“The acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of healing. And this is so for healing in all forms. A patient decides that this is so, and he recovers. If he decides against recovery, he will not be healed. (M-5.II.2)”
Affirmation: “Sickness is a decision of the mind.”
1 – A Summary
This passage encapsulates much that I have tried to teach over the last few days of postings. If we decide against recovery, we are not healed. If we decide that we have to take medication for the rest of our lives, we have decided to use magic agents to accommodate our physical and emotional states of health. Neither choice is to be lamented, though Jesus is the healer that encourages us to recognize that pain is not necessary, even in this world.
2 – The Self Chooses
We stay in the driver’s seat. We make the decisions. But it is the Self that does so, and we, as personal selves living in a fantasy, are not privy to all of the reasons for decisions made by the Higher Self. So we suffer, sometimes needlessly, because we do not turn over our sickness to God.
3 – Healing
If we seek healing, it will be found. The catch in all of this is that we may not recognize the healing when it is given. We may still see the sickness and believe, by viewing the lingering symptoms, that all is not well. Jesus in the Manual would have us understand that the appearance of lingering symptoms is evidence of a lack of trust. We don’t believe that we can be healed, and so we are not. But healing will come, in a form that we can accept, as soon as healing is welcomed. Keep in mind that there are different types of healing, and that emotional healing is not the least of these. We are not to continue to fear the continuing symptoms. We are meant to recognize that healing has occurred, though our Self may leave symptoms for reasons that we cannot comprehend.
I would ask for healing today, of any and all difficulties that I may have. I would ask that I recognize Your healing when it occurs. May no physical symptoms mask the emotional healing that You always give me. Thank you for the emotional healing, for You know that I think that emotional healing is more important than physical.
Be with me throughout the day. Help me to walk Your way. May my study of sickness, and the choices that I have made throughout my life, mean something good. May I turn now to learning through rewards, and leave pain in the distant past. I believe that this is Your wish for me, for You want a lasting healing–not a temporary one that might come from experiencing pain. You want for me to learn through rewards, and I share that desire. Thank You for this understanding that comes in A Course in Miracles from Jesus.