Mobile Home

For years I didn’t like my body. I lived, ate, worked out, talked about myself, and thought about myself from a sad space of not liking what I viewed as “myself” (my body).  I thought “me” was just what I saw in the mirror….and I didn’t like the reflection. It makes me so sad that I spent so many years in that place.  But it’s provided a huge contrast to what I’m coming to learn and feel as true, and this new understanding brings such peace and love I just want to spread it to everyone I can, in hopes you will also feel the truth and it will bring you peace.

I am not a body.  

I signed up for the Course in Miracles workbook lessons that I get daily via email.  There were a few days where this was the main idea in the lessons.  In fact it even sounded quite humorous to the spirit of Jesus, when we humans think of ourselves as a body.  From Lesson 92:

“…Your idea of what seeing means is tied up with the body and its eyes and brain.  Thus you believe that you can change what you see by putting little bits of glass before your eyes.  This is among the many magical beliefs that come from the conviction you are a body, and the body’s eyes can see.  You also believe the body’s brain can think.  If you but understood the nature of thought, you could but laugh at this insane idea.  It is as if you thought you held the match that lights the sun and gives it all its warmth; or that you held the world within your hand, securely bound until you let it go.  Yet this is no more foolish than to believe the body’s eyes can see; the brain can think.”

To me it sounded like Jesus (in a gentle, kind way, of course!) is laughing at me for thinking that I am a body, and that my eyes “see”.  The point being… I am so much more. The “sight” of my physical senses is inadequate to see what I really am.

Because I am not a body.  

I am spirit, pure and bountiful and beautiful.  I am a miracle.  I am love and light and peace and joy.  I am connected to everyone else, past present and future, every creature on earth, every spiritual being, every consciousness in the cosmos, in this giant web of god.  It’s so beautiful, and moving, and I feel the truth of it in my heart.  I feel empowered AND humbled by this truth simultaneously.  I feel, most of all, gratitude.

Which makes it really easy to also be grateful for my body.  This body isn’t me, but it carries me around, helps me experience life, helps me have fun and connect with others, enjoy things like food, music, art, travel, swimming, and feeling the sun on my skin.  My body is in service to me, it loves me SO much.  I am not my body, but I am close with it and I know it better than anyone else.  This realization made me astoundingly grateful for my body and made me think for the first time about caring for it in a whole new way.  

Now, I WANT to nourish my body with healthy food..  I WANT to give my body good sleep, exercise, and LOVE.  Love above all!  I want to flood every cell with love and gratitude…I want to worship my body the way that my body worships me.  

So, if I am not my body, and my body is not me.  But what is my body?

It’s so cool how all these sources come together at the same time, repeating themes.  A friend just shared with me this translation from Aramaic of the Lord’s Prayer by Neil Douglas-Klotz from Prayers of the Cosmos:

O Birther!  Mother-Father of the Cosmos

Focus your Light within us – make it useful.  

Create your reign of unity now, through our fiery hearts and willing hands

Help us love beyond our ideals

And sprout acts of compassion for all creatures.

Animate the Earth within us; we then feel the Wisdom underneath supporting all.

Untangle the knots within so that we can mend our hearts’ simple ties to each other.

Don’t let surface things delude us, But free us from what holds us back from our true purpose.  Out of you, the astonishing fire, Returning light and sound to the cosmos.

Amen.

I really love this translation because it speaks to me on a more primal level.  It puts me in touch with the earth and the cosmos.  It calls me to my potential as a compassionate, powerful being, a conduit for divine love to be put into action through me.    

The line that really hit me:

Animate the Earth within us; we then feel the Wisdom underneath supporting all.

My body is Earth, animated by God Spirit.    

I thought about this and it’s true…my body, like all animals and plants, is made of the same material as the earth and the universe.  My body came from the earth and will return to the earth.  While my body walks the earth, I feed on, drink and breathe earth matter.  

Animate the earth within us.  We then feel the wisdom underneath supporting all.  

What a blessing to be so supported by the earth as to be, literally, a part of it.  What a call to tap into that ancient wisdom and quiet strength.  What an opportunity to be grounded, and at ease, and know that I am cared for.  For me, and to circle back to my previous point, it’s also such a wonderful invitation to feed and care for my body in a different way.  My body is earth-stuff.  I will not poison it, with chemicals nor with condemnations.  I’m spirit animating the earth.  I’m a caretaker of this little piece of earth that I call my body. It’s my little piece…my spirit’s little mobile earth home.  My temple is a mobile home, haha!  

Seriously tho…I am so incredibly moved by the beautiful connection of it all.  I’m so grateful for the experience of living as one with the earth at the same time I’m truly a part of the consciousness of the cosmos.  Think of the magnitude of connection that we truly have, on physical as well as spiritual levels!!  It’s so comforting…yet at the same time so majestic and awe-inspiring!  

Thank you, Universe, Creator, All that Is, for the elegant, simple architecture of this experience of being spirit, animating the earth.  Let us be guided by our heart, lay down our fears and logic, to be guided towards what we feel in our heart to be true and pure.  Work through us to sprout acts of compassion, for our earth bodies, for each other, every living thing, and the earth, water and air that support and nourish us and remind us of a deeper wisdom.  Thank you for this experience, including the challenges that help me grow.  I am humbled to be a part of it.  I am so grateful.  

All the love.

Katelandia

 

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Permanent Glimpse Photography

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Cultural Threads

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A Course in Miracles International

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