Lesson 137
Two Emotions
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43 You have but two emotions, and one you made and one was given you. Each is a way of seeing, and different worlds arise from their different visions. See through the vision that is given you, for through Christ's vision He beholds Himself. And seeing what He is, He knows His Father. Beyond your darkest dreams, He sees God's guiltless Son within you, shining in perfect radiance, which is undimmed by your dreams. And this you will see as you look with Him, for His vision is His gift of love to you, given Him of the Father for you.

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L e s s o n  137
  When I am healed, I am not healed alone.

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Today's idea remains the central thought  
on which salvation rests. 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. 
It gives the body final power to make 
the separation real and keep the mind 
in solitary prisons, split apart 
and held in pieces by a solid wall 
of sickened flesh which it can not surmount.| 
The world obeys the laws <that> sickness serves, 
but healing operates apart from them. 
It is impossible that anyone 
be healed alone. In sickness must he be 
apart and separate. But healing is 
his own decision to be one again, 
and to accept his Self with all its parts 
intact and unassailed. In sickness does 
his Self appear to be dismembered and 
without the Unity Which gives It life. 
But healing is accomplished as he sees 
the body has no power to attack 
the universal Oneness of God's Son.| 
Sickness would prove that lies must be the truth, 
but healing demonstrates that truth is true. 
The separation sickness would impose 
has never really happened. To be healed 
is merely to accept what always was 
the simple truth, and always will remain 
exactly as it has forever been. 
Yet eyes accustomed to illusions must 
be shown that what they look upon is false. 
And healing, never needed by the truth, 
must demonstrate that sickness is not real.| 
Healing might thus be called a counter-dream 
which cancels out the dream of sickness in 
the name of truth, but not in truth itself. 
Just as forgiveness overlooks all sins 
<that> never were accomplished, healing but 
removes illusions that have not occurred. 
Just as the real world will arise to take 
the place of what has never been at all, 
healing but offers restitution for 
imagined states and false ideas which dreams 
embroider into pictures of the truth. 
Yet think not healing is unworthy of 
your function here. For antichrist becomes 
more powerful than Christ to those who dream 
the world is real. The body seems to be 
more stable and more solid than the mind. 
And love becomes a dream, while fear remains 
the one reality which can be seen 
and justified and fully understood. 
Just as forgiveness shines away all sin, 
and the real world must occupy the place 
of what you made, so healing must replace 
the fantasies of sickness you have held 
before the simple truth. When sickness has 
been seen to disappear in spite of all 
the laws which hold it cannot but be real, 
then questions have been answered. And the laws 
can be no longer cherished nor obeyed.| 
Healing is freedom. For it demonstrates 
that dreams will not prevail against the truth. 
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 which were 
walled off within a body free to join 
with other minds, to be forever strong.| 
Healing, forgiveness, and the glad exchange 
of all the world of sorrow for a world 
where sadness cannot enter are the means 
by which the Holy Spirit urges you 
to follow Him. His gentle lessons teach 
how easily salvation can be yours; 
how little practice you need undertake 
to let His laws replace the ones you made 
to hold yourself a prisoner to death. 
His life becomes your own as you extend 
the little help He asks in freeing you 
of everything that ever caused you pain.| 
And as you let yourself be healed, you see 
all those around you or who cross your mind 
or whom you touch or those who seem to have 
no contact with you, healed along with you. 
Perhaps you will not recognize them all, 
nor realize how great your offering 
to all the world when you let healing come 
to you. But you are never healed alone, 
and legions upon legions will receive 
the gifts that you receive when you are healed.| 
Those who are healed become the instruments 
of healing. Nor does time elapse between 
the instant they are healed and all the grace 
of healing it is given them to give. 
What is opposed to God does not exist. 
And who accepts it not within his mind 
becomes a haven where the weary can 
remain to rest. For here is truth bestowed, 
and here are all illusions brought to truth.| 
Would you not offer shelter to God's Will? 
You but invite your Self to be at home, 
and can this invitation be refused? 
Ask the inevitable to occur 
and you will never fail. The other choice 
is but to ask what cannot be to be, 
and this cannot succeed. Today we ask 
that only truth will occupy our minds 
that thoughts of healing will this day go forth 
from what is healed to what must yet be healed, 
aware that they will both occur as one. 
We will remember, as the hour strikes, 
our function is to let our minds be healed 
that we may carry healing to the world, 
exchanging curse for blessing, pain for joy, 
and separation for the peace of God. 
Is not a minute of the hour worth 
the giving to receive a gift like this? 
Is not a little time a small expense 
to offer for the gift of everything? 
Yet must we be prepared for such a gift. 
And so we will begin the day with this, 
and give ten minutes to these thoughts with which 
we will conclude today at night as well: 
"When I am healed, I am not healed alone, 
 and I would share my healing with the world  
 that sickness may be banished from the mind  
 of God's One Son, Who is my only Self.
Let healing be through you this very day. 
And as you rest in quiet, be prepared 
to give as you receive, to hold but what 
you give, and to receive the Word of God 
to take the place of all the foolish thoughts 
that ever were imagined. Now we come 
together to make well all that was sick, 
and offer blessing where there was attack. 
Nor will we let this function be forgot 
as every hour of the day slips by, 
remembering our function with this thought: 
"When I am healed, I am not healed alone,
and I would bless my brothers, for I would
be healed of them as they are healed through  
me ."

