ACIM Text Chapter 1: I. Principles of Miracles P 23, 24, Year 2023

ACIM Principle 23 Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels.  Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both.

ACIM Principles of Miracles P 23, 24

Miracles Principles 23, 24

23 Miracles rearrange perception and place all levels in true perspective. This is healing because sickness comes from confusing the levels.  

Very simply, there are at least two levels, mind and body. All sickness occurs in the mind and is then projected onto the body. So, in reality, the body is never healed, but it is always the mind that is healed, and then a healed mind is projected onto the body. When we see it backward, when we perceive that the body is the source of the problem, we try to heal with medicines and other methods. This is what the Course refers to as using magic.

Let’s say I have a migraine. If I am confused about the levels, I think that the migraine is triggered by something I ate or an environmental factor. I might keep a diary of everything I eat or come into contact with and try to find a pattern. In the meantime, I see a doctor and get pain pills to make the periodic headaches more tolerable.

As my mind is healed, I see things more clearly and realize that headaches don’t come from anything in the world but are caused by untrue beliefs held in the mind. The only way to cure a headache is to heal the mind of those beliefs. As I become closer to having true perception, I have less illness in my body.

What Part Does Magic Play?

So, if healing occurs in the mind and not the body, why do medicine and other healing methods seem to work? They work because we want them to. This is our illusion, our own little kingdom that we made up. It would be intolerable if no “cures” existed within our illusion. If we could not heal the body, it would drive us to heal the mind, and then where would our illusory kingdom be? Right out the door.

Healing the body is magic because the body is not sick. Healing the body is magic because the body doesn’t exist. It is an illusion. So, when we heal something in the body, we haven’t really done anything, and sickness returns. If not in that particular form, then in some other. This applies to all sicknesses, sickness of the body, mind, relationships, finances, and all forms of lack.

This is why when I get a headache or some other sign of a confused mind, I use it as an opportunity to remember the truth. My first thought is that pain is not real. If I am emotionally upset, my first thought is that this is not real. I remind myself that pain of any kind cannot be real because it is not part of God. I ask, “Who am I?” I ask the Holy Spirit to come into my mind and undo what I have done.

Magic Is Not a Sin

If the pain does not go away on its own, I take something. If I am sick and the sickness does not go away, I go to the doctor. Using magic to achieve what the mind is not yet ready to accept is not a sin. I have not found that trying to force acceptance is helpful or necessary.  I have discovered that the mind will be healed in perfect timing as I am ready, and when it is healed, all else falls away on its own.

To feel guilty for not accepting the healing of the mind sooner or for having pain after I have asked for healing is just a trick of the ego, a way the ego keeps the illusion going. When I feel guilt for anything, I respond in the same way as I do to pain. I remind myself that guilt is not real because it is not part of God. I ask the Holy Spirit to look with me at this and undo what I have done.

It is guilt itself that causes sickness of every kind, so it is certainly not helpful to feel guilty if I use magic to bring relief. Magic can be a handy stop-gap measure until the mind is completely healed. The whole illusion is magic, and medicine is just another form of magic. Feeling guilty for using it and failing to forgive me for doing so is what keeps the magic going.

Miracles Principles 24

24 Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare, and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real. 

Holy Spirit, if ever I have the thought that there is nothing I can do to heal myself or another, please remind me of this passage. Through miracles, I can heal the sick and raise the dead. I made up sickness and death so I can abolish sickness and death. I have used my ability to create in an uncreative way to make sickness and death, but I can also use it creatively to create lovingly, that is, to extend Love.

Only what is created through the extension of Love exists; everything else is just a dream, a nightmare. It does not exist. The world of sickness and death does not exist. This is how I heal; I know what exists and what does not, and I am not confused by appearances. If I do become confused, I only need to ask You, Holy Spirit, to heal my mind, and clarity returns.

Tow Voices, Two Messages

I have pain in my neck. There are two voices speaking to me about this. The ego says that this is a recurring pain I get from repetitive activities. I will go to the chiropractor a couple of times, and I will be ok for a while, and then it will come back. I have two reactions when I listen to this voice.

First, I feel in control because there is something I can do, and I know what that is. But then I also feel afraid because it depends on someone else’s actions, so I am not really in control. I feel discouraged because there is nothing I can do to cure it, and if I did cure it, there is nothing I can do to prevent a recurrence. I feel like a victim of my lifestyle, of my body, of the chiropractor’s skill.

When I listen to the other Voice, I am told that I did this, and because I did it, I can undo it. I can undo it simply by knowing that it is not real, that what I make is an illusion. I remembered this yesterday, and for hours, I had no pain at all, and my neck was loose and moved freely. When I realized that this had happened, the ego voice said that this can’t happen, and immediately the stiffness and pain returned. And the ego voice said, “See. I told you so. You have pain, so you are not healed.”

Identity Crisis

What has pain? The illusion of a body has an illusion of pain. What does that prove, except that I am identified with an illusion? I chose that identity and can easily change my mind again. If I identify with the body, I feel things in the body. I identify with myself as a creation of light, and I feel nothing in the body. That is all that is happening here. Was the body healed? How can you heal an illusion?

When my mind is healed of its identity crisis and no longer projects a belief in sickness and suffering onto the body, then the body will no longer reflect those beliefs. It is no different from anything else I seem to experience in the world. Physical pain and sickness, emotional pain, financial problems, and relationship problems all of these are simply reflections of the same belief in lack.

So, will I be able to ignore the illusion of pain I made through mistaken beliefs and allow the manifestation to disappear? Or will my attention be so riveted on the illusion that I forget, again, that I am an infinite and powerful being? Will I sink into the illusion of being a small, separate, and limited body and pretend to be subject to the laws of man?

Is It Sin or Error?

The ego voice says a wrong choice is a sin. The Holy Spirit says that infinite beings are perfectly free and blameless regardless of our choices. After all, I can only pretend to have pain because pain doesn’t exist. Nothing is happening. Can nothing be a sin? I have made this choice many times. I know that making the choice for Spirit is all that matters. It is the only real thing I can do. I know that I will disregard appearances and trust the healing power of truth. Ultimately, for true and complete healing, I let go of the wish for the world to be real and accept that only the creations of light as reality.

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