“The patient could merely rise up without their [i.e., special agents] aid and say, ‘I have no use for this.’ There is no form of sickness that would not be cured at once. (M-5.II.3)”
Affirmation: “I have no use for sickness today.”
1 – View of Sickness in ACIM
This passage reflects the uncompromising view of sickness in A Course in Miracles. It is always something that can be healed. We do not often believe this, and perhaps, in our limited way, we are indeed unable to find the healing that, on some level, we still want. The Self may have chosen this sickness as a way to learn through pain, though Jesus would have us learn through rewards, a more lasting choice (from the Text). Pain brings only a temporary learning experience.
2 – Learning through Pain = Temporary Effect
Perhaps it is time that our world learns the truth that it is not necessary to learn through pain (a Text tenet). Perhaps we need to understand that learning through pain brings only a temporary respite, and that learning through rewards (which we can invite) is lasting–the only lasting cure. (These are paraphrases from the Text.)
3 – Jesus
Again we need to stress the uncompromising nature of the words that Jesus gives us in this passage. He is for health all the way, but he does not interfere with our choices. Perhaps we are not ready to be healed; perhaps we have even chosen this means of exiting from this world by death. Our minds cannot wrap around the truth of this passage without recognizing that there are deeper truths than we have ever recognized before. We choose special agents (medical staff and/or medication) to give flesh to our desires. Perhaps we need to question some of this as a form of magic best left behind.
Jesus does not countenance unwise choices. He sees medication as a compromise approach to illness, in that our fear is not increased when we seek relief through this magic means. He does not want our fear increased. And when we are sick, we are, at least temporarily, not in our right minds (from ACIM). Lacking rightmindedness, we can only increase this deplorable state by an increase in fear. And Jesus would not have us, as we are stressing, any increase in fear.
4 – Seek Guidance
Seek guidance if and when sickness visits. Try to discover the reason for its visit, for there are psychic communications that the world does not recognize as real channels of communication (from the Manual). With the knowledge of why we have become sick, we may be in a better position to welcome healing as a real possibility. May we do not less today.
I would take a completely focused stand for health in all its manifestations today. I would not know physical or emotional pain/sickness/ill health. I would entertain this possibility. I know that this affirmation is in line with Your wishes for me, and I ask You now to help me to carry out this decision to stay well and healthy.
May my Self recognize that my personal self has made a decision in line with Your wishes. I do not need to learn through pain. I would not learn what can be only temporary in its effect. I would learn through rewards, which Jesus says in ACIM is the only lasting cure.
May my weakness be overcome by Your joy. I know that when I am joyous, I do not dwell on temporary, minor difficulties of any kind. I would ask today that You keep me on the straight and narrow, back to You.