The image of our physical bodies as temples for the spirit of God is a familiar one in both Judaism and Christianity – and, indeed, in many other religions as well. When a metaphor becomes so commonplace, it can lose its power to make us aware of an important truth on our spiritual journey. But we must be able to really understand our physical form as a spiritual temple if we want to combine the two dimensions of consciousness into what Jesus called “the kingdom of heaven.”
Certainly everything about our bodies is not an expression of our spiritual potential. Illnesses, aches, the debilitating effects of aging – these are fear-based expressions of our shared belief in lack and limitation. These are also illusions, through which we are meant to move, brushing them aside to find and express the true, perfect, unlimited spiritual body that lives within us.
Our bodies are not our spiritual enemies; they are not obstacles to spiritual progress that we have to overcome. If the Temple in Jerusalem was sacred because it was believed to contain the Presence of God, then our bodies are equally sacred for the same reason – they contain the Presence of God, the Christ that is our true self.
Our perfect spiritual body, then, is not an ephemeral ideal to be achieved sometime in the future, but something already present, to be expressed and realized as we align our own creative power with the divine ideas of wholeness present within us.
Our bodies can and will serve us perfectly for as long as we need them on our spiritual path. Perhaps we will so infuse them with God that they will serve us forever; or perhaps we will one day choose to set them down so that our progress can continue on another plane. For today, it is enough that we love and appreciate our bodies, denying power to any thoughts of judgment, insufficiency or limitation that might affect the body with negative energy.
Let us affirm today that we have overcome the limitation beliefs that have been negatively expressing in our physical bodies. As we continue to affirm the life force of God in every cell, our bodies radiantly bear witness to our new spiritual awareness!