The Atonement can only be accepted within you by releasing the inner light. Since the separation, defenses have been used almost entirely to defend against the Atonement, and thus maintain the separation. This is generally seen as a need to protect the body.T-2.III.1:1-3
A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace. Kindle Edition.
Are you a body with a soul or a soul with a body? A Course In Miracles teaches that we are souls in bodies. When we protect the body and overlook our soul we dwell in darkness rather than light. As we have heard, where our heart focuses is where our treasure lies. If our body is our treasure we have blocked the Atonement and created a hell for ourselves.
In Alcoholics Anonymous it is suggested, in step eleven, that we improve our conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation. This step encourages us to focus on the needs and desires of our souls, not our bodies. This refocusing is the primary foundation of recovery.
In Unitarian Universalism we join together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Truth and meaning is found in our souls, within, not in externalities.
Today, it is suggested that we remind ourselves what we really are. Are we making choices that facilitate the growth of our souls?