“They [teachers of God] seek for God’s Voice in this brother who would so deceive himself as to believe God’s Son can suffer. And they remind him that he did not make himself, and must remain as God created him. They recognize illusions can have no effect. (M-5.III.3)”
Affirmation: “I remain as God created me.”
1 – Salvation
When we are trying to bring salvation to another, we must seek for the Voice for God in that other. This Voice is another name for the Holy Spirit. The Manual makes it clear that we are only separated from our brothers and sisters by time, and time does not really exist. We can quickly fall from teacher to student by missteps, and often these missteps come because we have failed to listen to the Holy Spirit or Christ-consciousness (the latter is described in A Course of Love).
2 – When We Suffer
We are deceived when we are suffering, and similarly deceived are our brothers and sisters who are suffering. This does not mean that we deny the sight of our physical eyes, but just that we recognize that what we are viewing is illusion, and therefore, ultimately, unreal (ACIM tenets).
3 – The Personal Self and the (Larger) Self
We are still as God created us. We may have trouble understanding how this can be, when we see our failings and even our travails as evidence that we have fallen from greater heights. But the real Self has not changed, and it is the essence of the personal self that is the Self (sometimes called the Christ).
4 – Illusions
We do not always recognize that illusions are, in fact, illusions. We look with our physical eyes, and we empathize and sympathize with those whom we see as poor, suffering individuals. This may in fact not be a hindrance to us, as long we ask for healing as soon as we recognize the need for it. We may not see a physical change, and maybe not even an emotional one. But the request for healing is always granted, and the healing will be received when the individual is ready for it (ACIM tenets).
5 – Not to Choose Healing
I should note that the view of A Course in Miracles is an ideal, and not all will experience healing. Most of us choose an illness to cause our death at the end of our lifespan. And then healing does not appear to have been received. But who knows what remains beyond the veil of death? We do not know, and we normally believe that life on the Other Side is free of illness, suffering, and pain.
Be with me as I continue my study of Jesus’s statements on sickness in A Course in Miracles. I do not expect to understand fully; some things are veiled on this earth. Be with me, though, as I try to understand.
I would choose physical and emotional healing today. I would not knowingly choose illness. Be with me in this choice.
I know that learning through rewards lasts, whereas learning through pain is only temporary. ACIM tells me this. May I learn through rewards today and every day.