The Body - Animal or not?
This again remains a much debated issue. One which has only one answer. In
every physical aspect of the human body, we are animals. We have the same
physical properties as so-called animals of our planet. We have to eat, we have
to sleep, we seek shelter when it rains, we have significant sexual urges and
It is then with this in mind that we have no
choice but to concede to our physical nature. There is also another aspect of
our existence which follows this animal-like pattern. That of our instincts, or
emotions which are controlled by our lower mind. It is again these
characteristics that forces us to evaluate whether we are in fact anything more
than just animals. This since these lower mind functions are totally focussed
on the body, and for the most part we struggle to manage these, if at all.
It is then in this that we also have to consider the fact that our physical
bodies, and specifically our lower mind, will continue to enforce this animal
nature, simply by forcing control of the body. Our instincts, and emotions so
to speak, which are designed to use the survival of your body as an excuse to
Fortunately we have one very important characteristic which makes us different
from all other animals. The ability to self analyze. No other animal on this
planet is able to do this, as they are basically driven by instinctive needs
and desires to survive, from one day to another.
Unfortunately, and as so often is the case, we tend to forget that
we are able to self analyze. Then I have to ask if we are any more than just
animals. Especially since we not only forget that we can, but also cease to do
so. This then results typically in you living out your life on the terms of
your lower mind, which then starts to control the way you live, and the
decisions you make in your life.
Sadly, yet expected, this seems to be a human condition, being animal-like in
nature. You will find that even though most never fully understand this, this
is what many spend their entire lives trying to avoid. It is here where I would
suggest the difficulty lies. We are living in bodies and an environment which
requires us to act in an animal fashion to survive, whilst we are attempting to
avoid this condition. A condition of "body mind" controlled auto
pilot. Somewhat of a contradiction I would say, and not surprising, one which
you will often forget to remember
In conclusion I would suggest that although we are animal-like in this physical
body, our very unique ability to self analyze, distinguishes us from the other
animals of our planet. And if we start using this ability, we will in fact
become more than just another animal, living out it's life. Failure however, to
do so will very definitively limit our humanity to being nothing more than just
intelligent animals, driven by basic instincts that are no more than
animal-like. It is only in true self analysis that we are able to fulfil our
human destiny and potential.
Author Bio :
The author, Pieter Heydenrych is a Reiki master who maintains both sites Learn how to meditate as well as The Order of Perfect. In both instances the sites are dedicated to enlightenment and the spread of knowledge to all who wish to learn.