The Body-Spirit Overlap


Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), a French philosopher, paleontologist, geologist and priest said, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience." In order to have our human experience, we spiritual beings need a physical body. In the previous blog, “The Science of Meditation”, the overlap of the mind and the spirit working together to help with the healing process is mentioned. Similarly, overlap also occurs between our physical body and the spirit. All three: the mind, the body, and the spirit work together to contribute to our health through achieving awareness of the overlap of chi (energy), the sub-conscious, and emotions.

While our mind and body are tangible, our spirit is a bit different in an ethereal way, but our awareness of it is just as important for our well being. It's our energy that flows through us (and around us). It’s who we are. It’s us, our essence, our life force, our chi, our qi, our prana. It’s that glow about us, that light in our eyes. In order to stay healthy and facilitate healing, it helps to keep our energy flowing freely. In Eastern medicine, some illnesses are referred to as a stagnation of energy or energy blockages. Similar to a pool of stagnant water, when our energy pools up in or around our body, it can lead to situations where illness and pain develop and fester. These situations can have different kinds of roots, but the energy component is there. Perhaps you’ve felt throbbing pain when you’ve gotten hurt or had a headache. That throbbing is your energy pooling up in that area. We’ll often take pain killers to block the pain receptors in the brain until the pain "goes away". However, that energy can also be moved