‘Only salvation can be said to cure.’
‘Cure’ is a word that cannot be applied to any remedy that the world would accept 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 form 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.
The happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings are different from the dreaming of the world, where one can merely dream he is awake. Atonement heals with certainty, and cures all sickness. 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.
So do we lay aside our amulets, our charms and medicines, or 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.
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.
It’s Sunday, and very apt that there should be such an emphasis on prayer and on salvation and atonement. Today I spent a long time talking to a friend about my medical journey and the path that lead me to Louise Hay and later to ACIM and the recognition that sickness is of the mind and how in 2007 I finally made the decision to give up medicines. It feels so much like second nature now, but I remember how challenging it was at first.
After so little sleep last night, and the early morning to try and develop the poem, I’m knackered now. Aiming for an early night. Poet Laureate loves the poem though.