Allen, I’ve read many stories of people in the so-called metaphysical community who were healed just by merely holding fast to the idea that “I am well,” despite being seriously ill. Yet, there are many others who tried the same approach, and they didn’t fare as well. Why?
The Whole Story Wasn’t Told
Many people have read or heard such stories. After being uplifted and inspired they thought, “If he can do it, I can do it too.” There were many painful days, but they held on. Results of medical examinations gave no hope, but they held on. Day in and day out they kept repeating, “I am well,” but things did not turn out well for them.
In each instance of success, all that was shared and reported was “I simply held onto the fact that I am well.” This was the publicly known version of the story. The part that was never spoken or printed holds the answer to their success. I’m going to share a story with you.
God, Please Let Me Die
It was not a fatal disease, but according to Thomas, from morning to night, his body screamed out in pain. Weeks went by and Thomas was completely healed. When he shared his testimony, Thomas said, “Despite the pain and limited mobility, I simply maintained that I am well.” To the hearers it seemed a simple but effective approach. However, those in his spiritual circle knew the entire story.
One night feeling hopeless and frustrated, Thomas sat up in his bed and cried, “God, please make me well or just let me die.” A voice replied, “Because I am well, Thomas, you are well.” Thomas caught the vision. Despite his aches and pains, Thomas knew that he was well. He didn’t hold onto a Revelation. The Revelation held onto him. Soon, his body was free of all aches and pains.
Don’t Judge By Appearances!
When holding onto a spiritual idea doesn’t work, it’s because there was no Revelation supporting it. In these instances, “holding on” demands monstrous mental effort. And that approach is not sustainable.
For a moment, I’m switching to a different subject: appearances. After a paragraph or two, you will see why.
“Judge not according to appearances,” said Jesus. That was good advice. Things are not always what they appear to be. The sun isn’t really sitting on top of the Redwood tree, and the train tracks do not come together in the distance. Yet both appear to be so.
The Other Appearances
Keep those facts in mind and broaden Jesus’ counsel to mean judge not according to sensory testimony. As well as seeing, it includes hearing, tasting, feeling and smelling. How often have you heard a baby crying in the alley, only to discover it was a just a cat in heat?
The so-called human senses can be deceived. They can all report the presence of something that isn’t there. All of these deceptions can be lumped in the category of appearances. An appearance is something that seems to be but is not. The last two words are the most important – is not.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, it’s because you sense or even know that God is All – the only Presence and Power. Think about what this means. It means that you know, despite any appearance, that ALL IS WELL. Answer this question with one word. Why, in the midst of your seeming difficulty, is it so hard for you to say “I am well?” Here’s your honest answer: APPEARANCES.
You can appear to be so sick, pained, or infirmed, that it seems impossible for you to say, “I am well.” However, consciously knowing that the appearance (like the flat earth) is not present, empowers you to say it with conviction. Consciously knowing what is true is the ability to, as the questioner wrote, hold fast to an idea and be healed. Of course, the healing is nothing more than the Revelation of God’s Presence.
In the last paragraph, consciously knowing is italicized because it is the key to remaining steadfast despite the appearances. Consciously knowing Truth, despite appearances, is the result of Revelation. When Thomas cried out, “God please make me well,” Revelation kicked in and revealed, “Because I am well, Thomas, you are well.”
What I Thought Was Real, Isn’t
At that moment, Thomas’ perception of his reality changed. Revelation does that. Before that sublime moment, he perceived himself as a sick man, and a host of appearances supported that perception. After his experience, Thomas perceived himself as a well man – regardless of appearances.
Are you asking, “Allen, if the appearances continue to hang around such that you still have to hold on to Truth, what good is the Revelation?” The answer is simple. Once you know (via Revelation) that appearances have no genuine presence (or power), their days are numbered if the healing is not instantaneous.
The Bottom Line — God Is All
All that you have just read boils down to this: When Revelations changes your perception of reality, you don’t hold fast to Truth, you simply know the Truth. GOD IS ALL.