Should Healing Be Repeated?

“This question really answers itself. Healing cannot be repeated. If the patient is healed, what remains to heal him from? And if the healing is certain, as we have already said it is, what is there to repeat? (M22)”

1 – The Mind

What is certain is that the MIND is healed. The physical symptoms may last. The fact that ease is required is important. We don’t keep coming back with more pleas; we accept that healing has occurred.

2 – Jesus

This may be difficult to accept, but I do believe that Jesus is giving it to us straight. We need to recognize that the body is illusion, and its continued symptoms do not really mean much except in this world. Our mind’s well-being is the most important.

3 – Channel for Healing

“Whenever a teacher of God has tried to be a channel for healing he has succeeded. Should he be tempted to doubt this, he should not repeat his previous effort. That was already maximal, because the Holy Spirit so accepted it and so used it. (M22)”

4 – Holy Spirit

A very reassuring passage, this indicates that we as teachers of God will not fail. The Holy Spirit does the healing, and the healing is of the mind.

5 – Continuing Symptoms

“One of the most difficult temptations to recognize is that to doubt a healing because of the appearance of continuing symptoms is a mistake in the form of lack of trust. As such it is an attack. Usually it seems to be just the opposite. It does appear unreasonable at first to be told that continued concern is attack. . . .Yet love without trust is impossible, and doubt and truth cannot coexist. (M22)”

6 – The Sticking Point

This is the sticking point: How can we believe healing has occurred when the body still exhibits symptoms of disease? It is with the mind that the Holy Spirit works, and that is not seen by the physical eye.

7 – Doubt

“The real basis for doubt about the outcome of any problem that has been given to God’s Teacher for resolution is always self-doubt. (M23)”

8 – God’s Teacher

The meaning herein is a bit obscure, but basically the passage is letting us know that God’s Teacher, who is the Holy Spirit, will always resolve problems for us. The answer may not come immediately if we are not yet ready. It may take awhile. But come it will, unless we doubt. And what is there but self-doubt? Surely, if we have come this far, we do not doubt the resolutions of problems by the Holy Spirit. If we hesitate, we are using our own minds against ourselves, and this is the meaning of self-doubt.

9 – A Resolution to Our Problems

We must trust the Holy Spirit to bring about a resolution to our problems. Elsewhere Jesus asks that we pray for a resolution of the conditions that have brought about fear. This concept is akin to what is meant in this passage. Cause-and-effect will not be tampered with, by the Holy Spirit or Jesus. Jesus says that he will not tamper with the power of our minds, and that we ask him to do so at our peril. Only the power of our minds keeps us caught in dreams of pain. There is a way out, and the Course spells out what it is. Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit! We cannot emphasize this enough. It is the solution to our myriad problems, and it is the Answer to our prayers as well.

10 – Self-Doubt

Self-doubt is a particularly insidious form of self-betrayal. We would be wise to drop our misgivings about the power of our own minds, and then turn our wills over to the Holy Spirit. Then the resolution to our problems will be seen, often sooner rather than later.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I look forward to the quick resolution of the problems that I have given to the Holy Spirit to solve. May I not doubt that He will resolve my problems. Let me have trust in His Word.

Thank you for being there for me. I look forward to a brighter world ahead.

Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Should Healing Be Repeated?

  1. Thanks for following my blog. It was a pleasure reading this post… you have completely changed the way I look at my situations…self doubt keeps the circumstance constant, but trust in the Lord keeps the healing permanent. thanks 🙂

  2. Not sure that I understand this passage. Let’s take for example emotional healing, and let’s say that the healing is not certain. A person may have been healed from a spiritual perspective, but not emotionally or in the mind, and that is why it is uncertain. So, in this case, he keeps praying for the healing to occur. Yes, he does doubt that it has occurred because of the mental and emotional imbalance, negative thoughts & feelings; however, if he doubts that healing has occurred (even if it has occurred on a spiritual level) then shouldn’t he continue to pray until he feels it on an emotional level? Also, doesn’t all healing occur instantaneously on the spiritual level or maybe I should say that on the spiritual level, no healing is ever needed, correct? Isn’t it only the physical, mental and emotional level that healing is always needed at? And if that is the case, then as long as any symptoms are noticed, regardless of their nature (physical, mental or emotional), then one should continue to pray for the healing.

    Please clarify.

    1. I would always recommend praying, under all circumstances. We may be so overwrought that we don’t recognize that this ideal–the ideal of healing–has occurred. And prayer is enormously calming. We are told in traditional Christianity to “pray without ceasing,” and though this is not said in A Course in Miracles, I think that it is still awfully good advice.

      Don’t try to understand this healing with your mind. Listen with your heart, which won’t necessarily cry out for “proof.” ACIM is written on at least two levels, according to Ken Waynick. And the ideal is one of those two levels. I think that none of us can understand how healing *always* occurs. Because we are not conscious of healing, it does not mean that it has not been accomplished for us. And we can always–always–pray that we will become conscious of emotional healing as well as physical.

      Thank you for writing in. I think that when the mind is overwrought, that is an especially good time to pray without ceasing.

      Celia

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