Supplements – Psychotherapy – 3. The Practice of Psychotherapy – I. The Selection of Patients
P-3.I.1. Everyone who is sent to you is a patient of yours. 2 This does not mean that you select him, nor that you choose the kind of treatment that is suitable. 3 But it does mean that no one comes to you by mistake. 4 There are no errors in God's plan. 5 It would be an error, however, to assume that you know what to offer everyone who comes. 6 This is not up to you to decide. 7 There is a tendency to assume that you are being called on constantly to make sacrifices of yourself for those who come. 8 This could hardly be true. 9 To demand sacrifice of yourself is to demand a sacrifice of God, and He knows nothing of sacrifice. 10 Who could ask of Perfection that He be imperfect?
P-3.I.2. Who, then, decides what each brother needs? 2 Surely not you, who do not yet recognize who he is who asks. 3 There is Something in him that will tell you, if you listen. 4 And that is the answer; listen. 5 Do not demand, do not decide, do not sacrifice. 6 Listen. 7 What you hear is true. 8 Would God send His Son to you and not be sure you recognize his needs? 9 Think what God is telling you; He needs your voice to speak for Him. 10 Could anything be holier? 11 Or a greater gift to you? 12 Would you rather choose who would be god, or hear the Voice of Him Who is God in you?
P-3.I.3. Your patients need not be physically present for you to serve them in the Name of God. 2 This may be hard to remember, but God will not have His gifts to you limited to the few you actually see. 3 You can see others as well, for seeing is not limited to the body's eyes. 4 Some do not need your physical presence. 5 They need you as much, and perhaps even more, at the instant they are sent. 6 You will recognize them in whatever way can be most helpful to both of you. 7 It does not matter how they come. 8 They will be sent in whatever form is most helpful; a name, a thought, a picture, an idea, or perhaps just a feeling of reaching out to someone somewhere. 9 The joining is in the hands of the Holy Spirit. 10 It cannot fail to be accomplished.
P-3.I.4. A holy therapist, an advanced teacher of God, never forgets one thing; he did not make the curriculum of salvation, nor did he establish his part in it. 2 He understands that his part is necessary to the whole, and that through it he will recognize the whole when his part is complete. 3 Meanwhile he must learn, and his patients are the means sent to him for his learning. 4 What could he be but grateful for them and to them? 5 They come bearing God. 6 Would he refuse this Gift for a pebble, or would he close the door on the savior of the world to let in a ghost? 7 Let him not betray the Son of God. 8 Who calls on him is far beyond his understanding. 9 Yet would he not rejoice that he can answer, when only thus will he be able to hear the call and understand that it is his?