..and a good starting point is to know what your spirit is
The Spirit! There is so much confusion as to what the human spirit is. For some it is something that manifests in an unhealthy manner hence, it is associated with ghosts and ghost science. For others, it is variously regarded as the life force, vital energy, aura or, the astral body. Others still, explain it away as the sub-conscious mind (as opposed to day-consciousness), the inner consciousness, the God essence in man, etc. Our cerebral friends equate the human spirit with knowledge thus, a knowledgeable person who is versatile in conversation, is said to be rich in spirit. The spirit theories and descriptions are endless but, what really is the human spirit?
In simple words: The human spirit is a living entity with a distinct personality. As one religious priest puts it, ‘the human spirit is the personhood of man’. It is called spirit or spirit being because it originates from the spiritual realms of Creation and is made of spiritual substance. It is not a puff of air or a nebulous energy field but a tangible spiritual substantiality that can see, feel, hear and perceive with spiritual organs. In accordance with the immutable Laws of Creation, which also govern the processes of evolution and development, the spirit is structured to start life as a seed germ, (embryo) grow to a baby, progress to a youth and then, on to full maturity.
And now to some details! Descending from above, Creation is divided into four broad realms namely, the spiritual, the animistic, the ethereal and the worlds of gross matter. Each realm has sub regions and transitional planes which seamlessly unite successively to form a continuous flow of life and power throughout Creation. The human spirit seed originates from the tail end of the spiritual realms and for it to develop to full maturity, it has, of necessity, to leave the spiritual realms and descend all the way down to the worlds of matter. A very faint (but definitely not an equivalent) reflection of this process happens on earth when a baby has to be ejected from the mother’s womb for it to grow to a mature adult.
In a previous essay ‘The Gods Are Not To Blame..Part1’ we explained the human spirits’ journey for maturity as follows:
‘’ As luminous spirit sparks, the seeds depart their spiritual home as if from the hands of a sower. At the border of every realm, they are wrapped in a cloak which would enable them to experience life in that realm, evolve in the process and move on. Onwards like pilgrims they proceed: maturing, learning, tasting, enjoying and constantly being reminded of their heavenly home. By the time they arrive in the world of matter, the spiritual core has metamorphosed into a human form, albeit youthful, and enveloped in animistic, ethereal and fine matter cloaks or bodies with all the respective sense organs. They can now be likened to a collapsible transistor radio antenna pole where the leaner upper sections successively slide into the lower sections until you have a short piece sticking out. Also, the maturing spirits have developed ego-consciousness and self- will which also come with the corresponding responsibility for their voluntary decisions’’.
So ladies and gentlemen, all of us on earth can be likened to the said antenna poles or, onions with a spiritual core and layers of cloaks or coverings! Each cloak is a body with sense organs and bears the human form known to us on earth. Also, in conformity with the Law of Homogenous Species, when beyond-earthly entities are seen, it simply means that the inner eyes corresponding with the realm of the entities are in use. Thus a spiritual phenomenon can only be seen by the spiritual eye, the ethereal by ethereal eye and so on.
Our physical bodies are simply the outermost cloaks which we identify as Mary, John, the priest, the president, the destitute, the European, the Asian, the American, the African, etc. All these differences and distinctions are but external, ephemeral and cosmetic tags tied to the physical body. In truth, we all from one source, children of one Father, who gave us His Spark in adequate measure and with equal possibilities. The real difference among human beings lies in their spiritual maturity and not in a partial distribution of endowments and possibilities!
At earthly death, the spirit drops the physical earthly body and takes up the next inner body corresponding with the realm it now lives in. This is a fresh birth of the spirit into a new world and freedom from the aches, pains and deformities of the physical body. The spirit lives on, it never dies with the physical body and does not recline in slothful rest after shedding the physical body.
It is therefore an illusion when we wish our dear departed ones to rest in peace (R.I.P.) or rest in the bosom of the Lord. At death, the spirit passes on to further activities and experiencing!
That, in brief, is the human spirit, the ‘good wolf’ in us! It speaks to us in a small but deep voice that prompts us to sow love, peace, joy; to show due consideration for all living things (including plants and animals) and, above all, not to let the it slumber within us.