OUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF GOD!
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
“The kingdom of God is within you.”
I post my 75th birthday picture, not to brag but because it reveals what we can do for ourselves. I simply am a living example.
I’ve always eaten healthy foods … gotten at least 6 hrs. of sleep nightly (even when working an 8-5 job, being a single Mom, going to graduate school, being Editor of our state rehabilitation counseling journal, and making the majority of clothes for my daughter and self) … loved to hike or walk. The only time I have had hospital insurance was during the 17 yrs. I worked in state employment. I have never had a serious illness or injury … have no pains, including no headaches … had the flu once in 1987 … my last cold was somewhere around 1989-90. I have taken a short nap nearly every day of my life. In other words, I included my well-being in my daily schedule, no matter how busy. (1987-1989 I worked in a high rise office building with windows that could not be opened, thus no way to have fresh air.)
My secret? I do what I love—now, it is to research and write! I recognize that my physical body is the Temple of God, so I take good care of it. I love people and communicating with them. I have never crammed myself into the status quo box and remained there no matter how much I disagreed with the teachings within that box. I know the excitement of having an open mind, eager to learn something new everyday—the freedom to seek Truth without fear of being expelled from the status quo box. I live free of the status quo and that allows me to “seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.”
It is so much easier to take care of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health than it is to be sick and to allow our physical body to disintegrate from lack of holistic care. Ill health affects adversely every other area of life.
Holding in “who we truly are” … resisting the urge to seek answers to our questions – or – to even “think” about our questions that don’t conform to the status quo … fearing being judged “not quite right, a heretic, crazy” and therefore remaining silent for fear of losing friendships or jobs—all of this takes its toll on the physical body.
For example: being closed minded can result in arthritis … not expressing love in some satisfying form can create heart problems. When we cling to negative emotions like resentment, anger, or fail to forgive, we harm ourselves … those negative energy pockets end up finding expression through some form of dis-ease.
I learned during my counseling career to observe myself honestly … if I feel anger or some other negative emotion, recognize it rather than repress it or call it something else, deal with it, then forgive and release it. We need to keep our energy field as clean as possible.
I decided as a young person that I wanted my Temple of God to be as beautiful and trouble free as I could possibly maintain it. I innately knew to do so.
Everyone can begin this moment to view their bodies as the Temple of God … all can decide to take very good care of their individual Temples.
This is especially important as we ascend with Mother Earth in our physical bodies. No longer does “dust to dust” have any meaning. Our bodies are transitioning from a carbon-based structure to a crystalline structure. We need to also change how we think about and treat our bodies—the Temple of God!
“The Kingdom of God is within you.”
POSTSCRIPT: HELPFUL HINTS FROM A FRIEND –
I concur with what you’ve said. And for me, I add that whenever we are finding our life NOT going in the way of our bliss–if there are turns and challenging passages–that embracing it all no matter what is what keeps us in the flow, in our purpose. In other words, purpose comes from within, our attitude (not the best word) of who we truly are and how we are living our lives–and the “outside” environment, life situations, activities, behaviors, etc are mirrors that guide us internally.
… a testament to your diet and lifestyle choices, to be sure–AND something that extends deeper than that. I believe it’s your connection to the love you truly are, and your commitment to live from that.
POSTSCRIPT: A friend sent me this channeling of the spirit being called “Bashar” today, one day after I posted the above article. The woman asking questions of Bashar is talking about her physical body. HINT: Bashar can seem really “in your face” and blunt, but he is wise … he allows no room for wiggling out of facing your challenge. I encourage you to listen to the end. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mfIGlxh9yc