Daily Inspiration

Teaching Ourselves That We Are Love

…to teach is to learn, so that teacher and learner are the same. It also emphasizes that teaching is a constant process; it goes on every moment of the day, and continues into sleeping thoughts as well.

To teach is to demonstrate. There are only two thought systems, and you demonstrate that you believe one or the other is true all the time. From your demonstration others learn, and so do you. The question is not whether you will teach, for in that there is no choice. The purpose of the course might be said to provide you with a means of choosing what you want to teach on the basis of what you want to learn. You cannot give to someone else, but only to yourself, and this you learn through teaching. Teaching is but a call to witnesses to attest to what you believe. It is a method of conversion. This is not done by words alone. Any situation must be to you a chance to teach others what you are, and what they are to you. No more than that, but also never less. (A Course in Miracles, M-in.1:5-2:11)

When we are believing in the ego thought system, we see our brothers as bodies and react to them as i they were real. When we feel defensive, angry or disturbed in any way by what a brother says or does, we are teaching our brother that he is a body and teach ourselves the same lesson. This lesson keeps us imprisoned in the ego thought system, for this system is complete within itself. It walls off the reality of Love to protect the integrity of the belief in separation.

The thought of Love’s oneness is a threat to the seeming reality of the ego thought system. This thought system seems true and real only because we have taught ourselves to believe in it. And we continue to reinforce this teaching by believing the world of form we perceive is real. Fortunately this carefully learned self deception has no effect on reality. The reality of Love’s oneness is changeless.

In every instant we can choose the thought system of Love’s oneness. We can choose Love as our Guide even in the world of form. We do this by offering our perceptions to the vision of Love for reinterpretation. This opens our mind to be taught by thoughts of Love instead of thoughts of separation. This practice gently teaches us to overlook appearances of the world to see the Love and the calls for Love that awaken the Love in us.

We practice this today by frequently asking in our mind, “How would Love see this? What would Love do in this situation?” By this practice, we teach ourselves that we are Love.

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