Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now
I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
- (197) It can be but my gratitude I earn.
Who should give thanks for my salvation but myself? And how but through salvation can I find the Self to Whom my thanks are due?
I am not a body. I am free, for I am still as God created me.
Monday, August 5, is a travel day, so I read my lesson in the morning and asked the Teacher, Holy Spirit, to illuminate the concept in my mind throughout the day as we prepared for our trip.
When I am grateful to my Self, I am grateful to God because I am one with God, and God is one with me. I love the teaching to look not outside of ourselves, but to find all we are seeking within us. Jesus told us that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us – not to run here and there or chase after this preacher or this teacher, but seek within for God, for salvation, for truth.
Throughout the day, my mind was full of gratitude – I am thankful for my earthly body, my earthly relationships, my earthly possessions. It was lovely to sit in the sun and feel the cool breeze brushing my hot skin; the pleasure of growing things – the delight of green peppers, tomatoes, okra, eggplants, dill and basil, cucumbers, and cilantro coming forth; the crunchy goodness of a crispy Gala apple; enjoying lunch with my sister at Perkins; taking my sporty red car for a ride; and later traveling down the highway with Lover, the miles rolling under us as we plotted and schemed our ongoing house designs and plans. Gratitude. Gratitude for this happy dream in the earthly realm of time and illusion.
And yet gratitude to myself for salvation, for realizing no matter the happy dream – it is this realm of the separation and specialness for which to seek liberation, freedom, and redemption. Gratitude to Jesus for showing that we are not our bodies; we are Spirit, the Sons of God, holy and loving and pure, for leading the way and gratitude to our Self for following.