Manual 12. 4-6. Jesus: “As God’s teachers advance in their new ‘profession,’ they become more and more certain that the body’s function is but to let God’s Voice speak through it to human ears. These ears will then carry messages which are not of this world, to the mind of the hearer. And yet, the mind that hears will understand, because of the messages’ Source. From this same understanding in the mind of the new teacher of God, will come the recognition of what the body’s purpose really is; the only use there really is for it.” This lesson is enough to let awareness of unity come in, and then what is one is recognized as one!
The teachers of God still appear to share the illusion of separation, but because of what they now use the body for, they no longer believe in the illusion, despite all its appearances. The central lesson is always this; that what you use the body for, it will become to you and you will identify with. Use it for separation, sin or for attack, which is the same as sin, and you will see it as sinful. Then, because it is sinful it is weak, and being weak, it suffers and it dies. Use the body to bring the Word of God to those who have it not, and the body becomes holy. Because it is holy it cannot be sick, nor can it ‘die.’ When its usefulness is done it is merely laid by, released from the mind, and that is all. The mind makes this decision, as it makes all decisions that are responsible for the body’s condition. Yet the teacher of God does not make this decision alone. To do that would be to once more give the body a purpose apart from the one that keeps it holy.
God’s Voice will tell the teacher when he has fulfilled his role here, just as It tells him what his function is. He does not suffer either in going or remaining. Sickness is now impossible to him. Oneness and sickness cannot coexist!
God’s teachers still choose to look on dreams for a while. But it is a conscious choice now! For they have learned that all choices are made consciously, with full awareness of their consequences. The dream says otherwise, but who would put his faith in dreams once they are recognized for what they are?
Awareness of dreaming is thus the real function of God’s teachers! They watch the dream figures come and go, shift and change, suffer and die. Yet they are not deceived by what they see. They recognize that to behold a dream figure as sick and separate is no more real than to regard it as healthy and beautiful! Only unity alone is not a thing of dreams! And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as everpresent behind the dream, beyond all seeming, and yet surely theirs.”
Note: I may have passed this along in 2008, but was reminded of it by the current section in the Manual.