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A COURSE IN MIRACLES Chapter 9 The Acceptance of the Atonement

V.  The Unhealed Healer

  1. The ego’s plan for forgiveness is far more widely used than God’s. This is because it is undertaken by unhealed healers and is therefore of the ego. Let us consider the unhealed healer more carefully now. By definition, he is trying to give what he has not received. If an unhealed healer is a theologian for example, he may begin with the premise, “I am a miserable sinner, and so are you.” If he is a psychotherapist, he is more likely to start with the equally incredible belief that attack is real for both himself and the patient, but that it does not matter for either of them.
  2. I have repeatedly said that beliefs of the ego cannot be shared, and this is why they are unreal. How, then, can “uncovering” them make them real?  Every healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed because he does not know where to look for truth, and therefore does not have the answer to the problem of healing.
  3. There is an advantage to bringing nightmares into awareness, but only to teach that they are not real, and that anything they contain is meaningless. The unhealed healer cannot do this because he does not believe it. All unhealed healers follow the ego’s plan for forgiveness in one form or another. If they are theologians they are likely to condemn themselves, teach condemnation, and advocate a fearful solution. Projecting condemnation onto God, they make Him appear retaliative, and fear His retribution.  What they have done is merely to identify with the ego, and by perceiving what it does, condemn themselves because of this confusion. It is understandable that there have been revolts against this concept, but to revolt against it is still to believe in it.
  4. Some newer forms of the ego’s plan are as unhelpful as the older ones, because form does not matter, and the content has not changed. In one of the newer forms, for example, a psychotherapist may interpret the ego’s symbols in a nightmare and then use them to prove that the nightmare is real. Having made it real, he then attempts to dispel its effects by depreciating the importance of the dreamer. This would be a healing approach if the dreamer were also identified as unreal. Yet if the dreamer is equated with the mind, the mind’s corrective power through the Holy Spirit is denied. This is a contradiction even in the ego’s terms, and one which it usually notes even in its confusion.
  5. If the way to counteract fear is to reduce the importance of the mind, how can this build ego strength? Such evident inconsistencies account for why no one has really explained what happens in psychotherapy. Nothing really does. Nothing real has happened to the unhealed healer, and he must learn from his own teaching. His ego will always seek to get something from the situation.  The unhealed healer therefore does not know how to give, and consequently cannot share. He cannot correct because he is not working correctively. He believes that it is up to him to teach the patient what is real, although he does not know it himself.
  6. What then, should happen? When God said, “Let there be light,” there was light. Can you find light by analyzing darkness, as a psychotherapist does, or like the theologian, by acknowledging darkness in yourself and looking for a distant light to remove it, while emphasizing the distance? Healing is not mysterious. Nothing will change unless it is understood, since light is understanding. A “miserable sinner” cannot be healed without magic, nor can an “unimportant mind” esteem itself without magic.
  7. Both forms of the ego’s approach, then, must arrive at an impasse; The characteristic “impossible situation” to which the ego always leads. It may help someone to point out where he is heading, but the point is lost unless he is also helped to change his direction.  The unhealed healer cannot do this for him since he cannot do it for himself. The only meaningful contribution the healer can make is to present an example of one whose direction has been changed for him, and who no longer believes in nightmares of any kind. The light in his mind will therefore answer the questioner who must decide with God that there is light because he sees it. And by his acknowledgement the healer knows it is there. That is how perception ultimately is translated into knowledge. The miracle worker begins by perceiving light and translates his perception into sureness by continually extending it and accepting its acknowledgment. Its effects assure him it is there.
  8. A therapist does not heal; he lets healing be. He can point to darkness, but he cannot bring light of himself, for light is not of him. Yet, being for him, it must also be for his patient. The Holy Spirit is the only Therapist. He makes healing clear in any situation in which He is the Guide. You can only let Him fulfill His function. He needs no help for this.  He will tell you exactly what to do to help anyone He sends to you for help and will speak to him through you if you do not interfere. Remember that you choose the guide for helping, and the wrong choice will not help. But remember also that the right one will. Trust Him, for help is His function, and he is of God.  As you awaken other minds to the Holy Spirit through Him, and not yourself, you will understand that you are not obeying the laws of this world. But the laws you are obeying work.  “The good is what works” is a sound though insufficient statement. Only the good can work.  Nothing else works at all.
  9. This course offers a very direct and a very simple learning situation and provides the Guide Who tells you what to do. If you do it, you will see that it works. Its results are more convincing then its words. They will convince you that the words are true. By following the right Guide, you will learn the simplest of all lessons:

By their fruits Ye shall know them, and they shall know themselves. [1]

In yesterday’s blog post we discussed the ego’s plan of forgiveness, and in today’s text reading, Jesus explores the use of, and the ramifications involved in using this plan for healing.  When I first heard the term “unhealed healer,” my mind did a little somersault because the phrase eloquently and succinctly sums up the way in which the world offers healing.  It pretends to be charitable; it pretends to be benevolent; it pretends to understand sickness and its cure – but at the core of it, there is nothing but a revolving door that leads to nothing and nowhere.  Jesus defines the unhealed healer as someone who tries to give something which he simply does not have. 

As long as we come from a premise of sin and shame, we are identifying with the lie about us.  Believing that we are sinners and unworthy of God’s Grace denies our Sonship, it reinforces the belief that we must grovel and beg God to take us back and let us be His Servants, let us be His devotees, let us into His Kingdom by the skin of our knees so we can bow down before Him forever and tell Him how big and beautiful He is.  This kind of belief system is what leads to sickness because it denies what we really are and what we were created to be.  When we believe we were created to be grovelers, we demean not only ourselves but God Who created us! 

