"I am not a body, I am free..."
Sometimes when I share with my clients that I used to take certain ideas and phrases in A Course in Miracles and meditate on them to take them deeper they want an example. So here is an example of what I mean by meditating on a concept:
“I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.” (W-Review VI-intro.3)
Notice how this phrase begins with a negative but quickly fills in the blank: “I am not a body. I am free.” It is never a good practice to stay in a negative or “not” phrase. It would leave me in emptiness. The obvious question that arises in my mind with the negative “I am not a body” is “Then what am I?” So the answer is immediately given: “I am free.”
What is fascinating is that what I am is not described as something abstract like “I am Spirit” or “I am Mind”. Instead ACIM gets to the experience of what I am: Limitless. It also reveals with the word “free” that my identification with a body is the reason that I feel limited. So instead of trying to conceptualize what I am in Truth, I should pay attention to my experience. I recognize that I am aware of Truth by the experience of freedom or liberation or limitlessness.
Then: “For I am still as God created me.” “For” meaning “because” and “still” meaning “nothing has changed”. I am still Limitless because God’s Creation is not changed by my temporary experience of the limited body. Elsewhere in ACIM it redefines “creation” as “extension”. The limitless Extension of God’s Being is God’s “Creation”. I am Limitless because God’s Limitless Being extends into me. This is just another way of saying that, in Truth, God and I are one and the same.
In my translation of the Workbook of ACIM into plain, everyday language (Practicing A Course in Miracles) I bring all of this forward:
“I am not a body. I am Limitless, because I am Eternally One with God.” (P-Review 6-intro.3)
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