1-3)

Only by teaching it [the lesson of love] can you learn it. “As you teach so will you learn.” If that is true, and it is true indeed, do not forget that what you teach is teaching you. (T-6.III.2:6-8)

And as you teach salvation, you will learn. (W-pI.121.7:6)

You cannot teach what you have not learned, and what you teach you strengthen in yourself because you are sharing it. Every lesson you teach you are learning. (T-6.III.1:9-10)

How do we teach?

To teach is to demonstrate….Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. (M-IN.2:1,10)

Teaching is done in many ways, above all by example. (T-5.IV.5:1)

Yet we can realize our function here, and words can speak of this and teach it, too, if we exemplify the words in us. (W-pII.14.2:5)

Teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well. (M-IN.1:6)

The simple presence of a teacher of God is a reminder. His thoughts ask for the right to question what the patient has accepted as true. (M-5.III.2:2-3)

1. If you teach an idea, you will learn that idea is real and has effects on you

Teach attack in any form and you have learned it, and it will hurt you. Yet this learning is not immortal, and you can unlearn it by not teaching it. (T-6.III.3:9-10)

The only way to have peace is to teach peace. (T-6.III.3:3)

2. If you teach an idea, you will learn that that idea is in you, is yours

Teach only love, and learn that love is yours…. (T-6.III.4:9)

3. If you teach an idea, you will learn that that idea is you

Teach only love, and learn that love is yours and you are love. (T-6.III.4:9)

Your teaching teaches you what you are

Therefore, what extends from the mind is still in it, and from what it extends it knows itself. (T-6.III.1:2)

Whenever you are with a brother, you are learning what you are because you are teaching what you are. (T-8.III5:8)

You teach him this [that he is damned, separate from you and from God forever], and you will learn of him exactly what you taught. (T-21.VI.6:3)

We awaken through what we teach others

You are not yet awake, but you can learn how to awaken. Very simply the Holy Spirit teaches you to awaken others. As you see them waken you will learn what waking means, and because you have chosen to wake them, their gratitude and their appreciation of what you have given them will teach you its value. They will become the witnesses to your reality, as you were created witnesses to God’s. (T-9.VI.5:1-4)

An exercise

Think of a recent incident in which you thought about or treated someone harshly or unkindly.

Can you see that you were teaching the idea of attack?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that it was real and had effects on you? How does it feel to believe that attack is real and has effects on you?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that that idea was in you? How does it feel to believe that attack is in you?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that that idea is you? How does it feel to believe that you are attack?

Now think of a recent incident in which you thought about or treated someone genuinely lovingly.

Can you see that you were teaching the idea of love?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that it was real and had effects on you? How does it feel to believe that love is real and has effects on you?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that that idea was in you? How does it feel to believe that love is in you?

Can you see how, by teaching that idea, you taught yourself that that idea is you? How does it feel to believe that you are love?

In light of this exercise, is it possible that the quality of your thoughts (in terms of love or attack) is the prime force in teaching you who you are?