I’m sure we’ve all experienced things like bullying, humiliation, embarrassment, being judged, and so forth before. And it feels awful. But something that always gives me great comfort is a concept I’ve learned from A Course in Miracles. The real you is invulnerable. Let me explain.
A Course in Miracles makes a clear distinction between the body and the spirit, between the physical world and heaven, between fear and love. Fear, physical world, body – all an illusion. Love, heaven, spirit – that’s where reality lies. The Course says enlightenment is a shift from body-identification to spirit-identification.
We think of ourselves as fragile and vulnerable because we identify as a body. We think this physical existence is our real self. But A Course in Miracles teaches us that our physical body is nothing more than a suit of clothes that we have put on for this lifetime. Our real self, our soul, our spirit has existed long before we were born and will continue to be right here for all eternity. You HAVE body, but that’s not who you ARE.
But not only do we overly identify with our physical identity, we also overly identify with our thoughts. Once again, you HAVE a mind, but that’s not who you ARE. You are not the thoughts in your mind. You are also not the conversation you’re having with yourself in your mind. If you’re thinking, “What conversation?” That one!
Okay so I just told you that you’re not your body, and you’re not your mind either. So who are you? You are the awareness behind your thoughts and mental chatter. You are the observer, the listener. You are the one noticing your thoughts. Think about it – if you were your thoughts, you wouldn’t notice that you have thoughts, right?
You are not your thoughts. You reside at a deeper level. You are the being noticing your thoughts. You are the wise elegant and loving consciousness that knows exactly what I’m talking about right now.
So how does this work? Do you know the feeling when you’re at the movies and within a minute you get totally sucked in to the story? You don’t think about who you are, where you are or what’s going on around you. Your only experience is the movie. That’s what happened to all of us. We got sucked in to the story of our lives and we started to believe that this is all there is. But there is more. So much more. The real you is actually just watching a movie. The movie of your life.
For we but see the journey from the point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by.
-A Course in Miracles
It’s way harder to recognize this than to recognize that you’re sitting in a theater watching a movie, because in a movie only your vision and your hearing get sucked into the story. You hear what the characters in the movie hear and you see what they see. Imagine if you would also feel what they feel, taste what they taste, smell what they smell and think what they think. Imagine the character in the movie would take over your entire body and mind. You would lose yourself completely. That’s exactly what happened here. We lost sense of who we really are and started to believe that we are this little body, this little person on this big planet. And that’s where a lot of our fear comes from.
But once we realize who our true self is, we realize that it is untouchable. The only thing that can ever be attacked is your physical self, but the real you is still safely sitting in that movie theater, unharmed and untouched. People can mock you, they can make fun of you, they can judge you, but none of that ever even reaches the true you.
THE REAL YOU IS INVULNERABLE.
People can try to slam you and make up all kinds of lies about you, but no matter what, the real you is unharmed and will continue shining brightly as it did before.? Or, as A Course in Miracles puts it,
The Christ in you cannot be crucified.
–A Course in Miracles
I hope this helps you guys!
Now I’d love to hear from you…
How do you deal with things like being judged, bullied and so forth? Please share in the comments below.
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