4 It is the relinquishing of all concern about the gift that makes it truly given. And it is trust that makes true giving possible. Healing is the change of mind that the Holy Spirit in the patient’s mind is seeking for him. And it is the Holy Spirit in the mind of the giver Who gives the gift to him. How can it be lost? How can it be ineffectual? How can it be wasted? God’s treasure house can never be empty. And if one gift is missing, it would not be full. Yet is its fullness guaranteed by God. What concern, then, can a teacher of God have about what becomes of his gifts? Given by God to God, who in this holy exchange can receive less than everything?



When someone’s body is sick I know that the only thing that happened is that the mind is confused. In its confusion, it projected its guilty thoughts onto the body. When I pray for them, I am asking the Holy Spirit to heal the mind. Once this is done, the healing is guaranteed because the Holy Spirit never fails at His function.

The only thing left for me to do is to trust. It can be a temptation to worry that I don’t see progress, but that is like a prayer that says please maybe heal this one. That is not a prayer I want to say. The prayer I want to say is one of absolute certainty that the one who is experiencing a sick body is mistaken and that mistake is easily corrected.

When I doubt the Holy Spirit, I ask for correction of my mind that is now the one confused. I have learned to accept that the prayer is always answered and when it is accepted is not my concern. It is really just a matter of faith, faith in my brother, faith in myself and faith in God. That doesn’t mean that ego thoughts will go away. But with practice, I have learned that I don’t have to believe in the ego fears and doubts.

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