A lot of scientists roll their eyes anytime they hear the word “spiritual”. But what if we tweak the definition of “spiritual”? What if spirituality isn’t something unseen, but rather a unique physical experience? What if spirituality is simply a special understanding and relationship with your physical body?
While scientists often ignore the spiritual, many spiritual seekers often ignore the physical body… “I am not my body, I am something greater”, they may say. True as that may be, we all have a physical body, there is no denying that. So why do we not recognize its importance in the overall picture of who we are?
In this recent video by Gregg Braden, he touches on what it means to be “human”. He refers to the idea of “soft technology”, which could be described as the unique abilities and qualities of the human body – qualities that cannot be replicated by “hard technology”. As we enter the age of artificial intelligence, nano technology, 5G, and other advanced technologies, it is important we hold on to our human beingness.
To be human is to have emotions – to be able to “feel”. As Gregg correctly points out, if we stop using our unique human traits, they can go dormant. If our kids spend all day on their phones, will they forget what it means to be human – to feel others’ emotions, to have compassion, to laugh, to love? Gregg calls this a battle – it is a battle over our human beingness. I also highly recommend Gregg’s free video course here.
Spirituality is more than an idea, it ought to be felt. When we do meditation, when we practice advanced breathing techniques, when we experience nature, when we laugh with loved ones, we are being human and that is spirituality.
Ascension is a term that has been coming up more and more in recent years. It is a term that often gets distorted. But one way to look at it is actually a descension, whereby we anchor universal energy right here in our body. Ascension is not about looking for or finding something “out there”, nor is about leaving the body and going somewhere else, it is about breathing and feeling and knowing something “in here” – not just as a concept in our mind, but a sensation in our body. The body is why we are here, without it we would not be here. The body is a technology like no other, it is the one technology that undeniably deserves our utmost attention and support.
Sue Morter makes a great demonstration in her book and courses called Subject-Object-Subject. She asks her audience to focus all their energy on her while she stands on the stage. Then she asks her audience to reverse and focus all their energy on themselves. The difference in sensations, both for her and her audience, become all too obvious. It is amazing how much of our time we spend thinking and projecting on something other than our own body.
So as we get more and more reliant and dependent on hard technology for our survival, we ought to strongly emphasize our human beingness – the soft but divine experience that is being human. To be spiritual is to work on “feeling” alive, feeling emotions, and getting shivers up our spine.
Obviously, the social distancing is putting a severe strain on our human beingness. The covid outbreak has forced many of us to stay home and invest even more time in our smartphones, TVs and computer screens. Yet we can’t lose sight of our human beingness. We can’t replace real human connections with faces on computer screens. If there is any clear lesson from the covid outbreak, it is the importance of breath. The very action that sustains our human life is under attack on a global scale. So when you meditate, really focus on the experience of breathing, the sensation of the air passing through your nose, and the air filling your lungs. What does it feel like?