Lesson 13 You are Unlimited Spirit
Now we begin.
“Where I am has nothing to do with the location of this body that I have learned to call my own.”
This sentence says so much. Once I would not have acknowledged this idea at all. My mind would have shut the door on it and would have said it didn’t mean anything to me, that it was crazy talk. Later I might have acknowledged that it meant something, but I did not know what that might be. Then I reached the place where I would welcome the idea, and I would mouth the words but I would not really know what it means, and my life would go on as before.
Now I thrill to the sound of these words and the meaning is creeping slowly into my consciousness. I am becoming willing to acknowledge that I know exactly what is meant when I say these words. But not quite. Not yet. However, I am beginning to back off from the idea that I am this body. I am going to refer to it as “the” body rather than “my” body. Maybe that will help me to dis-identify with ego, and with the body/mind. I need some practice thinking of myself differently. I learned to call this body my own, so I can learn to see it as a tool rather than an identity.
I notice that I am now speaking of my “self” or my “Self”, automatically making a distinction between the two according to which is appropriate to the situation. I think this is a good thing. I think it is showing that I do know that I am not the small thing I used to believe I was. At least not all the time. At least not only that.
Now here is a sentence that really threw me the first time I read it.
“For you cannot dream a dream, that is, you cannot create an experience in the field of consciousness, without being one hundred percent committed to it.”
I had a hard time understanding what Jeshua meant by this. What could he be saying? I thought that my mind was split and therefore my commitment was split. Does this mean that as I withdraw commitment to ego it begins to dissolve because I can’t sustain it without my total commitment? I am not sure. I would be interested to know what someone else thinks about this.
All quotes are used by kind permission of the Shanti Christo Foundation. To buy a copy of this profound book visit their website at www.shantichristo.com. I invite your thoughts and comments.