Someone who is lost and confused and far away from home held in captivity by fear and threats, lies and seductions is not a dirty rotten sinner.  No matter what he does in such a state cannot be held against him because he is fighting for survival here; he is ruled by instincts not of his own making, he is controlled by chemicals and drives and impulses that he does not control.  He has forgotten who he is and where he belongs and what he is supposed to do.  To tell this person that he is a sinner, that he is responsible for the hot mess of his life, that he should be ashamed of himself and ask God to forgive him is to increase his confusion. 

To offer him a plan of forgiveness that involves the sacrifice of God’s perfect Son who died on a cross 2000 years ago, only leads to more bewilderment.  Jesus calls this magic because in order to accept this plan of salvation, we must numb our minds to its baffling logic and accept the witchy solution of “the blood of Jesus.”  To break free from this magical solution, we must ask ourselves the following questions:  How can we love and trust a God Who demands blood?  How can we love and trust a God Who would let an innocent son stand in for all the bad ones?  How can we put our trust in a God Who takes vengeance upon His Own creations?  Why would God punish us, shame us, humiliate us, and torment us or even allow such things to happen if He is indeed our Loving Creation?  Punishment simply does not correct or heal, but rather divides and sickens and fills with fear. 

Spilling it all out with a therapist is only helpful if the therapist knows that none of this is real and is only using talk therapy in a way to demonstrate the unreality of the reality ruse.  To spend years in psychotherapy trying to resolve childhood trauma does nothing but make that which has no meaning define the course of one’s life and being.  That which is translated into light and understanding and freedom under the Therapy of Holy Spirit, is made into a life sentence by the therapist that is caught up in the illusion that there can be someone to blame, someone or something on which to pin the shame, someone to “forgive,” for what they did to ruin our life.  We can only be set free from this racket, when we eventually realize that our therapist has little real healing to offer us, that they are just as confused and lost and bewildered as we do, and that our healing does not come from talking about and focusing upon that which made us sick in the first place. 

The light of understanding is for all – Jesus is not demonizing the ministers who make this kingdom their reality anymore than he is demonizing psychologists or psychiatrists.  He is simply saying that we will never find light in darkness.  Holy Spirit is the only Therapist, and our only responsibility is in allowing Him to fulfill His function.  He does not come without our bidding.  Once He comes stay out of His way because He does not need our help. 

How do we stay out of His way?  We refuse to judge.  We refrain from insinuating ourselves into the unreality and making real that which has no meaning.  Instead of telling other people about their need of salvation, accept that this is not our function – this is the function of Holy Spirit and the responsibility of God.  Trust in the Sonship of God for God Himself trusts in the Sonship.  With Holy Spirit in charge, we will know how to help anyone He sends to us.  We will not have to be afraid of saying the wrong thing or use some canned pre-scripted plan of salvation in which to convince others of their need of salvation.  We will not have to feel obligated to bring the name of Jesus into our every conversation.  For some people, the name of Jesus has not been used as a blessing but has become in their minds a cause for shame, consternation, and rebuke.  When we listen to Holy Spirit, we will not be compelled to relate to our Father or our Holy Brother as if they are big egos who are afraid we are not going to give them credit or their proper due.  Allowing Holy Spirit to speak and to work through us, learning to listen to the Voice for God within takes practice.  If we make a mistake, there is no shame.  We simply ask for correction and do it as right as we can the next time.  We can relax.  We can have fun. We are to be bonnie and blithe in Jesus.  We are not martyrs.  We are not servants.  We are not responsible for the salvation of the world; we only do our little part in extending God’s Kingdom of love and peace and joy.  Extending love and peace and joy is enjoyable.  It is pleasant.  It is rewarding.  It is safe, secure, and certain to bring good results. 

We can trust Holy Spirit implicitly for that is His function given by God.  He is not here to enlist our help, He is sent to help us through the labyrinth made of all the lies that were ever told, all the fictions that were ever made, all the fear that was ever imagined.  Attuned to Holy Spirit we must be still, we must be quiet, we must quell our yearning for that which attracts and flatters and excites the ego.  Other minds will awaken to Holy Spirit through us but not if we interfere by promoting the idea that we are special, that we are spiritual masters, that we have developed a technique, that we are in anyway, shape, or form any different from the rest of Creation.  Brag about your spirituality, and you have allowed the ego in for the ride.   Judge those whom Holy Spirit sends to you, use them as a testimony to your spiritual worth and you are welcoming the ego to latch on to that which is only for God.  The wrong choice for a guide will simply not work.  This is how we will know we are on the right path.  Because only the good works, nothing else works at all. 

A Course in Miracles gives us direction in a plain, straightforward curriculum which points us to the Guide Who tells us personally what to do with it.  For me, I was asked to study it, teach it while I was learning it, to be as honest in my sharing as possible, and to devote myself to this calling.  Though not always in ways that are immediately apparent to me, as I follow Holy Spirit’s guidance I see that it works.  The results in my personal peace of mind, healed relationships, and sense of self worth alone are convincing enough to keep plugging away even when more temporal concerns would tempt me away.  When we choose Holy Spirit for our Guide, our perceptions no longer give us opportunities to judge, to condemn, to go with the arrogant confusion of the ego – we have made our final judgment and put Holy Spirit in charge of that.  All we are here to do is extend God’s Kingdom which not only heals us but extends healing to others.  Love, Peace, and Joy are our fruits and by our fruits we come to know each other as we come to know ourselves.   


[1]A Course in Miracles. Chapter 9 The acceptance of the atonement. V The unhealed healer. 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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