You know your Self when your share your Self. As you give your Self, you see your Source returned to you. All that is Whole, all that is Beauty, all that is Holy, reflects back to you in the Joy of Being, in the brilliance of Life, in the Unity of Self. Choose now to share only the Self of Beauty, Wholeness, and Joy, that you may Know your Self as Beauty, Wholeness, and Joy.
When I first started these Journeys, I had been through several years of doing A Course in Miracles. In fact, one of my initial reasons for doing these Journeys was to sift through the major concepts of ACIM and work out their inter-relatedness. I am certain the Course influenced me when writing these Guiding Thoughts.
I mention this because today’s Guiding Thought resonates (for me) with this paragraph from the Course:
‘As I have said before, “As you teach so shall you learn.” If you react as if you are persecuted, you are teaching persecution. This is not a lesson a Son of God should want to teach if he is to realize his own salvation. Rather, teach your own perfect immunity, which is the truth in you, and realize that it cannot be assailed. Do not try to protect it yourself, or you are believing that it is assailable.’ (Full text available here: http://www.miraclecenter.org/a-course-in-miracles/T-6.I.php)
What you teach, you learn; what you share you Know. Is the converse also true? If you Know something, are you sharing it? If you are learning something are you teaching it?
My experience and my intuition tell me both of these are correct, although it’s a little bit harder to believe intellectually that if I am learning I am also teaching.
Intellectually, my mind tends toward dualism (that’s its nature, until we train our minds to perceive Unity). When I think about learning, despite what I feel and know in my heart, I still get the traditional picture of teacher at the front of the class, students in rows, learning. One is the authority, the others the recipients. The teacher is supposed to have the information, not be learning while teaching.
Yet, my years of being the person standing up in front of the class, as well as the conversations in which I am the “teacher” have taught me, the traditional scenarios are outdated and teaching is truly a great learning experience. First, there is the preparation that goes into the teaching–which is certainly learning! Then there is also listening to the students, hearing their questions, their responses, their interpretations. The material becomes dynamic as it passes between and through people in discussion; understanding is advanced. It’s brilliant!
And so it is with sharing your Self, the Self of Beauty, Wholeness, and Joy. As you share It, It becomes alive to you in new ways, sending Itself back to you in a dynamic relationship, forever growing and building.
When It comes back to you, and you see It, you can say This is me; This is who I am! Then your own perception of yourself shifts and changes and you see more of your Self in yourself. The more you see, the more you can share, the more comes back to you, the more you see, the more you share. You see?
Life is a dynamic interaction. You are that Life, that Life is you. Participate with it. Be it. Let it be you. Every moment, see yourself as the beauty and wonder of Life itself.