“While you have been taught that you are not your body, it is impossible for you to deny the body here. Yet you can change the function you have ascribed to it, and so its way of functioning. If you do not see it as the result of a fall, as a curse, as a punishment from God, or as your home, a dwelling place that keeps you separate, then you can begin to see it as what it is, a learning device given you by a loving creator. (A Course of Love, 18.6)”
Affirmation: “I would choose a body today that functions perfectly.”
1 – Do Not Deny the Body
A Course in Miracles indicates that to deny the body, even though it is illusion, is a particularly unfortunate way to react. Here we feel its physicality, and we know when we feel well or ill, when we feel euphoria or pain. But we can change the function that we see that it has, to catch another fish as bait (also said by the poet John Donne), and see instead that it is a tool of communication when we are in relationship one to another. Without seeing a body, individuals would perhaps not respond so well to the help that can be given by another who is also in physical form.
2 – Elevated Self of Form
There are many negative ways that we can view the body, and some are spelled out in the passage for today. But the best way is to see it, now, as a learning device. As A Course of Love continues, we will see that the time of learning is said by Jesus to have ceased, and we will see that the elevated Self of form is the definition of our body.
3 – The Body Is Real in the Illusion
We need to be conscious of what we recognize as needs exemplified by the body. When we push too hard, the body becomes overtired. And if we keep pushing, ignoring the warning sign of pain, we will usually suffer some illness. So, while we are here, the body is very real, even in dreams, in illusions.
4 – Temporary Dwelling Place
And we would do well not to deny that which is our temporary dwelling place.
I would take care of my physical body today, knowing that, even though illusion, it hurts when illness invades. And if I strike my hand against an obstacle, the physical pain is real. So I do not deny that the physical is important to me. Help me to treat my dwelling place gently and with respect.
Be with me today as I go out into the world and meet my brothers and sisters. They, at least some of them, will respond only to another physical body, and they will not be frightened by me, seen in a form that is familiar. Perhaps a vision might provide insight that I cannot provide, but visions are sometimes frightening to their recipients. I can do much, with Your help, by just being in physicality.
Help me to know that beyond this physical body is one that is truly real, but I will not go there today. I will be contented with living in the physical, and I will hope for the sustainability of the elevated Self of form, when You are ready for me to have that blessing.