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Those of us who become teachers: we do not choose, but are chosen. When we are young, The Great Spirit of the Universe whispers into our ear, or our heart, or our Selfness, and says to us, "You, have I Chosen to Teach My Children." Our families warn us that the hours will be long, the pay minimal, and the tasks thankless. We hear none of it, for we have been Called. There are some who are swayed by these words which lead them away from God's Will. They go forth and lead a good life, always feeling a tingling at the base of the skull, an echo of The Voice which says to them, "You, have I Chosen to Teach My Children." Many of these later stand up and say, "I was to be a Teacher, and I have forsaken the direction of my Heavenly Leader, and I must needs put things aright." These are the ones who put down the tools of one trade, and turn to with an inspired vengeance. They become the Teachers they were Called to be.

We who are called, we feel in Balance with the Universe when we are Teaching the Children of the Infinite, regardless the physical age. When we hear a need, we cannot but step toward to Teach, Instruct, Guide, and allow the Divine to work through us so that the individuals may move forward. We do not shy away from this duty, although we make mistakes, we stumble, we fail, but always we believe that we are leading the Children toward Truth, regardless of what the truth looks like. If the Divine created all, then all is of the Divine, and the words we use to explain cannot help but to be of the Divine.

If we leave Teaching, we seek it out in another form, for there is no other thing that The Supreme has called for us. You will see us in all places, guiding, helping, leading, and teaching. It isn't what we chose. We were Chosen. God Guide us as we move into the Space of the Divine, to Teach.
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I'm reading A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille. This passage, on page 128, attributed to Alexander Tytler, really hit me:

"...the world's greatest civilizations...have progressed through this sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage."

I've been taking a close look at where my values lie over the last several months. I find that I'm further along this continuum than I'd like to be, and I'm working to create changes in my beliefs and actions to reflect that I want to be someone else. One of my favorite songs, by the band Sister Hazel, says "if you want to be somebody else, change your mind." That's what I'm doing.

What about you? Where do you fall? Are you so far gone in apathy that you don't care anymore? Would you like to live in a different reality than the one in which you find yourself? What can you do? I, me, I'm reading new information, such as this above-mentioned book. As a former career educator, it challenges several beliefs that I've held for half my life, and it stings when I recognize truth. You know how we all have a built-in crap detector? It works with truth, as well, and hearing truth is life-changing. When you hear it, you have to either go back to what you were doing and have that truth whispering "you know a better way" in the back of your head all the time, or you have to move into a new phase and act on that truth. It isn't comfortable, at all. It is, however, exhilarating, invigorating, stimulating, and exciting. Not to mention maddening. If you're like me, you want to be the new thing all at once. This simply isn't reality; it takes time for transformation. I'm learning, though, that transformation can be sped up by working toward it rather than waiting for it. I'm moving forward, and I invite you to walk with me.

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