Lesson 212 of A Course in Miracles tells us “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”

But do we really believe that? After all, so much of the Western world, defines (and limits) everything as if we were only a physical body. Obviously, we all have a physical body. But we are not that body. Nevertheless, we have a duty to care for our bodies as we would a beloved family member.


Your bodies are magnificent mechanisms, far more powerful than most of you have ever imagined. Far more resilient, far more wonderful, far more miraculous than you have ever imagined.

Think about this: Every cell in your bodies has its own consciousness, its own intelligence. And every cell knows how to work perfectly in love and harmony with every other cell in your bodies.

Problems develop mostly when you get in the way of what your bodies instinctively know how to do. What they instinctively know how to do is achieve and maintain a state of perfect balance, perfect health. That is your bodies’ natural tendency. And your bodies’ natural state is that of total well-being.

We realize many of you do not have balanced, healthy bodies. And we do not want you beating up on yourselves for that. Also, while we do not want to get into this in detail today, we know some of you, before you incarnated, chose bodies less than what you’d consider balanced and healthy.

What we do want to emphasize today is this: The deterioration many of you experience as you grow older, moving through the years of your lives, is not inevitable.

However, it is inevitable (and obvious) you will move through the years. Unless you decide to bow out early. You will age. But aging is not the same as deteriorating or spiraling downward into disease and despair. You can move gracefully and joyfully through the years without disease or despair.

It is perfectly possible for you to die in a state of perfect health. You can simply come to a place and time where you say to yourselves, “Well, I’ve had enough for this time around. I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do. Now it’s time for me to move on to my next adventure.”

And then you die, painlessly and joyfully.

That, friends, is the ideal scenario. And you can all create it.

If you acknowledge your bodies are your friends — and embrace them with love, compassion, and gratitude — you will move through and beyond any present physical challenges you may be having, no matter how difficult or deadly.

Then you will find your lives are glorious adventures you never dreamed possible. And your deaths are but an illusion.

Copyright © 2022 by John Cali and Berna Copray
Edited by Berna Copray


In this fascinating video, American biologist Bruce Lipton clearly explains why we are not our physical bodies.

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