Achieving flow in life, and to truly feel your best, is down to far more than physical health; it’s also about having a healthy emotional life and a robust spiritual life, says Dr Christiane Northrup.
The unity of body, mind, and Spirit has long been ignored in our quest for a good life. When searching for physical health, we turn to Western medicine, which treats symptoms as inconvenient things to be managed by masking them with drugs, or sometimes surgery. You can see this in the frightening statistics about prescription drug use. Mayo Clinic researchers have found that 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug – and many are on more than one. The most commonly prescribed are antibiotics, opioid painkillers, and antidepressants.
Medicating symptoms on an ongoing basis is a lot like putting duct tape over the indicator lights on the dashboard of your car – instead of looking under the hood to see what your engine is telling you it requires.
When we can acknowledge that our thoughts, beliefs, and circumstances and the agenda of our Souls all affect our physical and mental health dramatically, we start to see the power of each of the pieces of the puzzle described by Edgar Cayce: Spirit, mind, and body. If we align with the immense power of the Divine we, quite literally, have the keys to our own kingdom. And you get to call the Divine anything you want: your Higher Power, Buddha, God, Jesus, Allah, the Goddess, Great Spirit – you name it. It’s all your choice.
To fully understand the relationship between body, mind, and Spirit is to see that there is actually no separation between these parts. They all influence one another, and to focus on improving one brings better health and well-being to the others. We cannot simply look at physical health. Or mental health. Or spiritual health. We must look at them all together. We must bring each of these up to its highest state in order to live a full, healthy, happy life.
Your physical body is just a small part of the vastness of who you really are – like a drop of water in the ocean. Our bodies contain our Souls, which are connected to our Spirits. Our Spirits – or what some call our inner beings or higher selves – live outside of this material realm. Tapping into the Divine (again, whatever that is for you – there’s no right answer) is tapping into the highest part of ourselves.
No matter what you call it, to access the Divine part of yourself, you have to raise your vibration and begin the process of remembering this and communicating directly. Don’t make this too complicated. Just know that you are part of God. I think of the Spirit as the enlightened “always in the light” part of us – the nonphysical part of ourselves that is not actually in our bodies but instead vibrating at a higher rate.
The Spirit part of us is all-knowing and all-seeing. It is crucial that we know this part of ourselves. Our Spirits look on and remain above the fray – offering insights along the way, but not participating in the pain and suffering that are so often part of being in a body. Soul, on the other hand, is embodied. It is down and in. The Soul brings us into our bodies, and our bodies are where the Soul work gets done. The Soul speaks to us through our bodies. And its lessons come through our bodies in many ways, including pain and illness.
Making life Easy by Dr Christiane Northrup is out now
Christiane Northrup, M.D. is a former Assistant Clinical Professor of ObGyn and New York Times best-selling author. As a foremost authority on everything that can go right with the female body, Dr. Northrup teaches women how to thrive at every stage of life.
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