Physical life is filled with the presence of the Divine in every moment and with every breath. There are so many ways to experience this, but one begins with the intention or hunger to have such an experience.
You are not today who you were yesterday. Do you know this? Can you feel this? Every morsel of experience throughout the day is changing you, adding to the consciousness you carry of who you are and what life is about.
If you eat a meal, you are in relationship with the preparation of the food and with the consuming of the food, whether you like the taste of it or not. You are interacting with the body of the One, transmitted through the gifts of the Earth.
You cannot help this interaction. It is not a choice that your mind can unmake though it can choose to participate in it more consciously.
If you look at the food you eat, your emotions can be part of your spiritual awakening, or they can contribute to a feeling of deadness and depression. The food you eat is a gift of the Mother of All, coming to you in various forms and colors. It is She in manifestation. Do you know this? Do you feel this?
If you have a conversation with a friend, the content may feel very ordinary, even very repetitive. Yet, you are exchanging energy with that friend that goes beyond whatever you may be speaking of. This energy is of their total manifested being. You are receiving the imprint of their existence, just as they are receiving the imprint of yours. Such an imprint may be overlayed with the more recent emotions of the day, but it is still present beneath the emotional layer.
Every interaction you have with every person changes you. Every interaction you have with every person helps you to know yourself better. The learning is primarily emotional, not mental. It is cumulative, not singular. It is life teaching you, moment-by-moment, about who you are.
If you look at the food you eat, your emotions can be part of your spiritual awakening, or they can contribute to a feeling of deadness and depression. The food you eat is a gift of the Mother, coming to you in various forms and colors. It is She in manifestation.
If you go for a walk, the Divine is present as well. You are interacting with divine Life with each step. This is not a voluntary choice. It cannot be undone. You are interacting with Divine air through your breathing. You are interacting with the body of the Earth through your walking. You are interacting with the warmth of the sun through the ambient light that surrounds you. These three things – air, earth, and fire as light and warmth coming from the sun are Divine manifestations of spirit within matter. You are in relationship with each, all of the time. Everything you perceive, all of the time, is filled with Divine life.
If this is so, why do we not pay attention to it more? Why do we not rejoice in this abundant life? Because it is not as real to us as our thoughts and emotions that we have acquired from the past that tell us what life is. These thoughts and emotions keep us looking down at our feet and in toward our troubled thoughts, rather than perceiving the reality of Divine life everywhere.
Of course, one can say: “I want to feel this abundant life. How can I feel it? How can I know that it is real? That is the core of the problem. That for something to be ‘real’ it has to be an experience that includes the body and the heart, not just the mind. So, the question of ‘how’ is a valid one. How can one know that the touch of air, earth, fire, and water are truly of the Divine, that they are not just ‘things’?
One must be willing to give less importance to the ‘emotion of the day’ than to the air you breathe or the ground you walk upon. One must change the focus of attention. As long as something is not important to you, you will not notice or pay attention to it. The preoccupations of the ego-self and especially of the negative emotional self need to become less important, and the hunger for Divine life more important. This hunger can begin to create a noticing in you of what is not your emotional state but the Divine life of the world.
In order that this shift of attention take hold, your intention must shift as well. From the personality self that travels through a day of angry, anxious or empty feelings, one must become preoccupied with what the Divine is trying to bring to you. In a nutshell, one’s typical preoccupations must become less important, and the Divine reality more important. This is an act of humility and surrender that is a big step for many to take. It involves a surrender of your ego to your Divine purpose for being here.
We exist within Divine life at all times, and are part of the lifeblood and body of the Earth and of the universe. We can ignore this fact, or we can celebrate it as the great gift of our physical existence.