The body is the symbol of the ego.A Course in Miracles

You Are Not Your Body

by Anthony Gold

We think our body is the seat of “me”. In fact, whenever anything is “wrong” with the body, we say things like “my head hurts” or “I am sick”.

But the body isn’t our home. The body is nothing more than a projection from our mind. Consider this quote from A Course in Miracles:

“The body is the symbol of the ego, as the ego is the symbol of separation. And both are nothing more than attempts to limit communication. “

When we choose our ego mind, we believe we are these bodies and that other people are their bodies. And as we all know very well, bodies are limited. Not just in their capabilities, but in their function and longevity. Our bodies are in a perpetual state of lack (e.g. we regularly need to fill it with oxygen, food, water, emotional warmth, psychological meaning, etc.). And our bodies will eventually disintegrate and die.

But we are not our bodies. What we think of as “me” is the mind.

When we choose against our ego mind and for the right mind of love, our bodies then become channels of peace and we communicate all-inclusive love. We no longer experience a “me” but only a “we”.

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