Youâ€™ve undoubtedly heard of this quote by Teilhard de Chardin: â€œWe are not human Beings having a spiritual experience.Â We are spiritual Beings having a human experience.â€
This quote is a great favorite of spiritual students and seekers everywhere.Â We have taken sayings and teachings like this to mean that our â€œrealâ€ identity is as a spiritual Being, that our Soul is who we â€œtrulyâ€ are.Â But the last time I checked, my physical body was pretty real to me!
It seems to me that many of us are working so hard on embracing our spirituality that we are struggling with our humanity!Â Sure, our physical experience may be temporary.Â Some call our physical existence the ultimate illusion, which we are here to transcend.Â And yet, we all chose this human experience as our vehicle for growth, learning, and creating.Â
A lot of us spiritually-minded folks are trying very hard to apply spiritual principles to our human existence.Â We try to live through concepts of infinite abundance, of effortless manifestation, of unconditional flow of energy between all living things.Â But our human existence is defined by effort, conditionality, and limitation.Â We can try to argue with this reality â€¦ but arguing with reality means we lose every time!
Our human existence is conditional.Â In order stay alive, there are things we MUST do.Â
We must breathe.
We must eat and drink.
We must sleep and seek shelter.
All of these things require effort.Â Just staying alive requires taking action.Â
Our human existence is also limited.Â There is only so much of which our human body is capable of, no matter how much we push these limits.Â The fact is â€“ there are always limits.
Now that we have awareness of our spiritual aspect, we may crave the ease, unconditionality and abundance of the spiritual realm.Â But we cannot deny our human existence â€“ not while we are incarnated.Â And many who try to live as spiritual Beings in a human experience seem to be arguing with their human reality.Â This inevitably manifests itself as very â€œhumanâ€ lack â€“ a lack of physical health, financial abundance, or relationships.
What if, instead of trying to transcend human conditionality and limitation, we embraced our humanity with the same enthusiasm that we have for our spirituality?Â What if we reveled in our ability to take action as much as we delight in the whispers of our intuition?Â What if we valued our effort (and letâ€™s face it â€“ human life is effort!) as much as we did the miracles of manifestation we can witness in our lives?Â Most importantly â€“ what if we learned to appropriately translate concepts such as Divine Abundance into our human existence?
The great shift towards higher consciousness is not about leaving our humanity behind.Â Itâ€™s about embracing both aspects of our existence into seamless integration, where one is a clear and perfect reflection of the other.
Are you embracing spiritual law while arguing with human reality?
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