Wednesday, May 16, 2012
What is the Body? 11
The following series of posts, begun on May first, are taken from Ken Wapnick’s, Journey Through the Workbook of a Course in Miracles, Vol. Seven, pages 69-72. They represent a radical alternative to our ‘normal’, everyday view of the human body and our traditional views of spirituality. This view is both horrifying and exhilarating. See what you think. It’s best not to swallow these ideas whole, nor reject them out of hand. What’s best is to chew them over, mull them and reflect upon the rare occasions when the ideas seem to explain your experience. The Course itself is believed to be channeled by Jesus as a correction to what’s been done with his ideas.
“’The body is the means by which God’s Son returns to sanity.’ The body is the means because it is the only thing we know, being unaware of the mind. Jesus helps us understand, however, that what we feel and perceive with our bodies are projections of the mind’s thoughts.
“Even more to the point, they are projections of a wish that we be proven right and God wrong—the ego’s ultimate purpose for the body. Indeed that is the purpose of the body’s death—to allow us to say to God: ‘Eternal life is a lie. You are wrong again.’ Yet can the body’s purpose be changed—the goal of these lessons—as we read again:
“’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 body does not change; the mind’s purpose has changed because we have changed its teacher.”