Your Body: A Temple?

Many of you have heard the saying that our body is a temple. What does this mean exactly? The original concept carries a Biblical connotation because there is a text in the Bible which reads, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) But the concept is not the exclusive domain of scripture or religion of any origin—it predates them. It is about the true purpose of the physical body.

It is essential for seekers of health and happiness to realize that health occurs only when the physical body is clear enough to function in its intended role for the Spirit. Health is not the numbers on a medical checkup sheet or the number on a scale. Health is when the physical body supports the Spirit’s journey through the world of form. The body is a vessel for the Spirit’s expression and experience in the material world. Therefore, when the body is clogged, the Spirit’s experience becomes compromised. The body becomes a liability rather than fulfilling its intended purpose as a vehicle for exploration.

Through the body, the Spirit is able to see, hear, touch, taste, emote, challenge physical boundaries, experience physical endurance, interact with others, and so much more. If you contaminate the body, you contaminate and handicap the Spirit. This accounts for so much of human suffering in contemporary society, but it is completely reversible if you simply know how!

I have often wished for a way to do more than educate and motivate people who are suffering, but we each must do it for ourselves and undertake to free our own Spirit—by literally helping it to re-member itself (put itself back together). I can help show you the way and guide by example, just as others have done for me. Once your vessel is clear and functional again and your Spirit can flow freely, you will discover your inherent power.

The Spirit, or Being, experiences the world of form through a system made up of the following four components, or energy centers:

1) The physical body (cells, tissues, organs, blood, lymph)
2) The will center (action and reaction stimulated by motivation)
3) The emotional/heart center (feeling and expressing feeling)
4) The mind (thinking, projecting thought)

We are truly healthy only when these four components are clear and functioning in the best interest of the Spirit (which is really the fifth component of Being). We need to cleanse them in this order, for as each component is cleansed, the next one automatically shifts for the better.

In my practice today, I rarely encounter a person who is clear on all these levels. Most of my clients are out of balance in the physical body, the will center, and the emotional center, and a growing number are also imbalanced in the mind center (or on the mental plane). What I have discovered is that reordering/cleansing the physical body has a dramatic healing effect on the other centers—so much so that I strongly encourage making deep tissue cleansing a first resort, or at the very least a tandem process with any other therapies, for those with imbalances in the other centers.

Hence, I have always stressed that it is more important to cleanse the body than to undertake talk therapy or other therapeutic modalities. We can make the most efficient strides by addressing the body’s distortions first. As the body clears, many of our emotional and mental disorders (anger, aggression, frustration, jealousy, moodiness, poor focus, etc.) also disappear. Any remaining imbalances, we can assume, are not directly related to the physical blockages, but rather rooted in our present or past life experiences.

We can trace the origins of our imbalances further back than within our own lifetimes. The corruption of the will center (the solar plexus energy center around the navel; the center of action and reaction), emotional center (the energy center in the heart), and mind (the energy center in the brain) occurred over eons of generations living out of alignment with our true nature. (Some refer to this as “the fall.”)

Once out of alignment, we made more and more choices that further alienated us from our true origins. We started mistaking harmful behaviors and substances for appealing behaviors and substances, and in our distorted rearview mirror, we lost track of the path back home—which now appeared boring and difficult compared to the material indulgences ahead. We were like kids in a candy store, grabbing all the colorful sweets by the fistful, not pausing to reflect or anticipate the stomach aches until after we’d stuffed ourselves sick!

Eventually, however, we were consuming these unfit substances with regularity, disturbing the flow of our life force energy (Spirit) and deeply contaminating our cells and tissues with indigestible waste. The consequent stagnation of the Spirit manifested in slower metabolisms, organ dysfunction, and bacterial imbalances…which, of course, led to moodiness and a dramatic loss of vitality.

We passed along these physical, emotional, and mental imbalances to our children, who in turn would pass them along to their own children, and so on. Over the generations, the collective imbalances have intensified into much more severe manifestations of physical, willful, and emotional expression—such as extreme illness, abuse, depression, repression, and rage. We’ve learned that in order to feel good, we must consume “candy” and seek approval from the outside world. We are like drug addicts, mainlining toxins into our bodies.

At this stage, mankind has completely lost touch with its self-sovereignty. When the snowballing imbalances reach the mental plane and the mind becomes increasingly distorted, we turn to medical experts and institutions. However, when we try to fix mental and emotional disorders through drugs or traditional therapy, we ignore their root cause: a physical vessel being thrown so far off course that physical imbalances penetrated the emotional plane so deeply, they wound up on the mental plane.

In a generation so mired in physical and emotional imbalances, it is high time we take an honest look at the origins of these imbalances. As we cleanse the physical organism first, allowing residue of blockages to dissolve, our actions tip back into balance (the will), our emotions heal (the heart), and any mental disorders (the mind) finally lift, leaving the body clear and harmonious for the Spirit.

Self-help books, psychology, chakra balancing, and other new age therapies can help support your efforts, but they will not get to the core of your imbalances if you do not use them in tandem with deep tissue cleansing. Clearing the muck out of the physical body through cell/tissue cleansing is the necessary first step, and it will work wonders if you proceed intelligently.

Once you cleanse the physical body, you can correct any remaining imbalances by cleansing the emotional or will centers. If you attempt this in the reverse order, you will spend untold time and effort to heal many ills that only need physical cleansing. My friend and colleague Gil Jacobs will tell you it happens all the time: someone will get on the colonic table feeling irritable and upset about some outside circumstance, and then, when the waste and gas pressure have left the body, feels happy, calm and untroubled. So much of our emotional experience is due to our physical obstruction!

Remember, your body is a vessel of your Spirit’s journey through this life. Cleanse each level of the Spirit, starting with the physical and working your way right on up to the mental plane, clearing all the blockages to the pureness of your true Being.

In Divine Balance,

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