“The final outcome of this lesson [i.e., the insignificance of the body] is the remembrance of God. What do guilt and sickness, pain, disaster and all suffering mean now? Having no purpose, they are gone. (M-5.II.4)”
Affirmation: “My body is actually insignificant.”
1- The Ego’s View
A Course in Miracles notes that we all too often want things of the world that glorify the body. These usually, though not always, are material things. They may also be intangible, such as our bent toward wanting success in this world. But do these things–beauty of the body, prestige, comfort, success–really mean anything to our Self, the part of us that is not a body at all?
2 – Negative Experiences
I think not. We are inescapably in a body for the duration of our time on earth, although out-of-body experiences are sometimes reported. When we put the body first in all things, we also invite negative experiences–the guilt, sickness, pain, disaster, suffering that are mentioned in the above passage from ACIM.
3 – Body = Communication
ACIM does not deny that the body exists, but ACIM does reconsider what it is best used for, and that greater reason is for communication from one individual to another.
4 – Jealousy
If we use the body for communication, we will not want to use it to create jealousy in others. We will be benign in our use of the body, hurting nobody, including ourselves. This is the real reason for physical expression at all.
5 – A Love/Hate Relationship
Most of us already have a love-hate relationship with our bodies. We criticize their appearance, even when we are beautiful or handsome. We are never satisfied. Is not this primary evidence that the ego is in the ascendancy? And would we have that? Have not we come far enough along on the pathway to know that the ego will only wish disaster upon us?
6 – Health
Let us thank God for the health that we do enjoy, even when that health is impaired. To the extent that we can still communicate with others, in some way, our bodies are important to our experience in this world. And nothing more. The body then becomes deemphasized in our own experience, and we look to the intangibles of God–the love, joy, peace, tranquility, strength–that are our birthright as children of God.
I would understand today that my body is my means of communication with my brothers and sisters. I would not use it as a means to incite jealousy. I would be gentle as I go about the world, realizing that my body is mine, but that there is more to me. The body itself is illusion.
Thank You for these insights, which come from A Course in Miracles. Thank You for the channeling of so wonderful a communication from Jesus to us. May all find A Course in Miracles who are ready to appreciate what these books say.