My Body and the Body of God

 by Liane Mandalis, Possum Creek, NSW, Australia

My whole life I have felt trapped in my body. Now, I know that sounds a bit strange, but this is how it has felt for me. Bodies are dense, they get sick, they are subject to abuse both from ourselves and from others. In short – they get hurt and the pain goes deep. If I choose to not connect too deeply then I won’t get hurt, right? Wrong.

I have spent a lifetime fighting my body and perceiving it as some ‘enemy’ that needed to be at best conquered and at worst abandoned. I was under the belief that our bodies let us down; they shake, they tremble, they vomit, they cry, they bleed, they break, they shut down, they faint, they get SO exhausted… Basically, my body did not feel like a safe place for me to be, but seeing as I had nowhere else to go, the only option was to ‘grin and bear it’. And so I did, through the many ailments that would come and seemingly go, only to come again. Nothing too serious to warrant immediate medical attention, but enough to leave me feeling depleted, depressed, disconnected (but from what?), anxious and exhausted. At one stage it all felt ‘too much’ and I suffered from bouts of anxiety and panic attacks. I was a nervous wreck, ever ready to fight or take flight.

Despite this, I have always been a cheerful person but I could never sustain the joy for long. My joy was punctuated with sudden bouts of excitement followed by dark pits of despair. I mostly avoided doctors (I didn’t trust them) so I never got an official diagnosis, preferring instead to see endless practitioners of acupuncture, homeopathy, natural medicines, reflexology etc. – you name it, I tried it. Some would seem to work for a while but the same complaint would resurface years later, either with twice the fury or disguised as another condition altogether.

It wasn’t until I attended a presentation by Serge Benhayon, one Friday night in Byron Bay, Australia that my moment of grace came. Here was this guy, very normal looking considering the backdrop (Byron Bay is a mecca for every style of ‘healer’ under the sun) standing there in a collared shirt (a rarity in those parts and you can imagine my disappointment that there was not a tattoo or feather in sight) and talking about Esoteric Medicine. The short of it being that – we are love and if we choose to not live this love, then we invite a whole manner of illness and dis-ease into our bodies simply because:

It takes more energy to resist love than to be it.

And then, slowly, slowly over the next 3 years…it dawned on me. The reason I was so depleted and exhausted was because I had turned my back and walked away from the love that I am, that we all are. In full reaction to the lack of love I could see being lived in the world and without seemingly realising it, I rejected love, I rejected myself, I rejected the body that I had come to view as my prison, and…I rejected God.

But…

Our bodies are not prisons made of flesh, far from it. Our bodies are Heaven made visible if only we choose to live our true selves within them and express this truth to the world. Once this is felt, it is extremely hard to continue living recklessly, at odds with our bodies and this includes all the ‘perceived good’ we try to inflict on them in an effort to constantly ‘pull them into line’ and ‘conquer the enemy’ when really, in this state, we are our own worst enemy because we are running scared from what we know is true:

We are love and the fleshy vehicle that we reside in is a great body of love that belongs to the Universe/God, which is an even greater body of love that enhouses us all.

If we listen to this, then we let go of the reins that we are gripping for dear life and allow ourselves to follow the impulses that naturally pulse forth from this our greater body. We allow our breath to sync to the rhythm of Nature, the breath of God – the All of Us – and the panic subsides. A body that is brought back to this harmony is a body that will not ‘let you down’ because all that happens to it from this point is in accordance to the bigger picture, the greater plan, our true home and any illness experienced will simply be a clearing of what has been allowed to accumulate from being in resistance to this pull. Our bodies do this regardless of whether we choose this or not, for their particles belong to the Universe and answer to that call and not to our self imposed one. However, true health comes from not overriding or resisting this but accepting and allowing our bodies to respond to what they so naturally are designed to respond to – Love.

Thus, the real pain here that we all feel, and that is the root cause of all illness and dis-ease, is the pain of being in a body of love and not connecting to and expressing that love.

It is a bit like having the ability to sing like an angel but never opening your mouth to sing. Holding back that beauty and that Divine expression is a pain far greater than what can be physically inflicted on the body and that physical pain serves as a marker for the love that we hold back.

Whether we accept it or not, our bodies are forever responding to the Universe that we are an innate part of, no different to the way our oceans respond to the moon or our trees respond to the wind. So, how do we respond to this call – do we fight, or do we flow? The quality of our health is in our hands. More specifically, it is in every particle that we allow to move in tune with this Divine symphony. Thus, the choice to ‘fight’ or ‘flow’ is ours to make, in every single moment and with every given breath.

