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 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 which 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 which 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 cannot 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
wewill 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 function 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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