Opening to the Possibility

What Would You Do If You Knew You Couldn't Fail?

Lesson 137: I am Not Healed Alone

Share the joy
  • 3

From last year’s writing: I am not healed alone.

I am not healed alone

I am not healed alone

I awoke from dreams so vivid that I found myself checking the news online to see if I had somehow tapped into an actual event.  No, it was just a diversion.  The odd thing is although the events of the dream were “frightening” on the surface of things, I wasn’t even alarmed, and I found myself wondering if my belief in God is now so strong, that things that used to terrify me no longer affect me.  I don’t intend to start watching horror flicks to test the theory (I seriously can’t abide taking such things into my consciousness – I can’t feed fear) but it is interesting to witness.  Today’s A Course in Miracles lesson, When I am healed I am not healed alone, is therefore somehow comforting, a balm for weary souls.  It’s the 100th monkey theory – because minds are connected, healing one means healing many.  It’s encouraging.  It makes writing on days where I don’t want to write easier, because, you know, some days I get up and I think “I’m bored with writing about A Course in Miracles, I‘m bored with thinking about it.”  That’s my cue that ego is trying to wedge his nasty foot in the door (aka – temptation) and that I’d best tell the fucker to shut up so I can get on with healing.

Ultimately, it’s all about healing.

“Forgiveness is the answer to everything,” I told my mom last night as she recounted the rough day she’d had.  She immediately took it as the salve it was intended to be. My mom has turned into a true Course disciple which I absolutely love because I can gently help her notice the places where she is allowing ego to come in and undermine her goal of love.  She can hear me.  Righteous indignation melts away once she notices that what is not love is a call for love.  She has come so far.

When I am healed, I am not healed alone.  My mom stands as proof.  It makes persistence easier on days where my ego wants me to revert back to “normal.”

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 137

When I am healed I am not healed alone.

Today’s idea remains the central thought on which salvation rests. For healing is the opposite of all the world’s ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. Sickness is a retreat from others, and a shutting off of joining. It becomes a door that closes on a separate self, and keeps it isolated and alone.

Sickness is isolation. For it seems to keep one self apart from all the rest, to suffer what the others do not feel. It gives the body final power to make the separation real, and keep the mind in solitary prison, split apart and held in pieces by a solid wall of sickened flesh, which it can not surmount.

The world obeys the laws that sickness serves, but healing operates apart from them. It is impossible that anyone be healed alone. In sickness must he be apart and separate. But healing is his own decision to be one again, and to accept his Self with all Its parts intact and unassailed. In sickness does his Self appear to be dismembered, and without the unity that gives It life. But healing is accomplished as he sees the body has no power to attack the universal Oneness of God’s Son.

Sickness would prove that lies must be the truth. But healing demonstrates that truth is true. The separation sickness would impose has never really happened. To be healed is merely to accept what always was the simple truth, and always will remain exactly as it has forever been. Yet eyes accustomed to illusions must be shown that what they look upon is false. So healing, never needed by the truth, must demonstrate that sickness is not real.

Healing might thus be called a counter-dream, which cancels out the dream of sickness in the name of truth, but not in truth itself. Just as forgiveness overlooks all sins that never were accomplished, healing but removes illusions that have not occurred. Just as the real world will arise to take the place of what has never been at all, healing but offers restitution for imagined states and false ideas which dreams embroider into pictures of the truth.

Yet think not healing is unworthy of your function here. For anti-Christ becomes more powerful than Christ to those who dream the world is real. The body seems to be more solid and more stable than the mind. And love becomes a dream, while fear remains the one reality that can be seen and justified and fully understood.

Just as forgiveness shines away all sin and the real world will occupy the place of what you made, so healing must replace the fantasies of sickness which you hold before the simple truth. When sickness has been seen to disappear in spite of all the laws that hold it cannot but be real, then questions have been answered. And the laws can be no longer cherished nor obeyed.

Healing is freedom. For it demonstrates that dreams will not prevail against the truth. Healing is shared. And by this attribute it proves that laws unlike the ones which hold that sickness is inevitable are more potent than their sickly opposites. Healing is strength. For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong.

Healing, forgiveness, and the glad exchange of all the world of sorrow for a world where sadness cannot enter, are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges you to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach how easily salvation can be yours; how little practice you need undertake to let His laws replace the ones you made to hold yourself a prisoner to death. His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.

And as you let yourself be healed, you see all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those who seem to have no contact with you, healed along with you. Perhaps you will not recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the world, when you let healing come to you. But you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed.

