Spiritual teaching is a transformative healing experience. The need for teaching is actually a matter of perspective. Spiritual teaching facilitates an expansion of consciousness from a perspective of limitation to a higher vision which can be called Christ vision. This entails an expansion of consciousness. One enters an intense experience which can be described as a freedom of mind and heart.
The student offers willingness to allow for a change of mind and release from the limited self-identity construct. The student opens her heart in a prayerful request to receive greater insight or an expanded perspective. The specifics in the mind of the student can be at any level, from trivial to of major importance. Typically, topics with more emotional intensity, such as a grievance or a sexual relationship, elicit more intense learning experiences for beginning students. A Course in Miracles says “The holiest of all the spots on earth is where an ancient hatred has become a present love.”
The student often has an opportunity to recognize her mistaken perspective or responsibility in the development of the situation. A common response is a willingness to forgive. This is usually followed by a tremendous release from the pain of holding the grievance. The benefit of this experience goes beyond the framework of this grievance. The spiritual experience includes a phenomenon of generalization. A Course in Miracles says “Transfer of training in true perception does not proceed as does transfer of the training of the world. If true perception has been achieved in connection with any person, situation or event, total transfer to everyone and everything is certain.”
The spiritual teacher fills with gratitude for the opportunity to extend the energy of love and light. The teacher engages in a purposeful manner to join with God, identifying with the Higher Self. The teacher allows for a field of potential to intensify by prayerful request. The teacher maintains mindful and heart-filled determination to be united in truth with all. A Course in Miracles says “A teacher of God does not see his interests as apart from someone else’s.”
The interaction from the spiritual teacher can be in any form, from belligerent confrontation to a gentle loving nudge to a smile or even silence. The teacher follows inner guidance for an appropriate way to disrupt the ego flow in the mind of the student without triggering counterproductive fear. The action of mind of the teacher becomes very dynamic. The teacher asks for inner direction, receives direction and courageously follows the inner direction with great trust.