Ask: I was wondering about other things that could be considered magic...
“…I was wondering about some other things people do that could be considered 'Magic'. I would say that the use of vitamin supplements, or at least ones designed to do certain things(fat-burning, heart health)...birth control (to 'correct' the problem of fertility)...using sunlight for anything...using creams, bicycles or other equipment to lose weight or firm the body... mood music to help relax... Just trying to have a better idea of this that's all. I know not to judge myself or others for using these things… I guess, the thing would be to forgive our use of them… If we wind up dropping using some of these things, fine...if not, fine too…” - CS
Very simply, “magical thinking”, as A Course in Miracles uses the term, means the belief that healing the body heals you. You are mind so real healing means healing your mind. And since your one problem is your identification with a body, healing your mind means releasing your identification with a body. So while certain medications, supplements, treatments, etc. may seem to work on the body they cannot heal you.
“Magical thinking” is similar to the “special relationship” in that both come from and reinforce the idea that the body is you and that “salvation” (wholeness; lasting happiness and peace) comes from something outside of you. Where magical thinking is the belief that outside sources of healing for the body will make you whole, the special relationship is the belief that finding another body to love the body as you decide it should be loved will make you whole.
You are correct that there is no reason to judge efforts to heal the body. They are not right or wrong. They are meaningless, just as the body, whatever its condition, is meaningless.
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