We are spiritual and physical beings

I’ve heard the phrase, ‘we are spiritual beings having a human experience’ quite a few times over the last few weeks. I couldn’t agree with that more.  Our souls, our essence is spirit. It is light, consiousness, eternal.  We come from the source and we are made of the same stuff- pure awareness made manifest.

But we come to Earth, or any other physical plane to learn about existence incarnate. In bodies, instead of energy. We fuse our soul and consiousness into a physical body, after we make a conscious choice to do so. We aren’t sent here kicking and screaming against our will. We choose the experience so we can learn as much as we can, and spread as much love and light around as possible.

The point isn’t (usually) to transcend our physical bodies, although that can be done. The point is to fully inhabit them! We are spiritual beings, purposefully having a physical experience. There are so many joys to being in a body.  Being able to move, breathe, dance, make love, run, and sleep. We don’t have these kinds of sensations the same way when we exist in our spirit form.

There is nothing profane about the body or anything physical, in spite of what the puritanical roots of North America might say. The body is sacred. It deserves to be revered, and treated with respect.  To do that, we have to honor and acknowledge our physical side. Take pleasure in our bodies, and in what they can do.

Delight in the sensations the physical world brings… The feel of a soft material brushing against your skin, the sensation of gliding through water when you swim, the feel of your heart pounding in your chest when you run, or even when something startles you. This is what being alive feels like.

Fully integrating with the body actually helps your spiritual growth. Fighting against your own incarnation does more harm than good. Even if you don’t really want to be here, and you miss home- you’ll get far more out of the experience if you allow yourself to enjoy your physical exisitence.

You can do this by becoming comfortable in your body, learning to pay attention to it, and what it is telling you. When you spent too much time in your head, you disconnect from the wisdom of your body.  You’ll only be comfortable fully inhabiting your body if you take the time to properly care for it. Feed yourself, water yourself, exercise, and get enough sleep. If you don’t care for your body, being in it becomes unpleasant, and then we disconnect to avoid feeling those unpleasant sensations, and miss such a integral part of our human experience.

Be in your body, although you are not of it. Love it, and it will love you back. More love is always a good thing.

 

 

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