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Letting Healing Happen

Lately I have been pondering the beautiful prayer near the beginning of Chapter 16 of A Course in Miracles.

I am not alone, and I wold not intrude the past upon   my Guest.
I have invited Him, and He is here.
I need do nothing except not to interfere (T-16.I.4:10-12).

This poem – it feels more apt to call it a poem than a prayer, though really it is both, as all good prayer and poems are – comes on the heels of yet another admonishment from Jesus that we don’t know a damned thing.

You do not know what empathizing means . . . You do not know what healing is (T-16.I.2:6, T-16.I.3:3).

This, of course, is one of the pillars upon which undoing rests: we haven’t got the faintest idea how to proceed. It’s the essence of Lesson Three which teaches us we literally do not understand anything.

What can we do when faced with the futility of our own resources? When we truly accept the powerlessness and waywardness of the egoic self?

We turn to that little poem: and take heart that we are not alone but rather joined intimately to the Holy Spirit, who is neither distant nor separate, but as much a part of us as we are part of God (T-16.III.5:1-3).

Our only useful job in this world of dreams is to remember that we have no job. That’s it. When we remember that, we can get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit do its job: which is simply to undo illusions and thereby heal our minds by reminding them of their oneness with God.

That’s our job when life is good and it’s our job when life is bad. It’s our job for the seeming big stuff and it’s our job for the seeming little stuff.

We asked for help and we got it. Now we simply have to get out of the way so healing can happen.

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  • Susan August 21, 2013, 11:51 am

    Sean: Just what I needed to hear. This morning my ego was reacting in judgment and that doesn’t feel like a good place for me anymore. I LOVED the video. Thanks for sharing! Susan

    • Sean Reagan August 21, 2013, 11:53 am

      Thank you, Susan – I’m glad it was helpful. Thanks for reading (and watching)!


  • Jeanne August 21, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Hi Sean,
    As always, thanks for the insights. I love the video. It allowed you to get more in-depth. It emphasized what you wrote about. I, too, have been concentrating on a particular passage that says just about the same thing.

    T-14.XI.6. Do not be concerned about how you can learn a lesson so completely different from everything that you have taught yourself. 2 How would you know? 3 Your part is very simple. 4You need only recognize that everything you learned you do not want. 5 Ask to be taught, and do not use your experiences to confirm what you have learned. 6 When your peace is threatened or disturbed in any way, say to yourself: 7 I do not know what anything, including this, means. 8 And so I do not know how to respond to it. 9 And I will not use my own past learning as the light to guide me now. 10 By this refusal to attempt to teach yourself what you do not know, the Guide Whom God has given you will speak to you. 11 He will take His rightful place in your awareness the instant you abandon it, and offer it to Him. T-14.XI.7. You cannot be your guide to miracles, for it is you who made them necessary. 2 And because you did, the means on which you can depend for miracles has been provided for you.

    I like this one because it adds a step. It asks us to ask the HS to teach us. If I don’t ask the HS to help me (or teach me), I wonder if I am inadvertently allowing myself to get in the way, so to speak. So to guarantee that there is no miscommunication (at least in my mind), I try to remember to tell the HS that I am freely willing Him to give me His judgement and to change my mind about the situation.

    I had to chuckle at one part where you were talking about bringing the past into the now. What came into my mind is something the financial (stock market) people disclose to you before you purchase stocks, “Past performance does not guarantee future results.” Man, if we would only apply that to everything. Who would have known that the moguls of Wall Street have it right? lol

    Thanks again!


    • Sean Reagan August 21, 2013, 4:55 pm

      Yes! I think that idea of being teachable – of being open to the teaching of the Holy Spirit – is so essential. It is not enough to call on the Holy Spirit or appreciate intellectually that the Holy Spirit is here or anything. We really have to adopt a learning posture – it’s a whole life change, not something that we do once and then move on.

      Yeah, those moguls . . .

      Thanks Jeanne! I hope all is well.

      ~ Sean

  • Janet Acquilano August 21, 2013, 8:38 pm

    Sean, Thanks again. I loved the video(s) worked for me.

  • Eric August 21, 2013, 9:53 pm

    Nice Sean,

    I wrote a blog on Miracleshare some time ago on this very prayer/sentence. Actually I didn’t write anything, but I did provide quotes that correlate with what you were speaking about when it comes to us not knowing a damn thing. I’ll just re-paste my blog.

    I am not alone, and I would not intrude
    the past upon my Guest.
    I have invited Him, and He is here.
    I need do nothing except not to interfere.


    Correction is not your function. It belongs to One Who knows of fairness, not of guilt. If you assume correction’s role, you lose the function of forgiveness.~ACIM

    If you already understood the difference between truth and illusion, the Atonement would have no meaning.~ACIM

    You cannot wake yourself. Yet you can let yourself be wakened.~ACIM

    To forgive is merely to remember only the loving thoughts you gave in the past and those that were given you. All the rest must be forgotten. Forgiveness is a selective remembering, based not on your selection.~ACIM

    The holy instant is the result of your determination to be holy. It is the answer. The desire and the willingness to let it come precedes its coming. You prepare your minds for it only to the extent of recognizing that you want it above all else. It is not necessary that you do more; indeed, it is necessary that you realize that you cannot do more. Do not attempt to give the Holy Spirit what He does not ask, or you will add the ego unto Him and confuse the two.~ACIM

    Trust not your good intentions. They are not enough. But trust implicitly your willingness, whatever else may enter. Concentrate only on this and be not disturbed that shadows surround it. That is why you came. If you could come without them, you would not need the holy instant. Come to it not in arrogance, assuming that you must achieve the state its coming brings with it. The miracle of the holy instant lies in your willingness to let it be what it is. And in your willingness for this lies also your acceptance of yourself as you were meant to be.~ACIM

    The necessary condition for the holy instant does not require that you have no thoughts which are not pure. But it does require that you have none that you would keep. Innocence is not of your making. It is given you the instant you would have it. Yet it would not be Atonement if there were no need for Atonement.~ACIM

    Never approach the holy instant after you have tried to remove all fear and hatred from your mind. That is its function. Never attempt to overlook your guilt before you ask the Holy Spirit’s help. That is His function.~ACIM

    The holy instant does not come from your little willingness alone. It is always the result of your small willingness combined with the unlimited power of God’s Will. You have been wrong in thinking that it is needful to prepare yourself for Him. It is impossible to make arrogant preparations for holiness and not believe that it is up to you to establish the conditions for peace. God has established them. They do not wait upon your willingness for what they are. Your willingness is needed only to make it possible to teach you what they are. If you maintain you are unworthy of learning this, you are interfering with the lesson by believing that you make the learner different. You did not make the learner, nor can you make him different. Would you first make a miracle yourself and then expect one to be made for you?~ACIM

    • Sean Reagan August 22, 2013, 4:25 am

      All welcome additions, Eric! Thank you. I have been somewhat obsessed with chapter 16 lately, in particular “the rewards of teaching.” I always trust that impulse to closely study some aspect of the course, right down to a handful of sentences if necessary. Tara Singh said somewhere that if we brought the right attention to the process, any one lesson in the workbook – or any one sentence in the text – could wake us from our deep sleep.

      Good to hear from you!

  • Eric August 22, 2013, 8:13 am

    I completely understand Sean. I’ve done the same thing with certain sections or chapters of the course. I even made playlists on my iPod for certain themes from the course that I go back and listen to time and again. I find it amazing that the more I read or listen to the course, the more I find just how comprehensive it really is.

    Take care,

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