Friday, August 19, 2011

Chocolate Cake and the Spirit

Ask religious or spiritually inclined people if they believe in some essence called Spirit, and all of them will say YES.  Then ask them WHERE the spirit is located.

You're likely to get a bunch of blank stares as they ponder the question. 

WHERE is this essence called Spirit located?

The overwhelming majority of people believe that the Spirit is somehow located inside the skin line of the body.  They may explain that the spirit is not a material object, but they believe it is somehow hovering within the line of the skin and bones of each particular body.

Ask these same people where the Spirit goes upon the death of the physical body.  You'll get more blank stares.  They will be embarrassed to admit their belief that somehow the spirit jumps out of the body at death and enters some heavenly or eternal realm.  They believe the Spirit is eternal but haven't any reasonable explanation about how the Spirit "leaves" a human body and where it goes from there.

Is the Spirit located inside the body?  Does each person have their own Spirit? 

Isn't it amazing that we never investigate these crucial questions?  Is it possible that the Spirit is not located within the body?

Clearly, most people believe (and also FEEL) that the spirit is located inside their own body, whether they will admit this or not.

Let's assume there is a man named John who weighs 150 pounds.  John believes the spirit is somehow located within the skin line of his body.  Now, if John eats lots and lots of chocolate cake, and his body "grows" to 160 pounds, does his spirit EXPAND to fill out his "new" skin line?

Conversely, let's say John goes on a diet and eats only low calorie fruits and vegetables.  His body becomes smaller and he now weighs 140 pounds.  Did his spirit shrink to fit within the confines of his new slender body?

These examples are utterly ridiculous.  Yet hundred of millions, if not billions, of people have beliefs that correspond to the spirit being physically confined within the body line.

In addition, if you ask someone whether their own spirit extends beyond their own skin line, most will say NO.  Thus, John would most likely say that his own spirit is NOT located one foot outside the boundary line of his arm.  John will also say that his own spirit is not located in the body of his neighbor, Mary.  That's where HER spirit is located.

Do we have any proof at all that there are "individualized" spirits or that they are located within the skin line of each body?

When we are willing to investigate this issue, we are likely to conclude that spirit is not localized.  Many of our existing beliefs will have to be discarded, opening the way for a fruitful examination of our true nature.