“Every healer who searches fantasies for truth must be unhealed, because he does not know where to look for truth and, therefore, does not know the answer to the problem of healing.”
-A Course in Miracles
The attempt to take seriously, to understand, and to analyze all the details and intricacies of our illusions is not the path toward healing. The answer to the problem is not found within the problem; rather, beyond it.
To heal is merely to understand what is meant by illusion. It is to know what is real and unreal—what is false as opposed to truth—and to stop taking the unreal so seriously. But still, what exactly do I mean by “illusion”?
Anything that happens externally in our lives is ultimately unreal because it is impermanent. When something is perceived as bad or unfortunate, we might find comfort in the saying, “this, too, shall pass.” However, the same can be said about that which we perceive as good. Nothing lasts, and healing must last (or it isn’t healing).
All form is unstable and changing. All situations are fleeting. To take seriously and attempt to control that which cannot be possessed, contained or controlled is the cause of unbearable fear, stress and suffering. This is the cause of illness and what we are attempting to heal.
That which is not illusion is that which does not change—unconditional love and our ongoing conscious awareness. This is your identity, not your body or mind. There is something so mysterious about the force of life, itself. Consciousness arises from the nothingness to inhabit physical form for a time and then shift to other forms. But consciousness, itself, is of the nothingness and cannot be threatened or changed. It is one infinite field that fills the universe and everything in it.
A spiritual practice is an ongoing attempt to align your thinking in this way. You are not your mind; rather, the observer of your mind. You are consciousness, which is the feeling of and the doing of unconditional love. This is how we heal—how we become free from suffering by aligning with a higher truth so that we stop taking physical reality so seriously.