“The body is merely a fact in this world. Its abilities can be, and frequently are, overevaluated. However, it is almost impossible to deny its existence in this world. Those who do are engaging in a particularly unworthy form of denial. The use of the word ‘unworthy’ here implies simply that it is not necessary to protect the mind by denying the unmindful. There is little doubt that the mind can miscreate. If one denies this unfortunate aspect of its power, one is also denying the power of itself.” (ACIM, COA ed., T-2.VII.7:1-7)
Our minds are the salient point, not the body. The body is merely an effect. In this world the body seems very real to us, but true reality actually stems from the mind, and, as A Course in Miracles makes clear elsewhere, “projection makes perception.” What the mind projects, then becomes our “reality” in this world.
When we focus too much on what the body seems to be saying to us, we make pain in the mind as an escalating force. This we don’t want to do. ACIM points to the one reality, the worldview of a united reality, monism. Thus the body’s central place in our drama becomes downplayed. We don’t want to deny the body, but just see that the mind (and heart) are the pivotal places for our experience to grow.