16/05/2010 My home body/mind
We are all familiar with the concept of a home town. My home town is the place I grew up in but most of us move on from our home town when we realise that the "world is our oyster" and that we can go literally anywhere we want to in the world. While we always relate to our home town with affection we do not overly identify with it. It does not take over who we are. The same cannot be said for our homebody/mind. We are the local presence of the infinite and we have been born into a body/mind. The problem is that we over identify with the location and we forget about our divinity. The universe is literally our oyster but we insist on identifying ourselves where we are from. Ken Wilber, who is one of my favourite spiritual writers, has described this situation in the following terms. We are body/mind/spirit. When we live out of our spirit we are living in heaven or the kingdom as Jesus put it. When we live out of our body /mind we are living in hell. So what is he saying? We do not have to wait until the next life to have either of these experiences. Another way of putting this is that we are human beings. Living exclusively out of our of our humanity without tempering it with our beingness can be hell, whereas if we life out of our beingness or our "I amness" then we can experience bliss.
Yet another way of looking at this is that we have no problem in recognising that we have an identity that is broader than our hometown identity, I come from Abbeyleix but in addition to being from Abbeyleix I am also a Laois man, I am an Irishman, I am a European I am a member of the human race. But I seem to identify totally with my body/mind not realising that my identity also embraces the spirit of all of those around me, not realising that my identity embraces the identity of all.