“Healing is always certain. It is impossible to let illusions be brought to truth and keep the illusions. (M20)”
1 – Oft-Difficult Concept
The passages for today describe the oft-difficult matter of healing from sickness, physical and emotional. We leave illusions behind when we accept healing.
2 – Jesus
Elsewhere Jesus explains that to doubt a healing because of the presence of continuing symptoms is not where we want to go. In the New Testament, Jesus is described as asking the sick, “Do you believe that I can do this?”
3 – Doubt / Belief
I think that this question is at the heart of healing in our day also. If we doubt that the healing can take place, then our doubt rises in ascendancy. When our belief is able to take hold, healing—either emotional or physical—is much more likely.
4 – Healing
So Jesus tells us in the Manual that healing is always certain.
5 – Terminal Illnesses
I do not understand this, for I have known individuals who believed strongly that they would be healed of a terminal illness, only to find that they died, right on schedule. I can’t get into their minds, to determine if their belief in healing were true, or only wishful thinking and wishful speaking. I have heard of individuals who went to great distances for dubious healing methods, only to fall on their face.
6 – Ram Dass
What is Jesus saying, then? I think that his healing may be of the etheric body. This is not so stated in either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love, but perhaps we find that healing is of many different hues. Ram Dass once counseled a dying woman to do more living in her final days; she was spending all her time obsessing about her impending death. She listened to him, and she had a great resurgence of true living before passing on. This type of healing may be some of what Jesus is saying to us in these passages.
7 – All Die
All individuals die eventually. Most choose some form of illness to make their departure. This choice does not negate Jesus’s words; it teases us out of thought to try to understand.
8 – God Is for Health
Most illnesses, though, over the course of a lifetime, are not life-threatening. And many spontaneous healings do occur, whether or not the person invokes Jesus’s healing power. We must believe that God is for health all the way. Guidance will lead us to legitimate forms of healing, either with ministering physicians or medication. We need not be afraid.
9 – Threats
“Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat. The instant it is welcome it is there. (M20)”
This is yet another of the very reassuring passages that are prevalent in A Course in Miracles. We can be healed if we are not threatened by that healing. We will often not recognize that we are threatened by healing; in fact, we think just the reverse. Yet, if we are ACIM students, and we trust Jesus, we should look deeper for the meaning of this passage.
10 – Depression
Elsewhere Jesus talks of precipitating a depression in an individual who is unprepared by a sudden healing. He even talks of the possibility of suicide in such cases. This is an extreme interpretation, but one that we would be wise to accept. Sudden healing can be about as threatening to our belief system as anything we may encounter.
11 – When Will Healing Occur?
The more optimistic way to view this passage is to see that healing will be “there” when welcomed. This is reassuring indeed, as we noted at the beginning of this reflection. May we ask for healing, and may we welcome it when we are confronted by it. Anything else is chosen by the mind for reasons that may remain obscure to us as long as we are in this world.
12 – Offering Healing
“No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. (M20)”
“Who gives a gift and then remains with it, to be sure it is used as the giver deems appropriate? Such is not giving but imprisoning. (M20)”
Help me to understand that I am threatened by healing when I am not healed. When the fear is gone, the healing will be present.
May I realize that there may be continuing symptoms, but the healing is real. Thank you for leading me to understand this paradoxical statement from the Course.