Spirit-Body Dualism

Rene Descartes separated the mind (res cogitans) from the body (res extensa). This mind and body dualism evolved into a spirit and body separation. Fearn argued, “this Cartesian Bargain opened up a chasm in the psyche that has led to the widespread assumption today that if there is a spiritual realm, it is separate from the physical universe.” (2005) I postulate that when the physical and the spiritual are separate, it is only one small step for the spiritual to become super, and one additional small step for super to become super-natural. The dualistic split of the body and the spirit has the spiritual and the physical composed of fundamentally different natures. When body and spirit are separated: 1.) science becomes the study in a physical natural world, and 2.) religion becomes the belief in a metaphysical supernatural world. Science asks questions to find answers <–> religion proclaims to have the answers. Physics involves Nature, the natural realm, and this includes our body. Metaphysics involves the supernatural, the non-natural realm, and this excludes the body. Metaphysics comes from the Greek meaning “after natural things,” and this makes for a spiritual realm that is beyond Nature. Supernaturalism amounts to a metaphysical dualistic concept. Ironically, this body and spirit split in many ways has led to an emphasis on the physical over the spiritual for both the worlds of science and religion –—> never doubt a material prominence, a desire for money, and a thirst for power by every religion. Schweitzer maintains that, “the disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed.” (1949).

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Naturalistic Theism

Naturalistic theism is a proposal I view as one possible manner to overcome some of this body and spirit split.  For me,  naturalistic theism has something to do with Nature, but also views a God as having some involvement in/with Nature.  This view allows God (for me Truth) to be the author of Nature and even be embedded within Nature. Naturalistic theism incorporates a discussion that progresses theism from a dualistic to a more monistic view. I postulate theistic naturalism leans towards being a monistic concept because the spiritual and the physical are reconceptualized, recontextualized, and systematized as having a shared fundamental nature.  What do you think?naturalistic theism

Spirit Body Dualism

Rene Descartes separated the mind (res cogitans) from the body (res extensa). This mind and body dualism evolved into a spirit and body separation. Fearn argued, “this Cartesian Bargain opened up a chasm in the psyche that has led to the widespread assumption today that if there is a spiritual realm, it is separate from the physical universe.” (2005) I postulate that when the physical and the spiritual are separate, it is only one small step for the spiritual to become super, and one additional small step for super to become super-natural. The dualistic split of the body and the spirit has the spiritual and the physical composed of fundamentally different natures. When body and spirit are separated: 1.) science becomes the study in a physical natural world, and 2.) religion becomes the belief in a metaphysical supernatural world. Science asks questions to find answers <–> religion proclaims to have the answers. Physics involves Nature, the natural realm, and this includes our body. Metaphysics involves the supernatural, the non-natural realm, and this excludes the body. Metaphysics comes from the Greek meaning “after natural things,” and this makes for a spiritual realm that is beyond Nature. Supernaturalism amounts to a metaphysical dualistic concept. Ironically, this body and spirit split in many ways has led to an emphasis on the physical over the spiritual for both the worlds of science and religion –—> never doubt a material prominence, a desire for money, and a thirst for power by every religion. Schweitzer maintains that, “the disastrous feature of our civilization is that it is far more developed materially than spiritually. Its balance is disturbed.” (1949).

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Geistlich or Geistig

I view spirituality from the following two perspectives: 1.) Geistlich – spiritual matters with a religious view and God is part of spirituality. From the religious view our search is strongly guided from the outside by dogma, and 2.) Geistig – spiritual matters without a religious view where my-self <–> my-spirit is the bases of spirituality. From this view the awakening is a self-search of experiences strongly guided from the inside.

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Spirituality vs. Religion

As my journey pressed-on I came to realize that I needed to ask the questions, “Is it possible to be a spiritual person without being a religious person?,” “Is it conceivable to be a spiritual person and not belong to an organized religion?,” and “Can a person be spiritual and at the same time be an agnostic or atheist?” I submit that the answers to all of these questions is yes. The answers are yes, if we acknowledge that religion is man-made and spirituality is nature-made. Vaillant declared that, “religion arises from culture; spirituality arises from biology.” (2008) Spirituality invites us to become awakened to ourselves and to the world around us. Each Self-Spirit has a life encapsulated in Nature, human nature, and one’s own nature. I announce that this awakening can happen without adhering to any religion. I recognize that for some spirituality can include religion but it doesn’t have to. Really, to be a spiritual person doesn’t even require a belief in a God.

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Awakening Myself

My understanding of spirituality importantly includes a re-routing and inner-working path of awakening myself-to-myself, thus making it a crucial path of awakening of spirit-to-spirit connections with others. Connection becomes a matter of my Self (my spirit) experiencing another Self (another spirit). Spirit-to-spirit awakening experiences evolve from the exclusive individuality of the Self (us), to the inclusive mutuality of belonging (we). Spirituality is a major way to cross the Prime Dualistic border and build relationships through attachment, affiliation, and connection. I go on and proclaim that self-awakening connects us with the collective human spirit from our trans-generational inheritance. Our 3,700,000,000 year old life-to-life connections are a direct route that connects us with our 13,700,000,000 year old Universe. Spirituality surely involves our search for deeper spiritual awakening nature-based experiences with the Universe that we are embedded in and is deep-seated in us. For Capra, “the experience of being connected with all of nature; of belonging to the universe, is the very essence of spirituality.” (2010)

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