Today’s lesson is nothing like you have ever heard in this world. It is the first time you are shown that sickness is not something that comes to you unsought, but that it is a decision that you make and, in fact, a defense.
Sickness is not an accident. Like all defenses, 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.
If you can read today’s lesson simply as it is, without feeling attacked or blamed, you are actually gently shown the truth of the matter. You use sickness as a weapon to throw yourself off the truth. It is an active decision to not look at the truth, to hide it, change it and fragment it. You may not agree with this statement, but with the slightest open mind you may decide to keep reading. Simply out of curiosity.
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 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.
Once you read this truth, and look at it honestly, you may come to the simple conclusion that you don’t want to do what you are doing anymore. You may not agree that you are doing this to yourself, but you may decide that you don’t like what you are feeling, and that you want something different. And so you keep reading.
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 to death. 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.
What I love about A Course In Miracles is how reasonable it is. That even though you may not fully understand what it says, you somewhere recognize the truth of it. And from there you simply ask to be shown.
Sickness is a defense against the truth.
I will accept the truth of what I am,
and let my mind be wholly healed today.
This simple statement is an invitation for healing. Notice that it doesn’t ask you to define your sickness, to address any symptoms. You are only asked to make a whole statement about the truth of your Self, and you let God take the last step. You let your mind be healed, it is not of your own doing. All that is required of you is to invite healing and at that moment there is a shift in your awareness.
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.
Now vigilance is required, just for a moment.
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 to come, 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.
The tools for your awakening have been given you, they are on this page. It is possible for you to have no feeling of your body at all, not of being sick or well, of pain or pleasure. It is simply a tool, something for you to use to give the message of awakening away. When you use the body for that purpose, it is instantly healed. That’s how simple salvation is.
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