A Course in Miracles (ACIM) tells us that all sickness comes from the mind that believes in separation from God. Sickness of the physical body is just another aspect of the illusion—it is just a dream of sickness, which is caused by the original guilt we felt at the time of the separation when the mind split into two. When we awaken from the dream of separation, we will be cured. That is why this lesson states, “Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness....”
The truth is all we need to heal our minds. “....The mind that brings illusions to the truth is really changed. There is no change but this....” Workbook, p.271. Turning to the Holy Spirit and asking Him to heal our minds is the way to become whole, i.e. to heal our split minds, which means overcoming the ego’s thought system altogether, because the ego lives in one part of the mind. “By healing you learn of wholeness, and by learning of wholeness you learn to remember God.” Text, p.118.
When we really appreciate the fact that we are united with each other and with God, we will be healed. This will undo the original error of the separation and return us to our original state. In fact, the concept of non-duality, which we come across so frequently in ACIM, is a belief that is widespread in the Far East. The Indian sages who preach non-duality believe there is only one creator and nothing else has any reality. Thus, they see humanity as being part of this one creator.
Similarly in ACIM, “God is All in all in a very literal sense. All being is in Him Who is all Being. You are therefore in Him since your being is His. Healing is a way of forgetting the sense of danger the ego has induced in you, by not recognising its existence in your brother. This strengthens the Holy Spirit in both of you, because it is a refusal to acknowledge fear. Love needs only this invitation.” Text, p.119.
Jesus refers to our healing methods as “magic”, which he says will have no lasting effect because they don’t awaken us from the dream. Speaking of a patient who has recovered from a sickness, he says, “He is not healed. He merely had a dream that he was sick, and in the dream he found a magic formula to make him well. Yet he has not awakened from the dream, and so his mind remains exactly as it was before. He has not seen the light that would awaken him and end the dream....” Workbook, p.270.
This passage is particularly interesting because so many of us are trying to heal ourselves these days. We may seek the help of orthodox medical practitioners or alternative healing practitioners. We may eat a very healthy diet with all the necessary super foods and vitamin and mineral supplements. We may exercise regularly, quit smoking, cut back on alcohol and get enough fresh air and sleep. But if we don’t awaken from the dream of life in the illusory world of the ego, we will never become fully healed and whole, because we haven’t found the source of healing, which is in our minds. To be healed and whole we must become aware of our true Identity; aware that we never really left heaven in the first place. It is all an illusion!
This does not mean that we shouldn’t have a healthy lifestyle or that we shouldn’t try to use “magic” methods of healing, but it means that we also need to use our minds to lead us to the truth. And we also need to call upon the Holy Spirit or our guru or guide and ask for direction and for the way of remembering our unity with God. And, perhaps above all, we need to be loving and forgiving towards each other. This is the way ACIM teaches us to remember God. We forgive others because we know they are part of us and are part of God. In forgiving others in this manner, we are saying goodbye to the ego and awakening from its dreams of separation. But it tends to be a gradual process because the ego’s thought system is so entrenched in our minds.
We really only have two options. “....One either sleeps or awakens. There is nothing in between.” Workbook, p.270. If we sleep we will continue to believe that our illusory world is real; and we will never be healed. If we awaken, i.e. remember we are united with God, then we automatically become whole. “Only salvation can be said to cure.”
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