Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What is the Body? II

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.

“We are not one, but separate, for bodies do not join [the ego says]. Indeed, for opposite reasons, Jesus tells us the same thing: ‘Minds are joined, bodies are not.’  Moreover, bodies were made not to join.  The joining we believe occurs is only the fulfillment of our thoughts of specialness.  This of course is not the joining of forgiveness of which Jesus speaks, and which reflects the completion of heaven.

“’ Seek not for this completion in the bleak world of illusion [the ego world], where nothing is certain and where everything fails to satisfy [for very long].  In the Name of God, be wholly willing to abandon all illusions [the ego and its thought system]. In any relationship in which you are wholly willing to accept completion, and only this, there is God completed, and His Son [all of humanity] with Him.’ Jesus now turns to the ego’s two-fold purpose in making the body:

“’For within this fence [the body] he [the Son of God] thinks that he is safe from love.  Identifying with his safety, he regards himself as what his safety is. How else could he be certain he remains within the body, keeping love outside?’  The ego does not know what love is, which is why Jesus continually tells us he cannot really speak to us of God, Heaven, or truth.  Yet the ego does know that if the Son of God chooses love, individuality will disappear.  This is the ego’s fear.”

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