Course in Miracles
199 - I am not a body. I am free.
Freedom must be impossible as long as you perceive
a body as yourself.
The body is a limit.
Who would seek for freedom in a body looks for it where it can not
be found. The mind can be made free when it no longer sees itself
as in a body, firmly tied to it and sheltered by its presence. If
this were the truth, the mind were vulnerable indeed!
The mind that serves
the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws
of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions, and with strength
and power to do whatever it is asked. Attack thoughts cannot enter
such a mind, because it has been given to the Source of Love, and
fear can never enter in a mind that has attached itself to Love.
It rests in God, and who can be afraid who lives in Innocence, and
It is essential for
your progress in this course that you accept today's idea, and hold
it very dear.
Be not concerned that
to the ego it is quite insane. The ego holds the body dear because
it dwells in it, and lives united with the home that it has made.
It is a part of the illusion that has sheltered it from being found
Here does it hide,
and here it can be seen as what it is. Declare your innocence and
you are free. The body disappears, because you have no need of it
except the need the Holy Spirit sees. For this, the body will appear
as useful form for what the mind must do. It thus becomes a vehicle
which helps forgiveness be extended to the all inclusive goal that
it must reach, according to God's plan.
Cherish today's idea,
and practice it today and every day. Make it a part of every practice
period you take.
There is no thought
that will not gain thereby in power to help the world, and none
which will not gain in added gifts to you as well. We sound the
call of freedom round the world with this idea. And would you be
exempt from the acceptance of the gifts you give?
The Holy Spirit is
the home of minds that seek for freedom. In Him they find what they
have sought. The body's purpose now is unambiguous. And it becomes
perfect in the ability to serve an undivided goal. In conflict-free
and unequivocal response to mind, with but the thought of freedom
as its goal, the body serves, and serves its purpose well. Without
the power to enslave, it is a worthy servant of the freedom which
the mind within the Holy Spirit seeks.
Be free today, and
carry freedom as your gift to those who still believe they are enslaved
within a body. Be you free, so that the Holy Spirit can make use
of your escape from bondage to set free the many who perceive themselves
as bound and helpless and afraid. Let love replace their fears through
Accept salvation now,
and give your mind to Him Who calls to you to make this gift to
For He would give
- perfect freedom,
- perfect joy, and
- hope that finds its full accomplishment
are God's Son. In immortality
you live forever.
Would you not return
your mind to this?
Then practice well
the thought the Holy Spirit gives you for today. Your brothers stand
released with you in it; the world is blessed along with you. God's
Son will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks at the increase
of joy your practice brings even to it.
And God Himself extends
His Love and happiness each time you say:
I am not
I am free.
the Voice that God has given me, and it is only this my mind obeys.