It seems people often think that our humanity is our Achilles Heal, and if we could minimize our “human side” and maximize our “divine side” than all would be well. Our fundamental Self is part of God. What God is, is the underlying nature and essence of who we are. God’s being is the ground of our being. Our divine Self took on human personhood. That Self took on a human mind and body for a human journey. The point of all this is not to become less human, but to explore the furthest frontiers of what it means to be human, given our true identity.
Sometimes religion gets us on this path of basically packing it in and waiting till heaven. Meanwhile, Jesus said the Kingdom of God is here now. Don’t pack it in yet! Start living! You are not limited to the person you have become. Don’t stop pushing, exploring, and stretching into the fullness of what it means to be you. Don’t get bogged down with trying to live a “religious life,” get more interested in living your human life. This is what I mean by the phrase, “Life is my religion.”
I often find it difficult convincing people that being human is not bad, and doing human things is not inferior to some sort of spiritualized existence. You’re supposed to be getting your hands dirty and mud on your face, being human. You’re supposed to be honoring and fulfilling your passions, dreams, interests, curiosities, desires, new possibilities and horizons, and inspirations. Being human is not a sub-par existence as a warm-up for Heaven. Jesus said, “I am the truth.” What is that truth? God and humankind… God and you… God and life… right now as one.