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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 12 "THE PROBLEM OF GUILT"
VI. FINDING THE PRESENT     

46 You consider it "natural" to use your past experience as the reference point from which to judge the present. Yet this is unnatural because it is delusional. When you have learned to look upon everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present unless you are afraid of light. And only if you are would you choose to bring this darkness with you, and by holding it in your minds, see it as a dark cloud that shrouds your brothers and conceals their reality from your sight.
 
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 L e s s o n 140
Only salvation can be said to cure.

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   Cure is a word which cannot be applied
   to any remedy the world accepts
   as beneficial. What the world perceives
   as therapeutic is but what will make
   the body better. When it tries to heal
   the mind, it sees no separation from
   the body where it thinks the mind exists.
   Its forms of healing thus must substitute
   illusion for illusion. One belief
   in sickness takes another form, and so
   the patient now perceives himself as well.
 
   He is not healed. He merely had a dream
   that he was sick, and in the dream he found
   a magic formula to make him well.
   Yet he has not awakened from the dream,
   and so his mind remains exactly as
   it was before. He has not seen the light
   that would awaken him and end the dream.
   What difference does the content of a dream
   make in reality? One either sleeps
   or wakens. There is nothing in between.
 
   The happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings
   are different from the dreaming of the world,
   where one can merely dream he is awake.
   The dreams forgiveness lets the mind perceive
   do not induce another form of sleep
   so that the dreamer dreams another dream.
   His happy dreams are heralds of the dawn
   of truth upon the mind. They lead from sleep
   to gentle waking, so that dreams are gone.
   And thus they cure for all eternity.
 
   Atonement heals with certainty, and cures
   all sickness. For the mind which understands
   that sickness can be nothing but a dream
   is not deceived by forms the dream may take.
   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 made the sickness possible. And that
   is cure indeed. For sickness now is gone,
   with nothing left to which it can return.
 
   Peace be to you who have been cured in God
   and not in idle dreams. For cure must come
   from holiness, and holiness can not
   be found where sin is cherished. God abides
   in holy temples. He is barred where sin
   has entered. Yet there is no place where He
   is not. And therefore sin can have no home
   in which to hide from His beneficence.
   There is no place where holiness is not,
   and nowhere sin and sickness can abide.
 
   This is the thought that cures. It does not make
   distinctions among unrealities.
   Nor does it seek to heal what is not sick,
   unmindful where the need for healing is.
   This is no magic. It is merely an
   appeal to truth, which cannot fail to heal
   and heal forever. It is not a thought
   which judges an illusion by its size,
   its seeming gravity, or anything
   that is related to the form it takes.
   It merely focuses on what it is,
   and knows that no illusion can be real.
 
   Let us not try today to seek to cure
   what cannot suffer sickness. Healing must
   be sought but where it is, and then applied
   to what is sick so that it can be cured.
   There is no remedy the world provides
   that can effect a change in anything.
   The mind that brings illusions to the truth
   is really changed. There is no change but this.
   For how can one illusion differ from
   another but in attributes which have
   no substance, no reality, no core,
   and nothing that is truly different?
 
   Today we seek to change our minds about
   the source of sickness, for we seek a cure
   for all illusions, not another shift
   among them. We will try today to find
   the source of healing, which is in our minds
   because our Father placed it there for us.
   It is not farther from us than ourselves.
   It is as near to us as our own thoughts,
   so close it is impossible to lose.
   We need but seek it and it must be found.
 
   We will not be misled today by what
   appears to us as sick. We go beyond
   appearances today, and reach the source
   of healing from which nothing is exempt.
   We will succeed to the extent to which
   we realize that there can never be
   a meaningful distinction made between
   what is untrue and equally untrue.
   Here there are no degrees, and no beliefs
   that what does not exist is truer in
   some forms than others. All of them are false,
   and can be cured because they are not true.
 
