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Awakening to God’s Love in Everyone

Think what it means to help the Christ to heal! Can anything be holier than this? God thanks His healers, for He knows the Cause of healing is Himself, His Love, His Son, restored as His completion and returned to share with Him creation’s holy joy. Do not ask partial healing, nor accept an idol for rememberance of Him Whose Love has never changed and never will. You are as dear to Him as is the whole of His creation, for [His creation] lies in you as His eternal gift. What need have you for shifting dreams within a sorry world? Do not forget the gratitude of God. Do not forget the holy grace of prayer. Do not forget forgiveness of God’s Son. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.IV.3)

Think about the gratitude you feel when you extend Love to another and that Love is accepted and reflected back to you. You may say, “It warms my heart.” This feeling is but a tiny inkling of the gratitude God feels when we accept His Love by extending It.

Forgiveness removes the barriers to extending Love. God is grateful when we forgive, for attempts to limit Love have been removed. God is grateful when we join with His Love in prayer, for this is the holy communion of Love with Itself.

Forgiveness, prayer and gratitude are intertwined as we seek to awaken to the Love that we are. For they all work together to remove the barriers to Love’s presence. They lead to our acceptance of God’s gift of Himself. They awaken us to Love.

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Peace Prevails in Christ’s Vision

As witness to forgiveness, aid to prayer, and the effect of mercy truly taught, healing is blessing. And the world responds in quickened chorus through the voice of prayer. Forgiveness shines its merciful reprieve upon each blade of grass and feathered wing and all the living things upon the earth. Fear has no haven here, for love has come in all its holy oneness. Time remains only to let the last embrace of prayer rest on the earth an instant, as the world is shined away. This instant is the goal of all true healers, whom the Christ has taught to see His likeness and to teach like Him. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.IV.2)

A true healer sees with Christ’s vision, which sees only the reality of Love’s innocence. While the body sees separate images, the mind of a true healer overlooks the forms and gives its full attention to the recognition of Love’s innocence everywhere. This clear vision comes through true forgiveness. The mind of a true healer no longer perceives a need to defend a limited identity nor sees any justification to judge against anyone or anything. This is the goal of the practice of true forgiveness.

Each time we accept Christ’s teaching that only Love is real and guilt is never justified, we give a gift to ourself and the world. Forgiveness clears the way for Love’s blessing to extend. It lets Love be Itself without limit. As we let go of the layers of the belief in separation, the Love from the Truth in us flows more freely, with kindness, compassion and helpfulness. The ego’s dedication to division is replaced by Christ’s unifying vision that joins with the truth of Love everywhere. In this vision, peace prevails, for there is no conflict in what is one.

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Returning Home to Love

How holy are the healed! For in their sight their brothers share their healing and their love. Bringers of peace,— the Holy Spirit’s voice, through whom He speaks for God, Whose Voice He is,— such are God’s healers. They but speak for Him and never for themselves. They have no gifts but those they have from God. And these they share because they know that this is what He wills. They are not special. They are holy. They have chosen holiness, and given up all separate dreams of special attributes through which they can bestow unequal gifts on those less fortunate. Their healing has restored their wholeness so they can forgive, and join the song of prayer in which the healed sing of their union and their thanks to God. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.IV.1)

Our holiness is established by our unity with God. Being one with God, we share all of His attributes — His Love, His joy and His peace.

The choice to identify with the ego thought system of separation denies our unity with our Source. The effect of this choice is to perceive God’s Will as a threat to our will. We cannot maintain our special separate identity and remain aware of our unbreakable unity with Love’s oneness. It is this choice of separation that must be forgiven for us to remember that we are God’s Love.

Forgiveness in the world appears to take many forms, as guided by Spirit. This is because true forgiveness is a form in the dream of separation. It is a form that leads to awakening from the dream because it lets go of the misperceptions that see forms of separation as real. We need God’s Voice to guide is in true forgiveness. The Holy Spirit is not deceived by our mistaken belief in separation so He is able to teach us to recognize the falsity of this belief.

When we have fully accepted true forgiveness, we recognize that only the oneness of Love is real. The belief in separation is fully let go. Now we welcome our unity in God’s Love. We dwell in joy as we freely extend Love and feel Love’s blessing. Now forgiveness is complete. We have returned Home to Love.