 

Inspired by the blog ‘What is true health’ by Rachel Mascord

1,512 thoughts on “My Body and the Body of God

  1. It has taken many years to let go of the patterns of behaviour that kept me looking outside myself for the love I was seeking never realising that I was actually craving a deeper and true relationship with myself. Now I am also realising the responsibility we all have in how we express and move with ourselves that either offers a true reflection for others to do the same or not.

    1. Gorgeous Linda in expressing how it is actually a deeper and truer connection we crave with ourselves first and also how through living this movement it offers others that they can do the same.

  2. “It takes more energy to resist love than to be it.” This line really stood out for me. It is quite alarming that we don’t know and understand this. That it actually takes more energy to resist being the love that we naturally already are…..how crazy is that.

    1. Love is so simple and requires no effort when it is felt and offered without an investment. It is when we bring in the barrage of ideals and beliefs and crossroads of doubt that we fall into the ill health that governs our current world.

  3. Reading this really brings it home how we choose to struggle by ignoring that we are The Son of God first and foremost, and that it is us that creates the struggle by denying ourselves this, and choosing a lesser way to live. It makes sense that our choices will either create space within our bodies or create a denseness which inevitably leads to illness and dis-ease.

  4. “Thus, the real pain here that we all feel, and that is the root cause of all illness and dis-ease, is the pain of being in a body of love and not connecting to and expressing that love.” Re-reading your post Liane this sentence struck home today. So much exhaustion in the world – and further disease – all come about because we do not connect with the fiery light we are and we are all from. When the whole world is aware of this maybe the health services will not be under such overwhelm. We do have a choice in how we live our lives.

  5. I read your blog some time ago and have come across it again today. What you have shared makes a lot of sense to me. I can see how when I go against the natural flow I create tension and complication, however when I don’t resist there is a more harmonious feel to life. I have been so used to living in disregard to my body, it has taken some time to form new loving habits, however the benefits can be felt very quickly.

    1. It does take a bit of commitment to form new loving habits but it’s so worth it because our body responds almost immediately, which gives us the feedback to keep going, until respecting and living in harmony with our body starts to feel more and more normal. Anything non-loving then really stands out as not being of that same quality.

  6. Roller-flow-ster. Life has its ups and downs and twists and turns, but can we go with the flow and not take it on? It’s something I’m working on. As ever, I love your writing, Liane.

  7. Inspiring to read this blog this morning, as it helps me to reconnect to my body and to let it flow in its natural rhythm, a rhythm that is expressed in being playful and in a body that is in joy, the joy of just being me, readily available for the day for whatever I have to do or comes to the fore to deal with.

  8. What a beautifully written article and one that I can easily understand with so many gems, “We allow our breath to sync to the rhythm of Nature, the breath of God – the All of Us – and the panic subsides. A body that is brought back to this harmony is a body that will not ‘let you down’ because all that happens to it from this point is in accordance to the bigger picture, the greater plan, our true home and any illness experienced will simply be a clearing of what has been allowed to accumulate from being in resistance to this pull. ” We only want to see a small part of the picture and in this you only get a small part of the plan. If we take things bigger we can see the “bigger picture”. In other words there is a direct relationship between how you live and what you see. Live small and you view will mirror that, live large and you view will mirror that. We have the ability to measure our life and you only need look around you to see that and if you get caught doing life time will pass you by. This article is opening us up and asking for more and more, you can respond or not, your choice.

  9. Very clearly laid open how by already rejecting our bodies we reject our whole part in the universe. So we fight who we are instead of simply being who we are.

  10. You express it so clearly Liane, do we fight or do we flow, we are part of God, of the Universe and our bodies respond to that call, despite what we do, and so fighting heaps more on the body, fold however allows us and our bodies to be the natural part of the Universe it is designed to be. This line is so precious to read … ‘Our bodies are Heaven made visible if only we choose to live our true selves within them and express this truth to the world.’ It’s our choice always, but ultimately we cannot deny we are of God, our bodies show us.

  11. Love this about fight or flow: ‘…our bodies are forever responding to the Universe that we are an innate part of, no different to the way our oceans respond to the moon or our trees respond to the wind. So, how do we respond to this call – do we fight, or do we flow?’ – We always have a choice and we are connected to so much more than just the physical. It is so amazing to understand this and actually feel it.

