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Chapter 11: God or the Ego

Section II: The Invitation to Healing

Read ACIM Chapter 11, Section II (pages 197-198)

What is included in the decision to heal?

Since sickness is separation, the decision to heal must be the decision to accept our oneness with all. This means we accept our oneness with our Source and with all Its creations — our brothers. Acceptance of oneness means we are not judging against it. Thus the decision to heal is the decision to forgive, to let go of all judgment. The willingness to relinquish judgment opens our minds to the recognition that Love gave all of Itself to us so that we not only have all Love, we are all Love.

Forgiveness, letting go of the wish to be separate, unites having and being in our awareness so that we return to the full knowing of our Self as Love created It. This is perfect understanding of What we are in truth. When we know our Self, we know our purpose and our will. Our only desire is to extend Love for That is what we are.

Our willingness to see only wholeness instead of separation is the same as our willingness to allow our sick minds to be healed by the Holy Spirit. “And this willingness opens your ears to the Voice of the Holy Spirit, Whose message is wholeness.” (4:2) As we practice inviting the Holy Spirit in to heal our minds each day, we become more relaxed. We learn to trust in the Holy Spirit’s perspective and not the ego’s.

What does the Holy Spirit enable you to do?

The Holy Spirit will bring our minds to wholeness if we will let Him. “He will enable you to go far beyond the healing you would undertake, for beside your small willingness to make whole he will lay His Own complete Will and make yours whole. What can the Son of God not accomplish with the Fatherhood of God in Him? And yet the invitation must come from you, for you have surely learned that whom you invite as your guest will abide with you.” (4:3-5, italics added)

How do we invite the Holy Spirit in?

We invite the Holy Spirit through the practice of forgiveness. We practice forgiveness by taking each thought of judgment or conflict to Him and opening our minds to His correction of our perception. Our function in this world is to forgive, which is the reflection of Love in the world. It heals our perceived separation from our brothers.

When God gave us all of Himself, He gave us His function. That is why our only function is to extend Love as He does. Because extending Love is our will, it is only this that will bring us true happiness. Workbook Lesson 66 says that our function and happiness are one. Because forgiveness is the reflection of Love in this world, it is forgiveness that brings us happiness here. Forgiveness releases us from the limitations of the ego and sets us free. Through forgiveness we recognize that our only Home is in God. Through forgiveness we welcome Reality and know the Comfortor of God is in us. “Real freedom depends on welcoming reality, and of your guests only the Holy Spirit is real.” (7:7) Welcoming Reality is the invitation to healing. As we heal, we welcome the truth and give the truth.

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How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles

Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:

T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6

The above numbering system of the Second & Third Editions is © Copyright 1992, The Foundation for A Course in Miracles.

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