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Bringing Healing to the World

Is there a role for healing, then, that one can use to offer help for someone else? In arrogance the answer must be “no.” But in humility there is indeed a place for helpers. It is like the role that helps in prayer, and lets forgiveness be what it is meant to be. You do not make yourself the bearer of the special gift that brings the healing. You but recognize your oneness with the one who calls for help. For in this oneness is his separate sense dispelled, and it is this that made him sick. There is no point in giving remedy apart from where the source of sickness is, for never thus can it be truly healed.

Healers there are, for they are Sons of God who recognize their Source, and understand that all their Source creates is one with them. This is the remedy that brings relief which cannot fail. It will remain to bless for all eternity. It heals no part, but wholly and forever. Now the cause of every malady has been revealed exactly as it is. And in that place is written now the holy Word of God. Sickness and separation must be healed by love and union. Nothing else can heal as God established healing. Without Him there is no healing, for there is no love.

God’s Voice alone can tell you how to heal. Listen, and you will never fail to bring His kindly remedy to those He sends to you, to let Him heal them, and to bless all those who serve with Him in healing’s name. The body’s healing will occur because its cause has gone. And now without a cause, it cannot come again in different form. Nor will death any more be feared because it has been understood. There is no fear in one who has been truly healed, for love has entered now where idols used to stand, and fear has given way at last to God. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.III.4-6; italics added)

Sickness and suffering are the effect of believing in being separate from Love’s oneness. The antidote is the acceptance of the truth of What we are — Love and nothing else. Love’s oneness dispels the ego and all its effects from belief in separation. As we accept the truth of Love’s oneness within us as our Identity we become Love’s messengers. Love sees sickness, fear, anger and guilt as calls for Love and answers those calls with Love. That is how we bring healing to our brothers and ourselves. Love always joins with Love, for it sees no differences.

While we perceive ourselves in the world of bodies and differences, our role is to open our minds to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. He will teach us how to look at everything in the world with the eyes of Love. He will teach us the forms that will be truly helpful in bringing Love to the world. These forms may be only in thoughts in our minds or they may involve external actions or words shared with those who can be helped by the words. It is not our function to decide on our own what to do or say. It is our function to open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance and follow His lead. This is how we bring healing to the world.

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The Key to True and Lasting Healing

False healing heals the body in a part, but never as a whole. Its separate goals become quite clear in this, for it has not removed the curse of sin that lies on it. Therefore it still deceives. Nor is it made by one who understands the other is exactly like himself. For it is [understanding the other is exactly like himself} that makes true healing possible. When false, there is some power that another has, not equally bestowed on both as one. Here is the separation shown. And here the meaning of true healing has been lost, and idols have arisen to obscure the unity that is the Son of God.

Healing-to-separate may seem to be a strange idea. And yet it can be said of any form of healing that is based on inequality of any kind. These forms may heal the body, and indeed are generally limited to this. Someone knows better, has been better trained, or is perhaps more talented and wise. Therefore, he can give healing to the one who stands beneath him in his patronage. The healing of the body can be done by this because, in dreams, equality cannot be permanent. The shifts and change are what the dream is made of. To be healed appears to be to find a wiser one who, by his arts and learning, will succeed.

Someone knows better; this the magic phrase by which the body seems to be the aim of healing as the world conceives of it. And to this wiser one another goes to profit by his learning and his skill; to find in him the remedy for pain. How can that be? True healing cannot come from inequality assumed and then accepted as the truth, and used to help restore the wounded and to calm the mind that suffers from the agony of doubt. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.III.1-3)

All of God’s Creation is exactly like Himself. All that is real is Love and shares all of Its attributes. There can be no differences in the oneness of Love. The understanding that this is true is the basis for true healing. The one who needs healing believes he is different and separate from Love. His call for healing can only be truly answered by one who does not see him as different. He sees past the false image to the reality of Love that his brother is.

In the world there are many “healing” modalities that can seem to alleviate pain and suffering. But the modality alone can only offer a temporary fix. Yet used by one who

recognizes his unity with the Love that is his brother

, the modality may help facilitate the process that leads to his brother’s acceptance that he is Love and nothing else. It is only this that brings true and lasting healing.

