The Resurrection of the Body

AuraComments on The Resurrection of the Body given by St. Paul To the Corinthians (1Corinthians 15)
[The Gospel quotes are in bold italics.]

The resurrection of the body is a Christian belief stated in the Apostles’ Creed. It does not refer to the resurrection of Jesus alone. It is intended for each one of us.

The idea of the dead coming back to life is certainly a strange one, and it was considered as such by many people living during the time of Jesus. But even in the Old Testament we find reference to a resurrection of the body. Your dead shall live. (Isaiah 26: 19) Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. (Daniel 12:2)
After the death of Jesus, this concept of the dead coming back to life became a central fact for those who followed him. Since there were many non-believers, Paul sought to clarify the meaning of the resurrection:

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain. But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Jesus was the first to resurrect his physical body – and since that time there have been a few accounts of other holy people who have done the same. While these accounts cannot be proven without a doubt, it does suggest the possibility of resurrection of the body for everyone. Paul says:

But someone will say, “How are the dead raised?” and, “With what kind of body do they come?” You foolish one, that which you yourself sow (as seeds planted in the earth) is not made alive unless it dies. (That which) is sown (in flesh is) a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. However that which is spiritual isn’t first, but that which is natural, then (comes) that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, made of dust.
Paul indicates that Adam, the first man, was a “living soul.” This soul was the Light of conscious awareness, the Light that had been created in the beginning, and it merged with nature to become a soul within a body of flesh. This was the “fall from heaven” – the descent of the spiritual as it became a part of the physical world through the means of a flesh body. It is through a flesh body that the soul finds its individuality, differentiating itself from the unity of its origins. This is the work of the ego or self (with a small “s”), as it develops in the “man of the earth.”

The second man (Jesus, the last Adam) is the Lord from heaven. … flesh and blood can’t inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery… the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
Just as Adam brought the Spirit into flesh, Jesus brought the flesh back to Spirit. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God because different levels of vibratory energy are not compatible. Spirit is a higher level of energy, and materiality is a lower level of energy. The soul, having become “corrupted” by nature’s vibrations through the senses, is now required to balance the energy it has accumulated. When the soul’s vibrations harmonize with Spirit, it gains the power to create in the same way that Spirit created in the beginning. Then it can create another body of flesh that is in harmonic vibration with Spirit. Once the vibratory energy of the body has been transformed into spiritual energy it can “inherit the Kingdom.”

But when this corruptible (body) will have put on incorruption, and this mortal (body) will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (Isaiah 25:8) “Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?” (Hosea 13:14) The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
The power of sin is the law because we are subject to the laws of cause and effect, and for each transgression there will be a compensating consequence to create a balancing of energy, known as karma. But the incorruptible body is no longer subject to the law because it has transcended the law by becoming wholly (holy) balanced and in harmony with God.

(John 20:17) verifies the fact that a return to the Father God provides the transformation required to turn nature’s flesh to spiritual flesh:
Jesus said to her, “Don’t touch me, for I haven’t yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brothers, and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'”
God intended that every soul should have the possibility of returning to its Source (the Father God) as the completion of a spiritual cycle that went from God to man, and from man back to God. Jesus was the first to bring back to the Father the original Light of awareness that Adam had brought from Spirit into materiality. The life of the soul began in Adam within the natural world with the purpose of bringing the soul back to its spiritual origins, completely transformed in Love, as the completion of a spiritual cycle. This completion occurred as Jesus died, returned to the Father, and was then able to reconstruct the atoms of the physical body to create a glorified body by means of the spiritualized mind. This was much like the original spiritual creation in the Mind of God, but now it was occurring in an individual who had become one with God.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Having completed the cycle of consciousness by bringing it back to the Father God, the body of Jesus became a glorified, incorruptible body of flesh, impervious to death. This is the possibility of at-one-ment (atonement) of God and man – that which was impossible for us until Jesus “opened the gates of heaven” and provided a Way for us to follow him. God became man so that man can become one, again, with God – knowing ourselves to be ourselves, yet One with the Whole. Thus our labor is not in vain if we follow the teachings of Jesus. This we do by transforming our inner selves through virtuous acts of patience and love.

