“All that you are asked to give up is your insane notion that you are alone. We speak much of your body here only because it is your proof of this insane idea’s validity. It is your proof as well that a life of fear is warranted. How could you not fear for the safety of a home as fragile as the body? (A Course of Love, 9.25)”
1 – Fragile Body
The body is indeed fragile, and when we focus on it to the exclusion of other people–the ones who assure us that we have companions–we think amiss. Our bodies will be healthy and strong unless we choose otherwise, for reasons that only our inner Self can know. We would have healthy and strong bodies, and to do so we are not to focus on ailments. Thinking intently about the ailments only accentuates them in our minds, and even accentuates the ailments themselves.
2 – Life Filled with Love
We also choose a life filled with love, one that crowds out fear. We will know less fear when we have come to understand that we do not have to “learn” to experience the demise of fear. We need only reach out to others and to God, and to, we may believe, unseen forces beyond our physical world. These many helps are available to us, but when we are sick and feel lonely, we often give in to depression and do not avail ourselves of the help that is crying out to assist us.
3 – The Body
When we think that the body is our sole home, we will be fearful, because the world does things to the body that let us know that the ego does not wish us well. The body is the ego’s home, and the fragility of the body is the ego’s best evidence that we need to turn to it [the ego] for protection. But, as A Course in Miracles points out, this will never solve anything, because the ego has never answered any questions, though it has raised a great many (from the Text).
4 – The Christ/Self Within
Let us pray today for the strength of the Christ/Self within, and the knowledge that our position while in this world is a blend of the human and the divine. We need not fear the physical, for we can overcome its frailty by a persistent dependence upon the power of God to raise us up above limitations. We may never see the end to all limitations (as ACIM notes), but we can live better when we put our dependence where that dependence is wholly justified–on the spirit of God Who is within us.
May I not fear a weak and/or frail body–ever. This physical framework is not all that there is to me, and I would know that and thus not fear the aloneness that the body would inspire. It is my mind that is giving the body the “instincts” that so overcome me; the body does nothing. May I recognize this today.
May my Christ/Self within come to the forefront and banish these thoughts of weakness and frailty. There is no better way to live than to live in constant contact with You.
Help me to remember to keep You in mind and heart today, a conscious choice.