“That forgiveness is healing needs to be understood, if the teacher of God is to make progress. The idea that a body can be sick is a central concept in the ego’s thought system. . . . If the body could be sick Atonement would be impossible. (M-22.3)”
Affirmation: “It is not really my body that is sick.”
1 – Mind Is Sick
The mind is sick that has influenced the body to present symptoms. That is what is being said in this sometimes confusing passage. Jesus would not have us deny what the physical eyes see, though he would have us recognize that was we are seeing, we are projecting, and we are projecting an illusion or dream.
2 – The Ego’s Part
The ego thinks that the body makes decisions, and therefore the ego affirms the importance and the primacy of the body in the ego’s thought system. But it is all “mind stuff.” The mind does not choose sickness, when it see s a better way. Atonement would indeed be impossible if we believed that the body could manipulate us in such ways.
3 – Primacy of Forgiveness
Once again we see stressed in this passage the primacy of forgiveness. Forgiveness does mean healing, and we will be healed, either emotionally or physically, or both, if we forgive ourselves and our brothers and sisters who have offended us in some way. We do want to make progress, and only through forgiveness is this possible. It is the one idea in our thought system that cannot be turned against us. Forgiveness always heals, and if we can believe this, we will be well on our pathway.
May I realize and correct today–immediately–any concept that sickens my mind. It is the mind that makes the body appear sick, and I would pray for a healing of my mind, so that my body does indeed stay well. I know that I am in Your Will when I pray for a well, illusory body.
I would let the ego wither away, for it is that part of my mind that makes my body appear sick. This convoluted reasoning is against You, and I would be with You for all time and all places.
Be with me today, to lead me further along the pathway that leads to full understanding of forgiveness in my life.