A Course in Miracles is a supernatural text that was delivered in a supernatural way. A woman heard a voice from somewhere unknown and did as it directed. The story of Jesus is supernatural. He healed the sick and raised the dead. He himself died and rose again. The Course itself is full of supernatural concepts and promises. What your physical eyes are seeing is not there. What you do not see is. If you get to a certain point in your mind training the body will not need food or water and cannot be sick.
Now is the body healed, because the source of sickness has been opened to relief. And you will recognize you practiced well by this: The body should not feel at all. If you have been successful, there will be no sense of feeling ill or feeling well, of pain or pleasure. No response at all is in the mind to what the body does. Its usefulness remains and nothing more.
Perhaps you do not realize that this removes the limits you had placed upon the body by the purposes you gave to it. As these are laid aside, the strength the body has will always be enough to serve all truly useful purposes. The body’s health is fully guaranteed, because it is not limited by time, by weather or fatigue, by food and drink, or any laws you made it serve before. You need do nothing now to make it well, for sickness has become impossible. (W-136.17:1–18:4)
We made-up a world. We made-up the idea of bodies. And then we made up laws that the body must follow. The body must be born, age, get sick and die. That is the game we, as mind, made-up. The Course is trying to persuade us that we do not need to continue playing that game. It is not real. It is only our belief and faith in matter that makes it seem real. We can literally transcend all that. We can heal the sick and raise the dead LITERALLY.
It is hard to recognize that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains. (T-2.VI.9:8-9)
There have been many healers who did not heal themselves. They have not moved mountains by their faith because their faith was not whole. Some of them have healed the sick at times, but they have not raised the dead. Unless the healer heals himself, he cannot believe that there is no order of difficulty in miracles. He has not learned that every mind God created is equally worthy of being healed because God created it whole. You are merely asked to return to God the mind as He created it. He asks you only for what He gave, knowing that this giving will heal you. Sanity is wholeness, and the sanity of your brothers is yours. (T-5.VII.2:1-8)
Why is it strange to you that faith can move mountains? This is indeed a little feat for such a power. For faith can keep the Son of God in chains as long as he believes he is in chains. And when he is released from them it will be simply because he no longer believes in them, withdrawing faith that they can hold him, and placing it in his freedom instead. It is impossible to place equal faith in opposite directions. What faith you give to sin you take away from holiness. And what you offer holiness has been removed from sin. (T-21.III.3:1-7)
The Course tells us we do not need help seeing the physical which is not real. We have placed all of our faith and belief in it. We need help seeing the unseen. The Course tries its damnedest to persuade us that there is a supernatural world available to us if we would give up our faith and belief in this one. In a way, some Christians are more believing of the supernatural. They preach walk by faith not by sight. They believe in supernatural happenings. They believe you can have faith and belief in the supernatural instead of the natural.
The supernatural is not a magical fantasy. This world we see is the magical fantasy world. It was made by magic. What is magic? Magic is thinking that there is creative ability in matter that the mind does not direct. An example would be thinking that the body can get sick “naturally.” The body appears to be sick because the mind tells it to appear to be sick. There is no organic process. The body does not get sick because it was exposed to something. The belief that it does is what the Course defines as magic.
Magical thinking also includes being self-reliant instead of God reliant. Medicine can be thought of as magic. It is an attempt by the self you think you are to solve a problem you think you have. This is not bad or wrong. It is just part of the thinking that makes the fantasy seem real. The understanding of magic and how it functions in the ego thought system is important as we journey home. How important?
When all magic is recognized as merely nothing, the teacher of God has reached the most advanced state. All intermediate lessons will but lead to this, and bring this goal nearer to recognition.(M-16.9:5)
All through their training, every day and every hour, and even every minute and second, must God’s teachers learn to recognize the forms of magic and perceive their meaninglessness. (M-16.11:9)
In my late twenties I woke-up one day and said, “If this is life, I am done. I am no longer interested. There must be a better way.” The specifics, the form of the nightmare this time around, do not matter. Immediately I embarked on a journey of experiencing every kind of spiritual and psychological growth tool that “came across my path.” A couple years later I found A Course in Miracles, opened the book and cried. I heard the promise and remembered, for a split second, what is.
We, the Son of God, are not interested in the “natural” world. We will learn to put all of our faith and belief in the unseen. We will join with our brothers, supporting each other as we journey home. We will learn to listen to the Holy Spirit only. We will ask and do as directed. We will learn to stop dissociating reality. We will learn to go in, not out. We will learn to forgive, to heal and to use spiritual vision. We will forgive our projections and withdrawal our belief from them. We will ferret out and surrender every hidden belief, to the Holy Spirit, to be corrected. We will have the sick healed and the dead raised through us. We will remember what we are in truth. We will remember God. Such is God’s Will and ours.
You do not ask too much of life, but far too little. When you let your mind be drawn to bodily concerns, to things you buy, to eminence as valued by the world, you ask for sorrow, not for happiness. This course does not attempt to take from you the little that you have. It does not try to substitute utopian ideas for satisfactions which the world contains. There are no satisfactions in the world. (W-133.2:1-5)
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