It is with continuing interest that the world has been hearing about Mind – Body – Spirit (MBS) matters for the last 30 years or so, at least since the awareness of the Spiritual Revolution sparked in our minds. MBS is such a contradiction in terms of trying to reconcile that which cannot be reconciled. Reality isn’t found through opposing viewpoints, nor is it discovered through that which isn’t real, such as a temporary device. This idea, of course, is based on the assumption that reality is changeless and eternal. The opposing viewpoint, which seems to be the most popular theory to date, is that reality changes all the time, which means there is no eternal truth. This looks like a major impasse…
We don’t want the body to be what we are because we are certain of its eventual decay and demise. The body is seriously limited and certainly not eternal. Real life, however, which is in the mind, is limitless and eternal. Thoughts which are eternal are all the same. The only thing these thoughts do is extend and give increase, which means that pure joy is endless. How many of us can even begin to accept this idea in the face of all the seeming chaos and agony the world presents to us every day? Yet think on this for a minute: The reason the world is an illusion is because everything that Love creates is eternal, and everything in this world is temporary.
There’s no need to protect the mindless (the body) but there is a great need to protect thoughts that hold real and lasting value to us. The body doesn’t think. It simply does what the mind tells it to do. So in every sense the body is similar to a robot. This is good news! And means we are not at the mercy of the world; nor are we at the mercy of our bodies.
It takes some serious and dedicated mind training to be willing to move past the temporary nature of our bodies and put our full focus on our thought system. The body is the great distraction from the truth. It falsely holds out some sense of longevity – for a little while – yet at the same time it doesn’t take much time for us to recognize how fragile and vulnerable it is. The body is the symbol of separation from love.
For a while, it might seem cool to have a body – when it’s young and healthy and vibrant and can do all these cool, temporary things. But at some point it hits us like a ton of bricks, and we understand that if it sticks around long enough, it will fall prey to disease and aging, and finally be laid to rest in the ground, or spread like ashes in the wind. What and where does this leave us?