The Principles of Discovery

This entry is part 26 of 26 in the series Audios

The Principles of Discovery

Since most of us do not have any supernatural ability to discover truth what then are the tools available for the typical seeker who is seek

ing to discern truth from error? This  video series examines the principles of discovery that available to all of us.

Principles of Discovery, Class 1
Examining principles that will aid the seeker in finding and verifying truth.

Principles of Discovery, Class 2
The importance of admitting error and a willingness to change

Questions and Answers, Part 1

Principles of Discovery, Class 3
Staying in harmony with reason and common sense.

Principles of Discovery, Class 4
Discussing Principles 5, 6 & 7. Gathering Correct information, the process of elimination and using proven authorities.

Questions and Answers, Part 2 
Life after Death and More.

Questions and Answers, Part 3
Initiates from Lemuria and more

Principles of Discovery, Class 5
How emotions distort truth and how this problem can be corrected.

Principles of Discovery, Class 6
Are you open minded?

Principles of Discovery, Class 7
Applying teachings and asking questions to discover truth

Principles of Discovery, Class 8
Using the Law of Correspondences and understanding key numbers.

Principles of Discovery, Class 9
How Principles Can Lead to Truth

Principles of Discovery, Class 10
Finding truth where others refuse to look

Principles of Discovery, Class 11
Finding Truth by Focusing on Truth

Principles of Discovery, Class 12
Final Steps in Discovering Truth

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Decoding the Book of Revelation

This entry is part 25 of 26 in the series Audios

These video classes are based on JJ’s book The Unveiling, which reveals the key to  interpreting and understanding this very complex book.

Decoding the Book of Revelation, Part 1
The interpretation is different than you think

Decoding the Book of Revelation, Part 2
The meaning behind Christ and His Coming.

Decoding the Book of Revelation, Part 3
The beginning of the journey of the disciple as he discovers the Christ within

Decoding the Book of Revelation, Part 4
Breaking free from the outer voices of authority.

Decoding the Book of Revelation, Part 5
Keeping Spiritual Motivation After Gaining Spiritual Freedom

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From The East

From The East

The reader who is a follower of Sri Dava Prakasha continues his dialog with me. He says:

We know that there have been so-called “God-men”, that is to say, God-Realized beings, such as Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, etc. These have sometimes been termed “Avatars” by the Hindus, and the word “Avatar” means “Divine Incarnation”, which Dava appears to be claiming of himself without using the Sanskrit terminology.

JJ: Dava does not teach the theosophical doctrine of realizing God so your point is moot. He says, “Since you are completely other-than God, then, quite literally, you can never Realize God. Therefore, The Way of Freedom is not even about you Realizing God.”

Reader: Dava is an interesting teacher to me, not least because his very comprehensive Seven Foundational Principles of the Way of Freedom, given freely on the web, are almost impeccable (I have noticed a few points he makes that seem a bit..off, eg. “Paramahansa Yogananda was innocently deluded”).

JJ: At least he was right about Sai Baba and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He said: “The lives of Sathya Sai Baba and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh represent the height of intentional fraud.”

Reader: Certainly Dava’s is easily one of the most discerning teachings I have studied; he has a complete understanding of human psychology and the many thousand things that prevent mankind from moving closer to God and therefore Liberation.

What I really wanted to know from you, JJ, is whether you FEEL that he is indeed God-Realized, a holy Teacher able to open up the Way like, for example, Jesus and Buddha did? For if he is, then would it not be prudent for us to attempt – nay, fly – to his feet? After all, if Jesus were here today would we not – if we are in earnest about God and the Path – be naturally and spiritually impelled to do the same?

JJ: Most of his teachings leave me quite flat. For instance, he teaches there is no afterlife. When we die we are gone forever as the atheist believes. A truly inspired teacher will either present new principles or give new light on old ones. I cannot find any new principle or new light in his teachings. It is interesting that he presents his teachings in the name of seven principles, but instead of presenting principles he merely gives us data that is impossible for the mind to verify.

Let us go through them.

Principle One: Here he tells us that God is The Ultimate Reality.

Every religion teaches this as a piece of data and there is a principle behind it but Dava does not reveal it.

Principle Two: I Am Teaching True God, and The One Way of True Freedom: I Am That Which I Teach and Give.

Again, we have another piece of data. We have to take his word on the idea that he is that which he teaches just as we have to with Sai Baba.

Principle Three: Grace: The Gift God Makes of Himself Via Incarnation.

Again, he does not elaborate on any principle but gives us this piece of unverifiable data.

He tells us that God made creation purely for himself (it is “God’s show”) and not for us and that on very rare occasions he incarnates into it to reach a handful of followers. On this rare occasion he took over the body of a seeker who was previously named Nobileo. Nobileo no longer exists and is consigned to oblivion. In his place is God who is now present on the earth in his body with an apparent new name of Sri Dava Prakasha. Dava, as the God of the universe, teaches the one and only way and we must come to him or else it is curtains forever. In the midst of this fear-based teaching he has the chutzpa to tell us he is the way to free us from fear.

Is this man then like the Christ that we should beat a path to his door?

Christ exemplified the Love of God. Dava never tells us that God is love but presents a mean selfish God who created the universe purely for his own ego and rules for long periods of time completely ignoring the suffering and needs of all life forms. On a whim he incarnates now and then to give a small handful the pleasure of his company. That’s about all he has to offer us from what I have read.

Principle Four: Inviting and Allowing: The Follower’s Participation In Grace

Again, an invitation is not a principle. All the fundamentalists, Bible thumpers and good time rock and roll churches make an invitation to participate in God’s grace. Dana goes a step further and indicates that God’s grace is revealed through him – since he is God.

Principle Five: The Wise Use of The Mind; The Opening of The Heart

At least this is good advice, but I see no elaboration of any principle here.

Principle Six: The Two Distinct and Opposing Ways of Life

Here we have a version of the principle of duality. A principle is involved, but one that has been covered from every possible angle in the past.

Principle Seven – not yet presented.

Reader: On a separate but related note, do you invest any faith in the biblical prophesReader: “When they tell you that Christ is in the wilderness or in the hidden places, believe them not. For when the Christ returns everyone will know”?

Can you share your intuitions with us regarding this warning from the New Testament?

JJ: I always give the scriptures a lot of weight, but like all things I run them by my soul. Here’s the exact quote:

“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. “Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matt 24:24-27

The first part of this scripture has been obviously fulfilled. Over the past 2000 years there have been many false Christs and prophets. Unfortunately, this trend just continues and some very good people are deceived.

When Christ comes, he will not hide out in some secret place where disciples will have to hunt him down (as in Crème’s messiah) but will be available for all. He will generally come to us rather than us coming to him as some special being. Instead, it will be similar to last time. Remember he traveled from place to place making himself available.

The last verse has several potential interpretations. One of them I have covered several times when talking about the atomic bomb being the sign of the Son of Man. Let me repeat the verse, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Why didn’t he say that lighting comes out of the west and shines to the east? After all this happens in nature as often as lightening coming out of the east. He used this phraseology to imply a certain meaning.

Lightening, of course, lights up a dark sky and implies teachings of light and enlightenment itself.

In our present day most of the great teachings have come out of the east beginning with H. P. Blavatsky who worked with masters of the east and more recently Alice A. Bailey dictating for Djwhal Khul, again from the east. Many of the teachings of the ancient wisdom can be traced back to ancient Hindu and other writings from the east.

These teachings of course have shined to the west and are becoming as prevalent here as anywhere.

The scripture ends with, “so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

The word “coming” is from PAROUSIA which more literally means “presence.” The scripture more correctly reads, “so shall also the presence of the Son of man be.”

One of the main teachings of the new age which originated from the east is teachings of the presence of Christ in us, or the Christ consciousness.

It is interesting to note that “lightening” comes from the Greek ASTRAPE and is not always translated as “lightening.” It more literally means a “bright light” as inferred in Luke 11:36 which reads: “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining (ASTRAPE ) of a candle doth give thee light.”

Note here that ASTRAPE is translated as “the bright shining” and has no reference to lightening.

Also the Greek ANATOLE is not always translated as east. A phrase of interest here is “we have seen his star in the east.” (Matt 2:2) “In the east,” here comes from EN TE ANATOLE. When the singular “anatole” is used its meaning means more than a literal “east” but in reference to a star takes on special astrological implications. The literal translation would be close to “star at the rising” or “Morning Star.”

It is interesting that “at the rising” is a definite astrological term and would indicate the last star visible on the ascendant. The last star or planet visible in the morning was also called the “Morning Star.”

Notice that the magi call the star “his star.” Why would they call the Morning star “his (Christ’s) star?”

The answer is quite simple. Jesus said, “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” Rev 22:16 It is also interesting that Luke identifies Jesus using the word ANATOLE: “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring (ANATOLE – rising or morning star) from on high (from HUPSOS – heavenly place) hath visited us.” Luke 1:78

The morning star is “his star” because he is the “morning star” for us. He is the light that guides us to the heart of the Sun.

The Greek word for West is DUSME which literally means “sunset” or “to go down” or “sink.”

Taking this into consideration let us give a translation very close to the Greek Standard Translation: “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

New translation: “For as the bright light (enlightenment) is coming from the Morning Star and is seen as far as the west, so shall be the presence of the Son of man.

It is interesting to note that the revelations of Alice A. Bailey reveal that the Ancient of Days came from the Morning Star which is Venus. One could say that Jesus was called the Morning Star because the being of which he was the Son was this Planetary Logos from the Morning Star.

A Morning Star also refers to old souls who assisted at the morning of creation.

This scripture tells us that an aspect of the Second Coming involves not just a physical presence that we can go to the desert to see, but the presence of the Father and Son residing within us.

Reader: This Mormon excerpt appears to be in contradistinction to Jesus’ statement: “Evil is not the lawful opposite of Goodness. Goodness is sufficient unto Itself.” (Gospel of Thomas, I think).

JJ: But the quote I gave does not contradict common sense or logic. This quote from Thomas may be a bad translation for I cannot make much sense of it. The term “lawful opposite” could imply a legal outlook and not a metaphysical or philosophical one.

Reader: Perhaps God provided the MATRIX within which CONTRASTS could arise, born of choices made by souls of free-will, so that the Game of Life could be played, but is it really morally or logically sensible for us to accept that a God of Love actually chooses to create evil together with all its horrific and terrible ramifications under which He then forces his children to suffer?

JJ: This is the basic idea that Dava teaches. He says, “Why is creation the way it is? It is God’s Show, and He can Do as He Will. God is the First Cause of existence, and no cause or reason exists prior to God. God is God, and it is His Will that the general Design of creation is as it is.”

“God Creates nature to exist and operate as it does, and yet God is un-Involved in nature, and is therefore unnoticeable to humanity, until He Comes-Forth Into creation Through a part of creation. (Dava)”

According to this teacher you revere creation as it is, is God’s will.

I teach differently. Things are the way they are not because of God’s will, but because of God’s experiment. He plunged into this universe, which is his physical body, and as he works his way to master the universe through the lives in it certain things just come into play that even he has no power to eliminate, except through time. One of these is suffering. This and other negative elements are just here to be dealt with and mastered by the participating lives.

The situation with God is like it is with a builder who is working on a beautiful house. He takes the risk of smashing his finger or falling off a ladder, but the possibility of suffering is worth the final result.

