This topic sparked many thoughts and interests in how each of us relates to our body, our physical self. Here are some excerpts for those who could not be there!
The physical self is a gift from nature to the soul. It is through this gift that we can continue our journey of consciousness evolution. It is nothing but a gift, a gift that we have chosen. We chose the parents, we chose the location; so we have chosen the genes that will control the human body that we have gotten into, and all according to karmic plan. We will have the qualities in the body from the genes that will enhance the karmic evolution of the soul. The soul will be able to work out its karmas through that particular body. So your body was chosen, in case you didn’t know!
But we have another nature inside of us that is so hidden in the Play. Like the little timid lion, we need to be open to the possibility that we could be more. Really observing the Masters can give us that openness to the possibility that we can be more.
I want to say to those of you who think, “Well my chakras are not awakened yet. I am not spiritual.” The moment you begin to think that there is a God, your chakras are open. The moment you see more qualities within you than human qualities, chakras are awakened. You need to identify with the emerging new qualities within you; give attention to those, make them important. The fact that I can feel more love within me, “Oh, this is interesting.” The fact that I can feel more peace in my mind, “This is interesting.” Then you begin to rise beyond the animal nature of the creature.
Of course it is a marvellous creature; it is asking to be trained. When you have a pet and you need to train it, it takes time. It takes time to train the pet, because the pet is a little bit dull, it needs repetition ... repetition ... repetition ... repetition ... and soon enough, it will learn so well it will not forget, and it will do it more dutifully than you. That is how the body works; you set it in a regulation, train it well and it will serve you more than you can think.
So we need to get this body in good shape. It doesn’t mean that we all have to become slim; stay at your natural body weight, stay at what works for you. It is more important to have the powerful spirit inside holding it. And even those of you who are still handicapped in some way by physical limitation, do you know if you have a skillful driver of a car on a racing circuit and the car has some impediment, if the driver is really skilled, the driver will get everything out of that car. It is not so much the car as much as the skill of the driver driving the car. Even if the physical body has impediments, the driver can drive it so skillfully that it will make the journey victoriously. That is the skill of the driver. So isn’t it more important to really get into this driver consciousness?
Observe very carefully how the body instincts are: the laziness, the need for comfort, the need for survival. And observe how you have been captured; the more you give to the body, the more it wants – it is pleasure seeking.
“I thank you my body. I thank you for your existence that you allow me to manifest my light. Forgive me if I haven’t trained you well, but certainly my intention is to train you well, so that you can stay healthy, you can live long, so I can share my light more and more with my world.”
Although I know my body has systemic intelligence, intelligence of systems, I know there is cellular intelligence; so I want to go down to my cells and say, “Thank you my cells.” I want to remember my ancestors and say, “Thank you my ancestors” for the genes. And I want to bless these cells, bless them with my love, with my peace. I want to be in gratitude to my ancestors for allowing me to come into this body, by also choosing me; the body, and the soul. The “me” here is the body and soul coming together.
I’m in gratitude – in this lifetime I have this body, so it’s a partnering. I respect the body. I respect even its limitations. It is helping me to grow in my own consciousness of my True Self, my Infinite Self.