“He [the teacher of God] has. . .a more specific function for those who do not understand what healing is. These patients do not realize they have chosen sickness. On the contrary, they believe that sickness has chosen them. (M-5.III.1)”
Affirmation: “I alone choose sickness, and I would not do so.”
1 – Sickness = Learn through Pain
We need to open our minds a bit today. We need to entertain the concept that we have invited any sickness that has invaded our world. This does not mean that we “blame the victim.” This is a paradoxical truth that many do not understand. We do not consciously choose sickness, in most cases. We may put ourselves in a position wherein sickness becomes inevitable, but even cases of this scenario are limited. Sickness is chosen when we believe that it will teach us something. And that we will learn through pain.
2 – Learning through Pain = Temporary
Jesus says that there is only a temporary learning component to pain. In ACIM, he states conclusively that we do not have to learn through pain, that learning through rewards is the only lasting learning.
3 – Physical Illness
Once into sickness, though, sickness can become a way of life. We may not know how to rid ourselves of apparently incurable illnesses. And we may even die from them. After all, everyone passes from this world in some way, and it is usually through physical illness–some organic illness, either quick or slow.
4 – Healing Accepted
May we pray today to be healed of our afflictions. May we know that we will accept the healing when we are ready, and that the healing may be emotional rather than physical. It may be an example of our choice to leave this world now. It may be a lesson that we wanted to learn, and that this too shall pass.
5 – The Role of the (Larger) Self
When we know that we are in the driver’s seat, that our Self has chosen the sickness that afflicts us, then we are in a better position to choose again, to choose anew. There is great celebration, we may believe, in Heaven, when a child of God chooses to give up his/her belief in the value of sickness. There are other ways to learn. Let us explore some of them, through our study of ACIM, today.
I doubt that I will understand the role of the Self in my life while I am alive on earth. But I trust what has been said, and I believe that this Self, of which my “little” or personal self is a part, does much to decide what transpire for me in my life. Thank You for guiding the Self. I would not allow inferior decisions by the personal self to influence my walk through this world. May I choose guidance that allows me to learn through rewards rather than through pain.
Be with me as I walk through this day. Be with me when I am having a bad day. Help me to keep my thoughts on the positive side so that I do not attract the things in my life that I do not want.
Thank You for always being here for me.