Sickness is a way of demonstrating that you can be hurt. It is a witness to your frailty, your vulnerability, and your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for your need for its guidance (T-8.VIII.6:1-3).
Healing involves an understanding of what the illusion of sickness is for. Healing is impossible without this.
Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees any value in pain. Who would choose suffering unless he thought it brought him something, and something of value to him? He must think it is a small price to pay for something of greater worth. For sickness is an election; a decision (M-5.1:1— I.1:4).
All sickness comes from separation. When the separation is denied, it goes. For it is gone as soon as the idea that brought it has been healed, and been replaced by sanity. Sickness and sin are seen as consequence and cause, in a relationship kept hidden from awareness that it may be carefully preserved from reason’s light (T-26.VII.2).
Healing must occur in exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized. One need but say, “There is no gain at all to me in this” and he is healed. But to say this, one first must recognize …that decisions are of the mind, not of the body. If sickness 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 acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of healing. And this is so for healing in all forms…. What is the single requisite for this shift in perception? It is simply this; the recognition that sickness is of the mind, and has nothing to do with the body (M-5.II.1:1-6; 2:1-2; 3:1-2).
The Atonement…. merely brings unholiness to holiness; or what you made to what you are. Bringing illusion to truth, or the ego to God, is the Holy Spirit’s only function (T-14 .IX.1:1, 3-4).
All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles (T-2.IV.4:1).
When you unite with me you are uniting without the ego, because I have renounced the ego in myself and therefore cannot unite with yours. Our union is therefore the way to renounce the ego in you. The truth in both of us is beyond the ego…. Whenever fear intrudes anywhere along the road to peace, it is because the ego has attempted to join the journey with us and cannot do so. Sensing defeat and angered by it, the ego regards itself as rejected and becomes retaliative (T-8.V.4:1-3; 5:5-6).
Each day, and every minute in each day, and every instant that each minute holds, you but relive the single instant when the time of terror took the place of love (T-26.V.13:1).
Yet who was it that did the choosing first?… someone must have first decided on the one to choose, and let the other go…. Something must have gone before these concepts of the self. And something must have done the learning which gave rise to them (T-31.V.12:6-7; 13:2-3).
Our thinking is “I am not the one who chose to be sick; something or someone made me this way.” It does not matter if we are talking about a viral disease, or another’s negative thoughts. The plan calls for me to believe I am the effect and something else is the cause. Not realizing I set this up – I am secretly glad to be upset and sick, even if it means my death – means I am off the hook. Remember this chilling line:
“Behold me, brother, at your hand I die” (T-27.I.4:6).
There is no dream of specialness, however hidden or disguised the form, however lovely it may seem to be, however much it delicately offers the hope of peace and the escape from pain, in which you suffer not your condemnation. In dreams effect and cause are interchanged, for here the maker of the dream believes that what he made is happening to him. He does not realize he picked a thread from here, a scrap from there, and wove a picture out of nothing. For the parts do not belong together, and the whole contributes nothing to the parts to give them meaning (T-24.V.2).
Let not your eyes behold a dream; your ears bear witness to illusion. They were made to look upon a world that is not there; to hear the voices that can make no sound…. For eyes and ears are senses without sense, and what they see and hear they but report. It is not they that hear and see, but you, who put together every jagged piece, each senseless scrap and shred of evidence, and make a witness to the world you want (T-28.V.5:3-4, 6-7).
The ego is deceived by everything you do, especially when you respond to the Holy Spirit, because at such times its confusion increases. The ego is, therefore, particularly likely to attack you when you react lovingly, because it has evaluated you as unloving and you are going against its judgment…. This is when it will shift abruptly from suspiciousness to viciousness, since its uncertainty is increased (T-9.VII.4:4-5, 7).
The “loveliness” of sin, the delicate appeal of guilt, the “holy” waxen image of death, and the fear of vengeance of the ego you swore in blood not to desert… (T-19.IV-D.6:3).
Remember that the ego has convinced us we are bodies, not minds or spirit. We have a name and identity, and bodies all around who respond to us as if we exist – as bodies. I have already referred to Lesson 190, “I choose the joy of God instead of pain,” which states:
If God is real, there is no pain. If pain is real, there is no God (W- pI.190.3:3-4).
