Our function as a Teacher of God in the world is defined in ACIM as only that which is assigned by God Himself. We must begin by understanding more clearly what that function is, but not until we first recognize what it is not. It is not about saving a world of illusions or people. It is not about looking at persons in authority as the means for us to ensure we will arrive on schedule at Heaven’s gate. It most certainly is not through coercive dependence upon a legion of spiritual leaders and specific religious doctrine or dogma. Finally, it is not about what spiritual book we study (or what edition for that matter). All these things, and more, primarily reinforce our forgetting, and only serve to obscure our true function from our mind awareness. To give these ideas validity as the means for performing our true function will seem to perpetuate separation instead of unity, and we will continue to find it difficult to remain on our spiritual journey from the head to the heart.
What, then, is our true function? Recognize first to correct our misperceptions of what we think our purpose is, through asking our Inner Teacher. Second, we must learn how to forgive. It is only then we can start to recognize what our true function is. We do this merely because we have begun to understand that we are in bondage in our bodies and their dependence upon our sensory apparatus. The ego can only operate at will when our body identification is never challenged. ACIM teaches us:
Nothing the body’s eyes seem to see can be anything but a temptation, since that is the purpose of the body itself. Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions [we] have made. To [Him], the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself…Your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness is inevitable. [It is through forgiveness.} There is no other way.
In Summary, our only function here is to live the Holy Spirit’s purpose; be happy; learn how to forgive; and to be the light of the world.