A frequently held view is that we have a bipartite nature where the “soul” and “spirit” are taken as different terms for the same thing. Yet many other theologians and scientists believe that our immaterial nature has two distinctly different parts, a soul and a spirit. This is known as a tripartite view.
I personally hold to the tripartite point of view, how the spirit, soul and body are interconnected. Genesis 1:27 states: so God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Truly, we are remarkably complex beings.
Our body, what allows us to connect to the physical world through our five senses. Made up of organs, cells, nerves and our brain. The brain is part of the physical body and is therefore controlled by the mind.
Our soul where our mind, will and emotions reside. Since the Mind controls the Body and by extension the Physical Realm, it can be said that Mind controls Matter. “The Mind is not what the Brain does. Rather, the Brain does the bidding of the Mind”. Joe Dispenza, Evolve Your Brain. The Mind is synonymous to the Soul. Our mind is made up of two parts the conscious and unconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious is where our beliefs and our attitudes reside.
Our feelings, and emotions all make up this area too, and it’s where we retain our memories. Our will gives us the ability to make choices. Our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems. “The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.” Herbert Benson, M.D., The Benson – Henson Institute for Mind Body Medicine.
Our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, self and God. Our spirit is what allows us to have communion and fellowship with God. The Mind operates in the Spirit and by extension the Spiritual Realm. The Mind also operates in the Body and therefore the Physical Realm. Since the Physical Realm was created out of the Spiritual Realm. Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong. Heb.11:3
Our spirit impacts on our emotional health which will have a major influence on our physical health. The inter-connection between the spirit, the soul and body is without a doubt complex. We cannot under estimate the power behind this connection. 3 John 1:2 states: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” An indication of the importance to take care of souls as it relates to being healthy.
The Inter-Connection Between, Spirit, Soul and Body
It’s common knowledge that how we deal with stress is reflected in our bodies. When stress is not controlled our bodies pay the price. When our spirits are strong we are better able to handle the stressors of life. Without a strong personal faith we end up resorting to exterior measures to handle life. At worse we attempt to cope with this stress through addictions and other methods of escape. In the end this just makes our stressors greater and it begins to affect our physical health. By contrast, a strong personal faith can be help us manage stress and allow us to reap the benefits in our bodies.
What we believe plays a major role in our thinking patterns. What we think on the most will influence our emotions and feelings, which in turn impact on our behaviors. Therefore, our thought patterns play a significant role in our emotional and physical health. The importance of renewing our minds according to the word of God and taking captive every thought to the obedience of Christ has a significant role in our overall well-being. No longer can we ignore the mind, body, spirit connection.
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