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The Body and our Addiction to Death and Rebirth
We are not our body
Everything physical in this world has its sell-by-date after which time it must be discarded. The body is no exception and a time does come for each person in the world to discard their body. The process is called 'death'. As long as we cling to the notion that we are our body we keep coming back into this physical world with a body! The body is a symbol of our attachment to death and rebirth.
The body's confused purpose
Our attachment to this world is evidenced by our preoccupation with our body. Rather than seeing and using our body as learning devices, to be used to overcome our addictions to life and death, most people use their body to become even more addicted.
The brain as the instrument of perception
The brain is part of the body and it does our perceiving for us. It collects information from our five senses which is then sent to the brain as electrical impulses. The brain then makes 'sense' of this electrical information presenting it to us as the 'reality' we experience. This 'reality' is subjective and ultimately dependent on the perceiver. This is why no two people will experience the external world in exactly the same way. The mind, in effect, falls into a dream like state much the same way we fall asleep at night. The perceiving mind believes what it thinks and believes its perceptions, via the brain, to be real.
The body as an anchor to this world
The body becomes a means by which the mind is fastened to this world of illusion. We use everything we ingest through our five senses to keep us in this dream state. We move from one distraction to another like a child in a toy shop, ultimately never finding permanent satisfaction in anything we desire.
We use substances to alter perception and in so doing we become addicted to those perceptions. We even use ideas and behaviours to anchor ourselves to this physical world but never find peace and happiness in any of these things. We see-saw between joy and pain, accepting this as our lot and identifying with a body that keeps us stuck.
There is another way but it means relinquishing our belief in all that we hold true and accepting that we make it up in our heads. It begins by first accepting that nothing we perceive is true because perception is based on opinion and as such is subjective. How can something perceived be true? Perception involves interpretation and since no two brains will perceive in exactly the same way we are each, in effect, creating our own reality. Instead of identifying with the body and accepting our perceptions as truth we could choose to see the body as a device at our disposal for relearning what we now believe to be true. In other words to use the instrument of perception on itself. This is the way described in A Course in Miracles (ACIM).
Projection, perception and attack
The problem with any instruction or advice we might receive from even well intentioned people is that we will interpret it. Our interpretation contaminates the instruction ultimately creating inner conflict which we project on to others and then use these same projections as justification to attack them. ACIM teaches how to avoid this trap.
Perception is not truth
No matter what we are told or shown we will perceive it all by giving it our own meaning which we make up in our brains. All we have are perceptions and no one perception is any truer or better than anyone else's.
Each person reading this article will interpret my words in their own unique way reading into it things I do not mean, skipping over sentences that do not fit their belief system and even seeing words I have not written. This is all done below the level of conscious awareness and is evidence of how powerful the 'dream' is.
By withdrawing our belief in what we think we free ourselves to play somewhat like Alice in Wonderland. When perception is seen like this we learn to use it for ourselves rather than accepting the beliefs of others or trying to fit in with what others believe of us.
Wake up, sleepy head!
Waking from this dream we call 'reality' is inevitable for all of us and there have been many people down through the ages who have woken from it and serve as reminders that our time is coming too.
Realising that we are not the body is the key to breaking our addiction to this 'dream world' of illusion and realising who we truly are. It is not in our physical looks, our mental attributes, our achievements or acquisitions that we discover the truth but in turning within that we start to hear a faint whisper that causes us to stir from our dream.
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