One who tries to heal without accepting the Atonement for oneself; the ego’s version of the true miracle worker. “By definition, he is trying to give what he has not received [e.g., healing]” (T-9.V.1:4). The unhealed healer does not believe there is no order of difficulty in miracles, and so finds many things too difficult to heal (see T-5.VII.2). He makes sin and sickness real, and then tries to dispel them. He does not know how to give, and instead wants to get (gratitude and money) from his patients. He thinks he is in charge of the healing situation. The Course specifically mentions two examples of unhealed healer (see T-9.V).
- The unhealed psychotherapist, who looks into his patient’s dreams and hidden thoughts to uncover who the patient really is. Since these come from the patient’s ego, they reveal the patient to be an attacking ego. The patient already believes this and feels guilty for it, and so the therapist grants her a kind of forgiveness by telling her that her attacking thoughts will not have any effect if she does not act them out.
- The unhealed theologian, who believes in the reality of sin in himself and who fears God’s punishment. He therefore believes in the sinfulness of those who come to him, but tells them that their sins can be magically wiped away by the forgiveness of a distant God.