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II.  SECTION 8.  What is the Real World?

Lesson 294.  My Body Is A Wholly Neutral Thing.

  1. I am a Son of God.  And can I be another thing as well?  Did God create the mortal and the corruptible?  What use has God’s beloved Son for what must die?  And yet a neutral thing does not see death, for thoughts of fear are not invested there, nor is a mockery of love bestowed upon it.  Its neutrality protects it while it has a use.  And afterward, without a purpose, it is laid aside.  It is not sick nor old nor hurt.  It is but functionless, unneeded, and cast off.  Let me not see it more than this today; of service for a while and fit to serve, to keep its usefulness while it can serve, and then to be replaced by greater good.
  2. My body, Father, cannot be Your Son.  And what is not created cannot be sinful nor sinless, neither good nor bad.  Let me, then, use this dream to help Your plan that we awaken from all dreams we made.[1]
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The Course teaches that our bodies are ego symbols that represent our separate state from God.  The male and the female, the animal and human, are two of many false distinctions between what is actually one and the same.  We are like God and made in His image in our spirits, indeed not our mortal, corruptible bodies!  There is no reason at all to let this unravel our faith or cause us confusion.  The story in Genesis, may be allegorical, may be myth, but it is nothing for which to base one’s faith upon, for God who is perfect could not and would not make imperfection.  Perhaps cruel and unloving god would make a body from dust and animate it with unwholesome lust for blood, destruction, and death.  An alienated will could devise such an ill-conceived substitute for life. For no matter how much the body is romanticized, we all know the sad truth about bodies – they are designed for pain and they do not last forever, and praise God they don’t!

Our religions have vested interest in keeping us in a state of ignorance, calling our return to our Loving Father heresy because to denounce their man-written manifestos and fear-driven dogma is to reveal their scams.  Keeping souls in bondage to their bodies is a form of human trafficking that is seldom if ever addressed.  And yet highly revered institutions throughout the world have been doing just that for millenniums.

Our lesson today states that our bodies are not held accountable because they are neutral.  It is only the house that we live in, part of this dream of separation.  Our bodies may live in a mansion or a shack, it can be made of glass or wood, beautiful or shabby, but nobody mistakes our bodies for our residences.  Why should we, then, continue to relate to one another as if we were the bodies which only house our real Self, which is Spirit?

Our bodies are not God’s Sons.  God did not create our bodies, and He does not judge them.  We are to use our bodies only as a tool to awaken from the dream of separation and to help others awaken.  Jesus instructs us not to let worries about the body distract us from our goal.  We are to see it for what it is and let its neutrality protect it while it still has use.  We are not taking it with us, and we can be very thankful for that.  Jesus says in today’s lesson, when it has served its purpose in the dream, it will be replaced for greater good. 

The whole idea of a bloodthirsty “god” who would demand sacrifices to pay for the sins of animated clay figures which it created, is a doctrine that we need to take a hard, honest look at and boldly in the face of those who would condemn us, say:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry I ever believed such frightfulness about You.  My Loving Father, I know that you do not have hairy genitals and vestigial nipples.  I know that you do not defecate, urinate, or fornicate. I know that You are neither Greek or Jew, male or female, black or white, young or old, heterosexual or homosexual.  You are Spirit, even as I am spirit.  I use the pronoun “He” simply because the pronoun “It” will not do!  I call you Father for this is as close as I can get to understanding Who You are from where I am in the separated state of illusion.   I am sorry for teaching others that You are made in my image.  Within this mortal, hormone-driven, ego-made body, lives my eternal and holy Self, Your Son.  Let this house of dust be used for holiness as I awaken and as I awaken others.  When there is no more use for it, let me simply slip out of it and return to You. In Jesus name.  Amen.” 


[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, 294. My body is a…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 445