Resurrection

Also see:THE MEANING OF EASTER,

and also see a lecture, Paul as Pastor, by Yale professor, Dale Martin, on Paul’s instructions to the Corinthians that includes the resurrection of the body

The Meaning of Easter

jesus_resurrection smaller Easter Sunday celebrates the rising from the dead of the man called Jesus. Having been crucified on a Friday, his body was laid in a cave-like tomb with a stone rolled across the entrance, as was the custom of the day. It was also the Jewish custom to anoint the body of the deceased, but this had not been possible because it was not allowed on a Saturday, which was the Sabbath or Jewish Holy Day. So the women went to the tomb early on Sunday to anoint the body, but they discovered that the body was not there.

We are told that Jesus consequently appeared to many of his followers, causing some to be afraid because they thought they were seeing a ghost. However, Jesus showed them that his body was just as solid and as real as their own by asking for food and eating it. This is basically the story of the resurrection.

What is different about this story from other stories telling of dead bodies being brought back to life (such as the raising of Lazarus) is that the body of Jesus was not the exact same physical body that had hung on the cross. His physical body had dissolved and his resurrected body was reconstructed from the vibratory light energy of his soul. Essentially, this was a result of Mind over matter in the ultimate sense, and it demonstrates the fact that the energy intake through the five senses builds the quality of the soul which, in turn, determines the quality of the physical body. Since everything is composed of energy (including the soul) the soul is built from the energy of our thoughts, words, actions and experiences that it “feeds” upon. This energy is then used to produce a physical body which will be formed according to the quality of the vibrations of the soul. It also demonstrates the meaning of “as we sow, so shall we reap” as well as being an argument for reincarnation.

So now the question is – why did Jesus have to die and what does all this mean for us? And the short answer is that we were given access to the Father God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let me explain:

First we have to imagine what it was like prior to creation – when the force or power that we call “God” was without form or substance – before time, place or things existed. Then, as scientists claim, there was a “big bang” causing chaos as massive amounts of energy began to move and coalesce into created “things.” From the spiritual standpoint, this “big bang” was the Son of God, His “first born,” the original emanation from which everything else was created. It was the Immaculate Conception through which all things were conceived in the now existing “Mind of God.” It consisted of a new dimension that was separate from, and yet one with, the original Source of formless, substanceless, timeless power that we call God – that which we think of as “the Father.” This was the initial awareness that required something of which to be aware – and so it brought about creation as we understand it today. It was the beginning of the Master Soul, of which we are all a part, having been conceived immaculately within the womb of creation.

The energy emanating through the Mind of God began creation through an infinite number of vibrations that blended into harmonies from waves of sound. Their fluctuations wavered between creation and the unbounded, eternal force that began them. This was the beginning of a cycle, a cycle being an integral part of vibration, vibration having been poetically described as God’s “Word” by John in the Bible. This cycle of creation continued throughout history as this single consciousness became lost in the myriad forms of its own making. As this consciousness became intimately connected to form, individual souls were nurtured and shaped by taking in vibrations of all that they experienced. One of these souls followed the course of the main spiritual cycle that was set in the beginning, and eventually it appeared on earth in the body that was called Jesus. Through his spirit-filled life, Jesus brought the fulfillment of the cyclic spiritual journey that began in the uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God in which there was no awareness (because there was nothing of which to be aware) to its end in a created, fully human individual with full awareness, and in whom that uncreated, formless, substanceless, timeless God could finally become aware of all of His creation. That is to say, God became consciously aware for the first time through the medium of a human’s consciousness. In this way, the resurrection of Jesus completed the cycle of Spirit.

The life of Jesus was a reflection of the Father Spirit or Source through which creation began and is sustained. By living a holy life, Jesus showed us the Way we must travel to get back to our roots, our beginning, our Source. Through his example, he showed us that we are all loved as children of God, and through his teaching we learned that our heritage is to become spiritual beings, capable of performing all the miracles of which He had the power, and even more.

