In one of my earlier posts The Magic of Materialism I tried to explain my feelings and observations on the Dualism of Matter and Spirit. This question if not a theoretical but a very practical one. How to find a balance between the two? – since both Spirit and Matter are at the core of our existence.
I received many interesting comments on the topic and yet the main conclusion seemed to be “ok, matter is there and we all need it so no need to ask what to do about it”. Nobody, including me, has suggested that Spirit is more powerful than Matter when we do let it manifest. Somehow this simple and obvious thing did not come into my mind at that time. However watching my life and life of other people who live Spirituality, I can definitely say that Spirit overpowers Matter, and that – easily!
Before I list the examples, let me define Spirit (although that is rather an impossible task! ). To me it is the eternal part of a human being which is in a constant state of joy and light. The part, which is not possible to destroy by whatsoever bad/evil/unpleasant event or emotion. The part which is the purest and endless Love. The part that is always one with the Whole… If a person lives in that state, he/she can be called a spiritual person.
And because such a person lives in tune with the Universal Spirit, it becomes quite possible to make an impact on Matter.
“Daily wonders” that are permanently being experienced by many people I know, as well as by myself:
- healing of self and others (from a headache till incurable diseases)
- improving the chemical and energetic quality of water and food
- fast and miraculous solving of daily problems of all kinds
- check if the person telling you something is actually telling the truth or cheating
- take the most benevolent decisions
- incredible coincidents and presence “at the right moment on the right place”
“Miracles” performed by the highly spiritual persons known and unknown in history:
- walking on water (Jesus)
- controlling weather (various Indian saints and even musicians)
- walking through the sea (Moses)
- being at several places at one time (many saints)
- and many other so called miracles which we all know from various cultures, I will not list them all here
I mean “so called” because to me all this things do not seem a miracle: when one realizes the correlations between Spirit and Matter many phenomenon become very understandable.
You may ask me why would it be important for a spiritual person to control the Matter, to make an impact on it? I think that in a daily life matter is so overdominative that it often gives no chance to Spirit to awaken and manifest.
Yes, Matter and Materialism as its outcome can be extremely comfortable and enjoyable. But all the joys of the physical, emotion or mental level can not even be compared to the absolute joy of the Spirit. This is something that I belive everyone needs to experience at least once!
At this point let me quote my beloved Sufi Master Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882 – 1927) who gives an insightful explanation of the impact of Spirit on Matter in a chapter called “Vibrations”:
“The inward and essential part of each and every being is composed of fine vibrations, and the external part is formed of gross ones. The finer part we name spirit and the grosser part matter, the former being less subject to change and destruction and the latter more so. All that lives is spirit and all that dies is matter; and all that dies in spirit is matter and all that lives in matter is spirit. All that is visible and perceptible appears to be living, although subject to death and decay and becoming every moment resolved into its finer element but the sight of man is so deluded by its awareness of the seeming world, that the spirit which really lives is covered under the garb of matter and its true being is hidden.
All things and beings in the universe are connected with each other – visibly or invisibly – and through vibrations a communication is established between them on all the planes of existence. As an ordinary instance: if one person coughs in an assembly, many others begin to do the same, and the same is the case with yawning. This also applies to laughter, excitement and depression. This shows that vibrations convey the condition of one being to another. The seer therefore knows of the past, present and future, and perceives conditions on all planes of existence. Vibrations work through the chord of sympathy existing between man and his surroundings, and reveal past, present and future conditions.
The saints and sages spread their peace not only in the place where they sit, but even in the neighborhood where they dwell; the town or the country where they live is at peace, in accordance with the power of the vibrations they send out from their soul.”
LOVE, axinia (image by me)