The Principle of the Spirit coming first, followed by the mind and body, refers to the fact that everything in the universe is moved by spiritual energy or waves, originating from the Spiritual dimension [invisible] into the physical world [visible], or from the unseen to the seen.
As a child growing up in Ireland, I spent many hours sitting under a tree watching the rain wondering “Why are we here?”, “Where do we come from?” and “Where do we go when we die?” I realize now that although I was not aware of the above Principle consciously, on a deeper level I believed that there was something more than the physical existence although I couldn’t see or understand it at the time.
There’s something more than the physical world
I now know that the ‘something more’ is the Spiritual dimension; or the existence of God, a Higher Power, a Universal Consciousness, [or whatever name you want to use], and that everything that materialises in the physical world starts from this unseen dimension of energy or vibration.
Materials come from the unseen realm
For instance, in nature, blossoms appear on branches from the unseen realm of energy within the tree, and later the fruit appears from the same realm within the flower.
In much the same way the journey of the child occurs, from the unseen realm of energy to the birth of a beautiful baby, from the invisible to the visible.
However, as human beings we tend to apply this principle in reverse, believing the physical or material aspect to be the most important, followed by the mind, and in many cases the Spiritual or unseen realm is disregarded completely.
I’ve used the following two analogies to explain what can happen when the Spiritual aspect is forgotten.
In the past in trying to grow as much produce as possible we’ve sprayed crops to kill disease but neglected to consider the effect of the toxic spray on the unseen aspect of the soil, which contains wonderful microscopic life forms that are essential for plant health.
Thus, by only taking what we can see and touch on the surface of the soil into consideration we’ve begun to destroy the very part of it [the unseen aspect] from which the energy or power to grow and nurture the crops emerges.
Take a person in charge of others whose only concern is with the material aspect of life. They’re often solely focused on the outcome, or getting as much product made as possible.
Often they will try to force or control others to achieve their aims using negativity and judgement. However this unseen negative energy only contributes to making those it’s directed at unhappy and less productive. By not taking into consideration the affect their negative energy is having on the people around them, the person in charge is making it more difficult to achieve the results they want.
Therefore, as the analogies show, it’s important to consider the Spiritual or unseen energy from which everything originates, because discounting the affects coming from this dimension can often result in failure.
Moreover, it’s important to understand that this energy is the origin of everything that exists, and to forget the truth of this is to lose our spiritual centre.