Why Separation Is Necessary To See That We Are One
I have gained a new perspective on my relationship with my body. Or, to be more precise, the relationship between the Creator, my Self, and my body.
Note 1: I have chosen the word Creator in this case to remain flexible in my perspectives as well as my choice of words. Other options, which you may use, are God, Universe, Spirit, Source, or simply a name that works for you. Remember that words are mere symbols; it is the intention with which they are expressed that counts most.
Note 2: I collect perspectives. Not by lack of an opinion, because my opinion comes from the values I hold dear. To me, every issue, situation or person holds the possibility to see it from multiple viewpoints. I call that turning-the-table (and it happens to be my specialty). By collecting perspectives, I can share different viewpoints on one issue / situation / person and this often leads to more clarity for others, as well as myself. Clarity and awareness. And rainbows, lots of rainbows.
So, over to the body.
I have been using Dr. Joe Dispenza’s meditation technique for a few weeks now. As Dr. Joe Dispenza explains himself:
“By sensing the vastness of space around you and becoming no body, no one, no thing, no where, in no time—your body, other people, things in your environment, and past and future events no longer become the object of your attention. You (as consciousness—not the body) are no longer picking up the sensory information around you, which means you’re no longer living by the hormones of stress. In this state, you’re not awake, you’re not sleeping, and you’re not dreaming; you’re in the transcendental state. This is the unknown realm and this is where the door opens to events like out-of-body experiences, spontaneous healings, and mystical moments.”
This is a meditation where we are specifically being asked to go beyond the body in order to enter the transcendental state. If you don’t mediate frequently (or ever), this thought may be somewhat frightening. What if you can’t get out of that transcendental state, back into your body?
At the same time, I have been doing the daily practices of A Course In Miracles (ACIM) for a few months now. As one of the daily lessons of ACIM states:
“You who were created by love like itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. To hold a grievance is to forget who you are. To hold a grievance is to see yourself as a body. To hold a grievance is to let the ego rule your mind and to condemn the body to death. Perhaps you do not yet fully realize just what holding grievances does to your mind. It seems to split you off from your Source and make you unlike Him. It makes you believe that He is like what you think you have become, for no one can conceive of his Creator as unlike himself.”
– A Course in Miracles, Workbook Lesson 68
According to ACIM we have created our bodies out of fear for love. Yes, that sounds like the world upside down, and it would take a whole other blog post to explain even a little of it. So let’s just say our bodies serve as our mind’s proof that we are separate from our Creator. And as we believe we are separate, we become afraid, we hold on to grievances, we fight each other and we are capable of turning our lives into hell.
Pretty distressing perspective so far.
Okay, let’s flip it.
First of all, that transcendental state isn’t like a coma or anything. It’s light, you’ve induced it yourself, you’ll get out of it with a mere thought (“Let’s get out of this state!”).
Furthermore, I have taken on the perspective of my body being a vessel. Not to degrade it, disrespect it, or disregard anything that can happen to it. Far from that: I think the body is the most amazing, mesmerizing vessel we can have. You think sending a rocket into space is complicated? Science hasn’t even fully figured out how the human brain works!
What’s remarkable, when taking on this perspective, is to realize how often we complain about our bodies. Wishing we could change the weight of this vessel, the bone structure, the skin layer or that pains would go away, disease would disappear. Again, I respect all of these wishes – how can I not, I’ve wished for all of them myself at one point or another.
But when I consider my body as this magnificent vessel, I also realize that everything has a function.
My features have a certain shape to express certain parts of my awareness. With the change of my awareness I can change some of those features and gain/lose weight, grow/cut/shave hair, and even alter the color of my skin (to a degree). My features also make clear where I’ve come from: they share some appearances with my family members (a similar nose, or hands that look alike).
I look at my (minor!) pains and know that they are signals from this vessel. Letting me know where its limits lie when I eat or drink certain things or when I don’t get enough sleep. I’ve only suffered from minor illnesses, but I’ve learned that major illnesses change people’s lives. Some people even teach others how to deal with a major illness (from their own experience with it), how to grow from it, and how to live this particular life to its fullest.
Going beyond the body in meditation is, therefore, not meant to disrespect the body but to gain even more respect for it. Only when we surpass our fears, pains and illnesses can we see what they are for. When we stay in our bodies, thinking from our bodies, we unfortunately merely see fear, pain and illness.
When we consider our bodies as magnificent vessels, it becomes more natural to use these vessels to expand the good in the world. Our bodies are made of the stuff of stars, which connects us as much to the universe as to ourselves as humans. We perceive separateness, but we are all connected. Our Self expresses itself through our body, and keeps connecting us to the Creator where we are all one.
From an ACIM point of view, explained by Allen Watson, the flip occurs this way:
“If we identify with the body, our life becomes a cramped, futile attempt to preserve and protect it. If we identify with love, the body becomes simply a tool used to express our own loving being, which is God expressed through us.”
So, there we have it:
We separate temporarily from our bodies in order to gain the insight that we, in fact, are not separate at all.