VII. The Body as a Means of Communication, P 9
9 In this world, not even the body is perceived as whole. Its purpose is seen as fragmented into many functions with little or no relationship to each other, so that it appears to be ruled by chaos. Guided by the ego, it is. Guided by the Holy Spirit, it is not. It becomes a means by which the part of the mind you tried to separate from spirit can reach beyond its distortions and return to spirit. The ego’s temple thus becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit, where devotion to Him replaces devotion to the ego. In this sense the body does become a temple to God; His Voice abides in it by directing the use to which it is put.
My practice of asking the Holy Spirit to decide for me is helping me to use the body as the communication devise it could be. It feels so good to do this, so freeing. Even when I am feeling guilty or regretful about something I said or did, I ask Holy Spirit to decide for me how I should feel about this, because I know I am not meant to suffer and so I must have decided on my own what my actions meant.
My body is the vehicle I use to navigate the illusion and though I made it for the purpose of experiencing separation, I am ready to awaken from this dream now, and so I have decided to use it for the purpose of awakening instead. Up until now the body has been the home of the ego, in service to the part of the mind that chose separation. Now it is becoming the home of the Holy Spirit, the Voice for God. It is becoming a temple devoted to my Father and used for His purposes.
I say becoming rather than is, because I still fall back into ego sometimes. But more and more my devotion to the Christ mind is strengthening and so my loyalty is shifting. As this happens, I use the body to extend love rather than to defend myself and to attack a perceived enemy. I feel so much better when I do this. I feel happy and peaceful, and I see brothers instead of enemies.
I see that in listening to the ego I believe that I must be my own guide, and that I must find a source for what I need. For instance, I must find the best source of income, and then I must defend that source even though that means attacking perceived threats. When I ask Holy Spirit to decide what my fearful thoughts and defenses mean, I remember that the job is not my source and that if I leave everything to Holy Spirit I can relax and enjoy what is before me without feeling the need to defend it.
The fear about the future falls away. The fear of loss falls away. With nothing to defend, the need to see my brother as my enemy becomes senseless and it falls away, too. I am free to enjoy my life without the constant anxiety of protecting it. I am free to love, and when I was defensive that was not true.
Now I also understand better why it is that in my defenselessness my safety lies. In using my body for the purposes of Love, there is no concern for myself, and no need to defend anything. Without being in defense mode, I am aware of my safety. In God’s Hands I am perfectly safe.