Body or Spirit?

This poem is a pantoum about viewing oneself as a body or a spirit.

Are you a body, from all sides beset?
Attacks produce anxiety and strife?
Are you a spirit, safe from every threat?
Is death a harmless passage in your life?

Attacks produce anxiety and strife
When dangers lurk and midnight fears abound?
Is death a harmless passage in your life
When you accept that you are safe and sound?

When dangers lurk and midnight fears abound,
You teach that you’re defenseless, frail, and weak;
When you accept that you are safe and sound,
You find true love and turn the other cheek.

You teach that you’re defenseless, frail, and weak
When guilt has told you something that’s untrue;
You find true love and turn the other cheek
When only harmless thoughts exist in you.

When guilt has told you something that’s untrue,
You feel the need to launch revenge attacks;
When only harmless thoughts exist in you,
You will become quite helpful with your acts.

You feel the need to launch revenge attacks
If you’re a body, from all sides beset;
You will become quite helpful with your acts
If you’re a spirit, safe from every threat.

(written January 2020)

Are you a body? So is all the world perceived as treacherous and out to kill. Are you a spirit, deathless and without the promise of corruption and the stain of sin upon you? So the world is seen as stable, fully worthy of your trust; a happy place to rest in for a while, where nothing need be feared but only loved. (A Course in Miracles: Complete and Annotated Edition, p. 917)

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