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When I am healed, I am not healed alone.
Sarah's Commentary:

This Lesson reminds us once again that this world is about separation. At no time do we feel this more and at no time do we feel more shut off and alone than when we are not feeling well, whether physically or emotionally. When we are in this state, there is a tendency to withdraw into ourselves and look only for those special relationships where our need for relief from our perceived condition might be met. This is precisely the purpose of sickness, which is to focus our attention on the body and our specialness and to keep us from awareness of the love we are. Thus, it is a defense. It keeps us in separation by establishing the body as real and proves that God is not. With sickness, the body becomes the whole focus of our attention. Our challenge is to learn that the mind has the power to choose again.
I remember a conversation I had with Willis Harmon who introduced me to the Course. When I met him, he was the head of the Institute for Noetic Sciences at Stanford University founded by the astronaut Edgar Mitchell. The purpose of the institute was to investigate phenomena beyond the realm of ordinary science. One of the areas they were researching was remission in cancer patients and the difference between those who experienced remission and those who did not. They discovered that those who experienced remission had released some major grievances. Unfortunately, the project suffered from a lack of good information from doctors whose files were sadly lacking with regard to the emotional state of their patients. The focus of the reports in these files was mostly restricted to the body.
While the body reflects healing that has taken place in the mind, the state of the body does not affect the choice for peace that we can make in the mind. As we read in Chapter 2, "Health is inner peace." (T.2.I.5.11) (ACIM OE T.2.I.17) We might ask, "Would it really make a difference if we no longer identified with the body and were at peace, even though the body seemed to stay sick?"
This was apparent to me recently when a friend was going through a sickness that resulted in his seeming death. After much turmoil on learning of his condition and as the sickness of the body progressed, it seemed apparent he was increasingly choosing peace and joining, as he welcomed so much love into his life. His last words were, "I am happy." He used the illusion of sickness as an opportunity for healing. The condition of the body is not where the sickness is. It is all in the mind. As Byron Katie said recently, "My life is full of joy and love, but what is my life? It is awareness. It is not a physical body." That is what this Lesson is about---to heal our belief that life is a physical body. Life did not start with birth nor will it end with death. This is not what life is. Our Eternal Self never dies. We are not these bodies.
"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. (W.137.1.3-4) Sickness is isolation." (W.137.2.1) It seems to keep us in a solitary prison of our own suffering that seems to separate us from the One Self. Sickness appears to have the power to attack the truth of our reality. It is not that sickness has this power, but we have given power to the ego thought system that says when I am in pain, whether emotionally or physically, I have chosen against the love I am. Both can't be true. Either I am the experience of pain in a body, or I am Love. I have chosen the Kingdom of God, or I am in my own isolated kingdom. If I identify with the sickness and distress, I have stepped out of truth, away from love, and into separation.
Healing operates apart from the laws of the world because healing is only of the mind, which is outside the body. Since sickness is the belief in separation, healing must undo this belief. To heal is to undo our investment in the reality of the body and beliefs of this world. In other words, it is a process of undoing our investment in the illusion. This is only possible with forgiveness. Forgiveness says that what I think is happening has not occurred except in the dream. In the same way, healing says that sickness of the body can't be real. Healing reminds us who we really are. We are not our experiences of pain and distress. Thus, to heal is to step out of this dream above the battleground and see the figures in the dream, including ourselves, as not what we are. From this perspective, we look with Jesus at the figures in the dream and see their unreality. Without belief in separation, there can be no separate self to be sick.