In the process of God’s building many of us suffer some temporary injuries, but in the end all will agree the effort was worth the cost.

Reader: I like what Gail’s Taoist God said in her extract. And if God is eternally Blissful and does not require to experience the temptations, the evil and the suffering that mankind does, then why would a loving Father insist that His children DO suffer thus? As above, so below. Would you act in such a way on behalf of your own kids?

JJ: God insists on nothing. A situation is created through the creative process itself and just is. We have to discover the laws and effects in the universe and work with them. There is no other way.

Reader: For me this reasoning indicates a very demented and even sinister Father indeed and does not imply divine LOVE at all, which as we all know includes WISDOM and COMPASSION.

JJ: Yet Dava teaches that God made us and ignores us in our suffering. According to him God has ignored humanity from Christ to Dava and all their suffering disease and death did not even call forth a finger to help for 2000 years.

Reader: Does it seem Wise or Compassionate that a Being would purposefully create evil and suffering and then send its offspring there just in order to play!?

JJ: It seems compassionate to build a house when the enjoyment at the end will far outweigh the few scratches received.

Reader: If this is God then it seems to be quite a reasonable thing to become a Satanist or mass murderer, no? For then we can give our ‘God’ ample experience of and play within the contrasts, and we can rest assured that he will lawfully reward us with a slice of His Glory. Right?

JJ: I have always taught to have the courage “to follow the highest you know.” Even if you are not sure you are making the best decisions things will work out in the end because he who has good intentions will correct himself. To create harm creates limitations and greatly delays the day of progress. To become a mass murderer would never be a good idea. Of Judas Jesus said it would have been better if he had not been born.

To become a mass murderer would be comparable to a carpenter assisting in building the house and then go crazy and set the whole thing on fire. This makes no sense for the carpenter or anyone else involved.

You seem very concerned with the idea that God has created us all and yet allows suffering. I am curious if you have found an answer which satisfies you. Dava teaches that God created us all yet ignores us most of the time. Do you accept this idea?

The truth is that we are all co-creators with God and suffering exists because we either allow it or have not yet learned to master it.

How many times has a brother or sister suffered when a small effort from our own hand could have helped? Because we are reflections of God one could say that God failed to eliminate suffering. As part of the One Great Life which is God we must all do our part to assist and then suffering will end.

The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men. George Eliot (1819 – 1880)

July 25, 2004

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The Game of Life

 

The Game of Life

Reader: Have you studied much of his (Sri Dava Prakasha) writing, JJ?

JJ: Just enough to get a flavor. I intend to read some more shortly. One thing, I do not see him as an incarnation of God any more than you or I are. Such claims only serve to establish oneself as an unearned authority.

Reader: What are your thoughts on freewill?

JJ: If God were perfect the way religions teach then he would create us with such perfect free will (like Jesus) that we would always make the right decisions.

Reader: And why do we choose pain, suffering and evil in order to arrive at such fruits of knowledge and experience? Is pain, suffering, evil and matter-entrapment necessary?

JJ: A logical answer to this is found in the Book of Mormon which says: “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my first-born in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.

“Wherefore, it must needs have been created for a thing of naught; wherefore there would have been no purpose in the end of its creation. Wherefore, this thing must needs destroy the wisdom of God and his eternal purposes, and also the power, and the mercy, and the justice of God.

“And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away.” II Nephi 2:11-13

Reader: I have a feeling that a divine God, a loving God, a perfect God did NOT create the physical universe (including all its inherent imperfections, suffering and death), although I think He may have permitted it to arise due to the free choice given to His creatures.

What do you think?

JJ: This is quite an ancient thought, the most popular being that God consists of degrees of emanations. The teaching is that the physical world is too impure to have been created by the Most High, but by lesser Gods who are corruptions of the First Cause. The idea is that we are so removed from God that he doesn’t pay much attention to us as well as we toward him.

A Course in Miracles presents a similar idea telling us that God the Son attempted to leave the heaven created by God the Father and created the Universe of time and space concerning which the Father had nothing to do.

I see a thread of truth in the above in that there is a considerable number of planes with some much more material than others and the consciousness of God interplays differently in each through Its various creations.

However, as I see it, the One Great Life is not completely removed from any part of creation for both spirit and matter are vehicles known to him.

The Psalmist worded it well:

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” Psalms 139:7-12

Why is suffering necessary?

Why are the most popular games those which pose the greatest perils contrasted with the greatest opportunity?

I often give Monopoly as an example of this. If every throw of the dice made you pass Go and collect $200 it wouldn’t be much fun would it?

If every movie only presented carefree people with no problems none of us would attend, would we?

The only thing that could attract the reflections of God down to physical matter is the excitement of a game of contrasts. That is the possibility of great joy verses failure and misery.

Fortunately, the game is created so all of us eventually win, but not before many perils are transversed.

Reader: Quoting me:

“The human entity did not pass through the lower kingdoms. Instead, the living parts that make up the various bodies of man have passed through and were gathered from the lower kingdoms.”

This feels correct to me. Yet in saying this we are negating much of the Theosophical teaching and numerous others (Max Heindel, maybe?). Was Blavatsky deluded?

JJ: I think that some did not have a full understanding here.

Greater consciousness is developed by the gathering together of lesser lives to create a vehicle for the more advanced. Atoms do not become human, but unite to create molecules, cells and beings greater than themselves. They only become human to the extent that they can share in consciousness higher than themselves, just as we become masters when we can master the Oneness Principle and share consciousness in the Kingdom of God. A Master is not a Master alone.

Reader Thanks for your time, JJ. I hope you might continue with me, at least in order to satisfy that question about how we became trapped in matter.

JJ: And thanks for your considerate post and welcome to the group. I will be writing more about the beginning of things in the Book 4 of The Immortal.

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others.

Jonathan Winters

July 23, 2004

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The Fruit of Experience

 

The Fruit of Experience

A new reader writes this:

Isn’t the ultimate purpose of our existence here to Wake Up, and doesn’t Waking Up necessitate UNLEARNING, DEPROGRAMMING, DECONDITIONING, UNDREAMING, EMPTYING, etc. in order to re-realize what is always Present, Perfect and Eternally Free?

JJ: You are the first follower of Sri Dava Prakasha we have had visit us. This should be interesting. I just hope you will use your own thoughts and mind in dealing with subjects presented here rather than relying on what you have read from the Temple of Freedom Teachings.

If we came here to only unlearn and deprogram this would mean that all creation is a mistake and God is a big clumsy oaf who let things get completely out of control and had no control himself. Thus he could not be “perfect” and “free” for perfection could not create imperfection and he who is free would not create slaves.

In addition, it makes no sense to go on a journey for the sole purpose of coming back. When any intelligent being takes a journey, he has a purpose other than returning. He will indeed return, but with benefits achieved in the journey.

DK tells us that when life is liberated it takes with it “the quality of conscious knowledge and the fruit of all experience. These are the gifts of soul and form combined.”

Thus, we achieve much more than just going home. As they say “you can never go home.” There is much truth to this for whenever we go home in this world or out of the world we find that we have changed even if home has not. In the case of our spiritual home, we return with two benefits.

(1) The fruit of all experience. The word “fruit was carefully chosen because fruit is a thing to be digested and enjoyed. When we reach the great pralaya we blissfully partake of the fruit of experience and savor it until we are ready to experience again.

(2) The quality of conscious knowledge. Knowledge is always out there but before we left spirit we were not able to consciously wield it. Our expanded consciousness not only enables us to understand limitation and free ourselves from it but to enjoy the fruit of experience during periods of rest.

Reader: You say that this earth is a school of learning, but isn’t this world maya, meaning essentially illusion, or rather phantasmagoria that rises, glimmers and passes away, having no real Substance? And if this world (which Jesus said his Kingdom is NOT) is essentially illusory, then what can actually be learned or gained from an illusion that compares with Reality?

JJ: Form is created by an illusionary principle but the power that creates it is real, which thing makes the illusion a real experience.

I have often taught the guitar string principle. When in pluck it we see three strings, but in reality, there is only one. Does this mean that there is really no music?

No. Because the originating string is real, which makes the effect of the wavelength real.

Music can only be learned while music is in play through an illusionary principle. Even so, we must plunge into the illusion to discover knowledge. Without the illusion no knowledge exists as we know it in time and space. As evidence of this no one can tell us any knowledge apart from the illusion.

Reader: No one has told me yet how man got into this state of imprisonment in matter.

Surely a loving God did not make it happen by divine Design?

JJ: You are obviously asking a question to which you think you know the answer.

Are you saying God is flawed and made a great mistake in the creation of life in matter then?

(Note from 2021: I have been writing a book on A Course in Miracles which gives a little different take on this. It says that the Father God had nothing to do with the creation of this world, but was made by the wrong-minded thinking of his created Son – which includes all of us. It calls the journey to the material universe a “mad idea.” This still calls into question the perfection of a God who creates A Son capable of having a “mad idea.” I think the   Course has a lot of inspired teachings, but leaves out some important details about why we came to this world of time and space.)

Reader: I suppose what I am asking is: does anyone here have access to the Akashic records so that the development of man through the mineral kingdom might be genuinely traced? Or is there a master-soul here who could recall his own past journey through the sub-human kingdoms?

JJ: The intact human entity did not pass through the lower kingdoms. Instead, the living parts that make up the various bodies of man have passed through and were gathered from the lower kingdoms. We were reflections from the mind of God until the Molecular Relationship created a suitable vehicle for our consciousness. Even so, will humans organize into greater group vehicles for more advanced entities than ourselves to inhabit.

Because we do not remember a thing does not mean there is no truth to it. How many remember what happened during sleep last night or life in the mother’s womb?

The intuition can reveal much truth that is not available to the brain memory.

Reader: I can say for myself that I do not recall passing through any lower kingdoms before this incarnation, and I can also say that I have no empathy whatsoever as to what a mineral, vegetable or animal consciousness may feel like!

JJ: Perhaps contemplation would help. The mineral, the vegetable and the animal all exist within our bodies and their consciousness is available to those who seek.

Reader: I wonder sometimes how much we could really state as known fact if we had never read a book and so never adopted certain second-hand ideas as our own? It might be a good and humbling exercise to only declare that which we truly, directly, experientially know as fact for a week, free of book-learning influences.

Imagine if everyone in the world did that. I would think the global confusionometer needle would fall radically!

JJ: Here are a few of my past teachings on this principle:

Christ basically said that if the light that is within you be darkness, how great is that darkness. But if the light that is within you will be the light of Christ, that light will shine forth unto the perfect day. If the light that is within us be the Holy Spirit, which is achieved through soul, then the door is open between us and the higher worlds. The Holy Spirit can then flow within us and we can be full of light so the path before us is always clear. When the person has the Holy Spirit within him, he always sees his next step. If we do not see our next step we need to obtain a greater portion of the spirit because when the light shines within us, the light of our next step is there before us. We should always be able to see that so we must ask ourselves the question, “Do I see my next step?” If we do not see it we must call in a greater portion of the light. We must listen less to the voices out there and listen to the voices within.

