“Sickness is a defense against the truth. But I am not a body. So I can not be sick. No one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems to serve. For then, he understands as well, its purpose has no meaning … Sickness is a decision. It is not a thing that happens to you … it is a choice you make … No illusions can remain where truth has been allowed to enter. I will accept the truth of what I am, and let my mind be wholly healed today … healing will flash across your open mind, as peace and truth arise to take the place of war and vain imaginings … I have forgotten what I really am, for I mistook my body for myself.” – A Course in Miracles (ACIM)
ACIM says that sickness is an illusion. It advises us that we only get sick because we believe that it’s possible to get sick. “Miracles enable you to heal the sick … they heal because they deny body-identification and affirm spirit-identification.” When I think back to my experience of self-healing from pneumonia, I can see how the shift occurred when I stopped identifying with the disease. Instead, I began to heal by visualizing my belief in being well, which was further helped along by the feelings of love I channeled through energy healing. Love is always a return to source and a return to truth.
Dis-ease could be seen as a form of anxiety with the belief in separation lying at its root. It’s the ultimate cognitive dissonance to at once be eternal and one with God and at the same time to believe that there is anything we lack. ACIM says the truth is that we are sleeping in the arms of God this whole time, and that earth reality is merely a dream we wake up from eventually. The book says there are no such things as disease, sin, guilt, or fear because these are all just part of the dream of something that never really happened. If ACIM is correct, the way to overcome disease altogether is by raising consciousness to the point where we collectively agree to no longer believe in the disease in the first place.
Art by Victor Stabin.