Spontaneous Healing and the Christ Mind
Spontaneous healing comes when we live through that mind which was in Christ Jesus, which is the avenue through which we experience God. In that mind-set we live life in its freest state, unbound by physical limitation. But mind is also the instrument through which we form our appearance world through universal conditioning. This world, and our experience in it, is the result of the collective belief that material reality as seen through the physical senses is the primary law governing life on this planet. This concept is the direct result of our collective human judgments. If the mind is conditioned to accept these material concepts — concepts that are based on the belief in a power outside of God, concepts that are based on the belief in birth and death — then the pattern of life we experience is controlled by these concepts. But the son of God in man never changes and is never affected by material belief or concept. The reality of form is always the perfect manifestation of God appearing as, even in the physical sense.
We must be able to recognize within ourselves the difference between the conditioned mind and the unconditioned mind. The conditioned mind is really not a mind. It is a belief, accepted in thought and experienced to the degree we judge after appearances. If the mind is clouded with material beliefs, like an opaque window pane, and not a clear transparency, then our life experiences, including our bodies, are subject to the laws and conditions set forth in the belief of material sense. Our real body is never touched by these concepts and beliefs because it is spiritual, as is all of creation. This is an important principle to ponder, especially when dealing with physical problems. The activity of our mind becomes the key to the appearance of the form. If the mind is filled with the fear that there is a power outside of God that can effect spiritual creation, that there is power in material life and death, disease and health, all of the pairs of opposites, then the expression of the body is going to be affected by that conditioned sense. Healing is the nullifying of this mind-set by the activity of Divine Love in individual consciousness.
Since the conditioned mind is a belief, it has no power. It is only the acceptance of the belief that gives it power. Physical healing, then, becomes a way to assess your understanding of these principles. Many students are fascinated with physical healing because it is so graphic, and so personal. The attitude of a spiritual healer is to not accept the picture, whether it is an ugly picture appearing as sin, disease or death, or whether it is a pleasant picture of wellness and human harmony. When we look at the outward appearance, either good or bad, we are not seeing reality. This is one of the hardest things for us to do because in our conditioned state we naturally accept what is presented to us through the senses and embrace the good and reject the evil.
If we were in a desert and saw a huge lake shimmering on the sand, and perhaps a city appeared on the other side of the lake, we wouldn’t believe our eyes — we would know it’s a mirage. Others might accept the lake as real until they see through the appearance, until they walk out of their car and try to put their foot in the water only to find nothing there. It is just desert. The whole nature of the conditioned mind is that we take at face value the appearances before us, and we believe those pictures. That is what gives us problems.
If the appearance concerns the body and there’s physical discomfort, it makes the disassociation, or impersonalization of the appearance a bit more difficult because we feel something and become concerned or frightened. There is an exercise we use to bring us into a state of consciousness where we can withdraw power from the effect. We start with the premise that if God is the only cause, and if God is universal good and universal perfection, the only effect that has any reality is good, perfect and true. Examine yourself and try to locate that universal I within your body. If you are honest, you will not find it there. You will discover that your body is in you, in divine Consciousness. Just as you are not the car you drive, it is yours, you are not the body you inhabit, it is yours, and that you is the divine I, the son of God made manifest. With that tool, when an ache or a pain comes upon you, you have the means to not react and impersonalize the appearance to a material belief. Realize, then, that the appearance stems from the belief there is a power outside of God. It comes from accepting a belief in two powers rising in the conditioned mind, which is a mistake to be corrected without concern or fear.
If we can realize, even while we are experiencing physical discomfort, that no material power can effect the I that I am, we can turn our mind to the contemplation of the nature of God. This opens us to the Christ Mind. The I that expresses Itself as the trinity, the Soul that is God expressing Itself as individual form, the activity of the Holy Spirit that expresses itself as our bodily functions, and the realization of God as harmony, sets us free. That is, if our mind were not cluttered with the beliefs and the scenario of what a pain would bring.
What comes first, the pain or the thought? Usually it is the thought. There is a universal belief that there is a power outside of our Self, and sometimes it very subtly comes into our mind and we are caught unaware, believing and even accepting it as power. Then comes a pain. Now what happens to our thinking? First there is the desire to get rid of the pain because it is uncomfortable. If the pain is of something we have heard about, having a label attached to it, and if that label comes into our thought, then we’ve added another element to the pain. We have named it. If the pain with a name has a certain scenario attached to it, our imagination, having accepted the belief, plays out the projected image of negativity. If this pain is a “such-and-so,” then the universal conditioning built by measuring, looking, and analyzing the illusion — the mirage — “such-and-so” becomes an entity. Don’t forget, it is still an illusion. But, if we accept the scenario, we build block upon block until we go down that path and experience all the effects of “such-and-so.”