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Freeing Ourselves from Belief in Death

Now [true healing’s] forgiveness comes to heal the world and it is ready to depart in peace, the journey over and the lessons learned.

This is not death according to the world, for death is cruel in its frightened eyes and takes the form of punishment for sin. How could it be a blessing, then? And how could it be welcome when it must be feared? What healing has occurred in such a view of what is merely opening the gate to higher prayer and kindly justice done? Death is reward and not a punishment. But such a viewpoint must be fostered by the healing that the world cannot conceive. There is no partial healing. What but shifts illusions has done nothing. What is false cannot be partly true. If you are healed your healing is complete. Forgiveness is the only gift you give and would receive.

False healing rests upon the body’s cure, leaving the cause of illness still unchanged, ready to strike again until it brings a cruel death in seeming victory. It can be held at bay a little while, and there can be brief respite as it waits to take its vengeance on the Son of God. Yet [death] cannot be overcome until all faith in it has been laid by, and placed upon God’s substitute for evil dreams; a world in which there is no veil of sin to keep it dark and comfortless. At last the gate of Heaven opens and God’s Son is free to enter in the home that stands ready to welcome him, and was prepared before time was and still but waits for him. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.II.4:4-6:4)

The lessons we need to learn to free ourselves from death are to recognize truth from illusion. The Course begins by telling us that only Love is real. This is the measure of Truth. The ego belief in separation began with the wish for specialness, to have something we can keep for ourselves alone. This wish denies the oneness of God’s Love. Differences cannot exist in what is one. Having bought into the ego’s thought system of separation, we have taught ourselves to believe that illusions are real and that the reality of God’s Love is untrue.

The lessons we have learned from the ego do not teach us to distinguish truth from illusion. At best they offer veiled substitutes still within the illusion of separation. To free ourselves from this dream world, we need to turn to the Teacher within for His lessons that show us the truth of Love’s Oneness. These lessons teach us that we remain Love as Love created us. They teach us to overlook the images of the world by recognizing they are illusions and have no meaning of their own.

The daily practice of choosing the Holy Spirit as our Guide opens our mind to His healing lessons. This is what frees us from fear of death and welcomes true healing. The end result of this practice is our return to the Heaven of God’s changeless Love.

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Our Journey to True Forgiveness and Healing

This is what death should be; a quiet choice, made joyfully and with a sense of peace, because the body has been kindly used to help the Son of God along the way he goes to God.

We call it death, but it is liberty. It does not come in forms that seem to be thrust down in pain upon unwilling flesh, but as a gentle welcome to release. If there has been true healing, this can be the form in which death comes when it is time to rest a while from labor gladly done and gladly ended. Now we go in peace to freer air and gentler climate, where it is not hard to see the gifts we gave were saved for us. For Christ is clearer now; His vision more sustained in us; His Voice, the Word of God, more certainly our own.

This gentle passage to a higher prayer, a kind forgiveness of the ways of earth, can only be received with thankfulness. Yet first true healing must have come to bless the mind with loving pardon for the sins it dreamed about and laid upon the world. Now are its dreams dispelled in quiet rest. Now its forgiveness comes to heal the world and it is ready to depart in peace, the journey over and the lessons learned. (A Course in Miracles, S-3.II.2:1;3-4)

True healing comes when we have let go of all our barriers to Love. We no longer identify with the ego belief in separation. Until this forgiveness is complete, we still have lessons to learn. We still have barriers to Love’s presence in our mind.

The world we experience through a body is a mirror, a feedback mechanism that reflects back to us what we believe we are. While we believe we are separate from Love, we perceive images of separation as real. To undo this perception, we need the help of the Holy Spirit, Who is not deceived by this misperception. He knows that only Love is real while recognizing our belief in separation. Thus He is a bridge between changeless Love and our split mind that does not know what Love is.

The Holy Spirit is given us to teach us to discern truth from illusion. As we accept the Holy Spirit’s help to see past our misperceptions, the world becomes less threatening. We give less and less credence to our perceptions and welcome Christ’s vision to overlook them and see Love’s changeless presence. This is our journey to true forgiveness and true healing.

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