The Pursuit Of Conscious Wholeness

18 Feb

Photography by Gracie – © All rights reserved


Striking the right balance between our physical and spiritual aspects is one of the most challenging aspects of existence. We are dual beings by nature, spiritual entities bound to earth by physical bodies. In our lifetimes, we are charged with the duty of nurturing and tending both with equal devotion and love. Yet while both aspects of the self are deserving of honor and respect, there is a tendency for people who are more spiritually focused to ignore, avoid, or dismiss their bodies. Similarly, many individuals are entirely ensconced in the carnal realm and pay no attention to the needs of the soul. In both cases, an adjustment is in order. We are whole only to the degree that we embrace both sides of our beings.

If the soul is the inward manifestation of our consciousness, the body is the living, breathing expression of that consciousness. The physical self provides the home in which the spiritual self takes root and flourishes. Just as we must tend to the seed of the soul to ensure that it grows strong, so, too, must we care for the protective shell that is the body to make certain it is capable of playing its role in our development. Though there will no doubt be times in our lives when we feel more comfortable focusing on the spiritual self or the physical self, denying the fundamental importance of one or the other can lead to ill health, emotional distress, and a sense of incompleteness. Both facets of the human experience play a vital role in our well-being.

The body and the soul are the yin and yang of our current reality. They are, at this point of human evolution, irreparably bound together, and many spiritual teachers agree that the body is one of the greatest vehicles through which to access the soul. In fact, many believe that our spirit has chosen to be embodied as an essential part of our spiritual development. Consequently, it is the responsibility of each person on the planet to forge a marriage between the two, so that these disparate aspects bring out the best in each other, creating a vibrant, dynamic, and workable whole.


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14 responses to “The Pursuit Of Conscious Wholeness

  1. Penseroso

    February 18, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Ha! Finally — I get to be the first to comment!

    Anyway, this reminds me of something from Edward Abbey, whom I quoted in a recent post.

    Nice one, Gracie.

  2. Fluid

    February 18, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Ervin!!! So cool to see you here 🙂

    Yeah, its ONE world. A lot of people on the ‘spiritual path’ go through a stage where they inadvertently split their world into two. They become Schizophrenics, ha ha ha! And then you’re sitting in that corporate demon …er, I mean bank, saying to yourself, this computer is spiritual, this boss is spiritual, this piece of shit is spiritual, its all one world. Then again, even when you no longer split those worlds – who is really cohesive inside. W e think one thing, feel another, and say yet another, ha ha ha! Its a constant process to find balance, non?

    This blog looks nice n’ clean – eh Penseroso? How did you ger your side bars lavenderish?

  3. Fluid

    February 18, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    [Fluid ingests her promising cup of joe – noticing her sidebars are ‘lavendershi’ too] ha ha!

  4. Penseroso

    February 18, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Wait? Who’s blog are we talking about here? This is Gracie’s, not mine, and neither of us have lavender sidebars. Or maybe Gracie does but my browser is screwed up. Of course, there’s always the possibility, Fluid, that you’ve added something to your coffee. But you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to. 🙂

  5. Fluid

    February 18, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    its not a B52, I just look at the world through ‘lavender’ eye-glasses [makes goofy face]

  6. Fluid

    February 18, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    when I commented about the look of Gracies blog – i was elbowing you in the rib for a reaaction Ervin

  7. Contented Tea

    February 18, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Now I may be able to comment on the trees.
    They have grown together a long time by the look of the branches. It looks like they were not alone in the past – the one on the left would have more even distribution of branches with the amount of light coming in on the left. Now they are together- CTea

  8. Contented Tea

    February 18, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Last summer, while in Costco I smiled at a dignified elderly couple. The wife came over to me and asked me if I knew what she had in her hand. I told her lavender. She picked the sprig out of her flower garden. She then told me they retired to Fearrington Village from LI. She, I think the name was Greene, knew all the beautiful homes in an area of LI as she worked with garden designs. We then talked about our mutual love for flowers, in this case an herb.

  9. Gracie

    February 19, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    Nice to see you again, Penseroso, Fluidspirit and CTea. Your comments are always inspiring and entertaining!

  10. Penseroso

    February 19, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    Where have you been, Gracie? Hopefully, when flickr is back up and running (oh, you really don’t wanna know what they did), you can tell me what you think of my latest pictures. Let’s just say that if we were still using film, I’d be broke.

  11. Gracie

    February 20, 2007 at 12:45 am

    I’ll definitely check them out. I need to ask you something so will be emailing you in a couple of minutes.

  12. Suresh Gundappa

    February 20, 2007 at 5:41 am

    Superb post gracy! Right Balance between Body and mind is known as Yoga in India. Yoga’s foundation is Unity of body and mind. Great post as usual and I enjoyed your photo as well.

  13. dragonmommie

    February 20, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Loved your post, Gracie…
    The body is, indeed, the vessel for the spirit. I believe that and that we are holy beings and made up of the stuff of spirit. Christianity teaches that God is here, inside us and all around us… all we need to do is look into our hearts. It all makes sense… why religious teachings, teach that we should take care of our bodies, the temple of the Lord.

  14. Contented Tea

    February 20, 2007 at 8:50 pm


    One could go broke it is true. The solution. Put all your money in the bank. Let the interest collect. Don’t use it on unnecessary things, it is guarded for future investment in known assets. Use the visualization of the future as the path legitimately establishing the use of the accumulated interest on future photographic ventures. Keep it simple. Smile of the heart to all. CTea


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