Saturday, August 16, 2008

Lesson 137 When I am healed I am not healed alone.

LESSON 137


When I am healed I am not healed alone.


Today's idea remains the central thought on which salvation rests. For healing is the opposite of all the world's ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. Sickness is a retreat from others, and a shutting off of joining. It becomes a door that closes on a separate self, and keeps it isolated and alone.

Sickness is isolation. For it seems to keep one self apart from all the rest, to suffer what the others do not feel. It gives the body final power to make the separation real, and keep the mind in solitary prison, split apart and held in pieces by a solid wall of sickened flesh, which it can not surmount.

The world obeys the laws that sickness serves, but healing operates apart from them. It is impossible that anyone be healed alone. In sickness must he be apart and separate. But healing is his own decision to be one again, and to accept his Self with all Its parts intact and unassailed. In sickness does his Self appear to be dismembered, and without the unity that gives It life. But healing is accomplished as he sees the body has no power to attack the universal Oneness of God's Son.

Sickness would prove that lies must be the truth. But healing demonstrates that truth is true. The separation sickness would impose has never really happened. To be healed is merely to accept what always was the simple truth, and always will remain exactly as it has forever been. Yet eyes accustomed to illusions must be shown that what they look upon is false. So healing, never needed by the truth, must demonstrate that sickness is not real.

Healing might thus be called a counter-dream, which cancels out the dream of sickness in the name of truth, but not in truth itself. Just as forgiveness overlooks all sins that never were accomplished, healing but removes illusions that have not occurred. Just as the real world will arise to take the place of what has never been at all, healing but offers restitution for imagined states and false ideas which dreams embroider into pictures of the truth.

Yet think not healing is unworthy of your function here. For anti-Christ becomes more powerful than Christ to those who dream the world is real. The body seems to be more solid and more stable than the mind. And love becomes a dream, while fear remains the one reality that can be seen and justified and fully understood.

Just as forgiveness shines away all sin and the real world will occupy the place of what you made, so healing must replace the fantasies of sickness which you hold before the simple truth. When sickness has been seen to disappear in spite of all the laws that hold it cannot but be real, then questions have been answered. And the laws can be no longer cherished nor obeyed.

Healing is freedom. For it demonstrates that dreams will not prevail against the truth. Healing is shared. And by this attribute it proves that laws unlike the ones which hold that sickness is inevitable are more potent than their sickly opposites. Healing is strength. For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong.

Healing, forgiveness, and the glad exchange of all the world of sorrow for a world where sadness cannot enter, are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges you to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach how easily salvation can be yours; how little practice you need undertake to let His laws replace the ones you made to hold yourself a prisoner to death. His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.

And as you let yourself be healed, you see all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those who seem to have no contact with you, healed along with you. Perhaps you will not recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the world, when you let healing come to you. But you are never healed alone. And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed.

Those who are healed become the instruments of healing. Nor does time elapse between the instant they are healed, and all the grace of healing it is given them to give. What is opposed to God does not exist, and who accepts it not within his mind becomes a haven where the weary can remain to rest. For here is truth bestowed, and here are all illusions brought to truth.

Would you not offer shelter to God's Will? You but invite your Self to be at home. And can this invitation be refused? Ask the inevitable to occur, and you will never fail. The other choice is but to ask what cannot be to be, and this can not succeed. Today we ask that only truth will occupy our minds; that thoughts of healing will this day go forth from what is healed to what must yet be healed, aware that they will both occur as one.

We will remember, as the hour strikes, our function is to let our minds be healed, that we may carry healing to the world, exchanging curse for blessing, pain for joy, and separation for the peace of God. Is not a minute of the hour worth the giving to receive a gift like this? Is not a little time a small expense to offer for the gift of everything?

Yet must we be prepared for such a gift. And so we will begin the day with this, and give ten minutes to these thoughts with which we will conclude today at night as well:

When I am healed I am not healed alone. And I would share my healing with the world, that sickness may be banished from the mind of God's one Son, Who is my only Self.

Let healing be through you this very day. And as you rest in quiet, be prepared to give as you receive, to hold but what you give, and to receive the Word of God to take the place of all the foolish thoughts that ever were imagined. Now we come together to make well all that was sick, and offer blessing where there was attack. Nor will we let this function be forgot as every hour of the day slips by, remembering our purpose with this thought:

When I am healed I am not healed alone. And I would bless my brothers, for I would be healed with them, as they are healed with me.




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Lesson 137
"When I am healed I am not healed alone."

The lesson title contains within it the essence of what healing is. Healing is the recognition that I cannot be alone. It could be said that this one statement encapsulates the whole message of the Course. A recognition that I am not separate nor is anyone separate from me is the basis of forgiveness. It is the reason why sin is impossible. It is the reason why I remain as God created me. It is the reason why there is no cause for guilt and fear cannot be real. It is the reason why I remain safe within the Love of God.

This lesson is helping me look at the fact that I do not fully believe any of this. I experience the isolation that comes with sickness. I experience the sense of vulnerability and weakness that comes with believing that the body needs to be protected, because that is how I protect myself. There are still aspects in my mind that believe that if the body ceases to exist, so do I. This is the insane dream that must be undone.

Healing is not necessary in reality, for what is one is not broken. But a dream in which reality is broken into many separate parts must be undone for reality to dawn upon the mind that thought the dream was real. As I practice focusing on the idea that when I am healed I am not healed alone, it reminds me that I am indeed part of All That Is, not separate. This is my goal.

Holy Spirit, help me this day to see only the Love I share with all my brothers, to see the one Self that joins us all as one. I am willing to see the real world where all barriers to Love have been let go.


In this lesson Jesus reminds me that healing is the decision to return to the oneness of my real Self. The opposite of healing is to think that separation from God and my brothers is real. As I open my mind to the healing thoughts of the Holy Spirit, the illusions I have believed in are gently removed.

I am learning that healing is my only function as long as I think I am in a world where separation appears to be real. I am also learning that healing is shared. The sentence that stands out to me is, "For by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong." (8:6)

It is wonderful to realize that, in reality, all minds are joined. The little walls that were erected through belief in separation are free to fall away as soon as we are willing. As we do this, we learn we really are connected. We really are one Self, united with our Creator. The only 'life" that is real is the one Life of our true Self. "His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain." (9:3)

As I let myself be healed by the Holy Spirit, I see all those around me are healed along with me. It is wonderful to recognize that I am never healed alone. It is wonderful to offer blessing instead of attack. What a wonderful life to have this purpose instead of continuing to make separation real!


I was thinking about the process of healing being shared. When I allow my mind to experience healing, that healing is shared by the One Mind that I am. It is not that anything has changed reality because the One Mind of God's Son has always been healed. I see it as a light that goes on in my mind allowing me to see what I really am. At the same time, it blinks on in all other minds.

Is everyone aware of the light? Obviously not. It is like the other day when I was looking for my keys. I looked everywhere and couldn't find them. Because I knew they had to be there, I kept looking. Eventually I found them in a place I had already looked. They were right there in plain sight. How could I have overlooked them for so long? I don't know, but it is clear that I can overlook the obvious. I can overlook what is right there waiting for me to see it.

There are many people who have already accepted healing and the light from their healing is right there in my mind waiting for me to decide that I want to see it. When I do, I will add my light to it. I can imagine at some point so many minds will add their light that the One Mind will be illuminated in a way that makes everyone else long to join with it. And perhaps that is what is happening now. Perhaps that is the draw I feel to join in healing.

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