For Those in the Healing Professions

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

Some students of A Course in Miracles who work in the healing professions, be they “traditional” or “alternative”, experience conflict as they get deeper into the Course and learn that all healing comes from the patient’s own mind and not from anything or anyone outside of them. They wonder what their purpose is and if they should go into another line of work. Often, they feel they are right where they are supposed to be and are uncertain how to view their role in healing.

It is not the water at Lourdes, or the powers of the faith healer, or the medicine, herb or treatment that heals. A person decides they no longer want the illness and it is gone. But most people do no accept this. They need “agents” who seem to administer the healing. Your part, if you are in a healing profession, is to provide them a loving space in which to accept healing. Your part is to love the patient, even as you know the medicine or treatment you are administering does not heal. Your part is to make them feel safe, to give them hope, and to strengthen the Holy Spirit in their mind by looking upon them from the Holy Spirit in your mind.

The simple presence of a teacher of God is a reminder. His thoughts ask for the right to question what the patient has accepted as true. As God's messengers, His teachers are the symbols of salvation. They ask the patient for forgiveness for God's Son in his own Name. They stand for the Alternative. With God's Word in their minds they come in benediction, not to heal the sick but to remind them of the remedy God has already given them. It is not their hands that heal. It is not their voice that speaks the Word of God. They merely give what has been given them. Very gently they call to their brothers to turn away from death: "Behold, you Son of God, what life can offer you. Would you choose sickness in place of this?" (M-5.III.2)

No one can heal another. But you can heal yourself, and this is what you do when you forgive each person who seems to come to you for healing. That is all you are responsible for. You do not have to be attached to any outcome for your “patients” – it is up to them to decide what they can accept for themselves, just as it is up to you to decide what you can accept for yourself. You cannot fail if you put your trust in the Holy Spirit and not in what is appearing.

No teacher of God should feel disappointed if he has offered healing and it does not appear to have been received. It is not up to him to judge when his gift should be accepted. Let him be certain it has been received, and trust that it will be accepted when it is recognized as a blessing and not a curse. (M-6.2)

Whenever a teacher of God has tried to be a channel for healing he has succeeded. (M-7.2)

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