have repeatedly stated that beliefs of the ego cannot
be shared, and this is why they are unreal. How, then,
can “uncovering” them make them real? Every
healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed
because he does not know where to look for truth, and
therefore does not have the answer to the problem of healing.
There is an advantage to bringing nightmares into awareness,
but only to teach that they are not real, and that anything
they contain is meaningless.
unhealed healer cannot do this because he does not believe
unhealed healers follow the ego’s plan for forgiveness
in one form or another.
they are theologians, they are likely to condemn themselves,
teach condemnation, and advocate a very fearful solution.
Projecting condemnation onto God, they make Him appear
retaliative and fear His retribution. What they have done
is merely to identify with the ego, and by perceiving
clearly what it does, condemn themselves because of this
profound confusion. It is understandable that there was
been a revolt against this concept, but to revolt against
it is still to believe in it. The form of the revolt,
different, but not the content.
The newer forms of the ego’s plan are as unhelpful
as the older ones, because form does not matter to the
Holy Spirit, and therefore does not matter at all. According
to the newer forms of the ego’s plan, the therapist
interprets the ego’s symbols in the nightmare, and
then uses them to prove that the nightmare is real. Having
made it real, he then attempts to dispel its effects by
depreciating the importance of the dreamer. This would
be a healing approach if the dreamer were properly identified
as unreal. Yet if the dreamer is equated with the mind
(real Identity) the mind’s corrective power through
the Holy Spirit is denied.
is noteworthy that this is a contradiction even in the
ego’s terms, and one which it usually does note,
even in its confusion. If the way to counteract fear is
to reduce the importance of the fearer, how can this build
ego strength? These perfectly self-evident inconsistencies
account for why, except in certain stylized verbal accounts,
no one can explain what happens in psychotherapy. Nothing
real does. Nothing real has happened to the unhealed healer,
and he learns from his own teaching.
His ego is involved, it always attempts to gain some support
from the situation. Seeking to get something for himself
the unhealed healer does not know how to give, and consequently
cannot share. He cannot correct because he is not working
correctively. He believes that it is up to him to teach
the patient what is real, but he does not know it himself.
What, then, should happen?
When God said, “Let there be light” Genesis
1:3 there was light. Can you find light by
analyzing darkness as the psychotherapist does, or like
the theologian by acknowledging darkness in yourself and
looking for a distant light to remove it while emphasizing
Healing is not mysterious. Nothing will occur unless you
understand it since light is understanding. A “miserable
sinner” cannot be healed without magic, nor can
an “unimportant mind” esteem itself without
magic. Both forms of the ego’s approach, then, must
arrive at an impasse, the characteristic “impossible
situation” to which the ego always leads. It can
be helpful to point out to a patient where he is heading,
but the point is lost unless he can change his direction.
The therapist cannot do this for him, but he also cannot
do this for himself.
only meaningful contribution the therapist can make is
to present an example of one whose direction has been
changed for him, and who no longer believes in nightmares
of any kind. The light in his mind will therefore answer
the questioner, who must decide with God that there is
light because he sees it. And by his acknowledgment the
therapist knows it is there.
is how perception ultimately is translated into knowledge.
The miracle worker begins by perceiving light, and translates
hid perception into sureness by continually extending
it and accepting its acknowledgment. Its effects assure
him it is there.
therapist does not heal; he lets healing be. He can point
to darkness, but he cannot bring light of himself, for
light is not of him. Yet, being for him, it must also
be for his patient.
Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing perfectly
clear in any situation in which he is the Guide. The human
therapist can only let Him fulfill His function. He needs
no help for this. He will tell you exactly what to do
to help anyone He sends to you for help, and will speak
to him through you, if you do not interfere. Remember
that you are choosing a guide for helping, and the wrong
choice will not help. But remember also that the right
one will. Trust Him, for help is His function, and He
is of God.
As you awaken other minds to the Holy Spirit through Him,
and not yourself, you will understand that you are not
obeying the laws of this world, but that the laws you
are obeying work. “The good is what works”
is a sound though insufficient statement. Only the good
can work. Nothing else works at all.
course is a guide to behavior. Being a very direct and
very simple learning situation, it provides the Guide
Who tells you what to do. If you do it, you will see that
it works. Its results are more convincing than its words.
They will convince you that the words are true. By following
the right Guide you will learn the simplest of all lessons,
“By their fruits ye shall know them,
and they shall know themselves.”