Flesh and Spirit Journey Together
“Stars faded and lit up again at the very moment when someone’s invisible hand decisively drove away the cloud which was attempting to hide the vault of heaven with an impenetrable veil. And in the silvery stellar light illuming a mountain trail, there appeared a steed — persistently pushing forward, despite the fatigue attempting to fetter his flesh. It was as though he knew his goal and was sparing no effort in trying to reach it. …
“The four-footed pilgrim was striding confidently, despite the fact that he had not climbed mountain trails before. But that was not important, because he fully trusted his rider, knowing that he had only to stumble slightly and the horseman would immediately come out of his dormant state and pull on the reins in the blink of an eye to adjust the steed’s pace and direction. Horse and rider seemed to merge with each other into a single whole. Thus, it was possible to afford rest to the man aloft, who, after gaining strength during his four-footed friend’s repose, would help free the latter from fatigue. …
“Thus, the flesh and the spirit often stride through life merged together. For the one without the other does not have the significance that is inherent in their union. The body without the spirit is dead.” ~ Parables from Shambhala by Zinovia Dushkova
If you didn’t get it from reading the quote, the horse in the story is not a horse at all but a human’s gross body of matter. Dushkova equates it with a horse as being a way for the spirit and soul to move around. While in a sense, it is true that the body can serve that purpose, it makes it sound like the soul is helpless and cannot move without the body, so they need each other. This is not exactly true. The soul can function quite well on its own, thank you, but only on the spiritual level. It can’t really do much on the physical level. So the body is needed on the physical level but is eventually left behind. The belief that Jesus will one day appear and carry us off to Heaven while still in our physical bodies is wrong. Jesus said that flesh does not inherit the kingdom, so the physical body is our horse on this level of reality only. While here, flesh and spirit journey together in order for both to function at their best. Once we enter the spiritual realms, there is no need for—or place for—the physical body.
In the parable quoted above, the horse does not fear climbing the high mountain because it fully trusts the rider. It would be great if that were the case, but it is rarely so. Continue reading “Flesh and Spirit, Body and Soul, Journey Together”