A Course in Miracles

Chapter 27 - The Healing of the Dream

The Healing Example


The only way to heal is to be healed. The miracle extends without your help, but you are needed that it can begin.

Accept the miracle of healing, and it will go forth because of what it is. It is its nature to extend itself the instant it is born. And it is born the instant it is offered and received.

No one can ask another to be healed. But he can let himself be healed, and thus offer the other what he has received.

Who can bestow upon another what he does not have? And who can share what he denies himself?

The Holy Spirit speaks to you. He does not speak to someone else. Yet by your listening, His Voice extends because you have accepted what He says.


Health is the witness unto health. As long as it is unattested, it remains without conviction.

Only when demonstrated has it been proved, and must compel belief.

No one is healed through double messages. If you wish only to be healed, you heal. Your single purpose makes this possible. But if you are afraid of healing, then it cannot come through you.

The only thing that is required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed, and cannot heal.

This does not mean the conflict must be gone forever from your mind. For if it were, there were no need for healing then.


But it does mean, if only for an instant, you love without attack. An instant is sufficient. Miracles wait not on time.

The holy instant is the miracle’s abiding-place. From there, each one is born into this world as witness to a state of mind which has transcended conflict, and has reached to peace.

It carries comfort from the place of peace into the battle-ground, and demonstrates that war has no effects.

For all the hurt that war has sought to bring...

the broken bodies and
the shattered limbs,
the screaming dying and
the silent dead,

are gently lifted up and comforted.



As the prerequisite for knowledge, peace must be learned. This is only because those who are in conflict are not peaceful, and peace is the condition of knowledge, because it is the condition of the Kingdom. Chap 8 Journey Back Introduction


A theoretical foundation
such as the text is necessary as a background to make these exercises
meaningful. Yet it is the exercises which will make the goal possible. An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. ACIM Workbook Introduction





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