In essence, Jesus showed us that we are on earth to cultivate and grow a spirit of love within us to form a vibratory condition for the soul that will enable it to merge with its Source. We are to become fully united again with God, so that God may become aware in us. This was not possible for any human being until Jesus gave his life. This was required of him through a physical body so that he could return its consciousness to the Father and provide a way for each of us to do the same. It required a complete giving up of self, a death that for us is the death of ego as it becomes transformed through integration with Spirit. It is then that our soul’s vibrations will become harmonized with those of Spirit so they may blend and become One – so that we may know ourselves to be ourselves while part of the Whole. It is then that God will become conscious in us and we may say, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

An interesting article appeared in the June 2007 issue of Discover Magazine that describes the evaporation of the body of a devout lama in Eastern Tibet. Such cases have been referred to by Tibetan Buddhists as “rainbow bodies.” The article has 4 parts and also discusses the search for a soul. Read the article here: Soul Search

See also: The Resurrection of the Body

The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary with Jesus

Mary has an ancient history in the collective psychic imagination of mankind. Only her names (Asherah, Astarte, Isis, Diana, Ishtar, Venus, etc.) have changed over the centuries while her archetypal reality remains the same. She is referred to as wisdom present in the moment of creation, as co-redemptrix, as all-powerful, as the counterpart of the masculine force within the masculine and feminine fields of energy that exist in an inseparable unity. As the goddess of the divine feminine energy field within us, she is the feminine dimension of the Self. She is the spiritual vessel in which opposites combine. In her, ego and Self become united. In the same way, Mary and Jesus are counterpart personifications of the essential Self. The virginity of Mary means that incarnation is about the conception and birth of a higher consciousness without the intercession or necessity of any human agency, i.e. ego. Jesus is the personification of this and is, thus, spiritually, the son of a virgin mother. She is what we are meant to become. ~ adapted from *Mary Within, A Jungian Contemplation of Her Titles and Powers* by David Richo

See also: The Immaculate Conception, Continuing Appearances of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and The Fatima Secret

The Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception, celebrated on December 8th, is one of the most misunderstood concepts, even in the Catholic Church. Its significance is greater than that of Mary’s being born without the “stain of original sin” as it is interpreted. Neither does it refer to the virgin birth, although the virgin birth of Jesus to Mary is a physical representation of the Immaculate Conception.

To understand the meaning of the Immaculate Conception it is necessary to understand that before any “thing” was created there was no “thing” (nothing) in existence except the Father Spirit, the Source of all things. Once creation began it caused a disunity within this Source – that which was before anything was created and that which appeared after creation began. This second state is the Immaculate Conception – the beginning or womb of creation – through which the Word, Holy Spirit, or sound of “aum” was expressed to begin creation. This sound or Word was made flesh as Jesus, immaculately conceived in the womb of his mother, Mary. The birth of Mary to her mother, Ann, was also a virgin birth since the souls of both Jesus and Mary sprang from the Father Spirit, God, in the very beginning of creation. They were as one soul in the beginning of creation, separated only by the different ways in which they were expressed – Mary as the womb of creation, or mind responding perfectly to the Father to bring about creation, and Jesus as the Word of God, or the consciousness through which all things were created and experienced.

The “wife of God” looks on as God creates Adam in Michelangelo’s painting.

The Immaculate Conception has been celebrated throughout past ages by personification of this concept – as Sophia, Wisdom, Isis, Eve and even Asherah, wife of God. The concept remains the same – the perfect response of mind to build matter according to the intent of God the Father – humankind being made in the likeness of God in that a human mind is the source of whatever is built in physical creation.

