ACIM Text Reading for October 9
Manual for Teachers
6. Is Healing Certain?
Healing is always certain. It is impossible to let illusions be brought to truth and keep the illusions. Truth demonstrates illusions have no value. The teacher of God has seen the correction of his errors in the mind of the patient, recognizing it for what it is. Having accepted the Atonement for himself, he has also accepted it for the patient. Yet what if the patient uses sickness as a way of life, believing healing is the way to death? When this is so, a sudden healing might precipitate intense depression, and a sense of loss so deep that the patient might even try to destroy himself. Having nothing to live for, he may ask for death. Healing must wait, for his protection.
Healing will always stand aside when it would be seen as threat. The instant it is welcome it is there. Where healing has been given it will be received. And what is time before the gifts of God? We have referred many times in the text to the storehouse of treasures laid up equally for the giver and the receiver of God’s gifts. Not one is lost, for they can but increase. No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse.
It is not the function of God’s teachers to evaluate the outcome of their gifts. It is merely their function to give them. Once they have done that they have also given the outcome, for that is part of the gift. No one can give if he is concerned with the result of giving. That is a limitation on the giving itself, and neither the giver nor the receiver would have the gift. Trust is an essential part of giving; in fact, it is the part that makes sharing possible, the part that guarantees the giver will not lose, but only gain. Who gives a gift and then remains with it, to be sure it is used as the giver deems appropriate? Such is not giving but imprisoning.
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?
ACIM Workbook Lesson for October 9
I will not be afraid of love today.
If I could realize but this today, salvation would be reached for all the world. This the decision not to be insane, and to accept myself as God Himself, my Father and my Source, created me. This the determination not to be asleep in dreams of death, while truth remains forever living in the joy of love. And this the choice to recognize the Self Whom God created as the Son He loves, and Who remains my one Identity.
Father, Your Name is Love and so is mine. Such is the truth. And can the truth be changed by merely giving it another name? The name of fear is simply a mistake. Let me not be afraid of truth today.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1216: Once I am willing to see that the hatred, jealousy, and ill-will that an individual is projecting at me is really my own unconscious thoughts about myself, and my own unconscious guilt — does this mean these thoughts are now conscious, and if so now what do I do? I still have the hatred and anger towards those who are trying to hurt me even though I have an intellectual understanding that it is myself being jealous and hating, and hurtful of myself. How do I heal it? How do I give it over to the Holy Spirit to heal my mind so that the guilt is healed.
A: Yes, the projected thoughts of hatred become conscious when they are recognized as projections. A missing piece in the equation is to then see them as the effect of the mind’s choice, and to also recognize the painful price of this choice. Hatred is experienced as painful whether it is perceived in its projected form toward someone else or toward oneself. The choice for separation is the true source of the pain, hatred, and the guilt. Your insight into the difference between an intellectual understanding of the projections and their actual release is very important. It is often difficult to truly accept that “anger is never justified,” yet in this principle lies the key to healing. The problem is that it is not easy to accept because it negates the ego’s battle cry of victimization. The mind that has identified with the ego thought system revolts at the prospect of accepting its identity as mind and dissociating from the body identity. Anger, judgment, and guilt sustain this identity.
Jesus recognizes the intensity of resistance to his message: “ If sickness [anger, judgment, victimization] is but a faulty problem-solving approach, it is a decision. And if it is a decision, it is the mind and not the body that makes it. The resistance to recognizing this is enormous, because the existence of the world as you perceive it depends on the body being the decision maker” (M.5.II.1:5,6,7). As “intellectuals,” our job is done when we are willing to see the projections and recognize their true source. As students of A Course in Miracles , our job begins when we are willing to recognize the tremendous resistance to letting go of the hatred and making a choice against separation because it means the end of the ego thought system and the self that reflects it. That is where you find yourself. The only thing to do with resistance is see it, acknowledge it honestly to the Holy Spirit, and see the pain that persists because of it. Only in associating the painful effects of the hatred and the resistance to letting it go will we find the motivation to take the steps out of resistance to the acceptance of healing. Meanwhile, we have the agonizing predicament of wanting release from the pain of guilt without letting go of the guilt.
The unhealed mind has an intense identification with the body that cannot be undone forcefully. While fear persists, only gentle patience will facilitate the journey out of it. The way to give the process over to the Holy Spirit is to continue to look honestly at the ego’s antics, the resistance to letting them go, and the painful conflict that ensues without judging yourself for it. He is invited in by the mere fact of turning away from the ego’s tune of victimization with a little willingness to acknowledge the mind’s choice. Consistent practice of this process is in itself a new perspective, and makes room for the Holy Spirit’s healing. Nothing more than this is needed.