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PART II.  SECTION 5.  WHAT IS THE BODY

  1. The body is a fence the Son of God imagines he has built, to separate parts of his Self from other parts. It is within this fence he thinks he lives, to die as it decays and crumbles. For within this fence he 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?
  2. The body will not stay. Yet this he sees as double safety. For the Son of God’s impermanence is “proof” his fences work and do the task his mind assigns to them. For if his oneness still remained untouched, who could attack and who could be attacked? Who could be victor? Who could be his prey? Who could be victim? Who the murderer? And if he did not die, what “proof” is there that God’s eternal son can be destroyed?
  3. The body is a dream. Like other dreams is sometimes seems to picture happiness, but can quite suddenly revert to fear, where every dream is born. For only love creates in truth, aunt Ruth can never fear. Made to be fearful, must the body serve the purpose given it. But we can change the purpose that the body will obey by changing what we think that it is for.
  4. The body is the means by which God’s Son returns to sanity. Though it was made to fence him into hell without escape yet has the goal of Heaven been exchanged for the pursuit of hell. 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.
  5. You will identify with what you think will make you safe. Whatever it may be, you will believe that it is one with you. Your safety lies in truth, and not in lies. Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love and find your Self.
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The body was created for fear and not by love.  The body can die.  Love could not and would not create a being that would die.  That could be attacked.  That could prey upon another being.  This sums up the Course for me and why I have been able to bring my resistance to God before Holy Spirit, lay it down, and return to Love.  For if God made the body, I cannot be His Son.  I cannot give Him my love and adoration.  I cannot trust such a Creator.  I would see Him as needy and as perverted as the body that He made – prone to the same unholy desires; a greedy suckling; vulnerable and prone to attack. 

I love where Jesus says the body is a dream and like some dreams it can picture happiness.  A belly full of good food.  Soft pillows and cozy nests to curl up and snooze.  The cool breeze tickling one’s face on a warm day.  And yet how quickly the dream can revert to fear!  Indigestion.  Bedbugs.  The sting of a bee.

Only Love creates in truth, and truth can never fear, or cause fear.  The body must serve the purpose it was given and yet we can change this purpose that the body will obey by changing our minds about the purpose of the body.  We can use our bodies then, not for fear, but as the means by which we return to God.  Though it was made to be our hell, to limit our powers and enslave us to its constant, wearying demands – we can exchange this pursuit of hell and separation by recognizing our body as a tool useful in attaining our holy goal.  As we reach out to our brothers and walk along the road with them, the body becomes holy and it serves to heal the mind that it was made to kill. 

Jesus says we will identify with what makes us feel safe.  What makes us feel safe, will be one with us.  Our safety lies in truth and not in lies.  Love is our safety; fear simply does not exist.  It is an gaping and yet unseeing skull, a rickety skeleton, which shelters nothing and no-one. When we identify with love, we are safe, we are home, and we find our Self.  Hallelujah!