URTEXT – SONG OF PRAYER
S 3. Healing
B. The Cause of Sickness
S 3 B 1 Do not mistake effect for cause, nor think that sickness is apart and separate from what its cause must be. It is a sign, a shadow of an evil thought that seems to have reality and to be just, according to the usage of the world. It is external proof of inner ʺsin,ʺ and witnesses to unforgiving thoughts that injure and would hurt the Son of God. Healing the body is impossible, and this is shown by the brief nature of the “cure.” The body yet must die, and healing it is but a brief delay in its return to dust, where it was born and will go back.
S 3 B 2 The bodyʹs source is unforgiveness of the Son of God. It has not left its source, and in its pain and aging and the mark of death upon it this is clearly shown. Fearful and frail it seems to be to those who think their life is tied to its command and linked to its unstable, tiny breath. Death stares at them as every moment goes irrevocably past their grasping hands, which cannot hold them back. And they feel fear as bodies change and sicken. For they sense the heavy scent of death upon their hearts.
S 3 B 3 The body can be healed as an effect of true forgiveness. Only that can give remembrance of immortality, which is the gift of holiness and love. Forgiveness must be given by a mind which understands that it must overlook all shadows on the holy face of Christ, among which sickness should be seen as one. Nothing but that; the sign of judgment made by brother upon brother, and the Son of God upon himself. For he has damned his body as his prison, and forgot that it is he who gave this role to it.
S 3 B 4 What he has done now must Godʹs Son undo. But not alone. For he has thrown away the prisonʹs key; his holy sinlessness and the remembrance of his Fatherʹs Love. Yet Help is given to him in the Voice his Father placed in him. The power to heal is now his Fatherʹs gift, for through His Voice He still can reach His Son, reminding him the body may become his chosen home, but it will never be his home in truth.