Those who are healed become the instruments of healing. Nor does time elapse between the instant they are healed, and all the grace of healing it is given them to give. What is opposed to God does not exist, and who accepts it not within his mind becomes a haven where the weary can remain to rest. For here is truth bestowed, and here are all illusions brought to truth.

Would you not offer shelter to God’s Will? You but invite your Self to be at home. And can this invitation be refused? Ask the inevitable to occur, and you will never fail. The other choice is but to ask what cannot be to be, and this can not succeed. Today we ask that only truth will occupy our minds; that thoughts of healing will this day go forth from what is healed to what must yet be healed, aware that they will both occur as one.

We will remember, as the hour strikes, our function is to let our minds be healed, that we may carry healing to the world, exchanging curse for blessing, pain for joy, and separation for the peace of God. Is not a minute of the hour worth the giving to receive a gift like this? Is not a little time a small expense to offer for the gift of everything?

Yet must we be prepared for such a gift. And so we will begin the day with this, and give ten minutes to these thoughts with which we will conclude today at night as well:

When I am healed I am not healed alone. 
And I would share my healing with the world,
that sickness may be banished from the mind of
God’s one Son, Who is my only Self.

Let healing be through you this very day. And as you rest in quiet, be prepared to give as you receive, to hold but what you give, and to receive the Word of God to take the place of all the foolish thoughts that ever were imagined. Now we come together to make well all that was sick, and offer blessing where there was attack. Nor will we let this function be forgot as every hour of the day slips by, remembering our purpose with this thought:

When I am healed I am not healed alone. 
And I would bless my brothers, for I would
be healed with them, as they are healed with me.

© Foundation for Inner Peace • PO Box 598 • Mill Valley, CA  94942-0598

It occurred to me that stubbornness sometimes has the goal of clinging to sickness as it isolates itself in martyrdom.  Ego has a “I’d rather do it myself” mentality – an attempt to make separation real.  It goes around acting as if “poor me, I’m all alone” and uses that as a means to keep healing at bay.  It doesn’t want to look too close.  It doesn’t want to heal.

Years ago, I was in a car accident and my wrist and back took a while to heal.  At some point, as the insurance company sued the “at fault” driver, it occurred to me that we were at cross-purposes – I needed/wanted to heal but to do so would be to absolve the guy of guilt and lessen the monetary compensation. Same goes with workman’s comp claims.  There is something twisted about trying to cement guilt into solid proof.  Yet, what about the part that deserves to be compensated???

Forgiveness is the answer to everything.  When I am healed I am not healed alone.

How often is healing staved off in an attempt to cement guilt?  The ego’s goals of assigning guilt are at cross-purposes with Spirit’s goal of love and innocence.

I think the innocence feels better.

In the Manual for Teachers, under the How is Healing Accomplished? Section, the Course says, 1 Healing involves an understanding of what the illusion of sickness is for. Healing is impossible without this.”

When we are not healthy, there is some purpose that the ego/body thinks it is accomplishing.  Now, I am of the opinion that some of these are life contracts set out in advance and so it is not advantageous to beat oneself up for not being able to cure the disease.  Having said that, I do believe that most diseases, even the so-called incurable ones, are curable.  But, I am not harboring any so it makes it easier for me to say that.  I don’t think it’s helpful to feel guilty or bad because one seems to have a disease that one has no idea of how to eradicate.  The Manual goes on:

“ Healing must occur in exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized. One need but say, “There is no gain at all to me in this” and he is healed. But to say this, one first must recognize certain facts. First, it is obvious that decisions are of the mind, not of the body. If sickness is but a faulty problem-solving approach, it is a decision. And if it is a decision, it is the mind and not the body that makes it.” 

“Sickness is but a faulty problem-solving approach.”

So, I suppose the first step is to decide one really doesn’t want to be sick and then to believe in the possibility of a cure.  These body identifications are tough because mostly we keep the value hidden from ourselves.

On my end, all I know for sure is that my job is to not buy into the illness, which is tantamount to endorsing the fear.  I must choose love.  I must deny the nothingness of the appearance.  Mostly, I must heal myself (or rather give it to the Holy Spirit, since it’s not really me doing the healing).   And I must forgive myself for being such a neophyte.

Forgiveness is the answer to everything.  When I am healed I am not healed alone.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

healing involves an understanding of the illusion of sickness

Illusion of Sickness


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Opening to the Possibility © 2016 Frontier Theme