Over the past year, through various intense and life-changing experiences and eye-opening conversations, I have come to explore my existence in terms of at least five bodies.
When we say “body” we tend to automatically defer to the physical. This amazing orchestration of muscle, bone, blood, electrical wires, neurons, glands … yes, we were born into this amazing vehicle! But who are we? Some people may, by default, think: “That’s it! I’m what I look like and walk like and talk like and appear to be.”
Others find an identity in their minds—especially if they didn’t feel they could rely on the way their body looked from the beginning for any reason, the mind becomes dominant, strong, agile … even cunning! But who are we? Some people may, by default, think: “That’s it! I’m who I think I am.”
Then we have our emotions—some people are “sensitive, artist types.” Leaving the left brain behind, this part of us blends all experiences and associates so many things, it is the bedrock of the imagination, or should I say the sea surface! But who are we? Some people may, by default, think: “That’s it! I am how I feel!”
When all of the above are bastardized due to their failure to explain our existence, the spiritual body takes over. Meaning, explanations, ritual—all kinds of experiences that must be explained, soothed, structured somehow! But who are we? Some people may, by default, think: “That’s it! I’m who I believe I am created to be!”
Do you see what I see after these explanations? There are other bodies too (the unconscious mental body, the astral body, etc.) but those bodies are not commonly mistaken as the identity. I’d like to give air to these other bodies but focus on the ones that tend to entrap us.
That said, I don’t have a lot more to write actually. If what I have said so far makes sense, the math isn’t that hard to do. We are ALL bodies. The denial of one of them creates a lopsided emphasis on the others. It’s something to think about. All of them matter. All of them. The denial, suppression or neglect of one of these is at the root of many imbalances and diseases.
Do you recognize any patterns in your life that might suggest an over-emphasis on one or the other?