French philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his famous statement said,
“The physical body is not truly ours, it belongs to planet earth. We can call it our own while we reside in it but it does not belong to us.”
This raises the question of, what is a spiritual being? According to the dictionary, a spiritual being is defined as “an incorporeal being believed to have powers to affect the course of human events.”
Some consider spirit as energy, of which we are all energy, vibrating at different frequencies.
During quiet moments in our busy lives, we can reconnect with the belief that we are eternal souls or spirits. If we believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, the soul is considered as a piece of the Divine, where unconditional love, forgiveness, compassion, peace, happiness and harmony reside. Our spirit is here to experience this life and its lessons.
18th century Swedish scientist/inventor/mystic says the natural world and spiritual world co-exist:
Acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records for having one of the highest IQ’s in history, Emanuel Swedenborg has written more than 35 volumes on spiritual identity. He has shed some light on the topic of humans as spiritual beings.
Swedenborg suggests that the natural world and the spiritual world co-exist. The natural world consists of everything you can see – houses, streets, the sky, people, etc. The spiritual world consists of realities that we cannot see, such as heaven, hell and the places and people in our imagination. Although the spiritual world may not appear to be strikingly different from ours at the onset, Swedenborg suggests that an individual’s inner state can be reflected in their surroundings.
Recognising our spiritual identity:
Looking in the mirror and recognizing our spiritual identity is not something we habitually do. The physical world is forever reminding us that we’re having a human experience, with the five sensory organs that are telling us 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.
Swedenborg offered some insight on the origin of our unhappiness, depression and disappointment with ourselves. All body image challenges can be tracked back to the lack of Divine Love for yourself. He pointed out that this stems from a lack of knowledge about ourselves, in terms of who and what we are. Swedenborg argued that we do not see ourselves as spiritual beings adopting a human experience but vice versa.
According to Swedenborg, our body is separated from our soul when we pass away and lives on.
What do you think?