Living Beyond your Body — A Course in Miracles

Ever think about living beyond your body, or ask yourself the aged old question, “Who am I?”

When you ask yourself about living beyond your body, you possibly feel uncertain, but on the other hand feel a tiny flame kindling within that knows you are more than just your body.

It’s why, if you have not already, I suggest you learn how to do mindfulness meditation.

When you believe in your body as your domain, the body itself becomes the sacrifice, because of these concrete beliefs determining what is real and what is unreal.

Getting beyond concrete beliefs is of the habits of successful people and the world’s most influential who ever lived.   

But ask yourself this question pertaining to living beyond your body, seriously: Where is your concrete way of looking at things going to take you, when your body makes its last heartbeat? 

Would it not start the process of turning to dust?  How concrete is it then?

You see a brother as his body, separate from yours, making your key idea to only see the little part of him that you want to see, and sacrifice the rest. 

Just take a look at the world and you will see nothing attached to anything beyond itself. 

Every entity will either come close to you or move further away, but when viewed as of the concrete it cannot join.

Since humankind was symbolically cast out of the Garden of Eden, humans have gradually built a wall around their own “hard-earned” entities—bodies, homes, yards, towns, countries—making separation its newfound paradise. 

It’s as though we fence off an area, like a little garden, in our whole mind and call it “who we are”, A Course in Miracles teaches us.

It looks as if whatever is within its “concrete” boundary can never extend outward, and what is outside must never join, keeping behind its fence. 

This might be why it’s difficult to think about living beyond your body.

A Course in Miracles states, “Do not accept this little, fenced-off aspect as yourself.

Each individual’s own boundary must sacrifice the other side to keep itself feeling complete, in the wrong-minded belief that if they joined each other, each one would lose its own identity.

The concrete split-mind I speak of in my books has chosen to view as “other” all that your body fences off in order to become “yourself,” an illusory identity created through your own sacrifice of the rest. 

You allow yourself to lose almost everything else to have an identity you can call your own.  This you are sure the world will approve. 

When you have this perception of yourself, you proudly accept what you lose as a sacrifice, and the part you keep looks forward to more gain, making up for what it lost.

This, of course, requires more sacrifice. 

The thinking that the world proudly accepts is “No pain, no gain.” 

With this, your belief in separation becomes doubly strong, glorying in its trophies—both the pain (sacrifice) and the supposed gain. 

But the little part of you that is left now places limits on everything “outside,” just as those same limits are on everything you think is yours, even your own right to be truly joyful without guilt.

But living beyond your body you are guilt free!

In one of my favorite movies, City Slickers, Billy Crystal plays Mitch Robbins, a disillusioned radio advertising salesman, who takes a much-needed vacation at a western dude ranch with a couple of longtime friends. 

At the beginning of the movie he considers whether he really wants to go, due to all the daily trials and tribulations of his life. 

He thinks the trip will be more trouble than it’s worth.  His wife disagrees, saying that he has sacrificed enough of himself to his career without a break and urging him to go find his joy for life, which he seems to have lost.

During the course of the movie, he comes to agree that he has lost something and starts to understand the value of laughter and having fun without consequences. 

At the end, when he gets home, he sees that nothing has really changed, but everything with him has. 

He has the same problems, but now having a zest for life, he is able to embrace them with a renewed sense of joy, and a sense of commitment hi true calling.

Have you ever thought about your own true calling?.

Many people today are in the same place Mitch was at the start of the movie.  They have lost any joy they once had in their heart. 

The days ahead look flat and repetitive, as boring and monotonous as an assembly line.  It seems to be the same old “concrete.” 

This state of mind makes it more difficult to fathom living beyond your body.

Faced with this prospect of endless repetition, people lose themselves.  They feel dull, and believe that continued sacrifices are necessary so that one day they can have fun.

Try this thought provoking article for solving your #problems in life and rather living a life of purpose: 

To living beyond your body,

James Nussbaumer

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