Friday, August 06, 2010

What Does Forgiveness Have to Do with Healing and Miracles?

I’ve been considering what forgiveness has to do with healing. I know there is a correlation between unforgiveness and sickness because in Matthew 9:5, Jesus had just performed on a paralyzed man. He perceived the thoughts of those watching the healing miracle and replied to them, "Which is easier to say? 'Take up your bed and walk or your sins be forgiven you?'"

“Sin” is a word that has a negative connotation. All it means is “an erroneous misstep that causes us to temporarily forget that we are one with God and others.” Sickness is not a punishment for sin; instead, it is the result of the universal law of attraction—in particular the law of cause and effect—in action. Whatever we sow, we also reap. Because we are one with others, when we harm someone else (such as refusing to forgive them) we also harm ourselves. Our unforgiveness of others may manifest as an illness in our own body.

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) is a 669-page text that was given by the Holy Spirit to Helen Schucman. In chapter 1 of ACIM, excerpts from I: 21, 24–27 state, “Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. Through miracles you accept God's forgiveness by extending it to others. Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death yourself, and can therefore abolish both. You are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Miracles are part of an interlocking chain of forgiveness which, when completed, is the Atonement. Atonement works all the time and in all the dimensions of time.”

That adds a new twist to things, doesn’t it? When we are angry or holding a grudge toward someone, we may be thinking we are harming them. In reality, we are actually harming ourselves by preventing the miracle of healing from taking place in our own body or emotions.

Ask yourself if there is anyone you need to forgive. I’d say it’s worth it to instantly forgive whoever for whatever they have done to you. Seeing yourself as one with others can certainly change your actions. It could be the miracle that changes your life!

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1 comment:

michael said...

ya. miracles. yes.