This submission was included in the book publication, Not Going Home, released Jan ’20 by Tall Pine Publishing.
The Incarnation as Embodiment
Our bodies are a beautiful display of God’s creative work. The Holy Spirit wants to make His home in us and He wants us to be at home in ourselves. A part of our spiritual journey we should be embracing embodiment practices such as yoga and meditation. We should rejoice in educational advances in Women’s Health and an awareness of the Feminine Energy Cycle.
Myth: Our bodies are cursed and cannot be trusted. Connecting with our bodies is a new age, witchcraft trick and forces us to abandon our faith.
Tragically, often when people set out to learn the wisdom of the body they disconnect from God. The Spirit of God wants to meet us in our bodies; giving peace to tension, whispering truth into stillness, and blessing joyful expressions of dance, sex, and movement.
Our bodies are GOOD
“God saw everything He had made, and behold, it was very good and He validated it completely.” Genesis 1:31, AMP
God created man and woman in His image and He said they were very good. He validated them completely. For centuries the body has been excluded from any reference to the “ renewal of the spiritual self.” However, the “spiritual self” Paul references in Colossians is the same as the human image of God from Genesis 1.
“Put on the new self who is being continually renewed in true knowledge in the image of Him who created the new self.” Colossians 3:10, AMP
We are being renewed in wholeness: heart, mind, and body together.
Our bodies are WISE
Many evangelical faith backgrounds operate from the assumption that we shouldn’t trust our bodies. Phrases like, “the wisdom of the body,” cause many to cringe and question.
The clearest declaration against this belief is the incarnation. Jesus lived in a human body and He was raised with that body fully intact. He invites us to move with Him toward the same resurrected wholeness.
The Greatest Commandment speaks of this wholeness. God instructs us to love the Lord our God with our whole self. How can we honor this commandment if we are absent from our body and also cursing her?
Heart, Mind, AND Body
Our bodies, alongside the groans of all creation, are longing for healing in wholeness. The more we understand the language of our bodies and the movements she is making, the better we can partner with her and with all creation in the restoration that God is enacting.
Oh, that we would know how fully we are loved not despite our humanity but BECAUSE of it. May our practice of embodiment enable us to join our voices with our Creator that we are “VERY. GOOD.”