One might say to me, “Aren’t you a voice without with what you’re teaching us?” Yes and no. I’m the voice without but if my voice without stirs your voice within and says the same thing as the voice within you is saying, then it is the voice within. Sometimes we need to be reminded of what the voice within is trying to tell us. Sometimes we don’t listen to the voice within and when a voice without reverberates what your soul is attempting to tell you, then it’s the same as the voice within. When Christ was on the Earth teaching His disciples and He said, “Love your neighbor as yourself” the apostles felt, “yes, that’s what the voice within is telling me. I just wasn’t listening.” It woke them up to what the voice within verifies. We’re stimulated from without and verified from within. Stimulated from without and verified from within, that’s how we progress. None of us can do it alone. We all have to be reminded of what the voice within will verify. This is why we need to assist and teach each other.

We have all heard cases where some cruel adult locked up a child in his room for ten years or more, so the child had no contact with the outside world.

Now in this case the child is forced to go within for his stimulation and learning from without is close to zero.

If learning from within is the main goal, then after ten years in isolation the kid should be a genius, right?

Not quite. The interesting thing that researchers have discovered is that during these long periods of isolation the child learned virtually nothing and his consciousness was as if the ten years did not exist.

If the child were locked up at the age of five and released at fifteen, he will still see himself as a five-year-old. Lack of stimulation from without brought his progression to a halt.

This lack of progression is something that I have observed in both extremes of thought. The literal Bible believer cannot get past his outward authority riveting him into his mindset and the “all is within” person will not take an objective look at reality as it is.

A couple years ago several group members were trying to convince me that all knowledge is within so I gave them a challenge.

I wrote down a one-digit number in my notebook and challenged the group to go within and retrieve it. Now, as soon as I wrote that in the notebook it became true that in this moment in time and space I had indeed written a certain number.

The group guessed every number they could think of from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and none of them were correct. They were beside themselves until someone realized that it must be a negative number. Finally, when the group was headed the right direction through the process of elimination and about a half dozen more guesses, they discovered that the answer was minus 2.

The interesting thing is that no one, by going within, was able to even discover the direction of the number (positive or negative) let alone the number until almost all wrong answers were eliminated.

Now it is true that the number was written in the akasha and an adept could have retrieved it, but none in the group who were preaching that they have this great power to go within and find truth were able to.

The question is this. What validity does a person have in claiming that they can go within and retrieve all knowledge when they cannot manifest that belief?

The final test of the validity of a belief is whether or not the belief can be demonstrated.

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The Mysteries of A Course in Miracles, Chapter 23

The Mysterious Path to Health

A Course in Miracles says quite a bit about the health of our bodies and minds and some of it is quite controversial, even among believing students. However, if one sees the Voice that spoke to Helen Schucman as coming from Jesus, or a divine source exceeding the intelligence of our earthly authorities, one must take the information seriously, even if it goes against orthodox thinking.

Here is just one of many statements that some find difficult to accept:

“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,” W-pI.136.7

Just about all of us have been quite ill one time or another, and in the midst of great discomfort, who among us have had this thought: “This illness is just what I planned and have chosen for myself. This is working out great!”

I doubt if anyone reading this actually thinks this way, but obviously the author of the Course knows this and is trying to instill a truth in us that is beyond our normal consciousness.

It also says some controversial things about how illness and pain can be eliminated such as:

“Healing is accomplished the instant the sufferer no longer sees any value in pain.” M-5.I.1

Most who are suffering pain would not agree with this and respond something like this: “Are you kidding? This pain has no value to me and I sure did not choose to have it.”

What we frail mortals fail to realize is that while we may not consciously choose to have pain and disease, they are still the result of our choices. For instance, many choose to eat or drink things that are not good for them that causes discomfort they did not consciously choose. Then, as the quote says, many receive some type of value from the pain itself, such as sympathy, others waiting on them, or an excuse to avoid unwanted work.

We’ll delve more into causes and cures as we go along, but first let us see exactly what the Course means when it speaks of sickness:

“Healing is the opposite of all the world’s ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. 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.” W-pI.137.1-2

The teaching is then that the core cause of illness and pain can be traced by to our original separation from God. Before the separation there was equality and what one felt all felt which was unbounded joy and love. No one wanted to share anything painful so all sharing was the desirable feelings of love, joy, peace etc.

Then, after the separation, we found ourselves in the illusion of being isolated in bodies. Whatever you felt was not shared, but kept to yourself. In our current situation one person can feel intense pain and a loved one next to him will not feel the pain at all. He may have empathy for the pain, but will not actually feel it.

According to ACIM, then, the core cause of pain and illness is this illusion of separateness and isolation. The Course speaks of a number of things that will help with removing illness, but the foundation of all healing is found in removing the separation between the Sons of God trapped in the illusion of their own making.

Think of it this way. You may have a friend who is very ill and undergoing intense suffering. You feel bad for him but are suffering no actual pain yourself. You go about your business during the day and maybe give him a passing thought of sympathy a couple times, but outside of that your life proceeds as normal.

But let us suppose you actually felt his pain. What would change then?

There would be an instant change in thinking. Immediately you would want to eliminate the pain and bring healing. Think of it. If we all felt this way now and shared our brother’s pain, it would not last for long because decisions would be made to do something about it and replace it with positive feelings.

Look at it another way. You see a homeless guy on a corner with a sign asking for money. You may feel sorry for him and give him a few dollars. But let us say you completely shared his mind and were no longer separate. Suddenly, you would want him to have as much as you or at least enough to have some comfort, and you may wind up withdrawing some money from your bank account so he can get some relief. If we all had the barriers of separation dissolved, then poverty would greatly diminish as your brother’s poverty would be your own.

Few, if any of us, have the barriers of separation completely removed in our consciousness and when we suffer pain or illness we suffer alone as does our brother.

“The idea of separation produced the body and remains connected to it, making it sick because of the mind’s identification with it.” T-19.I.7

However, reversing this separation is a major key to healing:

“All sickness comes from separation. When the separation is denied, it goes. For it is gone as soon as the idea that brought it has been healed, and been replaced by sanity.” T-26.VII.2

That is interesting. As soon as the idea of separation goes, so does the illness associated with it for “No mind is sick until another mind agrees that they are separate. And thus it is their joint decision to be sick.” Then it tells us the cure is that “Uniting with a brother’s mind prevents the cause of sickness and perceived effects. Healing is the effect of minds that join, as sickness comes from minds that separate.” T-28.III.2

Then it makes this interesting statement:

“No one is sick if someone else accepts his union with him. His desire to be a sick and separated mind can not remain without a witness or a cause. And both are gone if someone wills to be united with him. T-28.IV.7

This makes the key statement that an individual cannot remain sick without a “witness.” In other words, a separation that produces sickness cannot be maintained unless one has others to witness that it is real, or happening to him.

And what do we naturally do when a loved one is ill or in pain? We witness to him that it is real by showing sympathy and helping him get the medical care he seems to need.

According to ACIM this is the wrong approach, for it just reinforces the belief in the separation and the illness.

What then should we do? Should we be like a Vulcan from Star Trek and show no empathy, and merely declare that all their suffering is an illusion, and they need to just acknowledge this and get over it?

No. That will not work either. In addition to suffering pain, the patient will become angry at you for your lack of sensitivity.

So, if you believe in the advice of the Course, how will you help your brother in distress?

For starters, you do not blatantly declare to him that his whole problem is an illusion in his mind. Even though this is technically true, saying such things may just increase the separation between you.

Ask him to describe his problems and listen to him with a caring attitude, but not saying anything to reinforce the belief. Then after you have established a rapport, seek the Holy Spirit with him in a way that is acceptable to his belief system. The Holy Spirit is essential here because it is our only means of healing separation while we seem to be in physical bodies here on earth.

If the use of the term “Holy Spirit” goes against his belief system, then you can use soul, higher self or just Spirit or God. The important thing is to join with your brother and seek union through the contacting of Higher Intelligence. This can be accomplished through mutual prayer or meditation.

Healing with the Mind

So, the ultimate key to good health for you and your loved ones is to remove barriers and share consciousness as if you were one. Unfortunately, the Course tells us that there are a number of problems that create barriers between individuals, and these barriers must be surmounted before success can be obtained.

The first and perhaps the greatest barrier is wrong thinking. Our thoughts are potent forces that can lead to health or disease:

“Are thoughts, then, dangerous? To bodies, yes! The thoughts that seem to kill are those that teach the thinker that he can be killed. And so he “dies” because of what he learned.” T-21.VIII.1

“The sick are healed as you let go all thoughts of sickness, and the dead arise when you let thoughts of life replace all thoughts you ever held of death.” W-pI.132.8

“Healing is a thought by which two minds perceive their oneness and become glad.” T-5.I.1

One common wrong thought concerning health is that the body and not the mind is the source of all or at least some disease. When the average person becomes ill, he rarely will attribute the problem to his mind or thinking, and instead see it as a problem produced by the body. to the contrary, the Course gives this view:

“The body cannot heal, because it cannot make itself sick. It needs no healing. Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose that the mind would use it for.” T-19.I.3

“Thus is the body healed by miracles because they show the mind made sickness, and employed the body to be victim, or effect, of what it made.” T-28.II.11

So, the first correction of thinking needed is the realization that illness comes not from the body, genes, inheritance, etc., but from our wrong-minded thoughts.

“These patients do not realize they have chosen sickness. On the contrary, they believe that sickness has chosen them.” M-5.III.1

The Course does not differentiate much between physical and mental illness. Instead, it seems to categorize illness or pain of any kind as coming from the mind. It is written:

“all sickness is mental illness,” P-2.IV.8

The problem is that “What you made has imprisoned your will, and given you a sick mind that must be healed.” T-6.V.C.9

Indeed, it tells us that all discomfort, pain and illness come from a mind that has chosen illusion over truth, which is said to be insane:

“As you look with open eyes upon your world, it must occur to you that you have withdrawn into insanity. You see what is not there, and you hear what makes no sound.” T-13.V.6

“the content of individual illusions differs greatly. Yet they have one thing in common; they are all insane. “ T-13.V.1

The world itself is sick and insane:

“This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity.” T-14.I.2

The mental illness of general insanity seems widespread as indicated in this quote:

“The insane protect their thought systems, but they do so insanely. And all their defenses are as insane as what they are supposed to protect. The separation has nothing in it, no part, no “reason,” and no attribute that is not insane. And its “protection” is part of it, as insane as the whole. The special relationship, which is its chief defense, must therefore be insane.” T-17.IV.5

Again, it is pointed out that the “separation” is the cause of all insanity as well as any mental or physical health problems originating from it. Here is the basic problem that needs solved:

“For you have taught yourself how to imprison the Son of God, a lesson so unthinkable that only the insane, in deepest sleep, could even dream of it.” T-14.XI.2

And here is the cure: “When a brother behaves insanely, you can heal him only by perceiving the sanity in him. If you perceive his errors and accept them, you are accepting yours.” T-9.III.5.

So, according to ACIM, we have the situation where our wrong thinking creates an insane world where lots of pain and illness becomes the norm. Unfortunately, just accepting that we need to get our mind right and thinking straightened out is not enough. That only indicates the general direction we need to proceed. Fortunately, the Course gives us a number of problems we must circumvent in order to achieve healing. Let’s examine several of them.

Obstacles to Master

  1. FEAR

The Course tells us that fear is a great obstacle to right-mindedness and hence to good health. It gives the controversial thought that many are actually afraid to be healed.

