Being a Whole Person – Both Human and Spiritual
by Peri Coeurtney Enkin
If you are like most people you do not want to miss a thing. You sense there is much joy to be had in life and you want it. Of course you do! And yet there seems to be a shortage of hours in the day. It is not that we are incapable of fitting it all in. In fact, many of us run around crazily trying to cram in as much activity as possible. It is just that there are different parts of us vying for our time and attention.
We are busy people. So how do we decide what to do and when to do it? How do we determine what our priorities will be and where to focus our energies? Unless we take time to get to know our whole self – to move beyond our limited human perspective to embrace our more expanded spiritual vision – we may find ourselves going through the motions of our lives without much conviction, direction or confidence.
Currently we are going through a collective growth spurt where the ways of “the old human” no longer work for “the new human” we are rapidly becoming. For ease let us simplify this profound process of evolution with a simple distinction between the “old human” and the “new human”. Two entirely different species!
Our human self, old and new, is the individualized expression of our greater Spiritual Self. It is our unique personality housed within our physical body animated and energized with thoughts and feelings. But there is one dramatic difference between the old human and the new human and a world of difference in how each makes choices and prioritizes.
The Old Human is largely identified with the physical body and physical world. It has forgotten it’s larger Spiritual Self and lives imagining that what it thinks and feels and sees – from the human perspective- is all that there is. The old human determines what is real – and makes decisions – primarily based upon what it detects through the five senses. It does not believe anything else exists.
The New Human knows it has both a physically oriented point of awareness and a vast non-physical Spiritual consciousness as well. One without the other feels limited and disconnected. The New Human makes choices after aligning with its own Spiritual Self within. It knows that with alignment it is connected to a wealth of replenishing and nourishing inner resources and that choices made from a spiritual perspective are the most fulfilling ones.
By developing a direct and personal relationship with our own Spiritual Self we each find our own way to make this shift from old human to new human. With practice we learn to remember our spiritual nature. And bit-by-bit we release our limited ideas about ourselves to know ourselves to be a whole person.
Decisions made from wholeness feel different inside. Instead of second-guessing our decisions we relax and trust our choices. If we don’t like the results we attract we make new choices. Instead of feeling limited we feel adventurous. It is a new way of being human – to live and choose as a Whole Person.