  12. It is true, it is our choice to fight or flow – making life much harder than it needs to be at times feels like an ingrained behaviour which we cannot escape from, but there are many now within the Universal Medicine student body who have done exactly that, thanks to the commitment and consistency of Serge Benhayon and the Universal Medicine team.

    1. What if everything else in the Universe were flow and the fight was limited to humans on Earth? Even nature and all of wild life has chosen the flow. What if choosing the flow is choosing God?

  13. “The real pain that we all feel, and that is the root cause of all illness and dis-ease, is the pain of being in a body of love and not connecting to and expressing that love.” This is huge. And when truly understood and embraced, can turn round the whole concept of psychology and medicine as it is practiced today.

  14. I’ve discovered through much trial and feelings of general malaise and many other persistent minor symptoms that fighting what the body shares is exhausting. There is no other more loving moment than this one to choose the quality of my next movement, asking does it ‘feel’ like it supports my body in a harmonious flow?

  15. Great reminder Liane how our body is a reflection of the way we live, and how when we live with love first, our body also lives from that love too, the more we express love, the more our body is supported by that love from within.

  16. To know that we are held in the body of God and that this body is nothing but love is a knowing that changes all. It exposes the belief that we just have to “grin and bear it” as the lie it is, a lie that so many of us continue to live unquestioned. To allow ourselves to surrender to the grandness of this body of love will slowly but surely dismantle all that has kept us away from the glory of a life that is naturally ours to live.

  17. “It takes more energy to resist love than to be it.” This is so true and absurd. Many people in the world have two things in common 1) they would like more love in their life and 2) they are exhausted. The truth is we are totally showered with Love, it is an energy that is always available to us as it is who we are but we exhaust ourselves by resisting it. Go figure!!!

  18. Fight or flow? What a good question. We waste so much energy fighting no wonder we are exhausted. Allow the flow of love in our bodies and we have access to all the energy we need.

  19. “Our bodies are not prisons made of flesh, far from it. Our bodies are Heaven made visible if only we choose to live our true selves within them and express this truth to the world.” I love this blog. Reading it reconnects me to the multidimensionality we are enhoused in our 3-dimensional bodies.

  20. “Our bodies are Heaven made visible if only we choose to live our true selves within them and express this truth to the world.” And we can “allow our breath to sync to the rhythm of Nature, the breath of God – the All of Us”. I love this blog and the invitation it offers to connect more deeply and appreciate. Thank you.

  21. “I was under the belief that our bodies let us down” – i too was under this belief, so chose to get out of my body and into my head and also as a youngster day-dream to escape reality. Coming back to my body – after years of abandonment is a true joy. Accepting this is the only body I have in this lifetime and spending quality time loving and nurturing my body has been a revelation to me. I now love being in and with my body – and Esoteric Yoga is an amazing practical tool to use as a way of grounding this and supporting me to stay in and with my body.

  22. Do we fight with the Universe or flow with it? Great question and I know from feeling the tension in my body I mostly, even on a subtle level fight this. However, I know flow and deep within this is what I choose. A truly awesome blog that as I was reading could feel more connected within my body, our true purpose and tension releasing.

  23. Your life is how I saw life Lianne, especially how you viewed your body “I have spent a lifetime fighting my body and perceiving it as some ‘enemy’ that needed to be at best conquered and at worst abandoned.” I also saw my body as an inconvenience and an annoyance if it didn’t operate the way I wanted it to, I was my bodies harshest critic. It is only through the continual reflection offered by Serge Benhayon that I have got to understand what it means to care and nurture the body and as you so beautifully express, “Our bodies are not prisons made of flesh, far from it. Our bodies are Heaven made visible if only we choose to live our true selves within them and express this truth to the world.”

  24. Once we are at home in our bodies – have embodied Heaven on Earth – we can reflect this to all others, offering them a reminder of a way of being they can then begin to embrace for themselves.

  25. ‘we are love and if we choose to not live this love, then we invite a whole manner of illness and dis-ease into our bodies..’ It’s really that simple. No excuses, no blame, just a simple equation to support us back to being Love.

  26. Liane what you have shared regarding our separation from God / the universe is so important for it is this disconnection that is the root cause of ALL illness and disease; you have also gracefully outlined the remedy. What a critical article for a site such as this, which is devoted to presenting the truth about our health and well-being, and the potential of the marriage of western and esoteric medicine.

