“My words call you to the eternal, to nourishment and rest of the spirit rather than the body. That your sights are set on the care of the body alone is another example of choosing an opposite for replacement. (A Course of Love, 9.22)”
Affirmation: “I think of my spirit today.”
1 – The Body
How often we think of the body first! If we have a twinge of pain, we focus on it, and the very focusing may make it seem worse. Even chronic pain that is very severe is overcome, in therapy sessions, with a focus on something other than the pain. When we focus on something we would rather avoid, we only succeed in increasing its presence, even magnifying its presence, in our lives. This we would not do.
2 – The Spirit
We are on safe ground indeed when we focus on our spirit. We may not as of yet fully understand what Jesus means by “spirit,” but he elaborates throughout A Course of Love. The spirit is the essence of the Christ/Self that in inward, and that combines the human and the divine. We are still in physical form, of course, and we can even revel in that, but we know that there is something more. And we do not let pains in the physical body distract us from our heart’s blessing. We will find that ultimately we will combine mind and heart to form the wholeheartedness toward which Jesus is leading us in A Course of Love.
3 – ACOL vs. ACIM
The physical is emphasized a bit more in A Course of Love than in A Course in Miracles. We may have even gotten the false impression from A Course in Miracles that the physical did not matter. But Jesus would not have us in pain; he tells us in ACIM that we do not have to learn through pain. Learning through rewards is lasting. Learning through pain is temporary. And we find, later on in ACOL, that the elevated Self of form is where we are headed. We do not have to deemphasize or denigrate the physical; we just need to see the physical properly. There is the truth that our spirit cooperates with the physical to bring us the glorious life that life on earth can be.
4 – Replenishment
We do want our spirit to be nourished and replenished. All too often we have neglected our spirit in favor of trying, often in vain, to improve our physical condition. Jesus would have both well and in excellent condition. Such a wonderful promise is the one here! Let us remind ourselves today of the nourishment and rest to our spirit that is here for the asking, and let us then ask for this nourishment and rest.
I would replenish my soul today. I would not ignore the body, but I would realize where it is in the hierarchy, and I would choose to turn aside from attempts to emphasize the perishable.
Be with me today as I seek You. I am in need of comfort, replenishment. Please grant this to me.