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Does one's diet have any importance?
Question: I just don't understand society’s “health” obsession: what foods to eat, water cures, taking of supplements, vitamins, minerals, and so forth. Am I missing something?
Answer: It is the diet of ego thoughts that seem to fatten or reinforce the self-concept and block awareness of the Christ. Nothing in form is causative. All laws of nutrition are of the ego (see lesson 76 in the Workbook). Food, like all the images of the world, is an unreal effect of an unreal "cause." The ego wants the mind to see the split within the world, and dualistic thoughts seems to project a dualistic world. The ego sponsors divisions and categories like organic vs inorganic, good nutrition and bad nutrition, high or low calorie diets, high and low fiber, whatever. The list is endless. Nutrition is like all magic in that, to the ego, it seems to work; it can seem to produce changes. Yet what is unreal is not capable of change at all. What is the same cannot be different, and what is one cannot have separate parts. The unreal is one error, and only a change of mind brings healing. Nothing in form ever really changes, for all form is the past.
Release the belief that the past and future are different, and the concept of diet and all its specifics are released forever. Such is Atonement. Atonement sees that the separation from God never happened, for God and Christ, Cause and Effect are One and can never be divided. Glory to God for the Oneness of Being! Healing is the acceptance of the Correction to the perceived split in the mind. The true workings of the mind are reflected in the following passage from the beginning of ACIM Chapter 27, “Reason and Perception”:
Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause. T-21.In.1:1-8
The concept of diet, like all false concepts, reflects a belief that anything of the world causes anything. They are effects only, and false effects at that. And the Holy Spirit looks not to effects, having judged their "cause", which is ego, as unreal. Bring all thoughts of false causation to the Holy Spirit, and instantly they are gone. For only That Which comes from God is real. Happily, Christ comes from God, and the I Am Presence is real. Rejoice in the truth of our Being: "I am as God created Me."
Blessings always, David