What does it take to be a Teacher?


The dictionary would define a teacher as someone who instructs, provides training regarding defined subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, history, and extended studies. Teachers teach. Is that all there is to being a teacher? No.

What does it take to be a teacher? This has become a subject of research. One book that has been invaluable to me is the Course in Miracles. The last section of the manual is the Teacher’s Manual. Within these pages are the guidance and wisdom one may choose to follow in becoming the best teacher in the world.

Teachers teach that which they need to learn. Teachers are students. Students are teachers.

This former cannot happen when one is closed to learning, believes he or she has learned all there is and refuses to open to new experiences. Though it can become comfortable where one decides to rest.

The Teacher’s Manual explains that everyone is a teacher when he or she decides to become one. This is God’s appointment to each person. Yet, I believe that one may teach without realizing it. When it is considered as Kahlil Gibran has pointed out, we may learn tolerance from intolerance, patience from impatience, love from hate, and learn what we do not want through observation of those around.

Teachers who follow the path of the Divine, who choose to become teachers of God hold qualities that are shared openly and easily through exchange. These are trust, honesty, tolerance, gentleness, joy, generosity, defenselessness, faithfulness, patience, and open-mindedness. Above all these are born from love, without love nothing else exists.

The first rule in my life is no one must trust, believe, respect, or be honest with me. This is not your job. It is my job to hold these qualities, share in these characteristics. Through time, exchange of ideas, discussion, one will grow to trust, respect, believe, and choose to be honest with me. It is the natural progression of life. The exchange keeps love alive and well. Because all relationships are an exchange of qualities that are born of love.

Teachers learn from their students, as students become the teacher. To be a teacher is to sit in a desired and fearful position. A teacher holds the life of another, the information spoken and shown effect the other person. This cannot be avoided.

As a spiritual teacher the rules are simple, honesty, trust, gentleness, compassion, and love are provided to the student. There is no subject that is taboo, no topic avoided, no idea rejected. As a spiritual teacher, the guidance and information provided is for the student.

The spiritual teacher is not Divine, but human, walking the path laid before filled with the same obstacles and challenges of anyone. Some variation occurs in the type of event, but the same skills are required to traverse this human life.

Blessings and peace be with you.


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About Connie

I am a Spiritual Life Coach with 25 years experience working with the 12-steps of Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous. 10 years experience as a substance abuse counselor and 23 years working with women seeking recovery from abuse and addictions. Learning to live the spiritual principles and beyond is a day to day process, I am grateful to my sponsors, guides, and coaches.


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  • Rieke

    Hello Connie,

    “What does it take to be a teacher?” – Sometimes I am working as a language teacher for adults and from this experience I know that a teacher does not only transmit knowledge. It is far more – as you need to listen to the students and to understand how they are ‘ticking’. When you get them the way they like it, they will learn and see results. Which naturally stimulates the teacher 🙂

    So “what does it take to be a teacher” – having knowledge of something the student is missing and being able to stimulate, motivate the student.

    Wonderful post – loved to read it.

    • Priestess Connie

      Rieke, Thank you very much for your comment. As a teacher it is important to have good listening skills. Not just hearing what someone says, but what is not said, body language, tone of voice, and more. Again thank you.