Guidance from Elder Brother
as Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose*
CIMS DAILY LESSON
TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: The Course text is in bold face. The Guidance is in normal type In His Guidance, He has asked Me to capitalize the pronouns You and We as an acknowledgement of the Divinity of All of Us, an acknowledgement of Equality, an expression of His Love and respect for You. When You see the word ‘YOU’ capitalized in the Guidance, know that He is not just speaking to YOU, He is honoring YOU.
L e s s o n 136
Sickness is a defense against the truth.
The best of all distractions, for it pulls the mind to body. There it sticks like glue. Sickness and the body match, both thought to be ‘material’.
1 No one can heal unless he understands what purpose sickness seems to serve. Sickness makes unreality – i.e. materiality – seem very real; and it thus gets Your constant attention. Understanding You are Spirit heals You. For then he understands as well its purpose has no meaning. Spirit can’t be sick. Therefore, cold or cancer cannot be real. They are illusions of the mind that thinks that it is matter. And illusions are unreality, just like the body. Being causeless and without a meaningful intent of any kind, it cannot be at all. When this is seen, healing is automatic. It dispels this meaningless illusion by the same approach that carries all of them to truth and merely leaves them there to disappear. When You understand that all sickness lives as the human mind – a.k.a. ego – and You stick with it, You’ll have Your healing.
2 Sickness is not an accident. Like all defenses, it is an insane device for self-deception. And like all the rest, its purpose is to hide reality, attack it, change it, render it inept, distort it, twist it, or reduce it to a little pile of unassembled parts. Sickness is distraction, plain and simple. And distraction is meant to be defense. The aim of all defenses is to keep the truth from being whole. The parts are seen as if each one were whole within itself. In other words, You are quite separate from All Your Others. So says the dreaming; not God’s Reality, which dreaming is Your defense against.
As Reality, all of Us are One.
3 Defenses are not unintentional nor are they made without awareness. They are deliberate, and the ego mind won’t admit it. For if it did so: pop goes the ego! They are secret magic wands you wave when truth appears to threaten what you would believe. They seem to be unconscious but because of the rapidity with which you choose to use them. In that second, even less, in which the choice is made, you recognize exactly what you would attempt to do and then proceed to think that it is done. From this may You understand that You can choose good health as well. Huh? says the ego, ingenuously, when it knows full well that this is the truth.
4 Who but yourself evaluates a threat, decides escape is necessary, and sets up a series of defenses to reduce the threat that has been judged as real? All this cannot be done unconsciously. But afterwards your plan requires that you must forget you made it, so it seems to be external to your own intent—a happening beyond your state of mind, an outcome with a real effect on you instead of one effected by your self. Why not give it up?What if You chose Love to replace all fear, let games disappear?
5 It is this quick forgetting of the part you play in making your “reality” which makes defenses seem to be beyond your own control. But what you have forgot can be remembered, given willingness to reconsider the decision which is doubly shielded by oblivion. Your not remembering is but the sign that this decision still remains in force as far as your desires are concerned. Even if this all seems far-fetched to You, still can You choose wellness.
6 Mistake this not for fact. Defenses must make facts unrecognizable. They aim at doing this, and this they seem to do. Every defense takes fragments of the whole, assembles them without regard to all their true relationships, and thus constructs illusions of a whole which is not there. I say this to You every year here – or at least, often! – that it’s ike the children’s game Mr. Potato Head. Stick a piece here, another there, it’s supposed to be funny. Not in the dream You call ‘reality’; this is not humor. It is this process which imposes threat, and not whatever outcome may result. Unreality is never comfy.
7 When parts are wrested from the whole and seen as separate and wholes within themselves, they become symbols standing for attack upon the whole, successful in effect, and never to be seen as whole again. These are the vicious ‘laws’ that make the dream. And yet you have forgotten that they stand but for your own decision of what should be real, to take the place of what is real. It sounds pretty unsavory to Me.
