WHAT DOES BODYBUILDING HAVE TO DO WITH SPIRITUALITY?
Bodybuilding and Spirituality
You may find these two subjects to be interesting bedfellows, but the reality is that Spirit is in everything. We are Spirit and therefore Spirit is in everything we do. Because I love fitness, and especially bodybuilding, and because I also love exploring spirituality and metaphysics, I have found that they have many parallels. Let me share some of them with you.
EXPANSION BEYOND LIMITS
When it comes to fitness, we are constantly pushing our limits – pushing human limits. And with bodybuilding in particular, we also seek to expand ourselves physically. Our state of mind is crucial to our fitness success. And from that state of mind, we see our physical body change.
True spirituality, the exploration of ourselves as Spirit, refers to the process or path of knowing ourselves. We push beyond our physicality to find no limits to our potential. We expand our awareness and shift our state of mind to go beyond the physical body. We understand that we are so much more than our physical body. We progress spiritually. And through that process, our physical world changes.
In the world of fitness
and in our spiritual progression,
the better we know ourselves,
the more we can change – and often do.
To transform our body, we must know what we are presently capable of and where we would like to be – a goal. We know we are either in an anabolic state (building) or a catabolic state (breaking down) – never static. We also know that it is necessary for us to break down what we have in order to rebuild. We tear down muscle so that it may rebuild itself anew – bigger and stronger.
Spiritually speaking, we know that we are always changing, either progressing or regressing. We tear down old versions of ourselves that no longer serve us so that we can evolve into more powerful beings aligned with our true selves and our life purpose – bigger and stronger than we previously thought possible.
In bodybuilding, we pump blood through our body, flowing energy in the form of fuel and oxygen to all the cells of our tissues and organs. Optimized flow of this energy is crucial for optimized performance.
Along the metaphysical path, we come to understand how energy flows within all of our bodies (eg., physical, soul, mental, emotional) and therefore in our life. Our performance in life depends upon this flow. This is the kind of flow people experience after the Empower Thyself Initiation.
BEING FULLY PRESENT
In order to effectively train our bodies, we must be wholly in our bodies and also wholly in the moment. We cannot expect to move heavier weight or push through extra reps or further distance or longer performance time without being fully present.
The same is true with our spiritual progression. Time is an illusion and there is no past or future; there is always now. When we live in the past (regrets) or the future (worries), we aren’t really living. We must be fully present for our soul to progress.
BALANCE AND DISCIPLINE
To properly train the body for growth and fitness, we must remain centered and balanced with precise and disciplined technique. In any form of fitness, we know that technique is everything! And good technique always comes from balance and discipline.
To progress spiritually, we must walk the path of the Middle Pillar, learning how to remain centered and balanced within a life of discipline. This is the path of the initiate within a mystery school. Specifically, we learn how to operate from the perspective of the Tree of Life.