Its work on matter; example of nutrition

May 17th 2012
It is a mistake to think that spiritual people should neglect matter or avoid it. On the contrary, they must consciously take on their earthly activities as well as any materialist. The difference between them and materialists lies in their point of view, and it is this point of view they must be guided by. Spirit does not deny matter, and matter must not deny spirit but be subject to it. Nutrition gives us the best example of what our work can be. When we eat, we transform matter. By assimilating it into our own substance, we make it subtler; we impart something of what we are. And the quality of what we impart depends on the work we have already done on ourselves, that is, the work the spirit within us has done on our instincts, our desires, our feelings and our thoughts.