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Spirit vs Matter

by WPR

I’m a big fan of A Course in Miracles and non-duality in particular.  So I had this epiphany just the other day,  We are told to view spirit and matter as diametrically opposed.  Welcome to the world of duality.  instead of either/or maybe we need to accept both with equal love and reverence.  In fact, as I thought about the matter I thought maybe we could bring spirit into the world of matter and matter into the world of spirit.  So what does that mean?

Well, we tend to think of things like prayer, meditation, study of holy scriptures and contemplation of the divine as “spiritual” activities.  These are mostly mental activities.  Why not bring spirituality into your physical world?  How about random acts of kindness and unsolicited help?  What about causeless mercy and compassion?   How about remembering God in all our day-to-day activities?

Someone must have asked Mother Teresa about doing great works for God.  She gave her now famous reply, “Not all of us can do great things.  But we can do small things with great love”.  Mother Teresa expressed the love of God by helping sick and poor people in Calcutta, India.  Did Mother Teresa have a boss or superior?   I don’t think so.  I think people saw she was doing good and gave her money.  So we bring spirit into the material world by acting with love, kindness, and compassion.

So what about the world of matter, our physical reality?  We tend to think of things like eating, playing sports, going to work, and watching TV as physical.  So how do we bring the world of matter into the realm of spirit?  The same way we spiritualized physical activities.   Ask yourself who’s eating who’s playing sports, who’s going to work, and who’s watching tv.  Who is it that sees, hears, touches, tastes, and smells things?  Are you really the doer or just an ego pretending to be you?  Just remember God is all your being, doing, and having.  Remember Swami Muktananda said, “God lives within you as you.”

I think we need to stop buying stock in duality and stop seeing the realms of spirit and matter as polar opposites.  it’s not one or the other.  The answer is both.  We can bring spirit into the physical world and the physical world into spirit.  We are both physical and spiritual,  We just need to stop thinking it’s one or the other.  The world is oneness, unity, and non-duality.

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