“Healing must occur in exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized. One need but say, ‘There is no gain at all to me in this’ and he is healed. (M-5.II.1)”
Affirmation: “Sickness is valueless.”
1 – Any Sickness Less Easily Healed?
Perhaps we believe that some sickness is less easily healed than others. Our ego’s common sense would tell us that. And, as long as we are in this world, we need to recognize and not deny what we see before our eyes. But this does not mean what it seems to mean. What it does mean is that we are seeing illusions, not reality at all. So sickness visits us in our illusory world, and it would be a particularly unworthy form of denial to believe otherwise (from ACIM).
2 – We Have Chosen Sickness
But we have chosen sickness (an ACIM tenet), some of which does not physically ever become cured. But we can have an emotional healing, in many cases, that overshadows the physical and leads us to praise God for our wellness once again. If we see no value in our sickness (as the passage recommends), then we can disregard what our eyes have shown us by turning over our sick, physical selves to a Higher Power. Miracles do happen, and surely we all believe this or we would not be interested in a book entitled A Course in Miracles. When we truly recognize that sickness brings us nothing that we want, we may find ourselves in the very best position for a healing.
3 – Does Sickness Get Us What We Want?
We often think that sickness gets us something that we want. Would any of us deny this? Would any of us ever be in a position to deny this? It is to the latter question that Jesus addresses us in this passage. And his assurance that we will be healed, once we believe that there is no gain to sickness, is the turning point, leading us to healing.
4 – “Special Agents”
We do live in an illusory world, and miracles do not always happen that lead to healing. We do, in my opinion, sometimes need medical intervention–for these “special agents” may minister to us in a way that heals. Jesus healed with a touch, and he still can (I believe), but sometimes modern medicine is the way that we come to recognize a miracle. It is like pills, which, even though a form of magic, cannot lead us to believe, egotistically, that we have effected our own healing. In a similar way, medical personnel can act to heal, in some cases, an effect that keeps our ego from getting involved and thinking that somehow we were smart enough to bring about our own healing. Grandiosity is a trait of the ego, and most of us still live with an ego, though we hope that it has withered somewhat over the years of our lives.
5 – We Can Learn through Pain
Sometimes we learn through pain; in fact, often in this world, it is the way that we learn. We do not have to learn through pain, Jesus asserts in the Text, but we often choose to do so. And he would support us, but not join us, in that decision. (An interpretation, not stated in ACIM.)
6 – Emotional Healing
The best thing that can happen may be an emotional healing, and this is no lack. We can give thanks for what comes, after we have prayed for a healing. And we can know that the healing will be accepted on some level. It waits not on time (an illusion), but on eternity.
I would be well in all respects today. As minor things crop up, and I get upset, please be with me. Calm me, and help me to realize that I have brought minor sickness upon myself.
This is frustrating. Why do I choose sickness, when I know that You are “for health” all the way?
Perhaps I do not yet understand fully. Please enlighten me, so that I do understand. Please help me to be patient, as in Your time the right answer will unfold.