Lakshmi, The Hindu Version of the Immaculate Conception
Vishnu is a main Vedic God, the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu’s female counterpart is called Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity (both material and spiritual), fortune, and the embodiment of beauty. She is the consort of the god Vishnu. Also called Mahalakshmi, she has always existed. She is called Mother Earth. She is seen in two forms, the representation and totality of the material world or energy and the spiritual world or energy. Lakshmi is the power of Lord Vishnu. They are not separate beings, they are one. Lakshmi is depicted in her universal form as Shakti. Shakti is the concept, or personification, of divine feminine creative power, sometimes referred to as ‘The Great Divine Mother’ in Hinduism. On the earthly plane, Shakti most actively manifests through female embodiment and creativity/fertility, though it is also present in males in its potential, unmanifest form. Not only is the Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change. Shakti is cosmic existence as well as liberation, its most significant form being the Kundalini Shakti, a mysterious psychospiritual force. Shakti exists in a state of having dependence on no-one, being interdependent with the entire universe. However, in other Hindu traditions, Shakti embodies the active feminine energy, being the female half of Shiva. (taken from Wikipedia)

A part of the beginning cycle of Spirit was completed with the birth of Jesus to Mary in that it brought Spirit into flesh enabling each one of us to become like Mary by giving birth to the Christ within our own consciousness once when we have aligned our wills with Love.

Also see Wikipedia – or – an article about Asherah – or – an excerpt from NOVA on YouTube – and The Significance of Mary, Mother of Jesus

Additional information about these concepts can be found in my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH, Finding Clarification of Christian Beliefs through the Words of Scientists, Scriptures, Sages and Seers. The book is available in print or electronic format from amazon.com – the electronic format can be read on your computer using the available download from Amazon.

Balance

Balance of body, mind and soul is needed. Soul is balanced through mind by neither being upset by negative influences nor elated by positive influences. The mind, when balanced, is always calm and accepting of what is.

Everything in nature seeks balance.   Everything consists of energy.  Energy seeks balance. Energy cannot be created, neither can it be destroyed. These are scientific facts.

Consider that what we call “spirit” is energy.  The Holy Spirit is the energy that comes directly from the Source of creation, providing all matter with the atomic forces or energy within it.  As this Holy Spirit becomes denser as matter, its spiritual quality of peace and unity is disturbed because it separates into two different worlds – the spiritual world and the material world.  In our material world we recognize these differences as opposites – heaven and hell, good and evil, happy and sad, front and back, up and down etc.  These are what we see as positive and negative qualities but the quality that we miss is that of neutral – the original quality of Spirit.

Neutral occurs when there is neither positive nor negative.  This is a place of complete balance, where a positive does not weigh more or less than a negative – where both positive and negative meet in a center where all becomes one.  Like the fulcrum on a balance beam, it is a place of balance.

Consider that a soul is a body of energy, the “clothing” of spirit.  The energy that forms a soul’s body has been accumulated since the beginning of time, through every experience the soul has ever had.  As the energy of the soul became unbalanced, additional experiences were required to balance it.  This has been called karma and is the basis for reincarnation.  The energy of the soul is seeking to become balanced through various lifetimes in which it can gather energy experiences through the five senses of a living human body.  Bringing balance to the soul has been called grace.  Once the soul is completely in balance it becomes a perfect reflection of its Source and has reached its goal.

The soul’s body consists of all the energy vibrations that are “fed” to it by the body-mind – the thoughts, attitudes, sights, sounds, feelings, etc.  It is ego, or body-mind, that separates and divides everything into me vs. you, good vs. bad, happy vs. sad.  In order to overcome this duality and division, it is necessary to find the place of balance within ourselves.  This is found in our center – the place of the still, small voice that can be heard only when we take the time to listen.  It is the place where love and peace exist within each of us – the center of our being – the Spirit, the place that is quietly waiting to be found.

This neutral center of balance between positive and negative is not one of inaction or uncaring.  In fact, it is the place of Love where caring action is found.  This balance is one of harmony and unity – it does not divide, nor does it separate – and is found through the practice of virtue.  Virtue is applying the highest good we know in every circumstance, regardless of how we feel.  It is being kind to those who are not kind, it is being tolerant of those who are not tolerant, it is being patient with those who act out their frustrations and anger.  When we become conscious of our choices and choose to be patient, tolerant, considerate and kind, we act through our neutral center – the place where there is balance – unity, harmony, and peace – the place of the Spirit.

The place of the neutral within duality is explained in greater detail in my book, Spirit and Truth.

