Let's assume for a moment that we all agree that there are two sides to all of us - a physical side and a non-physical side.
And let's assume that we agree that the non-physical side is using the physical side during this lifetime as a vehicle to exist in while on this physical plane (for some reason).
Don't the bodies that we inhabit seem a bit odd to you?
Two arms, two legs, one head, two eyes, two ears, one mouth, ten fingers...all seems a bit arbitrary.
And look at the odd way our limbs have to flex to give us movement - bending in the middle is not good engineering...just asking for trouble in the long run.
And what about the bizarre contortions our tongues and throats have to go through to give us a way to communicate and to ingest food?
Surely there must have been a more efficient design available?
Perhaps we should have been rolling spheres or cubes or triangles or just mounds of wobbly flesh that grow in the ground?...not a mish-mash of apparently random protruding body parts.
So why are our bodies like they are?
What's the reason from a metaphysical perspective? ...so no mention of the word evolution please :)
asked 18 Nov '09, 21:41
Barry Allen ♦♦
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This question brings to mind your question about "Extreme Attractors" in that these "odd bodies" are so fraught with potential and inevitable problems, you'd think there would be a better choice, but maybe the choice of these bodies is our opportunity to learn from our experiences with them.
It is a challenge to maintain these bodies, to keep them fit and properly nourished. It's a challenge to deal with disease and other maladies (like the arthritis in my fingers). It's a challenge to deal with aging, memory loss, and the way others treat us if we are impaired or ugly or decrepit. And in dealing with all these challenges we have the possibility of spiritual growth. Rising to these challenges, overcoming physical limitations, and dealing gracefully with those who abuse us or treat us with scorn because of our odd bodies, are responses that can make us spiritually stronger.
To quote your other question: "we've incarnated on a planet that, on the surface, is full of chaos, conflict and confusion," and our "odd bodies" are a part of that mix. Perhaps, at some level, we enjoy the thrill of seeing how we can deal with the next challenge our bodies present to us.
answered 20 Nov '09, 07:14
Your last sentence holds a great truth, and it is something that we can all learn from. Also, we should not take anything for granted.
(10 Oct '10, 02:23) Inactive User ♦♦
Thanks Vee. As I grow older personally, and as I see people I care about facing the limitations of age and various maladies, it makes me realize all the more the importance of embracing such challenges head on in order to continue making our life what we want it to be, instead of just surrendering to "inevitabilities".
(01 Dec '10, 06:02) John
There are more efficient designs that are possible for the human body, but we gave them up in order to conquer the world, primarily by standing upright. And by doing so we took on all sorts of musculoskeletal problems, because in some ways it is an unstable design. That said, the human body is otherwise an exquisite marvel of cosmic engineering.
I'm not sure there is a metaphysical perspective. When we came here we agreed to the rules in this physical universe, not the one we left. And it's difficult to speak to the nature of our physical body without discussing the forces of nature that created it.
If there is a metaphysical perspective, it is that we chose to inhabit bodies that are limited by physical laws, and that the nature of these bodies' construction has a profound effect on the way we perceive this world and its inhabitants. However, from the perspective of our mental processes and our spirituality (via the law of attraction), we can apparently transcend those laws (and our earth-bound perceptions) from time to time.
So we come here with amnesia about where we came from, willingly accepting the limitations of this body and our physical world. We play the game of life, and at some point become aware that there is something larger than us. The rest of our life is spent on the journey to return to where we originated.
In other words, from a metaphysical perspective, the shape of your body is arbitrary. You could just as well have been a reptilian from the planet Draco, asking me why in the world are our bodies shaped like this, and why do we have this ridiculous tail?
answered 18 Nov '09, 22:13
reptilian from the planet Draco? where did this come from?
(24 Sep '10, 10:23) daniele
@daniele: It's an oblique reference to David Icke, a new-age conspiracy theorist. At the heart of his theories lies the idea that a secret group of reptilian humanoids called the Babylonian Brotherhood controls humanity, and that many prominent figures are reptilian, including George W. Bush, Queen Elizabeth II, Kris Kristofferson, and Boxcar Willie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Icke
(24 Sep '10, 15:08) Vesuvius
We have all kinds of bodies and sometimes no bodies at all. Some of us are humans while some are animals and some others are body-less forms of energy. Don't limit who you consider we/us to humans only. We are all of It.
This is like a ball of energy asking "why are we balls of energy"? -- well, some of us are! Only humans can participate in this web site, but it doesn't mean those who can't participate aren't us. My cat is definitely one of us!
Now, if you ask "but why do I have such a body" -- I will answer: it's just happened to occur this way, if you had any other body you would still ask the same question. Besides, limiting oneself to the mind inhabiting the body is kinda artificial constraint imposed upon us by social convention: "You are the ocean, not the wave".
answered 12 Oct '10, 23:39
Why do birds have wings? What if we humans had wings, how would you react to this? My point is: we really don't know why we ended with this body, but the Bible teaches that God created man in his own image, and likeness. The true nature of how life is produced remains a mystery even to the greatest scientist of our time. Life in my opinion, is a very spiritual reproduction, unknow to the human mind, and it is accepted as a natural form for all humans. Therefore, I presume we are what we are, and we should be able to accept ourself for who we are body, and spirit. Unless, of course we can solve this mystery of life, as to why we have these odd bodies.
From a metaphysical point, Creation is characterized by substance, and substance is the manifestation of that which can be. Therefore, we had no say in the design of our formation, or shape of our bodies. Our existence belongs to the nature of substance: substance is infinite, has a number of attributes, and is synonymous to God. The ability to exist is power, and that is the greatest decree of reality that belongs to the nature of things. So our focus should not be on how our bodies are shaped, but on how we can use these bodies effectively, to our best advantage in life; since of course the body is made up of matter, thus it is material.
answered 18 Nov '09, 22:22
Inactive User ♦♦
We have the best efficient body that could have ever possiablly been created. Our bodies are not odd and they shouldn't even appear odd to us for this is what we are use too in the first place. We are created in the image of God who loves us and who is all powerful.
Our bodies are an engineering miracle the way God has designed our bodies to do all of the things that it does. Now, we do not eat and give our bodies the proper nutrients that our bodies require.
An Human being is an remarkable creature designed with all of the best parts he needed for his body to do and achieve all of the things he will need to achieve on his journey he will under take on his self discovery and finding our about God.
answered 19 Nov '09, 02:58
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+1 for a good question and for a good sense of humour.
+1 From me as well. They say that "what matters is how you see yourself". Now I'm curious as to how odd you must appear. (joking of course)