When the pain in our minds is healed, the state of the body becomes irrelevant because it is not what we are. We are only as God created us. Thus, the seeming appearance of the sick body must be an illusion. "In sickness does the Self appear to be dismembered, and without the unity that gives It life." (W.137.3.5) Jesus is saying that who we are seems to be crucified and disempowered when we are sick. Yet healing is accomplished when we accept the truth that what we are in our creation can never be changed. We may not be aware of our reality, but truth is always there, waiting for our acknowledgment. We can only do this when we are willing to look at the ego's lies and give up suffering. "Sickness would prove that lies must be truth." (W.137.4.1) The lie is that we are bodies living in the world; the truth is that the separation never happened.
Healing demonstrates that truth is true, and "The separation sickness would impose has never really happened." (W.137.4.3) All that is needed for healing is acceptance of this truth. Jesus calls this a simple truth, but to us, it does not feel so simple because of our identification with the body, personality, and self-concepts. Healing demonstrates the unreality of the illusion of sickness. What healing does is demonstrate that sickness was never real in the first place. The belief in separation, which sickness demonstrates, shows us we are vulnerable bodies. We have given power to something that is not real. We do not deny the body nor deny pain, but only step back from it and look at it through a different lens. By seeing our experiences here as part of a dream and not true, we start to distance ourselves from our identification with our bodily experience. We might question it by asking, "Who is the me that is suffering?"
Jesus says, "Healing might thus be called a counter-dream, which cancels out the dream of sickness in the name of truth, but not in truth itself." (W.137.5.1) In other words, neither the sickness nor the healing is real. They are still part of the dream of this world. In truth, healing is not required because we are already whole and perfect. It just seems to be required in the dream. It is the same as forgiveness, which is an illusion as well, but it is an illusion which ends all illusions because it awakens us from the dream. "Just as forgiveness overlooks all sins that never were accomplished, healing but removes illusions that have not occurred." (W.137.5.2) Nothing real has happened.
The healing of the body becomes a very powerful experience that seems real to us, although "healing but offers restitution for imagined states and false ideas which dreams embroider into pictures of the truth." (W.137.5.3) In spite of the unreality of sickness, Jesus is not saying, "Just get over it." Instead, he encourages us to do the work of healing our minds and calls our function of forgiveness here to be very worthy. "Yet think not healing is unworthy of your function here. For anti-Christ becomes more powerful than Christ to those who dream the world is real." (W.137.6.1-2)
The body seems more real and solid to us than the love we are. The state of love seems to us to be more like a dream or fantasy. We seem to be able to experience the body and fear more readily than concepts of love, Oneness, and God. Sickness seems to have triumphed over God and seems to have more power. It is important not to deny our beliefs but to look at them, as this is the only way they can be corrected. When we can laugh at the idea that who we are in truth could ever be sick, sickness is thus seen as powerless, and instead, the laws of love are demonstrated to have real power.
When the mind is healed, the condition of the body becomes irrelevant. Even "enlightened" beings leave their bodies sometimes through sickness. Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharishi both "died" from cancer, but in their enlightened state, they no longer identified with the body any more than Jesus identified with his body on the cross. Byron Katie, who does not call herself enlightened, but who can be seen as highly evolved, has had cancer, blindness, and osteoporosis and finds it all irrelevant to her state of mind. She says she can't fear death because, "You have to be born before you can fear dying and there is nothing born but a belief system, and we identify as the person we believe ourselves to be and that can never be. So, who lives?"
Jon Mundy wrote about having cancer and what it did for his healing; It allowed him to let go. "I let go of entanglements, hang-ups, regrets, and remorse--all the nostalgia about what might have been--relationships that did not turn out better---the belief that anything 'had' to happen--even everything I've been ashamed of. I go deeper and deeper. I take a good look at my secret sins and hidden hates. And then comes the last thing, the biggest thing of all. I even forgive myself for not having done a better job."