“An individual may ask for physical healing because he is fearful of bodily harm. At the same time, if he were healed physically, the threat to his thought system might be considerably more fearful to him than its physical expression. In this case he is not really asking for release from fear, but for the removal of a symptom that he himself selected. This request is, therefore, not for healing at all.

“The Bible emphasizes that all prayer is answered, and this is indeed true. The very fact that the Holy Spirit has been asked for anything will ensure a response. Yet it is equally certain that no response given by Him will ever be one that would increase fear. It is possible that His answer will not be heard.” T-9.II.2-3

This tells us that we consciously say we want healing because of fear of bodily harm, but there is something else of which we are even more afraid. We are more afraid of a change to our thought system required by the healing.

Then it tells us that we may pray and ask for healing and the answer will be given, but we may not hear that answer because of our fears.

The bottom line is we fear changing from wrong-minded to right-minded thinking more than we fear pain, illness and even death.

“If your miracle working inclinations are not functioning properly, it is always because fear has intruded on your right-mindedness and has turned it upside down.” T-2.V.4

“All healing is essentially the release from fear. To undertake this you cannot be fearful yourself. You do not understand healing because of your own fear.” T-2.IV.1

We are promised that the overcoming of fear can lead to healing:

“If you are afraid of healing, then it cannot come through you. The only thing that is required for a healing is a lack of fear. The fearful are not healed, and cannot heal.” T-27.V.1

  1. GUILT

We do not need a revelation from on high to convince us that guilt has a negative effect on both physical and mental health. It is obvious that guilt can cause great emotional pain and stress to the nervous system. Most also realize that the stress it produces can have physical effects and weaken the body, making it more susceptible to illness. But according to the Course, its physical effects and relationship to fear are more powerful and pervasive than realized by most.

“Under fear’s orders the body will pursue guilt, serving its master whose attraction to guilt maintains the whole illusion of its existence. ” T-19.IV.B.13

“Guilt, too, is feared and fearful. Yet it could have no hold at all except on those who are attracted to it and seek it out.” T-19.IV.C.1

Guilt is also related to wrong-mindedness or insane thinking:

“It is guilt that has driven you insane.” T-13.in.1

“For you must learn that guilt is always totally insane, and has no reason.” T-13.X.6

Sickness itself is a sign that guilt is present:

“For sickness is the witness to his guilt.” T-27.I.4

And finally, it tells us that overcoming guilt is a key to eliminating sickness:

“The guiltless mind cannot suffer.” T-5.V.5

“Sickness where guilt is absent cannot come, for it is but another form of guilt. Atonement does not heal the sick, for that is not a cure. It takes away the guilt that makes the sickness possible. And that is cure indeed. For sickness now is gone, with nothing left to which it can return. W-pI.140.4.

Guilt not only aggravates illness, but it robs those with it of their peace of mind. Such a lack of peace can be a greater disturbance than many physical problems.

Earlier in this book we discussed guilt and how to eliminate it completely. It is advisable for those having problems with this negative emotion to review those teachings and take them to heart. After all, peace of mind of the guiltless is priceless.

  1. FORGIVENESS

True forgiveness is essential to healing according to ACIM. It says that “To forgive is to heal” M-22.1, and “that forgiveness is healing needs to be understood.” M-22.3 It is essential to the miracle of healing for, “Only forgiveness offers miracles.” T-25.IX.8 “Forgiveness recognized as merited will heal. It gives the miracle its strength to overlook illusions.” T-30.VI.5

These quotes make a lot of sense when you think of it, for if one holds a grievance toward another, he is holding in a lot of negative emotional energy which has no constructive effect on any level. Much ill health is caused by a blockage of the free flow of life and emotional energy, and grievance caused by unforgiveness certainly contributes to this problem. Letting go of a grievance toward a brother can open the door to a miraculous healing on both physical and emotional levels.

Forgiveness not only heals the one doing the forgiving but also the one forgiven:

“Therefore, those who have been forgiven must devote themselves first to healing because, having received the idea of healing, they must give it to hold it.” T-5.IV.7

So, the one forgiven can also be healed if he seeks to heal others. He “must give it to hold it” for “Forgiveness is not real unless it brings a healing to your brother and yourself.” T-27.II.4

The forgiven and the forgiver must ask this question: “And who is there whom his forgiveness can fail to heal?” M-18.4

The power and extent to which healing can affect us is profound, for it says: “no one in whom true forgiveness rests can suffer.” T-27.II.3

That is quite a statement that would be difficult for many to accept who are suffering. If it is literally true then this would tell us that there are dimensions of forgiveness that is beyond the current consciousness of many, and we need to examine ourselves to see where the principle of forgiveness yet needs to be applied.

Indeed, the Course asks: Does pain seem real in the perception? If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned. And there remains an unforgiveness hiding in the mind that sees the pain through eyes the mind directs.” W-pI.193.7

The fact that it speaks of “unforgiveness hiding” tells us that some are deceived into thinking that they have forgiven all when they have not for “there can be no form of suffering that fails to hide an unforgiving thought. Nor can there be a form of pain forgiveness cannot heal.” W-pI.198.9

The important thing that is healed through forgiveness is our “sight” or the way we look at things, especially separation:

Rejoice in the power of forgiveness to heal your sight completely. W-pI.75.9

“Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate.” T-3.V.9

This healing of the perception of separation coincides with. the healing of the mind:

“So does your healing show your mind is healed, and has forgiven what he did not do. And so is he (your brother) convinced his innocence was never lost, and healed along with you.” T-27.II.6

We are given this advice:

“From knowledge, where He has been placed by God, the Holy Spirit calls to you, to let forgiveness rest upon your dreams, and be restored to sanity and peace of mind. Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you.” W-pII.7.4

Finally, we are given this as a goal:

“My forgiveness is the means by which the world is healed, together with myself.” W-pI.82.1

  1. LOVE

We have just noted the importance of forgiveness in relation to healing. This is important, but healing cannot be complete without the foundation emotion leading to completeness.

“It (forgiveness) is the source of healing, but it is the messenger of love and not its Source.” T-18.IX.10

When we return to our Source, forgiveness will no longer be needed, but there will still be love which is a basic aspect that God shares with all creation. When true healing occurs, love is always there manifesting in some way.

The other two barriers to healing of fear and guilt are also neutralized by love.

“all healing involves replacing fear with love.” T-8.IX.5

“Be not afraid of love. For it alone can heal all sorrow, wipe away all tears, and gently waken from his dream of pain the Son whom God acknowledges as His.” W-pII.10.4

“The attraction of guilt produces fear of love, for love would never look on guilt at all. It is the nature of love to look upon only the truth, for there it sees itself, with which it would unite in holy union and completion.” T-19.IV.A.10

Many spiritual healers recognize the importance of love in producing positive results. Even experiments with growing plants verifies this. Plants. that are sent loving thoughts become much healthier than those sent negative thoughts.

A Course in Miracles reveals that love has more power than is generally realized:

“Love cannot suffer, because it cannot attack. The remembrance of love therefore brings invulnerability with it.” T-10.III.3

That is quite a statement telling us that love cannot suffer and brings “invulnerability with it.” Many may wonder at this statement as we have all seen many decent and loving people endure suffering. The Course does give us this clue:

“by not offering total love you will not be healed completely.” T-13.III.9

So, for a real miracle of complete healing to occur, love must be given with no reservations

“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.” T-1.I.3

The full expression of love is the greatest miracle. Even so, many who suffer seek the miracle of physical healing and seek to achieve it. But even though the suffering places great attention on the body, one must force his focus on love instead so miracles can take place, for “If a mind perceives without love, it perceives an empty shell and is unaware of the spirit within.” T-1.IV.2

The miracle of healing requires us to not let the discomfort of the body distract from awareness “of the spirit within.”

The one who is ill must take responsibility for his health and fulfill his own needs for love because, “When you do not value yourself you become sick, but my value of you can heal you, because the value of God’s Son is one.” T-10.III.6

We are all valuable to God and to be whole we must value ourselves.

“Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves they could not be sick.” T-12.II.1

And what is the truth about ourselves that heals? It is that we were created through the love of God and we are agents of love. To see ourselves as otherwise causes ill health.

To love yourself is to heal yourself, and you cannot perceive part of you as sick and achieve your goal.” T-11.VIII.11

However, one cannot have completeness of healing without assisting and sharing love with others:

“Perceive in sickness but another call for love, and offer your brother what he believes he cannot offer himself. Whatever the sickness, there is but one remedy. You will be made whole as you make whole, for to perceive in sickness the appeal for health is to recognize in hatred the call for love.” T-12.II.3

“You will be made whole as you make whole” is reinforced in this statement:

“A miracle is a reversal of the physical order because it brings more love to the giver AND the receiver.” UR T 1 B 10

The goal of love in healing is summarized in this passage:

“There is no sadness where a miracle has come to heal. And nothing more than just one instant of your love without attack is necessary that all this occur. In that one instant you are healed, and in that single instant is all healing done.” T-27.V.4

  1. MIND

God extended His mind in us, giving us power to create anything which we imagine and make it real. This worked out fine as long as the Sons of God were in harmony with Divine Will and saw truth as it is. But then the Sons got this “mad idea” and wondered. what it would be like to live in a world of time and space where even separation from God would be possible. This could not happen in eternity, but the power of the mind was so powerful that the Sons went to sleep, and in their dreams “miscreated” many strange things that led to nightmares and produced the possibility of pain and disease.

you have used your own mind, which He created in the likeness of His Own, to miscreate.” T-3.II.4

The Course tells us that in this dream where fear prevails, we still have all powers of creation, but often misuse it when we choose fear instead of love:

“The fearful must miscreate, because they misperceive creation. When you miscreate you are in pain.” T-2.VII.3

“The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing.” T-2.V.2

Even though we are in a dream of separation, we are still linked to our Creator:

“you cannot depart entirely from your Creator, Who set the limits on your ability to miscreate. An imprisoned will engenders a situation which, in the extreme, becomes altogether intolerable. Tolerance for pain may be high, but it is not without limit. Eventually everyone begins to recognize, however dimly, that there must be a better way.” T-2.III.3

The “better way” is to remember who we are and use the mind for perfect creation instead of imperfect miscreation.

“The lesson (of healing) is the mind was sick that thought the body could be sick.” T-28.II.11

The ego takes advantage of this power to miscreate:

“The ego regards the body as its home, and tries to satisfy itself through the body. But the idea that this is possible is a decision of the mind, which has become completely confused about what is really possible.” T-4.II.7

We must realize our true situation as prisoners of the ego and the body so we can use the mind to eliminate pain and ill health:

“It (the body) holds in prison but the willing mind that would abide in it. It sickens at the bidding of the mind that would become its prisoner. And it grows old and dies, because that mind is sick within itself… Let us be glad that you will see what you believe, and that it has been given you to change what you believe. The body will but follow. T-31.III.4&6

The solution then is simple. We change what we believe and creation will follow:

“The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force. It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating. It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains.” T-2.VI.9

There is no miracle you cannot have when you desire healing. But there is no miracle that can be given you unless you want it. T-30.VIII.4

That sounds pretty simple. We just need to desire the miracle of healing to make it happen. But, one must realize that wholeness is required for miracles:

“All forms of sickness are signs that the mind is split, and does not accept a unified purpose.” T-8.IX.8

“Wholeness heals because it is of the mind.” T-8.IX.3

In other words, all the ingredients of the healing must be desired to produce results.

