Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Over the last few months i have been in much meandering and pondering mode.
We speak of the Body of Christ in all these mystical terms, abstract concepts and anemically pale reflections; which just reinforces it being as elusive as ever.
So it got me thinking some time ago as to the literal BODY and what that entails and encompasses.
A little back ground here- I am from the "tent making" perspective, a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant & a Licensed Massage and Bodyworker Therapist. Which basically consists of palliatively easing or abolishing pain, restoring function, maximizing independence and facilitating Well Being. If you think that sounds like a lot, i would have to concur with the assessment. Actually, somedays it seems impossible and i can feel completely inept at the task. I guess after 20 years of working with "the body"- which, i have to stress is the frame for an individual with hopes, dreams, heartaches, failures and abilities, i've learned to approach things with a skill set that needs to be flexible enough to bend beyond what i think "should be".
If i had to look just at the "should be's" - We shouldn't have to be dealing with sickness, disability, pain or anything of the like, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual. We should be enjoying life in the Garden and being able to walk with God in the cool of the day, to deeply and playfully enjoy His companionship, to the fullest extent that we were fashioned and formed to do so.
Since "the Fall"- which ever way you look at it.... (literal, metaphorically or narratively)- Ya gotta admit one thing...
It changed everything.
One of the things i felt Holy Spirit impress on my heart and spirit was that ... it was a Very Hard Fall....
and it broke many bones. For those who like the research part and the mystical.... check out Thomas Merton on the topic matter... he's got some cool downloads from Abba God.
From a rehabilitation standpoint, a fall from a very high building (if it didn't kill you)- usually results in numerous fractures, contusions, head trauma- cognitive impairment, respiratory compromise, internal organ involvement as well as external and internal bleeding; with no certainty of previous level of function. (and that is just a sketch.)
Now put that on a soul/ spirit level and that is basically what we are looking at when it comes to the need of healing, restoration and rehabilitation of our triune being. I understand from a scripture stand point that "in Christ we ARE a New Creation."- However, according to being Born again, that is by Spirit. What of the walking out space, where we are committed to Him living through us in THIS physical frame?
Granted, i'm coming from a slightly Greek perspective, with a touch of Latin Language if i start describing body part from the medical. The Hebrew mindset is a bit more overlapping and layered in the Spirit-Soul merge... but that is for another post.
At this point, i feel as though there is a mural sized canvas, with a lot of multimedia at my disposal, but i'm stuck with a 12 pack crayon box. So i guess i'm praying for the childlike faith and grace to scribble outside the lines for a while.
So, for me the question is where to even start....
When i inquired of the Lord, the first thing that entered my being.... was the literal word for Holy Spirit... which in Hebrew is Rauch Ha Kodesh. Translated means.... the Holy Breath of God.
Isn't that where it began anyway? When Adam was formed, God Breathed into his nostrils.
So how to we Breath Him? Interestingly enough there are 4 parts in a breath measure (to use a musical reference there, since breath has rhythms based in intensity)
First there is an inhalation, then.... a pause, then exhalation and then another pause. The term in David Psalms that means pause or ponder is the word Selah... which means think on these things. That is not as much as an abstract point as you might think. It is the 2 pauses in the breath measure that chemical changes in the lungs and in the mind take place. The body is thinking and shifting in those moments. Most of the time however, we are too busy looking or anxiety seeking the fastest inhalation after the last exhalation.
For now - i'm saying SELAH....... just to ponder breath and see where the Holy Breath will lead.