C 8: VII. The Body as a Means of Communication, P 13

VII. The Body as a Means of Communication, P 13

13 The opposite of joy is depression. When your learning promotes depression instead of joy, you cannot be listening to God’s joyous Teacher and learning His lessons. To see a body as anything except a means of communication is to limit your mind and to hurt yourself. Health is therefore nothing more than united purpose. If the body is brought under the purpose of the mind, it becomes whole because the mind’s purpose is one. Attack can only be an assumed purpose of the body, because apart from the mind the body has no purpose at all.


I know the signs that I am using the body for separation instead of for communication. I see that this is so when I feel depressed, or when I feel angry. I know I am doing this when I feel confused and when I notice that I feel guilty or am making someone else guilty in my mind. I know it is happening when I judge, even if I don’t express the judgment aloud.

So what do I do when I notice I feel depressed? What do I do when I see that I am limiting what the Holy Spirit can heal because I am holding onto my grievances and my wrong minded thinking? Here is something I wrote earlier in this study of the Text.

“Here is what happens each time I bring a grievance to the Holy Spirit. I sit with Him and tell Him all about it. I show Him why I believe the problem is real and has serious consequences. I let Him see my rage. Or I let Him see how frightened I am or how hurt. Then I ask Him to heal my mind and He says, “It’s OK, Honey. It’s just a bad dream. You are sleeping and in your sleep you dreamed this happened. It’s time to wake up now.”

So this is what I do. I become transparent to the Holy Spirit. I express fully what I am feeling and thinking. I show him my rage, my fear and my guilt. I ask Him to help me, to remove from my mind the beliefs that are causing me to hang onto the dream. I ask Him to help me wake up. And I ask Him to decide for me, even asking him to decide what I should think about a certain thing. I ask Him to decide for me how I should feel about it. I am choosing to surrender completely, the ego, and allow my Self to rise up and take its place in my mind.

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