8 Sickness is a decision. You make it quite apart from God, Who Knows not any error. It is not a thing that happens to you quite unsought, which makes you weak and brings you suffering. It is a choice you make, a plan you lay when for an instant truth arises in your own deluded mind and all your world appears to totter and prepare to fall. Now are you sick that truth may go away and threaten your establishments no more. You’re quite practiced at this, for it’s how You stay in this dream state; ‘keep dreaming’ is but Your priority. And that’s a pity!
9 How do you think that sickness can succeed in shielding you from truth? Because it proves the body is not separate from you, and so you must be separate from the truth. It’s great distraction. (I added that for Sun~Rose, for She thinks I’m too cerebral. That’s Her word, not Mine.) You suffer pain because the body does, and in this pain are you made one with it. Thus is your “true” identity preserved and the strange, haunting thought that you might be something beyond this little pile of dust silenced and stilled. For see, this dust can make you suffer, twist your limbs, and stop your heart, commanding you to die and cease to be. Saying it again: this “dust” is not You. And there is no death. These truths cannot be said too frequently.
10 Thus is the body stronger than the truth, which asks you live but cannot overcome your choice to die. And so the body is more powerful than everlasting life, Heaven more frail than hell, and God’s design for the salvation of His Son opposed by a decision stronger than His Will. You have created these ideas to make the dream seem real. His Son is dust, the Father incomplete, and chaos sits in triumph on His throne. So speaks the ego; the only lie and the only liar.
11 Such is your planning for your own defense. And you believe that Heaven quails before such mad attacks as these, – which make not any sense – with God made blind by your illusions, truth turned into lies, and all the universe made slave to laws which your defenses would impose on it. The Universe knows nothing of Your thought, or It would shudder! Yet as long as You believe insane ideas, You suffer from Your own beliefs. Yet who believes illusions but the one who made them up? And for what purpose? For illusions always are perpetrated with a reason. Who else can see them and react to them as if they were the truth? Therefore, they belong to You; and, thus, can always alter to come into holy harmony with God’s great Reality.
12 God knows not of your plans to change His Will. Reality’s unfolding Good goes on, as it always is, available to every One of Us, as We make the choice to reaccept it. (Why not do it now?) The universe remains unheeding of the laws by which you thought to govern it. And Heaven has not bowed to hell, nor life to death. (It seems to, but only in Your imagination [i.e. insane reverie]!) You can but choose to think you die or suffer sickness or distort the truth in any way. What is created (God’s Reality) is apart from all of this. Always at hand, available to You. Defenses are plans to defeat what cannot be attacked. (God’s Reality) What is unalterable cannot change. (God’s Reality) And what is wholly sinless cannot sin. (God’s Reality)
13Such is the simple truth. It does not make appeal to might nor triumph. It does not command obedience nor seek to prove how pitiful and futile are your attempts to plan defenses which would alter it. It merely wants to give you happiness, for such its purpose is. Stop! Let that sink in- deeply in Your mind.Let it register: God’s great Love for You. Every One of You, with no exceptions! All the Universe included! No-One is left out. That is the promise God makes His Son: every One comes Home to Heaven. And not by dying! Life is but the Way. Perhaps it sighs a little when you throw away its gifts, and yet it knows with perfect certainty that what God wills for you must be received. Sooner or later, depending on how great or small is Your tolerance for pain. It is always present; You’re just willfully ignoring it. Nonetheless, Your Good is always present. Reach out (even a little); You’ll feel It.
14 It is this fact which demonstrates that time is an illusion. For it lets you think what God has given you is not the truth right now, as it must be. Time is a liar. Remember this when age seems troubling. There is no such thing! There is no age in forever, always! The Thoughts of God are quite apart from time. For time is but another meaningless defense you made against the truth. Yet what God wills is here, and you remain as He created you. And time is used by Him so You can see Your progress Homeward. (Sing Hallelujah!) You never knew that I could sing, did You?
