Why We Are Physical

February 8th, 2016


On Monday, I woke up feeling gross. In physical pain, emotionally drained, tired, and just generally cranky. I wished more than anything that I wasn't in a physical body. Being a spirit, or angel, or something without form, sounded great. No pain! Just bliss! Alas, that's not true.

Many years ago, a good friend told me there are only two positions for the feelings switch: on or off. That means either I'm numbed out to everything – joy, sorrow, anger, pain – or I have to feel everything. I can't pick and choose which emotions I may feel. And that means some days I want to be over as quickly as possible.

If we're not physical, we can't enjoy things like skateboarding.
If we're not physical, we can't enjoy things like skateboarding.

The idea of being a free-floating spirit is so tantalizing though! Would I be in bliss all day long? Would it be a non-stop pleasure fest? No, no it would not because a body is necessary to feel anything at all. And when I'm having a terrible day where I'm in physical pain and everything sucks, of course I don't want to feel anything. But as my friend reminds me, feeling nothing means I also shut out the good things. The exhilaration of a roller coaster. The joy of spending time with a good friend. The peace of a gorgeous sunset. Without nerve fibers, there is . . . nothing so I must be physical.

I want to be happy all the time. I want to feel good all the time. We live in a society where we're told if we're not happy, something is wrong and we need to fix it. Start using affirmations or keep a gratitude journal, or quit a job, dump that boyfriend, go on that vacation. Most people are selling the five keys to happiness, but what if there's nothing wrong with feeling icky? What if that's what it means to be human?

We are caught in a pleasure/pain cycle but that's normal. My spiritual teacher says over and over again that a human body is necessary for meditation and to achieve the ultimate union I seek. That to me means being physical is essential. There are no shortcuts. I don't get to dance with the divine unless I'm inhabiting a human form. That means feeling sad and angry and disheartened. It also means feeling happy and peaceful and inspired. I don't get to have some but not others.

I dream of a world where we remember being human means feeling pleasure and pain. A world where we remember we can't feel good all of the time. A world where we realize while the idea of being non-physical sounds appealing, to experience what we're really after, a human body is required.

Another world is not only possible, it's probable.

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Seven Steps to Awakening, Quotes #703-704

February 7th, 2016
In this audio we looked at truth beyond the ego and Holy Spirit.
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Regina Dawn Akers
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The Guiding Light – John 5:25-37

February 7th, 2016
Through today’s reading from the Bible, we contemplated the inner light that can never be extinguished no matter what we choose to do. We also looked deeply at the gift of judgment.
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Guiding Light Archive Audios
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Regina Dawn Akers
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Inner Ramana at the Center for Inner Peace – Week 16

February 7th, 2016
Study of The Teachings of Inner Ramana from 2/2/16
at the Center for Inner Peace in Pueblo, CO:
The Only Choice is Where,
Moving from Resistor to Abiding in Self, &
The Missing Ramana Message
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Regina Dawn Akers
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Awakening Together NTI Group – NTI Matthew, Chapters 1-4

February 7th, 2016
We have started a new NTI Discussion Group in the Awakening Together Sanctuary. The group meets each Thursday from 9-10pm ET. During our first meeting, we read and discussed NTI Matthew, Chapters 1 – 4, and talked about the challenges and rewards of following Holy Spirit’s guidance.
You are invited to join this group live in the Sanctuary each Thursday at 9pm ET, listen live to an internet broadcast, or listen to the audio at your convenience.


Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com

Correction to my new online teaching schedule

February 7th, 2016
Last week I shared my new teaching schedule with you. There has been one change.
I will not lead the Monday morning meditation in the Sanctuary.
 
Monday – Igor Osipov will lead the Monday morning 10am ET meditation.
Tuesday – I will co-lead meditation in the Sanctuary each Tuesday at 10am ET with Stacy Sully.
Wednesday – I will lead a Sufi meditation in the Sanctuary each Wednesday at 8am ET.
(The Wednesday 10am ET meditation is led by Veronica Gabrielle.)
Thursday – Karen Worth will lead meditation in the Sanctuary on Thursday at 10am ET.
Friday – I will lead a Loving Consciousness meditation in the Sanctuary each Friday at 10am ET.
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Regina Dawn Akers
http://reginadawnakers.com