A Retrograde Perspective of The Spiritual and the Physical

We are not alienated from the spiritual world. The truth is, it is the physical world that is hidden from us, and the material world is actually what is most esoteric.

Everything we experience comes to us from the mind. If you believe that mind (or soul) is immaterial, that the thoughts in your mind are not entirely made of physical matter such as atoms, then it follows that everything you can experience is also immaterial, since we do not experience or sense anything directly. The physical world is processed, rendered, and presented to us through the apparatus of the mind. Everything we see or feel or otherwise sense is a production of the mind. It is an immaterial representation of the material world.

Thus, we in fact only perceive an immaterial world — made of the same “stuff” as the spiritual world. Our senses are more closely related to the spiritual realm than the physical realm! Whatever the physical world is like, we have never perceived it; we have always perceived a “spiritual representation” of material things.

So the physical world is actually hidden from us and therefore is deeply esoteric, whereas the spiritual world is our ordinary, mundane, daily experience.

This is what I call a “retrograde perspective” (see here for more discussion of this term). It directly opposes what we commonly think about the physical and spiritual dichotomy. And it is a completely valid, yet opposite, way of understanding our experience as human beings.

If the physical world is actually hidden and esoteric, everything we experience being immaterial, then the spiritual world is the most intimate and ordinary experience we can have.

You can give up the desire to have extraordinary or sacred experiences without turning your back on spirituality. Spirituality ought not be mere thrill-seeking but a deep hue that paints your perspective of mundane experience. When you approach spirituality as a hidden and rarely-seen thing, you intentionally alienate yourself from it. At first, this viewpoint might make spirituality seem more exciting and attractive, but a steady stream of rare and extraordinary experiences is inherently unobtainable, leading to disappointment and a weakening of faith in one’s entire spiritual belief system.

But if you let spirituality be ordinary, contained even in the most mundane events, your faith will be supported on a moment-to-moment basis.

And it is inevitable that blind faith serves an unseen master, whose goals are both unknown and foreign to you. Taking the perspective of the immaterial as ordinary experience solves this too. Your faith in spirit need not be blind at all, but the actual mechanism by which you see.

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Between Your Heartbeats

You were born to battle.

A hand grenade’s entrenched

between your lungs, ticking

down, at war

with your own existence.

Yet when your head falls

against your lover’s chest,

you do not grieve to hear

the bomb.

No one ever suffered

who didn’t give a damn.

So when you’re entangled

in your lover’s limbs

and the weekday alarm

calls you to lay siege,

make peace —

make love —

between your heartbeats.

Applying the Creative Power of Imagination to Our Lives

The first thing we can immediately manifest through our imagination is emotion. Emotion is what supercharges our intention, meditation and prayer — feeling is what Gregg Braden defines as the lost mode of prayer (see this and many other brilliant books by this author!). We can create emotions simply by imagining them, powerfully altering our heart’s electromagnetic field, which in turn directly and physically affects the world. Emotions can run our lives, but imagination gives us the power to heal our emotions and even heal our bodies, other people, and the world. It sounds too good to be true, but frontier science is proving this to be how existence works.

Many — perhaps most — of us long to experience the sacred, the divine, and the connection to all things. Imagination is our birthright to make this experience happen whenever we want — and to realize that we are ourselves divinely powerful beings.

We can use imaginative meditation to connect with the divine, to access information and answer the questions of our souls, and to manifest the world we want to live in. Practicing imaginative intention is a whole new way to live and experience your life, making it ideal for self-discovery, growth, and healing. The best part is that imaginative practice does not require years of intense mental discipline — a child can do this, and in fact I believe children are natural masters of this practice. We as adults have simply forgotten how to do it, or been conditioned to disregard the validity and power of the imagination.

Our souls are contained in the Field, as all information is written in potential. The realm of possibility, when you believe that everything happens, becomes identical to the idea of the Akashic Records. Imagination, our direct sense of potential, is therefore our gateway to all wisdom and knowledge. Imagination is the power behind remote viewing and soul journeys to spirit guides and our higher selves. This is not to downgrade the validity of the spirit world — as the ancient lineage of Peruvian Q’ero shamans would say, it doesn’t matter if we are imagining or experiencing spirit — it is all the same.

We all know imagination is a creative power, so why don’t we fully and unashamedly apply imagination to the act of co-creation? It is more than daydreaming some fantasy. Imagination can manifest the experiences you wish to bring into existence. Imagination creates more than art and discovery; it creates existence itself.