As long as you try to heal the body, you still must hold ideas about the world, just as it is with all your attempts to fix anything here. It cannot be fixed, neither your body, nor any aspect of the world. That is because sickness is not something that comes to you without your bidding. There are no factors outside of your mind that cause your body to change and hurt and decay. And any remedy you employ in an attempt to prove otherwise, trying to get rid of what threatens you must fail, simply because you treat only the effects of what you refuse to look at. Cause and effect cannot be separate, nor can they be confused. Yet that is exactly what the error is that this world represents.
Jesus talks in the early chapters of A Course In Miracles about the attempt on your part to usurp the Kingdom of God, to be father instead of son to him. Therefore you lose sight of what you are because this is a denial of your Source. You let the effect be the cause and then experience a world where you are victim and slave to external factors and motivators, confirming to you what you have done to yourself, and you have a whole world of dangers and all sorts of things attacking your health in your body identity. All because you have denied your identity.
Can you honestly say that there can be a solution to this, that you can fix this chaos of attack and defense and suffering? What do you do, except shifting from symptom to symptom, from one delusion of problem solving to another? In that sense, any remedy you employ only confirms to your notion of the problem you see, asserts the insane image of yourself as a body getting sick and old and dying in the end.
Your only hope consists in questioning the source of this nightmare of self-identity. What is the source of it? What is your source? In admitting you do not know who you are you are freed to be uncertain and not defend yourself against what you see as threat. In accepting “outside" help, help from outside of space time, you are healed, because in that the fundamental error gets corrected. Everything you think you see reflects an idea, and it is your idea. So in changing your mind, you change the cause. Since it does not make sense and can only be futile to try to change effects, you will have to look at the cause. Cause and effect are not separate. The effect is the direct result of cause and determined in the cause.
So what is healing? All healing is of the mind, since all sickness is of the mind and only of the mind. In letting go of your thoughts and changing the source of what you think, you are healed.
“What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs? And what can save the world except your Self? Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth. A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it. Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts' effects. It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last.
Yet is salvation easily achieved, for anyone is free to change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it. Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or ever thought or yet will think. You free the past from what you thought before. You free the future from all ancient thoughts of seeking what you do not want to find. …
The world is nothing in itself. Your mind must give it meaning. And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real. Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning. Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came.
There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source. … There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth. He will return and go still farther, or perhaps step back a while and then return again.
But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize. Some see it suddenly on point of death, and rise to teach it. Others find it in experience that is not of this world, which shows them that the world does not exist because what they behold must be the truth, and yet it clearly contradicts the world.
And some will find it in this course, and in the exercises that we do today. Today's idea is true because the world does not exist. And if it is indeed your own imagining, then you can loose it from all things you ever thought it was by merely changing all the thoughts that gave it these appearances. The sick are healed as you let go all thoughts of sickness, and the dead arise when you let thoughts of life replace all thoughts you ever held of death…” (A Course In Miracles, Lesson 132)
This is the gift of healing. You are the Course In Miracles. You are the physician yourself. You are the miracle. You are God’s Son, complete and healed and whole. There is no healing without you being healed in the remembrance of Who you are.