When we live in balance with mind, body, and spirit, life flows more naturally, more easily. This harmonious state is what I call the Trinity of Truth and further describe in my book, The Eight Aspects of God: A Pathway to Bliss. The Trinity is comprised of the three components of your Being—mind, body, spirit—and the Truth is your commitment to live in alignment with your soul—your purpose. Each element of the Trinity of Truth is connected to various aspects of your energy body by way of a particular energy center. To learn more, read on…..
Chapter 9: Trinity of Truth
When we live in balance with mind, body, and spirit, life flows more naturally, more easily. This harmonious state is what I call the Trinity of Truth. The Trinity is comprised of the three components of your Being—mind, body, spirit—and the Truth is your commitment to live in alignment with your soul—your purpose.
Each element of the Trinity of Truth is connected to various aspects of your energy body by way of a particular energy center. The connection between mind-body-spirit and the energy body provides guidance when we learn to tune in and pay attention to how we react in any given situation. A simple example of how this connection works is something that is experienced by all of us when we get cut off in traffic. Your first reaction may be to get mad and perhaps even yell, even though the person who cut you off can’t hear you! Your emotional reaction only hurts you by disrupting your personal energy; first in your mind, then in your body. Your mental state has gone from peacefully going about your day to feeling angry. Your breathing shortens and your throat tightens, and those mental and physical reactions affect particular energy centers. Your throat, heart, and lumbar chakras take a direct hit.
The great yogi Paramhansa Yogananda teaches in his book Scientific Healing Affirmations that:
“In his mortal aspect man is a Triune Being. He longs for freedom from all varieties of suffering. His needs are: 1) Healing of bodily diseases. 2) Healing of mental or psychological diseases . . . 3) Healing of spiritual diseases . . .”
Yogananda also teaches the importance of giving equal attention to all three aspects of your being—your Trinity—in order to prevent and cure disease in all areas of your life.
The Mind-Body-Spirit (MBS) Scan
The mind-body-spirit scan serves as a Trinity of Truth check-in and begins with three simple questions: 1) Am I having good thoughts and a positive attitude (mind)?; 2) Am I consuming things that are good for me and getting plenty of rest and exercise (body)?; and 3) Have I been meditating (or engaging in another practice) to support my spiritual health (spirit)? Generally you’ll find that all three—mind, body, and spirit—are being neglected to some degree, but most often one of the three more than the other two. Knowing which element of the Trinity of Truth is most out of alignment gives you a starting place from which to choose an action to correct an imbalance.
Let’s try it:
Close your eyes. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths to get centered. Relax into your body as you inhale. Exhale tension. Feeling grounded and centered, ask some questions related to mind, body, and spirit.
Mind: Do I have a negative or positive attitude right now? Am I feeling depressed, anxious, sensitive, or angry? Am I holding a grudge or resentment? Am I working toward having only positive thoughts?
Body: Am I eating and drinking things that make my body thrive? Am I moving my body at least a little bit every day, or am I sitting around too much?
Spirit: When is the last time I sat in silence, went for a nature walk, prayed, or meditated? What one creative act brings me joy, and when is the last time I did it? Do I connect with myself as a spiritual being?
Consider what area feels the most out of balance and what one small thing you can do to propel yourself forward positively, balancing mind, body, and spirit. If it’s not apparent after answering these questions, try journaling a few pages to help gain clarity.
The Awareness-Action-Affirmation (AAA) Plan
Another simple tool to use after gaining clarity is what I call the AAA Plan. Think of it as a three-step action plan. The first step is Awareness, which can be accomplished through any introspective activity, such as the MBS Scan. The second step is to choose an Action. The third step is writing the Affirmation.
Let’s try it:
Examine the results of your MBS scan. What is being neglected? Maybe it’s a simple attitude (mental) adjustment that’s needed. Maybe you’ve been expecting your partner to be a better listener, but instead of talking to him or her about it, you hold thoughts like, Why can’t he/she at least pretend to be listening to me?!—which only adds to your annoyance and negative feelings. To counteract your (negative) automatic response, an affirmation might go something like this: “I have only positive thoughts, hold no judgments, release all expectations of others, and live in this moment—my moment—here and now.”
Write a sentence or two for each step: Awareness, Action, and Affirmation. Just like you carry jumper cables, proof of insurance, and perhaps even your AAA membership card in case your car breaks down and needs towing, carry this AAA Plan—your three-step action plan—to help you stay balanced as you navigate daily life. Keep it close at hand and refer to it often. Review it when you feel tempted to veer off course by taking something personally, feel offended by the behaviors of others, lack confidence, or simply feel out of sorts and you don’t know why.
How the MBS Scan and AAA Plan Balance the Chakras
The MBS Scan identifies imbalances in the Trinity, giving you something to work with. The AAA Plan serves as a reminder of what you’ve decided to do with the “something” that’s throwing you off. Taking any action to balance mind, body, and spirit automatically improves the overall health of the energy centers because of the ripple effect; that is to say, one positive action leads to another positive action. Since the chakras are connected to the eight aspects of God—peace, wisdom, power, love, calmness, light, sound, and bliss—you can’t help but experience a deeper sense of health and harmony when you focus on achieving balance between mind, body, and spirit.