“Very gently they [i.e., teachers of God] call to their brothers to turn away from death: ‘Behold, you Son of God, what life can offer you. Would you choose sickness in place of this?’ (M-5.III.2)”
Affirmation: “I choose life.”
1 – How to Live
The way of A Course in Miracles is the way of living life in an extremely positive manner–full of joy for all that one’s day holds. It is a way of gratitude for the goodness of God, the certainty that we are not alone in the universe, and the peace that living with guidance from the Holy Spirit or Christ-consciousness does bring. Nothing negative has to be so viewed, even very bad things. We are living an illusion, a dream. We feel empathy for others who do not believe that life is meant to be good, and we do not blame them for any negative circumstances that arise. But we ourselves choose the good for ourselves, and both ACIM and A Course of Love lead us down the lovely pathway to salvation and oneness with God.
2 – Gentleness
The change in our lives is known as soon as we fill our minds with the words of Jesus. This knowledge automatically keeps us on the straight and narrow, and if we do stray, we immediately ask for forgiveness and walk a smooth path again. This is a gentle way to live, and gentleness does attend the teacher of God (from the Manual).
3 – Sickness
We do not have to choose sickness, and neither do our brothers and sisters. Sickness is not automatically eliminated from our lives, though; this would be unrealistic and impractical, and it is the practical with which A Course in Miracles is most concerned. We must recognize that we have made the reality in which we find ourselves. Some of us have chosen sickness as a learning device, though Jesus warns us in ACIM that pain offers a temporary bit of learning only. And we do not have to learn through pain, though many of us choose to do so.
4 – The Self and Sickness
It is important to note that the Self is the part of our being that has chosen sickness. That is ultimately why no credence is given herein to blaming the victim.
5 – The Personal Self
The personal (little) self that walks the way of the world does not normally choose sickness, unless there are benefits that come about from such a choice. We may get a day off from work, to relax when we will not allow ourselves any relaxation without sickness. We may get sympathy from our significant others, and perhaps they do not realize that this sympathy is reinforcing the pain–making us more likely to choose illness again in the future.
6 – No Suffering
We must live in such a way that suffering is eliminated from our lives. This means that we are able to live above any pain that does occur. By carefully rising above the pain, we do not turn it into suffering, and therein lies our release. Then we are free, next time, to choose to learn through rewards, which Jesus says is the only lasting way to retain our learning.
I would live well today, as You wish. I would not worry needlessly and frantically. I would turn to my Guide when I am tempted to overreact to something that seems negative.
Help me to find my way in peace today. Staying in peace is Your way, and I would go Your way, with determination.
2 thoughts on “Turn Away from Death”
Great post – I have a friend that has been going through the experience of sickness for the past two years. I am struggling not to judge her appearance of decline and wonder why she has not chosen to live.
I am grateful for ACIM and that I can ask for another way to look at this.
I think that these passages about sickness (the uncompromising approach that we choose the sickness) are among the most difficult of A Course in Miracles. But it is important to note that, despite appearances, these passages do not “blame the victim.” Our Self makes these decisions, very different from the self that lives in this world.
Most cordially, Celia