Each and every time that we forget that sickness and suffering is a DECISION of the mind, we will suffer. Suffering and sickness does not happen TO us, we choose it. Suffering and sickness always has a payoff. Whether we are "getting" more attention, seemingly more love, to be proven right, to make another wrong, or the vast array of other forms of getting.... all is a payoff to the sick mind. Until we see that we chose this sickness because we value the payoff MORE than the healing, we will not heal.
This type of awareness is putting the CAUSE (mind) and the EFFECT (body) in proper sequence. The body cannot heal the mind, but the mind CAN heal the body. So as we let the MIND heal, our body will heal along with it.
When we begin to introspect into our own minds, and see where this suffering/ payoff is coming from... it often extends from a time when when we were young. Our young self can easily conclude that we deserve suffering, that we want another to suffer, that suffering gives us something or that suffering is "normal" in some way. This often happens from observation of and relationships with those around us. Once this conclusion is made it is pushed deep down into our subconscious mind where we forget that we made this choice to suffer to begin with. This conclusion can express itself in many different forms, but the cause is always the same. We MUST bring forward the awareness of this choice/conclusion that we made and bring it TO consciousness/Light, so that we can make a NEW choice FOR healing instead of suffering.
We are doing this, its not happening TO us is the one of the most powerful statements we can learn to be true. For when we are doing it to ourselves, we have the power to change it and heal it. If we are not doing it, we are at the whim of the world and subject only to the ways the world can heal; and those are painful in and of themselves and often temporary. If the cause, in the mind is not healed, the effect of the sickness in the body will return again in the same way or in a different way, so that we can ultimately turn within and heal the CAUSE so the sickness no longer returns in ANY form.
In accepting FULL responsibility for our suffering, is when we can see WHY we chose it. Once we see the why, we can also see how silly it was to believe that we are want to suffer or want others to suffer and render it USELESS to us any longer.
Jesus reminds us in the section "How is Healing Accomplished?":
"The patient could merely rise up without their aid and say,
“I have no use for this.”
There is no form of sickness that would not be cured at once."
We literally can proclaim we have NO USE for our sickness any longer and it is GONE. But this is why the PAYOFF must be recognized first, and seen AS useless... for it is this payoff that gives use/purpose to the sickness in our minds. Seeing the suffering and the payoff for suffering as useless to us is how the cause of suffering is UNDONE forever from our holy minds. NOTHING survives its purpose in this world. Either our purpose is sickness (which if we are sick/suffering it is) or our purpose is healing. When we change our minds about what our purpose IS, our entire experience changes.
ACIM/Jesus is helping us to train our minds to see this very thing and make this choice/change within.
In the recognition of suffering/guilt/anger/fear's uselessness, the beauty of Gods Love and Healing Grace can fill our hearts and minds instead. This experience will remind us of our perfection and innocence that we have never lost and that is innate in us all. Our perfect, healed and whole self has been here all along..... we have just been choosing to identify with something else for far to long (body).
Its time we change our minds about who we are and what we want and accept this healing instead. This will enable us to GIVE the ANSWER of healing to all our brothers and sisters around the world. As we truly heal, we can help others to heal. You are wholly worthy of healing NOW!