Introduction, P 1
1 To heal is to make happy. I have told you to think how many opportunities you have had to gladden yourself, and how many you have refused. This is the same as telling you that you have refused to heal yourself. The light that belongs to you is the light of joy. Radiance is not associated with sorrow. Joy calls forth an integrated willingness to share it, and promotes the mind’s natural impulse to respond as one. Those who attempt to heal without being wholly joyous themselves call forth different kinds of responses at the same time, and thus deprive others of the joy of responding wholeheartedly.
Yikes, I’m feeling the pressure! ~smile~ My job is to be wholly joyous and to fall short of that goal means I am not the healer I might be otherwise. If I am not joyous it means I have failed to accept healing for myself, and if I am not wholly joyous then when I attempt the healing of others the results will vary. I will not be asking for only healing, but for something else as well.
This makes sense. I have noticed that when I pray for someone who is suffering from a confusion that is mine as well, then my prayer lacks conviction. For instance, if someone is asking me to support them as they attempt to release their fear of losing their job, and I suffer from the same fear, my prayer will not be pure.
I think of it this way. All thought is prayer. We are praying continuously, praying without ceasing. So, because I want to support my friend as she heals her mind, my thoughts are like this. My friend has nothing to worry about. God is her Source, not the job she thinks she needs. God loves her and wants only her happiness. She is safe in God. It is never God’s Will that she suffer. But, because I still carry a fear of lack and loss, her fear triggers mine, and so I also have thoughts that reflect my own fears.
Maybe it will trigger a memory of a customer that is not happy with his service and my fear that he will look elsewhere before we can fix his problem. I am thus praying that fear and loss not be true, and at the same time praying that it is true. I am holding two opposing thoughts in my mind and thus two opposing prayers, and a conflicted mind is neither effective nor happy. This is why when I pray for someone it usually takes the form of asking that my mind be healed of the untrue belief my friend is holding. In this way I will be praying the most effective prayer I can at this time.
I can also attest to the fact that the more my mind is healed the happier I am. I become less than happy as I allow the ego mind to run me. I am really focused right now on healing my relationships. I understand that the way Home is through my brother, and that any grievance that stands between me and my brother also stands between me and Heaven.
Because I know this is true, I want all relationships in my life to be healed and so this is what is coming up for me. I am seeing all the places that they are not healed. Seeing the issues can be very uncomfortable and this discomfort is not joyous. However, seeing the issues is only the first step. As I recognize them and decide against them, they are healed and my joy increases. Doing this consistently has taught me that a healed mind is synonymous with joy.