Earlier I said we are physical beings. I believe we are made up of body, mind, soul/spirit. In that respect we have a foot in both worlds. Our physical body/actions affect our spirit/soul and that works both ways. Bodies benefit from physical exercise and nourishment. Souls benefit from spiritual exercise and spiritual nourishment.
Body and spirit interact everyday, not just on a personal level, because we interact with one another and we affect and effect one another. Ever reflect on the spirit of home versus the workplace versus America’s political atmosphere? Or, were you out searching for a burning bush?
One long, tiring day my husband and I (who had just moved into the area) were out looking for a place to live. By early evening we were tired and discouraged. Then we walked into a house that fit our every requirement–it had been what we had been looking for all day! Except…that house felt evil. As we left, I was thinking, “My husband is going to kill me. We found the perfect place, but I can’t live here.” When we left, he asked me what I thought. I told him, and he breathed a huge sigh of relief. “I felt it, too, and I am an atheist. Let’s keep looking.”
Saint John of the Cross is so frustrating, mostly because of how correct he is. He says things like (hang onto your logic) To find knowing, one must go by the way of unknowing…to find light one must go the way of darkness. He would tell you to find logic by going by illogical ways. John Dewey must have caught onto this, because he said, "Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."
Anyway, my husband and I can have the exact same experience on the spirit level, yet he remains an atheist. A burning bush moment seldom changes anything. Moses was the exception, not the rule–and as a result, he became exceptional.