Cycles of Time

YugasThat which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there a thing of which it may be said, “Behold, this is new?” It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us. There is no memory of the former; neither shall there be any memory of the latter that are to come, among those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11

There is nothing new under the sun – everything that was old will be new again. This is a truth that is not usually recognized. We live in a world where there are continuous cycles within cycles, and what goes around, comes around. This is evident in the familiar cycles of day and night that are within the cycle of seasons that are within the cycle of years. Scientists tell us that everything is composed of energy, and energy works in cycles that continue to repeat their history after having changed it. If we can determine where we are within these cycles we might be able to understand the meaning of the date, December 21, 2012.

There’s been a lot of hype about December 21, 2012 and its indication that the end of the world is at hand. People have believed that the world would end at various times, many even building underground bunkers or congregating at a particular “safe place” after selling all they had. They obviously were misled because the world is still here and will be here for some time to come. However, the date of December 21, 2012 does have some significance regarding an ending – but the ending is also a new beginning.

Throughout time our ancestors have left messages about this ending/beginning in various forms. Some men have made it their life’s work to decipher these messages so they could be understood in light of current events. Many have come to the conclusion that we are on a journey through space in which cycles of time and energy are playing out to bring us back to our beginnings.

In the beginning, according to the way in which we are able to comprehend it, all things were of a spiritual quality. This is portrayed in the Bible as the “Garden of Eden” – the heavenly place of existence where Adam and Eve ate an apple and were driven out. While this is a parable the “Garden of Eden” pretty much describes things as they were in the beginning – an ethereal existence where there was “heaven on earth.” In more logical terms, this beginning of creation was not one of solid matter, but was composed of spirit that eventually evolved into the coarser and more solidified substance that is familiar today. Just as water (which is a symbol for spirit) can be gas as vapor, liquid as water, and solid as ice, the spirit world slowly changed from being composed of spirit to one of more solid substances composed of atoms and molecules that make up our universe. But, in the beginning of creation, everything was closely connected with spirit and had spiritual qualities.

Spirit basically is energy in motion, and the motion of energy takes on a wave form, or spiral kind of motion, causing it to change along a progressive pathway. As it did so, both substance and form became more complex, but it also became more removed from its spiritual beginning. As the human race developed, it also went through many changes, and the knowledge of spirit, that was so immediate in the beginning, became more and more a distant memory. Some of these memories were handed down from generation to generation in the form of myths and legends.

Several of these myths and legends allude to a time when there were drastic changes in the earth causing the destruction of man’s physical presence as well as his accumulated knowledge that had been recorded in many different forms. But a few of these forms survived and recently have been found to contain prophecy of things to come. Some of these forms provide an indication that there are signs in the stars and their relative positions to the earth.

Ancient Oriental astronomers, whose knowledge of the heavens was remarkable for their time, indicated that our solar system, with its sun and planets, revolves around another star. This orbit is such that it is completed only once in approximately every 24,000 of our earth’s years. In addition, they indicated that our sun, with its dual star, revolves around a grand center that emits powerful energetic radiation. As our solar system drifted away from this grand center, the mental capacity of humans decreased causing memories and knowledge of spirit to fade. In other words, humans have gone from a condition of spirit to a condition of matter in which all understanding and memory of their origins has been lost.

But the good news is that, while this cycle has been on a downward turn, it is beginning to shift its position into an upward turn – and this is the message of December 21, 2012. This means that the solar system is slowly advancing back toward the grand center where the radiation is stronger and will eventually bring us back to the place in the heavens where it all began. There is an expectation that this radiation will not only increase the mental and spiritual capacity of mankind, but it will also change our DNA in order to accommodate the increase in energy that the next level of Spirit requires.

These concepts have been explained by different authors in several different books and are summarized here according to the understanding of this author. The main message taken from all of this is that our universe will continue on until its purpose is fulfilled – and its purpose is to provide mankind with an environment in which we can fulfill the desire of Love to become conscious within each of us. For more information about all of this, read my book, SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

Our Origins and Purpose for Being

Everything we see around us came from a power or force that has been personified as God, or the Father. This power has no limits or attributes and is therefore indescribable. Those who have perceived it describe it as a “Nothing” because there is no-thing within it. It existed before any thing was created and it brought into being all that is. Within this Source vague stirrings began, much like urges or desires, resulting in a differentiation from the formless power.

