Ch. 4. I. 4 – 7. Jesus: “Teaching and learning are your greatest strengths now, because they enable you to change your mind and help others to change theirs. If you refuse to let your mindset be changed, you will not allow the proof to come to you that the separation has not really occurred!
However, merely doubting the reality of the dream while the dreamer is still dreaming it, will not do much for the healing his split mind! You dream you are a separated ego and believe in a world that rests upon that false assumption. This world is very real to you, however, and your ego mindset has become its guardian. You cannot undo the dream if you are not willing to change your mind about it. If you are willing to stop defending your thought system and open your mind to me, I will correct it very gently and lead you back to God!
Every good teacher hopes to give his students so much of his own learning that they will one day no longer need him. This is the one true goal of the teacher. It is impossible to convince the ego of this, because it goes against all of its own laws. But remember that laws are set up to protect the continuity of the system in which the lawmaker believes. Hence it is natural for the ego to try to protect itself once you have made it, but it is not natural for you to want to obey its laws, unless of course, you choose to believe in them. The ego has no choice in the matter because of the nature of its origin. You, however, can choose once again because of the nature of yours!
Egos can clash in any situation because they have been made to be distinctly separate, but spirit is united and cannot clash at all. If you perceive a teacher as merely ‘a larger ego’ you will be afraid, because to ‘enlarge an ego’ would be to increase anxiety in defense of separation. I will teach with you and live with you constantly if you will simply think with me, but my goal will always be to finally absolve you from the need for a teacher.
This, of course, is the opposite of the ego-oriented teacher’s goal. He is always concerned with the effect of his ego on other egos, and therefore interprets interaction with others as a means of ego preservation! I would not be able to devote myself to teaching if I believed in this at all, and you will not be a devoted teacher as long as you believe in it.
Though I am constantly being perceived as a teacher either to be ‘exalted or rejected,’ I do not accept either perception for myself. Similarly, your worth is not established by teaching or learning. Your worth is established by God! As long as you doubt this, everything you do will be tainted by fear, particularly in any situation that lends itself to belief in illusions of ‘superiority or inferiority.’ Teachers must be patient and repeat their teaching lessons until they are learned. I am willing to do this, because I have no right to set your learning limits for you.
Again, – Nothing you do or think or wish or make is necessary to establish your worth. This point is not debatable except in delusions. Your ego is never at stake because God did not create it. Your spirit is never at stake because He did! Any confusion on this point is delusional, and no form of devotion is possible as long as this delusion lasts.”