   So do we lay aside our amulets,
   our charms and medicines, our chants and bits
   of magic in whatever form they took.
   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. Today we hear
   a single Voice Which speaks to us of truth,
   where all illusions end and peace returns
   to the eternal, quiet home of God.
 
   We waken hearing Him, and let Him speak
   to us five minutes as our day begins,
   and end the day by listening again
   five minutes more before we go to sleep.
   Our only preparation is to let
   our interfering thoughts be laid aside,
   not separately, but all of them as one.
   They are the same. We have no need to make
   them different, and thus delay the time
   when we can hear our Father speak to us.
   We hear Him now. We come to Him today.
 
   With nothing in our hands to which we cling,
   with lifted hearts and listening minds we pray:
 
   "Only salvation can be said to cure.
    Speak to us, Father, that we may be healed ."
 
   And we will feel salvation cover us
   with soft protection, and with peace so deep
   that no illusion can disturb our minds,
   nor offer proof to us that it is real.
   This will we learn today. And we will say
   our prayer for healing hourly, and take
   a minute as the hour strikes to hear
   the answer to our prayer be given us
   as we attend in silence and in joy.
   This is the day when healing comes to us.
   This is the day when separation ends
   and we remember Who we really are.
 
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LESSON 140
Only salvation can be said to cure. 

Sarah's Commentary:
   
This Lesson continues with the importance of accepting the Atonement for ourselves. In other words, the only cure for anything that seems to ail our bodies or our psychological state is to heal our minds and accept the truth about ourselves. Sickness is only of the mind and the mind is outside the body. The body is a projection of guilt in the mind. Thus, only the mind needs healing. The body is an effect of the mind. To accept the Atonement is to accept healing of the source of sickness, which is the guilt in the mind.
 
When we use agents that remove symptoms from our bodies, we think the problem is healed. Jesus calls this magic. It does nothing to heal the real cause of all sickness, which is the guilt in the mind. Magic refers to various "healing" agents, such as medicines, vitamins, crystals, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, etc. If you recall, in Chapter 2, we read, "All material means that you accept as remedies for bodily ills are restatements of magic principles." (T.2.IV.4.1)(ACIM OE T.2.III.57) Does this mean we are wrong to use such materials? Not at all. We are only asked to recognize that no such agent offers anything more than removal of symptoms. "He merely had a dream that he was sick, and in the dream he found a magic formula to make him well." (W.140.2.2) We experienced the illusion of being sick and now we have the illusion of being well. "Yet he has not awakened from the dream, and so his mind remains exactly as it was before." (W.140.2.3)
 
Guilt, which was projected onto the body to make it sick, is still in the mind. Nothing has changed, and it will not change until we do the healing in the mind. When the cause of the sickness has not changed, the sickness will show up again. It makes no difference what the nature of the sickness is. The size, the seeming gravity of the illness, or the nature of it in form, all makes no difference. It is still all our dream. That is why there is no order of difficulty in sickness, as there is no order of difficulty in miracles, because all sickness, regardless of form, is an illusion, and all of it can be healed with the healing of the guilt in the mind. "What difference does the content of a dream make in reality? One either sleeps or wakens. There is nothing in between." (W.140.2.5-7) When the body is sick, it seems to illustrate to us the problem is in the body and not in the mind. Thus, the guilt is kept safely hidden from us.
 
"What the world perceives as therapeutic is but what will make the body 'better.' When it tries to heal the mind, it sees no separation from the body, where it thinks the mind exists." (W.140.1.2-3) All the mind-body focus talked about in the world is clearly not in keeping with what this says. Jesus tells us the mind is not in the body at all, and we can't cure the mind by doing something bodily. For example, taking antidepressant drugs will do nothing to cure the mind, because nothing in the mind has changed. From the standpoint of reality, we are either asleep or awake. "The dreams forgiveness lets the mind perceive do not induce another form of sleep," (W.140.3.2) but forgiveness heralds the ". . . dawn of truth," (W.140.3.3) which leads from ". . . sleep to gentle waking." (W.140.3.4)
 