And Tomas Vieira wrote, at the end of his process with the body, that we should look beyond appearances, as there was no one there to suffer. When the concept of the "me" I identify with has been healed, there is no one there to suffer, meaning, I am seeing the self I have identified with from outside the dream. It is a process of becoming empty; the debris of our misperceptions is cleared from our minds, and now we become a channel of healing for the world, not by doing anything but by recognizing "Healing is freedom." (W.137.8.1) It is a reflection of the Oneness of Heaven. Acceptance of healing anywhere in the Sonship is accepting it for all.
When we have had this experience of healing, whatever the pain is, whether emotional or physical, we begin to realize our minds are not limited by our bodily experience. Our minds are very powerful. The impact of our healing on the world is beyond our ability to comprehend. "And as you let yourself be healed, you see all those around you, or who cross your mind, or whom you touch or those who seem to have no contact with you, healed along with you. (W.137.10.1) We have no idea how great this offering is to the world; "And legions upon legions will receive the gift that you receive when you are healed." (W.137.10.4) It is an amazing thought but relevant because there is only one mind!
Our whole purpose here that gives meaning to our lives is about letting our minds be healed so this healing can be brought to the world. Today, let us bless those who have hurt us instead of cursing them. Let us share our joy with them instead of attacking them. And let us share our love instead of moving into withdrawal and separation. (W.137.13.1) Today, I choose my healing so I can be a channel of blessings to the world. Healing and forgiveness are my only functions here. No other purpose can bring me joy. To heal is to share because, as we let go of our separation, it restores the truth of who we are in our awareness, and then healing can flow through our minds to other minds.
We give time to this practice today. It is a very small expenditure for the gift of everything in return. It is a huge contribution we make to the healing of the One Mind. Jesus is urging us to follow him, telling us his Lessons are gentle, and showing us how easily salvation can be ours. It takes practice, which is why we have these Lessons. We have made laws that hold us prisoner to death, (W.137.9.2) but the Holy Spirit needs our help if these laws we have made are to be replaced by His laws. He needs our help to free us from all the pain we have caused ourselves. Bodies get sick, wither, and die; so, if we are betting on our bodies, we are betting on a losing proposition. Today, we are again being asked to question what we are believing about who we are. The thoughts we identify with become our reality; not in truth but in our beliefs. When we open the mind to the truth, we can experience the Infinite Self we are.
Longer practice: We are asked to take ten minutes in the morning and again in the evening and start the practice period with the statement, "When I am healed I am not healed alone. And I would share my healing with the world, that sickness may be banished from the mind of God's one Son, Who is my only Self." (W.137.14.3-4)
First, become aware of any pain you are feeling, your thoughts of sickness and of not being well, physical symptoms you feel, discomfort of any kind in your mind, anger, attack thoughts, grief, and sadness. Then recognize these thoughts are secret decisions to exclude yourself from love. The cause of these thoughts is in the mind and not in some external event or agent. Now, be willing to look at those thoughts. This practice of healing does not make sense if we don't apply it to something going on in our minds that is keeping us separate. Recognize the discomfort in your body as a reflection of discomforting thoughts in your mind. Remember, you can have the peace of God instead of the experience you are holding onto. It is entirely up to you whether you hold onto them or choose to give them over and place them on the inner altar.
Then, we rest in quiet and receive the Word of God to replace all our insane thoughts. Try not to let this Lesson be forgotten today, remembering your purpose at least hourly with this thought, "When I am healed I am not healed alone. And I would bless my brothers, for I would be healed with them, as they are healed with me." (W.137. 15.5-6)

