“There is no place where you can suffer and no time that can bring change to your eternal state. How can a world of time and place exist if you remain as God created you?” …ACIM
My posts may deviate from the main theme now and then, but that notwithstanding, they remain repetitive in truth. They often repeat the idea that everything in this so-called life is a choice. One of the most important choices that each one of us must make is this: We must choose whether we’re Spiritual Beings created by God, or physical beings that sprang from an accident of nature.
There’s no such thing as not making this choice, for whether we realize it, or not, it has already been made. As The Course tells us: “You see the flesh or recognize the Spirit. There is no compromise between the two.” In most instances that decision is made unconsciously, and therefore most people see the flesh. But if we’re ever to rise above this world of sickness and suffering, we must choose again, and make a conscious choice to recognize the Spirit.
Those who see only the flesh, and therefore, have accepted the erroneous belief that they’re no more than physical beings, will view my opening quote as ridiculous. They’ll probably scoff and say it’s silly. But for those who recognize the Spirit it will be much easier to understand. Making the decision to recognize the Spirit does not usually bring immediate results. But it does open a pathway to a change of mind, which will eventually allow the light of understanding to shine through.
You Remain as God Created You
If the above statement is true – and we can rest assured that it is – then all the changing physical world we see around us cannot be true. For we cannot remain as God created us, and change at the same time. Either one of these states must render the other one false, for they are opposites. As The Course asks, How can a world of time and place exist if you remain as God created you?
I think that most of us can accept the idea that God did not create anything to suffer or be sick. So the question is, why does there seem to be so much sickness and suffering in the world? There can be just one answer to that, and it can only be this: God did not create the world we see. This is an illusionary world made up of dreams by our own minds. As The Course puts it: “Perception selects and makes the world you see. It literally picks it out as the mind directs… You are the dreamer of the world of dreams. No other cause it has, nor ever will.”
And right here, my friends, lies the importance of your choice as to what you believe about yourself; are you a physical being or a Spiritual Being? The importance of making the right choice in this cannot be overstated. For each belief is going to show you an entirely different perception of the world. How could it be otherwise if, as The Course says, Perception selects and makes the world you see. It simply stands to reason that if you perceive the world from an entirely physical point of view, you’re going to see a whole different world than you would if you perceive it from a Spiritual point of view.
“Perception is a choice and not a fact” …ACIM
Perception is a choice because it follows your choices and beliefs about yourself. As you allow your mind to become more enlightened concerning spiritual beliefs your perception becomes more enlightened. In other words, it’s your choice as to what kind of a world you want to see. You can begin by telling yourself you want to see a world filled with health and happiness, or you can continue on perceiving one filled with sickness and depression. It’s sad, but a fact, that most people seem to prefer the latter; but it need not be. The Course continues with this: “But on this choice depends far more than you may realize as yet. For on the voice you choose to hear and on the sights you choose to see, depends entirely your whole belief in what you are.”
“The body cannot heal because it cannot make itself sick. It needs no healing. …ACIM
I would venture to say that not many can accept this information. I mean, how many can believe that the body cannot heal? But this is a post about healing; about finding a path to it. And that path will never be found as long as we keep looking for it where it’s not. If we keep looking for something where it can never be found we’re never going to find it. Healing cannot take place in illusions, for illusions are not real.
As stated earlier, this is an illusionary world; a world made up of dreams. And dreams take place in the mind. Like everything else in this world, sickness is a dream – albeit a bad one – that takes place in the mind. What we see of it are only the symptoms of what’s going on in the mind projected outward. They are the effects not the cause, and healing can take place only at the cause, or if you prefer, the source. Concerning the body, The Course goes on to say, “Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it and the purpose which the mind would use it for“
The mind will react to whatever you allow into it. If you allow unforgiveness, hatred and fear into it, it will use the body as a witness to its condition by projecting these emotions onto it. And any body that is the receiver of such projections will react by manifesting symptoms of the sickness that’s in the mind. In other words, a seemingly sick body is no more than the outward appearance of an inner condition.
The Path to Healing is but a Change of Mind
The one and only place that healing can take place is where sickness originates, and sickness does not originate in the body. As The Course points out: The body cannot heal because it cannot make itself sick. Sickness originates in the mind ; in our thoughts and it’s maintained by our thoughts. Therefore, the only place that a path to healing can be found is in our thoughts. Every great spiritual teacher from the beginning of time has taught the concept that thoughts make our world as we perceive it. Even so, people still don’t seem to realize this truth. As The Course tells us: “Very few people appreciate the real power of the mind.”
The Course also tells us, “There is no order of difficulty among miracles. One is not harder or bigger than another. They are all the same.” Even though it’s entirely possible to heal instantaneously, for most people it doesn’t happen that way. For most it’s a slower process upon a path that leads away from fear and toward love. It requires a strong desire to let go of old thoughts, and allow thoughts that originate from a different Source to take their place. But if the desire is strong enough it can happen relatively quickly.
I’m going to close this post with some great advice from the American essayist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. He said: “A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
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As much as you can, keep thinking positive – you’ll find that life is better that way.