  27. Our bodies are indeed not ramming blocks that are there to shield us from life’s intensity. Sure it can be intense and very challenging at times, but life is not there to over throw us and to get us down. We are certainly not there to try and get through it. It is only through listening to the wisdom of the body and surrendering to it that we can begin to feel at ease and in flow with life and this alone brings a great freedom and joy with it.

  28. When you put it so succinctly how can we continue to run with the fight rather than the flow? Once clocked the difference of how the two feel in the body is massive, the one unpleasant and miserable the other joyful.

  29. “It takes more energy to resist love than to be it. My head would say to that, what are you talking about, I don’t feel a thing, there’s no resistance here, I’m a loving person. And the body would say, please, stop filling me up with all and sundry so that you can feel enough, just let me do what I do best, and be love.

  30. Knowing that the body is love already, and that we do not need to become something to be worthy of love from another, turns life as we know it on its head.

  31. ‘Thus, the choice to ‘fight’ or ‘flow’ is ours to make, in every single moment and with every given breath.’ If we were to consistently make the choice to flow with and in the divine love that we are innately we would have so much more vitality, as we would not be using tons of energy to fight against what is our natural way.

  32. I have had times like this as well where my body did not feel like a safe place to be ‘they shake, they tremble, they vomit, they cry, they bleed, they break, they shut down, they faint, they get SO exhausted’. I guess .. in fact I know! This comes down to the love and connection within and that we have with our body as this feels completely different to me now. I am claiming me, my body and loving me more than I ever have done before and when we start to do this it is not only very empowering there is a huge shift/change in the relationship with our body. Also what you have expressed here is so simple and so wise ‘we are love and if we choose to not live this love, then we invite a whole manner of illness and dis-ease into our bodies simply because’. It shows we always have a choice. So what do we choose? Love or what is not Love? and we are given this choice over and over again until we finally get to understand and feel the importance of this and the importance of truly choosing love .. something I am still and will forever be learning.

  33. It kind of reminds me of Shakespeare – To Fight, or To Flow? That is the question! To be honest, the majority of us are choosing to fight but that does not mean all is lost, for when the pull is as strong as love, somehow I know that it will always win out in the end.

  34. Funny (not) how many of us react to the lack of love we see in the world by turning our back on love as you have described. The best way is the opposite ~ to fully embrace and live the love that we all are at heart. This is exactly what Serge Benhayon has done and in that reflection shows another way that has ignited and healed thousands like you and me.

  35. ‘It takes more energy to resist love than to be it’ and yet we continue to resist what is innate… at great expense to the body and to the largely loveless world we live in. It is our responsibility to connect to and live what is our truth and surrender to the divine symphony that is waiting for us to awaken to it.

  36. Liane, my body sings reading this today to feel the enormousness of who we are and yet the simplicity of it for in fact the simplest thing of all is to flow with the rhythm of who we are, the rhythm of the Universe. For ‘We are love and the fleshy vehicle that we reside in is a great body of love that belongs to the Universe/God, which is an even greater body of love that enhouses us all.’ I do not fully comprehend the vastness of this but can feel the absolute truth of what is offered here and the deep knowing that I am part of this and my ‘job’ is to live in the order to that vastness, of that greater plan of which we are all a part if we but choose to live it. Anything else creates and adds to the disharmony we see and feel in us and the world around us.

  37. ‘We are love and the fleshy vehicle that we reside in is a great body of love that belongs to the Universe/God, which is an even greater body of love that enhouses us all.’ A beautiful truth that allows us to celebrate the joy of living.

  38. Thank you Liane – do we fight or do we flow with the Universe is something I can ask myself to check in with how I’m really feeling – not in a mental way as such but with simple honesty from my whole body and being.

  39. This is a beautiful bit of writing Liane, and I love what is shared about the prison. It made me stop and consider how I am sitting, because even in the way we sit we can be holding ourselves less open and actually in discomfort without realising, and if we do that in something as simple as sitting, how are we in every movement and interaction we make.

  40. Just reading this blog made me let go and breathe a little bit more deeply. Reminding myself that I’m part of something much greater takes the pressure off – suddenly it’s not up to me to manage and control every aspect of my life. I can let go and trust that we are naturally taken care of, and all we have to do is align to what is naturally there for us. It’s not about giving up on making decisions and taking responsibility, trusting that fate alone will get us there, but as you’ve beautifully described Liane, surrendering to the flow that is already there and we are naturally a part of, instead of fighting against it.

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