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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 5 Healing and Wholeness

VII. The Decision for God

  1. Do you really believe that you can make a voice that can drown out God’s?  Do you really believe you can devise a thought system that can separate you from Him?  Do you really believe you can plan for your safety and joy better than He can?  You need be neither careful nor careless; you need merely cast your cares upon Him because He cares for you.  You are His care because He loves you.  His Voice reminds you always that all hope is yours because of His care.  You cannot choose to escape His care because that is not His Will, but you can choose to accept His care and use the infinite power of His care for all those He created by it. 
  2. 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.
  3. Why should you listen to the endless insane calls you think are made upon you, when you can know the Voice for God is in you?  God commended His Spirit to you and asks that you commend yours to Him.  He wills to keep it in perfect peace, because you are of one mind and spirit with Him.  Excluding yourself from the Atonement is the ego’s last-ditch defense of its own existence.  It reflects both the ego’s need to separate and your willingness to side with its separateness.  This willingness means that you do not want to be healed. 
  4. But the time is now.  You have not been asked to work out the plan of salvation yourself because, as I told you before, the remedy could not be of your making.  God Himself gave you the perfect Correction for everything you made that is not in accord with His holy Will.  I am making His plan perfectly explicit to you and will also tell you of your part in it, and how urgent it is to fulfill it.  God weeps at the “sacrifice” of His children who believe they are lost to Him. 
  5. Whenever you are not wholly joyous, it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God’s creations.  Perceiving this as “sin” you become defensive because you expect attack.  The decision to react in this way is yours and can therefore be undone.  It cannot be undone by repentance in the usual sense because this implies guilt.  If you allow yourself to feel guilty, you will reinforce the error rather than allow it to be undone for you. 
  6. Decision cannot be difficult.  This is obvious, if you realize that you must already have decided not to be wholly joyous if that is how you feel.  Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly but can as actively decide otherwise.  Be very firm with yourself in this, and keep yourself fully aware that the undoing process, which does not come from you, is nevertheless within you because God placed it there.  Your part is merely to return your thinking to the point at which the error was made and give it over to the Atonement in peace.  Say this to yourself as sincerely as you can, remembering that the Holy Spirit will respond fully to your slightest invitation:

I must have decided wrongly because I am not at peace.

I made the decision myself, but I can also decide otherwise.

I want to decide otherwise because I want to be at peace.

I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my wrong decision if I will let Him.

I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.[1]

As we wrap up Healing and Wholeness today with the Decision for God, Jesus asks us if we really believe we can separate ourselves from God’s Love or come up with a better way in which to keep ourselves safe and full of joy.  When we choose to accept God’s love and devotion for us, we use the everlasting power of His Love and Devotion for all of Creation. 

Jesus tells us that healing and wholeness comes to those who learn that every single aspect of Creation is worthy and equally worthy of healing and wholeness.  Each one of us is asked to return to God what God gives us – undying love and devotion.  In God’s eyes there is nobody who is worthy of any more or any less.  If we love God, we devote ourselves to one another in love.  This makes the world sane.  This completes the Sonship.  This is our salvation.

God placed His Holy Spirit within each one of us and asks us to commend our spirit to Him.  Holy Spirit calls to us and why would we want to listen to any other call which drives us apart, keeps us at each other’s throats, and does not give us rest?  God offers us perfect peace.  When our minds join with Him, we join with God and our brother.  When we reject our brother we are siding against Atonement and with separation.   

Jesus tells us in paragraph four that it is not our job to work out the plan of salvation – it is not for us to decide who is saved and who is not or how to go about saving souls.  God has given us the perfect way in which to make everything new, to correct all things that do not reflect God’s health and wholeness.  Jesus tells us that it is urgent for us to learn this, to know what our part in salvation is, and to teach that God will not allow any aspect of His Creation to be lost to Him.

When we do not experience joy, we have responded to God’s creation with something other than love.  Just as we have no need to point out the “sin” in others, we have no need to point it out in ourselves.  We have no need to ever attack others for their lack of love, nor respond to attack with defensiveness.  When we make the mistake of responding without love, it is not the end of the world.  God does not take our salvation away.  We have not committed the unpardonable sin.  We are not guilty, and we are not to allow ourselves to be guilty.  Guilt does nothing but reinforce mistakes.  Our lack of joy indicates to us that we have responded without love.

Deciding to respond with love leads to wholeness which is joyous and brings healing.  Deciding not to respond to others with love leads to that which makes us unhappy and sick.  The first step we must take every time we do not experience the wholesomeness of joy and healing is to recognize that we have decided against it but that we can change our minds.  We do not have to grovel before God, begging Him to forgive us, and make vain promises.  We simply take positive action.  With firm resolve, we undo the unwholesome unloving response.  God has placed Holy Spirit within us to undo all things that are not God’s Will.  God’s Will is in joy, healing, and wholeness.  God’s Will is not in sorrow, sickness, brokenness, or separation. 

Our part in the undoing of all that is not God’s Will is to bring our minds to the situation of distress and peacefully bring it to Atonement.  This means we do not make a big hubbub about it.  We do not have to cry, beat our chests, or put on a show of any kind.  We simply address any situation, relationship, or event which does not bring joy, health, and wholeness with quiet certainty and complete faith in Atonement.

What is Atonement?  Remember Atonement is Holy Spirit’s corrective plan to undo the ego.  Atonement dissolves the lies and the illusion of that which is not the Will of God.  Atonement denies any power of the ego to interfere in our minds return to God.  Holy Spirit is within each one of us and responds fully to our slightest invitation. 

Healing and Wholeness come to us when we decide completely for God.  When we decide for God, we have peace.  We have joy.  We reflect God’s mercy, His undying love and devotion to all of Creation. 

When we make a mistake, we have no cause for guilt because Holy Spirt undoes all the works of the ego when we address the mistake with honesty, sincerity, and a positive change of mind.  Holy Spirit will always decide for God for us, no matter what we do, how many times we flub up, or how long it takes us to finally make some progress on our path to God.  All we are asked to do in return is to share Holy Spirit with Creation, withholding God’s love and devotion which He has extended to us from no one and for any reason.

No matter how many wrong decisions we have made, now matter how many dastardly deeds we may have done, Jesus tells us that we can have peace, when we give our mistakes over to the Atonement and ask Holy Spirit to undo all the consequences of our wrong decisions.  We do not have to accept the world’s guilt and shame that leads to sickness, perversions of justice, and insanity in our minds.  Holy Spirit always judges for us and never against us.  And we are required to do the same. 

Today in your devotional practice, examine your mind and ask Holy Spirit to illuminate the decisions you have made in your life which are reflected in your lack of healing and wholeness.  No matter how much time it takes, using your own words and your own situations address each instance with the following passage, which Jesus has outlined for us:

In this situation with ______, I must have decided wrongly, because I am not at peace.

I made the decision to say or do unkind things, but I can also decide otherwise.

I want to decide otherwise because I want to be at peace.

I do not feel guilty, because the Holy Spirit will undo all the consequences of my unkindness if I will let Him.

I choose to let Him, by allowing Him to decide for God for me.


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 5 Healing and wholeness. VII The decision for God. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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