For instance, if one has diabetes because of a bad diet with lots of refined sugar he, of course, would like to be healed of the disease, but is he willing to cease eating the processed foods that caused it? We are like little children who do not want to go to the dentist but also do not want to brush regularly and cut down on sugar.

A split mind cannot be healed. To be healed, the mind has to be directed to wholeness physically, emotionally and mentally. When all the ingredients of health are embraced by the mind, then there will be wholeness in thought and the miracle can happen.

The Course gives this solid advice in connection with the mind and healing:

“All mind is whole, and the belief that part of it is physical, or not mind, is a fragmented or sick interpretation. Mind cannot be made physical, but it can be made manifest through the physical if it uses the body to go beyond itself. By reaching out, the mind extends itself. It does not stop at the body, for if it does it is blocked in its purpose. A mind that has been blocked has allowed itself to be vulnerable to attack, because it has turned against itself.

“The removal of blocks, then, is the only way to guarantee help and healing. Help and healing are the normal expressions of a mind that is working through the body, but not in it.” T-8.VII.10-11

  1. FAITH

In discussing factors that lead to healing, the subject of faith must indeed be included. In the New Testament, faith was credited by Jesus more than anything else as being responsible for the healing miracles. He often gave credit to people’s faith for their healings. Here are just several statements:

“thy faith hath made thee whole.” Matt 9:22

“Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.” Matt 9:29

“great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” Matt 15:28

This is perhaps his most famous statement concerning faith:

“If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matt 17:20

Moving a mountain would indeed be an impressive feat, on par with the resurrection itself. It was His way of saying that “all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

The Course mentions this great power of faith as if it should be a common thing:

“Why is it strange to you that faith can move mountains? This is indeed a little feat for such a power. For faith can keep the Son of God in chains as long as he believes he is in chains. And when he is released from them it will be simply because he no longer believes in them, withdrawing faith that they can hold him, and placing it in his freedom instead.” T-21.III.3

The passage goes on to tell us why we do not see more acts of significant faith saying: “It is impossible to place equal faith in opposite directions.”

It tells us that we can place our faith in illusion and falsehood as well as truth: “Faith and belief are strong in madness, guiding perception toward what the mind has valued.” T-21.V.8

Thus, we cannot move mountains because we have faith in our own limitations rather than the real source of power which is within us.

It is interesting that we see that the people who gathered in the home synagogue of Jesus had misplaced faith that Jesus could not perform miracles. He found the people had little positive faith in Him because they knew His family. The people figured that one of their own with whom they were familiar could not be the source of such miracles. Concerning them it is written:

“And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Matt 13:58

Even Jesus could not assist in healing those who thought it was not possible.

We are told that, “Faith goes to what you want, and you instruct your mind accordingly. Your will remains your teacher, and your will has all the strength to do what it desires” W-pI.91.5

To have the faith that produces miracles we must merely “instruct” our minds so we can accept the fact that “will has all the strength to do what it desires.”

Sounds pretty simple, but few fully incorporate such instruction because we have more faith in sickness than in health:

“Because the miracle worker has heard God’s Voice, he strengthens It in a sick brother by weakening his belief in sickness, which he does not share.” T-10.IV.7

It is certainly obvious that many have much more faith in illness than health. The miracle worker must therefore work to weaken that negative faith and redirect the mind to positive faith for “faith can be rewarded only in terms of the belief in which the faith was placed.” T-13.IX.2

We are told that our basic problem is that our “lack of faith in the power that heals all pain arises from your wish to retain some aspects of reality for fantasy.” T-17.I.3

The problem always goes back to the divided mind which is especially true concerning health. We desire good health, but we also desire things that are not good for our health. We desire to have positive faith, but we tend to focus on a belief in negativity.

A united mind can indeed manifest miracles through faith, and nothing unites the mind more than truth: “Where the goal of truth is set, there faith must be. The Holy Spirit sees the situation as a whole.” T-17.VI.6

Faith is increased by the sharing of truth and right-mindedness. Jesus taught this when he was here:

“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matt 18:19-20

Just two or three uniting in faith can make anything happen. The Course expands on this idea:

“Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God. And he is healed because you offered faith to him, giving him to the Holy Spirit and releasing him from every demand your ego would make of him. Thus do you see him free, and in this vision does the Holy Spirit share. And since He shares it He has given it, and so He heals through you. It is this joining Him in a united purpose that makes this purpose real, because you make it whole. And this is healing. The body is healed because you came without it, and joined the Mind in which all healing rests.” T-19.I.2

Faith, healing, the Atonement, forgiveness and sharing all work together:

“To have faith is to heal. It is the sign that you have accepted the Atonement for yourself, and would therefore share it. By faith, you offer the gift of freedom from the past, which you received. You do not use anything your brother has done before to condemn him now.” T-19.I.9

Finally, before the fulness of miracles can manifest, we all must work on ourselves and our own healing:

“There have been many healers who did not heal themselves. They have not moved mountains by their faith because their faith was not whole. Some of them have healed the sick at times, but they have not raised the dead. Unless the healer heals himself, he cannot believe that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. He has not learned that every mind God created is equally worthy of being healed because God created it whole. You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it. He asks you only for what He gave, knowing that this giving will heal you. Sanity is wholeness, and the sanity of your brothers is yours.” T-5.VII.2

 

  1. PEACE

Peace is an important ingredient in the healing process, as none of the six categories we have covered so far would be effective without it.

The attainment of peace is essential to overcoming fear and guilt. Peace is a sign that true forgiveness has taken place. Love and peace go hand in hand. We cannot be in a positive state of mind if we are not at peace, and without it we cannot center ourselves on our inner core to exercise true faith.

The state of peace is a sign that the miracle worker has all the ingredients together to proceed with his or her work of love, service and healing.

You would think that all students would greatly desire this quality, but the Course indicates this is not the case.

Lesson 185 encourages students to embrace this statement:

“I want the peace of God.”

Then it makes these remarks:

To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything. If you could but mean them for just an instant, there would be no further sorrow possible for you in any form; in any place or time… No one can mean these words and not be healed.” W-pI.185.1-2

Obviously, there are a lot of people dealing with sorrow and ill health who would tell us that they desire peace, but according to the Course there must be something lacking in such desires, else their suffering would end. What is it that could be missing? Here is a clue:

“When a brother is sick it is because he is not asking for peace, and therefore does not know he has it. The acceptance of peace is the denial of illusion, and sickness is an illusion. Yet every Son of God has the power to deny illusions anywhere in the Kingdom, merely by denying them completely in himself.” T-10.III.7.

This points out several helpful things to aid in the attainment of peace and healing. First, we already have peace in our core but one “does not know he has it.”

Secondly, one has to ask for it so the barriers can be removed. How many are there who are not at peace and in ill health, but have not made the simple gesture of asking their Source for peace and healing?

Third is “the acceptance of peace.” True peace comes from focusing on the Christ at the core of our being, for this state of mind has to be accepted to be retained. This is easier said than done as many distractions of life force us to look upon the world without more than the world within.

The fourth key to peace is “the denial of illusion” for “sickness is an illusion.”

Denial is often seen as a negative motion but the Course tells us that it can be put to positive use. We can use it to deny those things that are not true, not real or illusion. Since sickness of any kind is a part of the illusion, then a denial of it may be in order.

The question is, how do we go about denying pain and ill health? The key is to see that which is true rather than that which is not true. We are told that sickness is an illusion. An illusion is something that seems to be there but is not. This tells us how to deny sickness. One must attain the state of mind that sees and accepts it as something that does not exist in reality. I like to call this a state of “not seeing” rather than denial. When you do not see the imperfection, that which remains is perfection.

There is a spiritual maxim that says “energy follows thought.” The Course says something similar: “every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear.” W-pI.16.3

Wrong-mindedness and miscreation guides energy in directions that produce disease. Taking thought away from the illusion removes the energy that feeds the illness and thus it has to disappear.

To accomplish this one has to honestly examine his thoughts and desires to see if he is really willing to let the destructive ones go and be replaced by the right-mindedness of the Holy Spirit which includes forgiveness. “The Holy Spirit calls to you, to let forgiveness rest upon your dreams, and be restored to sanity and peace of mind. Without forgiveness will your dreams remain to terrify you.” W-pII.7.4

As stated earlier, peace is strongly connected with the previous six factors needed for healing. The first, which is fear, is huge. We are asked this:

“Can pain be part of peace, or grief of joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where love and perfect holiness abide?” W-pI.152.2

Unwise thinking creates the problem:

“You have chosen to create unlike Him, and have therefore made fear for yourself. You are not at peace because you are not fulfilling your function.” T-4.I.9

But it offers solutions:

“For the instant of peace is eternal because it is without fear.” T-15.II.2

“You have escaped from fear to peace, asking no questions of reality, but merely accepting it.” T-18.VI.11

The second problem, which is guilt, is on the opposite side of peace:

“Peace and guilt are antithetical, and the Father can be remembered only in peace.” T-13.I.1

“Peace and guilt are both conditions of the mind, to be attained. And these conditions are the home of the emotion that calls them forth, and therefore is compatible with them.” T-19.IV.B.10

We are called “to lay all guilt aside. Reflect the peace of Heaven here, and bring this world to Heaven.” T-14.X.1

The Course stresses several times the importance of forgiveness in the attainment of the peace that heals:

“When peace is not with you entirely, and when you suffer pain of any kind, you have beheld some sin within your brother, and have rejoiced at what you thought was there.” T-24.IV.5.

“How willing are you to forgive your brother? How much do you desire peace instead of endless strife and misery and pain? These questions are the same, in different form.” T-29.VI.1

The fourth point is love, which goes hand in hand with peace:

“Love has now returned to our awareness. And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.” W-pII.323.2

“Peace be to you to whom is healing offered…What occurred within the instant that love entered in without attack will stay with you forever. Your healing will be one of its effects, as will your brother’s.” T-27.V.11

A whole mind is essential to peace:

The Wholeness of God, which is His peace, cannot be appreciated except by a whole mind” T-6.II.1

Peace is closely associated with mind, as evidenced by the fact that the phrase “peace of mind” is used 34 times in ACIM. Here is just one example:

“There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.” W-pI.5.4

Finally, we see that peace is essential in the use of faith:

“Your faith must grow to meet the goal that has been set. The goal’s reality will call this forth, for you will see that peace and faith will not come separately. What situation can you be in without faith, and remain faithful to your brother?” T-17.VII.4

“Then follow Him in joy, with faith that He will lead you safely through all dangers to your peace of mind this world may set before you.” T-13.VII.15

Peace is indeed an essential ingredient for healing and it is a journey without distance to find it:

“There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.” W-pI.47.7

Find that peace within and “nothing is impossible,” anything can be healed.

