Lesson 199

“I am not a body. I am free.”

Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive a body as
yourself. The body is a limit. Who would seek for freedom in a body
looks for it where it can not be found. The mind can be made free
when it no longer sees itself as in a body, firmly tied to it and
sheltered by its presence. If this were the truth, the mind were
vulnerable indeed!

The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all
ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any
preconceptions, and with strength and power to do whatever it is
asked. Attack thoughts cannot enter such a mind, because it has been
given to the Source of Love. And fear can never enter in a mind that
has attached itself to Love. It rests in God, and who can be afraid who
lives in Innocence, and only loves?

It is essential for your progress in this course that you accept
today’s idea, and hold it very dear. Be not concerned that to the ego
it is quite insane. The ego holds the body dear because it dwells in it,
and lives united with the home that it has made. It is a part of the
illusion that has sheltered it from being found illusory itself.

Here does it hide, and here it can be seen as what it is. Declare
your innocence, and you are free. The body disappears because you
have no need of it except the need the Holy Spirit sees. For this, the
body will appear as useful form for what the mind must do. It thus
becomes a vehicle which helps forgiveness be extended to the
all-inclusive goal that it must reach, according to God’s plan.

Cherish today’s idea, and practice it today and every day. Make it
a part of every practice period you take. There is no thought that will
not gain thereby in power to help the world, and none which will
not gain in added gifts to you as well. We sound the call of freedom
round the world with this idea. And would you be exempt from the
acceptance of the gifts you give?

The Holy Spirit is the home of minds that seek for freedom. In
Him they find what they have sought. The body’s purpose now is
unambiguous. And it becomes perfect in the ability to serve an
undivided goal. In conflict-free and unequivocal response to mind
with but the thought of freedom as its goal, the body serves, and
serves its purpose well. Without the power to enslave, it is a worthy
servant of the freedom which the mind within the Holy Spirit seeks.

Be free today, and carry freedom as your gift to those who still
believe they are enslaved within a body. Be you free, so that the Holy
Spirit can make use of your escape from bondage to set free the
many who perceive themselves as bound and helpless and afraid. Let
love replace their fears through you. Accept salvation now, and give
your mind to Him Who calls to you to make this gift to Him. For He
would give you perfect freedom, perfect joy, and hope that finds its
full accomplishment in God.

You are God’s Son. In immortality you live forever. Would you
not return your mind to this? Then practice well the thought the
Holy Spirit gives you for today. Your brothers stand released with you
in it; the world is blessed along with you, God’s Son will weep no
more, and Heaven offers thanks at the increase of joy your practice
brings even to it. And God Himself extends His Love and happiness
each time you say:

“I am not a body. I am free.
I hear the Voice that God has given me,
And it is only this my mind obeys.”

Britney Shawley added:

You are God's Son. In immortality you live forever. Would you not return your mind to this? Then practice well the thought the Holy Spirit gives you for today. Your brothers stand released with you in it; the world is blessed along with you, God's Son will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks for the increase of joy your practice brings even to it. And God Himself extends His Love and happiness each time you say: I am not a body. I am free. I hear the Voice that God has given me, and it is only this my mind obeys.

 

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