I'm sure you have heard about people who regard the human body as a temple. But what does this exactly mean? Is this an idea of glamorizing one's body? A person who has fallen in love with their own image in the mirror? For many people this may be true, but let me explain you another type of an approach.
Let's have a look at something that we come across sooner or later in the education system, the hierarchy of needs by Abraham Maslow. This pyramid is a sort of a road map for self development. As you know, on the bottom we all have basic needs for shelter, water, food etc... I'm not going to describe every part of the pyramid because I personally don't completely agree with this model. But what I do find interesting, is that on the top of the pyramid you will see the need for self actualization. In this stage the person in question has reached a new stage of awareness. This could be seen as a sort of enlightenment that some of the most creative and brilliant people have reached. Therefore it would seem quite natural that the goal in our lives would be to strive towards this stage. However, the established education system we have today does not promote this idea. On the contrary it only directs people to work hard towards financial security and reinforces the needs described in the lower stages.
When we look at certain spiritual traditions we can see that there are teachings that have the aim of climbing all the way to the top of the pyramid. Let's take the idea of chakras for example. We can actually compare the chakras quite directly with Maslow's pyramid. People who live their lives in the lower chakras can not reach for higher ideals. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that wealth or sex are bad, but these things should not control too much our thinking and actions, there should be a balance. The picture below depicts how the seven chakras are related to the endocrine system, which regulates our hormonal activity.
When we realize that spiritual concepts also have physical counterparts, it is easier to assimilate how this human temple truly functions. The mystery of seven is embedded virtually in every mythology and mystery school teaching on Earth. The seven planets of the ancients, the seven alchemical metals, seven days of creation, seven deadly sins, seven seals of the apocalyptic revelations and the seven heavens that are found with different names in Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. When we realize that the alchemists are not trying to turn a piece of lead into gold but transform their own constitution, then we are getting somewhere. In a similar fashion Freemasons use metaphors related to building things, and perfecting this temple. Again, it is not a temple made of bricks but a temple made of flesh. This craft has been known among shamans and druids throughout the centuries, and persecuted by the church as witchcraft. The goal is outlined plainly in Maslow's pyramid, this "stairway to heaven" is an inward journey, a metamorphosis towards our greatest potential. The brain constitutes perhaps the most important piece of this puzzle. Golgotha, Holy Grail and Philosopher's stone are all metaphors for the supercomputer that is inside our heads.
Let's have a closer look at the brain. The third eye chakra was known in Egypt as the eye of Ra or eye of Horus, and also depicted as a serpent on the headdress of pharaohs. In Vatican this is shown in a huge pine cone statue and the pine cone is also present in the pope's staff, for it represents the pineal gland. This is how Buddha's head is also portrayed.
There are many writings that go more in depth into these things, but I wish to use references from Wikipedia just to show that these things are not only told in some dusty old books that may be rare or perhaps even held in secrecy. According to Wikipedia:
Christ is derived from the Greek word Christós, meaning 'anointed', and often you hear the parabel of Jesus and the oil lamp. When your "oils" are working correctly, then your body and mind have the power to function efficiently. This is why you always see a halo in the icons and paintings of enlightened beings. This does not mean that people's heads would actually start shining like light bulbs, but it is very true that we are electrical beings and there is a current that goes through the body and radiates as an aura.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is sound, your whole body is sound, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound, your body is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34);
Now you are of course waiting for a prescription. A recipe to wrap this up into a nice package like: "Stop eating meat, start practicing yoga, read these books..." But it does not work that way. We are all in different stages of development, and if one truly wants to procede towards the upper realms and infinite possibilities, they will find their own way. Perhaps you need to poison yourself and get a cancer before you realize some of the governing laws of this reality. If you wish to learn, the information is out there. People are not burnt at the stake anymore for publishing these type of writings - they just disappear under suspicious circumstances or get shot ;)
This is the esoteric science that deals with the world inside of us. Many people say that we all have the answers inside of us, but yet they worship graven images and idols that have been raised on the altar for they do not realize that this potential is hidden in every one of us. Then why is this not in general knowledge? Well, someone might say that these things are deliberately kept hidden and only revealed to the chosen elite, so that the masses would keep calm and slave on in their every day chores. But that is of course another story.