Taken from the quiz, “What do you believe you are? A human body, a human being or something else? The answer is, “something else”. Course teaches, you are mind and your body is its tool for learning what you are. The body is perceived, not real to your natural existence and is a projection from your mind. The following is an explanation of why, but first let’s review what the world teaches.
A Human Being is any individual of the genus Homo, a member of the species Homo sapiens.
Homo sapiens is the modern species of humans, the only extant species of the primate tribe Hominini. n the specific name of modern man... Hominin: Any member of the zoological “tribe” Hominini (family Hominidae, order Primates), of which only one species exists today—Homo sapiens, or human beings. A Primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans.
All living creatures are thought to descend from an organism that came into being three billion years ago. The Body is the physical structure and material substance of an animal or plant, living or dead. Being is the quality or state of having existence. Evolution is the gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.
We must remember that the world teaches us about being and behaving in the world. It teaches that we are our bodies and that we have evolved from monkeys and have to be trained to be a certain way. But course teaches we were created whole, perfect, without a body or any needs, one way, and our only existence was being.
So how did we get here, seemingly stuck in believing we were monkeys evolving to become better humans, so we or our species can live better and longer lives in peace at no time in the future?
The evolution of man is merely a process by which he proceeds from one degree to the next. He corrects his previous missteps by stepping forward. This represents a process which is actually incomprehensible in temporal terms, because he RETURNS as he progresses. The confusion between your own creation and what you create is so profound that it has literally become impossible to know anything, because knowledge is always stable. It is quite evident that human beings are not. Nevertheless, they are perfectly stable as God created them.
The body is the instrument the mind made in its striving to deceive itself. The body thinks no thoughts. It has no power to learn, to pardon, or enslave. It gives no orders that the mind need serve, nor sets conditions that it must obey. The body is not capable of understanding. Only the mind KNOWS anything. A pure mind knows the truth, and this IS its strength. It cannot attack the body, because it knows EXACTLY what the body IS. This is what “a sane mind in a sane body” really means.
The body holds in prison but the willing mind that would abide in it. It sickens at the bidding of the mind that would become its prisoner. And it grows old and dies, because that mind is sick within ITSELF. (Your) Being (was) made out of the denial of the Father… minds have willed to see themselves AS separate beings; yet, each Soul knows God completely.
You cannot conceive of the real relationship that exists between God and His Souls, because of the hatred you have for the Self you have made. You project onto your own idea of yourself the will to separate, which conflicts with the love you also feel for what you have made because you made it.