Only salvation can be said to cure

This post was written by DoctorJay on June 3, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

This is one of those days that I just don’t get A Course in Miracles. I am a radical monist. That means I believe in the unity of the whole shebang. That unity of the all (whatever the all is, is irrelevant for now) is what I call the Ultimate Reality and others may call God, the Spirit, the Self, Tao, Brahma, Aum and so on.

As is written in the Tao Te Ching, “The Tao which can be put into words is not the real Tao.”

Thus it really does not matter what you call it. A question is that do you believe in Unity or in some form of non-unity (dualism and beyond).

In today’s piece  the ACIM workbook is written: “When it tries to heal the mind, it sees no separation from the body, where it thinks the mind exists.” To me all is one.Thus the mind/body/soul/spirit unity is not for different things but for different ways of looking at the same thing.

You see I agree with Hermes Trismagistess (Toth the three times great Egyptian philosopher): As above so bellow.

Thus the unity of the Ultimate Reality (the macrocosm) is replicated by the unity of the person (the microcosm).

Moreover, I totally disagree with those Gnostics who imagine matter does not exist or matter is evil. At times I think A Course in Miracles tends to deny the reality of matter or the ultimate goodness of whatever is. However, most of the workbook exercises make me a better person.

From today’s ACIM workbook exercise:

“Cure” is a word that 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…

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 makes the sickness possible. And that is cure indeed. For sickness now is gone, with nothing left to which it can return…

Let us not try today to seek to cure what cannot suffer sickness…

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…

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. 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 the 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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As I do the meditation and say the affirmation I notice that I do not like the word cure. I like the word heal which comes from health which comes from whole. It is the unity which brings healing and hence health.

At the same time I’m not sure I understand or like the concept of salvation. I believe the word relates to saving and being saved. Being saved only makes sense in the Christian mythos with its concept of the fall. The Gnostic took this even further by claiming that matter is fallen evil and was created by the false god the Demiurg.

However,  in Sufiism (Islamic mysticism) in fact the separation (the myth of Adam and Eve being ejected from Paradise) is an elevation. It is like the mother bird nudging the fledglings out of the nest so they can learn to fly and soar.

If you read the myth in second chapter of Genesis without prejudgment you’ll notice it is a game (maya – illusion). Just imagine putting  a cookie jar in front of a child and saying, “Don’t you dare eat one of these tasty, yummy cookies.”

Another point about the Genesis two myth is to note that God puts Adam into a deep sleep but there is no mention of Adam ever being woken up. Some Kaballists and Christian mystics think this is a mythical way of pointing out that this phenomenal world is illusory.

By the way I talk about the bible as myth not saying that myths are mere stories but to point out that these are not historical or scientific facts but they have psychological and spiritual truth…

Back to the point about salvation – it is only needed if there is a fall. However, if the whole phenomenal world is an illusion (dream as mentioned in today’s ACIM workbook) then there is no salvation but enlightenment (waking up as the Buddha did).

Again, I believe the world is real and perfect. Again, since there is no dis-ease other than the perception of dis-ease, as soon as we realize the unity, there is wholeness and hence health.

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