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The Means to Accept Our Life in God

When your body and your ego and your dreams are gone, you will know that you will last forever. Perhaps you think this is accomplished through death, but nothing is accomplished through death, because death is nothing. Everything is accomplished through life, and life is of the mind and in the mind. The body neither lives nor dies, because it cannot contain you who are life. If we share the same mind, you can overcome death because I did. Death is an attempt to resolve conflict by not deciding at all. Like any other impossible solution the ego attempts, it will not work.

God did not make the body, because it is destructible, and therefore not of the Kingdom. The body is the symbol of what you think you are. It is clearly a separation device, and therefore does not exist. The Holy Spirit, as always, takes what you have made and translates it into a learning device. Again as always, He reinterprets what the ego uses as an argument for separation into a demonstration against it. If the mind can heal the body, but the body cannot heal the mind, then the mind must be stronger than the body. Every miracle demonstrates this. (A Course in Miracles, T-6.V.A.1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

The fact that God did not make the body is one of the hardest concepts in the Course to accept as true. Yet this fact is the foundation for forgiveness, which is necessary to heal our mind and return it to its God-given place of Love in the Heart of Love. We resist this fact because it makes the body, which we believe is our identity, meaningless and therefore unreal. Acceptance of this fact would mean the end of what we believe we are. We perceive this as death. Yet in truth it restores us to the only Life there is — the Life we share with God.

The Holy Spirit recognizes our attachment to the body as our identity. To help us accept the truth of What we are, He reinterprets the body as a means for communicating Love to our brothers and ourselves. He uses the body to answer the calls for Love from our brothers (guilt, fear depression and anger) with Love.

Each time we let the Holy Spirit respond with Love through us, we learn of the Love that is in us. We see more clearly that we are not a body. We are Love and nothing else. This process is kind and gentle, and does not trigger fear of loss or our identity. On the contrary, each time we see the effect of giving Love, we experience greater peace and joy. This motivates us to be more alert to answer calls for Love with Love because it blesses us as we bless our brother.

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T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

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