That said, we cannot end this section on peace without including the most famous quote of all from ACIM:

“Nothing real can be threatened.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.” T-in.2

  1. OTHER HEALING FACTORS

In addition to the seven factors we have covered, ACIMs tells us of others to which we need to pay attention.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

The miracle of healing cannot take place without the Holy Spirit:

“Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal the Son of God. And he is healed because you offered faith to him, giving him to the Holy Spirit and releasing him from every demand your ego would make of him. Thus do you see him free, and in this vision does the Holy Spirit share. And since He shares it He has given it, and so He heals through you. It is this joining Him in a united purpose that makes this purpose real, because you make it whole. And this is healing. The body is healed because you came without it, and joined the Mind in which all healing rests.” T-19.I.2

The Holy Spirit is the link for us between the worlds of heaven and earth. If we are to bypass the laws of this world and use the laws of the higher, we need His assistance. When a miraculous healing is attempted and met with failure, it is because the Holy Spirit was not fully involved and His messages of healing not entirely heard and followed. We must always include him for “the Holy Spirit is the only Healer.” T-13.VIII.1 In addition: “The Holy Spirit will direct you only so as to avoid pain.” T-7.X.3.

That which we seek must be in harmony with the Spirit, for even the scriptures tell us that “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” James 4:3 We must ask for that which is in harmony with the will of heaven which takes us from pain to joy, from incompleteness to wholeness.

JUDGMENT

Ego judgments interfere with healing:

“peace must come to those who choose to heal and not to judge.” T-21.VIII.2

“It must be true the miracle can heal all forms of sickness, or it cannot heal. Its purpose cannot be to judge which forms are real, and which appearances are true.” T-30.VI.7

“Instead of judging, we need but be still and let all things be healed.” W-pII.in.10

DISTORTED PERCEPTION

We live in a world of time and space where we learn through what is perceived. The trouble is that we perceive many things incorrectly, as well as wrongly interpret that which is perceived. This leads to many problems including ill health.

Correct perception is a miracle itself and is essential for healing:

The level-adjustment power of the miracle induces the right perception for healing. Until this has occurred healing cannot be understood. Forgiveness is an empty gesture unless it entails correction. Without this it is essentially judgmental, rather than healing.” T-2.V.A.15

Healing involves perceiving our brother accurately:

“To heal, then, is to correct perception in your brother and yourself by sharing the Holy Spirit with him. This places you both within the Kingdom, and restores its wholeness in your mind.” T-7.II.2

And how do you tell if your perception is off?

“How can you tell when you are seeing wrong, or someone else is failing to perceive the lesson he should learn? Does pain seem real in the perception? If it does, be sure the lesson is not learned.” W-pI.193.7

The wrong perception of separation is the main correction needed:

“Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of separation. Correct perception of your brother is necessary, because minds have chosen to see themselves as separate.” T-3.V.9

REMEMBERING

To be a true miracle worker we are told that we must remember our origins. When we recall who we are, get a sense of heaven and a difference between laws that govern reality and illusion, then the presence of the Holy Spirit is fully invited in and miracles can occur.

Here we are told that if we could remember the truth about ourselves, we “could not be sick.”

“Miracles are merely the translation of denial into truth. If to love oneself is to heal oneself, those who are sick do not love themselves. Therefore, they are asking for the love that would heal them, but which they are denying to themselves. If they knew the truth about themselves they could not be sick. The task of the miracle worker thus becomes to deny the denial of truth. The sick must heal themselves, for the truth is in them…”

We must remember “that all power is of God. You can remember this for all the Sonship. Do not allow your brother not to remember, for his forgetfulness is yours. But your remembering is his, for God cannot be remembered alone. This is what you have forgotten. To perceive the healing of your brother as the healing of yourself is thus the way to remember God. For you forgot your brothers with Him, and God’s Answer to your forgetting is but the way to remember.” T-12.II.1-2

The very power to manifest miracles is inherent of what we are:

“Your claim to miracles does not lie in your illusions about yourself. It does not depend on any magical powers you have ascribed to yourself, nor on any of the rituals you have devised. It is inherent in the truth of what you are.” W-pI.77.2

what you are you must learn to remember.” T-6.V.C.5

The path to true remembering is through the Holy Spirit:

“He (the Holy Spirit) is perfectly aware that you do not know yourself, and perfectly aware of how to teach you to remember what you are.” T-12.VI.2

Yes, He will teach us but we must first “Listen, and you will learn how to remember what you are.” T-10.V.11

When remembrance comes, “You are entitled to miracles because of what you are. You will receive miracles because of what God is. And you will offer miracles because you are one with God.

“Your claim to miracles does not lie in your illusions about yourself. It does not depend on any magical powers you have ascribed to yourself, nor on any of the rituals you have devised. It is inherent in the truth of what you are. W-pI.77.1-2

This understanding leads to unlimited power:

“The Oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power. This limitless power is God’s gift to you, because it is what you are.” T-7.VI.10

This remembrance will bring “perfect healing.”

“Into this empty space, from which the goal of sin has been removed, is Heaven free to be remembered. Here its peace can come, and perfect healing take the place of death.” T-27.I.10.

Discovering this remembrance of our true identity is the purpose of the Course itself:

“This course will teach you how to remember what you are, restoring to you your Identity. We have already learned that this Identity is shared. The miracle becomes the means of sharing It.” T-14.X.12

SHARING

The Course stresses many times that we must assist and join with our brothers to obtain heaven. Here it tells is the effect on our health by going it alone:

“For healing is the opposite of all the world’s ideas which dwell on sickness and on separate states. 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.” W-pI.137.1-2

True miracles happen through sharing:

“You have done miracles, but it is quite apparent that you have not done them alone. You have succeeded whenever you have reached another mind and joined with it. When two minds join as one and share one idea equally, the first link in the awareness of the Sonship as One has been made.” T-16.II.4

Those who are centered on themselves alone will not be able to manifest miracles for “God cannot be remembered alone” T-12.II.2, for we, along with our brothers, must tune into where we were in creation to become miracle workers.

We are told that “The cause of pain is separation, not the body, which is only its effect” T-28.III.5

If the cause of pain and illness is separation, then the cure is again to be united:

“No one is sick if someone else accepts his union with him. His desire to be a sick and separated mind can not remain without a witness or a cause. And both are gone if someone wills to be united with him.” T-28.IV.7

Not only must healing be shared but it is also essential to enter back into the kingdom of heaven:

“The Kingdom cannot be found alone, and you who are the Kingdom cannot find yourself alone.” T-8.III.6.

On the other hand, we do not want to share in the illusions or sickness of our brothers:

We should not “give support to someone’s dream of sickness and of death. It means that you share not his wish to separate, and let him turn illusions on himself.” T-28.IV.1

 

The Course stresses that we are all in this together and healing is a shared experience:

“Do not accept your brother’s variable perception of himself for his split mind is yours, and you will not accept your healing without his. For you share the real world as you share Heaven, and his healing is yours. To love yourself is to heal yourself, and you cannot perceive part of you as sick and achieve your goal. Brother, we heal together as we live together and love together.” T-11.VIII.11

We find that union and sharing are the ultimate healing solution:

“Healing is 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 that were walled off within a body free to join with other minds, to be forever strong.” W-pI.137.8

ACIM and Orthodox Medicine

Many students read along in the Course about the principles of healing and think it is wonderful how a healed mind in tune with heaven can have perfect health, but then when the moment comes that illness threatens, what do they do?

Do they review the Course’s teachings that “illness is a form of magic” T-5.V.5 and seek to apply the non-magical instructions of the Course in healing?

Often the answer is no. Instead of using ACIM principles, they seek orthodox healing techniques which the Course says “are restatements of magic principles.” T-2.IV.4

I am reminded of a good friend I had a few years back who was an avid student of spiritual philosophy and alternative medicine. Out of the blue she developed cancer, and after the doctors scared the dickens out of her with a diagnosis and needed treatment, she seemed to throw all her previous beliefs out the window and placed all her faith in orthodox medicine. She lived a few months more in great pain and distress before a painful death took her.

I see this happening with ACIM students. They study the Course and think it is great, but then when they get a few sniffles they run to their doctor, take antibiotics, and whatever else he advises.

The Course uses the word “magic” quite a lot in describing illness as well as the orthodox methods of treating it. Concerning physical illness, it says:

“Only the mind is capable of error. The body can act wrongly only when it is responding to misthought. The body cannot create, and the belief that it can, a fundamental error, produces all physical symptoms. Physical illness represents a belief in magic. The whole distortion that made magic rests on the belief that there is a creative ability in matter which the mind cannot control.” T-2.IV.2

So, the health problems caused by magic comes from the belief “that there is a creative ability in matter which the mind cannot control.”

Then it tells us that it is wrong minded to attempt to cure magically induced disease with magical treatments on the body.

“All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles. This is the first step in believing that the body makes its own illness. It is a second misstep to attempt to heal it through non-creative agents.” T-2.IV.4

“Magic is the mindless or the miscreative use of mind. Physical medications are forms of “spells,” T-2.V.2

So, if we do not use orthodox healing techniques, what should we do?

First of all, the Course tells us that if we follow its precepts we will never be ill in the first place. We’ve already covered numerous statements to this effect that if we follow the teachings on love, forgiveness, correct use of mind, etc., the health of the body will take care of itself.

Unfortunately, none of us are perfect and just about all of us have physical challenges now and then. So, when this happens what should we do?

The problem is that any illness we have is generated through a misuse of the mind and has nothing to do with the body itself according to ACIM. Since the illness is caused by belief in magic outside the mind, the tendency is to seek for a cure in the same place. We thus seek for outside doctors and medicines that treat the body when in reality the mind has the problem that needs correction. We are told that:

“The body cannot heal, because it cannot make itself sick. It needs no healing. Its health or sickness depends entirely on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose that the mind would use it for.” T-19.I.3

The creative power of the mind is all powerful and if we use it correctly, we are told we will never be ill in any way and even death will be overcome. Some Course students are overwhelmed by the ideals the Course presents to us and are dismayed by their inability to reach them. Some feel uneasy seeking orthodox means of healing because of the statements ACIM made about them. It is stressed that using the laws of God is associated with the mind and the laws of the ego with the body:

“When you heal, you are remembering the laws of God and forgetting the laws of the ego.” T-7.IV.2

Orthodox medicine is thus ego centered, and the Course gives some controversial statements about certain practices. As of this writing vaccination, is a hot topic among Course students. It says this:

“Think of the freedom in the recognition that you are not bound by all the strange and twisted laws you have set up to save you…You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death.” W-pI.76.3

So right here it dismisses the need for prescription drugs as well as natural supplements in pill form. The “sharpened needle” would refer to vaccinations and other medical injections.

In that same section these thoughts are reinforced. It speaks of “‘laws’ we have believed we must obey. These would include, for example, the ‘laws’ of nutrition, of immunization, of medication, and of the body’s protection in innumerable ways… Dismiss all foolish magical beliefs today.” W-pI.76.

The Course even dismisses the use of glasses to improve vision:

“Thus you believe that you can change what you see by putting little bits of glass before your eyes. This is among the many magical beliefs that come from the conviction you are a body, and the body’s eyes can see.” W-pI.92.1

One may wonder how the scribe Helen Schucman felt about this since she wore glasses. Not only that, but both she and Kenneth Wapnick died after a painful bout with cancer. Helen, though, told us that she was far from the perfect student of the Course. There were parts of the Course that even she had difficulty in accepting.

