“A sick person perceives himself as separate from God. Would you see him as separate from you? It is your task to heal the sense of separation that has made him sick. (M-22.6)”
Affirmation: “I would not separate myself from anyone today.”
1 – Theology
This passage is part of the theoretical and theological construct of A Course in Miracles. We do not have to take on the theology of ACIM if we find it impossible to accept. Jesus says that ACIM is concerned with the practical most of all, and the practical will prove the validity of ACIM. If the ideas work in everyday life, then we will then be more open to considering some of the theology and the theory in back of the theology. Theological debates are always controversial and therefore dividing among people. We would not be separate from our brothers and sisters, to whom we are meant to bring salvation (a Text tenet). We do not force our ideas, or even ACIM ideas, on anyone who is not ready. But when others express an interest in what has changed our lives (ACIM), then is the time to speak. Always ask the Holy Spirit what to say, and we are told in ACIM that what to say will come unfailingly into our minds.
2 – Sickness = A Physical Reality in an Illusory World
Sickness is a physical reality in our world, but the whole world is illusory. We are told this with certainty. This does not mean that we lack sympathy for the ill. In many cases, recognizing the illusion in which our brother or sister believes may give us more sympathy. But we ask for a healing, knowing that healing will occur–even when it is healing that we cannot see as either physical or emotional. The healing has occurred. This, of course, is more theory, and, just as I said above, we do not have to take unto ourselves anything that is dividing or too controversial. The more we work with A Course in Miracles, the more likely we are to see its truth and to stop arguing with its tenets. We are told that we may actively resist some of the teachings of ACIM in the Workbook, but none of this matters. We are simply to do the exercises, and it is these that will convince us that Jesus is not misleading us.
3 – How to Heal the Belief in Separation?
How do we heal the belief in separation that has caused sickness? That is not up to us. It is the Holy Spirit, the Communicator from God, who carries out the miracle. We are merely the instrument in His Hands. If we recognize that the sense of separation has caused the sickness, we may be more likely to give up the folly of bringing sickness upon ourselves.
4 – Do Not Blame the Victim
Note that none of this theology blames the victim. Everyone is doing the best that he/she can, given the understanding that he/she has at any given moment.
I pray for Your wellness to follow me all the days of my life. Help me fully to understand, while remaining in a positive mind slant, that sickness comes about when we believe in the illusory separation from You. I would entertain only thoughts and words that illustrate our Oneness. And I am a part of You, though the separation has made all of us find this idea a difficult one, and possibly one that would even be termed blasphemous. This truth is not blasphemy. Knowing–not perceiving–this truth is one of Your greatest blessings to me in this lifetime.
Be with us as we walk through another day. May we remain grateful for Your manifold blessings to us. May we focus on thanking You for those blessings. May we never dwell on the negative, for to do so is to invite more negative. We need to attract what You would have us attract, and that is only the good.
Thank You for allowing me to experience the felt Presence of You.