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Physician, healer, therapist, teacher, heal thyself.
Over the years I have heard many Course in Miracles students and teachers say “there is nothing to heal” and in reality, that’s true. There is nothing to heal. You are whole, perfect, eternal, one with God, one with your Self and one with everyone and everything.
You are everywhere, in every blade of grass, in every molecule of air, in every grain of sand, in every atom, in every drop of water in the ocean, in every mind. So yes, that’s true: there is nothing to heal.
What you are cannot be sick, cannot be in pain, cannot suffer and cannot die.
So, yes, there is nothing to heal and nothing to do.
However. Do you know it?
Is this your experience?
Do you know your oneness, your wholeness, your perfection, your holiness?
Not “know it” intellectually, as a statement you quote that you read in a book or heard somewhere .. but KNOW IT, know it.
Because until you KNOW IT know it, then there is work to do.
A Course in Miracles, a systematic way “to persuade you to reverse your twisted way of looking at the world and your twisted way of looking at yourself” (ACIM Psychotherapy Booklet).
It mentions many times throughout the book to “heal yourself”.
“Physician, healer, therapist, teacher, heal thyself.” -A Course in Miracles
A Course in Miracles is a practical way to notice WHERE you think you are and WHAT you think you are. If you are experiencing anything other than peace, love and joy – feeling the excitement and enthusiasm that comes with being totally connected as your True Self – then you can make a decision for transformation, healing and awakening through a deliberate conscious choice to change the picture of what you think you see.
I have a friend who had a growth on her face and was trying to heal it with A Course in Miracles. My advice to her was to identify with her True Self and BE IT. Look at all the thoughts that come up around the growth on her face and correct those thoughts with truth. She was feeling a lot of shame and guilt around it. It made her feel ugly and afraid. She covered it up with a band-aid and mostly began isolating in life. She wasn’t sure whether she should go to the doctors, have it checked out and removed. Or heal it with her mind.
Whenever there is a question of “what to do” the best course of action is always: Get still. Ask. Listen. And whatever guidance you receive, go with it.
So go to the doctor or don’t go to the doctor. That will always be revealed perfectly within when you ask. You will be told within what to do, where to go, what to say and even what not to say.
So many Course in Miracles teachers and students feel a tremendous amount of guilt because they are experiencing a body condition and then “feel bad” when they go to a doctor or take a pill or do something worldly. None of that matters, but WHAT DOES MATTER is that you see the guilt and heal the guilt.
The guilt is what makes you sick. And it’s the guilt that needs to be seen and then healed (removed) with forgiveness and love.
So my friend decided to go the doctor route and have the growth removed and they removed her band-aid that was covering up the growth. They did their work and replaced it with their band-aid, which was more like a big bandage.
When she got home, she removed the bandage and found a 3-inch scar on her face, and she wrote to me to say that she wants to heal the scar. She told me her husband said: I love you no matter what and I will love you always, even if that scar never goes away.
I wrote her back with the same advice I gave her initially when she first reached out to me: identify with your True Self and BE IT.
Here is the message I sent:
Hello gorgeous _______ !!!
I love you so much. You can always trust in whatever guidance is given to you and you can’t make a mistake.
All healing is nothing more than to change the picture you see of yourself – nothing more and nothing less.
So you can find out what “picture” you have been holding – maybe you think you are weak or frail or limited, unable to heal, etc. whatever comes up for you.
and know that healing is a decision to see yourself in a new way – to see a new picture of yourself OF WHAT YOU WANT TO BE.
So, to see yourself as strong, clear, powerful, lovable – and maybe even add badass in there with your new awesome scar! Rock it. Radiate confidence and joy and light and love and SEE that THIS – my darling friend – is the picture I hold of you. So rock your authentic self.
See yourself as creative, generous, powerful because that’s what you are.
YOU ARE HEALED.
You wanted healing, and it is here. It is nothing more than a shift in perception where you see the picture you want to see: badass, generous, powerful, strong, creative, happy, bold, full of light and grace.
I love you .
And that’s my advice to anyone reading this blog, who is suffering from well, anything.
Change the picture of yourself.
This can easily be done, right now.
All sickness is a picture of yourself as weak, frail, vulnerable, guilty.
But you are not any of those things.
She wrote me back with a big I LOVE YOU and told me she laughed out loud when she read my message. I’m so glad. She wrote: “Lisa, I’m going to go put my badass sunglasses on and rock that scar.”
And then I woke up this morning to another email from her:
“Thanks, Lisa. I just realized…It’s my “point of viewing” that needs my badass adjustment. That is the only thing that needs to heal… I love you.
So, there you go. All we need is an adjustment to shift our point of viewing – from viewing ourselves as sick and weak and powerless to something that is truly in line with the truth.
Now, I would love to hear from you.
If you know from The 40-Day Program for Transformation, you know that I teach to “watch your thoughts and feelings like a hawk.” It’s a free online program that encourages you to live in a new way, consecutively and continuously for 40 days.
Well, it’s 43 days actually because there are 3 days of preparation as you make a commitment to let your old life and old ways of thinking go.Your words matter. What you think about yourself matters. What you say about yourself matters. Click To Tweet
Your words and thoughts have power.
I invite you to come up with four words of WHAT YOU WANT TO BE and then go be it. These are your Core Values.
You can absolutely change the picture of yourself, by your own decision.
And then I invite you to post your words in the comment area below because it’s always a powerful thing to communicate your new state of being – your Core Values – of how you intend to show up. And bonus points: you can add your WHY you chose those words.
My words are BOLD and JOYFUL and VIBRANT and GENEROUS.
Whenever my old way of thinking calls me to old patterns of hiding, isolating, feeling weak and limited, I call on these words to remember how I want to be. Bold, taking risks, following my heart. Joyful, because joy heals all sorrow and despair and I’m a joyful child of God. Vibrant, because I am alive with the love of God, overflowing with energy, power and presence. Generous because I have learned that the only way I continue to receive God’s gifts of peace, love, joy and light is to give these gifts and to give them generously. It keeps the channel open and flowing and that’s what I want.
So, what are your words? If you are not sure of your words, just sit with it. Think of how you want to be. If you are not sure, think of people who inspire you or who you admire? How are they showing up? How do they live their life?
Have fun with this exercise. Jesus from 2000 years ago gave us “the formula” for healing: Know thy Self. Pick up your bed and walk right of sickness, guilt and conflict.
You can walk right out of your old life today, by simply changing the picture of how you see yourself and how you want to be.
Go rock your Christ True Self, sharing the light of your Self with the world.
And healing is accomplished.
I love you.
Lisa Natoli is a healer, therapist and teacher of A Course in Miracles. She has devoted her life to healing, to inspiring people to reverse their twisted way of looking at the world and their twisted way of looking at themselves so that they know their True Self as One with God, as a co-creator with God.
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PS: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! I’ll be teaching this coming Friday Morning at the ACIM Friday Morning Group – July 19th at 10:30 am. I’ll be teaching about the above topic in this blog. Changing the picture of yourself. Choosing your Core Values. This group meets every Friday morning, live in person in Amesbury, MA and also on livestream. Register here: https://backup.teachersofgod.org/events-2/