“I Am Not a Body, I Am Free”
At the deepest, most fundamental level – the bottom of the rabbit hole – that you believe you are a body is a mistaken thought, an error – one that calls only for correction, nothing more. What the mistake conceals though, when brought to the light of your Awareness, will finally, fully heal your mind. You believe you are a body, and so you perceive you are a body. The error is one of perception, healed through spiritual Vision.
You may not be consciously aware of it, but you can surely feel it at times… your mind is split – split in its allegiance between two completely contradictory forces, incidentally only one of which is real. This split is the root cause underlying all the dysfunction people suffer – all stress, sickness, dysphoria, sadness, misguided decisions and seemingly much more. The forces? One is your self-image, your ego, ‘you as you’ve made you,’ and the other is your authentic, true Self, or You as the Divine created You.
Who Are We Really?
You can choose to believe this human experience is given you by God to play out for a time in a body, perhaps to “evolve your consciousness” in the ‘school of life,’ or that you are here to let your imagination run wild as a god of your own, manifesting away to your heart’s content… but you would be mistaken. The ego, reflected as the persona it has conjured up for you ‘on your behalf,’ uses the mind to imagine and manifest (project) the body, a world and a deep, expansive, immersive story line – a script. Everything the ego does, whether perceived as pleasurable or painful, is done to make you believe it is you and you are it, such that it can seem to ‘exist’ for a time, ‘hijacking’ and using the mind to do its bidding.
This ego is nothing more than a manifestation of imagination itself. It’s sort of like being imprisoned in a daydream – the effect of a misguided wish to be separate from our Source, something ‘other’ than spirit; something other than what we are as God created us (i.e. perceiving ourselves as physical rather than spiritual). We could say the ego is the original artificial intelligence (and — *Danger, Will Robinson* — it’s also the primary origin and maker of the rapidly advancing AI in the world today). We could also say the ego is an imagined altered state of consciousness from true Consciousness, or what’s been called God- or Christ-Consciousness. The ego can never actually exist in Reality, so instead it uses the creative faculties of Mind to manifest a grand illusion or grand delusion – a dream state – what ancient Vedic texts referred to as “Maya.”
This idea will tickle something in the back of your mind because if you’re like most of us, you’ve sensed some abstract parallels between your ‘waking life’ and your nighttime dreams. They’re much less different than we’d like to think – to the subconscious mind there is no difference. Until you overcome the ego belief system and its resulting dream world – that is, until you “overcome the world” – which is to no longer be deceived by the ego’s imaginings, ingenuity and stealth, you will remain in a dream-prison ultimately of your own making, unaware that you are imprisoned. Only spiritual help will free you, because your Reality and your origin is only spiritual.
There’s a reason why we all resonated so deeply with the film, The Matrix, and felt like it was more documentary than sci-fi fantasy. Movies like this tickle that same part of the mind where the memory of your true Identity abides and is kept safe for you – a memory the ego does not want you to recall, doing its damnedest to keep it far away from your Awareness and distracting you whenever it starts to surface even remotely.
Surely you have wondered at some point , “What God of Love would ever create for us, being God’s beloved, a world of pain, suffering, loss and death?”
That’s right! Exactly! No loving Creator would do this. So you can stop blaming God. And atheists and agnostics can stop resisting the Thought of God because they, like all the rest of us, were misled by the ego. God creates spirit – Love – and all that is spiritual and eternal. The rest – everything limited to time, form, physicality, entropy and decay – is what we have conjured up, or rather the ego has ‘on our behalf,’ with the creative faculties given us in our creation. That is a testament to the power of divine Mind – we all would be wise to become aware of the power of Mind.
Once you get this, and I mean really get this – that you are not a body, that Mind is causal, being used to project both the body and the universe of form – you see how all the related beliefs people tend to hold so tightly to about the human condition all begin to fall away also. Things like the importance of what ‘forms’ of food you put into the body – being a vegan, eating meat, not eating meat, being fearful of all the chemical ‘dangers’ of food – it’s all entirely belief-based. It is only our thoughts and our beliefs – all of which we have consented to adopt as “my” thoughts, “my” beliefs – that hurt us and cause all perceived harm. It is not form that harms us, but our thoughts about form; the meanings we assign ‘things.’ You begin to see how literally everything that effects the body does so only because of our belief systems, which we ultimately all consent to, about the body.
It comes clear that we really have not changed much at all from our magic-believing ancestors… only the magic seemingly around us has gotten much more advanced and hi-tech. Today in place of the label “magic” we just use words like “marketing,” “programming,” “advertising” and “propaganda“ – all are just forms of magic… manipulating beliefs.
Allowing the Correction
We are responsible now, not for the error, but for openly, willingly accepting the correction.
We certainly need not loathe the body nor ignore it, but to love it, to cherish it, promote and obsess over it, to worship it as many seem to do, is to idolize no-thing – an array of atoms or a “quantum print.” To elevate the body and make it ‘special’ is to strengthen our belief in a false self-identity. The physical body is a mental projection, no different from any other physical, manifest form. Making some forms greater in value than others, ‘owning’ some but not others, serves only to reinforce and deceive and deepen the delusion in the mind. Quantum energy is quantum energy – the field ‘here’ is the very same as the field ‘there.’ Mind, however, is created by, and an effect of, Spirit. It can help to think of the mind, at least in relation to this world, as something like a 3-D quantum printer, only it ‘prints’ form – that which our five senses perceive – at the speed of thought, faster even than light.
Now, all this can be a difficult idea to be shared on a blog post in a gentle, loving way through words on a screen, but it is wholly a message of Love, forgiveness, healing and ultimately transcendence and ascension. Fortunately we all have a Comforter and Guide within us, ever waiting “in the wings” to aide and direct us to the restoration of our true spiritual Self to Awareness. Jesus called this One the Holy Spirit. Call It whatever you like, as long as you call on It. It is the Voice of Love within you, there to help you silence the noise, calm the chaos and avoid the ego’s incessant delays and distractions to unwind your mind from its belief system, restoring it back to your Self.
If you are interested in exploring more or as I refer to it, ‘illuminating the “bottom of the rabbit hole”,’ I suggest immersing yourself in a self-study course from the organization Foundation for Inner Peace called A Course in Miracles (available through Amazon and also available online). And as always, please feel free to connect with me on Twitter at twitter.com/patrickdarling or leave a comment and/or feedback here.
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May this serve you well!