becomes only a means by which the part of the mind you
have separated from your Soul can reach beyond its distortions,
and return to the Soul. The
ego’s temple thus becomes the temple of the Holy
Spirit, where devotion to Him replaces devotion to the
this sense the body does become a temple to God, because
His Voice abides in it by directing the use to which
it is put.
is the result of using the body soley for communication.
Since this is natural, it heals by making whole, which
is also natural. All mind is whole, and the belief that
part of it is physical, or not mind, is a fragmented
(or sick) interpretation. Mind cannot be made physical,
but it can be made manifest through the physical if
it uses the body to go beyond itself. By reaching out,
the mind extends itself. It does not stop at the body,
for if it does, it is blocked in its purpose. A mind
which has been blocked has allowed itself to be vulnerable
to attack because it has turned against itself.
The removal of the blocks, then, is the only way to
guarantee help and healing. Help
and healing are the normal expressions of a mind which
is working through the body, but not in it. If the mind
believes the body is its goal, it will distort its perception
of the body, and by blocking its own extension beyond
it, will induce illness by fostering separation.
the body as a separate entity cannot but foster illness,
because it is not true. A medium of communication will
lose its usefulness if it is used for anything else.
To use a medium of communication as a medium of attack
is an obvious confusion in purpose.
communicate is to join, and to attack is to separate.
can you do both simultaneously with the same thing,
and not suffer? Perception
of the body can be unified only by one purpose. This
releases the mind from the temptation to see the body
in many lights, and gives it over entirely to the One
Light in which it can be really understood at all. To
confuse a learning device with a curriculum goal is
a fundamental confusion.
Learning can hardly be arrested at its own aids with
hope of understanding either the aids or the learning’s
real purpose. Learning
must lead beyond the body to the re-establishment of
the power of the mind in it. This can be accomplished
only if the mind extends to other minds, and does not
arrest itself in its extension.
arrest of the mind’s extension is the cause of
all illness because only extension is the mind’s
function. The opposite of joy is depression. When your
learning promotes depression instead of joy, you cannot
be listening to God’s joyous Teacher, and you
must be learning amiss.
see a body as anything except a means of pure extension
is to limit your mind and hurt yourself. Health is therefore
nothing more than united purpose. If the body is brought
under the purpose of the mind, the body becomes whole
because the mind's purpose is one. Attack can only be
an assumed purpose of the body, because apart from the
mind the body has no purpose at all.
You are not limited by the body, and thought cannot
be made flesh. Yet mind can be manifested through the
body if it goes beyond it and does not interpret it
as limitation. Whenever you see another as limited to
or by the body, you are imposing this limit on yourself.
Are you willing to accept this, when your whole purpose
for learning should be to escape from limitations?
conceive of the body as a means of attack of any kind
and to entertain even the possibility that joy could
possibly result, is a clear-cut indication of a poor
learner. He has accepted a learning goal in obvious
contradiction to the unified purpose of the curriculum,
and is interfering with his ability to accept its purpose
as his own.
is unified purpose, and unified purpose is only God’s.
When yours is unified, it is His. Interfere with His
purpose, and you need salvation. You have condemned
yourself, but condemnation is not of God. Therefore,
it is not true. No more are any of the results of your
condemnation. When you see a brother as a body, you
are condemning him because you have condemned yourself.
Yet if all condemnation is unreal, and it must be unreal
since it is a form of attack, then it can have no results.
not allow yourselves to suffer from the results of what
is not true. Free your minds from the belief that this
is possible. In its complete impossibility, and your
full awareness of its complete impossibility, lie your
only hope for release. But what other hope would you
want? Freedom from illusions lies only in not believing
them. There is no attack, but there is unlimited communication,
and therefore unlimited power and wholeness. The power
of wholeness is extension. Do
not arrest your thought in this world, and you will
open your mind to creation in God.