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We Are Not Our Body
What does it mean to approach life with a holistic attitude? It means honoring our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. This is the definition of transpersonal psychology, known as the “Fourth Force” in psychology. As we bridge the world of matter with the world of spirit, we find more balance and clarity in our lives. The Fourth Force is an expansion of the field of psychology and it includes areas of human experience and behavior beyond the personality, the body, the ego, and reaches into realms beyond the personal, beyond the world of matter, and beyond what appears to be real. In other words, transpersonal psychology recognizes all aspects of our selves, as well as the great unknowns and mysteries of life. This is, indeed, holistic.
As we embrace a holistic attitude, we become more aware and wise to the fact that:
- We are not a body with a personality, but we have a body with a personality, as well as five senses, and an ego. Our body can be equated to the vehicle we depend on for transportation. Our soul is using the body as the vehicle for the purpose of evolution. Just as we are attentive to the care of our automobiles, we want to show equal attention to our bodily “Toyota.” Therefore we want to give it proper care and attention, good food, fresh air, deep breathing, exercise, and pure water.
- We are not our mind, which constantly changes, and yet we have free will and complete control over our thoughts, habits, and choices. Or do we? When was the last time you wanted a piece of chocolate cake and chose not to have it? What about the last cigarette you smoked? Was it your choice or habit? How influenced are you by others’ opinions? How much in control are you of your free will? How free is your free will? Why do we experience repetitive behavior? Because the pattern originated in early childhood, that’s why, and until we deal with it, it can be a force to sabotage our dreams. Our thoughts are incredibly powerful. The Buddha said, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
- We are not our feelings. We have feelings, but do we honor them? Unfortunately, as children we learned to stifle, deny, ignore our feelings. Why? Because that’s what we were taught. By whom? Our primary relationship/teacher—our parents. Our feeling arena is part of the equipment of the vehicle the soul inhibits. Living holistically means to develop the feelings language as a primary language. Do we teach our children that anger is okay and natural to feel and express through words, not drama? Anger denied turns into rage, which is NOT natural.
- Our spiritual aspect refers to our creativity, intuition, passion, and joy. As an analogy, we can think of the spinning ceiling fan: because of our body identification in lieu of our soul identification, we frequently find ourselves on the blades rather than at the hub, the source of power. As multi-dimensional beings, our sixth sense is also part of the hardware to steer us in the right direction while in the physical dimension.
It’s an art to be able to live in both worlds–to know we are a spiritual being in a physical body, and at the same time to fulfill our purpose in the world with passion – being detached from the results. When we live our lives holistically, we feel more centered, strong, and self-empowered. Our body is respected for what it is, the vehicle for our soul. Time for meditation is a priority, as well as quiet, restorative periods. Our heart is open, feeling life fully, expressing compassion and kindness, yet we honor the parts of us that even our dog is tempted to turn away from! We use reason and discernment as our response, in lieu of reacting out of defensiveness. Our words and communication are impeccable as they come from a place of integrity and truth. It is our job to clean the slate of the past, to be present, so that we can create an invigorating and fulfilling future naturally.
David Hawkins says in his book Power vs. Force, “Everything in the universe constantly gives off an energy pattern of a specific frequency which remains for all time and can be read by those who know how. Every word, deed, and intention creates a permanent record. Every word and thought is recorded forever. There are no secrets; nothing is hidden, nor can it be. Our spirits stand naked in time for all to see. Everyone’s life finally is accountable to the universe.”
What is your “energy pattern” sending out into the world? As we commit to living a life with a holistic attitude, we greet each new day feeling happy, knowing that the source of this happiness is from within and not dependent on the outer world. This contentment ripples out to the planet offering energy of peace and love, and goodness knows, we could use more of both.