Body, Mind and Spirit, Which Is Which? – Part 1 :: by Don Twobears

Have you ever sat alone and wondered about all that you know and think about; your emotions and feelings, your hopes and dreams and where does all of this takes place? Now if you go and ask someone you know, or even those you don’t know, invariably they will tell you these ideas are in your head—in other words in your brain.

They would go on and dissect your body and tell you that your ideas and thoughts come from your brain and all your feelings come from your heart. As they tell you these things, they will point to the head and then the middle of the chest. Would it surprise you to know that all that they are saying…is wrong?

We do these things all the time, never once asking ourselves if it our analysis is correct. I remember being in elementary school and crossing my hand over my heart and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. We do the same thing when we see our country’s flag. How odd is that? Actually…it is not odd at all.

When we are in school and learning, we sometimes have a headache from learning so much; or we feel our hearts almost explode during the first real kiss. Everything we experience is either in the brain or the heart (except when you feel sick), then you hold your stomach. It makes sense that when you are on your feet a lot, you massage your feet for relief, or it could be your legs.

Would it surprise you, if I said, your back would hurt from sitting too much? You would think it would be your butt that would hurt from sitting, right? Or you could experience cramps in your legs from the lack of water. You can experience upper backaches from years of drinking alcohol.

How odd is it, that when you stub you toe on the coffee table, that you hold your foot when you actually experience pain from within your brain? Yet, it is your toe that really hurts and knows the damage. As I have stated before, how odd is it, that thinking and learning can bring about exhaustion in the body? I thought that it would be in the head. And here is another, when you experience great loss, your heart hurts and your eyes cry tears? Here is something better:

Where in your body does schizophrenia reside? Your head or your heart, or maybe even both? Oh, yeah! That’s psychology, right? But even though it can affect our body it’s not just in the brain; it affects the heart and we can take medicine for that. Yet if you open the skull, no one can find it there and if we open the chest, it’s not in your heart… Now if we ask a professional, they will say it has to do with the synapses within the brain.

If that is true, then why do the medicines fail to cure the problems? I mean, if we have an infection, we take an antibiotic and we’re cured. So what is up with this psychology stuff? I worked for almost fifty years in the medical field, mostly on human hearts. I began in Cardiac Cath., and then in Cardiac Electro-physiology. I have yet to find the area of a heart that contains any feelings or emotions.

Let’s look at a common feature of our lives. We lose a loved family member; he or she dies and what happens to us? We feel such pain and emptiness in our hearts, right? But no one is able to find anything wrong with the chest, so then they tell you it is a manifestation of the brain. Yet nothing wrong can be found inside the skull. So what is actually going on here? Are we all CRAZY?

Oh! There’s another one for you. Crazy! Where does that message come from? Your heart or your brain? Okay, I know what you’re saying now; we have a soul and a spirit where many of these things reside. If that is so, why do we take medication for something that is not part of the body? It comes out as conjecture in science. It is because science does not believe in a soul or spirit. If that is true, then how do we manifest these different things and how is it that the body is able to experience…part of it? Then where is it? And science wants to call me, crazy?

So if you bring this topic up in a conversation among friends, the response by most will be bewilderment at best. If we are willing to accept the idea we have a soul or spirit, then what happens to that soul or spirit when we die? Wow..this mess just keeps getting deeper and deeper! Right? How do we separate fact from fiction; we always need to know the difference, inquiring minds and all that… Let’s see here.

If you talk with an atheist, you will find that not only do they not believe in God, they do not believe we have a soul or a spirit. For them, you take your last breath and “poof”, that’s it, the end. Wow…that puts a real bummer on all that ghost hunting and all… right? So for the atheist, there are no ghosts, no spirits, no afterlife.

Why does this not fly well with the majority of the people of the world? If there IS a soul or spirit in us, as believed by the majority of the world, then the majority believes there is a God. IF the majority of the world believes there is a God, then they must believe God rules everything and that there IS indeed a heaven and a hell. Now if you ask anyone in the world, where they will go when they die…they will say heaven. IF that is the case, no one will be in hell. How crazy is that?

Now if you ask these people of the world to elaborate, they will tell you that the good people go to heaven and the bad people go to hell. If you question them on who is bad, they will say it is someone else, but that they are good people and they will see heaven. It’s always someone else who is bad, but they are never able to point out the bad people. I must presume, Al Capone was a good person because he went to church and gave to the church…right? No?

They will also tell you a bad person can go to church, give money to the church, but they can still be bad people and thus, they will be going to hell. Then, everyone that goes to church is not always good… so how many who are not good are in your church? So that would mean that people that are legally crazy are not good people? How are you able to tell, who is who?

In a nutshell, if someone is sitting next to you in church and he knows all the hymns and says “Amen” a lot, is that good person going to go to heaven? How do you know? How would anyone be able to truly tell the difference? Because…isn’t that a thing with the spirit or soul?

If you say “No” then they are bad people and are headed for hell. And if you say, “Yes,” they are good people and they will see heaven? Is that correct? Is that the defining mark for everyone in the world?  If it is, then I’m confused again. How do we differentiate between good and bad in people, and to what degree?

I mean, where or when do people go from being good…to being bad p, or vise-versa? Is that a physical thing or a spiritual thing? If we are not able to see the spiritual, then how does someone become bad or good? Isn’t there a rule of some sort that defines this for us, that we must look inside ourselves to decide?

Now some will tell you, it is according to who is baptized and who is not. If that is true, then how does dipping someone’s body in water affect our soul or spirit, as to who will be going to heaven or hell? And if that is true, then why are there Christians, Protestants or Catholics, Methodists and Presbyterians, etc., if it is just a matter of good or bad and dipping or sprinkling water on the body?

And if that is the case, is there not a manual available to define all these things, sort of like a list? Oh! There’s the Bible, right? Now my question is this: If the majority of the world do not read a Bible, then are they good or bad? In my mind, there ought to be some sort of mark to show the difference. Is that not correct?

According to what people of the world have told me, they have their own beliefs and that they are going to heaven because of their said beliefs. We have talked about bodies, minds and hearts and how we all experience these things every day, and how we apply the idea that we have a soul or spirit — when there is no evidence to that end. Or…is there evidence?

This is a long discussion, thus we will continue this in the next article. We will be looking further into this strange and sort of weird subject matter of the people of the world. It is an exciting discussion, it is the reason the scientific world does not engage anyone in this discussion. For them it is too complicated!

To be continued…