Course in Miracles
7 - Consistency of the Kingdom
& Changelessness of Mind
body is nothing more than a framework for developing abilities.
It is therefore a means for developing potentials, which is quite
apart from what the potential is used for. That is a decision. The
effects of the ego's decision in this matter are so apparent that
they need no elaboration here, but the Holy Spirit's decision to
use the body only for communication has such a direct connection
with healing that it does need clarification. The unhealed healer
obviously does not understand his own vocation.
ego cannot obliterate the impulse to communicate because it is also
the impulse to create, the ego can only teach you that the body
can both communicate and create and therefore does not need the
thus tries to teach you that the body can act like the mind and
is therefore self-sufficient. Yet we have learned that behavior
is not the level for either teaching or learning. This must be so,
since you can act in accordance with what you do not believe. To
do this, however, will weaken you as teachers and learners because,
as has been repeatedly emphasized, you teach what you do believe.
An inconsistent lesson will be poorly taught and poorly learned.
If you teach both sickness and healing, you are both a poor teacher
and a poor learner.
is the one ability which everyone can develop and must develop if
he is to be healed. Healing is the Holy Spirit's form of communication
and the only one He knows. He recognizes no other, because He does
not accept the ego's confusion of mind and body.
can communicate, but they cannot hurt.
in the service of the ego can hurt other bodies, but this cannot
occur unless the body has already been confused with the mind. This
fact, too, can be used either for healing or for magic, but you
must remember that magic is always the belief that healing is harmful.
This is its totally insane premise, and so it proceeds accordingly.
only strengthens. Magic always tries to weaken. Healing perceives
nothing in the healer that everyone else does not share with him.
Magic always sees something "special" in the healer which
he believes he can offer as a gift to someone who does not have
it. He may believe that the gift comes from God to Him, but it is
quite evident that he does not understand God if he thinks he has
something that others lack.
well ask, then, why some healing can result from this kind of thinking,
and there is a reason for this:
misguided the “magical healer” may be, he is also trying
is conflicted and unstable, but at times he is offering something
to the Sonship, and the only thing the Sonship can accept is healing.
so-called "healing" works, then, the impulse to help
and to be helped have coincided.
coincidental because the healer may not be experiencing himself
as truly helpful at the time, but the belief that he is, in the
mind of another, helps him.
Holy Spirit does not work by chance, and healing that is of Him
always works. Unless the healer always heals by Him, the results
will vary. Yet healing itself is consistence since only consistence
is conflict-free, and only the conflict-free are whole. By accepting
exceptions and acknowledging that he can sometimes heal and sometimes
not, the healer is obviously accepting inconsistency. He is therefore
in conflict and teaching conflict.
of God not be for all and for always?
is incapable of any exceptions. Only if there is fear does the idea
of exceptions seem to be meaningful. Exceptions are fearful because
they are made by fear. The "fearful healer" is a contradiction
in terms and is therefore a concept which only a conflicted mind
could possibly perceive as meaningful.
not gladden. Healing does.
makes exceptions. Healing never does.
dissociation because it induces separation. Healing always produces
harmony because it proceeds from integration.
is predictable because it can be counted on. Everything that is
of God can be counted on because everything of God is wholly real.
Healing can be counted on because it is inspired by His Voice and
is in accord with His laws. Yet if healing is consistence, it cannot
be inconsistently understood. Understanding means consistence because
God means consistence. Since that is His meaning, it is also yours.
Your meaning cannot be out of accord with His because your whole
meaning, and your only meaning, comes from His and is like His.
God cannot be out of accord with Himself, and you cannot be out
of accord with Him.
separate your self from your Creator, Who created you by sharing
His being with you.
unhealed healer wants gratitude from his brothers, but he is not
grateful to them. This is because he thinks he is giving something
to them and is not receiving something equally desirable in return.
His teaching is limited because he is learning so little. His healing
lesson is limited by his own ingratitude, which is a lesson in sickness.
is constant and so vital in its power for change that a Son of
God can recognize his power in one instant and change the world
in the next.
because by changing his mind he has changed the most powerful device
that was ever created for change.
in no way contradicts the changelessness of mind as God created
it, but you think that you have changed it as long as you learn
through the ego. This does place you in a position of needing to
learn a lesson which seems contradictory—
must learn to change your mind about your mind. Only by this can
you learn that it is changeless. When you heal that is exactly what
you are learning. You are recognizing the changeless mind in your
brother by realizing that he could not have changed his mind. That
is how you perceive the Holy Spirit in him. It is only the Holy
Spirit in him that never changes His mind. He himself must think
he can, or he would not perceive himself as sick. He therefore does
not know what his Self is.
you see only the changeless in him, you have not really changed
him at all. By changing your mind about his for him, you help him
undo the change his ego thinks it has made in him.
you can hear two voices, so you can see in two ways. One way shows
you an image, or better, an idol which you may worship out of fear
but which you will never love. The other shows you only truth, which
you will love because you will understand it. Understanding is appreciation
because what you understand you can identify with, and by making
it part of you, you have accepted it with love.
That is how God
Himself created you—in understanding, in appreciation, and
The ego is totally
unable to understand this, because it does not understand what it
makes; it does not appreciate it; and it does not love it. It incorporates
to take away. It literally believes that every time it deprives
someone of something, it has increased. We have spoken often of
the increase of the Kingdom by your creations, which can only be
created as you were. The whole glory and perfect joy that is the
Kingdom lies in you to give. Do you not want to give it?
forget the Father because I am with you, and I cannot forget Him.
To forget me is to forget yourself and Him Who created you.
are forgetful. That is why they need your remembrance of me and
Him who created me.
this remembrance, you can change their minds about themselves, as
I can change yours. Your minds are so powerful a light that you
can look into theirs and enlighten them, as I can enlighten yours.
I do not want to share my body in communion, because that is to
share nothing. [Would I try to share an illusion with the most holy
children of a most holy Father?] Yet I do want to share my mind
with you because we are of One Mind and that Mind is ours.
only this Mind everywhere because only this is everywhere and in
everything. It is everything because it encompasses all things within
itself. Blessed are you who perceive only this, because you perceive
only what is true. Come therefore unto me and learn of the truth
in you. The Mind we share is shared by all our brothers, and as
we see them truly, they will be healed. Let your mind shine with
mine upon their minds, and by our gratitude to them make them aware
of the light in them.
light will shine back upon you and on the whole Sonship because
this is your proper gift to God. He will accept it and give it to
the Sonship because it is acceptable to Him and therefore to His
Sons. This is the true communion of the Spirit, Who sees the altar
of God in everyone and, by bringing it to your appreciation, calls
upon you to love God and His creations. You can appreciate the Sonship
only as one. This is part of the Law of Creation and therefore governs