Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lesson 136:

Sickness is a defense against the truth…

What if we really let the truth of this statement sink beneath our concept so what sickness is~… past the body, and the body-mind, to the receptor-sites of truth, itself… To the truth of who are we, always, now… complete and healed and whole…

A major theme throughout the Course is that sickness is of the mind. It has one cause and one cause only: the belief that separation from Our Cause (God) could, and did occur.

The Course presents us with a thorough thought-reversal program to replace the golden idol (the body), with all its matter-dictates, which we have enslaved ourselves to, up until now.

The neutrality of the body, seen with no attributes of its own, becomes a communication device for the joining through the Holy Spirit’s voice with in the mind that knows no separation is possible. The Holy Spirit reestablishes Presence of Mind. And mind cannot be split off into separate, private entities, nestled in the comfortable, grey-matter mattress called a brain, to serve the dictates of its tyrannical host, the body.

Now, let me say at this point, that when the miracle came and the Course literally showed up on my doorstep, I was a mass of body thoughts~ The End~.

I could not have even imagined I could conceptualize residing elsewhere… all my plans and actions were run through the matrix of the body, and that is what my world was peopled with ~bodies competing against bodies for happiness.

But alas, I felt the call for God, beckoning “~another way of looking at the world and at myself”~ and, ding-dong, the Course was gifted me…Thank-you God.

At any rate, the Course unravels the composition of the separate-body-mind which was designed to serve this body-separation belief construct so as to show us consistently that whatever we have ‘given-life’ to within this dream of separation, can through the Miracle, be given a new purpose [and indeed, already has been, by God, through the Holy Spirit].

This is the Atonement: Truth answers the upside-down idea of cause and effect which characterizes the spawn fathered by separation. It is constructed to address every belief equally~ disillusionment dissolves in the light…

Due to the inane (yet seemingly concrete) nature of the time-space cosmos in which the dream played out, coupled with our addiction to compulsively replaying the dirge, the Holy Spirit comes to us as a gentle waking that occurs as we no longer see ourselves as, or in a body, but a beyond.

The methodology the miracle employs for this awareness is forgiveness. Forgiveness and healing are one in the same.

We look honestly upon what we have made and what we have assigned the ‘others-in-bodies’ be and do, with truth behind our eyes, and the faint awareness of its impossibility is present. The sense of ‘nothing having been done to us in truth’, subtlety finds residence within our mind, resulting in a feeling of unreality, which questions the validity of all the messages the body‘s sentinels of darkness, disguised as friends, delivered previously. Now we are no longer wholly insane…

Here are a few key elements to ego’s game that seem noteworthy. The trap of the body-reality, in whatever way it shows up, which is constantly; sickness, pleasure, pain, sex, diet, exercise, functionality aspects, are all one thing and one thing only~ a defense against the truth.

That is the trap that must be sprung. The ego’s trap employs all the mechanics of addiction, to snare us. These include; mindlessness by way of distraction through busyness, planning, pleasure seeking and avoiding pain. These are temptation constructs designed for the mind that chooses deception, complete with; euphoric-recall, compulsion, and obsession, high’s/lows, withdrawal, looping back and round and round we go…

How ‘bout we seek no longer the gift of pain, valuing the body in place of truth has wrought? Let the truth within us give us the voice that asks: “Do I want to continue to defend myself against the truth? “Do I desire a world I rule instead of one that rules me? Do I desire a world where I am powerful instead of helpless? Do I desire a world in which I have no enemies and cannot sin? Do I want to see what I denied because it is the truth?

When the answer is unequivocally, “I want the truth instead of this, the body ceases to be relevant and only its usefulness to our unified purpose remains….

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