My morning ACIM reading today was all about how we are NOT our bodies. This may seem like a fearful idea at first, but rest assured that it is only the ego that is feeling that fear. This is joyous news to the Spirit!!
Our ego will feel fear at the thought “I am not my body” because the ego is sided with the body.
“The ego turns to the body, not the mind, as its ally because the body is NOT part of you. This makes the body the ego’s friend. It is an alliance frankly based on separation. If you side with this alliance, you WILL be afraid because you are siding with an alliance of fear.” (Original edition, text p. 110)
How is the body not part of you? In truth, you have forgotten that you are an eternal, unique aspect in the Mind of God. This worldly experience is a dream. Being in body is a dream. The ego is a dream. YOU, however, are not a dream. You are Love, eternal, and very real. Peace Pilgrim, an extraordinary spiritual teacher, has said, “I am not the body. I am that which activates the body.” She would refer to the body as a “garment made of clay.”
If you are not a body, what are you?
This is a question the ego does not want us to ask. So, of course, let’s ask it!
In Lesson 91, “Miracles are seen in light,” it addresses the need to question what we are (WITH the Holy Spirit) in order to make room to have a real experience of God.
The lesson states:
What you think you are is a belief to be undone. But what you really are must be revealed to you. The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake…. If you are not a body, what are you? Ask this in honesty and allow your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected… Say, for example:
I am not weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful but certain.
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
These statements of what we truly are will help to build a foundation of confidence that we are something much more solid, sure, and stable, than these “garments made of clay” that we’re wearing.
I am not a body. Thank God!