I find this one a bit challenging, which is good. As I understand it, if I feel attacked, by myself or anyone else, I also feel the need to defend myself. So, if I drop my defenses, I won’t be attacked, and one of the defenses I use is sickness. If I get sick, I am using that illness to say that such things as bacteria and viruses are real, as are all the other awful things in the world. Now, this doesn’t mean that I should further attack myself with guilt if I succumb to a cold or other disease. It just means realizing that such a ploy as sickness is indeed a defense, a way to keep the world I’ve participated in making real. I will not throw the Course book at people who get sick, especially if they’re students of it. Love and compassion, for myself and the other parts of God’s One Creation, are ways to begin to wake up from the nightmare.
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