In speaking of magical or orthodox dealings with pain it says:

“All belief in magic is maintained by just one simple-minded illusion;–that it works. All through their training, every day and every hour, and even every minute and second, must God’s teachers learn to recognize the forms of magic and perceive their meaninglessness.” M-16.11

So, the Course acknowledges that orthodox treatments work, but if true teachers see correctly, they will “perceive their meaninglessness.”

Then Jesus is quoted as saying this:

“I am repeating here a Biblical injunction of my own, already mentioned elsewhere, that if my followers eat any deadly thing it shall not hurt them. This is what Cayce could NOT believe, because he could not see that, as a Son of God, he WAS invulnerable.” UR T 3 C 39

Here Jesus was referring to this scripture concerning believers:

“They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:18

So, if miracle workers accept the laws of God above the laws of the ego, they will be “invulnerable” and can even “eat any deadly thing it shall not hurt them.”

The question is – how many are awake enough to be invulnerable and not be subject to the laws of the ego? Even Socrates, as evolved as he was, died when he ate the poison hemlock. How many students do we know that are of the caliber of Socrates, let alone Jesus?

Apparently, just proclaiming that you believe is not enough. There are Christian groups that take this scripture seriously and handle deadly snakes to demonstrate their faith and some get bitten and die. While the Corona Virus has been raging, some Christian ministers have publicly declared they are invulnerable to it because of their faith, yet have caught it and died. The media loves to publish stories of such people and make light of their faith.

Yes, there have been many who fell short in their faith, but there have been a few who have not and many students of the Course have reported witnessing miracles in their lives. The problem, even for a strong believer who has witnessed some miracles, is this. Under the law of God there is no order of difficulty in miracles, but under the ego there definitely is. It is very difficult for the mind of even the most fervent believer of ACIM to fully accept that there is no order of difficulty.

He can therefore accept the idea that a certain disease may be cured by a miracle, but raising the dead or moving a mountain is another matter. How many can fully accept something like these that seems utterly impossible to the ego? None that I know of to the point where they can accomplish them. Or how about restoring the sight to one blind from birth as did Jesus?

For the rank-and-file students, letting go of this order of difficulty by the mind is a great obstacle, and though there may be some who make such claims, rare are the actual demonstrations of such power and invulnerability.

Fortunately, for those of us who have not yet reached invulnerability, the Course recognizes that most have need for some of the ego’s magic. Many who seem spiritually evolved and shun orthodox treatments still wear glasses, take food supplements, and are selective about their diet. For those lacking in full-fledged faith in invulnerability, the Course indicates it is because we have a fear of using the mind to heal above applying medicines to the body. It says:

“If you are afraid to use the mind to heal, you should not attempt to do so. The very fact that you are afraid makes your mind vulnerable to miscreation. You are therefore likely to misunderstand any healing that might occur, and because egocentricity and fear usually occur together, you may be unable to accept the real Source of the healing. Under these conditions, it is safer for you to rely temporarily on physical healing devices, because you cannot misperceive them as your own creations. As long as your sense of vulnerability persists, you should not attempt to perform miracles.” T-2.V.2

So, if we perceive ourselves vulnerable enough to need medicine, vaccinations or medical assistance to heal the body, an attempt at miracles may lead to “miscreation.” If nothing is impossible for the mind, then indeed, we must be careful what we create with our thoughts.

The Course adds this about orthodox treatments:

“All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles. This is the first step in believing that the body makes its own illness. It is a second misstep to attempt to heal it through non-creative agents. It does not follow, however, that the use of such agents for corrective purposes is evil. Sometimes the illness has a sufficiently strong hold over the mind to render a person temporarily inaccessible to the Atonement. In this case it may be wise to utilize a compromise approach to mind and body, in which something from the outside is temporarily given healing belief. This is because the last thing that can help the non-right-minded, or the sick, is an increase in fear.” T-2.IV.4

Again, it associates the problem of vulnerability with fear. The problem is that fear is a very subtle thing, and many think they have no fear when they merely have fear that is suppressed that still makes them vulnerable. When the student still has vulnerabilities, we are told that the use of regular medicines is not evil, but may be the right thing to do because the “healing belief” is in the orthodox medicine. If that is where our belief is, then that is where we must go for treatment. If we believe in the medicine, the doctor or the vaccine, that is where the benefit may be until the student is able to place more faith in mind/spirit than directly treating the body.

“So do we lay aside our amulets, our charms and medicines, our chants and bits of magic in whatever form they take. We will be still and listen for the Voice of healing, which will cure all ills as one, restoring saneness to the Son of God. No voice but this can cure.” W-pI.140.10

The Course does give us an interesting hint as to how wrong thinking can cause physical problems. In speaking of Helen’s vision problems, it says:

The result is a kind of “double vision,” which would have produced an actual diplopia, if she had not settled for nearsightedness. This was an attempt to see the concrete more clearly through the ego’s eyes, without the “interference” of the longer range. Her virtual lack of astigmatism is due to her real efforts at objectivity and fairness. She has not attained them, or she would not be nearsighted. But she HAS tried to be fair with what she permitted herself to see. … B., you were more capable of a longrange view, and that is why your eyesight is good. UR T 4 C 6&9

Notice how it tells us that physical vision problems corresponds to wrong thinking. Helen’s nearsightedness was caused by “an attempt to see the concrete more clearly through the ego’s eyes, without the “interference” of the longer range.”

In addition, “Her virtual lack of astigmatism is due to her real efforts at objectivity and fairness.”

Bill had good eyesight because he was “capable of a longrange view.”

This concept that physical problems correspond to misdirected thinking has been picked up by a number alternative healers and authors. It is said, for instance, that if we allow someone to bother us too much we may develop a headache or pain in the neck, for we see them as a pain in the neck. If one doesn’t have the backbone to stand up for himself, he may develop back problems. If we let others get under our skin, we may develop skin problems. If another does not give love when needed, he could develop problems with the heart and so on. Fear is said to greatly lower our defenses against contagious diseases.

Those who have contemplated the mind/body connection have come up with corresponding wrong thinking behind every physical problem. It is an interesting subject that a student of ACIM might want to investigate.

CONCLUSION:

The Course presents a number of ideals concerning health and healing. Sometimes it makes it sound like students should have perfect health if they just grasp its basic elements. Other times it seems to tell us that healing others who are ill is a simple matter of following the teachings. These ideals cause some students to get a little frustrated with themselves.

Let me encourage all readers to forge ahead no matter how small or great your results have been so far. Very few have mastered the teachings to be able to perform miracles as did Jesus in the Bible, but it is essential to keep in mind that He set the example of what all of us can and will eventually accomplish. The important thing is to honestly examine ourselves to see where we are now and then to take the next step.

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Principles of Political Unification

Principles of Political Unification

We are in the midst of an emotional civil war in this country and much of the world. Never has then been a greater need for the two sides to see the points of agreement rather than disagreement.

As a measure to solve this problem I wrote The Principles of Unification in 2004. Since then, the need for such a document has only increased. The problem was that which was presented at that time was too lengthy and not likely to be accepted by both sides. I have therefore edited it down substantially, attempting to keep the wording concise so it will be accepted by most of the people on the left and the right. It is hoped that this can be helpful in bring the two sides together in greater cooperation and goodwill.

Here is the version reworded in November 2021

Principles of Political Unification

(1) I seek that which is good for my country and the world, above that which is good for my party.

(2) I support the principle of free speech. All should be allowed to express political and spiritual views, however repulsive, without legal restrictions. Let the people be the final censors.

(3) I support the principle of freedom and work toward securing the greatest possible freedom for individuals and groups. I accept the principles of freedom enunciated in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

(4) I commit myself to sending goodwill and the spirit of friendship to all involved in the political process, especially those with differing political views.

(5) Even though the majority may not always support my views, I realize that the majority view, when properly informed, rarely will lead us on a dangerous path. I therefore seek to honor the will of the people. When I disagree with the will of the people, I will not seek to forcefully control them or change them but will use peaceful means to inform and educate them.

(6) I support the policy of both sides being heard and able to express themselves on controversial issues.

(7) I believe in integrity and honesty and will seek to be truthful no matter what the opponents do. I seek not to distort or lie for the benefit of my party or for personal gain.

(8) I support fiscal responsibility, the elimination of wasteful spending and fair but not excessive taxation as supported by the will of the people.

(9) I support the fair and accurate presentation of history in our educational system so students will have a knowledge of important historical events and people.

(10) I support a legal system governing immigration in harmony with the will of the people

(11) I support equal rights for all races, sexual identities and members of all religions and ideologies.

(12) I support the elimination of poverty using aid, when necessary, but always encouraging steps toward self-sufficiency.

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The Key to Consciousness

The Key to Consciousness

Let us continue to explore the Law of Attraction and Repulsion. Since these two are usually mentioned together we need to study them as two branches of the same law.

Since we have been talking about sound, it may be of interest to give some DK quotes about sound as it relates to this law.

“A simplification of the idea may come to you perhaps in the recognition of sound as the agent of the law of attraction and repulsion.” Letters on Occult Meditation Pg 54

JJ Comment: Sound is the agent of the law of attraction and repulsion and this is the law that governs creation and dissolution of form.

“Under the Law of Economy man hears. Sound permeates matter and is the basis of its subsequent heterogeneity. Under the Law of Attraction, man touches and makes contact with that which is brought to his attention through sound waves of activity.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 198-199

“When Spirit and matter sound the same note evolution will cease. When the note sounded by the form is stronger than that of Spirit, we have attraction between forms. When the note sounded by Spirit is stronger than that of matter and form, we have Spirit repelling form. Here we have the basis for the battlefield of life, and its myriads of intermediate stages…” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 275

We could talk about this law for a long time but time constraints dictate that we merely cover some highlights.

One interesting thing discussed in relation to the Law of Attraction and Repulsion is its relationship to consciousness. Let me quote again:

“In manifestation the two are approximated; they interact upon each other; activity supersedes quiescence; positivity replaces negativity; movement is seen in place of passivity, and the two primordial factors are no longer neutral to each other, but attract and repulse, interact and utilize. THEN AND ONLY THEN, CAN WE HAVE FORM ANIMATED BY LIFE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS DEMONSTRATED THROUGH APPROPRIATE VEHICLES.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 227

“But – during the great cycle of evolution – when the third factor of Mind comes in, and when the point of balance is the goal, the cyclic display of the interaction between Spirit and form is seen, and the result is the ordered cycles of the planets, of a human being, and of an atom. THUS, THROUGH REPETITION, IS CONSCIOUSNESS DEVELOPED, AND RESPONSIVE FACULTY INDUCED.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 276

“Atomic consciousness, demonstrating through successive states of repulsion and attraction. IN THIS LAST DEFINITION LIES THE KEY TO THE OTHER STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 279

Question: DK gives some very interesting hints in this material. The greatest hint of all is the Key to increasing our consciousness. Can you see it? If so tell us what you think it is.

A reader comments that she is a positive thinker and seems to manifest green lights and parking spaces. She says this:

“It feels like something is at work here and I am not even aware of it. I was wondering if you could shed light on this.”

JJ: Maybe you just have some good karma coming. Positive and negative thoughts do influence reality. It is also a fact that the positive person takes greater note of positive happenings and the negative one will see the negative even when most things are going well.

Maybe they’ll do a study sometime on this as quite a few people claim to manifest parking spaces and green lights. I think I manifest red lights when I am in a mad rush. I compensate by an increase of speed and shortcuts.

