Thursday, May 17, 2012
What is the Body? 12
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 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.’ It is not difficult to see that the body’s purpose is to perpetuate the principle of one or the other; my body exists at the expense of yours; I do not walk to Heaven with you, but on top of you—I put you down so I become superior.
“The body was specifically made so we could project our guilt and sin onto others, making them the ones God will ultimately punish, not ourselves who have become the innocent victims. Thus the ego uses the body to attack with; pushing others into the sludge of sin, so we can ascend to Heaven on the wings of innocence.
“When we turn to Jesus, however, he helps us realize we cannot return home, nor remember God’s Love if we hold a grievance against anyone. To do so makes real the thought system of sin, but seen in others, not ourselves. We thus exchange the principle of one or the other for together or not at all.”