We imagine conception. With our thoughts and sheer will, we try to propel the sperm toward the egg in the hopes of joining two sets of DNA to create a new being. 1 + 1 = 1. We pray to the gods for that physical being to manifest.
We argue about it. We justify our opinions on the exact moment that a group of cells becomes a person. A physical person.
But I often wonder (as do others) about the moment of ensoulment. When is the physical joined by the spiritual?
On my 40th birthday, I tried to imagine this moment in my own life. The joining of matter and consciousness, of the physical and the metaphysical. I found a deep meditative state and while I remember no thoughts from it, I was left with a a deep sense of purpose. I am. Temporal and eternal. Limited and timeless. Cells and energy, experiencing what neither can alone.
Do you have any thoughts on this?
Yay! Looks like we made it to Day 3 of Lori’s Childhood Trivia. Keep playing if you’ve already been here, and join in if you’re new — some of the guesswork has already been done for you.
Your guesses are good ones, and each one makes me think of riding my bike to the U Tote Em with my sister, Sheri. This was a big deal because (1) we had to cross a busy street, and (2) we’d be out of shouting distance of our parents. This was a huge step on our road to independence.
We’d buy some of the items you are guessing — gum, comic books, Tiger Beat. And sometimes we’d buy this, the correct answer of this round.
What we know so far is that it’s an object. It is not a slushy, Fun Dip, gum, a store, a gumball machine, bingo, a gasoline contest, Bazooka Joe, comic book or magazine. Here comes Clue #3:
So. Hit me with your best shot.
And tell me what you think about ensoulment.