To Deny the Body is "Unworthy" of Your Mind
To Deny the Body is “Unworthy” of Your Mind (March 10, 2017)
All students come to A Course in Miracles identified with the ego (personal thought system), which is another way of saying that they come with their mind steeped in guilt. So when they read that the body is not real they think that they are guilty for identifying with it. Actually, they do feel, unconsciously or consciously, guilty for identifying with it, but that does not mean that they are guilty for identifying with it. However, reading that the body is not real only increases their guilt at first and they attempt to deal with this guilt by pretending that they do not identify with it (“I know I’m not a body, but…”) or by denying or repressing their body’s feelings or desires.
Denial is never the way to deal with guilt. It suppresses the source of guilt (the belief that the body is real) instead of undoing it. And denying your experience also denigrates the power of your mind, which leads to feeling powerless.
“The body is merely part of your experience in the physical world. Its abilities can be and frequently are overevaluated. However, it is almost impossible to deny its existence in this world. Those who do so are engaging in a particularly unworthy form of denial. The term "unworthy" here implies only that it is not necessary to protect the mind by denying the unmindful. If one denies this unfortunate aspect of the mind's power, one is also denying the power itself.” (T-2.IV.3)
This is one of the most important quotes in ACIM because it means to prevent the very common mistake of dealing with guilt through denial. As it says, the body is only a part of your experience of the physical world. It is not wrong. You over-evaluate the body’s ability to make you feel whole, which is a mistake, not a “sin”. If you deny the experience of the body you deny the power of your mind, the source of your experience of it. And then you cannot move past the experience.
To move past your identification with a body you need to first acknowledge that you are the source of this identification. If you don’t you will feel some other power is the source of your identification and that you are powerless to change your mind. But once you acknowledge the power of your mind and the power of its choice to identify with the body you can use this identification to grow your awareness of Truth. Invite the Holy Spirit (the Awareness of Truth in your mind) to be your partner in everything to do with the body: Its health, its diet, its relationships, its work, its interests – everything. In time, as the Holy Spirit becomes real to you and you learn to trust It, It will lead you past your identification with the body and into the Awareness of Truth. This, not denial, is what ACIM teaches you to do with the body.
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