Another God Please Joe slipped off a tall cliff. He grabbed a branch a few feet down. After a few minutes hanging there, he was exhausted and unable to pull himself up. He looked up to the heavens and called out, "God, help me, please, help me." Suddenly the clouds parted and a deep voice commanded, "Let go!" Joe pondered this for a moment, looked up at heaven once more and said, "Is there anyone else up there?"


Transcending Your Human Body Trap - Living in the Flesh

Excerpt from Chapter 9 - Your Body

There is a major spiritual decision for you to make about your spiritual vehicle (also known as your body). This decision is whether a purpose in your life is to transcend your body or live the teachings of your body. If you choose a goal of transcending your body, it is my opinion that you are on a detour that might last several lifetimes.

It makes no sense to me to believe that I have this body to neglect, to harm, or to let atrophy. Earth school is a miraculous system of lessons for us, including bodily lessons. Yet, if you believe that we are here to transcend the reincarnation cycle by enlightenment or other means, then your body becomes relatively unimportant, and poor care is likely given to it.

Many so-called spiritual folks often act out such thoughts as, "Oh, I pursue spiritual things, my body is of the lowly physical plane." The result is an overweight under-exercised spiritual vehicle that shows its ill health by high blood pressure, high heart rate, early strokes, early diabetes, early heart attacks and early death. Often I find that those who are claiming to be transcending their bodies are also busy proclaiming, "Everything is spiritual." This is true from one perspective; hatred and neurosis and disease are spiritual because all that is can be considered spiritual. But hatred, neurosis and disease are packaged lessons for us to learn from, not lessons to avoid in what I see as a misguided choice to try to transcend the body. I find it illogical and a bit crazy-making to try to believe that we are embodied here for the purpose of transcending our bodies. It seems instead that we are to live in them, vigorously and joyously, for as long as we are here! If your body does not feel alive and vital, then what are the bodily lessons that you need to learn?

Look at your teacher's body! Many spiritual teachers have bodies that are overweight and lack a spring in their steps. They have poor posture and avoid vigorous exercise. They give the excuse that they are transcending their bodies. This makes no sense to me, for the time to transcend the body is at our deaths. Until then, I believe we need to learn our Earth-School body lessons.

In Chapter 2, I introduced the idea of human bodily measurements that show tension. To summarize briefly - high pulse rates, high blood pressure and low extremities' temperatures are indicators of inner tension. If you ask your favorite teacher about such personal measurements, an honest straightforward reply would be what I would hope for, instead of the all-too-likely "I am transcending my body" response.

I think of Stalking Wolf (Brown, 1994) and his physical capabilities even into his nineties. He was often running through the Pine Barrens of New Jersey with two teenagers, who had some difficulty keeping up with him. Moreover, in his mid-nineties he is reported to have actually run on his final journey into the desert. Not only do I consider Stalking Wolf one of the most spiritually gifted people of the twentieth century, but also that his ancient body was a spiritual vehicle with capabilities that bordered on the miraculous. I think too of Krishnamurti teaching into his nineties, Milton Trager doing bodywork in his late eighties and Louise Hay in her eighties reporting that she feels that she is getting healthier. They were/are spiritual folks with active ancient human bodies.

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© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze


This Chapter
  Transcending Human Body Trap
  Finding Your Natural Body
  Hunter-Gatherer Fitness vs. Couch Potato
  Stretching Exercises
  Muscular Strength Training
  Muscular Endurance Training
  Healing Your Body - Bodily Health & Care
  Measure Your Inner Tension - Stress Test
  Symptoms of Stress
  Measuring the Bodily State of Fear
  Body Damage - Serenity Prayer
  Permanent Healthy Food Choices
  Dieting and Weight Loss Challenge
  Dieting & Weight Loss Tips
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Transcending the Human Body Trap
Why Is There Human Suffering?
Another Design System Paradigm - Enneagram
Another Design Paradigm - Michael Teachings Human Design System
Human Design System II

Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "The judgments that usually cause us the most difficulties and distress are those that (1)judge situations/ others as right or wrong, (2)judge situations/ others as good or bad, or (3)judge situations as possible or impossible."