Section 5. What is the Body?
The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts of his Self from other parts. It is within this fence he thinks he lives, to die as it decays and crumbles. For within this fence he thinks that he is safe from love. Identifying with his safety, he regards himself as what his safety is. How else could he be certain he remains within the body, keeping love outside?
The body will not stay. Yet this he sees as double safety. For the Son of God’s impermanence is “proof” his fences work, and do the task his mind assigns to them. For if his oneness still remained untouched, who could attack and who could be attacked? Who could be victor? Who could be his prey? Who could be victim? Who the murderer? And if he did not die, what “proof” is there that God’s eternal Son can be destroyed?
The body is a dream. Like other dreams it sometimes seems to picture happiness, but can quite suddenly revert to fear, where every dream is born. For only love creates in truth, and truth can never fear. Made to be fearful, must the body serve the purpose given it. But we can change the purpose that the body will obey by changing what we think that it is for.
The body is the means by which God’s Son returns to sanity. Though it was made to fence him into hell without escape, yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged for the pursuit of hell. The Son of God extends his hand to reach his brother, and to help him walk along the road with him. Now is the body holy. Now it serves to heal the mind that it was made to kill.
You will identify with what you think will make you safe. Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.
“The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts of his Self from other parts. 2 It is within this fence he thinks he lives, to die as it decays and crumbles. 3 For within this fence he thinks that he is safe from love.”
We made the body for the purpose of creating the illusion of separation. We made the body to separate parts of his Self from other parts. We think that as long as we are in this body, we are safe from love. How very strange that we would want to be safe from love. Thinking about it, though, I see that this was true for me.
I noticed that I avoided getting too close because I believed that love was dangerous, that it inevitably led to suffering. I also believed it protected me from God because God is Love. I suppose it would have been impossible to have this experience of life in a body if I remembered the love of God. That love would draw me into Him.
Jesus says that the body is made to be fearful. He says this: “4 Made to be fearful, must the body serve the purpose given it. 5 But we can change the purpose that the body will obey by changing what we think that it is for.” How do we do this? We decide on it. Our decisions are very powerful and what we decide on is true for us. I decide the body is to be used to help me return my mind to sanity and that is what happens. I give it the job of extending a hand to my brother and walking home with him and the body becomes holy.
- You will identify with what you think will make you safe. 2 Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. 3 Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. 4 Love is your safety. 5 Fear does not exist. 6 Identify with love, and you are safe. 7 Identify with love, and you are home. 8 Identify with love, and find your Self.
I strive to be in a state of love all the time. That is why I choose peace even when it seems impossible and why I love whatever is happening knowing love is the only state that is real. I am teaching myself that fear does not exist and that in love I am safe. I am teaching myself that I am love and when that is complete, I will find my Self.
Regina’s Tips on What Is the Body?
Although you are able to look and see that life-awareness-presence is what you are, the belief that you are the body makes it seem like the body is primary and life-awareness-presence is secondary. It makes it seem like the body was born, and then life-awareness-presence arose as a byproduct of the body’s birth. It also enables you to imagine that when the body dies, life-awareness-presence dies too.
What says “my body”?
If you watch subtly, you will find that the mind is the one that imagines the body is primary and life-awareness is secondary. Thought says this is true.
Does the fact that thought says it’s true make it true? Is thought a reliable source?
Contemplate this throughout the day today.
We have given ourselves the illusion of a body so that we can have this experience of separation. We use it to keep a bit of self separate from all the other bits of self. We use it to keep us safe from love. We identify with what keeps us safe and so, rather than simply believing we have a body, we believe we are the body. That it gets sick and dies is just proof that we are the body and certainly not immortal.
This is the job we gave the body, and being part of the illusion it is perfect for this. It allows me to see what it is like to feel hatred, fear, guilt, sickness, death, and corruption. But when I believe I am the body, the experience feels very real and all of this seems to be happening not just to the body, but to me. I seem to be hateful and fearful and guilty. I seem to die.
But I am not this thing. I am an eternal and Divine being and I always have choice no matter what I seem to be experiencing within my mind. I can choose another use for the body. I can choose to use the body to return to sanity. I can use the body to notice my behavior and to discover what beliefs are driving that behavior. Then as I let those thoughts be healed by the Holy Spirit, reality is reestablished in my mind. I can use the body to take my brother’s hand and walk us back home.
Believing I am the body has made it possible, inevitable actually, that I experience fear and believe in fear. Deciding for God makes it possible to realize that there is nothing to fear and, in fact, that fear itself does not exist. Deciding for God is deciding for love and the more I do this, the more I identify with love, and love is safety. As it happens, yesterday I did this very thing several times during the day. When the idea of fear showed up in my mind, I reminded myself that I belong to God and there is no fear in God so I must be safe.