This is the only cure there is, because it is a ". . . cure for all eternity." (W.140.3.5) This is the light of the Atonement. It is the Holy Spirit's presence in our minds, which awakens us from the dream of sickness. "Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness." (W.140.4.1) Again, do not judge yourself for use of magic. Jesus acknowledges when fear is too high for us to do the healing in the mind, magic can be helpful as a way to reduce our fear. "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." (T.2.IV.4.5-6)(ACIM OE T.2.III.57) He goes on to say the last thing a sick person needs is an increase in fear. I recently met Brent Haskell at a seminar in Oregon. Brent has brought forth many books that reflect the teaching of Jesus channeled through him. One of the things I appreciated hearing from Brent, who is a medical doctor and at the time was practicing one day a week, was that he was determined to have his patients leave his office with less fear than when they came in. To him that was the most important thing he could do to facilitate their healing.
 
"Sickness where guilt is absent cannot come, for it is but another form of guilt." (W.140.4.3) It is nothing but guilt projected onto the body. No bacteria, no virus, and no external agent of any kind can cause sickness. No matter what we do to clear away symptoms of disease, only by healing the guilt can sickness be cured. No matter what form our sickness takes, it is just an outward condition of the illusory guilt in our minds, illusory because guilt is not real. Our holiness is our reality. "God abides in holy temples. He is barred where sin has entered. Yet there is no place where He is not. And therefore sin can have no home in which to hide from His beneficence." (W.140.5.3-6) It is the holiness in our right minds where the cure resides. Jesus says we cherish sin, having welcomed it into our holy home, and now sin "protects" us from holiness. That protection we turn to is actually our fear of love. This is what keeps the sin in place.
 
"Peace be to you who have been cured in God, and not in idle dreams. For cure must come from holiness, and holiness cannot be found where sin is cherished." (W.140.5.1-2) Peace does not reside in the idle dreams of specialness in the world. Holiness is in our right mind, and sin is in the wrong mind, where we identify with the ego. Cure comes when we turn away from the ego and turn to the Holy Spirit. Sin is cherished when we hold onto our specialness. "There is no place where holiness is not, and nowhere sin and sickness can abide." (W.140.5.7) They are mutually exclusive states.
 
The holy temple where God abides is in our minds. There is nothing outside of His Mind. Only in this dream we are dreaming does He seem to be absent. There is no place outside of Heaven because nothing is outside the Oneness of God. The separation never occurred, therefore there can be nothing outside of Heaven. Atonement is the thought that cures, as it is the recognition there is nothing outside of God. It is not about healing the body but recognizing the body does not even exist, and we are still as God created us, perfect and whole. We therefore just need to change our minds about our reality. The sickness is in our minds, but so is the healing. We are not asked to deny any experience of sickness in the body, but we are asked not to let ourselves be deceived about the source of the sickness.
 
Healing happens when we bring our guilt and fear to the Holy Spirit and ask for his healing perception. The Source of all of our healing is the Holy Spirit. He brings to us the realization that our sickness and guilt are illusory when we give Him every interfering thought in the way of peace. We are not asked to be perfect, only honest. "The mind that brings illusions to the truth is really changed. There is no change but this." (W.140.7.4-5) The process of healing is to bring all of the dark ego thoughts to the truth. When we are listening to the voice of the ego, we experience dis-ease, depression, and anxiety. When we invest in pain, it is because we have chosen wrongly. How willing are we to admit we are seeing incorrectly and therefore are wrong about ourselves? When we see this is so, we recognize we have a choice to either hold onto our wrong perception or recognize only love is real. The source of healing ". . . is in our minds because our Father placed it there for us." (W.140.8.2)
 
The Holy Spirit abides in our right minds. When we willingly go to Him today, "With nothing in our hands to which we cling, with lifted hearts and listening minds," (W.140.12.1) we join with the truth. This requires we give up the belief we hold in guilt and come with faith and determination to accept the truth about ourselves. We empty our hands and hearts of interfering thoughts so we can hear our Father speak to us and remind us who we are. Let us not use sickness today as proof that we are right about ourselves, and therefore, God must be wrong. Allow peace into your mind today by bringing all your thoughts of specialness, judgment, and pain to His healing light.
 