Whereas, if we experience a pain, and if a name or a label comes into our thought and we dismiss it, by consciously reinterpreting what we feel or see according to spiritual principles, what have we done? We have given the appearance no place to reside. To help us from giving attention to the problem, we contemplate the nature of God, even if the pain is still there. If we can come to an agreement within ourselves to the fact that there is only one power and that is God, that God manifests Itself as form, that this physical expression that I am living through is the activity and the expression of the Divine Essence made manifest on this plane, then we have absolutely no fear or attachment to the pain. We have awareness that God is the reality of our being. This is truth. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” You have experienced the truth. Go about your business even if the pain is there, in the realization that God is active in your consciousness and you have nothing to fear. Then drop the appearance from your mind and put it on some other activity. Nine times out of ten, when the thought of the appearance comes back to you later, you’ll realize the pain is gone. Why? Because it was never a thing in the beginning. It was only a belief.
If our mind starts playing tricks on us and wants to go back and analyze the absence of pain, boasting of a healing, what are we doing? We are putting our thinking right back into the belief that the pain was a reality, and that there actually was a disease that was healed. The personalization of good attaches us just as fast to the belief in mortality as the fear of pain and suffering. The essence of healing, in our teaching, is that there never has been a healing because there never has been anything to heal. The individual expression of God exists at the standpoint of perfection always. Our recognition of this brings the activity of peace and harmony into our experience, and that which has no existence in spiritual creation fades from our experience because it is nothing.
An illusion has no existence in God; it can’t be externalized, and when we see this the appearance (illusion) disappears from our experience. Where’s the glory in that? There is no glory in overcoming adversity, because adversity has no substance. To glory in it would be to give it substance and power. That is one of the reasons why, in our teaching, we don’t give testimonials. A testimonial does two things, it inflates the ego and it personalizes the activity of the Holy Spirit. The ego would have us say, “look how good I am, look how wonderful my healing capacities are,” and then if it is a “major” healing, there is the attitude of “I healed a cancer.” That’s much more impressive than “I healed a cold.” But what is it in actuality? Healing a cold or healing a cancer is exactly the same thing, and to say that I have performed a healing in any case is missing the whole point of mystical living.
Personalizing a healing focuses us back to the illusory nature of the conditioned sense of life, and that conditioned sense of life has no spiritual significance. It would be as if we came upon another mirage in the desert and were so fascinated with it that we stopped the car to watch it, fantasized about it, and tried to imagine ourselves living in it. What is this doing to us? It’s wasting our time. It’s diverting our awareness from the activity of love, which comes through the unconditioned mind, which has a purpose on this plane to lift man out of the belief that there are two powers. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I draw all men unto me.” The only way that we can lift up that I is by knowing the truth within ourselves.
We are all practitioners, and our primary patient is us — there is no other patient to practice upon. What is a practitioner but one who practices the principles of spiritual living? The principle of oneness is practiced every time we recognize the spiritual reality of individual being. One I. The I of you is the I of me, and that one I is God. If we are not knowing that the I of me is the I of you, and the I of you and me is the I of God, we are sowing to the flesh. What does Paul say about sowing to the flesh? That we will reap corruption. What is corruption? It is the belief that there is a power outside of God, that there is power in flesh, that there is power in weather, that there is power in disease, that there is power in finances and economics.
The battle is not yours. Every time we enter into a battle with a material condition, whether it is physical, financial, moral, relationship, whatever it is, when we try to get rid of it, we fuel the fire of erroneous belief until we have taken a little spark and built it into a forest fire. Then if we try to put out the forest fire, we immerse ourselves again into that same world. Whereby the healing principle that has been known since the time of Jesus is “Resist not evil.” We do not resist evil because evil exists only in the realm of belief — the belief that there is a power outside of God.
That is why all healing work must begin with God. That is why every day our day must begin with the acknowledgment of the I that I am — with the acknowledgment that I am not a human being, that I am that I am, that my life is not governed or directed or influenced by material concepts, but my life is an activity of Divine Love flowing through Its instrument which is the image and likeness of God, even in the flesh. And this instrument of God is maintained and sustained by God because there is no other power.
When I start my day with that realization, my day is going to unfold in harmony, joy, fulfillment, and beauty. It is going to be exciting, because I am about my Father’s business. No matter what my work is, my Father’s business is lifting up the I, and if I start the day by lifting up the I that I am, and go out into the world, there is that within me which recognizes this I within everybody with whom I do business, even if the person at that moment seems to be very negative and problematic. His negativity washes right past me, because I know that that I is the only law, the only cause, and the only effect. Therefore, what anybody else does, what anybody else says, or how anybody else behaves has nothing to do with me. If I witness destructive behavior, sin, disease, and death, I must reinterpret those pictures within myself and know they are but the “arm of flesh,” nothingness; only an illusory picture. No power. It is not of God, therefore I need not fear it. I need not be disgusted with it. I need not try to improve it or heal it. The only way I can heal or improve a material condition is by knowing it has no existence in God, then realize the truth about God appearing as my experience. This takes practice, but can you see how it works? It is having that mind that was in Christ Jesus. It is based on the command, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”