Miracle Principle 24
Principle 24: Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own nightmare and does not exist. Only the creations of light are real. (T-1.I.24)
Read: “HOW ARE HEALING AND ATONEMENT RELATED?” (M-22.all)
Healing and Atonement are not related; they are identical. Atonement is the Word of God. Accept His Word and what remains to make sickness possible? Accept His Word and every miracle has been accomplished. To forgive is to heal. The teacher of God has taken accepting the Atonement (undoing of error) for himself as his only function. What is there, then, he cannot heal? What miracle can be withheld from him? (M-22.1:1,6-11)
The idea that a body can be sick is a central concept in the ego’s thought system. If the body could be sick, Atonement would then be impossible. Since your only function is to accept the Atonement for yourself (which precludes the idea of sickness), then the ego’s counter would therefore be, of course, sickness. This would put the body in charge of the mind and thus appear to take the place of the Holy Spirit and God and prove that salvation is impossible. Then the only way the mind could be returned to the Holy Spirit is if the body is killed. And who would want salvation at such a price? And yet does the body not appear to get sick? Does the body not appear to die? Therefore, many of God’s children are accepting the ego’s version of salvation already. Let you not be among them. (M-22.3:all)
Certainly sickness does not appear to be a decision. Nor would anyone actually believe he wants to be sick. Perhaps he can accept the idea in theory but it is rarely if ever consistently applied to all specific forms of sickness, both of body and of mind, in the individual’s perception of himself and of all others as well. Nor is it at this level (body or mind) that the teacher of God (TOG) calls forth the miracle of healing. (M-22.4:1-4-6,8)
He overlooks the mind and body, seeing only the face of Christ shining in front of him, correcting all mistakes and healing all perception all at once. Healing is the result of the recognition, by God’s teacher, of who is in need of healing. This is about a creation of God. (M-22.4:5,6,8)
When a teacher of God fails to heal, it is because he has forgotten Who he is. In allowing this to happen, he has identified with another’s ego, and has thus confused him with a body. In so doing, he has refused to accept the Atonement for himself, and can hardly offer it to his brother in Christ’s Name. He will, in fact, be unable to recognize his “brother” at all, for his Father did not create bodies. He is seeing in his brother, then, only what is unreal. Mistakes do not correct mistakes, and distorted perception does not heal. It is time to step back and turn quickly to the Holy Spirit and let yourself be healed. THEN you can help your brother. (M-22.5:all)
That forgiveness is healing needs to be understood if the teacher of God is to make progress. The offer of Atonement is universal. It is equally applicable to all individuals in all circumstances. And in it is the power to heal all individuals of all forms of sickness. Not to believe this is to be unfair to God, and thus unfaithful to him. A sick person perceives himself as separate from God. Would you see him as separate from you? It is your task as a Miracle Worker to heal the sense of separation that has made him sick. It is your function to recognize for him that what he believes about himself is not the truth. It is your forgiveness that must show him this. Healing is very simple. Atonement is received and offered – and it must be accepted. (M-22.6:1-12)
Who can limit the power of God Himself? Who, then, can say which one can be healed of what, and what must remain beyond God’s power to forgive? It is not up to God’s teachers to set limits upon Him, because it is not up to them to judge his Son. As he withdraws his judgment from the Son of God, accepting him as God created him, herein does he receive Atonement. Now he can say with God, “This is my beloved Son, created perfect and forever so.” (M-22.7)
Read: “HOW IS HEALING ACCOMPLISHED?” (M-5.all)
Healing involves an understanding of what the illusion of sickness is for and is impossible without this. (M-5.in) Sickness is a misunderstanding of what is real and what is not.
Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees value in pain. It is an election, a decision. It is the choice of weakness to choose suffering in the mistaken conviction that it is strength. (M-5.I.1:1,4-5) Sickness acts as a subconscious “escape” or “excuse” for not “pleasing” God. It is a self-punishment for unforgiveness and errors, instead of seeking correction or Atonement for them, or simply realizing they are not real.
Healing must occur in exact proportion to which the valuelessness of sickness is recognized. One need but say, “There is no gain at all to me in this” and he is healed. But to say this, one first must recognize certain facts. First, it is obvious that decisions are of the mind, not the body. If sickness is but a faulty problem-solving approach, it is a decision. Therefore, it is the mind and not the body that makes it. The resistance to recognizing this is enormous, because the existence of the world as you perceive it depends on the body being the decision maker. Terms like “instincts,” reflexes” and the like represent attempts to endow the body with non-mental motivators. Actually, such terms merely state or describe the problem, they do not answer it. (M-5.II.1:1-10)
The acceptance of sickness as a decision of the mind, for a purpose for which it would use the body, is the basis of healing -- in all forms. A patient decides that this is so, and he recovers. If he decides against recovery, he will not be healed. Who is the physician? Only the mind of the patient himself. The outcome is what he decides that it is. Special agents seem to be ministering to him, yet they but give form to his own choice. He chooses them in order to bring tangible form to his desires, and it is this they do, and nothing else. They are not actually needed at all. The patient could merely rise up without their aid and say, “I have no use for this.” There is no form of sickness that would not be cured at once. (M-5.II.2:1-13)
What is the single requisite for this shift in perception? It is simply this: the recognition that sickness is of the mind and has nothing to do with the body. What does this recognition “cost”? It costs the whole world you see, for the world will never again appear to rule the mind. For with this recognition is responsibility placed where it belongs, not with the world, but on him who looks on the world and sees it as it is not. He looks on what he chooses to see. No more and no less. The world does nothing to him. He only thought it did. Nor does he do anything to the world because he was mistaken about what it is. Herein is the release from guilt and sickness both, for they are one. Yet to accept this release, the insignificance of the body must be an acceptable idea. (M-5.II.3:1-12)
With this idea pain is forever gone. But with this idea goes also all confusion about creation. Place cause and effect in their true sequence in one respect, and the learning will generalize and transform the world. The transfer value of one true idea has no end or limit. The final outcome of this lesson is the remembrance that only GOD IS!