“Unity alone is not a thing of dreams. And it is this God’s teachers acknowledge as behind the dream, beyond all seeming and yet surely theirs. (M-12.6)”
1 – We Are All One
We are all One, with each other and with God. This is the understanding of unity that I take from an interpretation of A Course in Miracles. A Course of Love similarly stresses unity also, as well as relationships with our brothers and sisters.
2 – Elements of the Real World
We are caught in a dream (ACIM tenet), an illusion. But there are elements of reality, the real world, in what we experience. And unity, as well as relationship, are elements of the real world. We will experience unity and relationship to a much greater extent when we have experienced Awakening.
3 – Unity Is behind the Dream
If we know that unity is behind the dream, we have ample reason to rest easy. There is nothing that we need to worry about. God is underneath all, and we are His children. The unity is behind all “seeming,” as we are told here, and we do not have to worry about “seeming.” We are protected.
4 – Harold Kushner
What about the bad things that happen to “good” people, as Harold Kushner has said in his book by the same title? We are told in the Workbook that healing always occurs when it is asked for, but there may be lingering symptoms and we may not be ready to accept the healing. These are hard passages to understand, because we are bidden not to deny inappropriately, but still to realize that the continuance of symptoms does not mean that healing has not occurred. The healing will be there when we are ready to accept it.
5 – Healing Is Always Here
And there is both emotional healing and physical healing, and sometimes the emotional is the most important. That is the ultimate truth of ACIM, that healing is always here. We may be right with God with an emotional healing. Moreover, the illness for which we seek healing may be the individual’s way to die. It may not be appropriate in such cases to cry for a healing. Most of us in today’s world do choose to leave for the Other Side through an illness or disease. Advanced teachers of God, we are told in ACIM, may just lay their body aside when its usefulness is over, but not everybody is advanced–yet. Time, which does not really exist, separates the student from the teacher. So all will reach the Awakening eventually, though that time may take millions of years (just as the separation also extended over millions of years). (These latter points are paraphrases from the Text.)
May I revel in Your goodness today. This day has started so well, and I pray that this will continue. When I am reassured that healing is always an aspect of our life on earth, then I am reassured also that no matter what comes, all is well. Be with my significant others. Thank You that as of today, everybody close to me is well. And may my faith not be shaken if this is not always the experience that I have.
We live in a dream, but unity is not a thing of dreams. We live in unity, as One with each other, and in relationship, as we experience the various parts of ourselves that others embody. Help me to carry this paradox in my mind and heart. Be with me as a I seek to convey these paradoxes to other people. May the intuitive truth light upon the minds and warm the hearts of the individuals who read this blog.