Manual for Teachers: 4.I. Characteristic of Trust
“This is the foundation on which their ability to fulfill their function rests.” Perception is the result of learning. In fact, perception is learning, because cause and effect are never separated. When you learn, your perception simultaneously changes. Learning is the cause; a changed perception is the effect.
The teachers of God have trust in the world, because they have learned it is not governed by the laws the world made up. It is governed by a Power That is in them but not of them. It is this Power That keeps all things safe. It is through this Power that the teachers of God look on a forgiven world. When the Power has once been experienced, it is impossible to trust one’s own petty strength again. Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him? And who would place his faith in the shabby offerings of the ego when the gifts of God are laid before him? What is it that induces them to make the shift? It is the knowledge that this world, too, is governed by the Laws of God.
Laws must be communicated if they are to be helpful. To heal is the only kind of thinking in this world that resembles the Thought of God. To heal is to correct perception in your brother and yourself by sharing the Holy Spirit with him. (T-7.II.1:1,2:1)
The Holy Spirit teaches one lesson, and applies it to all individuals in all situations. He teaches you that all power is yours. Its application does not matter. It is always maximal. Your vigilance does not establish it as yours. But it does enable you to use it always and in all ways.
When I said, “I am with you always,” I meant it literally.
I am not absent to anyone in any situation. Because I am
always with you, you are the way, the truth and the life.
Jesus says that you did not make this power, any more than he did. It was created to be shared, and therefore cannot be meaningfully perceived as belonging to anyone at the expense of another brother. Because God’s equal Sons have everything, they cannot compete. Perceiving your brother as unequal is the erroneous cause of competition. Do not underestimate your need to be vigilant against this idea, because all your conflicts come from it. Do not accept the impossible as true.
God has lit your mind Himself, and keeps your mind lit by His Light because His Light is what your mind is. This is totally beyond question, and when you question it you are answered. The Answer merely undoes the question by establishing the fact that to question reality is to question meaninglessly. That is why the Holy Spirit never questions. His sole function is to undo the questionable and thus lead to certainty.
The certain are perfectly calm, because they are not in doubt. They have listened to the Holy Spirit and they have full trust in Him. They do not raise questions, because nothing questionable enters their minds. This holds them in perfect serenity because this is what they share, knowing what they are. They are perfect, whole and complete, lacking in nothing, having all, heir to the Kingdom and to all GOD IS.