“Accept Atonement and you are healed. Atonement is the Word of God. Accept His Word and what remains to make sickness possible? Accept His Word and every miracle has been accomplished. (M-22.1)”
Affirmation: “May I accept Atonement today.”
1 – Atonement in ACIM
Atonement is different in A Course in Miracles from traditional Christianity. In ACIM, we look to the resurrection, not the crucifixion, for Atonement. And we make a change of mind in the way that we look at the world. We let our errors be corrected for us. And, with this, we have accepted the Word of God.
2 – Theology
All of these ideas are part of the theology of ACIM, and theology can delay. ACIM does not look for controversy, looking only for the practical, for what works in making changes, corrections, in our lives. And then we are said to be healed.
3 – Trust
Certainly this is not always a physical healing, though we are told by Jesus in the Manual that to doubt a healing because of the continuing presence of symptoms is a lack of trust, and trust is the bedrock on which all of our salvation rests. Trust is the bedrock for the teacher of God, and therefore for students as well, for only time separates us, and time does not really exist.
4- Hard to Understand?
These are hard words to understand, but we are not asked to accept anything for which we are not ready. We are told not to appeal to “mysteries,” in our acceptance of ACIM. We are asked only to walk along the pathway as far as we can, using our minds and hearts to accept Jesus’s word when we are ready.
5 – Healing
I believe that the ethereal body may be healed when this world’s body, the physical, continues to have symptoms (a personal interpretation, not stated in ACIM). But one thing that we can probably all agree on is that the emotional body can be healed, given time, the right medication, and the right attitudes. (Jesus says pills are sometimes needed, and so he is not opposed to medical intervention.)
6 – Probable Realities
What does it mean: “. . .every miracle has been accomplished”? Perhaps we will not know in our lifetimes. But perhaps we will. There are blessings ahead for all of us who are ready to accept God’s Word, and while we can attune to the Unknown, we cannot always predict it. There are probable realities that make fortune telling unreliable (not an ACIM tenet).
I am very glad that You have promised healing. Perhaps we will not understand in our lifetimes in this world what it means to doubt a healing when there are continuing symptoms. This is an Ideal that not all of us are ready to accept. But we want to walk as far along Your pathway as we can. And we trust that Jesus knows what he is talking about.
Be with us today. If we need a healing, may it come today–not tomorrow, nor in some far distant time. May we accept that healing is a part of Your plan, and may we react accordingly. May all of our brothers and sisters be healed along with us.