A Palpable Presence

“You will soon develop an ability to see without your body’s eyes. This, too, will seem like a silly game at first, a trick of your imagination. You will, at first, observe only that which you can “see”— your arms and legs, your shadow falling as you walk—but more and more you will come to see the body as a whole. You will see it from behind as you follow it about its day, without, at first even being aware that this is happening.” (ACOL, C:10.27)

This exercise is a continuation from yesterday’s exercise. We will “follow” our bodies around, seeing that they are not the whole of us. And in so doing, we will come to realize that our Self is simply using this form to have an experience of living. This is what we will later come to see as the “elevated Self of form.”

This exercise is hot a silly game, though it may appear to be. When we use our imaginations to play such games, we are really seeing true reality. And true reality is what we want above all else. It is the way that we come to know God. And our Self. And the way that we learn that these Two are actually one.

Use our imaginations today. See what will transpire in this exercise. We can recognize that nothing bad will come of it, and something exceedingly good may.

Follow Jesus’s advice in this way. He will guide, following us around even as our bodies follow us around. But he is far more real than our bodies. And the love that he feels for us can be felt. A real palpable presence.

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