as you perceive a body as yourself.
The body is a limit. Who would seek
for freedom in a body looks for it
where it cannot be found. The mind can be
made free when it no longer thinks itself
as in a body, firmly tied to it,
and sheltered by its presence. If this were
the truth, the mind were vulnerable indeed!
The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is
unlimited forever, in all ways,
beyond the laws of time and space, unbound
by any preconceptions, and with strength
and power to do whatever it is asked.
Attack thoughts cannot enter such a mind,
because it has been given to the Source
of Love. And fear can never enter in
a mind which has attached itself to Love.
It rests in God. And who could be afraid
who lives in innocence, and only loves?
It is essential for your progress in
this course that you accept today's idea,
and hold it very dear. Be not concerned
that to the ego it is quite insane.
The ego holds the body dear because
it dwells in it, and lives united with
the home that it has made. It is a part
of the illusion which has sheltered it
from being found illusory itself.
Here does it hide, and here it will be seen
as what it is. Declare your innocence,
and you are free. The body disappears
because you have no need of it except
the need the Holy Spirit sees. For this
the body will appear as useful form
for what the mind must do. It thus becomes
a vehicle which helps forgiveness be
extended to the all-inclusive goal
that it must reach, according to God's plan.
Cherish today's idea and practice it
today and every day. Make it a part
of every practice period you take.
There is no thought that will not gain thereby
in power to help the world, nor none which will
not gain in added gifts to you as well.
We sound the call of freedom round the world
with this idea. And would you be exempt
from the acceptance of the gift you give?
The Holy Spirit is the home of mind
that seeks for freedom. In Him it has found
what it has sought. The body's purpose now
is unambiguous. And it becomes
perfect in the ability to serve
an undivided goal. In conflict-free
and unequivocal response to mind
with but the thought of freedom as its goal,
the body serves, and serves its purpose well.
Without the power to enslave, it is
a worthy servant of that freedom which
the mind within the Holy Spirit seeks.
Be free today, and carry freedom as
your gift to those who still believe they are
enslaved within a body. Be you free,
so that the Holy Spirit can make use
of your escape from bondage to set free
the many who perceive themselves as bound
and helpless and afraid. Let love replace
their fears through you. Accept salvation now,
and give your mind to Him Who calls to you
to make this gift to Him. For He would give
you perfect freedom, perfect joy, and hope
that finds its full accomplishment in God.
You are God's Son. In immortality
you live forever. Would you not return
your mind to this? Then practice well the thought
the Holy Spirit gives you for today.
Your brothers stand released with you in it;
the world is blessed along with you, God's Son
will weep no more, and Heaven offers thanks
at the increase of joy your practice brings
even to it. And God Himself extends
His Love and happiness each time you say:
I am not a body. I am free.
I hear the Voice that God has given me,
And it is only this my mind obeys.
~ Original Handscript of ACIM ~ August 20, 1970