V. Healing and the Changelessness of Mind, P 3
3 Healing is the one ability everyone can develop and must develop if he is to be healed. Healing is the Holy Spirit’s form of communication in this world, and the only one He accepts. He recognizes no other, because He does not accept the ego’s confusion of mind and body. Minds can communicate, but they cannot hurt. The body in the service of the ego can hurt other bodies, but this cannot occur unless the body has already been confused with the mind. This situation, too, can be used either for healing or for magic, but you must remember that magic always involves the belief that healing is harmful. This belief is its totally insane premise, and so it proceeds accordingly.
For awhile we all use magic to heal what ails us. We have a financial problem and we seek an answer from the banker, or in getting a better job, or praying for more money. We are not guilty for this; we are just confused about what the problem is and where to find the solution. The miracle is found in recognizing the problem is the belief we are separated from God, and the solution is the Holy Spirit in our mind.
When we remember the one problem and the one solution, we turn our attention to the Holy Spirit and our mind is healed of the belief in lack and loss. Without this belief we cannot manifest financial woes. When we accept that we are part of God how can we accept that lack is part of us? Is lack part of God? We hesitate only because we hear the ego warn us that healing is harmful and if we don’t listen to its solutions we will wind up broken and destitute.
We have a physical problem and we take medicine or see a doctor. We feel sorry for ourselves and seek comfort in food and comfort in the concern of others. Perhaps we kid ourselves into believing that natural medicine and energy healing are less magical than traditional methods. But anything concerned with the body is looking in the wrong direction for healing.
It is not a sin, and if we are too fearful to accept any other kind of healing, we should accept what we can, and do so with gratitude. But at some point, the healer must accept true healing. True healing is always the realization that we are in God and part of God and what is not of God cannot be of us. If we think we are sick, it can only be because we think we are outside God. Only our mind needs to be healed, the body will be what the mind directs. The ego insists that this idea of true healing is dangerous, and if we don’t follow its advice and seek help we will suffer and die.
If the relationship needs healing we tend to seek a counselor who will save our relationship. Or maybe the desire is to throw away the partner and look for another more suitable one. Neither of these is a sin and it is ok to do either one or both, but it is not the solution. There is no healing in looking outside your own mind for the solution.
The problem is not the relationship or the partner. The problem is the belief that you are separate from God and separate from your brothers and sisters. The problem is that you think you have separate interests and that you must defend your interests at the expense of others. Is this God? It is not God or in God or part of God and so it cannot be so for you who are in God.
The solution is to allow the mind to be healed of the belief that your happiness depends on something outside your mind changing. But the ego insists it cannot be your fault when so clearly the other one is wrong, so forget healing your mind, just focus on the relationship. The ego insists that healing your mind is just a waste of time and is dangerous because it leaves you in a situation that makes you unhappy.
As for myself, I had to learn to trust. I had to trust that pain is not real in order to accept that the problem was in my mind all along. Now when I feel pain I automatically remind myself that the pain may seem to be in my leg, but it can only be in my mind. Therefore the solution can only be in my mind.
If I am unable to fully accept this at the moment I may take medicine but I will do so with a laugh because I know it is just magic. What has happened is that I believe in the magic only a very little and I believe in healing more than I believe in the magic, and fear of the problem is gone. It is only a matter of time before I am fully convinced that I am not a body. I am spirit, in God and part of God.
This is true of all perceived problems. When I see loss and lack of any kind show up in my life, I know it is the effect of a misguided thought. I ask that my mind be healed. I do not even think of asking for more money or a different relationship. Even when I am confused about how to see it or what to do, I just return to asking that my mind be healed.
I ask for healing consistently because I want to be a consistent healer.