Course in Miracles
- Sickness is a defense against the truth.
No one can heal unless he understands what purpose
sickness seems to serve. For
then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning. Being causeless
and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it (sickness) cannot
be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic. It dispels this
meaningless illusion by the same approach that carries all of them
to truth, and merely leaves them there to disappear.
Sickness is not an accident.
Like all defenses
(against the truth of what you are), it is an insane device for
self-deception. And like all the rest, its purpose is to...
- hide reality,
- attack it,
- change it,
- render it inept,
- distort it,
- twist it, or
- reduce it to a little
pile of unassembled parts.
The aim of all defenses
is to keep the truth from being whole. The parts are seen as if
each one were whole within itself.
Defenses are not unintentional,
nor are they made without awareness. They are secret, magic wands
you wave when truth (of what you are) appears to threaten what you
would believe (you are). They seem to be unconscious, but because
of the rapidity with which you choose to use them. In that second,
even less, in which the choice is made, you recognize exactly what
you would attempt to do, and then proceed to think that it is done.
Who, but yourself,
evaluates a threat, decides escape is necessary, and sets up a series
of defenses to reduce the threat that has been judged as real? All
this cannot be done unconsciously. But afterwards, your plan requires
that you must forget you made it, so it seems to be external to
your own intent...
- a happening beyond your state
- an outcome with a real effect on
you, instead of one effected by yourself.
It is this quick forgetting
of the part you play in making your “reality” that makes
defenses seem to be beyond your own control. But what you have forgotten
can be remembered, given willingness to reconsider the decision
which is doubly shielded by oblivion. Your not remembering is but
the sign that this decision still remains in force, as far as your
desires are concerned.
Mistake not this for
fact. Defenses must make facts unrecognizable. They aim at doing
this, and this they seem to do. Every defense takes fragments of
the whole, assembles them without regard to all their true relationships,
and thus constructs illusions of a whole which is not there. It
is this process which imposes threat, and not whatever outcome may
When parts are wrested
from the whole, and seen as separate and wholes within themselves,
they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole, successful
in effect and never to be seen as whole again. And yet you have
forgotten that they stand but for your own decision of what should
be real, to take the place of what is real.
Sickness is a decision.
It is not a thing
that happens to you, quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings
you suffering. It is...
- a choice you make,
- a plan you lay,
when for an instant
truth (of what you are) arises in your own deluded mind, and all
your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are you sick,
that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more.
How do you think
that sickness can succeed in shielding you from truth?
Because it “proves”
the body is not separate from you, and so you must be separate
from the truth.
You suffer pain because
the body does, and in this pain are you made one with it. Thus is
your “true” identity (as a body) preserved, and the
strange, haunting thought that you might be something beyond this
little pile of dust silenced and stilled. For see, this dust can
make you suffer, twist your limbs and stop your heart, commanding
you to die and cease to be. Thus is the body stronger than the truth,
which asks you live, but cannot overcome your choice to die. And
- the body is more powerful than
- Heaven more frail than hell, and
- God's design for the salvation
of His Son opposed by a decision stronger than His Will.
His Son is dust, the
Father incomplete, and chaos sits in triumph on His throne.
Such is your planning
for your own defense. And you believe that Heaven quails before
such mad attacks as these, with God made blind by your illusions,
truth turned into lies, and all the universe made slave to laws
which your defenses would impose on it.
Yet who believes illusions
but the one who made them up? Who else can see them and react to
them as if they were the truth? God knows not of your plans to change
His Will. The universe remains unheeding of the laws by which you
thought to govern it. And Heaven has not bowed to hell, nor life
You can but choose
to think you die, or suffer sickness or distort the
truth in any way.
What is created is
apart from all of this. Defenses are plans to defeat what cannot
be attacked. What is unalterable cannot change. And what is wholly
sinless cannot sin. Such is the simple truth. It does not make appeal
to might nor triumph. It does not command obedience, nor seek to
prove how pitiful and futile your attempts to plan defenses that
would alter it.
Truth merely wants
to give you happiness, for such its purpose is.
Perhaps it sighs
a little when you throw away its gifts, and yet it knows, with perfect
certainty, that what God wills for you must be received.
It is this fact (what
God wills for you must be received) which demonstrates
that time is an illusion. For time lets you think what God has given
you is not the truth right now, as it must be. Thoughts of God are
quite apart from time. For time is but another meaningless defense
you made against the truth. Yet what God wills is here, and you
remian as He created you.
Truth has a power
far beyond defense, for no illusions can remain where truth has
been allowed to enter. And it comes to any mind that would lay down
its arms, and cease to play with folly. It is found at any time;
today, if you will choose to practice giving welcome to the truth.
This is our aim today.
And we will give a quarter of an hour twice to ask the truth to
come to us and set us free.
And truth will come,
for it has never been apart from us. It merely waits for just this
invitation which we give today.
We introduce it with a healing prayer to help us rise above defensiveness,
and let truth be as it has always been:
a defense against the truth.
I will accept
the truth of what I am, and let my mind be wholly healed today.
Healing will flash
across your open mind, as peace and truth arise to take the place
of war and vain imaginings. There will be no dark corners sickness
can conceal, and keep defended from the light of truth. There will
be no dim figures from your dreams, nor their obscure and meaningless
pursuits with double purposes insanely sought, remaining in your
mind. It will be healed of all the sickly wishes that it tried to
authorize the body to obey.
Now is the body healed, because the source of sickness has been
opened to relief. And you will recognize you practiced well by this...
The body should not
feel at all.
If you have been
successful, there will be no sense of feeling ill or feeling well,
of pain or pleasure. No response at all is in the mind to what the
Its usefulness remains
and nothing more.
Perhaps you do not
realize that this removes the limits you had placed upon the body
by the purposes you gave to it. As these are laid aside, the strength
the body has will always be enough to serve all truly useful purposes.
The body's health is fully guaranteed, because it is not limited...
- by time,
- by weather or fatigue,
- by food and drink, or
- any laws
you made it serve before.
You need do nothing
now to make it well, for sickness has become impossible.
Yet this protection needs to be preserved
by careful watching. If you let your mind...
- harbor attack thoughts,
- yield to judgment, or
- make plans against uncertainties
you have again misplaced
yourself and made a bodily identity which will attack the body,
for the mind is sick.
Give instant remedy,
should this occur, by not allowing your defensiveness to hurt you
longer. Do not be confused about what must be healed, but tell yourself:
I have forgotten
what I really am, for I mistook my body for myself. Sickness
is a defense against the truth. But I am not a body. And my
mind cannot attack. So I can not be sick.