The title for chapter 10 is The Idols of Sickness. Within this chapter are the following sub-titles: At Home in God, The Decision to Forget, The God of Sickness, The End of Sickness, and The Denial of God.
This chapter has an interesting perspective on understanding sickness. I had never thought about it this way until I read this book. Those of you who are currently sick or have a major disease may have a difficult time accepting some of the teachings in this chapter. It takes time for our mind to process and accept new information from the higher spiritual realm as we are conditioned to only understand sickness from a physical body orientation.
Sickness is defined as an attack on yourself and as a denial of the presence of God living within you. When a person fails to fully comprehend how much God loves them and how valuable and perfect they are in his eyes, they may instead see themselves as being a sinner, flawed and even evil. They may complain to themselves and to others about the things they do not like about themselves. It could be a physical attribute on their body or something they did, thought or felt that they judged as being wrong. Growing up, if people spoke negative things over them, they interpreted this as truth about who they were, even though it was all lies. By the time most people reach adulthood, they struggle to identify with how great and amazing God created them to be and generally do not like who they have become. When this happens, their ego mind gets the message that they are not worth anything so it begins to attack them through sickness and disease to defend and prove this belief about them. God cannot create sickness because it goes against his nature of love. However, you, through listening to the lies of the ego can make yourself sick. “When you attack, you are denying yourself. You are specifically teaching yourself that you are not what you are. When you think you are attacking yourself, it is a sure sign that you hate what you think you are. If God created you perfect, you are perfect. If you believe you can be sick, you have placed other gods before him. But if you refuse to worship him (sickness) in whatever form he may appear to you, and wherever you think you see him, he will disappear into the nothingness out of which he was made.”
This chapter teaches a different viewpoint on how you are to be healed of sickness. Since we were all created by the same God, we are all connected to each other through our minds. When one person is sick, it energetically affects everyone. However, it works in reverse, when one person is healthy, it energetically affects everyone and will bring healing to those that are sick. When someone is sick, rather than affirm and support their sickness, ACIM teaches that you are to come along side of them and remind them of who they really are, remind them of the God that loves them, remind them of how interconnected you all are and share with them the health, joy, love that you have. “Do not side with sickness in the presence of a Son of God even if he believes in it, for your acceptance of God in him acknowledges the Love of God he has forgotten. Your recognition of him as part of God reminds him of the truth about himself, which he is denying. Remind him of his wholeness and remember your creator with him. The power of one mind can shine into another because all the lamps of God were lit by the same spark. It is everywhere and it is eternal. Perceiving the spark will heal, but knowing the light will create. Put all your faith in it, and God himself will answer you.”
“The love of God is in everything He created. If you will accept yourself as God created you, you will be incapable of suffering. Yet to do this you must acknowledge Him as your Creator. Your Father created you wholly without sin, wholly without pain and wholly without suffering of any kind. If you deny Him you bring sin, pain and suffering into your own mind because of the power he gave it (your mind).”