To heal is to make happy

T-5.in.1. “To heal is to make happy. 2 I have told you to think how many opportunities you have had to gladden yourself, and how many you have refused. 3 This is the same as telling you that you have refused to heal yourself. 4 The light that belongs to you is the light of joy. 5 Radiance is not associated with sorrow. 6 Joy calls forth an integrated willingness to share it, and promotes the mind’s natural impulse to respond as one. 7 Those who attempt to heal without being wholly joyous themselves call forth different kinds of responses at the same time, and thus deprive others of the joy of responding wholeheartedly.”

Comments:  How simple the Course in Miracles(ACIM) places us on the path of wholeness and healing.  It simple says, “To heal is to make happy.”  There are countless references in the text that state that a healed state of mind is merely checking in to see how you feel.  If you don’t feel happy or joyous, then you have moved from the center of your source and perhaps listening to a wrong voice.

This ending statement above caused great spin for me initially when I first read it.   It did because while I teach ACIM, I am also a student.  I don’t consider myself completely healed.  I am on a path to enlightenment or if not enlightenment, perhaps simply being “happy.”  When I read “Those who attempt to heal without being wholly joyous themselves call forth different kinds of responses at the same time, and thus deprive others of the joy of responding wholeheartedly.” My ego used this to say I should stop trying to teach healing.  In the course in Miracles, teaching is demonstrating so… If I stop teaching or “demonstrating healing” than very quickly I have an unhappy outcome.  I deprive others of all sense of happiness.  This thought, of course, is insane.

The comment is true.  When we don’t teach love and happiness, we can deprive others of responding wholeheartedly.  We confuse them because for a brief moment, perhaps, we forget who we are.  A good “joyful student” may even say, “Wait, where did you go?”

The Course says, “Beware of the temptation of being unfairly treated.”  Go easy on yourself today.  Be glad that you are on your path and rejoice when you remember to “be happy.”  I rest in solace with the knowledge of the Text T-2.V.A.18 (8) “I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.”

My own experience shows me that as I put myself out there, I realize what I know and what I don’t know.  When I teach peace, I will have it.  When I teach love, I will experience it.  Often times, in our group, someone will ask a question I don’t even know.  In trying to explain an answer, I receive the answer simultaneously.  Want to experience this?  Come tonight.

Even if I don’t know yet, when I fall out of love.  I can feel it.  When I’m not feeling wholly joyous I can just say to myself, “This need not be.”

Let us rest today in the guidance of Text T-2. V.A., (8) You can do much on behalf of your own healing and that of others if, in a situation calling for help, you think of it this way: 2 I am here only to be truly helpful. 3 I am here to represent Him Who sent me. 4 I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me. 5 I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me. 6 I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.’