No one will save us from the thoughts we cherish and refuse to give up. We are responsible for our thoughts, and we must willingly bring them to the light. We have given power to these thoughts and we can now question our decisions. When we choose to hold onto them, we are actively choosing to keep love away. Now we can make another choice. Can you imagine a ". . . peace so deep that no illusion can disturb our minds?" (W.140.12.4) This is not only a cure for sickness but allows healing of any problem that confronts us, whether it is a financial problem, loneliness, despair, or any belief in lack of any kind. We need to recognize how we cherish these thoughts and the purpose they serve in keeping us from the truth. They keep us rooted in the world and in the body. The thoughts we cherish of judgment and of pain keep love away. Our part is to look at these thoughts, which interfere with the truth. In being willing to look at our thoughts and see them for what they are, we then must bring them to the Holy Spirit.
 
"This is the day when healing comes to us. This is the day when separation ends, and we remember Who we really are." (W.140.12.7-8) In our practice with this Lesson, we willingly let go of interfering thoughts, refusing to listen to the ego. When we accept, even for an instant, our Identity as the Son of God, free of all concerns, then there is no separation, as it was never true. The memory of our true identity dawns on our minds when the mind is cleared of interfering thoughts. "And we will feel salvation cover us with soft protection, and with peace so deep that no illusion can disturb our minds, nor offer proof to us that it is real." (W.140.12.4) Salvation's peace is our only cure. Both the problem and the answer are in our minds. We can access the answer when we ". . . attend in silence and in joy" (W.140.12.6) and are unwilling to pay attention to the noise in the mind coming from the ego.

Love and blessings, Sarah
VI. Finding the Present   
 
45 To perceive truly is to be aware of all reality through the awareness of your own. But for this no illusions can rise to meet your sight, for all reality leaves no room for any error. This means that you perceive a brother only as you see him now. His past has no reality in the present, and you cannot see it. Your past reactions to him are also not there, and if it is to them that you react now, you see but an image of him which you made and cherish instead of him. In your questioning of illusions, ask yourself if it is really sane to perceive what was now. If you remember the past as you look upon your brother, you will be unable to perceive the reality that is now.
 
46 You consider it "natural" to use your past experience as the reference point from which to judge the present. Yet this is unnatural because it is delusional. When you have learned to look upon everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present unless you are afraid of light. And only if you are would you choose to bring this darkness with you, and by holding it in your minds, see it as a dark cloud that shrouds your brothers and conceals their reality from your sight.
 
47 This darkness is in you. The Christ revealed to you now has no past, for He is changeless, and in His changelessness lies your release. For if He is as He was created, there is no guilt in Him. No cloud of guilt has risen to obscure Him, and He stands revealed in everyone you meet because you see Him through Himself. To be born again is to let the past go and look without condemnation upon the present. For the cloud which obscures God's Son to you is the past, and if you would have it past and gone, you must not see it now. If you see it now in your delusions, it has not gone from you, although it is not there.
 
48 Time can release as well as imprison, depending on whose interpretation of it you use. Past, present, and future are not continuous unless you force continuity on them. You can perceive them as continuous and make them so for you. But do not be deceived and then believe that this is how it is, for to believe that reality is what you would have it be according to your use for it is delusional. You would destroy time's continuity by breaking it into past, present, and future for your own purposes. You would anticipate the future on the basis of your past experience and plan for it accordingly. Yet by doing so, you are aligning past and future and not allowing the miracle, which could intervene between them, to free you to be born again.
 