As consciousness began within the formless power it conceived an object, the process being called the Immaculate Conception and the result being called the Son of God. This initial consciousness, called the Son, is a part of the original power and yet distinct from it. The Son is the first soul or Master soul through which (but not from which) all things were created.

The form and force within the original creative power has been personified as Amelius, also known as the Word of God or first expression of the Father. Amelius represents consciousness as a unity, and is that which evolved into the consciousness called Adam as it became aware as an individual with will. This consciousness that became Adam was now a soul that eventually became the man called Jesus who, through the completion of the spiritual cycle, established it as the Christ Consciousness. This was accomplished as Jesus brought consciousness back to its Source as a perfect reflection of the Father so the “Nothing” could perceive Itself.

It was through the vibratory essence of the Christ Consciousness in eternity, beyond time, that all things came into existence including the human race. Our source is the Mind of God where all souls began when they first gained consciousness in the Son. Consciousness advanced through all dimensions and kingdoms providing life.

As the consciousness called Adam entered into bodies created through nature’s forces, Spirit, with the power of will, was infused into them. Those were bodies that could sustain self-awareness, while others continued along their own evolutionary path. Those bodies with soul, spirit, and will became aware of duality with a sense of individuality bringing about diversity and causing nature to become different in quality from the spiritual realm. Through experience in physical bodies, consciousness advanced bringing a sense of self with ego that carried consciousness away from its Source.

As a result, we consider ourselves to be separate bodies that began and will end in a single lifetime, but we are part of a single, universal, infinite consciousness, everywhere present and eternally existing. Our bodies are temples of God, having His consciousness within them. Our true nature is that of the soul, a part of Spirit, encased in a body with the purpose of experiencing duality.

As part of the cycle of creation, each soul is meant to return to the Source. This can be done only by using the will to balance the vibratory condition of the soul to its non-dual origins. Negatives and positives have to be reconciled so that only acceptance and Love remain. This is accomplished in thoughts, words and actions that express the highest good known as provided by the example of Jesus. The destiny of every soul is to become one with God as His reflection, while remaining aware of its individuality. Through as many lifetimes as may be necessary, every soul will recall its home and instill within its physical body’s consciousness the need to work its way back to its origins.

Since God is the Creator of all things, and we are a part of that creation, we are gods in our own right, currently without the ability to be conscious of this fact. This is our purpose for being – to become conscious of this fact as we reflect back to the Father all that He is. As Eckhart Tolle expressed it, “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.”

These concepts are explained in greater detail in SPIRIT AND TRUTH.

What Is Spirit?

AtomSpirit is energy.  Science has shown that everything is composed of energy.  In order to have a material effect, energy requires some kind of form, medium, apparatus, or body in which to manifest.  Sound waves need a radio device to be audible, television transmissions need a TV set to produce pictures and sound, electricity needs a light bulb to produce light, Spirit needs a soul in which to provide life, and the life energy, that is a soul, requires a physical form or body to manifest in materiality.  From the simplest of life forms to the most complex human body, all contain a soul, those of the lower forms have group souls, but humans have individual souls.

In the beginning, Spirit required some kind of form for expression.  This Spirit has many names, the most common of which is “God.”  This “Holy Spirit” is the source of creation, creation being the means through which Spirit expresses Itself to be made known.  The highest forms of all creation are humans, each of whom contain a soul that gives life through the Spirit within it.  There is only one Spirit of which we are all a part.

We are all familiar with spirit without actually being aware of it.  In addition to providing the life force within us that we take for granted, there are times when we actually are able to feel spirit.  One example is the enthusiasm called school spirit, team spirit, Christmas spirit, national spirit and such.  It is an energy within that is real and can be felt as part of the body.  Intentions, motivations, and desires are all part of spirit and, depending upon the direction they are given by will, may be classified as good or evil.  These are forces through which real consequences may be created in the material world, and that every human has the ability to direct.  In this way we are co-creators with God – a responsibility few ever consider or understand.