"What you think you are is a belief to be undone. But what you really are must be revealed to you. The belief you are a body calls for correction, being a mistake. The truth of what you are calls on the strength in you to bring to your awareness what the mistake conceals. "
I attended a wedding shower over the weekend and was reminded by some friends, that the book “A Course In Miracles, " is a powerful tool of awareness. The quote above comes from lesson 91 in the book titled, “Miracles are seen in the light. " It continues: " Miracles are seen in the light. The body's eyes do not perceive the light. But I am not a body. What am I?"
Good question right? I seemed to be all kinds of things depending on the situation I find myself living in. I bounce back and forth on the tennis court of my emotions trying to discover what I really am. I have faith that I am something other than a body filled with crazy thoughts, but I can't pull myself out of the daily routine of being hit over the net of illusions with distorted rackets of achievement. It appears I need something solid to put my faith in so I can escape my body and find my true strength. I do have the ability to see light without my physical eyes if I make the effort. The responsibility for finding the answers is within me; the strength that makes all miracles is within my reach and is waiting for my discovery.
When I instruct myself that I am not just a body, faith goes to what I want and my mind follows accordingly. My will is my teacher and it has all the strength to do what it desires. I can escape my body if I choose to do so, and I begin to experience the strength within me.
The Course says to practice replacing my mistaken thoughts with their opposites like this:
I am not weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful, but certain.
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
Once I believe these truths I begin to experience them, by concentrating and expressing my strength. All sense of weakness associated with the belief that I am just body begins to disappear. My strength takes over and I am connected with me, the spirit, in a web of All There Is, and the energy of miracles becomes apparent. Miracles are always present; now my awareness sees them in the true light of knowing who I am.
Miracles and vision go together. My vision to see past my body and unite with my spirit brings my world in touch with miracles, and I find myself floating over the court of illusions with a bag filled with miracles and a racket made of gratitude.
Howard (Hal) Thomas Manogue, was born in Philadelphia, and is a forerunner to the Indigo children, a now age term for misfit with an intuitive nature, a desire to know his truth with a gift of giving and sharing. Hal retired from the shoe industry after 35 years of sole searching, and discovered his real soul. He enjoys art, music, philosophy, psychology, nature and people.
His poems have been published by: Mystic Pop Magazine, Children Of The New Earth Magazine, New Age Tribune, Seasons Of The Soul Newsletters, Lightship News and Writers In The Sky Newsletters. His essays can be found on Hal's Blog and Website: http://halmanogue.blogspot.com/ and http://www.shortsleeves.net - He lives in Franklin Tennessee.
Hal's new book Short Sleeves Insights: Live A Ordinary Life In An Non-Ordinary Way will be in print in April. Visit any bookstore or Hal's website to get a copy. Hal's third Collection Of poetry: Short Sleeves A Book For Friends will also be in print in April.