49 The miracle enables you to see your brother without his past and so perceive him as born again. His errors are all past, and by perceiving him without them, you are releasing him. And since his past is yours, you share in this release. Let no dark cloud out of your past obscure him from you, for truth lies only in the present, and you will find it if you seek it there. You have looked for it where it is not and therefore have not found it. Learn, then, to seek it where it is, and it will dawn on eyes that see. Your past was made in anger, and if you use it to attack the present, you will not see the freedom that the present holds. Judgment and condemnation are behind you, and unless you bring them with you, you will see that you are free of them.
 
50 Look lovingly upon the present, for it holds the only things that are forever true. All healing lies within it because its continuity is real. It extends to all aspects of consciousness at the same time and thus enables them to reach each other. The present is before time was and will be when time is no more. In it is everything that is eternal, and they are one. Their continuity is timeless, and their communication is unbroken, for they are not separated by the past. Only the past can separate, and it is nowhere.
 
51 The present offers you your brothers in the light that would unite you with them and free you from the past. Would you, then, hold the past against them? For if you do, you are choosing to remain in the darkness that is not there and refusing to accept the light that is offered you. For the light of perfect vision is freely given as it is freely received and can be accepted only without limit. In this one still dimension of time, which does not change and where there is no sight of what you were, you look at Christ and call His witnesses to shine on you because you called them forth. And they will not deny the truth in you because you looked for it in them and found it there.
 
52 Now is the time of salvation, for now is the release from time. Reach out to all your brothers and touch them with the touch of Christ. In timeless union with them is your continuity, unbroken because it is wholly shared. God's guiltless Son is only light. There is no darkness in him anywhere, for he is whole. Call all your brothers to witness to his wholeness, as I am calling you to join with me. Every voice has a part in the song of redemption, the hymn of gladness and thanksgiving for the light to the Creator of light. The holy light that shines forth from God's Son is the witness that his light is of his Father.
 
53 Shine on your brothers in remembrance of your Creator, for you will remember Him as you call forth the witnesses to His creation. Those whom you heal bear witness to your healing, for in their wholeness you will see your own. And as your hymns of praise and gladness rise to your Creator, He will return your thanks in His clear answer to your call. For it can never be that His Son called upon Him and remained unanswered. His call to you is but your call to Him. And in Him you are answered by His peace.
 
54 Children of light, you know not that the light is in you. Yet you will find it through its witnesses, for having given light to them, they will return it. Everyone you see in light brings your light closer to your own awareness. Love always leads to love. The sick, who ask for love, are grateful for it, and in their joy they shine with holy thanks. And this they offer you, who gave them joy. They are your guides to joy, for having received it of you, they would keep it. You have established them as guides to peace, for you have made it manifest in them. And seeing it, its beauty calls you home.
 
55 There is a light which this world cannot give. Yet you can give it, as it was given you. And as you give it, it shines forth to call you from the world and follow it. For this light will attract you as nothing in this world can do. And you will lay aside the world and find another. This other world is bright with love, which you have given it. And here will everything remind you of your Father and His Holy Son. Light is unlimited and spreads across this world in quiet joy. All those you brought with you will shine on you, and you will shine on them in gratitude because they brought you here. Your light will join with theirs in power so compelling that it will draw the others out of darkness as you look on them.
 
56 Awakening unto Christ is following the laws of love of your free will and out of quiet recognition of the truth in them. The attraction of light must draw you willingly, and willingness is signified by giving. Those who accept love of you become your willing witnesses to the love you gave them, and it is they who hold it out to you. In sleep you are alone, and your awareness is narrowed to yourself. And that is why the nightmares come. You dream of isolation because your eyes are closed. You do not see your brothers, and in the darkness you cannot look upon the light you gave to them.
 
57 And yet the laws of love are not suspended because you sleep. And you have followed them through all your nightmares and have been faithful in your giving, for you were not alone. Even in sleep has Christ protected you, ensuring the real world for you when you wake. In your name He has given for you and given you the gifts He gave. God's Son is still as loving as his Father. Continuous with his Father, he has no past apart from Him. So he has never ceased to be his Father's witness and his own. Although he slept, Christ's vision did not leave him. And so it is that he can call unto himself the witnesses that teach him that he never slept.

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