This transcription is a brief segment of a one-on-one dialogue with
Speaker and a student of A Course In Miracles. The topic addressed in
this discussion is that of immortality of the body. |
ACIM student: A question that came to my mind before when you were speaking
of the fact that this body is not immortal, but the ego would love to
have me believe that it could be. And there is the belief that the body
can be immortal. I can remember believing this, and I can remember being
very much excited about that whole idea, that the body is immortal.
And it seemed very logical to me when I learned about this that it is
only the mind's belief that it is not immortal, that would have it die.
Speaker: Well, if we take it and really string it out… the ego
is for something that is nothing. It has the illusion of being very
ingenious and that is certainly the experience in the world. It seems
to have made up a giant cosmos apart from spirit and apart from abstract
union and it seems to have great diversity and variety. There seem to
be many different skills, many choices and menus to pick from. In the
sense of projection, now as part of the projection we have televisions
and camcorders and VCR's and it is like making movies within movies.
The movie of the world is one movie and within that we have another
projection. The fragmentation continues into seemingly smaller pieces.
But the one thing that the ego has tried to come up with for an answer
for heaven is the idea of immortality. It has never and never will be
able to mimic or create immortality. Immortality is an attribute of
God, of creation, and the ego is a defense against that, literally a
puff of nothingness that did not come from God and that is not immortal.
The ego seemed to have a beginning and it will seem to have an end.
But this is all within the fabric or the framework of the dream. The
ego has never been able to come up with or attain immortality, but that
doesn't stop it from at least having the idea of immortality, the idea
that the body can be made to live forever. Once again, the body is form.
Form and spirit have no reconciliation. They have no meeting point.
One spirit exists, and form and time and space do not exist.
ACIM student: The very nature of form is that it's finite, that it's
not eternal. It cannot therefore be immortal.
Speaker: It has boundaries. Every form has boundaries and limits. God
and creation do not.
ACIM student: I remember one of the things that I learned about at that
time was about this person **, in India I believe. And he seemed to
be proof for the fact that the body is immortal. It seemed that he would
be around for periods of time and then he would dematerialize and not
be around for periods of time. And then he would re-materialize and
stay for a while and dematerialize. And I suppose this has been going
on for quite some time now and that seemed to be proof that you don't
have to die, that the body can be immortal if it's held in the mind
Speaker: Just to perceive a body or a vision though gets back to perception.
This can be a symbol, for many a very comforting symbol. It can be a
symbol of a teaching that those who have completely laid aside the body,
their thoughts are always available to the deceived mind as part of
help. And their vision may appear from time to time if that may be helpful,
if this is something that the Holy Spirit can reach the mind with. These
are nothing more than symbols… of seeing the virgin Mary, Majagori…
and these are more examples of visions that can be seen that can be
helpful. But these still are perceptions…
ACIM student: So you're say that it's still perceptual… it's still
unreal but it's helpful and it's reaching the mind where it is?
Speaker: Yes. Yes. The error would be to make the connection that you
were doing… that it seems to have been around for a long time,
that it seems to be immortal. Once again, knowledge of the kingdom of
heaven is purely abstract. It's light… not light like the body's
eyes see, but light in the sense of understanding and wisdom. Darkness
is a metaphor for ignorance, for blockage or unawareness of that light.
This knowledge and the kingdom are abstract and any kind of perception,
however pure and however stabilized the perception becomes, it still
is not knowledge, not the abstract kingdom. It is still perceptual and
temporary and will not last.