Finding Sudden Inspiration from my Very Own Book


For most of my life, I’ve been blessed with good physical health. A few little things now and then, but certainly nothing agonizing or life threatening.

For almost two weeks now, I’ve been dealing with a medical issue that, again, is neither agonizing nor life threatening, but I honestly haven’t been handling it very well.

I’ve found myself feeling angry and frustrated and discouraged. My joy has been buried under an avalanche of “poor me” sentiments.

“Why did this have to happen? Why is one doctor not available to me and the other is out of town? Why haven’t these medications worked? I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do, but nothing’s happening. I’m having to cancel appointments that are really important. Why? Why? Why?”

All the things you and I believe in and know to be true about who we really are, about the illusions of the physical world, about letting go and allowing our good to come to us – all gone like a puff of smoke on a windy day.

My pesky human consciousness that usually manages to stay in the background and allow my true self to lead the way through life suddenly jumped to the front of the line again and protested these conditions and situations over which it sensed it had no control.

I believe letting go of the illusion that our human identities are in charge of what happens to us and how our lives evolve is perhaps life’s greatest challenge, and those who are able to accomplish it consistently during a lifetime probably are among the great masters. It’s never easy, but it’s one we need to keep focusing on every day.

Yesterday, through my pain and grogginess, I had what now seems like a very silly “aha” moment – there’s a section in Lessons from the Source about physical healing! Of course I hadn’t gone back and read it again for a number of years. It was just sitting there. So I pulled it out, and here’s part of what it said:

Physical ills are among the hardest obstacles to your good to overcome on the earth plane. This is, of course, because they seem so absolutely “real” to you. You are not imagining that someone is conspiring against you or trying to decide which of several options is the best course of action for you. No, in this case you can feel that your throat hurts, and your sinuses are stuffed, and the coughs that come from your chest are explosive. It is right there in your body, and it is very hard to reject it. But that is exactly what you need to do.

Rejecting a physical “reality” requires that your belief system be very strong. You must know without a doubt that you can exercise control of your physical body through your mind. Your mind in its purest state is my mind, and it is my mind that keeps your body working perfectly. Your conscious mind has no control over the beating of your heart or your digestive processes or your senses. They function without conscious thought because of the divine order of the universe, of which you are a part.

Your conscious mind can, of course, exercise some degree of control over your body. It can determine the kinds of food and nutrition that the body has to use. It can assist with the effective functioning of the body through exercise and abstinence from habits that are destructive to it. The conscious minds of doctors can improve its functioning and repair damages to it. But the life force itself, and the basic functioning of your body’s systems, are done through my mind.

Always remember that my mind is at the core of your being. It is there for you to use, but doing so on a conscious level (such as rejecting an illness) requires the unification of my mind (divine mind) with yours (conscious mind), so that they function as one. As you know, this is the goal of your life here, for achieving this unification will make possible not only the healing of the physical body, but also the overcoming of any kind of limitation on the physical plane. With God, all things are possible.

It then goes on to suggest some specific ways we can help bring healing to our physical bodies – in partnership with our higher being. I had forgotten they were there and instead had allowed myself to fall into a downward spiral of helplessness and self pity.

After reading the passage above several times, I went to the quiet room in our house and began focusing on my unity with divine mind, seeing the situation resolved, and rejecting the condition that I had allowed to overwhelm me.

The situation is much better today – still not gone completely, but on its way.

It is so darn easy to fall out of alignment with Source when our conscious human minds pop up from their hibernation and try to take control again and make things happen on their own.

As I review Lessons from the Source and the hundreds of thousands of words of other spiritual wisdom I’ve received over the years, it seems clear to me that being able to let go and surrender to our higher good is the one challenge that is at the foundation of all the others we face. I’m glad I went back to the book for a reminder.

“This is the basic truth we are discussing in these lessonsthat you can realize and live your unity with me, and in so doing, be demonstrating the Kingdom of God on earth.”