What is the Nexus of Body, Mind and Spirit?
One cannot act or lead effectively without purpose -– the underlying motivation for action. This takes us to the fundamental questions: who are we, the perpetrators of action? How does who we are, or who we believe ourselves to be, determine which actions we choose to perform? What determines the actions we allow ourselves to be subjected to by others and by the environment?
Answers can be obtained from the Nexus of Body, Mind, and Spirit. By body I mean your physical self including your brain. A simple analogy is the physical central processing unit of a computer that is capable of interacting with other computers and connected devices — provided the right software is available. At the human level, body includes all the material surroundings in nature, people and organizations — which we experience and interact with using our five senses. Mind is the individual conscience that processes information and thoughts and directs our actions. A close, though limited, analogy is the software that enables and guides the processor. Spirit is the most complex component of the nexus of purposeful action.
Spirit is experienced in two forms — the individual spirit and the Universal Spirit. The latter has been called the Collective Unconscious by the eminent psychiatrist, Carl Jung. Spirit is known to some as the Creative Force, or God. Its presence in our lives is realized through a sixth sense that we all possess — whether or not we recognize this. This is the part of the nexus that connects us to others and to the universe. Prayer and meditation both seek to unite the individual spirit with the Universal Spirit.
In so far as life is the flow of action, and action involves the nexus of body, mind, and spirit, we use the terms nexus of action and nexus of life interchangeably. I have illustrated the nexus of action — Spirit, Mind and Body — in an earlier book, The Voice, the Mind, and the Traveler. The degree to which we experience and invoke the spiritual element of our self determines what we are and the level of fulfillment we achieve.
You experience your nexus every moment of your life, in every action, even if you do not recognize it. This experience comes in many forms, including actions, values, and desires, and flow, resonance, and spark — resulting in success, satisfaction, and fulfillment.
To find fulfillment beyond satisfaction and success, you must live in all three parts of your nexus. If any one of the parts is ignored, the action is in peril or, at best, its value is diminished. As you read this book, you will discover your own nexus by observing the interplay of body, mind, and spirit in your own journey of self-realization and fulfillment.
You will find an example of the nexus in action in, the journey undertaken by Pete Cameron — the protagonist in If I had Known. You can to relate to your own life the intertwining of Pete’s actions in pursuit of success as an entrepreneur — while carrying a deeper yearning for self-realization and fulfillment in life.