well·ness n. The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits.
“If you have made it a habit to ask for help when and where you can, you can be confident that wisdom will be given you when you need it. Prepare for this each morning, remember God when you can throughout the day, ask the Holy Spirit’s help when it is feasible to do so, and thank Him for His guidance at night. And your confidence will be well founded indeed.” ACIM ~ Manual for Teachers
As a Teacher of A Course In Miracles, this is the simplest idea and yet the hardest thing to teach. Mainly because it’s application comes about through necessity. Once you have turned your life and your will over to the care of God it gets a hell of alot easier but up until then it can seem almost impossible to maintain a conscious contact with God. The habits that Jesus would like you to cultivate in the Systemic Mind Training are simply to follow the instructions. Listen, Learn, Act. Did you notice that the request for you to act was the FINAL part of the equation? As you open your Mind to the practice of asking for help, Listening for directions, learning that the ego (illusion) usually speaks first then simply going where you are told to go or saying what you are ask to say. It gets VERY easy.
So what is needed initially would have to healing, an opportunity for the light to get in and an easing of fear so as to allow the correction to occurr.
“The body cannot heal, because it cannot MAKE ITSELF SICK. It NEEDS no healing. Its health or sickness depends ENTIRELY on how the mind perceives it, and the purpose that the mind would use it FOR…”
Now this is a statement of fact. When you loose sight of your purpose the tendency is to turn back in on yourself, you think you ARE a body and now having lost track the DIS-ease sets in. Can you see that with a constant asking for help and a dependence on the guidance given you, your purpose stays constant ( that being one of the happy remembering of God, yourself) and in that you are shown where to go, what to say…
“…And it IS obvious that a segment of the mind CAN see itself as SEPARATED from the Universal Purpose. When this occurs, the body becomes its weapon, used AGAINST this Purpose to DEMONSTRATE the “fact” that separation HAS occurred. The body thus becomes the instrument of illusion, acting accordingly; SEEING what is not there, HEARING what truth has never said, and BEHAVING INSANELY, being imprisoned BY insanity. “
And it is simply because you have decided to associate with that tiny “segment of the mind” that THINKS it can be separate. Now this goes well beyond the “power of positive thinking”, it’s a total correction and the disapearence of you and this world in it’s entirity. Don’t be afraid. There’s nothing to fear.
“Do not overlook our earlier statement that faithlessness leads straight to illusions. For faithlessness IS the perception of a brother AS a body, and the body CANNOT be used for purposes of union. If, then, you SEE him as a body, YOU have established a condition in which UNITING with him becomes impossible…”
Your so accustomed to the idea that uniting is being physical, i.e. the need to hug someone when you see them, that it may take a moment before it really sinks in that, ALL of your senses ARE LYING! I am still constantly surprised by the amount of light and joy in a single look, even besides the fact that the body is still the first thing I identify with ( can you imagine the realization, IT’S NOT EVEN THERE! Ha), but the Joy and Light always are. So even if i am mistaken for a moment, the correction is available. Thank God.
“…Your FAITHLESSNESS to him has separated you FROM him, and kept you BOTH apart from being healed. Your faithlessness has thus OPPOSED the Holy Spirit’s purpose, and brought illusions, CENTERED ON THE BODY, to stand BETWEEN you. And the body WILL seem to be sick, for you have made of it an “enemy” of healing, and the OPPOSITE of truth.”
Do you see the responsibility that needs to be taken? Your the one that identifies the body, your the one that needs the correction, so that BOTH OF YOU WILL BE HEALED TOGETHER. This is a real occurrance. I have been healed, by the Grace of God, and you are not separate from me. This will take whatever it takes but it will not happen without you.
“…PARTIAL DEDICATION IS IMPOSSIBLE. Truth is the ABSENCE of illusion; illusion the ABSENCE of truth. Both cannot BE together, nor perceived in the SAME PLACE. To dedicate yourself to BOTH, is to set up a goal forever impossible to attain.”
I guess what I am really trying get across is, in my own awakening, my wellness came about through the realization that I can not die. And that through the recognition of my own resurrection, through Jesus, I have a new, whole body. It’s flashing in and out all the time, why would you want to hold on to it? Well, you have the keys, now it’s up to you.
( sorry, that was pretty sad, but I get credit for the keyword)