Affirmations for My Less Extreme Youth: I am not a body. I am free.
A Course in Miracles emphasizes that we are mind in communion with Mind, not bodies, and our body- identification perpetuates our unhappy dream of separation from God and All That Is. One of our tasks of healing is to re-identify with God’s Conception of us, which because of its Source in eternity can never be changed. We are the Thought of our Creator, thoughts do not leave their source and thus we cannot leave our Source. We are intrinsically within God as Its effect, not Its cause. In all other matters but this we are free, because we are ourselves creators created in God’s Image. God is the author; we are the book. God is the Producer/Head Writer, we are the Staff Writers. God defines our character for eternity; we have written a bunch of stories and scripts. We can write a story of Peace, Love, Joy, Abundance and Oneness instead of chaos. We can write ourselves out of the story of suffering, fear, pain, loss and separation—as long as we remember what we truly are.
A key lesson to help us remember what we truly are is:
I am not a body. I am free.
(ACIM Workbook Lesson 199)
The importance of this lesson in the Course is underlined by its repetition. We are asked first to welcome this concept into our minds, “I am not a body, I am free,” every hour on the hour for a day. Then, no less than 20 more times in the review that closes Part I of the Workbook, we are asked to repeat the concept “I am not a body, I am free,” in a variety of supportive thought contexts, morning and evening, and then meditate on it for at least 15 minutes. We are gently pummeled with the idea, “I am not a body, I am free,” and this pummeling is necessary because most of our waking moments we are deeply invested in the idea that we ARE bodies. We need to change our minds, and carving a new mental groove usually takes time, effort and repetition.
Although this lesson is crucial for all of us, as we get older we are reminded again of the importance of, “I am not a body, I am free.” I have yet to meet anyone in their 40’s or 50’s who does not do some kind of emotional dance with the image that greets them in the mirror each morning. We see age-related changes and struggle to some degree to accept them in a healthy way. Let me be clear here—we’re talking grey hair, stray hair, nay hair, wrinkles, crinkles, tinkles, sagging assets, fatty deposits, bumps, dents, bags and spots of all colors, superimposed over alien physical limits, functional breakdowns, stiffness, aches, pains, digestive difficulties and an array of new diagnoses ad nauseum.
It’s challenging not to get seduced into the mindset of body-identification when your body no longer looks or works in the manner to which you have become accustomed. There is much we can do to extend our energy, vigor and even youthful good looks. But our peace will never be found in manipulating our bodies to recapture the appearance of youth (or any other appearance) because not only is the body not who we are, it is destined to “betray” us over time. The body is not eternal; it is a testament to loss. It is just one more thing of this world that will wither and pass away.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.
In our less extreme youth we are called to a higher level of practice. As many have demonstrated, we are equal to it. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a less-than-ideal thought inspired by the state of our body from time to time. The ego is ever-vigilant for any opening to hijack our peace. Would the ego NOT use the aging process? Ha!
So here are my responses from the Holy Spirit (my higher self) today. Stand in front of a mirror, loving whatever you see, and say these affirmations with me. Breathe in the truth of what you are saying. Smile at how silly it would be to believe otherwise.
Affirmations for My Less Extreme Youth:
- I am not a body. I am free.
- I am free from the compulsion to try to change the visible signs of aging on my body in drastic, invasive, risky, expensive or time-consuming ways because I am not a body.
- I am free to nurture, value, adorn, enjoy and share my body at any age.
- I am free to move and live; to stretch and grow.
- I am free to express the life I’ve lived through my body.
- I am free to move through the natural stages of life, embracing the gifts of each stage.
- I am free to accept myself as I am, RIGHT NOW, in all my magnificence!
- I am not a body. I am free! For I am still as God created me.
Now connect further with the “you” that transcends the flesh and blood of any body. Get comfortable, relax, breathe deeply and fully, close your eyes and allow Jonn Serrie to pilot you to the stars through “Stratos” from And the Stars Go With You.
With Peace and Love,
P.S. Jonn Serrie is my absolute favorite ambient music artist. I have chosen to play more Jonn Serrie music during 12 years of bodywork sessions than any other musician. I believe music not only supports healing, but can be a healing vibration in and of itself, so the music I employ is IMPORTANT. More about Jonn Serrie and his amazing catalogue of high-vibration compositions at www.thousandstar.com .
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