Love and blessings, Sarah
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Chapter Twelve

The Problem of Guilt  

   Voice and Music by Martin Weber, CIMS SonShip Radio

V. The Two Emotions            

We have said that you have but two emotions, love and fear. One is changeless but continually exchanged, being offered by the eternal to the eternal. In this exchange it is extended, for it increases as it is given. The other has many forms, for the content of individual illusions differs greatly. Yet they have one thing in common-they are all insane. They are made of sights which are not seen and sounds which are not heard. They make up a private world which cannot be shared. For they are meaningful only to their maker, and so they have no meaning at all. In this world their maker moves alone, for only he perceives them.
34 Each one peoples his world with figures from his individual past, and it is because of this that private worlds do differ. Yet the figures that he sees were never real, for they are made up only of his reactions to his brothers and do not include their reactions to him. Therefore he does not see that he made them and that they are not whole. For these figures have no witnesses, being perceived in one separate mind only.
35 It is through these strange and shadowy figures that the insane relate to their insane world. For they see only those who remind them of these images, and it is to them that they relate. Thus do they communicate with those who are not there, and it is they who answer them, and no one hears their answer save him who called upon them, and he alone believes they answered him. Projection makes perception, and you cannot see beyond it. Again and again have men attacked each other because they saw in them a shadow figure in their own private world. And thus it is that you must attack yourself first, for what you attack is not in others. Its only reality is in your own mind, and by attacking others, you are literally attacking what is not there.
36 The delusional can be very destructive, for they do not recognize that they have condemned themselves. They do not wish to die, yet they will not let condemnation go. And so they separate into their private worlds, where everything is disordered and where what is within appears to be without. Yet what is within they do not see, for the reality of their brothers they cannot see.
37 You have but two emotions, yet in your private world you react to each of them as though it were the other. For love cannot abide in a world apart, where when it comes it is not recognized. If you see your own hatred as your brother, you are not seeing him. Everyone draws nigh unto what he loves and recoils from what he fears. And you react with fear to love and draw away from it. Yet fear attracts you, and believing it is love, you call it to yourself. Your private world is filled with the figures of fear you have invited into it, and all the love your brothers offer you, you do not see. As you look with open eyes upon your world, it must occur to you that you have withdrawn into insanity.
38 You see what is not there, and you hear what is soundless. Your behavioral manifestations of emotions are the opposite of what the emotions are. You communicate with no one, and you are as isolated from reality as if you were alone in all the universe. In your madness, you overlook reality completely, and you see only your own split mind everywhere you look. God calls you and you do not hear, for you are preoccupied with your own voice. And the vision of Christ is not in your sight, for you look upon yourself alone.
39 Little children, would you offer this to your Father? For if you offer it to yourself, you are offering it to Him. And He will not return it, for it is unworthy of you because it is unworthy of Him. Yet He would release you from it and set you free. His sane answer tells you that what you have offered yourself is not true, but His offering to you has never changed. You who know not what you do can learn what insanity is and look beyond it. It is given you to learn how to deny insanity and come forth from your private world in peace.
40 You will see all that you denied in your brothers because you denied it in yourself. For you will love them, and by drawing nigh unto them, you will draw them to yourself, perceiving them as witnesses to your reality, which you share with God. I am with them as I am with you, and we will draw them from their private worlds, for as we are united, so would we unite with them. The Father welcomes all of us in gladness, and gladness is what we should offer Him. For every Son of God is given you to whom God gave Himself. And it is God to Whom you must offer them to recognize His gift to you.
41 Vision depends on light, and you cannot see in darkness. Yet in the darkness in the private world of sleep, you see in dreams, although your eyes are closed. And it is here that what you see you made. But let the darkness go, and all you made you will no longer see, for sight of it depends upon denying vision. Yet from denying vision, it does not follow that you cannot see. But this is what denial does, for by it you accept insanity, believing you can make a private world and rule your own perceptions. Yet for this, light must be excluded. Dreams disappear when light has come and you can see.
42 Do not seek vision through your eyes, for you made your way of seeing that you might see in darkness, and in this you are deceived. Beyond this darkness and yet still within you is the vision of Christ, Who looks on all in light. Your vision comes from fear, as His from love. And He sees for you as your witness to the real world. He is the Holy Spirit's manifestation, looking always on the real world and calling forth its witnesses and drawing them unto you. For He loves what He sees within you, and He would extend it. And He will not return unto the Father until He has extended your perception even unto Him. And there perception is no more, for He has returned you to the Father with Him.
43 You have but two emotions, and one you made and one was given you. Each is a way of seeing, and different worlds arise from their different visions. See through the vision that is given you, for through Christ's vision He beholds Himself. And seeing what He is, He knows His Father. Beyond your darkest dreams, He sees God's guiltless Son within you, shining in perfect radiance, which is undimmed by your dreams. And this you will see as you look with Him, for His vision is His gift of love to you, given Him of the Father for you.
44 The Holy Spirit is the light in which Christ stands revealed. And all who would behold Him can see Him, for they have asked for light. Nor will they see Him alone, for He is no more alone than they are. Because they saw the Son, they have risen in Him to the Father. And all this will they understand because they looked within and saw beyond the darkness the Christ in them and recognized Him. In the sanity of His vision, they looked upon themselves with love, seeing themselves as the Holy Spirit sees them. And with this vision of the truth in them came all the beauty of the world to shine upon them.
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