“Healing is very simple. Atonement is received and offered. Having been received, it must be accepted. It is in the receiving, then, that healing lies. All else must follow from this single purpose. (M-22.6)”
Affirmation: “May I accept Atonement fully today.”
1 – Personal Note
I worry about those of you who read this blog, and today’s passage, are true believers, and are sufferers of any illness/sickness. I worry that you will reject the message of A Course in Miracles outright. Or perhaps you will feel depressed because you have long ago accepted Atonement, and it seems that this passage for today would make you doubt your good intentions.
2 – Many Forms of Healing
My answer, although incomplete, is that there are many forms of healing. Primarily, I would like for you to entertain the truth that an emotional healing is sometimes what we see most often when we have turned to God in prayer. The Holy Spirit gives us the miracle of accepting our predicament, though not by lying down in the dust and giving up. The Holy Spirit would have us exemplify a fighting spirit, though not of the ego (for Jesus always counsels the peace of God).
3 – Ask and Receive Healing
And perhaps we have not been as “receiving” of God’s mercies as we might be. Often we pray, over and over, for a healing, and then we forget to thank God for receiving that healing. Jesus notes that the continuation of symptoms is not a reason to doubt a healing. The healing has come, and it will be received when the time is right. When a teacher of God has offered healing from the Holy Spirit, ACIM counsels that it is a fait accompli (a completed act). So let us remind ourselves that in the receiving come gratitude for the receipt, and see if perhaps this is an aspect of healing that we have overlooked. Our own habitual patterns of mind have much to do with emotional healing.
4 – Ask for the Right Prayer
Physical healing, even in this world, does happen. And this is not always from delusions, or frantic cries of denial. Jesus would not have us caught in denial. If you feel stopped in a prayer for healing, an inner sense that this is not the right prayer, then perhaps it is time to contemplate what is the right prayer. God is always there, carrying us when the Way is rough. The solution is always with the problem (an ACIM tenet), but the solution may be something other than what we superficially want.
Not everyone who asks for healing experiences what he/she recognizes as healing. Yet Jesus has told us that healing is always certain, and to doubt this is not appropriate. May we go as far with this reasoning as it is possible for us to go. If our minds balk, let us ask again with our hearts. And then let us open our prayer to receiving, because just to ask, without also asking to receive, is to fail to complete the circuit.
May I have glorious, abundant health through all the days of my life. May I recognized that medical symptoms do not mean that a healing has failed, because Jesus says that a healing never fails to come. I do not understand this completely, but I recognize that Jesus is speaking in ACIM of the ideal. May I walk, with my rational mind and my open heart, as far along the pathway to accepting this ideal as I am able to go.
Thank You for being here for me, and may others similarly find You present in their lives.