When I sung in the synagogue, if there were a cantor,1 He sure did stop singing!
Never thought of Me like that, did You?
15 Truth has a power far beyond defense, for no illusions can remain where it has been allowed to enter. Truth is ever-present. Be-ing God, It must be everywhere! And It surely is available to You right now, whenever, wherever You happen to need It!And it comes to any mind that would lay down its arms and cease to play with folly. (i.e. quit dreaming!) It is found at any time—today, if you will choose to practice giving welcome to the truth. This is our aim today. And we will give a quarter of an hour twice to ask the truth to come to us and set us free. Gladly We will receive this Loving Truth and let It heal Us. Sing hallelujah! Right where We are lives the great possibility of a very Holy Instant.
16 And truth will come, for it has never been apart from us. Just like Love and Life are, Truth is Our holy sum and substance. It merely waits for just this invitation which we give today. It waits quite sure and patient, for Us to waken, for it is Our Reality, now and forever. Now is not too soon! We introduce it with a healing prayer to help us rise above defensiveness and let the truth be as it has always been: (We pray together. Such prayer cannot fail!)
17 Sickness is a defense against the truth. Which makes sickness a form of aggression. Not very pretty. We would be gladly healed of this; sooner instead of later! Why not even now! No point to dally! Why suffer longer? It wins no ‘points’ with God, who would have You being healed right now!
I will accept the truth of what I am
And let my mind be wholly healed today. The only sense of ‘time’ God has is NOW.
18 Healing will flash across your open mind – as lightning illuminates darkened skies – as peace and truth arise to take the place of war and vain imaginings – all those insane dreams; not Reality. There will be no dark corners sickness can conceal and keep defended from the light of truth freeing darkened thought. There will be no dim figures from your dreams nor their obscure and meaningless pursuits with double purposes insanely sought, remaining in your mind. Again, Your favorite word of Mine: phantasmagoria; the show without substance. It will be healed of all the sickly wishes that it tried to authorize the body to obey. As Your mind is healed, so is Your body, for they are but one.
19 Now is the body healed because the source of sickness has been opened to relief. Fear and tension gone, mind relaxes, followed by the body. 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. Simply the sweetest consciousness of peace. No response at all is in the mind to what the body does. Its usefulness remains and nothing more. Now You move as mind, not as a body. This is sweet freedom!
20 Perhaps you do not realize that this removes the limits you had placed upon the body by the purposes you gave to it. As seeming source of pain and strength of force; most unsavory. As these are laid aside, the strength the body has will always be enough to serve all truly useful purposes. Now the mind is Your source of strength and joy. 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. Once again – as before the separation – You are free to be as You so choose.
21 Yet this protection needs to be preserved by careful watching. It is the mind that needs surveillance; it is not Your body, for it follows mind. So watch Your thinking! If you let your mind harbor attack thoughts, yield to judgment, or make plans against uncertainties to come, you have again misplaced yourself, and made a bodily identity which will attack the body, for the mind is sick. Give instant remedy should this occur by not allowing your defensiveness to hurt you longer. Do not be confused about what must be healed, but tell yourself: (quick as possible!)
22 I have forgotten what I really am,
– Part of the Consciousness of God, belovèd Source of All Divine Reality –
For I mistook my body for myself.
Yet I am only Mind identified; therefore, eternal.
Sickness is a defense against the truth,
But I am not a body. And my mind Cannot attack
– defense attacks back.
So I can not be sick.
Simple reasoning, and it is the Truth.
[Thank you Dear Brother]
*Sun~Rose is the scribe of the recently published book,“YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: PREP NOTES FOR EXPERIENCING GOD’S LOVE“, Jesus’ Guidance on the Miracle Principles
She is also author of,“RADIANT LIFE: RAW FOOD AND THE PRESENCE OF LOVE”BOTH now available on amazon.com