As an individual open to the idea that you may indeed be Spirit, you may have found yourself asking, “If I am Spirit, then what is the point of this body?”
Well, let’s begin with our daily perception of the body. It is something to be fed, exercised and lovingly nurtured. Fair enough, no harm in that. You can also use it to express your individuality by dressing it up or by stamping it with a tattoo or piercings or by dying your hair. Fun, also no harm in that. It’s cool to embrace your personal style.
It’s not about physical adornments or preferences… the key to using the body correctly is to keep your actions in alignment with Love and not use the body for attack.
In our society the body is glorified, abused and downright feared. Such a perceptual mess. For those who think that they are purely a body, life can be quite upsetting.
“When you equate yourself with a body you will always experience depression.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.1:6
Why is this depressing?
Because, we are in reality, formless spirit. To be limited to the confines of a body is in fact foreign and strange to our minds.
Now, the ego uses the body as a symbol of separation, not for peaceful unification.
“If you use the body for attack, it is harmful to you.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.3:1
Attack is where sickness derives from. You have either attacked others or yourself in your own mind and have used your body for unloving purposes. Trust that if you have projected your anger out onto another or onto your own body and then do not take the steps to forgive in the following days, you will experience the effects of that negative decision through your body. This is the negative cycle the world finds itself in. Projection, effect of sickness or accident, projection, effect of sickness or accident, and so forth. True forgiveness is the only thing that stops this vicious cycle.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of using the body for attack purposes. We can attack others through our words, hand gestures or physical violence and we can attack our own bodies through words, hand gestures in the mirror, physical violence, unhealthy eating and drinking habits, unhealthy sexual behaviour and so on.
Yet it is up to us to be responsible with our thoughts and what we do with them. Through your decision of which purpose to use your body for, love or attack, you will in turn feel and experience the consequences.
The ego not only uses the body for attack, but it has also tricked us into thinking that the body is a powerful and creative system that we will never fully understand. It tries to mesmerize us with its complexity.
The body has no creative power. The body is simply a communication device. It is, in fact, totally neutral.
The body can EXPRESS creativity though. All creativity being an attribute of the mind. A dancer thinks of the dance they are about to perform with their body. An artist thinks of the next brush stroke they will use their hand to make. A chef will think of the next meal before he creates it and tastes it.
So, what is the benefit in thinking that the body serves the mind?
Well it places all of your power back to the level where it belongs, the level of the mind. By doing so, you have actually taken your power back.
The ego would love for you to think that the body has creative power because then you will think that you can fall victim to bodily circumstances unintentionally. This is not true. Every sickness was a decision of the mind and every accident was a decision of the mind. Sickness and accidents are results of your projection of hate and move up from your unconscious mind to your conscious mind where they appear to be sudden and without cause. They do what the ego mind has employed them to do, scare the living shit out of you and make you seem like a helpless victim.
This may seem harsh to some but I will do you no favours by demeaning the power of your mind.
“If the mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the mind, then the mind must be stronger than the body.”
A Course in Miracles – T.6.V.2:6
Remember that the ego has kept you in its grip by lying to you and convincing you that you are powerless and susceptible to external circumstance.
So, you have an alternative. Instead you can choose to learn how to use your mind appropriately so that your mind becomes your ally. You will then be using your body for the purposes of re-establishing the power of the mind.
As the famous teacher of A Course in Miracles, Kenneth Wapnick, stated, “The body is only an idea in your mind. So the body never really needs to be healed. Disorders in the body indicate that your mind needs to be healed.”
It can actually be very uplifting to recognize that you are not indeed your body but that the body is an effect of the mind. You may feel relieved that you have more control of the body than you originally thought. You may also be relieved to know that you are more than a physical body which is limited by time, space and physics.
Moving forward you can choose to use your body for the purposes of love and for learning the curriculum of joy. This will require vigilance on your part, but remember, you are not alone. Ask Spirit to teach you the right perception of the body! The answer will involve Spirit using your body to teach you that you are formless Mind, and this learning purpose is the only true value of the body.
“Remember that the Holy Spirit interprets the body only as a means of communication.”
A Course in Miracles – T.8.VII.2:1
When you place your mind in the service of Spirit, for the purposes of communicating love, your experience with your body will change for the better. The body will feel lighter. You may also find yourself guided to do certain exercises, eat certain foods or take more moments of rest and relaxation. Also, when you place your mind in the service of love and happiness, your body will communicate those feelings to others, how beautiful! People will respond accordingly to your loving presence.
Remember that we are allowed to enjoy the things in this world, the body included. We are allowed to eat delicious food, drink wine, make love and dance. It is our purpose then to only perform actions through the intention of love. Through being in alignment with love we will never abuse these acts, but enjoy them and be grateful for them. The body will be our expression of love.
Here is my favourite affirmation to place your mind (and therefore your body) in the service of Spirit! I have shared it before in an earlier blog, but repetition is a wonderful thing, so here goes!
“I am here only to be truly helpful. I am here to represent Him Who sent me. I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He who sent me will direct me. I am content to be wherever he wishes knowing that he goes there with me. I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.”
Love and a Light Body,