Course in Miracles
5 - Healing and Wholeness
To heal is to make
I have told you before
to think how many opportunities you have to gladden yourselves and
how many you have refused. This is exactly the same as telling you
that you have refused to heal yourselves. The light that belongs
to you is the light of joy. Radiance is not associated with sorrow.
Depression is often contagious but, although it may affect those
who come in contact with it, they do not yield to the influence
whole-heartedly. But joy calls forth an integrated willingness to
share in it and thus promotes the mind's natural impulse to respond
Those who attempt
to heal without being wholly joyous themselves call forth different
kinds of responses at the same time and thus deprive others of the
joy of responding whole-heartedly. To be whole-hearted, you must
be happy. If fear and love cannot coexist and if it is impossible
to be wholly fearful and remain alive, then the only possible whole
state is that of love. There is no difference between love and joy.
Therefore, the only possible whole state is the wholly joyous. To
heal or to make joyous is therefore the same as to integrate and
to make one. That is why it makes no difference to what part or
by what part of the Sonship the healing is done. Every part benefits
and benefits equally.
You are being blessed
by every beneficent thought of any of your brothers anywhere. You
should want to bless them in return out of gratitude. You do not
have to know them individually or they you. The light is so strong
that it radiates throughout the Sonship and returns thanks to the
Father for radiating His joy upon it. Only God's holy Children are
worthy to be channels of His beautiful joy because only they are
beautiful enough to hold it by sharing it. It is impossible for
a Child of God to love his neighbor except as himself. That is why
the healer's prayer is:
Let me know this brother
as I know myself.
Healing is an act
of thought by which two minds perceive their oneness and become
glad. This gladness calls to every part of the Sonship to rejoice
with them and lets God Himself go out into them and through them.
Only the healed mind can experience revelation with lasting effect
because revelation is an experience of pure joy. If you do not choose
to be wholly joyous, your mind cannot have what it does not choose
to be. Remember that the Soul knows no difference between "being"
and "having." The higher mind thinks according to the
laws which the Soul obeys and therefore honors only the laws of
God. To Him, getting is meaningless and giving is all. Having everything,
the Soul holds everything by giving it and thus creates as the Father
If you think about
it, you will see that, while this kind of thinking is totally alien
to having things, even to the lower mind it is quite comprehensible
in connection with ideas. If you share a physical possession, you
do divide its ownership. If you share an idea, however, you do not
lessen it. All of it is still yours, although all of it has been
given away. Further, if the person to whom you give it accepts it
as his, he reinforces it in your mind, and thus increases it. If
you can accept the concept that the world is one of ideas, the whole
belief in the false association which the ego makes between giving
and losing is gone.
Let us start our process
of reawakening with just a few simple concepts:
by being given away. The more who believe in them, the stronger
they become. Everything is an idea. How, then, is it possible
that giving and losing can be meaningfully associated?
This is the invitation
to the Holy Spirit. I told you that I could reach up and bring the
Holy Spirit down to you, but I can bring Him to you only at your
own invitation. The Holy Spirit is nothing more than your own right
mind. He was also mine.
The Bible says,
"May the mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus,"
and uses this as a blessing. It is the blessing of miracle-mindedness.
It asks that you may think as I thought, joining with me in
The Holy Spirit is
the only part of the Holy Trinity which is symbolic. He is referred
to in the Bible as the Healer, the Comforter, and the Guide. He
is also described as something "separate," apart from
the Father and from the Son. I myself said, "If I go I will
send you another comforter, and He will abide with you." The
Holy Spirit is a difficult concept to grasp precisely because it
is symbolic and therefore open to many different interpretations.
As a man and as one of God's creations, my right thinking, which
came from the Universal Inspiration which is the Holy Spirit, taught
me first and foremost that this Inspiration is for all. I could
not have It myself without knowing this.
The word "know"
is proper in this context because the Holy Inspiration is so close
to knowledge that it calls it forth; or better, allows it to come.
We have spoken before of the higher or the "true" perception,
which is so close to truth that God Himself can flow across the
little gap. Knowledge is always ready to flow everywhere, but it
cannot oppose. Therefore, you can obstruct it, although you can
never lose it.
The Holy Spirit
is the Christ Mind, which senses the knowledge that lies beyond
It came into being
with the separation as a protection, inspiring the beginning of
the Atonement at the same time. Before that, there was no need for
healing and no one was comfortless.