the shell of sense

Here is a quote:

                                             Shell of sense

So frail, so piteously contrived for pain.


surf at beach


This quote is found in the story The Shell of Sense, by Olivia Howard Dunbar, in Unforgettable Ghost Stories by Women Writers, Dover Publications, Mineola, New York, 2008, page 102.  We are currently reading this work.  (The above image is one of our photos from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.)

Alan Watts (1915 – 1973) remarked in one of his books about the human body being very sensitive to sensuous (sense) pleasure is also acutely sensitive to physical pain.  His idea was that the more sensitive and able to feel and experience pleasure from the flesh the body became it also became more able to feel pain.  The capacity for intense pleasure also gives us the capacity for intense pain.

The shell of sense is a good metaphor for the body.  We have previously referred to the body as the prison house of the flesh.  We believe the body to be a vehicle of consciousness and not the source of consciousness.  The physical body, the gross, material body, limits us, confines our souls.

One can be forgiven for wondering about the soul’s capacity for bliss, and for pain.  Heaven and Hell.

We are spiritual beings.  Luminous beings.

“Spirits Dancing in The Flesh” was the title of an album some years back (1990) by the rock group, Santana.  This title conveys the idea.

As our spiritual journey continues each day, it may help to ponder these words from a song that plays now and then on the radio.

. . . . .  deep in my heart

I know the strength is within  . . . . .

These words are from the song, Too Many Walls, by Shiela (originally sung by Cathy Dennis).

Our last thought for this essay is do what is right, even if it is not popular.  Do the loving thing!

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