Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mud Up, Spirit Down--A Simple Explanation of Bodies and Souls

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"Mud up, Spirit down" was a seminal idea that came to me a few years ago as I was mulling over the relationship between our bodies and our souls. Turns out it's nothing new--it's another way of describing what Yoga philosophy calls chakras, from the first chakra up to the seventh chakra.  It's also a classic dialectic of Christianity, as in: "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."

I'm currently diagramming the nesting toroids that inform our Universe. This diagram will appear in a post we'll call "A Simple Diagram of the Toroidal Universe." It pertains to this discussion. Watch for it.

Meanwhile, here's a Simple Explanation of "Mud up, Spirit down."  What I think of as "me" is made up of a governing unit of consciousness (UC)(my immortal "Self") and many, many other UCs all aggregated together to form my physical body. Each of these UCs is a perfect replica of the proto-UC--what we refer to sometimes as "God's Mind" or the "Holy Spirit."  What I was pondering was this: if all these UCs are instantiations of perfection, then why aren't we perfect?  Answer: it's the mud. Our UCs are tied to these "material" instantiations and so have become localized in time and space, ergo are no longer omniscient and omnipresent but only so many pieces of matter, or "mud." Each UC, from sub-atomic particle on up, performs the job it instantiated to do, whether that be holding a hydrogen atom together, respirating a lung cell, or making a baby.

While our bodies are made of mud, our governing UC--our "Self"--is pure consciousness. Our Self UC is associated with the aggregate UCs that make up our mortal body, but the Self is immaterial and therefore immortal. It's the Self UC that people refer to as souls, or spirits. This Self UC is, indeed, perfect. But it lives with these other UCs that cloud its perfection with concerns of the mud UCs.

We are held in  suspension between the affairs of the mud and the flesh UCs and the governing wisdom of the Self UC, which is directly informed by the metaverse (or God).  Hence, "Mud up, Spirit Down."