"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience." - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Sit with this statement for a moment and let it become self-evident. Teilhard de Chardin was a French philosopher who thought deeply on the meaning our our existence and relationship with the Divine.
We are not human beings striving to be Spiritual, we are already Spiritual Beings. In other words, we existed in a spiritual form before we were born into this physical world.
We are Spiritual Beings having a human experience is a Soul-centered approach to healing. In this approach, our daily issues and problems have enormous value for our Soul. Our Souls are a little piece of the Divine, here to experience this life and its lessons.
What does it mean to be Spiritual Beings having a human experience and how does it relate to our everyday lives?
Our Soul, that part of us that observes quietly behind what we do, think, believe and feel, existed before this human life and will continue to exist after our present physical life transitions.
For each of us, our Soul is where unconditional love, unending forgivingness, compassion, harmony, peace and joy reside.
According to the dictionary, a spiritual being is defined as “an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events.”
Recognize your spiritual identity.
Looking in the mirror and recognizing your spiritual identity is not something we habitually do. The physical world is always reminding us that we are having a human experience, with the five sensory organs (our Old Factory system) what we hear, see, feel, smell and taste. Without realizing it, we have become highly critical human beings that are concerned with body image and other trivial issues.
All body image challenges can be tracked back to the lack of Divine Love for yourself.
You are not your body.
Often we describe the body as the vehicle and the soul as the driver. Through peace, love and helping the soul feels lighter and has more spark. This is something most of us intuitively know. When you feel you are also a spiritual being, your happiness and peace become less and less dependent on external pursuits.
If you are like me, someone who is inclined to engage the physical world, how do you take good care of your body without getting trapped into concepts of physical attractiveness and health?
It took me years of much suffering and inner conflict to accept my imperfect body and to find my way back to myself, the intuitive faith and love for what was truly in my heart. My heart had always known my true identity as a spiritual being. My spiritual connection was always there, I had just pushed it away to be in the world. When I began to engage life from the premise that i am having a physical experience as a spiritual-being, everything shifted.
On one level of reality, we are in a physical body, and on another level, we are souls (with psychological needs and wants that also yearn for pure love and peace), and at the ultimate reality, we simply are. These realities exist simultaneously.
Do you ever feel like you're walking between worlds? So much of our lives are concerned with the physical reality. We are deeply immersed in the fear of not having what we want, in the pain of not being satisfied with what we have, in passion (which creates more and more desires), in confusion from not knowing the source of our unhappiness, and in search of life’s deeper meaning. I have seen these states of mind manifest right in front of me, both professionally and personally. Who doesn’t want to have a fit, healthy, and attractive body? Who is totally satisfied with their body? Who is not afraid of losing their physical attractiveness and health?
Once I engaged the world from the stand point of the spiritual vantage point I also began to have a more peaked intuition, "animal awarenesses" and an expanded love for myself and others. I began to tune into a higher awareness other than just the world around me that I could see.
The physical reality is temporary. The great task? Stop pretending to be something you are not and instead awaken to the spirit of whom you truly are.