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Marcela from Canada asks Byron Katie, “If a body is just a projection of mind, do we still need to take care of it?”
“Absolutely,” Katie says. “Cause and effect. If I don’t eat, the body dies. That is the apparent material world. Then there’s another world. There’s a world the enlightened mind sees. Not in time, but now, as we sit in the answers that these questions can take us to.
“It’s impossible to be a physical body because the body is a projection of your mind. So take care of the mind when you’re stressed out, and clarity and love will take care of your projected body.
“Any time you feel stress, this unnatural feeling of being out of harmony, look to what you’re thinking and believing in the moment, and clear it up with The Work. Inquiry is like a constant state of meditation that happens without my help. I’m just letting it run.
“Now, get really still, and notice the times when you don’t take care of the body. Look to see the story running in your mind just before you binged, had the cigarette or drug, or got angry. The trigger is hidden in the time just prior to that. Whether something is good for me or not, if I feel guilt, I take care of it. I don’t do The Work on the thing I ate or did, I go back and do The Work on mother, father, sister, brother, roommate, or whoever the story is about.”
“Actually, I was the opposite,” Marcela says. “I was always exercising, taking vitamins, and trying to do what the latest study told me to do.”
“Yes, rather than the chocolate cake, that’s your addiction.”
“I notice that I did it for fear of being sick. It wasn’t because it was what I really wanted to do; it was done in fear of the future if I did not take care of my body.”
“Yes. It’s the ego’s fear of death,” Katie says. “The ego tells you: ‘You have to take care of this body; you can’t be too careful. Take those vitamins, run, eat right.’ Without the ego identified as the body, this material object, then who am I? As an ego, who am I?”
“After doing The Work, I actually started to notice myself stressing about these things,” Marcela says.
“Health is about right here, right now, isn’t it?” Katie says. “People may be telling me I’m sick and dying, and I could be in pain, but I’m fine in my mind. 100%. I am healthy because I’m not at war with what I’m witnessing. I’m not at war with death. I’m not at war with life. I’m well.”
It’s a beautiful thing to love what we think in this moment. —Byron Katie