Resign as Your Own Teacher

I Googled computer repair technicians in the small Holland city where I was staying, and found two technicians with good reviews. I decided the first was the guy for me, and phoned him. It was Saturday, and although Google said his shop was open, it wasn’t.

I didn’t have much choice but to phone the second tech, fingers crossed. Harry answered immediately and came to my hotel to pick up the laptop. In a foreign country, I had to really trust to let the machine go. Yet to my happy surprise, Harry returned a few hours later, hard drive perfectly restored. In spite of my misgivings, he was the perfect guy for the job.

Although I like to think I know what’s best for me, I don’t always know. A Course in Miracles asks us to remember, “I do not perceive my own best interests”. The Text bluntly advises us, “Resign as your own teacher.” The Course further explains, “You cannot be your own guide to miracles because it was you who made them necessary.” So if we can’t trust our thoughts and feelings, what can we trust?

Beyond our reasoning mind, we have an inner teacher to whom we can turn with perfect confidence. Call this teacher whatever you like, there is a voice of deep knowing within us that will show us exactly what we are to do.

Thus we must turn challenging situations over to this Higher Power. Say, “I do not know what to do here. I am not seeing clearly. I now release my attempts to figure this out, and I place this situation in the hands of Greater Wisdom. I ask that right action be revealed to me, and this situation be resolved in the best interests of everyone concerned.”

Now that’s a prayer that will work—if you pray it sincerely.

Einstein explained that you cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. The problem is moving you to rise to a higher level of consciousness so you can see the issue from a broader dimension and resolve it because you have the Big Picture. Don’t be so sure you know what to do. If you think you know what to do, head in that direction. Then watch for signs. Is your solution flowing and attracting people and events that foster the solution? Or are you hitting walls, having conflicts, and getting frustrated? If the latter, try another approach. The walls you are hitting are redirecting you to move in another direction. Great Spirit is very generous with signs as to whether or not we are on the right track. But we must be keen to observe and act on signs.

The spiritual path is not about gaining sophistication. It is about gaining simplicity. We must become like a little child and be open to be shown. As poet Don Marquis summed it up: “The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.”


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