Are we Spiritual Beings Having a Physical Experience?
Our modern mindset conditions us to look at the world as physical beings, collections of matter and dust; advanced robots; machines with a brain. Into this materialistic framework, we have a hard time fitting spirit, the notion that there is something more than mere inert, lifeless stuff at the core of existence. Spirit and matter have never gone together well, like a light breeze blowing through the Grand Canyon, spirit does not affect matter, and may be simply an illusion.
But this attitude leads to a big what if? What if we are in fact spiritual beings having a physical experience. who have fooled themselves into thinking that our essence is matter, rather than spirit? In his controverisal book, The Phenomenon of Man, French Philosopher and Jesuit Priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, wrote that indeed, we are spiritual beings having a physical experience. Suppose we take this as our starting point, and then venture out into the world and its ideas. Where does it lead? In his new book, Divine Living: The Essential Guide to Finding Your True Destiny, Anthon St. Maarten, takes Chardin’s perspective as true and re-interprets much of our human experience. And it starts to make more sense. Anthon in my guest on the latest installment of Conversations Beyond Science and Religion.