Each morning before meditation, I read inspirational material to set my mind on the right track. Lately, I’ve been re-reading Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love. Because of old somatic patterns linked to my infant surgery and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I have a lot of resistance to sitting still in peace, allowing my soul to communicate with me. I am getting better, however, at relaxing my body so that I can simply listen and receive. A Return to Love is my current companion in this process.
Marianne Williamson, a spiritual teacher, writes about her understanding of A Course in Miracles. I don’t know where the Course originated, but I recognize wisdom when I meet up with it. On the back of the book, The New Age Journal states that the Course is “a self-study program of spiritual psychotherapy.” It is based on the teachings of Jesus. She mentions the word “God” a lot, perhaps turning off some readers, but I don’t mind. Substitute “Creator” or “Wisdom” or “Spirit,” whatever works. Reading her book each day softens my patterns and allows my body to be less defensive and more open.
Here are some of the passages from the chapter “The Body” that have helped me trust and yield to my soul’s messages:
To see the body as a means by which the world is transformed, and not an end in itself, is a healthy perception of the body.
A Course in Miracles says that “health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body lovelessly.”
There is a healing force within each of us, a kind of divine physician seated within our minds and in communication with every cell of our being. This force is the intelligence which drives the immune system.
Healing results from a transformed perception of our relationship to illness, one in which we respond to the problem with love instead of fear.
Today in my meditation, I heard the word “beautyfruit.” I love it! I’m not sure what it means but as I live my day, I keep the word in mind and ask for understanding. Thinking back to my reading of Williamson, I believe the term refers to my body. My body is a beautiful fruit, nourishing and sweet, precious and sacred–a living extension of my soul and mind. I love thinking of myself in this way. My body is generative, and I love it for all the ways it takes care of me.