Another reader writes that he was afraid of telling his abusive dad what he thought when he was alive and his words still come back to haunt him.

JJ: It is always best to communicate grievances with pure intent to resolve the situation with minimal hurt for the other person. Of course, if the person poses a physical danger, common sense must be used. In this case the abused wife, child or whatever must remove himself from the situation as soon as possible. This removal will be a means of communicating part of your feelings. After distancing yourself from the person and forgiving them, you must check yourself to see if the grievance remains. If it does, then wait until an opportune time to communicate your feelings when you will be out of physical danger – maybe even in a letter or on a tape.

If nothing else works go to the person’s gravesite on his or her death and express your feelings.

Reader: JJ, you said to show your hurt feelings and anger in a harmless way. You wrote” If he does lash out at you, you must not return fire no matter how hurtful the words are. If you do, the negative energy will return to you. Instead show only love, compassion and understanding.” Why would Jesus whip and hurt the bad guys then? He did not show harmlessness, or did he?

JJ: There is a time and place for all things. There is a time to go after the bad guys and let them have it, but it must not be done by emotional dictate alone. The time to break the rules is when a communication is made through the soul to do so.

Jesus illustrated on the cross and in other situations that he could be harmless and forgiving in extreme circumstances, but when he saw the desecration of the temple he knew from a higher vision that this was the time to act or no lesson would be communicated.

Reader Question: Are you able to demonstrate the materializing or renewing of objects like you talked about in the latest Immortal chapter-like renewing old quarters to their mint-condition state, for example?

Will you be teaching how to do that at any future gathering?

JJ: Sorry. I’m not quite there yet. If I were, I would renew my body and I would be about 30 the next time you saw me.

July 11, 2004

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Sound Bytes

Sound Bytes

Thanks to those of you who commented on the latest Chapter of my Book Eternal Words.

Arit writes: “You know what else happened? As I was reading page 10, I heard a very beautiful song of just 3 lines and I was singing it in my spirit and drifted off but on waking up this morning I can’t remember the song and I want so much to remember it. I’ve concentrated on it, taken my mind back but nothing. Perhaps I’m trying too much but I’ll appreciate some suggestion on how I can recall that song.”

JJ: What were you reading when you heard it? When you receive something through the soul you need to record it immediately or it can be difficult to retrieve. Sometimes it is easier to go on to the next revelation.

A reader comments: All sound is vibration, but all vibrations are not sound. At least not sound as we know it — unless you are giving “sound” a specialized meaning. Sound is, by definition, that portion of the wave band which lies within the range of reading. At other wavelengths, waves manifest as heat, light, and radio waves.

JJ: Of course, there is only a certain range of vibration that produces audible sound on the physical plane, but we could take any group of wavelengths, even light, and slow them down and we would no longer have light, but sound. We could take slow wavelengths and speed them up and again we would have light. The key is the pattern produced by the wavelengths and that pattern can remain intact whether the wavelengths are slowed down or speeded up.

Another thing to consider is the creative sound begins on the mental plane and from that mental plane sound is heard, seen and felt in a much higher vibratory rate.

It is written, “In the beginning was the word,” or sound, but this was not an audible sound for the physical ear, but the sound that creates.

From the book we read:

“So, could we sound the original word for this coin and restore it?”

 “We could,” he affirmed.

Reader: But in order to exist on the physical plane, you have stated that things must possess a dual polarity, and that when the polarity of a thing was in perfect balance, it would cease to exist. So therefore, in order to persist, once you gave out the original sound that created the coin, you would either have to keep sounding it in order for the coin to continue existing, or you would have to add to the true sound of the coin, some sort of lie or distortion in order to create the polarity so that the coin would continue to persist.

JJ: Nothing in form on the physical, astral or mental plane is in perfect balance. I see no contradiction here. Sound throws undifferentiated matter out of balance and causes creation. Once differentiated matter is created it continues to make sound on the various planes for billions of years unless a master neutralizes the wavelengths, or sound.

Reader: Follow-up question: The primordial sound which created the coin was itself created. How was that sound created? By a sound on a still higher plane?

JJ:  All sound and creation is originated by evolving intelligence.

Reader: Can you really create every instance of every coin on the mental plane, or simply create the arch-type of all coins of the same nature, with the specific manifestation of this specific coin only occurring on the physical plane?

JJ: I think the book answers this:

“So does every quarter of that year represented by the same word?”

“Not quite,” he replied. “Two forms that seem to be exactly the same, such as two coins of the same year and mint, will be very similar in sound, yet with a slight variation. The words which are forms are tempered by the slight differences in the atoms themselves and by the thoughts of the creators of the form, as well as those who use the form.”

Reader: How could you create something which had never been created before? Like, say a coin which will be minted 100 years in the future? How would you know the sound vibration for that? Or how would you create a coin which never existed, such as a Confederate, gold $3 piece?

JJ: One must merely follow the example of Thomas Edison and see an idea of the future such as a light bulb and then bring it into existence using the highest methods you know.

Edison sounded the light bulb on the plane of the mind before he manifested it.

Reader: How about creating effects? Would it spoil some vast eternal plan or upset the economy or destroy anybody’s free will if I created safely 14 consecutive green lights on my way to work in the morning? What would be the sound to create this, or is this some other principle at work?

JJ: The trouble with this is that your desire is competing with others who want your lights to be red while theirs is green. People’s energy neutralizes each other in these types of efforts.

I never attempt to change a light or materialize a parking space, but just take what comes.

Reader: “The consciousness of the adept is not limited by his physical body. …”

And the consciousness of the adept is not limited TO his physical body. I have mentioned this concept before, and you said I was wrong, and that the consciousness could not operate outside the body or else a person would not be physically alive.

JJ: I think you misunderstood me here. I have never said that a master was limited to a physical body but have taught many times that an adept will often rise above the physical and go to the higher realms in consciousness.

All of us have seven energy bodies and have a degree of consciousness in all seven planes when you include the lower and higher self.

What I did say is that in the case of a divine possession a Master is limited to working through one physical body at a time. Although in the case of a more loosely connected overshadowing he can work through more than one at a time.

An entity is generally limited to working through one physical body at a time, but this does not prevent him from placing his consciousness in other etheric bodies to use greater spiritual powers.

The only way to be in two places at one time is through the use of thoughtforms, but even here your prime attention and power of decision will be limited to one form at one moment.

Quote from the book: John continued clapping saying, “It’s very penetrating because you are hearing on three levels at one time. You are hearing sound on the physical, the emotional and the mental levels.”

Reader: In other words, their attention is focused on three levels at one time. But, I thought you said at one time that this was impossible, and that our attention could only be focused on one level at a time. I think we can and do function on multiple levels, though we are not always conscious of doing so.

JJ: The hearing on three levels is like listening to three notes of a chord. Your conscious ness does not say “Ah, there’s the first note and now there’s the second note, and finally, there’s the third note. Instead, all three notes are heard as one sound. Even so when your consciousness registers three planes at once it does this same thing. It does not register them individually, (unless it examines them one at a time,) but it can take in three worlds as one chord or one sound and then interpret the notes on reflection if he later desires.

The truth I pointed out earlier is that we are not conscious unless we are conscious. Consciousness is an awareness of what is going on. What is generally called the subconscious is not really our consciousness because we are not conscious of it. That which is below our conscious state are other conscious lives or advanced computer programs we have stored within ourselves.

Quote from  the book: “We held out our right hands, palms up and concentrated with all the energy we had.”

Reader: Wait a minute. Maybe you are just using an expression here, but philosophically, I don’t think this is correct. Attention is a focus of DECISION not EFFORT nor ENERGY. Effort and energy are not part of the First Key. Energy was created as a result of the decision to be. Pure attention does not require energy.

JJ: Bringing a decision into manifestation requires effort for me. Maybe you know something I don’t.

DK says: “I am one who has wrestled and fought his way into a greater measure of light than has the aspirant who will read this article.”

This principle has certainly applied to me. It has taken great effort on my part to move ahead. Of course, once one has mastered a thing it eventually becomes effortless.

Reader: Very interesting turn of phrase “formulate knowledge”.

JJ: Glad you noticed the wording and thanks for your observations and questions.

July 6, 2004

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Earned Authority

Earned Authority

A reader comments: I have heard others on the Keys use the term “earned authority” to mean that after they have had enough soul confirmation, then they will automatically believe the teacher no matter what he says, and feel that it is no longer necessary to verify it.

JJ: In the five years I have been teaching here I do not recall anyone saying this. I would be interested in seeing the reference if you have one. For one thing, if someone did say such a thing, I would immediately offer a correction.

Reader: It seems to me, and I think this is what you are saying, is that one should ALWAYS seek verification, and that by an “earned authority,” you just mean someone whom you trust more and give “greater weight” to his words, and, therefore, you are more likely to take his teachings seriously and seek confirmation, than you would with a new teacher or one who had proven himself to be less than trustworthy?

JJ: One should test (numerous times) the prospective authority with one’s own soul as well as any external evidence that may be available. If the teacher consistently measures up then you do not have to painstakingly examine every word he or she says, but you can begin to learn on automatic pilot as long as you feel at peace with your soul. No matter how strong the earned authority is, you always have the soul at work in the background and when the red flag goes off you then closely examine the words of the teacher on the matter with the same detachment as you would anyone else.

You might note that DK is an earned authority with me and I have my mind on automatic pilot as I learn from him. Once in a while a red flag goes up such as in his statement concerning the sharing of national resources which I believe to be literally incorrect. Because he is an earned authority, I give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that if I could talk to him and have him bring clarification in light of current evolution that his words would harmonize with my soul.

I will therefore give his words reasonable weight even if there is a possible flaw in them – just as I would an Algebra teacher who knows more of the subject than I do.

However, once an authority is proven, if for instance, you learn Spanish from a teacher and you know that he knows Spanish and you ask him the Spanish word for “rock” or something, and he tells you, you can have quite a bit of faith that he’s come up with an accurate word because you’ve tested him. So, relying somewhat intelligently upon an earned authority is not relying on beastly unearned authority. However even if we have a true teacher and we rely on him with blindness without checking him out and giving him enough tests to assure us that he guides us in the direction of soul contact, then a true teacher, whether he be a Jesus or a Buddha, can become a beastly authority to us.

Return to the Laws

We left off a while back talking about the subsidiary laws to the Law of Economy. They are:

  1. The Law of Vibration, dealing with the key note or measure of the matter of each plane. By knowledge of this law the material of any plane in its seven divisions can be controlled.
  2. The Law of Adaptation, is the law governing the rotary movement of any atom on every plane and subplane.
  3. The Law of Repulsion, governs that relationship between atoms, which results in their non-attachment and in their complete freedom from each other; it also keeps them rotating at fixed points from the globe or sphere of opposite polarity.
  4. The Law of Friction, governs the heat aspect of any atom, the radiation of an atom, and the effect of that radiation on any other atom. We shall first talk about the Law of Vibration. Here are a couple things DK said about it.

We talked about the Law of Vibration and the Law of Adaptation. The next in line is the Law of Repulsion. This law is mentioned eight times in the Alice A. Bailey writings.

First, see if you can find them and then explain what this law is. I will comment as needed.

June 26, 2004

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