There is no stone in all the ego’s embattled citadel that is more heavily defended than the idea that sin is real; the natural expression of what the Son of God has made himself to be, and what he is. To the ego, this is no mistake. For this is its reality; this is the “truth” from which escape will always be impossible. This is his past, his present and his future. For he has somehow managed to corrupt his Father, and change His Mind completely. Mourn, then, the death of God, Whom sin has killed! And this would be the ego’s wish, which in its madness it believes it has accomplished (T-19.11.7).
… all He knows is One … He knows of one creation, one reality, one truth and but one Son. Nothing conflicts with oneness…. The truth is simple; it is one, without an opposite…. What is everything leaves room for nothing else (T- 26.111.1:2-4, 8, 12).
You can violate God’s laws in your imagination, but you cannot escape from them. They were established for your protection and are as inviolate as your safety (T-10.in.1:5-6).
You have not attacked God and you do love Him. Can you change your reality? No one can will to destroy himself … What you think you are can be very hateful, and what this strange image makes you do can be very destructive. Yet the destruction is no more real than the image, although those who make idols do worship them. The idols are nothing, but their worshippers are the Sons of God in sickness (T-10.III.1:1-3, 6-8).
In your own mind, though denied by the ego, is the declaration of your release. God has given you everything. This one fact means the ego does not exist, and this makes it profoundly afraid. In the ego’s language, “to have” and “to be” are different, but they are identical to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows that you both have everything and are everything. Any distinction in this respect is meaningful only when the idea of “getting,” which implies a lack, has already been accepted. That is why we make no distinction between having the Kingdom of God and being the Kingdom of God (1-4.111.9).
The Thought God holds of you is perfectly unchanged by your forgetting. It will always be exactly as it was before the time when you forgot, and will be just the same when you remember. And it is the same within the interval when you forgot (T-30.III.7:6-8).
As God created us so will we be forever and forever, and we wish for nothing but His Will to be our own. Illusions of another will are lost, for unity of purpose has been found (M-28.5:8-9).
Bringing the ego to God is but to bring error to truth, where it stands corrected because it is the opposite of what it meets. It is undone because the contradiction can no longer stand. How long can contradiction stand when its im- possible nature is clearly revealed? What disappears in light is not attacked. It merely vanishes because it is not true (T-14.IX.2:1-5).
Listen to the story of the prodigal son, and learn what God’s treasure is and yours: This son of a loving father left his home and thought he had squandered everything for nothing of any value, although he had not understood its worthlessness at the time. He was ashamed to return to his father, because he thought he had hurt him. Yet when he came home the father welcomed him with joy, because the son himself was his father’s treasure. He wanted nothing else (T-8.VI.4).
The images you make cannot prevail against what God Himself would have you be. Be never fearful of temptation, then, but see it as it is; another chance to choose again, and let Christ’s strength prevail in every circumstance and every place you raised an image of yourself before. For what appears to hide the face of Christ is powerless before His majesty, and disappears before His holy sight…. Not one illusion is accorded faith, and not one spot of darkness still remains to hide the face of Christ from anyone (T-31.VIII.4:1-3; 12:5).
When you are angry, is it not because someone has failed to fill the function you allotted him? And does not this become the “reason” your attack is justified? (T-29.IV.4:1-2)
This realization [that forgiveness heals unforgiveness] is the final goal of psychotherapy. How is it reached? The therapist sees in the patient all that he has not forgiven in himself, and is thus given another chance to look at it, open it to re-evaluation and forgive it. When this occurs, he sees his sins as gone into a past that is no longer here. Until he does this, he must think of evil as besetting him here and now. The patient is his screen for the projection of his sins, enabling him to let them go. Let him retain one spot of sin in what he looks upon, and his release is partial and will not be sure (P-2.VI.6).
Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world (T-21.in.1:7).
Health is inner peace (T-2.I.5:11).
Learning is impossible without memory since it must be consistent to be remembered. That is why the Holy Spirit’s teaching is a lesson in remembering. I said before that He teaches remembering and forgetting, but the forgetting is only to make the remembering consistent. You forget in order to remember better (T- 7.II.6:2-5).