Introduction, P 2
2 To be wholehearted you must be happy. If fear and love cannot coexist, and if it is impossible to be wholly fearful and remain alive, the only possible whole state is that of love. There is no difference between love and joy. Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous. To heal or to make joyous is therefore the same as to integrate and to make one. That is why it makes no difference to what part or by what part of the Sonship the healing is offered. Every part benefits, and benefits equally.
Oh boy, I love this! First, lack of joy is a marker, a way I can tell if there is mind healing work to be done. My goal always is to return my mind to wholeness and joy is the only completely whole state so it is a good indicator as to what needs to be done next. Or rather the lack of joy is that indicator, and joy is the indicator that I have been doing my healing work, that I have chosen love over fear.
The second thing I enjoyed reading in this paragraph is that it does not matter what part of the Sonship heals or is healed. It is for all, everyone benefits. I knew that but I like seeing it here, reminding me and reassuring me. I am so very grateful every time I hear one of my brothers doing their own work because I know that means I am being lifted up right along with them.
It also means that if I see someone else acting out of their ego, I can heal that belief in my own mind and it is done for both of us. Or as Jesus says, I can accept the Atonement on behalf of my brother. In this way I am completely responsible for everything. If it is in my awareness it is there for me to heal it. If my friend becomes angry when she sees a homeless person asking for money, maybe my ego wants to judge her for her lack of compassion.
However, the other choice is to recognize the lack of compassion in my own mind and to ask that my mind be healed. There. It is done. As it turns out I didn’t need to school my friend, I just needed to accept the Atonement for myself for this to be healed. As I continue to accept total responsibility and as I continue to heal whatever is in my awareness without regard to “ownership” I begin to fully integrate the fact that there is no separation, that we are, indeed, all one, and that all healing benefits all equally.