Course in Miracles
137 - When I am healed I am not healed alone.
idea remains the central thought on which salvation rests, for healing
is the opposite of all the world's ideas which dwell...
on sickness and
Sickness is a retreat
from others, and a shutting off of joining. It becomes a door that
closes on a separate self, and keeps it isolated and alone.
Sickness is isolation.
For it seems to keep one self apart from all the rest, to suffer
what the others do not feel. It gives the body final power to...
- make the separation real, and
- keep the mind in solitary prison,
split apart and held in pieces by a solid wall of sickened flesh,
which it can not surmount.
The world obeys the
laws that sickness serves, but healing operates apart from them.
It is impossible that anyone be healed alone. In sickness must he
be apart and separate. But healing is his own decision to be one
again, and to accept his Self with all its parts intact and unassailed.
In sickness does his Self appear to be dismembered, and without
the unity that gives it life. But healing is accomplished as he
sees the body has no power to attack the universal Oneness of God's
Sickness would prove
that lies must be the truth. But healing demonstrates that truth
is true. The separation sickness would impose has never really happened.
To be healed is merely
to accept what always was the simple truth, and always will remain
exactly as it has forever been.
Yet eyes accustomed
to illusions must be shown that what they look upon is false. So
healing, never needed by the truth, must demonstrate that sickness
is not real.
Healing might thus
be called a counter-dream which cancels out the dream of sickness
in the name of truth, but not in truth itself.
Just as forgiveness
overlooks all sins that never were accomplished, healing but removes
illusions that have not occurred.
Just as the real
world will arise to take the place of what has never been at all,
healing but offers restitution for imagined states and false ideas
which dreams embroider into pictures of the truth.
Yet think not healing
is unworthy of your function here. For anti-Christ becomes more
powerful than Christ to those who dream the world is real. The body
seems to be more solid and more stable than the mind. And love becomes
a dream, while fear remains the one reality that can be seen and
justified and fully understood.
Just as forgiveness
shines away all sin, and the real world will occupy the place of
what you made, so healing must replace the fantasies of sickness
which you hold before the simple truth. When sickness has been seen
to disappear in spite of all the laws that hold it cannot but be
real, then questions have been answered. And the laws can be no
longer cherished nor obeyed.
freedom, for it demonstrates that dreams will not prevail
against the truth.
shared, and by this attribute, it proves that laws unlike
the ones which hold that sickness is inevitable are more potent
than their sickly opposites.
Healing is strength,
for by its gentle hand is weakness overcome, and minds which were
walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be
and the glad exchange of all the world of sorrow for a world where
sadness cannot enter, are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges
you to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach how easily salvation
can be yours; how little practice you need undertake to let His
laws replace the ones you made to hold yourself a prisoner to death.
His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks
in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.
And as you let yourself
be healed, you see all ...
- those around
- who cross your mind, or
- whom you touch or
- those who seem to have no contact
healed along with you.
Perhaps you will not
recognize them all, nor realize how great your offering to all the
world, when you let healing come to you.
But you are never
And legions upon legions
will receive the gift which you receive when you are healed. Those
who are healed become the instruments of healing. Nor does time
elapse between the instant they are healed, and all the grace of
healing it is given them to give. What is opposed to God does not
(really) exist, and who accepts it not within his mind becomes a
haven where the weary can remain to rest. For here is truth bestowed,
and here are all illusions brought to truth.
Would you not offer
shelter to God's Will? You but invite your Self to be at home, and
can this invitation be refused? Ask the inevitable to occur, and
you will never fail. The other choice is but to ask what cannot
be to be, and this can not succeed.
Today we ask that
only truth will occupy our minds; that thoughts of healing will
this day go forth from what is healed to what must yet be healed,
aware that they will both occur as one.
remember, as the hour strikes, our function is to let our minds
be healed, that we may carry healing to the world, exchanging...
- curse for blessing,
- pain for joy, and
- separation for the
peace of God.
Is not a minute of
the hour worth the giving to receive a gift like this? Is not a
little time a small expense to offer for the gift of everything?
must we be prepared for such a gift. And so we will begin the day
with this, and give ten minutes to these thoughts with which we
will conclude today at night as well:
I am healed I am not healed alone. And I would share my healing
with the world, that sickness may be banished from the mind of God's
one Son, Who is my only Self.”
be through you this very day. And as you rest in quiet, be prepared
to give as you receive, to hold but what you give, and to receive
the Word of God to take the place of all the foolish thoughts that
ever were imagined.
Now we come together
to make well all that was sick, and offer blessing where there was
attack. Nor will we let this function be forgot as every hour of
the day slips by, remembering our function with this thought:
I am healed I am not healed alone. And
I would bless my brothers, for I would be healed with them, as
they are healed with me.”