Asking Jesus for Help

Excerpt From: Wapnick, Kenneth. “Healing the Unhealed Mind.” (Page 67) Foundation for “A Course in Miracles”, 2012.

Q: I have a question regarding asking Jesus for help. You think that we should not ask for help with things in the world. What I do not understand is the kind of help I am receiving by asking Jesus, because you also say there is nothing real here.

A: I’ll tell you a story that I’ve told many times. Helen once asked Jesus what she should say to someone who was in trouble. Now we would all think that was a perfectly right-minded thing to do. This was his response, which came in a message that she wrote down: “Don’t ask me what you should say to this brother. Ask me instead for help that you look at him through the eyes of peace and not judgment.” This is a wonderful way of encapsulating what it means to ask for help. Jesus was telling Helen not to ask him what she should do or say, but to ask instead for help to look through the eyes of peace and not judgment. In other words, we ask our older brother for help to correct our misperceptions. Rather than seeing someone or some situation as external and capable of affecting us, we ask for help to see it as simply irrelevant to our peace of mind. I am not talking about not caring what goes on. I am talking about not giving power to what goes on around us to affect us. It is not that we not do things in this world — as bodies we all have to do things in the world — we just want to be sure that what we do comes from what the Course calls “the quiet center” (T-18. VII.8).

A wonderful way of talking about what the miracle does comes at the beginning of Chapter 28:

The miracle does nothing. All it does is to undo. And thus it cancels out the interference to what has been done. It does not add, but merely takes away (T-28.I.1:1-4).

This is saying that we ask for help in canceling out the interference, undoing whatever special investment we have in the outcome, whether it be in a relationship, world situation, or something involving our body. We ask for help to be at peace regardless of what is going on. At that point, anything we do would be helpful. Jesus ended the message to Helen that I just quoted by saying that “all the angels in Heaven will then come to your aid,” meaning that when there is no guilt or specialness in our minds, the love that is there will simply flow out, and we will know exactly what to do and what to say. This is what is really important. It is what Jesus meant in The Song of Prayer when he said that it is the song we want, not its parts: the echoes, harmonics, or intervals. We want the song itself. We want the love (content), not a little fragment (form) of the love (see S-1.I).

Whether we associate that love with Jesus or any other symbol does not matter. We want some experience of that love and peace that embraces everyone. From that experience, we will automatically know what to do and say. We need not ask anymore because we have already gotten the interference out of the way, allowing the love to extend through us, informing our words and actions so that they can only be kind and loving.

We do not even worry about the mind or where it is. Lesson 5 suffices: “I am never upset for the reason I think” (W-pI.5). The core of the process of forgiveness, or healing, is withdrawing our projections, as we saw in Part One. That is all we need do. In effect, the miracle takes our attention away from the world and directs it to the mind. As long as our attention is no longer on something outside, even if we do not know there is an inside, we are automatically back in the mind. This book is called A Course in Miracles because the miracle is the term for the reversal of projection, which it undoes and sets the stage for the change of mind that is the healer.

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