Some people believe that the body is a sophisticated piece of machinery, an object that we can use and abuse, exploit, and judge. Some others hold the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit, the sacred grail. Many believe that our bodies are the living cells of the earth. Within us is contained the cellular memory of our own life as well as all life on Earth. (In fact we share 60% of our genes with a banana, 90% with a mouse, and more than 99% with a chimpanzee). In the old paradigm of quantum physics the body seems disconnected, mind and body are separated. Materialism is primary, consciousness is secondary. We are wisps of memories and desires enclosed in a package of flesh and bones.
Yes the mystery of the human body is a great topic. But allow me to give us a deeper awareness of the true nature of our body where the perfect model of spiritual and human life lives.
From the current consensus of the “new” research of quantum physics the human body is said to be a hologram in which every part contains information about the whole. The body is composed of energy and information, not just solid matter, and we are connected to patterns of intelligence that govern the whole cosmos. Therefore the mind, soul and body are inseparably one. Our bodies are the physical results of all interpretations we have been learning since we were born and beyond. Furthermore, we are not a victim of our genes; our DNA is a code that we can change and upgrade by choice!
The implications of these discoveries give us much to digest. They are so vast, powerful, and dazzling – even a little frightening. Yet within us lie the possibilities of our deepest truth and freedom. The words of Nelson Mandala come in my mind when I reflect on the body. He said “I am the master of my destiny and the captain of my soul” (and humbly I like to add) riding the wave on the ocean of infinite divine intelligence.
Our very body with its pain and its pleasure is what we have; fully human, fully awake, fully alive, fully divine, and rooted in the ceaseless flow of the supreme matrix of love.
Take a moment right now, and create an image in your mind. Behind you stands your parents, and behind them your grandparents. Behind your grandparents are their parents, and behind your grandparents, their great grandparents. Even without knowing your family lineage just imagine all the way back to the very first mother that gave birth.
Focus for a moment on the lineage of bodies, their size, features and shapes that have been passed down through generations. Take a moment to feel all these bodies.
Feel their hearts beating, their lungs breathing, all the cells working hard for so many years. Have their hopes and desires been fulfilled? Are they happy? When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Who is looking at who? Feel your own body from the inside out. If you pay close attention it will reveal its mysteries to you. The body never lies. Our body gives us numerous kinds of feedbacks, most of which we are taught to override. When we reject the body’s signals about physical well-being, we exhaust our reserves and fall ill. When we shut out our feelings, we lose our heart connection and dismiss a vast store of natural wisdom, and the connection with our soul presence
The journey of coming home to the body is profound; it can be dark and exciting as we start to know ourselves. Knowing ourselves means knowing our values in life, our beliefs, our personality, our priorities, our patterns, our weakness, our fears and our boundaries. It also means knowing our strengths, our passions, and our purpose in life. It require a lot of courage to honor, and to listen deeply to our body, regardless of how wounded we might be. It is a deep and slow process with a long and winding road to bring ourselves naked face to face with just our being-ness, without our stories.
Coming Home to the body reveals a path of peace available to us all. As we reclaim our heart, our spirituality, our body, we find a deeper form of belonging through communion with nature and the living divine intelligence that is in and around us.
There are infinite ways to discover the journey home, and I invite you to use love as your mirror, listen to it, nurture it beyond the memory of yesterday, and the dream of tomorrow.
Woven into our lives, there is a power that holds the body and the universe together. That power is love. Each moment we are breathing is a miracle, we just need to let our breath relax enough to feel the gift that is being given.